Satanic Gases: Clearing the Air about Global Warming


Climatologist extraordinaire Patrick J. Michaels says it is.

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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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882577927
  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Overview 1
1 The Shared Vision of Hell 7
2 Global Warming Goes Global 11
3 The Earth's Climate 23
4 Modeling the Earth's Climate 55
5 Has the Earth Warmed? 75
6 The Sulfate-Greenhouse Paradigm vs. the Reality of Climate Change 93
7 Greenhouse Projections of Circulation-Scale Changes vs. Reality 109
8 An Ocean of Data: Sea-Level Rise and El Nino 159
9 Global Warming and Mortality 169
10 Greening the Planet 177
11 How Did We Get Here? 191
12 Treaties, Programs, and Protocols 199
13 The Future 209
References 215
Index 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2008

    Satanic Gases- the key to global questions

    The book titled The Satanic Gases is one of the most informative books on the market about the popular global warming issues. Not only does this book inform people of the different takes on global warming but it leaves readers with a vast knowledge of what exactly is happening in our world today. This particular book points out that despite popular belief global warming is due to the greenhouse effect of the earth. This book takes the reader into a new world of different knowledge being over looked. Not only does the author describe the damage and effects of global warming with such a vast vocabulary but he leaves readers questioning things they knew nothing about. This book, unlike other informative books on the market, use easy to understand vocabulary. The facts of this book are hard hitting but will leave you asking yourself more questions about what you can do to help. This book includes a wide variety of actual data from social and scientific context. This book is definitely one of the most informative easy to read books out there. In my mind I give this book 4 out of 5 for an outstanding veiw of what is actually happening. In my mind i believe that schools world wide should make this book a requried learning book for all enviromental science classes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

    Well written and a very refreshing honest look at the enviroment

    This should be required reading by everyone at NBC and the NY times. It is surprising how in this day and age, science can take a back seat to the political machine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2003

    A 'balance,' but only one of full dismissal to counter full panic

    As an environmental science major, I received this book as a gift. Despite my aversion for literature so dismissive of the modern environmental movement, I read the book. While the piece is well written and reminds the reader to take radical environmental doomsday claims with a grain of salt, the benefits of reading this book stop there. I must point out that global warming, and the large impact humans have had on the process, are ideas embraced by the vast majority of the scientific community as a hard reality that future human actions must remedy. The general rule of environmentalism is to not wait for these natural disasters to appear in order to attain undoubtable proof, but to understand that the interactions within the biosphere are complex and admittedly not fully understood, and therefore a proactive, not reactive, approach would be the wisest path to take. I am keeping this book as a devil's advocate in my collection. I'm not too worried about the book changing the minds of the public, since it appears its main audience has been those who are already convinced of the fallacies of conservation advocates.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2001

    Good, funny - but it is not funny.

    This is a great read. The authors know the subject very well and give the reader exciting insight. The trouble is that they seem not to take it seriously. A ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, based on nonsense as the authors clearly point out, will be disasterous. The DDT ban started all of this. The consequences were horrible. Then came acid rain with poison falling from the sky, the horrible asbestos campaign which furthered a few careers and ruined school districts and the benign asbestos industry. And then we had the ozone disaster which was not but costs us all dearly. And now we are made to think that global warming is a threat although there is nothing we can do about it. Next, we will be told that we are ruining the fresh water supplies of the world. It is not a joke. It is dead serious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2000

    A fun way to obtain some truth!

    This book rocks the 'common knowledge' about global warming. It puts forth some stunningly straightforward arguments that challenge what we hear about the disastrous effects of global warming from the popular media. It does this with a strong scientific foundation; but don't worry- the science is delivered in a form that is as easy to understand as the Discovery Channel, and very entertaining. Michaels and Balling poke some well-deserved fingers at the pseudo-science that sacrifices truth for some sensational headlines.

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    Posted November 23, 2008

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