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Energy and Climate Wars: How Naive Politicians, Green Ideologues, and Media Elites are Undermining the Truth About Energy and Climate [Hardcover]

Peter C. Glover , Michael J. Economides
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18 Nov 2010
By depoliticizing the energy-climate debate the authors succeed in exposing corrupt political thinking and 'green' myth-making about issues that affect every one of us. Today, energy is the most important commodity in the world. Yet our basic energy security is threatened by an ideological social agenda driven more by myth than reality. "Energy and Climate Wars" exposes the energy and climate myths that are driving today's public debate, from the West's war on carbon to the concept of peak oil and renewable energy. Using facts and empirical science, Peter Glover and Michael Economides show how most of the battle over energy and climate issues are the works of political and 'green' ideologues bent on social engineering programs. They present facts that are often obscured by media hype and speculative science to demolish popular myths, including the belief that energy politics are carried out in the best interest of all and that renewable energy can replace hydrocarbon economy. A thought-provoking, meticulously researched book, "Energy and Climate Wars" will help readers grasp the issues at stake and understand how energy and climate policy directly affect their lives with higher energy prices and security threats.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation; First Edition edition (18 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441153071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441153074
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 15.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 667,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A good read for anyone interested in climate and energy issues. Agree or disagree, the issues are too important to be viewed through a politically correct smokescreen. The book is a commendable contribution to the debate.' --rereact.com

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Peter C. Glover is a British writer and journalist specializing in political and energy analysis. The author of several books, he is a regular contributor to World Politics Review, TCS Daily, British Journalism Review, and American Thinker. Michael J. Economides is Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston, US. One of America's leading energy analysts, he has done technical and managerial work in over 70 countries. He is the author with Ron Oligney of The Color of Oil: The History, the Money, and the Politics of the World's Biggest Busines (2000), which looks at look at how petroleum dictates international politics and was nominated for a Pulitzer prize.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Energy and Climate Wars 9 Mar 2013
By Ben
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Very interesting book to read, I'd highly recommend it to anyone studying energy academically or those just reading for their own interest as its written in a very readable way.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book certainly worth reading 10 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book is a very pleasant, interesting, informative, never boring reading.
Dealing with a planetary controversial subject like Energy and its many implications, the debate is articulated and hot but never harsch and irrespectful towards others' points of view.
The authors sustain passionately their ideas, but never look dogmatic and narrow-minded (a very rare gift nowadays!), as they use facts and science to substantiate their views.
I would certainly suggest this book not only to the ones interested on realistic, no-romanticistic interpretation of our possible energy future, but also to the many that have already matured firm convictions on their own, as they will be offered on a golden plate lots of challenging thoughts and ideas to test their beliefs with.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By M. Richardson VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
You love the Daily Mail and James Delingpole. You love to hear about how UN neo-pagans are trying to support Lucifer by forging a new 'pan-theistic religion' through the UN (p159). You're Euroskeptic and you believe that western citizens are being mean to oil companies and should guarantee them military resources to prop up their trade (p232). You'll love this book!

Energy & Climate Wars is written by an ex legal executive and a gas company chairman, with glowing reviews from 3 oil company big-cheeses so it should be informed about fossil fuels, and the authors promise to stick to the facts rather than the utopian dreams of everyone else. After a chapter bashing European socialism (socialism = damaging fossil fuel industry profits), it covers renewables, peak oil, climate change, petro-state imperialism and India and China. It's an argument for energy nationalism abroad and 'drill-baby-drill' at home.

Unfortunately, when reporting on my climate science day job it's written at the technical level of a child who's just found blog-land. The authors say they're not experts but they know that science is a conspiracy (p93/94).

They attack Al Gore, Pachauri and climate scientist Mike Mann, call Nobel Prize winning physicist Stephen Chu lacking in rudimentary knowledge (p25) and then say climate 'alarmists' don't use evidence because they prefer to attack people with an 'ad hominem' instead (e.g. p228).

