This book may be enjoyed by people who agree with the title, or have an open mind. It is very politically incorrect regarding the ecology movement and global warming believers. I found it entertaining in general, and informative in places, and concerning in some places.
The book is arranged in alphabetical order with entries on selected topics dealing with ecology.
Page 33 has an article on William Connoller. "Green party activist who "turned Wikipedia into the missionary wing of the global warming movement." "Between 2003 and 2009, Connolley created or rewrote 5,428 unique WIkipedia articles, caused another 500 articles he disapproved of the disappear, had more than 2,000 Wikipedia contributors who ran afoul of him blocked from making further contributions, almost erased Wikipedia entries for the Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warming Period, dissed skeptical scientists like Fred SInger, and RIchard Lindzen, and bigged up the work of alarmist s like Michael Mann......."
The author discusses the work of Mr, Thomas Lovejoy, who addresses biodiversity. Mr. Lovejoy has authored some rather extreme thoughts on how fact species are dying out on the earth. He has made a very successful career by overstating the rate of die off of species on earth.
Low frequency noise (including infrasound at less than 20 hertz, which is below the limit of human hearing) from wind turbines or aero generators is mentioned as an issue which needs to be better addressed.
Mr. Karl Popper, the philosopher promoted the hypothesis of "falsifiable". The book states on page 162: "A scientific theory is only useful if it contains the key to its own destruction, Popper argued. That is, for a scientific proposition to be of any real value, it must be "falsifiable" - capable of being proved wrong through experiment and observation." This topic is a big problem between the man made global warming community, and the those that are skeptics. It seems as though any event that occurs is seized upon by the man made global warming community as proof that man was causing the changes in the earth's climate. There is no way to "falsifiable" the claim. Thus, the skeptic community looks with a jaundiced eye on the claim that man is the cause of global warming or climate change on earth.
Under Renewables 2 he says: "To supply the USA's 300 million inhabitants with energy using renewables rather than fossil fuel would require, as zoologist Matt Ridley points out in his book,
The Rational Optimist:
Solar panels the size of Spain, or
Wind farms the size of Kazakhstan, or
Woodland the size of India and Pakistan, or
Hydroelectric dams with catchments one third larger than all the continents put together." Which makes the point that sunlight and wind are both very diffuse and low power sources.
Under Sea Level Rises he addresses the fact that the sea level changes based on tide gauge data is generally agreed to be about 1.5 millimeters per year. This is significantly different that estimates of one meter by the year 2100 or other higher estimates.
Under Think Globally, Act Locally, he states that Mr. Rene Dubos, who came out with statement this back in the 1970s has a different position today. "The author states the Mr. Dubos now believes: "There is nothing wrong with man adapting the world to his changing needs, argued Dubos, provided he does so in a spirit of "nobleness oblige" - mindful of his role as nature's guardian. The greenies never forgave him."
The short section that disturbed me is on The Nature Conservatory. TNR controls more than one hundred million acres of land which were valued at $6 billion in 2008. The book states that there are trillions of dollars of natural resources that cannot be used for anyone's benefit except with TNR permission, if they choose to give permission. "Here, according to investigative journalist Elizabeth Nickerson, is how it works: "A TNC member or staff identifies a desirable piece of property. TNC purchases that property, often at a discount because it is a land preservation charity, and the owner of the property receives a tax write down from the appraised value of he land. TNC then strips the land of development rights, that is, the right to cover the land with industrial waste, trailers, tract homes, strip mall, and so on. It then sells the land on to a private owner at a discount. The new owner can build a house, cabin, stables, septic system, dock, etc., but (generally) can't develop he land as anything but an estate....The new owner [often board member or member of TNC] then donates the difference in the price of the land, if developable, between its maximum and the price he paid to TNC, receiving a tax write-down of the original amount. Everybody wins, except the taxpayer." And, as with most green schemes, the wealthy green elite green elite get to enjoy the land - and you don't." This system sounds like it took a bunch of high priced green tax lawyers and others a while to figure out and impose on the citizens of the US. I wonder if any congress types cooperated by passing some special bill or bills to make this all work?
Ted Turner is stated to be the biggest private landowner in the US, and as an environmental activist, has said: ""A total world population of 250 - 300 million people, a 95 per cent decline from present levels, would be ideal," he told an interviewer from Audubon magazine in 1996."
Under Wikipwedia is information about how a collection of people have taken control of all of the Wikipedia entries in this area. The hard detective work was done by Lawrence Solomon in the National Post to tie down the issues.
The entry on the Wildlands Project is the most disturbing to me. he states that the Wildlands Project Map of America shows that a large percentage of the land in the US is controlled by the environmental types: "By 2010, that figure had risen to 700 million acres. In other words, one third of the U. S. land base of 2.3 billion acres is now under the permanent control of environmentalist brownshirts." I find this very disturbing as this change is having a very negative impact on many rural areas and communities in this country. The people living on the land are being messed with by the environmental types who have much more money than the people on the land. This really needs some attention by the people in this country to country to counter the environmental movement.