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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 (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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'.

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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

About the Author

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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244 of 281 people found the following review helpful By Gareth on 15 Oct. 2009
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Iain on 15 Mar. 2015
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Even though this book is a few years old now, it (in my view) still holds true. How the world can really believe that human activity is responsible for all climate change beggars belief, and even more arrogant is the belief that humankind can reverse/change it back again at the expense of the developing world. What these people should be doing is ensuring we use our resources in a much more thrifty way and to secure efficient energy use for the third world especially.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John on 7 Jun. 2013
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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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lightning_dragon on 18 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished this book and have a scientific background.

I have also just been reading a lot of the comments regarding other reviews.

I am not that clever but here is what I think of the book.

It was an entertaining read. It asked questions about the validity of data and the supposed manipulation of said data to bring about the "end of the world" scenario that the pro-Global Warming lobby seem hell bent on (please excuse the pun) presenting.
I have to say that the text reads as less than balanced (as the vehement anti-Gore/Mann/IPCC sentiment attests to) but have to admit that I am swung by the more than real questions regarding the "social" connections between the IPCC report "scientists" and the very real criticisms of the manipulation of data by independent specialists in their respective fields (e.g. Wegman). I find the suppression, if that is the real truth, of Svensmark's papers (muon seeding) because of their possible anti-concensus spin really disturbing.

I will add that this book is written by a JOURNALIST not a SCIENTIST so all those reviewers/zealots from either camp should stay away from it. It will not change your mind! I am, personally, glad it isn't written by a scientist because, having read so many papers in my time, it would be deathly dull and wouldn't get you moved either way.

BIG CRITICISM - For a journalist there had been very slack tracking of errors. Spelling and basic grammar were found lacking in most chapters. I'm guessing that Mr Booker has such feelings that his fingers were in a blur on the keyboard. No excuses - bad writing (I should know, I'm not Shakespeare) from a broadsheet newspaper should be a criminal offence.
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119 of 147 people found the following review helpful By T. K. BENNETT on 19 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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