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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]

Christopher Booker
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17 Oct 2009
This original book considers one of the most extraordinary scientific and political stories of our time: how in the 1980s a handful of scientists came to believe that mankind faced catastrophe from runaway global warming, and how today this has persuaded politicians to land us with what promises to be the biggest bill in history. Christopher Booker interweaves the science of global warming with that of its growing political consequences, showing how just when the politicians are threatening to change our Western way of life beyond recognition, the scientific evidence behind the global warming theory is being challenged like never before. The book exposes the myth that the global warming theory is supported by a consensus of the world s top climate scientists'. It shows how the UN s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is run by a small group of global warming zealots, who have repeatedly rigged evidence to support their theory. But the politicians, pushed by the media, have so fallen for its propaganda that, short of dramatic change, our Western world now faces an unprecedented disaster.

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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: 13.8 x 3.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,272 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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242 of 278 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and devastating 15 Oct 2009
By Gareth
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Global Warming is it real? 7 Jun 2013
By John
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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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117 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Should Read This Book! 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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95 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive judgement 25 Oct 2009
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 3 July 2013
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Finally a clear, concise, truthful account of the history of the manmade Climate Change scam being fostered on the citizens of this world.

The book goes into the background of how politics hijacked science, how people are having their money stolen for no reason other than to enrich a few individuals. It tells the awful story of how world renowned scientists are being denied funding because they dared ask that the debate be conducted with proper scientific rigour.

It leaves no doubt how high this scam goes, how our money funds the Met Office and the BBC to follow personal agendas, without any concern for the truth.

And finally why, it looks at what the science, the facts, really tell us.

I defy anyone to read this book and then still believe the lies we are constantly being fed.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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I have just finished reading this book and thoroughly enjoyed it, although its message is far from enjoyable. It provides a good overview of the development of the AGW movement and highlights just how highly political it has become over the past three decades.

I would not for one minute suggest that this is the only book one should read on the subject, but for anyone with an open-mind who is willing to see that there is more than one view (the Consensus view) on what is driving climate change this book will provide some interesting viewpoints and facts.

The eco-warriors will claim that this is more conspiracy dwaddle. On the contrary, I think it provides a very credible social and political analysis of how a belief system can take on quasi-religious fervour and bias. The IPCC position was never intended to be an independent and non-bias organisation. Rather it was formed through the vision and influence of a small circle of individuals who were convinced that the relatively recent pattern of observed 'global warming' has been caused by human industrial processes, in particular the release of CO2 (carbon dioxide). The vehicle of the IPCC has evolved into a juggernaut that has travelled via Rio, Kyoto and now Copenhagen to harness the political leaders of the West (post Clinton and Bush) to embrace the theory as truth. Most recently, the Gore machine and his 'inconvenient truth' video provides the ultimate 'dumbing-down' and distortion of science to emerge in a long-time.

The current questioning of Gore by Congressional Committee, the Climategate fiasco and Copenhagen make a lot more sense after one has read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone who grumbles about their energy bill should read this ...
Anyone who grumbles about their energy bill should read this, and will then realise how the general public is being continually conned by the so called "experts" ,... Read more
Published 10 days ago by andrew hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book giving the alternative view to the climate change ...
Excellent book giving the alternative view to the climate change debate where it is so important to reach a balanced discussion which unfortunately is sadly lacking in the media. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mrs. S. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent expose
This excellent book deserves to be on the reading list of politicians everywhere. Booker shows how the evidence for man-made climate change is not only flimsy but, in some key... Read more
Published 3 months ago by teleny
5.0 out of 5 stars My 'Bible" on Climate Change. The arguments presented are ...
My 'Bible" on Climate Change. The arguments presented are back-up with references to academic work and cannot be challenged.
Published 3 months ago by Simon
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of money and time
The worst possible book on climate change. It can only appeal to skeptics who refuse to talk about science and vouch for the continuation of fossil fuel dominance.
Published 8 months ago by Andrea Marandino
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire and devious
Booker is a liar, and a dangerous one at that. Evidence of AGW is overwhelming, and even if it weren't, surely the Precautionary principle should come into play here?! Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Cushley
5.0 out of 5 stars Look For The Truth
Most of us are not trained in climate science, so, if we really want to know what's going on, it makes sense to look at the opinions of scientists on both sides of the debate. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Harry McComish
5.0 out of 5 stars The real truth.
A truly balanced report, expertly researched and compiled. Here we have all the truths, lies and hypocrisy concerning the global warming hysteria. A revelation!
Published 13 months ago by Bernard Colbran
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book makes a very interesting read and was like new when purchased even though was second hand speedy postage too :-)
Published 15 months ago by polly
5.0 out of 5 stars Green view
Very useful insight into global warming arguments.
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