They say that scientific consensus doesn't matter, but insist that there isn't one anyway because they and similar 'experts' signed a petition organised by an anti-science think tank.
They use out of context quotes from a 1999 email about tree-rings to say that scientists were trying to hide an imagined cooling in the 2000s.
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7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Prejudice, dressed-up as information 22 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
Pretending to be an information source about the present and the future with regard to energy and climate, this book is, in fact, a long winded advert for the oil, gas and coal industries. It is the sort of treatise that some industies might use to try to persuade politicians that all is well with the status quo and that the greenhouse effect is simply a figment of the imagination of eco freaks like Greenpeace, Friends of The earth, etc. Much of the book is simply dishonest, or else attempts to mislead or whitewash so much that what it says amounts to the same thing. For example, chapter 5 -The pseudo-science war on Carbon and Climate, contains statements like "Carbon di oxide is a trace gas and by itself will produce little warming." Or "CO2 has been totally uncorrelated with temperature over the last decade and has proved significantly negative in effect since 2002" or "CO2 is not a pollutant but a naturally occurring gas" - this is true of course. But has nothing to do with the function of CO2 as a greenhouse gas. Or how about page 17 where it is stated "The fact is that while the alleged causal link between CO2 and temperature rise remains mere theory, it has not prevented the EU from designating CO2 Public Enemy Number 1". I could go on. There are many statements of this quality in the book. At times the content sounds more like a collection of schoolboy howlers than a serious attempt to inform.

As you read the book, you only need to get through the first few pages before you realise that the authors are pro George Bush and capitalism with no holds barred, ie. total market freedom. The USA is held up as good because of its free market ideals while the European Union is condmned for its "socialism". Is Europe socialist? I hadn't noticed it.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facts and and arguments that politicians and everyday people need to know concerning climate change debate 9 Nov 2010
By A. Morales - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, i would like to begin by stating my background. I'm a petro-chemical engineer by education and training. Also, another important point to write a review: I HAVE read the book.

One of the things i really liked about the book is how it breaks down the climate debate. This is done by analyzing and comparing specific technologies, such as wind, solar, biofuels and presents arguments on why these technologies are not economically sustainable at the moment (and some, also scientifically illogical). so it begs to ask the question, if these technologies are not sustainable, why are there ridiculous amounts of tax breaks, costing the US population BILLIONS of dollars in increased taxes?

This is examined by presenting real world examples such as the experiences in several European countries. All the while, referencing actual verifiable and published data from governments, journals, newspapers, etc. For anybody interested in finding out actual facts (economics, sustainability, energy intensity) this journal style referencing is an excellent tool for back checking facts and arguments presented.

The book then delves into how attaining to the Kyoto protocol and carbon trading in general would basically result in economic suicide for any developed country. and presents cases in which signed nations have been backing down from targets and some ignoring them all together. The authors then present a clear reason about why politicians would try to push these climate/energy consumption reforms in the first place (it's lengthy and it has to do with taxation, but read the book to find out exactly how).

Towards the end of the book, the authors talk about future energy security for nations. I think this last part is extremely important and shows how the USA is sitting idly by, while China and India sign and secure long term energy contracts. You think Iraq was about the oil? Wait a couple of decades and see how tense relations become between nations.

At the end, it doesn't matter if you believe global warming is anthropogenic or not, this book presents arguments on why world governments are approaching the whole issue in a wrong way, and their reasons for doing so. i would definitely recommend the book to anyone wanting to broaden their points of view regarding climate change political debate, science of climate change, economics of climate change, and future energy security for nations.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If the global warming stall continues, this will become a watershed book 4 Dec 2010
By Donald G. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Feel free to discount this review because one of the co-authors, Michael Economides, is a friend of mine. Michael has gained notoriety as an engaging and entertaining speaker about global energy issues over the years. This book is consistent with the style of his presentations whereby he has no fear in sticking his neck out on hot button issues. Michael has a Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from Stanford University and his opinions are based on a combination of sound engineering judgement, a broad global perspective afforded by his life experiences and interests, an intense passion around political and energy issues, a keen wit, and an infectious sense of humor. If the global warming plateau continues, this book will be viewed less and less biased as time goes on. It could end up being a very important book describing a kind of "mass hysteria" time in history - perhaps even a watershed book. Perhaps that time is sooner than we know based on the weather reports today from China and Europe. In Poland, 18 dead due to the cold. Snow drifts stranding trains in Germany, etc.

This book is a completely contrarian look at all of the issues surrounding mankind's energy future over the next 50 years. It is very deep down in the weeds with endless detail and references. I learned a wide variety of things that I never see in normal media venues. The authors believe the debate is over and that people have decided to keep their hydrocarbons for now. The authors contend that green venture capitalists looking for subsidies from Washington DC will continue to attempt to place unwarranted financial burdens on America.

The authors are strong advocates for cleaner, economically viable energy which does not require new subsidies such as natural gas and nuclear. Washington DC could take the lead in setting a vision for conversion of the nations cars and diesel truck fleet to CNG - compressed natural gas. Also, electric cars will be viable - especially in areas with bad air quality.

