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The Real Global Warming Disaster
by Christopher Booker

To help restore some sense and perspective to the subject, I've listed quite a number of books that set the record straight on the scientific side of the Global Warming hysteria. This one by Christopher Booker examines the political background and exposes the myth that AGW the theory is supported by a 'consensus of the world's top climate scientists. It shows how the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is run by a small group of zealots who have repeatedly rigged their evidence, and how politicians served by an uncritical and compliant mass media have either fallen for the propaganda or seized an opportunity that promises power and the ability to plunder national economies like never before.

Perhaps the best way to summarize it is in Booker's own words (extracts from The Real Climate Change Catastrophe, UK Telegraph Online, October 25, 2009):

There are already many books on this subject, but mine is rather different from the rest in that, for the first time, it tries to tell the whole tangled story of how the debate over the threat of climate change has evolved over the past 30 years, interweaving the science with the politicians’ response to it.

It is a story that has unfolded in three stages. The first began back in the Seventies when a number of scientists noticed that the world’s temperatures had been falling for 30 years, leading them to warn that we might be heading for a new ice age. Then, in the mid-Seventies, temperatures started to rise again, and by the mid-Eighties, a still fairly small number of scientists--including some of those who had been predicting a new ice age--began to warn that we were now facing the opposite problem: a world dangerously heating up, thanks to our pumping out CO2 and all those greenhouse gases inseparable from modern civilisation.

In 1988, a handful of the scientists who passionately believed in this theory won authorisation from the UN to set up the body known as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This was the year when the scare over global warming really exploded into the headlines, thanks above all to the carefully staged testimony given to a US Senate Committee by Dr James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), also already an advocate for the theory that CO2 was causing potentially catastrophic warming.

Christopher Booker is a noted commentator on the political, social, and psychological history of our time. In recent years, through his weekly column in the UK Sunday Telegraph, he has become the most conspicuous global warming skeptic in the British press. He has been an author and journalist for nearly 50 years, and was the founding editor of the satirical magazine Private Eye.

See also Christopher Booker's earlier book Scared to Death on the manufacturing of a neurotic society.

Quoted on the front cover:

“Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century’s developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly exaggerated computer predictions combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a rollback of the industrial age.”
     -- Richard S. Lindzen, professor of climate science, MIT

 
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