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The Satanic Gases: Clearing the Air about Global Warming

The Satanic Gases: Clearing the Air about Global Warming

by Patrick J. Michaels, Robert C. Balling Jr.

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Climatologist extraordinaire Patrick J. Michaels says it is.


Climatologist extraordinaire Patrick J. Michaels says it is.

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Michaels (climatology, Univ. of Virginia) and Balling (director, Laboratory of Climatology, Arizona State Univ., Tempe) examine the role played by politics, the media, and science in the creation of our present perceptions of humanity's effect on climate, particularly global warming. Their main thesis is that politicians and the media have blown this issue out of proportion, manipulating currently known information in order to fulfill their own objectives. The authors also assert that the current scientific paradigm accepts as fact both global warming and humankind's contributions to its acceleration. Scientists therefore tend to ignore contradictory data. Michaels and Balling present a good discussion of the climatological factors and theories of climate change and of the human activities that could be influencing climate. They counter each currently held theory with data and theory that support their own perspective. While they offer a well-thought-out overview in language that lay readers can understand, their conservative political agenda is also very apparent. Still, their book is recommended for public, academic, and high school environmental collections as a good balance to alarmist materials that present global warming as an imminent catastrophe.--Betty Galbraith, Owen Science & Engineering Lib., Washington State Univ., Pullman Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Explores the science and politics of global warming and argues that it is vastly overrated as an environmental threat. Draws on scientific data to show that initial forecasts of rapid global warming were wrong, and points out that attempts to fix the forecast by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are even more misguided than the original projections. Michaels is a research professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia. A co-author, Robert C. Balling, Jr., is director of the Office of Climatology at Arizona State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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