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The Real Global Warming Disaster: Is the obsession with 'climate change' turning out to be the most costly scientific blunder in history? Paperback – Jan 20 2011

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum; Reprint edition (Jan. 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441119701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441119704
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 20.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Author mention in Guadrian article, November 2009

Mention in Sunday Herald, November 2009

Author article in Sunday Telegraph, November 2009 promoting book.

Christopher Booker narrates this story with the journalist's pace and eye for telling detail and the historian's forensic thoroughness which have made him a formidable opponent of humbug...the shelf of sceptical books keeps filling and Booker's belongs there with the best. (The Spectator)

Big author article in Daily Mail, November 2009.

A thought-provoking book ... If you have an open mind, read and enjoy Booker's polemic. (Tribune)

Christopher Booker is a columnist in the UK Telegraph and with an irresistible combination of wit, clarity and a razor-sharp intellect, invariably talks nothing but absolute common sense. (Australian Climate Madness website)

'Booker's gripping and intelligent polemic is worth reading.' (The Catholic Herald)

Recommended in The Mail on Sunday.

Whether you agree with Booker or not, this is an important, brave book making and explaining many valid points. (The Scotsman)

Sir Tim Rice's 'Book of the Year' 2009. (The Lady)

Author mention in Spectator article, February 2010

If you are uncertain what to believe in this matter, or if you are inclined to believe that truth and virtue are all on the side of the AGW people, you should read Booker and take his various punches, sometimes quite telling in points of detail, on the chin. Think, don't dismiss, is the rule here. (The Australian)

This is a well researched book containing a lot of food for thought ... [it] will allow readers to form a rational view. (Chemistry World)

The most important book I've ever read (Fires & Fireplaces)

Meticulously researched, provocative and challenging... Buy this book and read it carefully. It needs your attention. Read it, because it will make you stop and think and wonder and question where our politicians are leading us. (Irish Times)

[Booker] digs, he makes the calls, he reads the small print, he takes up the cause of the little man and campaigns, he speaks truth to power without fear or favour ... I'd rate [Booker] among the greatest [journalists] of the age ... [The Real Global Warming Disaster]is another of those classics which any vaguely intelligent person who wants to know what's really going on needs to read. (James Delingpole, The Spectator)

I, and anyone seriously interested in this subject, owes a great debt to Christopher Booker, who has set down all the arguments for doubt in a single, concise book ... I think anyone remotely concerned about this huge controversy should read this courageous piece of work. (Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday)

Christmas books list, November 2009. (The Spectator)

The pace and intrigue of an espionage thriller (Daily Express)

Review, December 2009. (The Tablet)

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Booker focuses his attention on the mother of all environmental scares: global warming.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Alan Neville on Jan. 12 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book covers the history of the global warming movement better and more systematically than any other book I've read on this subject - and I've read many. Like the book Booker wrote with Dr. Richard North, "Scared to Death", its research is immaculate. In particular, I learned a great deal about that peculiar institution, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

In my view, the Global Warming scare is one of the strangest movements I've seen during my entire life. I've spent a great deal of time and thought trying to piece out why so many people have accepted as true a hypothesis that is so poorly supported by the evidence. Hans Christian Anderson's tale about the emperor who had no clothes seemed like an amusing fable from my youth. Now I know that it has a solid basis in reality. Christopher Booker shows how this situation came about and how it is now unravelling.

