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Tour De Force
on 17 March 2013
This book demolishes the claim that our planet is threatened by global warming. It is beautifully written and witty.
Some 4 years ago Christopher Booker began the demolition process in his excellent book:'The Real Global Warming'.He exposed bogus computer models that were used by the likes of Al Gore and others to 'prove' we were facing disaster. He quoted the first IPCC Chairman, Sir John Houghton admitting that:'Unless we announce disasters, no one will listen'.Booker showed how, contrary to all expert predictions, global temperatures had not continued to rise, instead they had flattened out or even fallen. Furthermore, he exposed the fact that the IPCC's brief was not to objectively weigh the evidence, it was to begin by assuming climate change as proven, and then go on to promote and inspire the political response to a threat which had never been proved! He demonstrated that the cost of the measures being suggested in order to combat the 'threat' would be 'astronomic'.
In this new book by Rupert Darwell the author supports Booker's thesis with superb arguments and facts. He shows how an increasing number of leading scientists are admitting that earlier forecasts of global catastrophe were exaggerated.
Darwell exposes the dubious claims of the green movement, in particular the meaningless idea of 'sustainable development'. He describes computer predictions as a prime example of Popper's famous term:'pseudo-science' or Marx's historical materialism. He explains why this is. It is because the claims predicted cannot be proven or falsified by scientific experiment or evidence.
Few politicians and well-known scientists emerge with credit from Darwell's analysis. Both were, and still are, guilty of mutually reinforcing an evangelical debate. That well-known actor Tony Blair was at the forefront of exaggerated claims about global warming when occupying number 10.
Darwell brilliantly exposes the discredited 'hockey stick' graph that is still used to show, it is claimed, that current temperatures have not been experienced for thousands of years. He shows how the manipulation of statistics is used to support the graph.
Darwell's superb book focuses on an analysis of what he calls the:'Global Warming Policy Paradox', namely that the proposed solutions are more damaging than the problems they are meant to solve.
This book is a must-read. It is a very timely reminder of how careful we need to be when listening to the claims of politicians and those scientists who wrap their claims in impenetrable jargon backed up by the evidence of computer models that have been fed with dubious statistical data.