Unstoppable Global Warming

I started reading this book today on the train. It’s an interesting look at the science behind our current climate conditions, rather than the political hysteria.

Let’s start with some comments on the back cover of the book:

“S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery have put together an impressive collection of ‘reasons to believe that global warming may not be as bad as some people are telling us’–in other words, that natural variations, rather than human-emitted greenhouse gases, have tended to control the climate. Their exhaustive list of scientific references, mostly from refereed journals, only underscores their statements. Bravo for a job well done!” –George H. Taylor, State Climatologist, Oregon Climate Service

Of course, we all know that the back of the book is reserved for promotional quotes, so let’s look at a review by a climate scientist on amazon.com:

Unlike many of the reviewers of this book, I am a climate change professional, and do know quite a bit of the science behind global warming predictions. Although I disagree with many of the conclusions the book reaches, I admire the logical arguments laid out by the authors. This book itself is a surprisingly balanced, well-researched look into global warming, with the point of view that global warming is simply part of the natural climate cycle, one that has happened many times in the past (which humans have adapted to), and it will continue to happen in the future – definitely not cause for alarm.

Any issue as important as global warming deserves to have all issues surrounding it explored thoroughly, and this book raises important counter-arguments against the now prevailing wisdom that major changes are necessary to limit greenhouse gases.

After reading all the five-star reviews this book has received, I sense a fair amount of dislike and anger towards global warming activists. It is unfortunate, but to be expected, that many people who have read this book did so in order to justify their pre-existing ideas about the environment, business, and politics. I feel it’s important to learn all sides of a controversial issue – ultimately, within 20 to 30 years, we’ll know a lot more than we do now; but in the meantime, I think a little caution might be a good thing when it comes to pouring massive amounts of carbon dioxide into our unstable climate. (The authors did not spend much time on “tipping points” – definitely an important part of any pro or anti global warming book.) Still, I give the book 4 stars because it is thought-provoking, and by far, the best global-warming “naysayer” book out there. Even strong environmentalists might learn something from this book – even if it’s just what the “other side” is saying.

I’ll have more to say later.

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