Guest contribution by Tony Brown (tonyb)
Skeptics who want to counter the mounting hysteria and demand dramatic action to combat the "climate emergency" may want to make sure they are properly informed about the issues, unlike those who boldly claim climate change is rubbish or highly skilled scientists are idiots who don't know what they're doing.
This is a shortlist of recently read books that will help you better understand your climate damaging friends and relatives. Others are potential book gifts to try to allay their more extreme concerns. I've read the books myself through the eyes of someone who has been writing articles on climate change for about 15 years, mostly from a historical perspective.
In recommending this selection, it should be noted that I have provided details on physical books, not e-material (if available). Books allow people to get on and off depending on availability, are useful reference material for a bookshelf and, if intended as a gift, have more presence than e-material. I apologize in advance, but I use the word "hysteria" a lot.
Those who want to understand why their young relatives and friends have such climate concerns, many of which believe will severely affect their adult lives, will find this initial selection as a good starting point for understanding where their concerns are coming from.
“Nobody is too small to make a difference,” says Greta Thunberg. Softback. Penguin books; ISBN 978-0-141-99174-0
Greta is the world's most famous school for climate skeptics, but it features the youthful rebellion – a climate strike every Friday – and the black and white certainties that young people cherish.
She is very influential, not only against her peers, but also against school teachers and world leaders. British skeptics were very embarrassed as senior British government. Her numbers were hijacked during a visit and she is believed to be responsible for influencing the European Union's zero-emissions plan. Through her histrionics at the United Nations, she also reached a much wider audience.
This book is as irritable and sulky as it gets by, and it's an amazingly sleek book that offers mundane certainties like "Our house is on fire," apocalyptic interpretations of climate events, and confident assertions like "We need to focus on everyone" inches of our being about climate change and misrepresentation; "According to the IPCC report, we are approximately eleven years (as of 2019) from a position where we are starting an irreversible chain reaction that is beyond human control." It's easy to see why teenagers with such hysteria are afraid of their future.
Your failure to recognize that there are two sides to every balance sheet is a fundamental mistake. For example, when it beats up the UK for its “staggering historical carbon debt”, it fails to recognize that ordinary people can live longer, healthier, happier, richer and more fulfilling lives with more human freedoms as a result of this nation's industrial revolution Rights and respect for the rule of law as in all of human history.
Sit down with a very hot cup of coffee and the coffee will likely still be warm by the time you finish reading this trivial but iconic brochure. This provides invaluable insight into what drives many of the boys to whom slogans seem to replace facts and personal analysis. Its greatest asset is its brevity, which means that it is more accessible than some of the very wordy and lengthy books that have been published on the climate.
"The Ininhabitable Earth" by David Wallace-Wells. Softback. Penguin ISBN 978-0-141-98887-0
For those who want to understand why adult friends and relatives experience severe cases of climate hysteria, this is the book. It's depressing and relentlessly dejected, apocalyptic, harsh and accusatory. Those who were not previously concerned about the climate would take things at face value after reading this somber volume.
It's well referenced and skeptics will be familiar with many scenarios and the players involved. It will provide invaluable insight into the minds of those who believe we should mobilize against climate change in the same way we did in World War II and why extreme activists believe that the draconian government measures against Covid 19 are equally applied to climate change should make them believe there is an even worse catastrophe that is happening now.
The book is enthusiastically endorsed by the Washington Post and the UK Sunday Times, and an air of hysteria can be seen in two of the reviews. "If we don't want our grandchildren to curse us, we'd better read this book," said Timothy Snyder.
“This book can be seen as the last really great climate assessment ever carried out. Is there still time to write another? Clear, committed and often brilliant. "The UK Daily Telegraph (usually a more sober newspaper)
Full of nuggets of information – although some question its accuracy – passionate, intellectual, philosophical, and often densely written – it's not an easy book to read because the author's style and tendency to mix topics don't always go smoothly. So, if some of your friends and relatives are no longer afraid but seem well informed, they may already be readers of this respected author. Consequently, reading by yourself can help better understand your fears and how unfounded you believe they are. The overall message is that the "climate emergency" is already overwhelming and only getting much worse.
The epilogue to the paperback edition says; "The final pages of the manuscript of this book were written in early September 2018 in the spirit of the semi-optimistic character I had half-believed at the time."
