Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies That Hurt the Poor

Climate Confusion How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies That Hurt the Poor The current frenzy over global warming has galvanized the public and cost taxpayers billons of dollars in federal expenditures for climate research It has spawned Hollywood blockbusters and inspired m

  • Title: Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies That Hurt the Poor
  • Author: Roy W. Spencer
  • ISBN: 9781594032103
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The current frenzy over global warming has galvanized the public and cost taxpayers billons of dollars in federal expenditures for climate research It has spawned Hollywood blockbusters and inspired major political movements It has given a higher calling to celebrities and built a lucrative industry for scores of eager scientists In short, ending climate change has becoThe current frenzy over global warming has galvanized the public and cost taxpayers billons of dollars in federal expenditures for climate research It has spawned Hollywood blockbusters and inspired major political movements It has given a higher calling to celebrities and built a lucrative industry for scores of eager scientists In short, ending climate change has become a national crusade And yet, despite this dominant and sprawling campaign, the facts behind global warming remain as confounding as ever In Climate Confusion, distinguished climatologist Dr Roy Spencer observes that our obsession with global warming has only clouded the issue Forsaking blindingly technical statistics and doomsday scenarios, Dr Spencer explains in simple terms how the climate system really works, why man s role in global warming is myth than science, and how the global warming hype has corrupted Washington and the scientific community The reasons, Spencer explains, are numerous biases in governmental funding of scientific research, our misconceptions about science and basic economics, even our religious beliefs and worldviews From Al Gore to Leonardo DiCaprio, the climate change industry has given a platform to leading figures from all walks of life, as pandering politicians, demagogues and biased scientists forge a self interested movement whose proposed policy initiatives could ultimately devastate the economies of those developing countries they purport to aid Climate Confusion is a much needed wake up call for all of us on planet earth Dr Spencer s clear eyed approach, combined with his sharp wit and intellect, brings transparency and levity to the issue of global warming as he takes on wrong headed attitudes and misguided beliefs that have led to our state of panic Climate Confusion lifts the shroud of mystery that has hovered here for far too long and offers an end to this frenzy of misinformation in our lives This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Roy Spencer is a senior climate scientist currently at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, specializing in satellite monitoring of global temperature. He is also one of the minority of qualified climate scientists who are skeptical about the seriousness of global warming. Much of the book is devoted to showing the non-rational basis of those who are concerned about global warming, suggesting that they are essentially following a pagan religion of earth worship, the "scientist's faith and th [...]

    2. This book isn't about global warming as much as it is a political rant and a discussion of conservative economic philosophy. Thus, I was very disappointed. I was hoping for more about the science - given that the book was written by a meteorologist - but the science was skimpy at best. The chapters on politics and economic theory occupy much more space than those on the science. The author throws around the word "socialism" so much that you'd think he was paid by the number of times it appears i [...]

    3. Excellent overview of the climate change issue, from the viewpoint of a meteorologist.Couple of highlights:Spencer points out that meteorologists, who are familiar with the deep complexity of the earth's weather system, are more reluctant to predict dire consequences of global warming, given the very large uncertainties. Physicists, on the other hand, go right ahead and develop models of the overall system, most of which have been incapable of predicting even know behavior.The author points out [...]

    4. I picked up this book to read because I wanted another viewpoint on the discussion of global warming/climate change. This one looked like it had some promise coming from a climate researcher and it didn't look like it was gonna sugar coat anything. And it didn't. The Good:This covers a bit of the science and a helluva lot of the politics surrounding this issue. It does so in a way that is fairly easy to read without bogging anyone down with a mound of citations. (See The Ugly for more on that.) [...]

    5. Tough to choose a star rating here. This book was poorly written, and I wonder if it was even edited. There were a lot of times when words in a sentence were repeated or left out. Annoying.These are the major ideas I took with me after reading the book:1. Global climate data have been collected for only about the last 100 years. And in the earliest days, much of the data were collected from very few points around the globe. The idea that our climate is warming is based on data that represents an [...]

    6. I am almost inspired to write a thriller after reading this one. Like a true-blue thriller, that slowly reveals a small crook-mob boss-dirty cop-corrupt politician nexus, this one starts from dubious science, moves on to sensationalist media, then to fanatic environmentalists, finally to policymakers who do the real damage. And most of the picture painted here goes contrary to what most environment-sympathizers (which is most of us to some extent) would imagine. So it would make a pretty nice ch [...]

    7. Well-stated from this former Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA.Roy Spencer presents a well-stated and reasoned defense for the "deniers" of global warming, although he does not deny the globe is warming, he denies that we can definitively lay it at the feet of hydrocarbon emissions. The greatest strength of Climate Confusion is its readability - Spencer has a great sense of humor and lets it shine throughout - he reminds me of Dave Barry quite a bit.Spencer cites the difficulty in cre [...]

