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on 18 August 2009
As a confirmed sceptic on 'global warming' (as well as many other so-called 'green' issues) I bought this book hoping for an intelligent discussion of the state of play of the relevant science on a number of key current issues, to learn more about them and in particular to read solid, level-headed analysis and well-referenced debunkings of the alarming claims made by self-styled 'environmentalists' which have become so common in the media these days. Perhaps I ought to have taken more notice of the title and cover, a parody of the Sex Pistols first LP, and lowered my expectations.
What I got was a rehash of stuff I largely already knew, in a book which seems to have been spellchecked rather than edited or proof-read, where several of the contributing writers seem to repeat themselves quite a bit and which contains material on somewhat tangential issues like globalisation, railways and ethics. OK, the sections on the manufactured global warming and obesity panics are decent enough summaries of the position (which is why I've felt able to go to three stars) but overall the book is a letdown.
This sort of material is handled rather better in Booker and North's 'Scared to death'.