- 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)
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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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'[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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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.
This fine history, fully referenced, is on the politics of it all. It's a rivetting read and a real eye-opener.
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'.Read more ›
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!
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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Myth buster at work. Booker (and sometimes North who often co-collaborates) lift yet more lids on scammers charlatans and liars.Published 29 days ago by R. E. Lee
Should be on the school curriculum. A view just never given these days. A balanced investigation. No sensation, no massaging of statistics, just a look at "facts".Published 1 month ago by juliem
A cynical collection of the most convincing climate change denialist rubbish, all in one convenient place. Gives people what they want though, hence the four star average. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Frightening when you take it on board, and cogently argued'
This book exposes a horrible perversion of science that too many of us have sleep-walked into accepting. Read more
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... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Iain
Christopher Booker is very clued up and his analysis is spot onPublished 11 months ago by James Orr
Common sense and good research make the journalist. Doesn't matter if you believe in AGW/Climate Change Via Mankind's Selfishness, this is a must read if you are at all looking for... Read morePublished 11 months ago by MrsPaul
He has written a very one sided account and ignored a great deal of evidnce that is contrary to a very prejudiced viewPublished 12 months ago by Raymond Phillip Sanger
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