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Funny and surprisingly detailed,
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This review is from: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (Politically Incorrect Guides) (Politically Incorrect Guides (Paperback)) (Paperback)
Before you buy this book, you need to ask yourself just one questions: do you feel fed up with "elites" and their politically correct dogma in general, but particularly in relation to global warming/climate change? If yes, then you will enjoy this book which like most of the others in the series delights in breaking elitist taboos. Do not let the funny cover fool you though: this book is a lot more than just a juvenile rasp at the establishment. Instead, it is a surprisingly detailed analytical critique of the media portayal of global warming, and how the actual truth is very different.
The chapters are well organised, and dotted with little boxes containing interesting quotes and even suggested further reading in an "index prohibitus" for those anxious for more taboo. The writing style is a curious mixture of serious deep discussion, peppered with witty asides and light hearted joking, especially when alarmist quotes from the past are highlighted. There is also an extremely revealing analysis of how the EU is attempting to use international treaties like Kyoto to try and peg leg the economies of its rivals such as India, China and especially the USA, which is something I had never considered before. In addition, the author also reveals how energy corporations often support renewable energy under the camouflage of corporate social responsibility when in actual fact many of these corporations own vast shares in these new technologies, and are thus motivated by simple greed.
The book does have its weaknesses though. There is one chapter for instance that seems to do little more than show rainfall and temperature graphs, and this is hard to get excited about (I skim read this part). Another problem with the book is its surprising length, at over 300 pages long, and is thus slightly longer than your average airport novel. Finally, the author shows that the green hysteria is a myth aimed at increasing taxes and government control, but doesn't then go on to tell us what we can do about it. Thus it is long on diagnosis, short on cure.
All in all, the book is written in a highly accessible style, and grapples with an important topic in an objective and highly original way. This book is strongly recommended.
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Initial post: 4 Jan 2008 17:12:23 GMT
Funny too that Al Gores book is also considered long on diagnosis, short on cure. Truth is no one really knows what the hell is going on, less still how to fix it!
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