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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
Excellent book answers many unanswered questions
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posted by Anonymous on July 30, 2008Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 30, 2008
In 'Climate Confusion', climate scientist Roy Spencer does a good job of making the case that the science isn't necessarily settled on the issue of humanity's role in influencing global climate by increasing the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels. He explains how little we actually know about one of principal drivers of climate--precipitation, and how efforts to predict future climate through computer modeling is suspect because of the significant gaps in knowledge about the climate system. However, as Mr. Spencer criticizes bureacrats, environmentalists, and politicians, the U.N., etc. for making policy prescriptions to address climate change based on their left leaning political views, he nevertheless has no problem with advocating a response to the issue that is straight out of the playbook of conservative ideology, even going so far as to devote an entire chapter on the virtues of conservative economic policy. He also can barely contain his disdain for government institutions like the EPA and generally regards its work as part of the problem. I beg to differ. Spencer is right to point out the hypocrisy of many celebrity actors/environmentalists who implore us to cut back on our carbon use, as they themselves fly around on private jets. They don't have the moral high ground on this issue, but neither does he. I agree that some environmental groups are indeed too extreme in their oppostion to just about everything, like oil extraction from ANWR, nuclear power, etc., but Mr. Spencer seems to hold them in utter contempt. He likens the banning of DDT to a modern-day holocaust perpertrated by radical environmentalists who are indirectly resonsible for the deaths of millions of Africans. Without question, we can look at whether the ban should be lifted under certain conditions, but this type of inflammatory rhetoric is not worthy of being part of the debate on these important issues. I respect Mr. Spencer's acumen on the subject of the human contribution 'or lack thereof' to global warming and I learned from reading his book. However, I think that his arguments lose some of their impact when they are dressed in his own biases and partisanship.
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Posted March 10, 2013
Everyone needs to read this book.
The book is written by a highly qualified atmospheric scientist. He provides many details in real science, not unbased opinion. Yes, our planet is warming, but why? How much is scientifically proven to be caused by man made emissions? How much of global warming is a result of naturally occuring variations in climate that have occured as long as the earth existed. He tries hard to strip away the high charged political agendas and stick to the actual facts as they are understood. The only downside to this book, is he tries to be funny at times and it detracts from the very serious information that's needed to be understood.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 1, 2009
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