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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Anthropogenic Global Warminging scam thoroughly exposed and debunked., 17 Jan 2014
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The Anthropogenic Global Warminging scam thoroughly exposed and debunked by a brilliant and lucid writer. I would recommend this to anyone. The logic of the revelations is unimpeachable. I sent a copy to my MP, Hilary Benn, who was Sec of State for the Environment in the last Labour Government, in the hope that the arguments deployed might penetrate the moralistic fug that clogs the brain of the pathologically altruistic promoters of what is the greatest scientific scam ever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "A failure of honesty, a failure of diligence, a failure of integrity", 20 Dec 2012
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A photograph of Andrew Montford on the back of the book suggests an amiable cove, but don't be misled. He's a terrier who pursues his prey relentlessly, and once his teeth are into his quarry he doesn't let go.

As an interested amateur I found his book was not an easy read. Following the ramifications of the emails between the protagonists it is easy to get lost in the welter of skulduggery and malfeasance. However what one loses in some of the detail is subsumed in the general impression of the corruption of science by those in the orthodox climatology community.

However I think that what is most astonishing about this book is not the corruption of science which it reveals but its exposure of the abysmal failure of those appointed to investigate the suspicion of that corruption. The three committees charged with this task (those chaired by Sir Muir Russell and Lord Oxburgh and the Government's Science & Technology Committee) failed so comprehensively to look at many of the most basic problems that one wonders how they can have any credibility at all. Compared with the rigour with which Montford has explored the issues their efforts appear positively infantile, and one is left with the impression that their main priority was not to rock the boat of the establishment view on anthropogenic global warming.

One of the most interesting aspects of the book is the revelation that as soon as Montford was known to be working on a critique of the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit for the Global Warming Policy Foundation he and his colleague Benny Peiser were subjected to a crude smear campaign by The Times and The Guardian.

What would be really interesting would be to read a review of this book by an establishment climatologist. I don't suppose we'll get one because their only possible response is to ignore it, as with Montford's last book, The Hockey Stick Illusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy climateers protected by creepy members of the establishment, 8 Dec 2012
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The Hockey Stick Illusion, by the same author, was heartening in so much as it told an heroic tale of stalwart investigation by outsiders of a piece of shoddy data analysis called the hockey-stick. So shoddy that great efforts were made to hide the raw data, hide the code used, and when that failed, largely by accident, great efforts were made to minimise the damage to 'the cause'. This book describes some associated efforts to protect various ne'er-do-wells exposed by the climategate email and code releases. It includes telling of admirable efforts to get at the truth using, eventually, FOI legislation. It includes detailed accounts of how blatantly, almost pantomime-like certainly Sir Humphrey-like, feeble-from-the-start enquiries succeeded in ignoring key questions they were meant to address, failing to call key experts to be questioned, and failing to question in even a remotely penetrating fashion the rather creepy perpetrators of shoddy academic practices and outright deceits - all admitted or described or encouraged in the emails themselves. The hockey-stick was ruthlessly exploited for PR purposes by the IPCC, by Al Gore, and by the eco-zealots of the mass media and of no end of fear-exploiting organisations, and as such it became very important even although it was intrinsically a piece of third-rate work of no scientific merit whatsoever. The Climategate materials provided insight into the rotten subculture that could produce and promote such work. This book recalls that, and provides the deepest and most detailed analysis I have come across of the several enquiries that followed. The book is extremely well-written, and will become, I guess and hope, a major reference for years and decades to come. The author ends his book with these words "The response to it [Climategate] was an extraordinary failure of the institutions and of the people who are paid to protect the public interest - a failure of honesty, a failure of diligence, a failure of integrity. Their failure to seek the truth and to speak the truth condemns them utterly." These people are still in positions of power and influence. Get this book and find out why you would fervently wish that not to be so.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a forensic examination, 30 Nov 2012
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This is a forensic examination of what happened after the Climategate e-mails went public in late 2009, and in particular of the three main inquiries that were conducted: two at the behest of the University of East Anglia, chaired respectively by Lord Oxburgh and Sir Muir Russell, and one by the House of Commons Science Select Committee. There is also reference to an inquiry by Penn State University into some of Michael Mann's activities, and to a second review of the issue by the Select Committee. But the main focus is on Russell and Oxburgh.

