The debate over man-made global warming can often seem like a bubbling cauldron of vitriol, mockery and elitism. You best not let any doubt of the general consensus show, or you too could be burned.. It is that very nastiness, however, that has caused even more skepticism of the facts surrounding global warming that are fed to average Joe citizens from “untouchable” experts. This is why the Institute of Public Affairs compiled a selection of essays and papers by scientists, journalists, and thinkers called, Climate Change: The Facts that gives a voice to those public doubts. The book, as a whole, can be a great comfort to those who are skeptical about the climate change predictions touted in the media. It helps to know that you’re neither alone nor a foolish “science denier,” as some would assert.
The most interesting aspect of Climate Change: The Facts is that it is not centered around the United States but rather Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain. This might appear an odd strength but these three nations have been at the forefront of the climate change debate far more than the United States. It was believed that Australia and New Zealand would be the first to show the devastating signs of climate change, so their governments took action based on predictions made by climatologists. When the predictions of sustained drought in Australia were washed out in the floods of Australia’s typical rain cycle, voters quickly replaced their Prime Minister with a more conservative and skeptical leader. Great Britain is home of the University of East Anglia where the “Climategate” emails were leaked and is considered one of the top climatology research schools in the world. Thus, the papers written from those who are deep in the trenches of the climate change fight are especially interesting.
The essays vary from the bogglingly scientific works by former MIT Meteorology professor, Richard Lindzen, and scientist Willie Soon, to the beloved snark and witticisms of Mark Steyn, who is currently engaged in a lawsuit against Michael Mann, creator of the “hockey stick” graph. Speaking of that hockey stick, there is a fabulous essay by Professor of Economics Ross McKitrick that breaks the hockey stick apart, and leaves it in splinters, as well as an illuminating piece by James Delingpole about what qualifies as an “expert” in the climate change debate in a world where credentials are appealed to rather than actual arguments.
At times, the slew of essays can become like beating a dead horse (albeit one that has died of heat stroke due to global warming). But that alone should give pause for consideration; if this were truly such an alive and kicking issue, it would seem a handful of essays wouldn’t be able to put such a headstone on it.. At times complex and at others quite simple, Climate Change: The Facts turns much of that vitriol and elitism on its head and renders it ridiculous.
Original CBC review by Marc Fitch.
Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human rights activist. His last book, After America, was a Top Five bestseller in the United States and a Number One bestseller in Canada. Mark’s Christmas single “A Marshmallow World” reached number seven on Amazon’s easy listening bestsellers, and number 41 on their main pop chart.
Mark is also a popular guest host of America’s Number One radio show The Rush Limbaugh Show, and America’s Number Two cable show Hannity. In addition, he appears each week on The Hugh Hewitt Radio Show. In Canada, he can be heard with Toronto’s Number One morning man on The John Oakley Show, and seen on Sun News.
Over the years, Mark’s writing on politics, arts, and culture has been published in almost every major newspaper around the English-speaking world, including Britain’s Daily Telegraph, Canada’s National Post, The Australian, The Irish Times, The Jerusalem Post, The Wall Street Journal, and many more.
Mark is also the author of America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It and After America:Get Ready for Armageddon, both published by Regnery, both New York Times bestsellers in the United States and Number One bestsellers in Canada.
James Delingpole is a libertarian conservative, novelist, journalist, and polemicist. He is one of the most popular bloggers in Britain at the Daily Telegraph, a columnist at The Spectator, a broadcaster at Ricochet.com, and has written for Daily Mail, Human Events, and other outlets in Britain and America.
He is the winner of the 2010 Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism, as well as the Charles Douglas-Home Memorial Trust Award (one of the plums of British journalism).
He is also the author of several novels and political books, including two Regnery titles, Welcome to Obamaland and 365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy.
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