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on 4 July 2011
In this small volume Mr Gerondeau describes the many and varied interests who have hitched their wagons to the global warming star. He talks about the implication of global warming alarm on the growth of third world economies. Climate sceptics will find a lot of information in a concise little book, and it will be a handy reference for them.
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on 25 January 2011
Christian Gerondeau is a militant heretic in a world which has adopted a new religion - saving the planet from global warming by reducing CO2 emissions. His argument is that most CO2 is produced by burning fossil fuel and the great delusion is that we can do anything to reduce it. Developing countries (which account for half the CO2 but produce per person a tenth as much as developed countries) aspire to western lifestyles which we wish to maintain. Oil, coal and gas will be used until supplies are exhausted. Atmospheric CO2 will therefore more than double this century from its 1900 level of 2000 billion tons. He reviews the pronouncements and publications of the prophets of the new religion and concludes that it is far from certain that even this will produce harmful climate change. Though not averse to efficient use of fuel he thinks all the measures adopted to reduce CO2 are science fiction which will make Europe uncompetitive and distract from other priorities like relief of hunger. He is particularly unimpressed by windmills as a power source (displacing supermarkets as the cathedrals of our time perhaps?). Consensus is part of religion rather than science and those who do not accept it are likely to remain unheard. The author is an engineer who has advised governments on traffic problems. The writing is crisp, combative and comprehensible, with a list of questions at the beginning and a summary of his conclusions at the end. Climate change sceptics will like this book.
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on 19 July 2010
Written by an engineer this gives a good 'Common Sense' approach to the climate debate and reveals the way science has been manipulated by vested interests and politicians to arrive at a Consensus which is illogical and counter productive.
It does not burden the reader with detailed graphs and scientific formula; but offers a pragmatic approach, which is the province of the engineer and leaves the reader with a new means to interpret the hugely complex mass of information now being thrust upon us on this matter by an often irresponsible media.
Perhaps the most telling comment within the pages is that it now career suicide for a politician to admit to climate change scepticism.
It is only the pragmatic voter that can change that.
The climate is changing. The questions are: "What are we going to do about it? and are the politicians going about it in the right way?"
Definitely worth a read.
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on 30 June 2010
A very comprehensive demolition of the rational and methodology of climate change believers, especially as it comes from a former advocate, and well worth reading twice.

Problems? Slightly repetitive, especially on his obviously correct view that one way or another all the fossil fuels there are will be used by some nations, so whatever we do will be totally ineffective.

Even better than Lord Lawson, because this demolishes the basis of the belief as well as the mechanisms for achieving it.
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on 27 January 2016
This is a book that we all need to read. It doesn't take part in wether any current warming is anthropomorphic, but simply looks at the consequences of the global decisions and points out that we, and more important, the developing world are not prepared to live with those consequences. Excellent.
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on 4 April 2014
A down to earth review of the realities surrounding the use of fossil fuels and a balanced opinion of their effect based on earth's past history.
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on 10 August 2016
Should be compulsory reading for all Brits, beginning with 'Guardianistas.'
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on 15 July 2011
Be warned: the Kindle edition is actually "Climate: the Great Delusion" by Christian Gerondeau. I complained to Amazon about this mistake and they took the Kindle version down for a few days. Now that it's back up, I find that they've made exactly the same mistake again! (4 stars because it would be unfair to rate the book as poor since I haven't read it)

[obviously, Amazon have updated this page now so this review is no longer relevant]
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