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Taxing Air: Facts & Fallacies About Climate Change

Taxing Air: Facts & Fallacies About Climate Change [Kindle Edition]

John Spooner , Bob Carter
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Are human industrial carbon dioxide emissions causing dangerous global warming? If it is so then climate change surely is one of the great moral challenges of our time. But is it possible that the so-called consensus science around anthropogenic global warming produced by lavishly funded research institutes and with its own international political lobby organization - the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - is wrong? Could it be that the emperor has no clothes?

Accessible, clearly written and illustrated with simple scientific illustrations, and accompanied by brilliantly wry and telling cartoons, Taxing Air answers - without the spin, evasions or propaganda that pollutes most official writing on climate change - every question you have about global warming but are too intimidated by the an oppressive 'consensus' to ask. Your essential guide to the science and politics of global warming.

'Taxing Air is an outstanding contribution to the growing literature that examines and calls to account the climate alarmism of the past two decades.' - Dr. Art Raiche, CSIRO Chief Research Scientist (retired)

'I could not put this book down ... the authors have highlighted every facet of the worldwide scam that is Man-Made Warming.' - Professor David Bellamy, OBE

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6275 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Kelpie Press (1 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read, turns AGW on its head with hard facts. 21 July 2013
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When I was a child my late father once said to me, 'one day the government will find a way to tax the air we breathe' Well finally they found away. This book is a must read for anyone who's mind is not closed to good science. Professor Bob Carter presents hard facts which really cannot be disputed. I believe the powers that be have tried to get this book banned, they don't wan't the people to know the real truth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Common sense on climate 2 Mar 2014
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One of the best and most comprehensive expositions of the 'sceptic' argument. Brilliant introduction but requires some concentration in the more technical sections. The Australian dimension allows a world view.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best 4 Nov 2013
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If you have read a number of books on the AGW debate ( it would be nice if there was one !) and are of the skeptic persuasion, then you will not find anything particularly new here, although, being focused on Australasia, there are some interesting politics and local 'facts and figures' which don't appear in other books.

Taxing Air's format is not particularly enjoyable, based as it is on a FAQ type approach, and I have to admit, I got a little bored with it as it offered nothing new and was very tempted to stick it on the Kindle shelf at about 66% of the way through.

If it is your first book on your road to enlightenment, then I suspect you will find it very much more interesting, and if you are an Aussie, I wouldn't start your anywhere else .. I wish there was an equally Eurocentric version
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Science for a layman 19 Oct 2013
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This easy to read book provides the scientific arguments for a layman who is sceptical about the increasing hysteria of those who believe that mankind is causing disastrous global warming but lack the knowledge to understand what is really happening (or not happening). It demolishes the false assumptions of those who are either frightened of what they have been told is happening or are on a gravy train they dare not get off. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to be able to make a case for sanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pretty, comprehensive, playful, accurate review of the whole climate debate 13 July 2013
By Lubos Motl - Published on
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It's a book that all people interested in the climate debate - beginners as well as those who think that they're already experienced - have to read. It's comprehensive, fun to read, accurate, avoiding oversimplifications and unscientific misconceptions that appear on both sides of the debates, avoiding and clarifying demagogy we often hear. It puts everything in the right context, gives the correct weight to all topics, and says many things that people on both sides (deliberately?) hide. And the conclusion is, of course, that it's irrational to fight the climate change.

The book immediately impressed me by the colorful illustrations on pretty much every page. They're playful, witty, full of colors and life, and they also quickly convey some key ideas.

Perhaps because it seems easier to read a 280-page book whose significant portion is filled with similar pictures, I couldn't resist and immediately started to read the book. Let me say in advance that about one-half of the pictures are jokes, often with alarmists' and (mostly Australian) politicians' faces; the other half are graphs and diagrams that explain serious scientific concepts and the cold hard data.

Now some facts. The book wasn't written "just" by Carter and Spooner. There are four other co-authors, economist Martin Feil and three others, who are co-responsible for the full content of the book. The authorship of individual sections isn't specifically mentioned but the preface explains what the other co-authors may have contributed.

At the very beginning, there is a page "Did you know that?" with some trivia that everyone should know - not only in Australia - except that it's normal for many people who are loud in the climate change debate to be ignorant about these basics of the interdisciplinary discipline. Some pages with a praise follow, and so does the table of contents. The preface by the authors occupies two pages.