If this is halfway optimistic I would hate to hear the author's definition of pessimism. This is a thoroughly depressing book, full of terrible interpretations of events and no regard for history. If your friends and relatives are following this influential writer, or those of the likes, who are clamoring for a climate apocalypse, it should come as no surprise if they ask that you regret your views as they believe that action is urgently needed to fix things . Their more rational attitudes towards the climate will no doubt upset and baffle them, and have potentially broken relationships. This book is recommended only because it gives such a good insight into the philosophical mindset of this type of writer and those who read their words approvingly.
After all this darkness, it is a joy to turn to two books that do not envelop you in misery and dismay at man's malice and the obvious desire to destroy the planet by next Wednesday.
"Apocalypse never" by Michael Shellenberger Hardback edition. Harper Publications ISBN978-0-06-300
I am not aware that I had read any of his material before, and I was drawn to it because, like Michael Moore, I had heard he belatedly realized that we had to turn to nuclear power to keep our lights on and keep civilization functioning.
I nodded at many pages of this large and well-referenced book, although most skeptics disagree with the basic assumption that human excess CO2 is the main cause of our climate problems. Many of the "facts" and scenarios are already set out in Wells' book, but Shellenberger refreshingly interprets them in a completely different, more realistic and positive way.
He realizes that pristine forest is being cleared, not because the locals like to burn trees, but because they need farmland to feed their families. The use of wood and manure for cooking by locals in parts of Africa does not mean intentionally using the most inefficient and polluting fuel they can find, but because it is available. That villagers are killing wild life on the periphery of African wildlife parks is not because they can find delicious and exotic food, but because the creatures destroy their crops.
He recognizes coal as the boon that has been around for centuries, and the faster undeveloped nations can industrialize, the faster they will move away from it, have smaller families, and put less pressure on the environment. He is also very ambivalent about the role of organizations like Greenpeace.
A review by Kerry Emanuel sums it up;
"In this engaging and well-researched essay, Michael Shellenbergr reveals the hypocrisy of environmentalists in apocalyptic portraying climate change while consistently working against nuclear energy, which is a green energy source whose implementation could feasibly avoid the worst climate risks. "
This is a fun and level-headed book, well worth reading to understand the author's problems, arguments, and solutions, and given as a gift to those who need to calm down and realize that the situation is nowhere near that is bad as you think.
"False Alarm" by Björn Lomborg. Hardback edition Hachette Books ISBN 978 1-5416-4746-1
The subheading of the books; "How the climate change panic is costing us trillions, hurting the poor and failing to repair the planet" sums up the book subjects, while Lomborg aims to demonstrate these claims with numerous references.
Lomborg remains a hatch warmer, but one who realizes the cost and difficulty of achieving what passionate environmentalists demand. A review by Jordan Peterson sums up the book, its contents, and its goals well.
Björn Lomborg's new book offers a data-driven, human-centered antidote to the often apocalyptic discussion that characterizes the impact of human activity on global climate. Careful, convincing and, above all, sensible and pragmatic. "
Lomborg presents its status early in the book:
“Climate change is real, it is mainly caused by carbon emissions from people who burn fossil fuels, and we should address it intelligently. But to do that we have to stop exaggerating, stop arguing that it is now or never, and stop thinking that the only thing that matters is climate. "
Skeptics who believe that there is little human culpability in this matter can find themselves halfway down the road with climate-damaging friends and relatives that are more useful than the "now or never, shut the world immediately" scenarios often used by the media , radical scholars and hard core activists are shown attitudes summarized by Wells book.
While devout skeptics may not agree with the basic message of Shellenberger or Lomborg, at least the views of these authors are not apocalyptic and provide useful material to reassure climate-damaging groups that the end of the world is not near. In this regard, promoting the diffusion of these moderate views will ensure that at least the world does not get excited and civilization reversed to save us from ourselves. Very legible.
The Denial ”by Ross Clark Softback. Lume Books; ISBN 978-1-83901-210-5
I have long believed that fictional satire has a useful place to highlight such world events as the "climate emergency" and the associated alarmism, irrationality and disruptive solutions based on increasingly authoritarian demands.
As with Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm, this humble book reveals those high-pitched features in terrifying ways. Any long-term skeptic will recognize the evolving scenarios as authorities and increasingly self-confident activists take increasingly drastic action against climate realists. In this case, embodied by a public but naive retired meteorologist named Bryan Geavis. At one time, he was working as a junior for an oil company, advising on weather conditions as they affected the safety of workers on oil platforms. Any mention of oil has naturally become a red rag for a runaway cop.
