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Rupert Darwall
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1 Mar 2014
Rachel Carson's epoch-creating Silent Spring marked the beginnings of the environmental movement in the 1960s, its First Wave peaking at the 1972 Stockholm Conference. The invention of sustainable development by Barbara Ward, along with Rachel Carson the founder of the environmental movement, created an alliance of convenience between First World environmentalism and a Third World set on rapid industrialization. The First Wave crashed in 1973 with the Yom Kippur War and decade-long energy crisis. Revived by a warming economy of the 1980s, environmentalism found a new, political champion in 1988: Margaret Thatcher. Four years later at the Rio Earth Summit, politics settled the science. One hundred and ninety-two nations agreed that mankind was causing global warming and carbon dioxide emissions should be cut. Rio launched rounds of climate change meetings and summits, with developing nations refusing to countenance any agreement restraining their greenhouse gas emissions - their blanket exemption from the 1997 Kyoto Protocol leading to its rejection by the United States that year, refusing again twelve years later in Copenhagen. Despite proclaiming global warming a planetary emergency, Barack Obama ignored the Europeans to reach a toothless accord with the leaders of the developing world. Copenhagen therefore marked not just the collapse of the climate change negotiations, but something larger - an unprecedented humiliation for the West at the hands of the rising powers of the East.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books; Paperback edition (1 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704373394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704373396
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Like most of those on both sides of the debate, Rupert Darwall is not a scientist. He is a wonderfully lucid historian of intellectual and political movements, which is just the job to explain what has been inflicted on us over the past thirty years or so in the name of saving the planet ... Scientists, Rupert Darwall complains, have been too ready to embrace the "subjectivity" of the future, and too often have a "cultural aversion to learning from the past". If they read this tremendous book they will see those lessons set out with painful clarity' --Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

'A superb and compelling book' --Mail on Sunday

'This is a brilliant piece of work that every climate change negotiator should have in his front pocket' --Jon Snow

'A great achievement ... Rupert Darwall has written a compelling and balanced account of a story that needs to be told' --Nigel Lawson

'A total masterpiece' --James Delingpole

'Gripping ... Darwall's book has been widely praised as a welcome addition to our understanding of this extraordinary story, which as he says reflects a historic shift in the global balance of power between the West and those fast-rising nations to the east led by China and India' --Spectator

'Rupert Darwall has told a story of frauds and fools thoroughly and well. His truth may be inconvenient for some. For the rest of us, it is a breath of fresh air' --The American Spectator

About the Author

Rupert Darwall is a writer and corporate strategist. He read economics and history at Cambridge, after which he worked at the Conservative Research Department and then in the City as an investment analyst and in corporate finance. He has written for leading publications in the UK and the US and for London-based think tanks.


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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tour De Force 17 Mar 2013
By Dr Barry Clayton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This book demolishes the claim that our planet is threatened by global warming. It is beautifully written and witty.
Some 4 years ago Christopher Booker began the demolition process in his excellent book:'The Real Global Warming'.He exposed bogus computer models that were used by the likes of Al Gore and others to 'prove' we were facing disaster. He quoted the first IPCC Chairman, Sir John Houghton admitting that:'Unless we announce disasters, no one will listen'.Booker showed how, contrary to all expert predictions, global temperatures had not continued to rise, instead they had flattened out or even fallen. Furthermore, he exposed the fact that the IPCC's brief was not to objectively weigh the evidence, it was to begin by assuming climate change as proven, and then go on to promote and inspire the political response to a threat which had never been proved! He demonstrated that the cost of the measures being suggested in order to combat the 'threat' would be 'astronomic'.

In this new book by Rupert Darwell the author supports Booker's thesis with superb arguments and facts. He shows how an increasing number of leading scientists are admitting that earlier forecasts of global catastrophe were exaggerated.
Darwell exposes the dubious claims of the green movement, in particular the meaningless idea of 'sustainable development'. He describes computer predictions as a prime example of Popper's famous term:'pseudo-science' or Marx's historical materialism. He explains why this is. It is because the claims predicted cannot be proven or falsified by scientific experiment or evidence.

Few politicians and well-known scientists emerge with credit from Darwell's analysis. Both were, and still are, guilty of mutually reinforcing an evangelical debate.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, scholarly and important 8 April 2013
By Madman
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Darwall is an extremely talented writer with an enormously impressive analytical mind. He tells the tale of the growth of the idea of Global Warming and its place in the world today in a detailed but thoroughly entertaining way. There is a great deal to learn and to smile at here.

