Bob Carter's book could as easily be titled "The Case Against Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW)". The book is a magnificent tour de force of information and insightful commentary regarding the full scope of climate change science, climate modeling and climate change policy that Bob refers to as the Science Reality, the Virtual Reality and the Public Reality, respectively. Compilations of scientific research such as "Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate" and "Climate Change Reconsidered" present the scientific evidence against AGW in more detail, and other books provide details regarding specific aspects of climate science that don't support the AGW hypothesis. However, with exceptional scholarship and the perspective of a palaeoclimatologist, Bob has integrated and summarized copious amounts of information contained in hundreds of scientific works, online articles, and policy reports into a well-organized, well-argued and very readable book that demonstrates that natural processes and not human-produced CO2 are the primary drivers of climate change.
Dr. Carter obviously has a deep understanding of the scientific method and how to interpret scientific data. Chapter 6, Circumstantial Evidence and the Null Hypothesis, is an excellent tutorial on how to interpret scientific data, especially as it applies to climate science data. In Chapter 7, Noble Cause Corruption, Bob discusses how and why so much of climate science has become corrupt. In Chapter 10, The Cost of Precaution, he argues against the precautionary principle of the alarmists and instead proposes the more prudent course of adaptation. In Chapter 11, Bob elaborates with Plan B which, in contrast to the alarmist proposals for dealing with AGW, is a rational, measured approach to mitigating certain aspects of climate change regardless of the processes that control it.
"Climate: The Counter Consensus" is an important critical analysis of climate science and alarmist claims regarding AGW. It is must reading for policy makers, scientists and those who simply want to understand why more and more scientists have become either skeptical of, or are discarding the hypothesis of AGW.