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Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children's Future [Paperback]

James Delingpole
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16 Feb 2012
The shocking story of how an unholy mix of junk science, green hype, corporate greed and political opportunism led to the biggest and most expensive outbreak of mass hysteria in history. Watermelons explains the Climategate scandal, the cast of characters involved, their motives and methods. He delves into the background of the organisations and individuals who have sought to push global warming to the top of the political agenda, showing that beneath their cloak of green lurks a heart of red. Watermelons shows how the scientific method has been sacrificed on the altar of climate alarmism. Delingpole mocks the green movement s record of apocalyptic predictions, reveals the fundamental misanthropy of green ideology, and gives a refreshing voice to widespread public skepticism over global warming, emphasising that the crisis has been engineered by people seeking to control our lives by imposing new taxes and regulations. Your taxes will be raised, your liberties curtailed and your money squandered to deal with this crisis, he writes. Delingpole argues that climate change is an ideological battle, not a scientific one. Green on the outside, red on the inside, the libertyloathing, humanity-hating watermelons of the modern environmental movement do not want to save the world. They want to rule it.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback (16 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849542171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849542173
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a serious and significant book." -- Matt Ridley, The Spectator<br/ ><br/ > "A polemic, an analysis, an enormously valuable, well-researched and referenced resource." -- Roger Helmer MEP <br/ ><br/ > "Delingpole is a brilliantly funny and entertaining writer. You ll zoom through his book in a day and, at the end, you ll be able to win almost any argument about climate change" --Daniel Hannan MEP

"Did Delingpole s book convince me to come down on his side of the argument? No, but it did unsettle me, shake me out of my complacency and make me question my own views. What more could any polemicist ask for?" --Mail on Sunday

About the Author

James Delingpole is the British writer who helped expose the Climategate scandal in his the Daily Telegraph blog. He also writes a column for The Spectator. His books include 365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy and Welcome to Obamaland.


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book is profoundly misleading to those who aren't familiar with relevant scientific studies of climate change. By suggesting inaction, it is also very dangerous for those future generations who will have to suffer the consequences of the policies advocated by people such as Delingpole who have their heads stuck firmly in the sand. I was aghast at the lack of scientific basis for almost everything the author claims. Well worth avoiding, unless you're carrying out research into propaganda and denial.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The only thing stolen was my money on this book 20 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Filled with biased
Profoundly misleading
Pure non-scientific guesswork
Only this author could claim that global warming is not the result of human activity

If you are an environmentalist buy the paper version because it is really good for compost, this is better than COW MANURE
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too political, very little science 26 Nov 2012
By Iain S
Format:Paperback
Pro's:
Exposes a lot of the exaggerated and misinformed claims of lobby groups, and credibility issues with the IPCC.
Has a good discussion of overpopulation, pointing out that there have been people saying overpopulation was a problem since the Roman times, I liked this chapter.

Con's:
Very little scientific analysis, it seems author's scepticism is based mostly on attitudes like: 'those left-wing nutters believe in it, therefore it must be nonsense'.
Contains some rather strange analogies, For example, when discussing the attitude of people who take the view that the science isn't settled, therefore it would still be prudent to reduce emissions in case AGW is real, the author compares this to Pascal's wager about believing in god because the cost of doing is small vs the risk of god existing and going to hell for not believing in him.
Quite bizarre attacks on energy-saving light bulbs, calling them yellow and flickery (is he buying cheap ones on ebay I wonder?), my experience of them is quite the opposite.

On the whole, I think if you're interested in politics, and less in science, and of the right-wing persuasion you will like this book - it's kind of the anti-Ben Elton.

The reason I wouldn't give it a better rating though is that the author's arguments are 90% using the lawyers trick of attacking the credibility of witnesses, he makes very little scientific argument, only mentioning questionable tree-ring data, and talking about there being no warming since 1998. Also he is quite inconsistent in the book, at one point saying AGW wasn't happening, and at another saying the science wasn't settled. He also makes what I think is a really childish statement of "Who wouldn't want a few more degrees of warming?" - I think most people living below 35 degrees of latitude wouldn't.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This man pays his mortage via semantics 1 Jun 2014
By BHOB
Format:Paperback
Can't really see any science in the book.

Can't really understand the lack of some important points (infinite growth vs finite resources, ice shelf melting at twice the rate expected so on and so forth)

Written for the middle class types who don't see themselves as part of the resource usage equation (and pollutive effect) and feel they are perfect simply because they pay there taxes....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars utter nonsense. 10 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Nothing based on fact, research, observation, reality, other than inane non scientific rhetoric.
Ok for the doubters, very worrying for the adults who love their children and grand children.

You wonder if this is a funded response by any of the many vested interests who fear the truth of the obvious facts, observation, science of our earth's demise by the killing virus - mankind!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I thought that there was a bit too much ranting 19 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Or maybe the author just feels very passionately about the subject. The style of writing did put me off of what I had hoped would be an interesting subject. I gave up before I was half way through.
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29 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I would consider myself fairly open-minded about the whole green issue, but this book is beyond silly.

It seems a ploy on the over-the-top controversy simply to sell books, rather than actually address the issues at hand.

There are numerous cases where the author has attempted to refute scientific method, and apply non-scientific guesswork in the void he has created.

Whilst the whole green agenda is irrefutably mislead by politics, this book is even more misleading.

Its as if the whole book is a poorly judged piece of satire, or just meant to be for ignorant people that read the daily mail.

The opinions of those that deny tested and evidence science and claim the government are leading a global conspiracy should be sectioned for paranoid schizophrenia, something that this book is trying to perpetuate.

Had the author had a background in environmental science, or a professorship in a similar discipline this work might have have some grounding, but it offers no peer-reviewed or statistically tested evidence for the arguments he puts across.

The thing with science is only tested and repeatable evidence can you make an argument, whereas this book simply guesses.

Readable if you think the whole book is intended as satire, or some highly ironic ruse, otherwise it comes across as the work of an ill-educated madman.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Am I an idiot? 28 May 2014
Format:Paperback
Counter arguments are useful; they test your own conviction, strength your responses, encourage a continued debate and deepen understanding. I bought this book as my thinking tends to lean towards the ideology of individuals who frustrate Delingpole and I wanted to know why this considers me to be a Watermelon.

I enjoy reading blogs. Short, snappy and often humorous, they can tug, poke, annoy, engage and at times, inspire. Blogs are often emotive, it is this that makes them interesting, but in this medium as the whole book is written in the style of a blog, I am not convinced it portrays Delingpole’s arguments in a way he would wish; it becomes quite tiresome to read and the general theme and run of argument is lost.

Self-deprecation can also be humorous but here it is overused and does not help the argument. And while Delingpole at times derides emotive language he tends to be guilty of it himself which at times gets a little bit tedious and school playground - my scientist is better and more honest than your scientist.

The conclusions are a bit flat, while he suggests he understands the counter arguments about liking green fields, clean air, and polar bears he doesn’t really deliver a conclusive finale. He states there is no middle way yet it can also be written that global corporations dominate much of government debate, are non-democratic in the structure, and yet dictate massively what we eat, consume and how we live. Dissent both left and right and tends to steers a middle way, which is why I have given this 3 stars, not great read but certainly not a bad one either.

Delingpole plays an important role in challenging green views, dissension is always difficult, one man’s freedom fighter is another man terrorist so they say, but I don’t think inflammatory language and branding me an idiot, as well as a watermelon, both of which I believe I am not, helps me endear myself to his argument.
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