Considering the subject, The Real Global Warming Disaster makes a riveting read. I simply couldn't put it down. Anyone concerned about the damaging policies being proposed to counter this imaginary threat, needs to read this book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Edward R. Swart on Jan. 2 2010
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The scientists involved in propagating the hypothesis of anthropogenic(human initiated) global warming (AGW) have failed so miserably to "uphold the principles and disciplines of true scientific endeavour" that their work must inevitably be totally discredited over the course of time. As a result of their secrecy, refusal to release raw data, the actual discarding of data, highly selective choice of data, outright hijacking of the review process and the tendency to massage data so as to get the desired outcome it is little wonder that there have been numerous books and articles written that expose the shortcomings of their work. The book by Christopher Booker stands out from the crowd in that it runs the scientific story, the political story and the UN story alongside each other. It is also different in that it is written in a very fluid easy to read manner which makes the facts accessible to those with only a modicum of scientific know how.
Given the egregious unethical and unscientific be behaviour of the AGW supporters it is little wonder that their reporting and forecasting of climate behaviour has been singularly inept.
The AGW proponents claimed that 1998 was the warmest year on record for the last century and, possibly, for the last millennium. But it turns out, on closer inspection, that the year 1934 was at least as warm as 1998. And in the famous (infamou?) "hockey stick" graph they endeavoured to show that the earth's temperature was currently rising more rapidly than at any time in the last millennium.
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By Jay on Nov. 13 2012
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This book makes it abundantly clear that the discussion about anthropogenic global warming has been controlled by political interests from the mid-seventies until the present day. The degree of political involvement has been such that it is completely impossible to judge whether there is any science at all behind the allegation that the burning of fossil fuels is the dominant contributor to the global warming experienced during the period 1970 to 1998. The most objectionable feature of the current global warming orthodoxy has been the generally successful attempt to silence any and all questioning and to slander those who dare to raise doubts of any kind. What is remarkable about this book that its publication preceded the release of the so-called Climategate emails, which have fully confirmed what can only be described as the utterly unscientific attempts to block publication of any contrary information. I heartily recommend this book to anyone has any interest in the subject of climate change and who believes in the free exchange of scientific information, rather than in the manipulation of the general public. It exposes the current orthodoxy for what it is, a quasi-religious belief system rather than the science it claims to be.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Usefully presents evidence that undermines extreme Green claims Dec 14 2009
By William Podmore - Published on
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This is a very thought'provoking book, though some may find it just provoking. It presents evidence that undermines the claims of the most extreme Green zealots.

Yet the book has its flaws too. It has a key misprint: a 7.7 degrees C temperature drop, for 0.7 degrees C. Don't publishers employ proof-readers any more? Carelessly, Booker writes that 1934 was the world's warmest year, when the research he cites clearly referred to the USA's warmest year.

The recent warming is not unprecedented. The Holocene Maximum of 7000-3000 BC, the Roman Warming of 200BC-540AD, the Medieval Warming of 900-1300 were all warmer than now, yet the planet survived.

The Met Office's Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research rejected Freedom of Information requests for data on the weather stations it used. Professor Phil Jones (now head of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia) wrote in 1990 that its stations had 'few, if any changes in instrumentation, location or observation times'. He based this statement on a US Department of Energy report on just 35 of the 84 stations, which had found that fully half of the 35 had been moved!

The Met Office consistently predicts more warming than actually happens. For example, using the same computer model that gave the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change its forecasts for 2100, the Met Office forecast that 2007 would be the world's 'warmest year on record', with Britain 'set to enjoy another sizzling summer', that 2008 would be one of the 'top ten warmest years' ever, that 2009 would be one of the 'five warmest years on record', with a 'barbecue summer' in Britain, and that our winter would be 'milder than average'. All wrong: in February it admitted that 2008-9 was 'the coldest winter for 13 years'.

We are told that global warming causes an ever-growing number of extreme weather events. Yet hurricane activity was lower in the 2000s than in the 1930s, 1940s or 1950s. The IPCC's 2007 report confirmed, "there is no clear trend in the annual numbers of tropical cyclones." There were seven major droughts between 1900 and 1920, seven between 1921 and 1940, eight between 1941 and 1960, five between 1961 and 1980, but only three between 1981 and 2000.

The same IPCC report said, "Antarctic sea ice extent continues to show inter-annual variability and localised changes but no statistically significant average trends, consistent with the lack of warming reflected in atmospheric temperatures averaged across the region. ... Current global model studies project that the Antarctic Ice Sheet will remain too cold for widespread surface melting and is expected to gain in mass due to increased snowfall."

Coal and nuclear power stations produce 55 per cent of our electricity, wind turbines just 0.5 per cent. Many of these power stations are to be closed down under EU orders, causing a 40 per cent energy shortfall. EU rules allow subsidies for wind farms, but not for nuclear power stations. The government's 2003 White Paper said, "We do not propose new nuclear build."

The Climate Change Act of 2008 committed the state 'to ensure that the net UK carbon account for 2050 is at least 80 per cent lower than the 1990 baseline.' This could only be achieved by closing down the rest of our industry. As Energy Minister John Hutton said in September 2008, "no coal and no nuclear means no power, no future." Brown sacked him two weeks later.

