September 2, 2008

Book Review - Climate Confusion

What does science tell us about global warming? Spencer, himself an environmental scientist, says that much of what we are told, especially by the media and by politicians, is hype or poorly understood. He asserts that belief in global warming--its speed, severity, and wide-ranging natural disasters that are believed to be caused by it--has escalated to religious proportions. Because of this, he believes, both scientists and policy officials take drastic action to protect the environment, often considering the well-being of the human population as a distant second. He states that most of the actions currently being taken to curtail or delay global warming will be largely ineffective because they are based on a capitalist economic model and therefore require poor nations to halt energy-intensive development activities while at the same time asking rich nations to substitute research into alternative energy development for current wealth-accumulating activities. This is unlikely to occur because it is against human nature. Spencer asserts that global warming will continue into the future, and that if a real threat exists because of global warming, the new technologies and energy sources are the only possible solutions for us.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians, and Misguided Policies that Hurt the Poor
Roy W. Spencer
QC 981.8 G56 S645 2008