I highly recommend that everyone who cares about how their tax dollars are spent read this book. All books are biased based on the view point of the authors. This book is no different. However, the authors provide a wealth of perspectives, interpretations, and important information not readily available in other books. But, for the record, I would have chosen a less-inflammatory title.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book certainly worth reading 10 Nov 2010
By Giovanni Paccaloni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is a very pleasant, interesting, informative, never boring reading.
Dealing with a planetary controversial subject like Energy and its many implications, the debate is articulated and hot but never harsch and irrespectful towards others' points of view.
The authors sustain passionately their ideas, but never look dogmatic and narrow-minded (a very rare gift nowadays!), as they use facts and science to substantiate their views. I would certainly suggest this book not only to the ones interested on realistic, no-romanticistic interpretation of our possible future, but also to the many that have already matured firm convictions on their own, as they will be offered on a golden plate lots of challenging thoughts and ideas to test their beliefs with.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Climate and Energy Common Sense 19 April 2011
By Steve Goreham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
By Steve Goreham, author of Climatism! Science, Common Sense, and the 21st Century's Hottest Topic.

Do you believe that by changing your light bulbs you can save polar bears? Or that by driving an electric car, you can make the hurricanes less severe? Or that by erecting thousands of windmills, we can stop the oceans from rising? If so, you need to read this book. Authors Peter Glover and Michael Economides dispell climate mythology and energy ideology with the cold hard facts of reality.

Part one (titled Real World) puts energy in perspective as essential for modern society. It also skewers the foolish world quest for intermittant and expensive renewable energy, which, because of the physics involved, will not be the short-term solution for the world's needs. They state: "Nobody is against research into new energy technologies, or demurs from the small-scale purely supportive value of renewable energy sources ... The problem is not the pin-prick, ad hoc uses to which they may be put, but the harnessing of larger projects on a commercially viable basis. On an industrial scale, they amount to nothing more than incredibly uneconomic business propositions that require the constant lifeline of government intervention and tax subsidy. The stark reality is that current technology offers no realistic hope of seeing the current generation of alternative energy sources replacing hydrocarbons for decades to come, if ever."

Part II (titled Fantasy World) dispells the myth of early peak oil and critiques the "war on carbon and climate." Glover and Economides are on target in their assessment of the global climate delusion. Part III (Future World) is an excellent discussion of efforts by Russia to monopolize world energy supplies, and efforts by China and India to access energy supplies, while the West engages in foolish dreams of a "carbon-free society."

In all, an excellent, readable book for anyone who wants to know the real implications of climate madness for energy policy.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read with a Highlighter 6 May 2011
By Marita Littauer Noon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the book I am recommending to everyone now. I just finished reading it, but I've been talking about it long before I'd completed it. It is not a book you breeze through. It is a book you read carefully, thoughtfully--with a highlighter. Just to give you a taste of the content from a true reader, here are a few of my favorites:

"The US is certainly one of the cleanest, more environmentally responsible nations in the world. Virtually, no European country can boast cleaner waters, more pristine rural landscapes or air quality."

"Environmentalist organizations , many of them the offshoot of anti-establishment, radical movement of the 1960's, may have progressed to wearing a suit and tie but they still show a stark aversion to any development. There is virtually no commercially viable energy project of which the green movement would approve."

"The basic interpretation why many politicians of both the left and right have jumped on the global climate change bandwagon and, especially, on efforts to do something about, arguably, a futile effort, is that it leads to the greatest form of revenue ever handed to them. It is a tax that can be levied on goods and services across industry and society both overtly and covertly with the very important distinction that it is not so called. And anyway, who would argue with it anyway if the saving of the planet is at stake?"

"Cut off the flow of massive public subsidies and the alternative energy industrial revolution would grind to a halt--as the European experience bears out."

"No peak oil alarmist prediction has to date proven remotely accurate."

"As much as it has got harder to extract conventional oil, man's ingenuity through technological advances and higher energy prices have colluded to k=make the economically unviable, viable; the unrecoverable, recoverable."

"It is telling that almost all liberal groups. Environmentalist organizations and social engineers the world over have espoused man-made global warming."

"Not one of their alarmist computer models predicted the current cooling period."
We are not dealing with pure science. We are rather dealing with science suffused with strong, anti-human, eco-faith agenda."

While I had my favorites, each chapter had big concepts. What ideas excite you will depend on your personal interest and involvement in the subject. If you are genuinely seeking truth as to whether or not manmade climate change is real, the ideas, charts, illustrations and facts in Energy and Climate Wars will be a formative read. If you feel in your gut that the notion of manmade climate change is crazy, but needed the ideas and data--Energy and Climate Wars is your book.
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