45 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time for reflection
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.
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Published 18 months ago by D. Lye
11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too political, very little science
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...
Published 12 months ago by Iain S
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45 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time for reflection,
This review is from: Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children's Future (Kindle Edition)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.
25 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watermelons by James Delingpole,
This review is from: Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children's Future (Paperback)Delingpole is one of those writers whose enthusiasm sometimes outshines the glitter of celebrity but in this case, (for all his occasional outrageous form), the kernel of veracity is consistent throughout. I have read some seven 'sceptic' books on the climate thing and contrariwise quite a few which purport to give the 'consensus' view and as a result of all my reading and investigation and with this book as an end piece, am now one who is no longer sceptical but sure that the case for man-made global warming/climate change just does not add up. I take the Spectator and read Delingpole weekly. He is always good value and so reasonable with it. He is not a fanatic, just a dedicated journalist seeking the truth or as close as he can get to it. No hesitation in recommending the book.
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff,
This review is from: Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children's Future (Paperback)Just finished "Watermelons" by James Delingpole. While he is a bit tougher on the science and scientists that are often blamed for misrepresenting the "consensus" and promoting "alarmism" that I am (I acknowledge that the vast bulk of scientists involved in climate research are entirely ethical and honestly express the doubts and unknowns, even if these are seldom acknowledged in the MSM or by politicians), I think that he highlights the socio-political elements of the entire AGW "scam" very well indeed, even if I think he is reaching in places regarding what is actually happening with the climate. Most valuable, perhaps, is his dissection of the funding levels relative on both "sides" of the argument - the idea that "sceptics" are massively funded by Big Oil and Big Coal and that the AGW crowd languish as under-funded victims is ludicrous and comprehensively dispelled.
I am a "luke-warmer" - climate change happens. All the time. There is even a small chance that we are a causal or acceleratory factor in that change. But I reject the social and political drives towards combating something we are not sure is combatable (or even a major threat). I reject the hysterical alarmism. I wonder at the thinking behind cutting the UK's carbon emissions when China would make up the deficit for an entirely carbon neutral EU in a matter of years. I reject the idea that there is a "scientific consensus" on the grounds that such a thing cannot and does not exist, and that the mere idea of it existing contravenes scientific neutrality and the scientific method.
I also reject the democratic-deficit behind much of the political machine that is rolling over all of us on the name of AGW. I wonder at the "coincidental" similarities between the mantra of those that are pushing for more internationalism and "action" on climate change and the anti-capitalists, anti-Western, anti-democratic movements that typify the "left". I reject the idea that technocratic governance by unelected "experts" is desirable - and that is what we have when entities like the UN and its IPCC are influencing policy so dramatically.
Read the book. It will enrage some of you with specific areas of expertise. The scientists among you will rail at some of Delingpole's conclusions. The true-believers will turn to incestuously validated counter-arguments that have become "stock" rebuttals despite being tenuously based in fact or objectivity. The "deniers" will find much to validate their beliefs.
But for no other reason, read it because it highlights the existence of far more centralisation and ideology behind the current "movement" than even I suspected existed. It has solidly reinforced my "scepticism" and disdain for the political, media, scientific and social "progressives" who are using AGW as an excuse to further their own agendas, not to mention those groups (looking at you Goldmann-Sachs) cynically pushing it only to make enormous piles of money from the whole thing.
60 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A palpable hit.,
This review is from: Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children's Future (Paperback)A very well written and insightful book about the dangers of blindly conforming to a spurious consensus in matters concerning science and it's process.
Pointing out the absurdity of employing the fallacy of simple enumeration when it comes to judging the worth of a hypothesis that hasn't yet risen to the status of a theory is a worthwhile public service.
It is worth noting that Ian Keith Shaw's deceit in failing to acknowledge Nurse's complete ignorance concerning one of the fundamentals in this area, ignorance which was compounded by Dr Bindschadler and the failure of the BBC's supposedly professional editing process is typical of those with an axe to grind. I should add that least Dr Bindschadler had the integrity to acquire a DT account so that he could visit the authors blog and make an apology, something Paul Nurse has manifestly failed to do.
Further I would point out that Martin Lack's somewhat whimsical habit of denigrating books he has not actually read is infamous on Amazon and has led to much well deserved derision.
Irrespective of all that I would suggest you read the book for yourself and make up your own mind. After all being sceptical and educating yourself is not something to be ashamed of but rather something to be encouraged.
32 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PERFECT HERESY,
The modern enviromentalist movement is a hybrid of elements of both of the secular ideologies of the 2oth century ....the anti-capitalism /spread the wealth of socialism and the neo-paganism /anti humanism of Nazism ...hence the term ''watermellons ''...red on the inside and green on the outside ...the Nazi movement was also a back to nature , romantic pagan , green movement , but with a demonic emphasis on race and nationalism
In a broader sense , looking at these events through a wide angle historical lens , the enviromentalist movement is the return of pre-christian paganism dressed up in a high tech veneer , that is trying to fill the emotional void left by the undermining of christendom by science ...the problem is that with the return of neo-paganism comes the return of PAGAN VALUES that bodes an ill wind for the future of the West
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality at last,
This review is from: Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children's Future (Kindle Edition)This is a great book if you are looking for the truth in the Global warming/climate change scam. It picks through the history and provides details on how things have come to be.
It's written in an easy style and there are a large number of references which provide the basis for the opinions and statements made.
Well worth a read regardless of how you feel about the topic. Entertaining also.
41 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you believe in sacrificing your first born to the climate gods this book isn't for you,
If you're a fully registered nutjob to the climate change cult then nothing is likely to change your mind. This book is for people who don't believe everything they're told by politicians and the "scientists" the politicians pay.
All is explained inside!
57 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read,
When I last appeared on BBC Radio 4's Any Questions it was in Caroline Lucas's constituency in Brighton, Lucas being Britain's only Green Member of Parliament. The audience were far to the left of the Labour Party on almost every issue - the European Union, UK fiscal policy, public service reform, you name it. It puzzled me at the time, but now I know why. Thoroughly recommended.
43 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read - buy the book!,
38 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exposing widespread myths and deliberate frauds,
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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Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing your Children's Future by James Delingpole (Paperback - 11 Sep 2012)