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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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11 Sep 2012
If global warming isn t real then how come the ice caps are melting? Why would all the world s top scientists lie to us? What exactly is so wrong with biofuels, wind farms, carbon taxes, sustainability and preserving scarce resources for future generations? And what about Bangladesh, the drowning Maldives and all those endangered polar bears? James Delingpole has all the answers and they re not the ones Al Gore would like you to hear. In Watermelons, Delingpole tells the shocking true story of how a handful of political activists, green campaigners and voodoo scientists engineered the world s biggest, most expensive and destructive outbreak of mass hysteria one that threatens the very fabric of Western Civilisation. As the world stands on the brink of a new Great Depression, Delingpole s message could not be more timely or urgent. In order to save our planet must we really surrender to the green movement s misanthropic tyranny? Or might there be a better way?

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing (11 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849544050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849544054
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is a serious and significant book' - Matt Ridley, The Spectator --h

'It is so many things at once a polemic, an analysis, an enormously valuable, well-researched and referenced resource, inspiring to those of us committed to opposing climate alarmism, convincing for those still in doubt, a horrid shock to the Warmists, and an awful warning of the economic damage we re doing to the West in general and the UK in particular if we go on down the Chris Huhne/Lib-Dem/Coalition s primrose path to perdition. It s more than that. It s also a stonkingly good read. The kind of book you d be glad you took on holiday with you, instead of the usual airport block-buster. It s right up there with Mark Steyn and P.J. O Rourke. In places it s laugh-out-loud funny. Delingpole has a neat way of anticipating reader reaction, and addressing it head-on, so that it feels more like a conversation than a lecture.' - Roger Helmer MEP --/

'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

'It is so many things at once a polemic, an analysis, an enormously valuable, well-researched and referenced resource, inspiring to those of us committed to opposing climate alarmism, convincing for those still in doubt, a horrid shock to the Warmists, and an awful warning of the economic damage we re doing to the West in general and the UK in particular if we go on down the Chris Huhne/Lib-Dem/Coalition s primrose path to perdition. It s more than that. It s also a stonkingly good read. The kind of book you d be glad you took on holiday with you, instead of the usual airport block-buster. It s right up there with Mark Steyn and P.J. O Rourke. In places it s laugh-out-loud funny. Delingpole has a neat way of anticipating reader reaction, and addressing it head-on, so that it feels more like a conversation than a lecture.' - Roger Helmer MEP --http://www.tfa.net/2012/01/30/watermelons-delingpole-on-climate/

'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 --http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielhannan/100150334/what-happened-to-manbearpig/

About the Author

James Delingpole is the notorious author, broadcaster, blogger and polemicist who helped break the Climategate story.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 July 2014
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Everyone should read this before forming an opinion on climate change
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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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47 of 66 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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17 of 24 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars eye-opener 17 Mar 2014
By JT
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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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44 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A standard primer on climate change politics 28 Feb 2012
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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 This man pays his mortage via semantics
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... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Am I an idiot?
Counter arguments are useful; they test your own conviction, strength your responses, encourage a continued debate and deepen understanding. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars utter nonsense.
Nothing based on fact, research, observation, reality, other than inane non scientific rhetoric.
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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
Published 4 months ago by Rob Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Excellent book - very readable - excellent writer. Very clearly written - you won't put it down once you started!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crucifying the innocent.
A thorough debunking of the Global Warming Scam. CO2 dangerous? How do you think those dinosaurs got to be so big? Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Huge Dose of Realism
Brilliantly written book which exposes the nonsense that is spoken on the name of science. Good to hear the alternative view which has been strangled by the media.
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1.0 out of 5 stars ill-informed nonsense
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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