Politics and Climate Change: A History

Politics and Climate Change: A History

by Andy May
Politics and Climate Change: A History

Politics and Climate Change: A History

by Andy May


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This book is a brief history of the human-caused climate change debate from its origins in the 19th century until today. The goal is to put the political drama of the debate into a proper scientific context. The drama is widely reported, but the background scientific debate is usually ignored.

There are thousands of scientists who believe humans control the climate and are heading us into a climate disaster; these are the climate alarmists. There are also thousands of scientists who are unconvinced that recent warming, whether natural or human-caused, is dangerous, these are the climate skeptics. Nearly everyone agrees that humans have some influence on climate through our greenhouse gas emissions, so only very few, if any, "deny" the human contribution to climate. Thus, the commonly used epithet "denier" seems inappropriate. Science is a process or methodology used to discover the way the world and the universe work. The term can also be used to describe the collective knowledge uncovered about the world and universe to date. Science is not a belief, we cannot "believe in science." Science is not subject to a "consensus." Politics is about reaching consensus by persuasion or intimidation, science is about upsetting the consensus with detailed measurements, logic, and reason. When politics gets deeply into science, it corrupts it. This is discussed in great detail in this comprehensive history of climate change science and corresponding political agendas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781636252629
Publisher: Andy May Petrophysicist
Publication date: 10/31/2020
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Andy May is a writer, blogger and author living in The Woodlands, Texas. He was born in Lawrence, Kansas, but never really appreciated how interesting Kansas history was until he researched his second book. He enjoys golf and traveling in his spare time. He is also an editor for the climate blog Wattsupwiththat.com, where he has published numerous posts and is the author or co-author of seven peer-reviewed papers on various geological, engineering and petrophysical topics. He has also written about computers and computer software. His personal blog is andymaypetrophysicist.com.
He retired from a 42-year career in petrophysics in 2016. Most of his petrophysical work was for several oil and gas companies worldwide. He has worked in exploring, appraising and developing oil and gas fields in the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, China, the U.K. North Sea, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela and Russia. He helped discover and appraise several large oil and gas fields.
Late in his career, he worked on unconventional shale oil and gas petrophysics and developed many unique techniques for evaluating these difficult reservoirs. In cooperation with Professor Mike Lovell (University of Leicester in the U.K.) he developed a one-week course in shale reservoir petrophysics. Andy has a B.S. in Geology from the University of Kansas.
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