The Deniers, Fully Revised: The World-Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution and Fraud Paperback – Apr 16 2010
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This new chapter (actually is kind of author's postscript) is short and Solomon deals quite harshly with the recent developments regarding Climategate and the recently discovered IPPC blunders in its 2007 Report. Each subject is analyzed briefly and in a very sarcastic way. For those who already read the original edition it is not worthy to expend $12 for almost the same content. If interested in Climagate, there is quite a crop of 2010 books dealing with this affair. I do recommend Climategate: The Crutape Letters (Volume 1), quite an honest and forensic analysis of the controversial e-mails, with plenty of background to understand the context.
Back to The Deniers, see my full review of the 2008 edition here (The Deniers: The World Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution, and Fraud**And those who are too fearful to do so). In summary, I do not agree with all the criticism raised by Solomon, but he did manage to raise several valid and key issues. Chapter 8 presents criticism by Freeman Dyson and Antonino Zichichi, questioning the confidence and validity of climate simulation forecasts, particularly regarding the use of parametrization or "fudge factors". Also look for Hendrik Tennekes arguments regarding the lack of falsifiability from Popper's philosophical point of view.
Lawrence Solomon is a Canadian investigative journalist and very staunch environmentalist. He is adamantly opposed to Canada's government giving Imperial Oil carte blanche to extract fossil fuel resources by any means from the Canadian Arctic and sub-Arctic regions in the Yukon, the remaining Northwest Territories and the proto-Province of "Nunavat." He is also a stern critic of most of the nuclear industry in Canada but a fan of new generation small modular reactors like the TRIGA models being used in hospitals that provide a back-up so that hospitals could continue to run even if rest of electrical grid failed for months at a time. So his environmentalist credentials are impeccable but he is also that rarity - a political journalist who is willing to follow the science wherever it may lead . . . he decided to research those scientists whom he could classify as "deniers" of the man-made global warming hypothesis.
What he found were 36 "deniers" who were top-ranked scientists in their respective fields most of whom were very hesitant to go on record as denying the MMGWH - but all of whom reported that they could find no corroborating evidence in their respective fields. Only a few, such as Russia's top astrophysicist Habibolla Abdussamatov were willing to deny the MMGWH and Abdussamatov heaps open scorn on the hypothesis. Russian scientists have been documenting for decades the southward creep of the "frost line" north of which regular agriculture is impossible due to year round cold conditions. This gentleman remarked "If humans driving SUVs are causing global warming on Earth then the global warming on Mars must likewise be attributed to irresponsible Martians driving their own SUVs as well!" Abdussamatov has documented increasing temperatures on Mars and the moons of Jupiter which he attributes to periods of increased solar radiance. Last decade has been a period of decreasing solar radiance and therefore lower than average temperatures.
The more Solomon tried to dig into the "science" of MMGWH he found less and less science but more and more politics. The IPCC personnel and East Anglia Climate researchers basically stone-walled him. When "The Deniers" originally hit the bookstores the "Affirmers" decried Solomon as a front man for the major oil companies and as a right-wing nut-case or charlatan. Solomon is, without question, politically left-of-center, but he is an honest and thorough investigative reporter. His conclusions are stated in accordance with sound social science epistemology saying, in effect, "One cannot reject the null hypothesis of no association between man-made increased COs levels in the atmosphere and observed increases in global temperatures." In other words he does not commit the fallacy of saying that no confirming evidence of the MMGWH (many negatives) constitutes a positive - an affirmation that MMGWH is false.
The chief asset of this book is in warning about the danger of politicizing science-- especially when funding and government centralization are key to the effort.
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