    8. Spencer looks at how scientists as of now cannot accurately measure the effects of man-made CO2 on the atmosphere, due to all of the variables. He examines the weather’s cooling effect on Earth, and the complexity of weather, describing how scientists can’t decipher it yet without the correct technology. Spencer describes the effects of politicians and environmentalists on the other citizens, stating that they mislead people because of their faiths and biases intertwining with facts. He then [...]

    9. Everyone should read this book. In Climate Confusion, climatologist Roy Spencer explains how and why the threat of global warming is greatly and even dangerously overblown. He explains how the climate works and how many climate scientists and researchers tend to exaggerate their findings for their own financial and even political gains, as well as for the security of their own careers. No one fully understands all the processes of the climate system and Roy expresses how governments that pass "g [...]

    10. Although I agreed with much of the thoughts in this book, I thought it was organized fairly poorly. I did get a sense for how complicated the weather is. I think the thing that frustrated me most about this book was a lack of easy and complete arguments against man made global warming. The lack of clarity makes it hard to even summarize his arguments which makes them seem weak in comparison. I think he would have done better to pick a focus on just one or two topics in the book and clarify them [...]

    11. Without subscribing to the vitriol that can characterize both sides of the global warming debate, Roy Spencer uses his years of climatology expertise to explain how weather has a much greater impact on climate that most people understand.He explains that although it is virtually certain that Carbon Dioxide is increasing slightly in the atmosphere and that man is almost assuredly the cause, it is not at all certain what effect this will have on climate.

    12. In between the sarcasm and attempted comedy, the author does deal with he science of climate change in plain and honest language. It's not totally clear (after reading the book) how much of global warming is being caused by natural occuring events versus man made warming. He makes a good scientific case for media hype and non scientific doomday predictions. If you don't mind the sometimes "silliness", it's a good read by a knowledgeable person.

    13. This isn't a be-all-end-all book on global warming, but it is a refreshing change in reading over the dry science stuff. I recommend this as a good place to start if you have some doubt of the global warming hysteria. There's a lot of common sense stuff in the book, as well as a basic introduction to the science surrounding global warming.What I really found refreshing about the book was the author's wit and sarcasm. It really made for an entertaining read.

    14. Spencer is probably most famous for being the climate expert for the Rush Limbaugh program. Similar to the Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming, although more detailed in some of the issues around things like percipitation, often left out of many Global Warming arguemnents (e.g. Al Gore). Also, book is dated since it isn't Global Warming anymore, but Global Climate Change to cover for the incoming global cooling in the next few years.

    15. Non fiction aught not be this fun, but there it is. Spencers witty take down of the fear mongering, intellectually dishonet Envriromentalist movement had me in stitches.Funny though it was it was informative, and somewhat chillingis is a book I recommended for everyone, and one I wish to literally throw at certain folks.

    16. This is a very interesting book that deals with human factors in Global Warmin. Spencer goes a long way to describe how current climate models are too simplistic and tend to over/under emphasize weather elements, such as the role of precipitation.There is a lot here to at least think about and consider.

    17. Logical, informative, and humorous overview of the climate change debate. I especially appreciated that the author focused on the cost of climate change legislation vs cost to human lives, quality of living, etc. I also enjoyed exercising my intellect a little bit in the more technical sections.Thanks for the recommendation, Mom!

    18. Once upon a time I had to write a research paper for college. It was a horribly boring assignment- and not my forte- so to spice it up, I decided to argue a point I didn't believe at all.I bought this book to help me make my argument. And before the paper was even written, I was convinced we had all been fed a lie.Easy to understand with some pretty strong points.

    19. This book was incredibly challenging for me to read. I thought I would enjoy it but ended up putting it down constantly. I did not find it humorous, the writing style did not appeal to me - I may have even felt offended I did not mind the scientific explanations. It was worth the read for the differing viewpoint alone.

    20. I liked this book because it finally puts global warming into a real and non liberal prospective. it encourages readers to think critically about the information on global warming that they are being fed on a daily basis.

    21. I really did not like it, however I may be biased because I take global warming as fact. I read this book to try to broaden my worldview, and challenge my beliefs. This book did not do that. In fact, his arguments were so outrageous it was laughable.

    22. The basic explanations of weather systems were immensely helpful for me. It did sort of derail every now and then, and had trouble getting on the track to begin with for the first 50 pages. It was worth the read in the end.

    23. A good perspective on the mankind caused global warming hysteria. If Al Gore is your prophet, then this will be heresy. If you like "reality", it is a good read. Remember, worship the creator, not the creation.

    24. Good explanation of the basic science, politics and economics of the climate change controversy. A major draw back is his flawed epistemology regarding certainty and knowledge, and what is a scientific theory. On these topics he is mainstream--and wrong.

    25. All my controversial books go missing when I'm reading them, darn it. Again, need to get back to this one once I find a new copy.

    26. Eh! I agree with the Science, but he gets a little political on me. He's a scientist, I wish he would have stuck with the science.

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