The Global Warming debate divides opinion absurdly. You are either a believer or a non-believer, and most writing on the subject reflects that: it's either Monbiot-esque vitriol for anyone who dares question the political orthodoxy in any way, or it's Daily Maily ranting about how it's "all a load of rubbish...so-called scientists...etc." The author rises way above that sort of passion and ignorance. I could well imagine that, in time, this book could turn out to be something of a turning point for the whole debate. I certainly hope so.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As others have noted, this is not always an easy read. The author has been meticulous about coverage and documentation (pages 351 to 416 contain supporting notes), but he has also displayed many insights of his own in this intelligent, fair-minded, and compelling account of the decades of delusion and manipulation that have led us the current sorry state of climate-related politics, policies, and the further promotion of alarms without adequate foundation. As Darwall says, right at the end of the book, "When it comes to learning from their mistakes, collectively scientists vie with the Bourbons.". This might seem unfair on the vast majority of scientists who have never spoken out on climate, and whose views have not been systematically consulted by the leaderships of such bodies as the Royal Society or many other learned societies over many disciplines. Leaderships which have nevertheless spouted green propaganda and influenced politicians in their insanities over climate change. I think this book is a must-have for anyone with a serious interest in trying to comprehend what has happened around this fashionable topic.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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There are many good books already published that explain the real science behind climate change - Robert Carter's "Climate: The Counter-Consensus" being perhaps the best I've read. Rupert Darwall's book is different in that it focuses on the philosophical and political history of Global Warming. In order to do so, it necessarily spends its first third discussing the evolution of environmental thinking over the last 500 years or so, describing the development of the modern environmental movement in detail - this can be a little dry at times, so bear with it. When 1988 is reached and James Hansen ignites the real birth of the Global Warming scare, the book picks up pace, culminating in a riveting description of the failure of the 2009 Copenhagen conference.

Darwall's writing throughout is erudite and academic and supported by countless references. Rather than re-hashing the science to create another Climate Change pot-boiler, he's made an important addition to the literature and written an accessible and entertaining book. He also takes a balanced and dispassionate view of his subject, lending his ultimate conclusions much greater weight than if he had taken a more partisan position through the body of the book.

Like many, over the last few years I have undergone a complete reversal of my views on Global Warming. Up until 2009, I believed the hype and had been thinking about the future - mine and my children's - in a negative, fatalistic way. The political and media message about impending climate disaster had so convinced me that I envisioned the next generation contending with inundated coastal cities, food shortages and wars. Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth depressed me so much that I couldn't bear to finish watching it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
heavy going but thorough. Worth the trouble
Published 1 month ago by David P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brrrr
How long will this crazy delusion continue. Forget the Common Market this is really what is bankrupting Britain
Published 1 month ago by george bingham
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Published 3 months ago by Eileen Ranson
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressively researched and readable
A comprehensive review of the history of Global Warming, its place in history, and with particular reference to the economics of global warming policies. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting history of the debate.
Rupert Darwall writes well and his argument is consistent. But this book is primarily a history of the politics of the climate change debate. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. J. Farrer
1.0 out of 5 stars Rightwing lies
Once again, a non-scientist trashes the opinion of the overwhelming majority of scientists because his paymasters will lose money if we learn the truth. Shameful bilge.
Published 6 months ago by Jonathan H. Morison
1.0 out of 5 stars Why is it....
That people who have an intimate knowledge of a subject cannot write a book in plain English that us dimwits can understand. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wufu
5.0 out of 5 stars Will the West remain the core of the world economy or relegated to its...
This book is a very important long-awaited book that provides valuable insight about the political stakeholders behind the tale of climate change and the climate change politics.
Published 12 months ago by Ann L-Henriksson
5.0 out of 5 stars The story of how unelected political cliques looked for a chance to...
The author begins by covering the history of those who confidently make pessimistic predictions about the future, usually by assuming man is incapable of technological improvement... Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. A. Woodburn
1.0 out of 5 stars A Science Free Zone
I borrowed this book from the library. Thank goodness I didn't waste any money on it.

The commentary on the protracted negotiations and power brokering of climate... Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Porter
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