What emerges is a curious mixture of incompetence and wilful ignoring of some important issues. The University of East Anglia clearly decided early on to defend one of its most prolific and high-profile research units, and set up its inquiries accordingly. The Select Committee simply seems to have been out of its depth, although I don't think it was reasonable for lay people to apply the same rigour as a person close to the issues such as this author. And he does rather labour some not very material points.

One thing that doesn't come across is that although Jones, Briffa, Mann and co escaped without obvious penalty from the inquiries, it was pretty clear to any discerning observer that the inquiries had not been much good. This even found its way into some of the newspaper accounts (by the likes of Fred Pearce), some of which are quoted here. It's good to have this on record, but I did not feel that it was quite such an eye-opener as The Hockey Stick Illusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a falling off was there!, 30 Dec 2012
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M. Woodman "hikeandbikemike" (Exeter, England) - See all my reviews
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The decline which needed to be hidden concerned some inconveniently-trending data at the end of an otherwise well-behaved series meant for inclusion in a tendentious IPCC report. The artifices by which the required misleading portrayal was achieved entailed an even more dreadful decline involving debasement of the scientific process itself.

This book is as much to do with how the latter falling-off came to be hidden as it is about the original subterfuges exposed in the Climategate email hack. It takes the form of a tragedy in which there always seems to be some hope that good will triumph, right up to the final two despairing paragraphs. It is a compelling account, meticulously detailed with a comprehensive bibliography and masses of cross-references to facilitate the tying together of related streams of narrative.

There have been other occasions when science and commerce have formed ill-matched relationships to the extent that data presentation became the servant of the message. But in the case of anthropogenic global warming, science has also thrown in its lot with politics, a grimier business altogether.

At no stage did any conjunction of objectives among the scientists become a conspiracy, of course: there was only ever a close alliance of partners with shared interests; a tendency to exclude others of unlike opinion (using serious pressure, if necessary); a guarding of data and knowhow from prying outsiders; the building, in short, of a bandwagon which - when boarded by people with political and financial clout - morphed into a gravy train; a rallying together and closing of ranks when pressure of ensuing investigations dictated; a reliance on influential associates to apply bucketfuls of whitewash all the way up to parliamentary enquiries into enquiries.

The author has fashioned a fascinating and readable tale out of an ultimately depressing saga in which that malign mix of climate change hysteria with its leechlike renewables-subsidy bonanza has embroiled government and scientific bodies alike in lies and yet more lies. His fearless exposure of incompetence in the face of duplicity has succeeded where both national media and scientific press have dismally failed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - as expected from this author, 14 May 2013
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If you think you know about the Climategate e-mails read this book and, of course, Montford's previous book on Climategate. It shows the lengths these 'scientists' will go to to keep you scared.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hiding the Decline, 10 Feb 2013
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A must read for all you climate junkies who have woken up to the CAGW scam. Read it and send a copy to your MP, just to let him know we are fed up with being conned and rooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hiding the Decline, 17 Jan 2013
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A veritable tour de force to follow this authors' previous book 'The Hockey Stick Illusion'. The science is explained in sufficient detail to satisfy both the scientist and scientifically illiterate. Immensly readable; clear prose and a stunning indictment on the establishment which produced the dodgy science in the first place and the extraordinary lengths to which that same establisment has gone to cover its tracks. This is a five star book, no error, and should be read by anyone with the slightest interest in the climate.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The story behind Climategate, 31 Dec 2012
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Andrew Montford has a sure grasp of the complexities in the Climategate scandal and puts it all in highly readable form. This book lifts the lid on the deceptions perpetrated by so-called climate scientists and their attempts to cover their tracks.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy follow-up to The Hockey Stick Illusion, 29 Dec 2012
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Andrew Montford has taken up where he left off at the end of the Hockey Stick Illusion. This book is written in the same style, factual but very readable, and takes the reader through the ongoing shenanigans of the climate alarmist "science" community as further revealed by the release of the Climategate emails. If you're still an alarmist after reading both of Montford's books you have a closed mind.
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