The Inquisition of Climate Science

The Inquisition of Climate Science

by James Lawrence Powell
     
 

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Modern science is under the greatest and most successful attack in recent history. An industry of denial, abetted by news media and "info-tainment" broadcasters, has duped the American public into rejecting an overwhelming body of rigorously vetted scientific evidence showing that human-caused, carbon-based emissions are linked to warming the Earth. The

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Modern science is under the greatest and most successful attack in recent history. An industry of denial, abetted by news media and "info-tainment" broadcasters, has duped the American public into rejecting an overwhelming body of rigorously vetted scientific evidence showing that human-caused, carbon-based emissions are linked to warming the Earth. The Inquisition of Climate Science is the first book to comprehensively take on the climate science denial movement and the deniers themselves, exposing their lack of credentials, their extensive industry funding, and their failure to provide any alternative theory to explain the observed evidence of warming. In this book, readers meet the most prominent deniers while dissecting their credentials, arguments, and lack of objectivity. James Lawrence Powell exhibits deniers' wide variety of deceptive rhetorical techniques, many stretching back to ancient Greece. Carefully researched, fully referenced, and compellingly written, his book clearly proves the evidence of global warming is real.

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Editorial Reviews

Irish Times

… this is a highly authoritative and accessible book that should be read by everyone who has any doubts about the reality of climate change.

Science Progress
A clear antidote to the evolving national viral infection of antiscience. Get it. Read it. Tell others about it.

— John Atcheson

Skeptic Blog
A masterful compilation of nearly all the evidence, not only for the reality of anthropogenic global warming, but especially answering point-by-point the ridiculous attempts by climate deniers to cloud and distort the issues by raising one bogus charge after another.

— Donald R. Prothero

1895
Books like 'The Inquisition' offer a clear antidote to the evolving national viral infection of antiscience. Get it. Read it. Tell others about it.

— John Atcheson

Choice

A rare look at the politicalization of an important science.... Recommended.

Physics Today
...succinctly summarizes the entire disinheartening story.

— Naomi Oreskes

Environmental Philosophy
...a worthwhile read...an invaluable tool for those of us that are committed to fighting against the assault on climate science, be it the writers, the teachers, the activists, the politicians, or the scientists.

— Sarah Kenehan

Orrin Pilkey

This book is a winner, written in an easy, logical style with thorough and fascinating discussions of major deniers.

Spencer Weart

With the evidence for global warming so strong, why, Powell asks, does half the American public doubt it? His answer is a history of the campaign of denial, the most comprehensive and up-to-date history available. It is well written and well worth reading: this is the most important issue facing our generation.

Richard Somerville

This courageous and well-researched book exposes how ideologues and money combined to attack sound climate science.

Peter D. Ward

Powell consistently brings the sharp insight of a knowledgeable insider melded with the skepticism of a critical outsider to the most important issues in science. In his latest book--his best yet--he shows us the path to understanding climate change.

Joseph Romm

James Lawrence Powell's must-read book is a welcome addition to the growing literature debunking fossil fuel-funded, anti-science disinformation. As Powell makes clear, it is time for scientists to stand up and be counted.

1895 - John Atcheson

A clear antidote to the evolving national viral infection of antiscience. Get it. Read it. Tell others about it.

Skeptic Blog - Donald R. Prothero

A masterful compilation of nearly all the evidence, not only for the reality of anthropogenic global warming, but especially answering point-by-point the ridiculous attempts by climate deniers to cloud and distort the issues by raising one bogus charge after another.

Physics Today - Naomi Oreskes

...succinctly summarizes the entire disinheartening story.

Environmental Philosophy - Sarah Kenehan

...a worthwhile read...an invaluable tool for those of us that are committed to fighting against the assault on climate science, be it the writers, the teachers, the activists, the politicians, or the scientists.

Reports of the National Center for Science Education

The Inquisition of Climate Science is an excellent, well-written book for the general audience which gives readers a broad view of organized attacks on climate science over the last few decades.

Midwest Book Review

The first book to examine the history and milieu of the climate science denial process as a whole... a 'must' for any college-level science collection.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231157193
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,375,669
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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