I bought this book so that I could get full perspective on global warming and its effects on the future of Earth. I read a few books on the subject. The most recent was "The Weather Makers" by Tom Flannery. Flannery's book was full of data and research findings. It gave a compelling argument for global warming and the influence of greenhouse gasses. The book, "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming" did not.
The author, Christopher Horner, did not site one single scientifically researched data point. Instead, he casted dispersions on the environmental movement and environmentalist in general. He equated environmentalism with communism and the desire for the destruction of capitalism. He writes that all environmental concerns stems from the desire to end capitalism. He is a right wing demigod with no evidence to back his claims other than the right wing talking points we've all heard before from the likes of Rush Limbaugh. I guess the title should have given me a clue, but I thought that perhaps it contained something of value. I was wrong.
This book contain no facts, only political rubbish. It added nothing to the conversation of global warming. They all should find their way into recycling bins. I'm still looking for a science based book that can provide balance to the dire warnings in the media. The closest I came was Crichton's novel "State of Fear", but that was fiction and the science was full of holes (although a very good read).
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I was unimpressed with Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”, but I was even less impressed by this fuming cacophony. The book starts by implying most “green” activists are “reds” (communists) and it ends with a long section deriding the press for declaring that W did not sign Kyoto, stalled Kyoto, or repudiated Kyoto. His point (the press is sloppy and/or has an agenda) is clearly true (nevertheless W clearly would not have signed and does not support Kyoto). There were a few interesting or informative points, but the author demonstrates bias and vitriol thus lost my trust.
Retired with a passion for nonfiction. To find out how my views compare or diverge with respect to what's known.
I would recommend with qualifications.
I dare not characterize what I think Mr,. Horner could do to make this more enjoyable for me!
It will be the scene of the author eating crow in the sequel.
Yes if the title was The Politically Inexact Guide to .......
Really, no movie should ever be made of this unless for
use in a school for sociopathic development.
It's an effort at sarcasm with a conservative bent.
Great listen and well done. This was easy to listen to even though it is technical. It is about time there is some real figures instead of fear tactics to get us all to become cave men again. It is funny too if you remember years ago when the big scare was Global cooling and then when that didn't fly it went to Global warming. Um, wonder why Gore doesn't debate anyone. I would love to hear this author debate Gore. Good narration also.
Ignore those reviews trashing this book... it meticuliously deconstructs the myths that we've been exposed to over the years on Global Warming (hint... it's not Global and we're no longer warming) and exposes the movement for what it really is... an attempted foot-hold for world governance crafted by the Europeans and hords of mislead/underinformed people over here that'll destroy our vitality, resilience, and ability to make real difference on human suffering.
Fact: The celebrities and media moguls that promote global warming don't have an 8th grade knowledge of economics. Oil companies against global warming? All fixes that are supposedly in place are based on rationing. If supply goes down, but demand goes up, oil/gas companies can sell less for MUCH more. Remember Enron and California?
Fact: Antarctica ice is the most pure and can give "global" information(Al Gore)? Yes, I saw the movie. It was good.... Wrong, but good. Ever hear of Mount Erebus? It puts out more GHG per day than all of mankind does in a century. Want to guess where it is? Antarctica
Fact: Diane Sawyer is intellegent? She brings some "specialist" onto 20/20 to tell everyone that the antarctic ice is thinner on our side and thicker on the other. Took a day for me to dumb down enough to understand he was saying this. No thought on jet stream, prevailing winds, centrifugal force, or any other general physics.
Fact: US number 1 in GHG? No, but we are number 1 in co2 emmisions. Why? We spent billions turning CO (the nasty deadly stuff) into CO2 through catalytic converters. China doesn't have these rules. So they pump out massive ammounts of CO. I know this because I was there for a month and never saw the sky except when it rained. Next time you hear it, notice they say we are number 1 in CO2, and then try to link it to number 1 in Greenhouse Gas (GHG). They ignore the rest of the important DEADLY gasses.
All the high school economics dropouts (celebrities) and media prostitutes (news IS ratings since the birth of CNN) ignore all this because there isn't news in it.
Listen to both sides before it costs us all a fortune. The oil and gas companies are just WAITING for the greenies to win. It's all about money and fear. And with both sides in it for the same goal, we are in serious trouble.
I live in Massachusetts, which is the epicenter for all things environmentally-alarmist. Thus, I found Mr. Horner's book a refreshing counterbalance to the Cambridge crowd who will have you believe that "the debate over global warming is over." On the contrary, the debate over global warming is so far from over as to be in its infancy, and as Mr. Horner points out, anyone who will tell you otherwise simply pursues emotion over reason. Like our reviewer below from Apex, North Carolina. He/she has gathered emotion and jumped to the conclusion that Mr. Horner is a shill for the oil companies without applying any reason to the science and multifaceted arguments he presents. Sounds like talking-point character assassination, if you ask me. But then again, it's exactly what to expect from an irrational enviromentalist who thinks the debate is over; they do it all the time, especially to anyone who challenges them. You know, the Catholic Church once thought the debate over the origin of the universe was over, too, and look where that got them. Download this book and listen to it with an open mind. You will find some interesting insights in it. And you may just realize that there's nothing to be worried about: We're simply living within the ebb and flow of a climate which is, was and always will be in a constant state of flux.
I teach Business, Economics, and English at a university in Tokyo. My interests are in politics, economics, and philosophy. I hold a BA in English Literature, and an MA in Political Science.
If you cut out all the childish name calling, half facts, dubious statements, and spin you actually have a pretty good book...it would only be about 2 hours long, but good.
There are some interesting statements, such as closing of weather stations accounting for changes in measurement, but then there is no attempt to go go back and correct the data. It is almost as though there is a fear of telling all the facts.
As most of these book long diatribes go, it's a so-so starting point to understanding the issues. It's just really irritating to hear people in a policy debate sound so immature. I want to scream "Grow up!"
The narration is excellent. You almost believe the narrator is expressing his own views...though these views are so dogmatic it is hard to believe anyone subscribes to a majority of them without putting tongue in cheek.
I had no idea. I am amazed at the political manipulation we are being subjected to. I was a constant advocate for whatever was green and anything that contributed to Global Warming but now I know better. This book is a must read. I challenge the so called "Green People" to get a fair balance by reading this book. You will start to understand what you are doing to all of us. President John Addams said once "Facts are stubborn things". Read it for the sake of the millions of people you put at risk.
Excellent debunking of the greatest hoax ever played on us. Alarmists (fear mongers) always seem to have an ulterior motive, and Horner does an excellent job of exposing it.
The book is perhaps a bit repetitive at points, however each reuse of a point has a reason and I found it only mildly distractive.