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  • Hardcover: 466 pages
  • Publisher: RealStory Books (11 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982499639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982499634
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 825,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a complete common-sense look at the science, politics, and energy-policy aspects of global warming. With over 400 pages and 135 figures, Steve Goreham demonstrates that climate change is due to natural causes, not man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, a misguided mankind is engaged in a futile effort to control Earth's temperature, imposing draconian policies that will limit our freedoms and radically transform our way of life. A readable and down-to-earth book, yet packed with the latest scientific and economic data, this is a must read for anyone wishing to know the real story about climate change.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Mabbs on 17 April 2010
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Having built up a library of works associated with the mirky world of climatism I can say that,
together with The Hockey Stick Illusion (Montford) this book handles the science (or lack of it)
in very easy to read format for about half the book than goes on to expand on the shady figures
behind the Climatism 'movement'.

The inter associations and backgrounds of the promoters of AGW are revealed together with their
methods of perpetuating this fiction of 'runaway global warming'.

Climate is just a 'cover' to create CO2 as EVIL and a thing to be regulated and taxed for the benefit
of mankind. It's clear to me, and will become clear to you, that the ultimate aim is power, control
and wealth.

Carbon is becoming the new currency of the world and the UN (with the help of IPCC, EU, World Bank
and IMF, Greenpeace, WWF etc) wish to control who gets to emit carbon and at what cost.
The 'cost' to the world is continued poverty for the third world and the collapse of the economies
of the West.

If you have not yet investigated what all the fuss is about I recommend this book to you as a real
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John on 14 Nov. 2010
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Very pleased with the service received from Amazon and the shipper -The Book Depositry - this is the second time I have used the Book Depositry for books and have no complaint whatever.
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45 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Unmasking the Global Warming Belief System 15 April 2010
By Jay Lehr - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you care about twenty-first century society, you must read Steve Goreham's new book, Climatism. In my 55-year career as a scientist I have written more than 1,000 book reviews for various journals. No book has pleased me more than this one.

Unmasking a Dangerous System

After The Heartland Institute's Third International Conference on Climate Change in March 2009, Goreham decided to summarize, between the covers of a single book, everything everyone should know on this topic. In 390 pages of narrative, including 133 outstanding charts and illustrations plus 1,134 references from countless articles, he has succeeded.

Goreham has performed a service for the uncommitted citizen, which could one day lead to the unraveling of the new social order, religion, and political system Goreham calls climatism. While an ever-larger percentage of the public is beginning to recognize that man cannot and does not control the global climate, the public has no idea how thoroughly climatism has infiltrated the seats of world power.

Scientific Flaws

The first five chapters of the book are filled with persuasive science presented in such a readable manner that the average layman will easily grasp it. For instance, we often hear about the concepts of positive and negative climate feedback, but few people understand their importance. The author explains these concepts clearly and shows how the asserted positive feedbacks that cause most of the forecasted warming in alarmist computer models are not happening in the real world.

In a section titled "Garbage In, Garbage Out," Goreham explains:

"Model simulation results are not experimental data. No matter how many different models get similar results, no matter how many times models are run, if the underlying physical basis of the assumptions [is] wrong, the models will give the wrong result. And the modelers have been finely tuning the wrong result for 30 years."

Chapter six, "Global Warming Disasters Debunked," is by itself worth the price of the book. Here the author provides the reader with objective evidence to counter the plethora of unsubstantiated global warming scares presented by climatists and their media allies.

IPCC Farce Exposed

Few people really understand the origin, purpose, and composition of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Goreham pulls off the difficult task of explaining it more vividly than a sports commentator explains a key play in the Super Bowl.

In short, IPCC is a political organization masquerading as a scientific body. As a political organization, it works to achieve political consensus, not scientific truth.

IPCC, Goreham explains, created a process to achieve a "science consensus" confirming manmade global warming by effectively using six techniques.

The first was to assemble a large group of scientists to agree on a consensus. The second was to select authors of critical chapters who are predisposed to support the manmade global warming dogma. The third was to provide these authors with authoritarian editorial power.

The fourth technique was to encourage lobbying groups to pressure for consensus. The fifth: writing the conclusions before the science was agreed. The sixth and final technique was selective choice of science to support the dogma and minimize natural explanations for climate change.

The process has been truly Machiavellian, but IPCC has largely gotten away with it and most of the world believes the garbage they publish.

