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The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is The Obsession With `Climate Change` Turning Out To Be The Most Costly Scientific Blunder In History? Hardcover – 17 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum; First Edition edition (17 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441110526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441110527
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.6 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Christopher Booker writes for the Sunday Telegraph and is the bestselling author of The Seven Basic Plots, The Real Global Warming Disaster, The Great Deception and Scared to Death (all published by Bloomsbury Continuum). He has been an author and journalist for nearly 50 years, and was the founding editor of the satirical magazine Private Eye.

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'[Booker] digs, he makes the calls, he reads the small print, he takes up the cause of the little man and campaigns, he speaks truth to power without fear or favour ... I'd rate [Booker] among the greatest [journalists] of the age ... [The Real Global Warming Disaster] is another of those classics which any vaguely intelligent person who wants to know what's really going on needs to read.' --James Delingpole, The Spectator

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As a noted commentator on the political, social and psychological history of our time, Christopher Booker has in recent years, through his weekly Sunday Telegraph column, become the most conspicuous global warming sceptic in the British press. He has based his view on exhaustive research into the scientific evidence for and against the theory of man-made climate change . His professional interest in this issue grew out of research for his previous book Scared The Death, co-written with Dr Richard North, a study of the scare phenomenon which has been such a prominent feature of Western life in recent decades. Booker s other recent books have included The Seven Basic Plots, a best-selling analysis of why we tell stories which has established itself as a standard text (also published by Continuum). He has been an author and journalist for nearly 50 years, and was the founding editor of the satirical magazine Private Eye.


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Format: Hardcover
This is easily the best of several books I have read on the subject of global warming. Booker traces the history of the alarm over AGW from its origin - following the careers of the main proponents of the scare, such as James Hansen and Al Gore. In doing so he highlights their political manouevring, their inability to debate and justify their views and their growing vested interests. He describes in detail the way the notorious "Hockey Stick" graph appeared, became a major propaganda weapon, then became completely discredited. He describes how the British government's scientific advisers were exposed and humiliated when they tried to recruit leading Russian scientists to the crusade against global warming.
Booker goes on to chronicle the political response to warming - the process that led to Kyoto, the proliferation of useless wind farms and the British government's new law which requires us to reduce CO2 emissions by 80%, without having the slightest idea how to do so without shutting down the economy.
If you only buy one book about global warming, buy this one.
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This was a fairly concentrated read - but well worth it. a lot of believeable information and it helps to balance the obsession with Global Warming (and its all our fault!) which permeates just about every newspaper and TV report. Would you believe I was doing a survey for a local library recently and one of the staff asked whether I was going to be asking any questions about how Global Warming is impacting on people attending the library !!!!! It's become an unhealthy obsession and Christopher Booker book give you "the other side of the story". Excellent.
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Put out the phone, take the cat off the hook and settle down in your igloo with this admirable and most entertaining narration of warmist frauds, scams, and book-cooking. Apparently, when you serve a higher truth, lying is alright.
This fine history, fully referenced, is on the politics of it all. It's a rivetting read and a real eye-opener.
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Everyone should read it, but especially if you are a politician or policy maker heading for the Copenhagen Climate Conference later this year. Sadly, of course, they will not.

Christopher Booker has written a devastating critique of the `global warming consensus' that has grown-up and been driven by an array of individuals and groups (but certainly not expert climate scientists), aided by a weak and compliant media. See my review of Flat Earth News by Nick Davies to see just how easy it is to use the media and some of these people, including Al Gore are true experts in media manipulation and news management.

I am no scientist, but I have become curious enough over the years to investigate a little deeper into the `scientific consensus' that mankind has put the earth in such a serious environmental state that it can only be saved by drastic government actions. Of course, the truth is there is no scientific consensus and never has been. Why our political leaders have not been at least as equally as curious is a damning indictment of them - after all they are the ones committing our economies to potentially billions of pounds of expenditure to `save the planet'. As responsible public servants, they have a duty to ensure the money will be well spent and achieve the stated objective.

One of the most telling sections for me is an incident in the Australian Senate earlier this year, when a Senator wanted the answer to 3 questions before he would vote with the government on a controversial cap and trade scheme driven by a blind belief in the `global warming consensus'.
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Well written and informative. If you have a healthy questioning mind this book will help you to see through the vested interests, scare stories and associated propaganda that passes for news coverage in the UK (and probably the rest of the western world).
There may be some factual inaccuracies ( I'm not sure Snowdon is Britain's highest peak, surely there a few Scottish mountains higher), but the general thrust of the book just reads true. I've been reading it in conjunction with Nassim Taleb's "The Black Swan" and much of what Taleb says about experts in general, can be applied to all those mentioned in CB's book who are given to making long term predictions. Pity our leaders and opinion formers don't appear to have healthy questioning minds!
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This is a well-written and entertaining polemic which lands some very effective blows on important soft targets. He is mainly attacking the "hockey stick" as piece of political propaganda rather than science and the political consensus which has developed to drive policy at the expense of rational and open debate.

But it is important to understand Christopher Booker as an entertaining extremist who likes to find people who hold extreme views, show how flawed they are and conclude that everything anyone says is therefore a lie. This is faulty logic. As an example he has also written on evolution. Dawkins uses exactly this tactic to attack naive Creationists and somehow conclude that therefore God does not exist. Booker attacks Dawkins by pointing out that evolution does not explain everything. What they have in common is that they ignore the fact that most people know this and most sensible opinion is in between. Dawkins does not represent evolution any more than Creationists represent Christianity. They are both extreme sects with limited but vocal support.

The recent exposure of the CRU emails supports many of his assertions in the book. But this is not a book which addresses the science or even acknowledges what it actually is setting out to demonstrate. I think he is producing evidence to support the idea that the science is not "settled" or "certain". He concludes from this that it is all therefore a lie and that there is no AGW. But this is not a necessary conclusion; it could just be regular science on a complex topic.

As an aside my personal view is that the insistence of the AGW lobby that the science is "certain" is counterproductive. It is a silly assertion which leaves them open to this type of attack as a small chink in the argument makes everything fall down.
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