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Mr. Harold Ambler
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15 Dec 2011
Not very long ago, scientists, politicians, and journalists were seemingly unanimous: Global warming had already damaged nature, and things were only going to get worse. Snow was rapidly becoming a thing of the past; summers were becoming hotter; storms were becoming more violent; droughts and floods were becoming more intense. This was a nightmare. In the end, though, little of this was true. And the whole idea of climate change was based on a lie: that weather and climate used to be nice. They weren’t. As for our own time, snow cover is increasing; summertime heating is negligible; hurricanes are diminishing; droughts and floods both used to be worse. The real nightmare is the politics suffusing modern climate science and the effects this is having on every resident of planet Earth. Don’t Sell Your Coat, besides bearing a suggestion for its readers, brings to the public the scientific argument that global cooling is as likely a scenario for the next few decades as any of the nightmares of Al Gore. It also allows non-scientists to enter the debate about climate change armed with facts and to have a sense of humor while they do so.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Lansing International Books (15 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615569048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615569048
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 677,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harold Ambler has been writing about weather and climate for the past 20 years. He has degrees in English from Dartmouth and Columbia and started his career in journalism at The New Yorker. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The AtlanticWire,, The Providence Journal, Rhode Island Monthly, Brown Alumni Monthly, and elsewhere. He co-wrote and edited a history of rowing for Brown University, published in 2009. He lives in Rhode Island.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be taken in 17 Dec 2012
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If you weren't a climate sceptic before you will be at least going back and trying to check "facts" after you read this. Why is it that we are all so ready to accept what the media tell us these days.?
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A gem - clear, memorable, worth giving to anyone you care about. Mrs T famously said that the trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money. The trouble with AGW scaremongering is that eventually you run of other people's credulity. That certainly happened with the author of this very valuable little book. He had been taken in by the scare, along with a great many but then he decided to look into it all a bit more deeply. Anyone who does that must reach the conclusion he did. Unless they are a rabid alarmist. Or raking in a fortune from the various scams and nice-little-earners the scare has produced. Read the book and find out why he changed his mind. Then pass it on to someone else. The nonsense has gone on long enough. Well done Harold Ambler, and thank you for sharing your journey into this can of worms with us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, provocative stuff 27 Nov 2012
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Ambler does an excellent job in skewering the arrant nonsense behind the great CAGW scam. I wish those credulous or trusting enough to have been taken in by it would read this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Summary for Non Scientists 27 Feb 2012
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This book addresses the weaknesses in the theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming, or AGW. That's the one currently being touted by the UN, a small part of academia, and western governments that we are all going to die from global warming. Unless, that is, we pay much higher taxes, dig up the rain forests to grow biofuels, cover the nation with wind farms, pay much more for petrol and electricity, and keep the world's poor in their proper places.

The book is written for non-scientists, but enjoyable even if, like me, you are one. That's because it places the whole debate in the context of the history of the world's climate. In particular that we're currently 3 million years into an ice age (in non ice ages, crocodiles live in places like Dorking, palm trees sprout at the South Pole and CO2 levels are up to 10 times higher). And that about every 100,000 years in our ice age there's a spike of warming lasting 10,000 years or so. And that we're at the end of one such warming spike. Then he zooms in, first on onto the recent past and then the present.

My only criticism is that in the Kindle version images are poorly rendered and captions get mixed up with the rest of the text. I've published Kindle books too, and these problems are those of the Kindle format - the publisher should cut back on the use of large images.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Sell Your Coat 24 Nov 2012
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A wonerful book which explains in simple, easy to understand language, all the nonesense which has been whipped up about so called "Man Made Climate Change" and wind farms. This consolidates all the writings of other deniers, Spencer, Whishart,Booker, Montford, Gerandeau, Etherington, Delingpole, Michaels & Balling etc. A great book to refer to quote in a pub arguement!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hot subject but perhaps a cold world! 26 Mar 2012
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Some scientists and many activists maintain that CO2 released by burning fossil fuels is likely to cause irreversible global warming and destruction of life. Their conviction has a religious quality about it as one can hear when listening to James Hansen or Al Gore. Money, academic ambition and politics have polarised the debate since 1970. Harold Ambler is a journalist with a long interest in the subject and his 270-page book is easy to read. It discusses climate history, events, mechanisms and personalities, contrasting human progress in warm eras with death and disease in cold times. He concludes that our present anti-CO2 schemes based on computer models and brief records are misguided. Human memory is short and accurate measurement is patchy and recent. Possible effects of solar cycles have been neglected. The earth has not had runaway warming in 4 billion years with much higher CO2 levels. We are fortunate to live in a warm period as there is clear historical evidence of constant alternation between ice and warmth which could not have been caused by man.
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