- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Biteback (16 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849542171
- ISBN-13: 978-1849542173
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children's Future Paperback – 16 Feb 2012
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"This is a serious and significant book." -- Matt Ridley, The Spectator<br/ ><br/ > "A polemic, an analysis, an enormously valuable, well-researched and referenced resource." -- Roger Helmer MEP <br/ ><br/ > "Delingpole is a brilliantly funny and entertaining writer. You ll zoom through his book in a day and, at the end, you ll be able to win almost any argument about climate change" --Daniel Hannan MEP
"Did Delingpole s book convince me to come down on his side of the argument? No, but it did unsettle me, shake me out of my complacency and make me question my own views. What more could any polemicist ask for?" --Mail on Sunday
About the Author
James Delingpole is the British writer who helped expose the Climategate scandal in his the Daily Telegraph blog. He also writes a column for The Spectator. His books include 365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy and Welcome to Obamaland.
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These people should be held beyond contempt rather than deified. We are being led down a very dangerous path to the Marxist dialectic with the remaining mass of the population surviving on the precarious bottom rung and the tiny elite at the top. Every aspect of your allowed lifetime will be dictated, all under the disguise of sustainability.
Who would have thought that all of the scientific advances, social advances and achievements of mankind would be torn down purposely from the top. We need more people like James Delingpole who reveal the truth at great risk to themselves. Excellent work and an educational read.
If you're more interested in politics, and are cynical of left-wing politics (and uncritical of right-wing politics) then you will love it.
What is disappointing is that the author has made no effort to understand climate science (or science generally), and bases all his arguments on ad homin attacks on IPCC members and environmental lobbyists. Sorry James, but CO2 molecules and infra-red photons don't care about left or right wing politics - even if you do.
After reading a lot of climate sceptic literature, it's clear that their only valid scientific argument are negative feedback mechanisms counteracting the increased CO2 (and of course also compensating for the positive feedback mechanisms). The author doesn't even give this a mention.
He is also quite inconsistent in the book, at one point saying categorically that AGW wasn't happening, and at another saying the science isn't settled.
The book finishes with the most ignorant statement of all, which was "Who wouldn't want a few more degrees of warming?" - There is a world beyond the Britain you know.
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.
He is amongst principled people, he says, several of whom have become his personal heroes. And the last thing he wants to do is make them feel unwanted. Nevertheless, he goes on to attempt just that. It really doesn't matter how many brilliant papers Roy Spencer produces on cloud cover feedback, he writes:
"... or how many times that Nils-Axel Mörner proves that sea levels show absolutely no sign of dangerous increase. This is a debate that no sceptic scientist can possibly win, no matter how much apparently overwhelmingly persuasive evidence they produce. That's because the debate was never about 'the science' in the first place. It was, is and always will be about politics."
Latterly, this is the theme to which Dellers returns in his current blog. But the text comes from this superb book, Watermelons, which needs to find a space on the bookshelf of everybody who wants to understand how the world works.
The reason it should have such wide appeal is that, while it comes into the category of "global warming", it is in fact an intensely political book. The sub-title tells all, identifying the subject of the book, the threat that is "killing the planet, destroying the economy and stealing your children's future" - the watermellons, a "handful of political activists, green campaigners and voodoo scientists.
As you might imagine, though, Dellers does not pull punches.Read more ›
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The author blantently and willingly preys upon the non-scientific mind by pretending to be far more informed than he actually is. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Craig A
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. So many excellent points made and in a good-humored manner. Thank goodness freedom of speech still exists in this age of global warming hysteria.Published 10 months ago by Mr Nicholas J Surface
Feisty language in parts but when the opposition is so blantant, unreasonable and irrational in its propaganda perhaps such discussion is necessary. Read morePublished 10 months ago by S. C. Bazlinton