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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing (11 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849544050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849544054
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
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'This is a serious and significant book' - Matt Ridley, The Spectator --h

'It is so many things at once a polemic, an analysis, an enormously valuable, well-researched and referenced resource, inspiring to those of us committed to opposing climate alarmism, convincing for those still in doubt, a horrid shock to the Warmists, and an awful warning of the economic damage we re doing to the West in general and the UK in particular if we go on down the Chris Huhne/Lib-Dem/Coalition s primrose path to perdition. It s more than that. It s also a stonkingly good read. The kind of book you d be glad you took on holiday with you, instead of the usual airport block-buster. It s right up there with Mark Steyn and P.J. O Rourke. In places it s laugh-out-loud funny. Delingpole has a neat way of anticipating reader reaction, and addressing it head-on, so that it feels more like a conversation than a lecture.' - Roger Helmer MEP --/

'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

'It is so many things at once a polemic, an analysis, an enormously valuable, well-researched and referenced resource, inspiring to those of us committed to opposing climate alarmism, convincing for those still in doubt, a horrid shock to the Warmists, and an awful warning of the economic damage we re doing to the West in general and the UK in particular if we go on down the Chris Huhne/Lib-Dem/Coalition s primrose path to perdition. It s more than that. It s also a stonkingly good read. The kind of book you d be glad you took on holiday with you, instead of the usual airport block-buster. It s right up there with Mark Steyn and P.J. O Rourke. In places it s laugh-out-loud funny. Delingpole has a neat way of anticipating reader reaction, and addressing it head-on, so that it feels more like a conversation than a lecture.' - Roger Helmer MEP --http://www.tfa.net/2012/01/30/watermelons-delingpole-on-climate/

'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 --http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielhannan/100150334/what-happened-to-manbearpig/

About the Author

James Delingpole is the notorious author, broadcaster, blogger and polemicist who helped break the Climategate story.


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While I don't agree with James' views on the benevolence of GMO and Fracking; His investigations into the pseudo religion that is climate change are excellent. It shows the climate changers for the misguided lying threats to humanity that they really are.

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.
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If you're looking for valid scientific arguments as to why you shouldn't worry about AGW then don't bother reading this.

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.
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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.
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Very informative. The fact that he has not been sued by the Climate Change "scientists" indicates that the evidence he presents is factual and that there is no need to reduce our carbon footprint.
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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.
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I have a big question. If all the climategate doomsayers so despise this man and this book then why don't they sue him for 'libel' or for 'defamation of character'? He names, names. He states details. He refers to real specifics. He doesn't hide behind any verbal preamble, he blatantly accuses numerous 'scientists' of lying. So why can't they come to court and defend their position?

I also have a problem with some of the negative reviews that seem to have a common thread citing a 'lack of scientific basis' or 'very little science' which is bizarre when its the very scientific 'facts' by these 'scientists' that he is questioning. To be fair to him 47% of the book is given over to very, very detailed reference information, showing where each and every point made refers back to.

Is what he says true? I don't know. What I do know is that the growing scepticism is because of the total lack of open debate. This can be sorted once and for all by allowing honest and open discussion
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