This April, the government said no new coal-fired power stations would be allowed unless they used carbon capture - a technology which has not yet been developed. The government also said it would build 10,000 wind turbines, at a cost of £100 billion. The USA's 10,000 wind turbines produce just 3.9 Gigawatts, the same as one coal-fired power station.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Important Contribution Even If Full Truth Remains Unknown Jan. 23 2010
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I think this is a valuable book that should be widely read. I don't mean by this that the author's thesis will be proved true--maybe not--but nonetheless the chicanery of the IPCC and Al Gore need to be thoroughly examined, as this book does.

Those guys might turn out to be right, but only on blind luck, not the crappy propaganda they have been issuing, and certainly not on the sloppy scientific "reasoning" they employ. The recent emails fiasco, and an even more recent goof about the rate of glacier retreat, simply add to the Keystone Kops aspect.

That said, my understanding is that CO2 levels were about 280 ppm say 50 years ago, but about 330 ppm now. The earlier number has been questioned lately, but I don't yet know how meritoriously.

Sticking tentatively with the 280 to 330 growth, whether human-caused or otherwise, suggests that we should be looking for ways to reduce atmospheric CO2. Even if this ultimately proves unnecessary, we would gain the ability to control this variable. And even if we overreacted, it would be easy to reverse course and generate more "greenhouse gases." The main thing is, we should find methods to go BOTH ways.

In that regard, noncoercive measures are likely to be best. If it becomes better determined that atmospheric CO2 should be reduced, a proper cap-and-trade system would be a good tool. I don't want to start a long disquisition on Ronald Coase's theorem, except to say that it applies. The problem with cap-and-trade is that it is vulnerable to political-football games, unless it is set up carefully. What I hear so far is not careful, and would mostly reward fakers and speculators.

Christopher Booker's work may not prove to be the ultimate truth, but I think it is highly important at this stage of human knowledge, or lack thereof. And it is a good read.
34 of 44 people found the following review helpful
The Real Global Warming Disater Dec 23 2009
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I have read dozens of books about the global warming, from both camps, and found this one the most informative and well documented. It is difficult to understand and believe Barak Obama and Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel and other heads of States are still believing Al Gore and the other few catastrophic OVERT LIES produced by the IPCC bureaucrats, and not the true CLIMATE SCIENTIST like Professor Richard Lindzen. As he put it, they are threatening the whole human kind with "a roll-back of the industrial age", or a global economic suicide, from an unbelievable set of gross exaggerations and lies.
A must-read for all serious defenders of the thruth and sanity.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
History tells April 27 2011
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In complex issues, serious history is the true companion of wisdom. That is exactly what Booker had done, recounting how environmental activists, politicians and a swarm of scientists fell under the temptation to disregard science and worked to create unnecessary and economically damaging legislation to "save the planet". By the way look at George Carlin's "Saving the planet" performance in YouTube. Legislation that, besides innefective to curb the supposed (and false) culprit - CO2 - will strangle the welfare of the western world and harm the poor nations for the benefit of inefficient alternatives and the market traders on "carbon". If their efforts were directed to improve the technology to clean the real pollutants: particulates, nitrogen and sulfur oxides, carbon monoxide (not carbon dioxide ou CO2!), the environment would be a lot better with a superior investment/benefit ratio. CO2 and water vapor, by far the most abundant product of fossil fuels, wouldn't harm a thing as the past history of the planet can tell.
77 of 105 people found the following review helpful
Beyond 6 Stars--Could Help Destroy Strong, Gore, & IPCC Dec 4 2009
By Robert David STEELE Vivas - Published on
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EDIT of 9 Dec 09: Bogged down on the data matrix but have created a ClimateGate Rolling Update at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog, linking to others who have inventories lies & "tricks," and dirty deeds against dissenting scientists--but this book is the best I have found overall.

Short version: bad science, bad media, bad politics, bad finance.

Two other books I have reviewed that support this one:
The Resilient Earth: Science, Global Warming and the Fate of Humanity
Global Warming False Alarm: The Bad Science Behind the United Nations' Assertion that Man-made CO2 Causes Global Warming

This book also helps reinstate Lomborg, whom I am ashamed to say I doubted after he was first denounced (publicly) and then redeemed (quietly) in Denmark. See my reviews of:
The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World
Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming (Vintage)

I list these--and point to others at the end of this preliminary review--to make the point that this author's stellar and very complete work with very good notes is the coup de grace--the final bullet in the head of the IPCC, a mercy killing long over-due. [Disclosure: I funded the first three years of the Earth Intelligence Network, a 501c3 Public Charity that accepts the ten high-level threats to humanity for action, and places climate change within priority #3, Environmental Degradation--we also place a very high priority on clarity, diversity, integrity, and sustainability of effort].