The first substantial chapter-like passage is the Introduction - answering the question how a cartoonist got his idea. We're told that Spooner would also believe various things we used to be told. But a turning point was Martin Durkin's The Great Global Warming Swindle documentary six years ago. Spooner understood that the hysterical reaction by the alarmists - that played a key role in the introduction of words such as "deniers" to the debate - had to have a reason. Spooner understood that the scientific consensus was being referred to by the activists exactly because the actual scientific evidence didn't work and doesn't work for them. He spends some time by analyzing how bad it is to use labels and libels such as "deniers", analyzes ClimateGate, and other important events, with some special emphasis on what it meant for the material inspiring a cartoonist such as Spooner.

After this point, you may be looking forward to 12 nicely written chapters about (the wording below is mine):

* Basics of the weather and the climate (changes at all possible time scales, what drives them, who studies and understands them etc.)

* Inner structure of the alarmist movement (sky-is-falling quotes since the 19th century, history of the IPCC, movies, tricks and abuse of language and science by the advocates etc., is consensus science and does it exist, what scientists agree about)

* Historical weather and climate data (methods to reconstruct the past, proxies, and drivers of variation - Milankovitch cycles, ocean cycles, and others; temperature trends, cyclone energy non-trends, and so on)

* The greenhouse effect (the energy budget, lots of flows, greenhouse gases also cool, decelerating log dependence on concentration, misinterpretations in the media, temperature changes before CO2 on seasonal through geological timescales, estimates of sensitivity, six falsifications of the dominant-CO2 hypothesis, recent relative CO2 starvation, methane ozone as small players)

* Computer models (brief history, what they're based upon, deterministic vs empirical-statistical, haven't been validated against independent datasets so projections aren't real predictions, systematically overestimated warming rates, some graphs of GCMs and better and milder Scafetta's model, predicted human fingerprints aren't unique and are often absent in the measured data)

* Ocean's role in the climate (details on sea level rise measurements, global just for 20 years, no worrying trends, local vs global level, local is important for coastal planning, level affected by geoid, tectonics, sediments, ancient Roman port is 2 miles inland today, big capacity of oceans, exchange with the atmosphere matters, currents that survive, El Niño starts by less mixing in surface ocean, acidification won't occur - oceans won't ever be acidic)

* Other climate drivers (geothermal fluxes negligible, 10,000 times below the solar heating, except for near volcanoes, volcano ashes' temporary effect, a nice summary of Svensmark cosmic rays, Soon's and others' solar influences, why the small irradiance variations don't exclude the concept; ocean cycles from ENSO, Indian Ocean Dipole, and Pacific Decadal Oscillation, with maps, diagrams, and discussion of impact on weather, global and Australian)

* Specific climate questions in Australia

* Economics of carbon dioxide taxation (I will skip the details of this and the remaining chapters)

* Influence of such policies on the climate

* What alternative energy doesn't do

* Risk management in general

At the end, you find a glossary, acronyms, index, and - for you not to be distracted in the bulk of the text - the list of figures and their sources, recommended literature, and the information about the authors.

Now I can recommend you the book wholeheartedly. Honest, readable, clear, accurate, colorful, comprehensive, balanced, usable as an encyclopedia to recall the answers to the basic questions. Just buy it and read it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent precis 23 Aug 2013
By neville222 - Published on
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Even if one is well aware of the poor science regarding AGW this book is a good up to date revision. And for those who have never bothered to question the global warming scare campaign this is a good book to gain an insightful look at all the pros and cons...especially the cons. In short, it is instructive, balanced and to the point with the right degree of science explained clearly.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent review of climate science. 14 Aug 2013
By Mr A McLean - Published on
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This is an excellent up to date review of climate science and provides an evenhanded summary of most of the issues. It was a pleasure to read a book on this subject which is not polarised towards either alarmism or skepticism. It is well written and covers many aspects of what is a very complex science.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read! 17 Aug 2013
By J. Fone - Published on
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Brilliant! This book by Prof. Bob Carter and cartoonist John Spooner - with hefty support from Bill Kininmonth, Martin Feil, Stewart Franks and Bryan Leyland - is one of the best I've read on the subject for its scope and clarity. It is a thoroughly researched, concise, easy to read and entertaining analysis of the science of climate change while exposing the flawed science, politics and propaganda of the global warming alarmists who would have us believe that global warming/climate change is a monstrous manmade problem and that governments are morally obliged to impose draconian measures on society to fight it. This book cuts through the nonsense like a scythe!

I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is suspicious of the motives of the doomsday 'warmists', from scientists to politicians, and who are skeptical of the endless alarm and hype from the media, but who might lack the necessary knowledge to challenge them on it.

Spooner's entertaining cartoons are sprinkled throughout the book and add a measure of humour to the story as it unfolds.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another home run for the doubters 23 Aug 2013
By Donald S. Sammis - Published on
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I never bought the CO2 polution, or man made global warming, or the we are all doomed of the Goreites. This book clearly and simply puts all the bugaboos to rest, again.
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