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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,071 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Giving the other side of the argument. 9 April 2014
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This was a well researched, amusing and very easy to read book re. the reasons why we are right to be sceptical of this CO2 theory. People need to know the other side of the argument, because argument it is, the science is NOT settled. I read it in tandem with The Neglected Sun which revealed how much of an influence the sun and oceanic cycles have on our planet which seems to have been very much overlooked by the so called climate scientists. A book to enjoy.
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47 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time for reflection 12 Jun 2012
By D. Lye
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As a layman who is interested in the subject, I cannot be sure whether James Delingpole is right in his rebuttal of the theory of man-made global warming. But whatever the truth may be, Delingpole has written a trenchant, concise and entertaining critique of the environmentalist lobby that has grown up around the climate change agenda.

On climate change itself, Delingpole's two key points are (a) that global temperatures stopped rising in 1998, and (b) that the case for man-made climate change rests to a large extent on dubious and selective use of research evidence. Those are potentially explosive claims. I asked a climate scinece expert I know who told me (a) is true (adding that the science depends on trends over the longer term - so this is not a conclusive piece of evidence either way), but said that (b) is arguable. But Delingpole does enough in this book to make the case to rebut the environmentalists' claim that "the science is settled".

More tellingly, Delingpole exposes the left-wing/socialist bias that underpins the environmentalist movement - hence the title: watermelons are green on the outside, red on the inside. He also exposes the power, resources and tactics (including censorship and character assassination) of parts of the green movement, which belie its squeaky-clean image. And this, for me was the most telling part of the book. Even if one accepts man-made climate change as plausible, the remedies called for by the green lobby are socialistic, utopian, and of dubious utility. Authors who accept the climate change hypothesis - for example Mark Lynas - have come up with more practical and sensible approaches to dealing with it, whilst Bjorn Lomborg and others have exposed the inadequacies of the current Kyoto consensus.

Delingpole's book is best read alongside these other works, to put it in a proper context. But it's a strong and distincive contribution to the debate. And it's highly entertaining too.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too political, very little science 26 Nov 2012
By Iain 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.

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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars eye-opener 17 Mar 2014
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As a climate change sceptic myself, this book helped me strengthen my belief that global warming is one of the most outlandish hoaxes ever perpetrated in modern history. The book is very witty and enjoyable, yet thoroughly researched and well substantiated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exposing widespread myths and deliberate frauds 15 Feb 2012
It seems everyone is banging on about manmade climate change these days (the scientific theory formerly known as Global Warming). Well, whether you are a realist or Warmist you must read this book.

Is our climate is changing? Yes. And it always has. But the real question is are humans exacerbating it and if not why are poeple promoting the anthropomorphic theory? Cui bono?

There will be those who moan and gripe that the author is not a scientist, which is true, but his copious footnotes show he roots his work in scientific research. As such his argument labelling Warmist Theory as "the fastest growing religion of the modern age" is hard to refute.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A standard primer on climate change politics 28 Feb 2012
Chapter Six has the intrepid Dellers at the Heartland Institute's Fourth Annual Conference on Climate Change in Chicago - enjoying the lavish hospitality from Big Oil, or so we are led to believe.

He is amongst principled people, he says, several of whom have become his personal heroes. And the last thing he wants to do is make them feel unwanted. Nevertheless, he goes on to attempt just that. It really doesn't matter how many brilliant papers Roy Spencer produces on cloud cover feedback, he writes:

"... or how many times that Nils-Axel Mörner proves that sea levels show absolutely no sign of dangerous increase. This is a debate that no sceptic scientist can possibly win, no matter how much apparently overwhelmingly persuasive evidence they produce. That's because the debate was never about 'the science' in the first place. It was, is and always will be about politics."

Latterly, this is the theme to which Dellers returns in his current blog. But the text comes from this superb book, Watermelons, which needs to find a space on the bookshelf of everybody who wants to understand how the world works.

The reason it should have such wide appeal is that, while it comes into the category of "global warming", it is in fact an intensely political book. The sub-title tells all, identifying the subject of the book, the threat that is "killing the planet, destroying the economy and stealing your children's future" - the watermellons, a "handful of political activists, green campaigners and voodoo scientists.

As you might imagine, though, Dellers does not pull punches.
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1.0 out of 5 stars James provides a very one-sided consideration about the use of finite...
This book ignores the dangers of pollution, oil spills and conflicts surrounding finite resource exploitation, climate change is only considered
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And potentially dangerous, but luckily only fools would be taken in by this drivel. It really would be a good idea if he could try to understand one or two of the issues, but why... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest books I've read
No book has made me laugh out loud as much as this book has. James points out the hypocrisies of the left and environmental movements, time and time again they trip over their own... Read more
Published 2 months ago by PsychoPigeon
2.0 out of 5 stars I thought that there was a bit too much ranting
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. Read more
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