With a humble and unforeseen storm overwhelming London because the flood defenses are not closed, the UK government and people are looking for a scapegoat and it is our humble central character that becomes the villain. The book shows the hypocrisy of prominent "climate influencers" who are allowed to fly, where they want to watch and report to their social media bubbles how bad things are, right down to the annoying checked personal carbon rations, bans on meat, Dairy products and imported foods and many goods – except the elite. It is becoming inevitable that this growing madness will result in a climate tribunal led by brainwashed children and overseen by a government that is increasingly afraid of what they have unleashed.
Even the most harmless weather event is considered to be man's fault, and if the government agrees to publish the daily number of those "killed" by the climate, we shouldn't be surprised if it involves a flock of geese roaming local swamps have drowned and are "exhausted" afterwards The fight against climate change caused storms and drowning in swamp areas that were flooded as "normal". In response, the government, lagging behind the outraged and hysterical public opinion on this ecocide, renamed the Climate Apocalypse Division to Climate Armageddon Division. "
It ignores inconvenient facts about past storms and weather events, as well as the use of previously authenticated historical temperatures, and it is a criminal offense to refer to them or deny the reality of climate change.
Among the people killed by climate change in official records is now a cyclist knocked off his bike in a pothole allegedly caused by unusual rain and frost levels. a woman who is allergic to bee stings and has been stung by a person who is considered unusually active for the time of year.
Highly recommended. Why not give a copy to alarming friends and relatives in the hopes that through satire they can see how we go about it, how absurd are the claims affecting the climate, the mounting hysteria, the irrational acts, the witch hunts and the … economic collapse we face if we try to eliminate the last bit of carbon emissions?
That renewable energy has not been able to fill the electricity gap caused by the sweeping closure of other forms of UK power generation should also be a warning to those who believe that renewable energy will be our savior.
When they tell you Bryan Geavis got what he deserved, then it's time to make new friends and relatives
Relaxing, empathetic, often fun and entertaining, it is certainly one form of the things that will come if climate madness continues.
Books on renewable energy. In compiling this overview, I was aware of the lack of a good book in which the arguments for and counter arguments for the use of renewable energies and the desire to quickly withdraw fossil fuels as a means of generating electricity were presented.
I like the idea of "free" energy from sun, wind and water as a means to replace fossil fuels, but I recognize its reliance on the whims of the weather gods and the shortcomings in storage, reliability, cost, security and availability of Raw materials, environmental damage, extravagant use of space, etc. However, governments around the world are promoting them as a means of achieving the desired “zero net carbon emissions”.
Why? What calculations on the suitability of renewable energies as our 24/7 basic power supply are the government buying in that are funded by environmental pressure groups? Do governments know something about renewable energy that skeptics have overlooked, most of whom believe that renewable energy is not enough to keep the lights on 24/7, and if politicians promote it, they will inadvertently dismantle civilization while being unicorns to hunt?
Nuclear power appears to be at the bottom of the list of possible sources of "renewable" energy – which is actively opposed by many environmental groups and governments – leading to recent interventions by Michael Shellenberger and Zion Lights, former spokesman for the anti-nuclear group, has led Extinction Rebellion, which has resigned and co-founded Nuclear for Net Zero.
Does anyone know of such a book for review? Preferably a manual similar to Greta's slim manual, in which facts and figures as well as the advantages and disadvantages are presented succinctly without having to go through pages with philosophical debates, personal opinions and irrelevant material etc.
Far more facts and figures are needed before either side of the fossil fuel versus renewable energy debate can convince the other of the merit of its energy policy.
Climate publications – means to an end?
Reading numerous climate-related books in the past few weeks to compile this short list of Christmas readings shows the highly philosophical and theoretical nature of many of the climate alarmist writers and their political and socially conscious views on "climate justice."
The books explained the mindsets of influential and often extreme climate activists who have captured the ears of the government, the checkbooks and public attitudes of many corporations, and the pouring out of the "liberal" media. Her position easily explains why those who are unaware of or unable to put events in a broader context consider the current situation to be unique and, consequently, view "catastrophic" climate change with such fear.
But it looks like everything will be fine if we wholeheartedly embrace the renewable energy revolution.