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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 16 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children's Future (Paperback)
I wasn't a hardened climate change sceptic before I read this book - but now I am! Not only does Delingpole write beautifully, he methodically takes apart the "scientific" case for anthropogenic global warning and exposes the hidden Left-wing agenda behind the climate change rhetoric.

When I last appeared on BBC Radio 4's Any Questions it was in Caroline Lucas's constituency in Brighton, Lucas being Britain's only Green Member of Parliament. The audience were far to the left of the Labour Party on almost every issue - the European Union, UK fiscal policy, public service reform, you name it. It puzzled me at the time, but now I know why. Thoroughly recommended.
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Initial post: 16 Feb 2012, 11:55:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Feb 2012, 12:02:11 GMT
Martin Lack says:
Dear Toby, I have to say that your book, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, is one of the funniest things I have ever read. This review of Delingpole's book, however, is one of the saddest. How could someone who is clearly well-educated and intelligent allow their ideology to blind them to the reality of one of the most well understood and well-attested aspects of modern science? There is only one conspiracy and yours is not it... Delingpole's entire thesis is a delusion: He is not a scientist; and he has been primarily led astray by his libertarian ideology - and that of economists at the Institute of Economic Affairs and/or GWPF.

Posted on 17 Feb 2012, 07:08:57 GMT
R. B. Jones says:
How did you manage to purchase, read, evaluate, and write a review on the morning of this book's publication date?

Did you really read this book? Why did you write this review?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012, 08:59:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Feb 2012, 13:13:34 GMT
Martin Lack says:
The same way all the other reviewers have done. It's a free country and I think Delingole's "no need for alarm" message is a dangerous one.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012, 10:19:29 GMT
Headhunter says:
You got a preview copy too? I thought I was special Martin!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012, 11:15:06 GMT
Toby Young says:
James sent me a preview copy of the book, but this guy Martin? How could he have read it on the day of publication? It's incredible when you think about it. I read the book and give it a positive review and I'm "blinded by ideology". Yet he's able to dismiss the "entire thesis" as a "delusion" without having read a singe word! I think it's clear who's blinded by ideology here.

Having said that, thanks for the kind words about my book, Martin. Politics aside, you're clearly an intelligent man.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012, 11:54:34 GMT
Martin Lack says:
Very facile criticism I'm afraid, Toby. For Delingpole's entire thesis to be correct requires the existence of the world's greatest-ever conspiracy. Whereas, for me to be right just requires Occam's Razor to be valid: As Dave Mitchell says in his Soapbox video, when people like the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Geological Society of London (of which I am a Fellow and a Chartered Geologist) admit climate change is happening, I think it is about time that the rest of the population took some notice. See http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/climatechange

Given your very-clearly stated prejudice, it is ludicrous for you to accuse me, someone who admits to voting Conservative, of being blinded by ideology! My main problem is that I am not denying the reality that we live on a finite planet with a finite capacity for dealing with our pollution and, yes, that includes excess CO2 in our atmosphere. See http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/page10834.html

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012, 12:03:33 GMT
Toby Young says:
But have you read the book? How do you know what Delingpole's "entire thesis" is if you haven't?

By the way, you've just committed a well-known fallacy: the argument from authority.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012, 12:15:00 GMT
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Last edited by the author on 17 Feb 2012, 12:49:59 GMT
Martin Lack says:
And you have invoked another well-known fallacy: the marketplace of ideas (i.e. I know best even though I am no expert). What do the AAPG and/or GSL have to gain from endorsing a supposedly bogus consensus? If we move to a zero - or even low - carbon economy, many geologists will have to find something better to do than help locate fossil fuels. So, I'm sorry but, your dismissal of their concern makes no sense. On the contrary, their endorsement of the consensus should concern us all the more precisely because of who it is that they represent (i.e. geologists).

The entire thesis of JD's book is self-evident from its title: "Watermelons: How the Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children's Future". All I am trying to do, Toby, is make people see that these kinds of statements are all based on conspiracy theory; and that they do not withstand scrutiny. You have clearly failed to falsify this assertion; and your only defence is to question whether or not I have read the book when - even if the title were not so transparent - it is very obvious I understand exactly what the book says.

People can accuse me of indulging in ad hominem attacks as much as they like, but it does not make them right. As I have said on my blog (Background), I find much of what JD writes to be highly amusing (when it is not criminally misinformed) and I am not attacking him; I am merely trying to highlight the dangers of taking any heed of his erroneous message.

Anyway, why don't you justify accusing me of being blinded by ideology? Oh yeah, that's right, because you can't!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2012, 11:28:04 GMT
David Pearce says:
To be fair to Martin, even though he is an idiot for reviewing a book he hasn't actually read, the book has been available on Kindle for a while. I read it a few months ago when it was first published.
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