- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Quartet Books; Paperback edition (1 Mar. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0704373394
- ISBN-13: 978-0704373396
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.3 x 23.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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'Like most of those on both sides of the debate, Rupert Darwall is not a scientist. He is a wonderfully lucid historian of intellectual and political movements, which is just the job to explain what has been inflicted on us over the past thirty years or so in the name of saving the planet ... Scientists, Rupert Darwall complains, have been too ready to embrace the "subjectivity" of the future, and too often have a "cultural aversion to learning from the past". If they read this tremendous book they will see those lessons set out with painful clarity' --Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph
'A superb and compelling book' --Mail on Sunday
'This is a brilliant piece of work that every climate change negotiator should have in his front pocket' --Jon Snow
'A great achievement ... Rupert Darwall has written a compelling and balanced account of a story that needs to be told' --Nigel Lawson
'A total masterpiece' --James Delingpole
'Gripping ... Darwall's book has been widely praised as a welcome addition to our understanding of this extraordinary story, which as he says reflects a historic shift in the global balance of power between the West and those fast-rising nations to the east led by China and India' --Spectator
'Rupert Darwall has told a story of frauds and fools thoroughly and well. His truth may be inconvenient for some. For the rest of us, it is a breath of fresh air' --The American Spectator
About the Author
Rupert Darwall is a writer and corporate strategist. He read economics and history at Cambridge, after which he worked at the Conservative Research Department and then in the City as an investment analyst and in corporate finance. He has written for leading publications in the UK and the US and for London-based think tanks.
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The modern environmental movement holds in great reverence certain individuals, such as Paul Ehrlich. He wrote books endlessly predicting chaos caused by an increasing human population, and in them he made very specific predictions - none of which came true.
From these influences various non-elected groups were formed such as `The Club of Rome' and portentously made great pronouncements about too much economic development, too much growth, too many people etc. These anti-human beliefs chimed with the post mid-1980's Environmental movement, and they waited ... until there was thought to be enough science around to demonize CO2 and Man made Global Warming was born.
After spreading belief in this `new age' religion in the guise of science to the highest government levels; the attempts to control CO2 world-wide have been one laughable failure after another. At the end the computer model predictions of warming ( solid science ) have not come true and the rest of us are left wondering what the hell has been going on.
The author finishes the book with a very good warning, that even with the collapse of man-made warming/climate change ideology, the `types' who support this sort of thing will be back with another scare - scientifically based, of course - that blames wicked mankind for some sort of imagined catastrophe, and demanding unquestioning obedience and money from the rest of us.
Darwall's writing throughout is erudite and academic and supported by countless references. Rather than re-hashing the science to create another Climate Change pot-boiler, he's made an important addition to the literature and written an accessible and entertaining book. He also takes a balanced and dispassionate view of his subject, lending his ultimate conclusions much greater weight than if he had taken a more partisan position through the body of the book.
Like many, over the last few years I have undergone a complete reversal of my views on Global Warming. Up until 2009, I believed the hype and had been thinking about the future - mine and my children's - in a negative, fatalistic way. The political and media message about impending climate disaster had so convinced me that I envisioned the next generation contending with inundated coastal cities, food shortages and wars. Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth depressed me so much that I couldn't bear to finish watching it.Read more ›
Some 4 years ago Christopher Booker began the demolition process in his excellent book:'The Real Global Warming'.He exposed bogus computer models that were used by the likes of Al Gore and others to 'prove' we were facing disaster. He quoted the first IPCC Chairman, Sir John Houghton admitting that:'Unless we announce disasters, no one will listen'.Booker showed how, contrary to all expert predictions, global temperatures had not continued to rise, instead they had flattened out or even fallen. Furthermore, he exposed the fact that the IPCC's brief was not to objectively weigh the evidence, it was to begin by assuming climate change as proven, and then go on to promote and inspire the political response to a threat which had never been proved! He demonstrated that the cost of the measures being suggested in order to combat the 'threat' would be 'astronomic'.
In this new book by Rupert Darwell the author supports Booker's thesis with superb arguments and facts. He shows how an increasing number of leading scientists are admitting that earlier forecasts of global catastrophe were exaggerated.
Darwell exposes the dubious claims of the green movement, in particular the meaningless idea of 'sustainable development'. He describes computer predictions as a prime example of Popper's famous term:'pseudo-science' or Marx's historical materialism. He explains why this is. It is because the claims predicted cannot be proven or falsified by scientific experiment or evidence.
Few politicians and well-known scientists emerge with credit from Darwell's analysis. Both were, and still are, guilty of mutually reinforcing an evangelical debate.Read more ›
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It is books like this that really make me despair for the human race. The science for AGW is overwhelming yet people like Darwall continue to fabricate nonsense in order to pursue... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Andy Wilson
Only just started reading it, but I'm hugely impressed by the author's scholarly and objective approach, also his style which makes complex ideas easy to assimilate. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2014 by Introvers
How long will this crazy delusion continue. Forget the Common Market this is really what is bankrupting BritainPublished on 30 Aug. 2014 by george bingham
A comprehensive review of the history of Global Warming, its place in history, and with particular reference to the economics of global warming policies. Read morePublished on 10 May 2014 by Amazon Customer
Rupert Darwall writes well and his argument is consistent. But this book is primarily a history of the politics of the climate change debate. Read morePublished on 3 May 2014 by R. J. Farrer
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