This book, in combination with ClimateGate, could possibly be the stake in the heart of Maurice Strong, Al Gore, and the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), all three of them frauds to the core. The UN Secretary General has realized the depth of this fraud and ordered an investigation (not unmindful of the fact that Strong took the $1 million bribe from Saddam Hussein asa determined by Pual Volker's investigation); Brazil, China, India, and Russia may, possibly, be planning to dance on the IPCC's grave in Copenhagen.

The big question on my mind, given that Lehman Brothers went bankrupt in part from being the lead speculator in climate change carbon funds, is: will someone responsible please tell the Queen of England she's being made a fool of, and put a stop to carbon trades? From where I sit Strong and Gore and Carbon trades make Maddoff look like a pick-pocket.

Below are a few rough notes. This is such an important work that I will do a more organized table of notes and prepare something suitable for publication.

Right up front I want to cite Steve Carmel, one of the most talented merchant marine thinkers I know, who helped me understand that it is the bad decisions of governments that cost businesses huge fortunes. In the case of his firm, he was pointing to measures enacted after a terrorism incident that was, in his words, "a traffic accident" that government decisions then turned into a nation-wide black-out and all that implies for commercial shipping.

This book documents both a massive scientific fraud by a handful (50) of individuals who sold their souls for a place on the world stage, and mass insanity across multiple political cadres who swooned before the combination of Strong's financial temptations and Gore's celebrity deceptions. In my view, there should be an immediate freeze of all carbon trades, and a multinational investigation.

At the same time, this book leaves me shaking my head because up to this summer, the US and UK and Australia, among others, have totally hosed their future energy situation by suppressing coal, avoiding nuclear, and falling for the chimera of renewable energy. At the very end of the book the author explains his epiphany in 2003 when he learned Denmark was stopping the building of wind turbines, and why. So much for Boone Pickens and his fantasies, in passing.

Early on this book resonated with me because I had already read, among many others:
Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America
The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations
The Weather Makers : How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth

The bottom line for me, with that background reading, was that carbon emissions is slightly nuts, that paving over wetlands and Army Corps of Engineer incompetence (they have just been found liable for Katrina damage to New Orleans) and many other things--including sun spots, ocean currents, and other natural trends, make more sense. Indeed, I recommend:

Catastrophe: An Investigation into the Origins of Modern Civilization
Catastrophe & Culture: The Anthropology of Disaster (School of American Research Advanced Seminar Series)

My reviews summarize those supporting works. The first is about volcanoes creating the first Dark Ages, the second is about government incompetence, poor planning, bad programming, inept execution, all turn minor disasters into global catastrophes. The author of THIS book is correct: the real global warming disaster is the idiocy of our governments, our media, and our timid spoiled academics (see my preface on "Paradigms of Failure" in Election 2008: Lipstick on the Pig (Substance of Governance; Legitimate Grievances; Candidates on the Issues; Balanced Budget 101; Call to Arms: Fund We Not Them; Annotated Bibliography).

A handful of highlights pending my final review:

1) Collapse of the Soviet Union took nuclear lobbying (and profiteering) off the table, Global Warming was a heaven-sent substitute for all those who live on "the big scare."

2) Collapse of the financial marketplace (led by Lehman and its bad carbon investment) has left polititians neck deep in feces of their own making--promises they cannot keep, checks they cannot write.

3) Wirth-Gore manipulated the original hearing, picking hottest day, cutting off air conditioning the day before, this sordid little story describes Al Gore's life in a nut-shell.

4) Enron got its big breaks under Clinton-Gore, not Cheney-Bush

5) Maurice Strong is ripe for a massive investigation, to include not only the illicit funds he has been attracting, but also the specifics of how he arranged for 5,000 lobbyists to have their expenses covered for Kyoto in 1997.

6) Flawed code, expensive super-computers, complete lack of integrity among individuals to be listed in my final review,, and politicians who collectively lost their minds are all part of the story.

7) A number of key articles have been identified. I almost sent this book for a $1000 scanning job to be converted into ASCII and then clustered and visualized, but the cost and time argue for me doing the highlights manually. At Phi Beta Iota, the Public Intelligence Blog, I will create an electronic backdrop for this book, I consider it that important.

Hit Amazon word limit. More at Phi Beta Iota.