Underlying Motives

In chapter eight Goreham defines climatism in all its ignominious awfulness: "Climatism opposes the free development of human society and seeks to substitute autocratic control from centralized government bureaucracy. It calls for the radical transformation of our way of life, regardless of cost. Climatism demands adherence from all nations."

In chapter nine, Goreham presents a vest-pocket guide to dissuading your friends of the prevalent false beliefs about climate. This chapter is a must-read.

In part three of the book, encompassing chapters 12 through 17, Goreham offers the finest tutorial on the hopelessness of renewable energy "solutions." He draws heavily from Howard Hayden's wonderful book Solar Fraud, as well as many other sources, and his investigative reporting style presents all this information in a very understandable manner.

Goreham really gets to the nut of climatism insanity in chapter 17, where he asks, "When has mankind ever been able to stop the rise of the sea? When have we ever been able to control the weather at a single location on Earth? Yet, climatism now demands that we switch to renewable energy, forego economic growth and consumption, and accept thousands of regulations on energy use for our home, transportation, business and recreation. If we do so, then we'll be able to command the tides and control the weather. Climatism is a belief system--not a science."

House of Cards

Climatism is big business. It financially supports modeling scientists and their multimillion-dollar supercomputers, environmental editors at newspapers, entire university departments, environmental vice presidents at thousands of companies, and huge government bureaucracies of climate regulators, enforcers, and consultants.

We now have a great many people standing on a house of cards, but the more people who read this book and spread the truth it contains, the sooner this house of cards will come tumbling down.


Jay Lehr, Ph.D. ( is science director of The Heartland Institute.
24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Extremely Informative 19 April 2010
By Crosslands - Published on
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Mr. Steve Goreham has written a very interesting, readable, and useful compendium on the global warming hoax. The book is packed with information and documented with numerous references. There are three major sections in this book. The first section details and documents the false science behind the global warming hoax. Carbon dioxide does not cause global warming. Climate change is driven much more by the sun. And other factors such as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation influence earth's temperatures. The second section details the pseudo religious nature of the climate control movement and its tactics. The section documents the repressive tactics of the global warming proponents against scientists and others who dispute their beliefs. In essence anthropological global warming is not science but a demented system of religious beliefs. This sect is not interested in scientific truth but in power over the lives of others. The third section describes the warmist renewable energy solutions to the alleged problem of global warming. The sections makes very clear these warmist proposals would greatly raise energy costs and reduce living costs while having no effect on the climate of the earth. The cost increases have been confirmed by recent experience in Spain, the United States, and elsewhere.

All of the chapters are very useful and interesting. Of particular use is the chapter "Carbon Dioxide: Not Guilty". In this chapter Mr. Goreham points out that more carbon dioxide enables better plant growth. He also relates that carbon dioxide does not stay in the atmosphere for long due to Henry's Law in chemistry. Valid scientific studies places the average carbon dioxide lifetime in the atmosphere under fifteen years. Isotope analysis of carbon in the atmosphere confirms that only four percent of the carbon dioxide comes from human or anthropogenic sources. This finding is contrary to the predictions of the IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change). Moreover carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has the filter effect. An extra unit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere affects the earth's climate by much less than the unit placed in the atmosphere before it. Carbon dioxide has minimal influence on global temperatures.

Also of particular interest is the section of the costs of the recent Waxman Markey carbon cap and trade bill. Sanctimonious Massachusetts Congressman Edward Markey claimed the cost to the average family would be a postage stamp per day. However the Congressional Budget Office study Markey refers to ignores most of the cost of the renewable energy system. The ignored costs include the substitution of wind and solar power for hydrocarbon power at twice the cost, the cost of the new transmission lines needed for wind and solar power, vastly increased renewable energy subsidies, and job losses from businesses relocating out of America to avoid higher energy costs.

