Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media


An eminently readable and often humorous critique, Meltdown documents hundreds of exaggerations from scientists, politicians and the media, and ties them together with the common thread of rational self-interest.

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An eminently readable and often humorous critique, Meltdown documents hundreds of exaggerations from scientists, politicians and the media, and ties them together with the common thread of rational self-interest.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781930865792
  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,502,185
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Foreword 1
2 An introduction to global warming 9
3 Meltdown? : the truth about icecaps 33
4 All creatures cute and furry 73
5 Spin cycle : hurricanes, tornadoes, and other cyclones 111
6 Droughts and floods : worse and worse? 127
7 A greener world of changing seasons? 163
8 Global warming, disease, and death 179
9 No fact checks, please! 195
10 The "national assessment" disaster 207
11 The predictable distortion of global warming 221
12 Breaking the cycle 237
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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    This book is a distortion by a bogus scientist with poor credent

    This book is a distortion by a bogus scientist with poor credentials who
    is funded by the fossil fuel industrialists. Everyone with any knowledge
    of the subject knows he paid big bucks to lie. The facts of his backing
    by the fossil fuel industry have been published widely, from the
    Washington Post to Source Watch to ABC and the Associated Press. What I
    write here can be checked all over the internet in various places. This
    book is a terrible and dangerous lie and should be ignored, and is
    ignored by the world's greatest climatologists. McKibben and Al Gore

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Some dry reading, but such is the case when reading scientific evidence

    You'll see the negative reviews here are more about making a political statement than reviewing the book. Such is the agenda of the far left. Forget about commenting about the quality of the writing or the scientific evidence presented in it. If they disagree with the statements and evidence, better ot trash the opinion than question the evidence or the actual quality of the writing. Much of it is a dry read as the airing of scientific evidence often can be. But if you're interested in learning more of the facts surrounding alleged global warmimng and the causes (if it is happening) behind it, this is a great read. Best to ignore the political statements the far left feels compelled to make in their reviews.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2007

    Useful study of how the climate is changing

    Michaels' very useful book examines the way the media, particularly the liberal press and the BBC, distort the realities of climate change. Yes, the climate is changing, but no, it is not racing to some irreversible tipping point presaging imminent catastrophe. Blair and other practised liars want to alarm us into cutting our living standards and paying out more taxes. Michaels punctures the rhetoric with close reasoning and hard facts. The scientist who started much of the global warming furore, NASA¿s James Hansen, now predicts warming by 0.75 degrees Centigrade over the next 50 years, i.e. 0.15 degrees Centigrade a decade. He admitted, ¿Emphasis on extreme scenarios may have been appropriate at one time, when the public and decision-makers were relatively unaware of the global warming issue. Now, however, the need is for demonstrably objective climate ¿ scenarios consistent with what is realistic under current conditions.¿ The New York Times wrote, ¿Arctic Ice is Melting at Record level, Scientists Say. The melting of Greenland glaciers and Arctic Ocean sea ice this past summer reached levels not seen in decades, scientists reported today.¿ (8 December 2002.) If the NYT¿s editors cannot see that the second sentence contradicts the first, how reliable is their scientific judgment of anything? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that sea levels will rise by between 0.2 and 0.6 metres by 2100, i.e. at most, by 60 centimetres in the next 93 years. Warming will bring warmer winters, more rain and longer growing seasons, thus enabling more food crops to grow. Warmer winters will also reduce the numbers of old people dying from cold ¿ always a far great number than those dying from excessive summer heat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2007

    Think for a second

    The point of this book is to tell us that journalists, environmentalists and politicians are conspiring to make us believe about global warming. Now, take a second to think about who is trying to make us believe that there is no global warming or that it is not human-related... oil companies, car companies, and other lobbies financed by big corporations. Now I wonder who has a 'vested interest' in hiding the truth? Remember when the big tobacco were pretending that cigarettes were not harmful? At some point they were even trying to make the crowds believe that cigarettes were good for health. For crying out loud, if you want to read a REAL book about global warming with SOLID REFERENCES to PEER-REVIEWED SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE, read 'The weather makers', 'Heat' or 'An Inconvenient Truth'. By the way, these biased arguments about cow farts are killing me: they do contribute to global warming, but it is humans that extensively developed the breeding of cows, hence multiplying their environmental impact as well. Human-made global warming is not just the cars we drive and the electricity we use, it is also the food we eat, the clothes we wear, etc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2007


    We've heard the skeptic's viewpoint before. Whether you're comforted by MELTDOWN's message or outraged by it, the question remains: Isn't it better to err on the side of caution? Are we really so ignorant to think that 6.6 tons of greenhouse gases emitted per person per year in the United States will NOT impact the environment? What books like HEAT and INCONVENIENT TRUTH are attempting to do is rouse a very complacent America into positive action. MELTDOWN only seems bent on luring us back to sleep. Why is that? This is not a political issue for most of us, nor is it for other concerned citizens. There is no debate that our current energy/fuel sources are not sustainable. In light of that which is worse: Spending millions on policies to explore and integrate sustainable energy sources like solar and wind power, on the production of electric vehicles and hybrids, into our modern life, or to spend billions on a war to maintain our current fleeting ways. Before we write off global warming as doomsaying, let's deflate Big Oil's power and influence in governmennt and the media. Then the truth will have a way of coming out one way or another. Until then books like MELTDOWN will do its very best to keep the smokestacks pluming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2006

    Exceptional Book

    Meltdown is a great read and extremely informative. This book is well documented. It takes the reader through the science, uses facts, figures, and examples. Before someone decides that the sky is falling due to global warming they need to read this book.

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