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1.0 out of 5 stars Uncertain science, 12 May 2012
This review is from: The Rough Guide to Climate Change (Paperback)
The title of this book is misleading: it should read Global Warming, because this is what the author promotes in an unambiguous fashion. He says it is the biggest issue facing Mankind, but I think there are many more pressing problems (poverty, inequality, economic depression, war and terrorism, for example). He follows the dubious advice of the various IPCC reports, but is honest enough to admit their well-known failings. Most serious of all, it is the computer models of world climate which have been criticized for their inbuilt bias and neglect of the very large effects of water vapour and aerosols (or clouds). It is these models which are at the very heart of the poor science used by Henson and the IPCC and others to justify absurd and regressive carbon taxes which will affect energy prices if they are allowed to proceed unchecked. The same or similar computer models are used for weather forecasting and we all know how unreliable they can be. Moreover, misuse of computer models lie at the heart of the ongoing financial crisis for their abuse in derivatives trading and elsewhere in the economy. The Chinese revolution is based on cheap coal, and the warmists allege that C02 is the culprit in warming the planet. The theory is quite unproven and based on a string of unverified assumptions, such as the alleged long residence time of about 100 years of the gas in the atmosphere, and the rates of production of the gas from natural and artificial sources. Other climatologists (Carter for example) argue a much shorter residence time, as one might expect since the gas is very water soluble and washed from the air very quickly. It is a greenhouse gas but much less important than water vapour, as any infra-red spectrum of air shows. On flimsy evidence, the warmists propose a drastic reduction in fossil fuel usage using carbon taxes as the preferred mechanism, despite the fact that there is no worldwide agreement. The largest countries are against it, including his own country the USA as well as most developing countries. Instead he suggest renewable energy, but they are very expensive and produce very costly power. Thus wind power is so costly that it needs vast subsidies to survive at all and is dependent on the wind blowing at specific speeds. The reader should seek help eslewhere such as in the books by Plimer in Heaven And Earth: Global Warming - The Missing Science and Carter in Climate: the Counter-consensus (Independent Minds) if he or she wants a balanced view of climate change.
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Initial post: 25 May 2012 06:03:23 BDT
As the author of The Rough Guide to Climate Change, I would like to clarify a couple of points. The book does not "follow the dubious advice" of IPCC; rather, it presents IPCC findings and puts them in context. In spite of the author's claim that I have "used" poor science to "justify" carbon taxes, the book does not specifically recommend carbon taxes or any other political solution. Instead, it lays out the pros and cons of various strategies so that a thoughtful reader can come to her or his own conclusions. In a period of less than three weeks, "truth hound" has reviewed 42 books on climate change and given nearly all of them either one star or five star. This illustrates the very polarization that I worked hard to avoid in writing the book.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2012 16:45:17 BDT
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Posted on 7 Jun 2012 10:27:41 BDT
So let us just say for a moment that one, just one, of the thousands of respected peer reviewed scientists that report on climate change is right. So we move our technology to clean energy such as Wind, Solar etc. The worldwide economy is boosted with the research, building and installing. The technology is improved upon and we end up with a clean, non-polluting efficient endless source of energy. No more energy problems ever. Every sovereign state energy independent, no countries without fossil fuels held to ransom by countries with fossil fuels. No wars over resources.
Then we find out, that climate change is an elaborate hoax to raise taxes and oh damm we have made the world a cleaner better place for nothing.

Posted on 9 Oct 2013 10:10:10 BDT
'Dr' (yeah, right) Lewis's review on the book provides a useful example to the general reader of the denialist mindset, as an appendix to this and to the many other books on climate change he has commented on.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2013 11:38:20 BDT
No, not mindset. Just looking dispassionately at known facts, such as the flatlining of earth air temperatures (not predicted by computer models). It is the global warmers who have the mindset of junk science.
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