In sum this work is a great book. It is a must read for every American and everyone concerned about the fate of humanity.
14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Finally, a Straight-Forward Compendium That Brings Distortions Down to Earth 24 May 2010
By TJ - Published on
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For several years before I left teaching in the classroom, I would swim against the stream and tantalize my students with the notion that, just maybe, all the "leading" climate scientists were incorrect in their exaggerated claims that human activity was responsible for the acceleration of climate change (and far too many students were under the grossly exaggerated notion that humans were its actual cause, an idea I was hoping they were misunderstanding, rather than being fed, in other classes). Look to the sun, I would advise them. For the more astute students, who wanted to understand better and would seek me out on their own time, I would caution them that science has historically been politicized, and to follow the money, as it were, using all available info to come up with their own conclusions, based on what they knew about the scientific method and statistics, and how each could be used to tell three sides of the same story, depending on who was conducting the research, how the research was being funded, and how entities from carbon credit traders to oil companies to the "local" energy providers stood to benefit from these certain conclusions. Some of the sharper, or, if you will, more cynical, ones would remark about the intentionally emotional and provocative scenes from a particular academy award-winning documentary they were all sent to see one Earth Day, and challenged themselves and their friends to consider the machinations behind and repercussions of that film. While the earnest arguments of that film had not convinced me that I should trade in my SUV and incandescent light bulbs else the planet collapse into a Venusian nightmare of runaway greenhouse temps in a crushing atmosphere of deadly gases, I was willing to consider notions that we could be active participants in an improved economy (all the great tycoons recognized a bandwagon long before everyone else jumped on it--railroads, oil, computers, etc) and stewards of the environment. Many arguments for the need for alternative energy sources encouraged me to consider the "diversifying of our energy portfolio," if I may make that comparison, and open my mind to all sides of the argument. [I had the opportunity to attend several energy symposia, in which the physicists and chemists impressed me with their proposals for alternative energy sources and carbon sequestration, but the environmental scientists (whose TA-advisee groupies always tagged along, enjoying their time beyond the confines of the usual lecture-hall, office-hour echo chamber to root on their svengalis) looked positively foolish with their entreaties of, "Let's dot the landscape with windmills," and I patiently spent an hour after one morning's presentation explaining to an well-meaning, but ill-informed citizen relic from the era of Haight-Ashbury that the scientists had no intention of dumping carbon-in the form of plastic syringes and charcoal-into the ocean]

Having said all this (and bless you for indulging my review), I wish this book had been around then to provide to these students and concerned citizens. I was very excited when I was looking into purchasing another book as recommended by a trusted friend to me, and this one popped up on the screen, with the sun prominently displayed on the front cover. Indeed, the book has it all, starting with the science forming the argument, and confronting the widely reported conclusions by, rather than chastising and demonizing famous charlatans, disputing their findings matter-of-factly. While it is, in my estimation, lacking in some areas, these pet topics of mine are non-sequiturs given the focus of the book. It is very straightforward, concisely written, and fair in its explanation and application of the science. Moreover, it is vey well bound and printed on very good quality paper, the kind of stock that got me interested in owning hardcover years ago, over the slightly-better-than-newsprint paper on which most paperbacks are printed (and many HC seem to be moving toward now). This is a book that is meant to be read, pored over, and passed around and discussed. I just may get some more copies...
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Strongly recommended reading and a valued addition to academic and community library Environmental Studies reference collections 11 Jun. 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Potentially catastrophic alterations of the Earth's climate due to human activity around the planet continues to be a source of intense study within the scientific community and considerable controversy within the political sphere. "Climatism!: Science, Common Sense, and the 21st Century's Hottest Topic" by Steve Goreham is a 480-page compendium of information, research, analysis and commentary that gives careful, methodical, and documented examination of the diverse and interrelated issues with respect to a perceived global warming crisis. Of special note is that "Climatism!" is thoroughly 'reader friendly' making it idea for the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the current global climate discussion. Informed and informative, providing insightful analytical commentary on renewable energy alternatives, and offering a globally oriented perspectives, "Climatism!" is strongly recommended reading and a valued addition to academic and community library Environmental Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.
13 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Total rubbish 24 May 2013
By Bradley J. Cardinale - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is even more rubbish from Steve Goreham. For those who don't know, Steve is associated with the Heartland Institute. The Heartland Institute accepts money from businesses to perform advocacy work for, among other things, tobacco policy, hydraulic fracturing, and climate change. The Institute became well-known in the 1990's when it accepted money from Philip Morris to attack science linking secondhand smoke to human health risks. At present, they receive money from oil and energy companies to try and discredit the science behind climate change. This explains why Steve's facts and figures in this book are so distorted, misleading and, very often, downright lies.

And in case you didn't notice, most of the individuals who give Steve's book a 5-star rating are also associated with the Heartland Institute. Self promotion of their own books is a common strategy this group uses to make it look as if their materials have more credibility than they actually do. Many of these individuals have graduate degrees, and may look authoritative to the naive reader. But most of their degrees have nothing to do with climate science (for example, Steve has degrees in engineering and business). And none of them has ever published a study about climate change in any peer-reviewed, scientific journal. Just look them up on Google Scholar, and you'll quickly notice that folks who work for the Heartland Institute have no scientific credibility whatsoever.
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