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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Stacey International (1 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906768412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906768416
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christian Gerondeau, a major figure in French engineering, was an adviser to the French Prime Minister Jacque Chaban-Delmas, and is President of the National Heritage Fund. He has written 10 works on the environment and transport.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grey Nomad on 4 July 2011
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In this small volume Mr Gerondeau describes the many and varied interests who have hitched their wagons to the global warming star. He talks about the implication of global warming alarm on the growth of third world economies. Climate sceptics will find a lot of information in a concise little book, and it will be a handy reference for them.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By PCB on 25 Jan 2011
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Christian Gerondeau is a militant heretic in a world which has adopted a new religion - saving the planet from global warming by reducing CO2 emissions. His argument is that most CO2 is produced by burning fossil fuel and the great delusion is that we can do anything to reduce it. Developing countries (which account for half the CO2 but produce per person a tenth as much as developed countries) aspire to western lifestyles which we wish to maintain. Oil, coal and gas will be used until supplies are exhausted. Atmospheric CO2 will therefore more than double this century from its 1900 level of 2000 billion tons. He reviews the pronouncements and publications of the prophets of the new religion and concludes that it is far from certain that even this will produce harmful climate change. Though not averse to efficient use of fuel he thinks all the measures adopted to reduce CO2 are science fiction which will make Europe uncompetitive and distract from other priorities like relief of hunger. He is particularly unimpressed by windmills as a power source (displacing supermarkets as the cathedrals of our time perhaps?). Consensus is part of religion rather than science and those who do not accept it are likely to remain unheard. The author is an engineer who has advised governments on traffic problems. The writing is crisp, combative and comprehensible, with a list of questions at the beginning and a summary of his conclusions at the end. Climate change sceptics will like this book.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. A. Fairbairn on 19 July 2010
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Written by an engineer this gives a good 'Common Sense' approach to the climate debate and reveals the way science has been manipulated by vested interests and politicians to arrive at a Consensus which is illogical and counter productive.
It does not burden the reader with detailed graphs and scientific formula; but offers a pragmatic approach, which is the province of the engineer and leaves the reader with a new means to interpret the hugely complex mass of information now being thrust upon us on this matter by an often irresponsible media.
Perhaps the most telling comment within the pages is that it now career suicide for a politician to admit to climate change scepticism.
It is only the pragmatic voter that can change that.
The climate is changing. The questions are: "What are we going to do about it? and are the politicians going about it in the right way?"
Definitely worth a read.
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