If you read a book about climate change, let it be this one
By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
There are many books on climate change from both sides of the debate. On our side, the books are better written, more scientifically founded and much closer to the truth than on the totalitarian side. Garth Paltridge, Ian Plimer, Gregory Wrightstone, and the late Christopher Booker are among many skeptical authors who have written excellent, elegant, and informative books.
Patrick Moore, one of the founders of Greenpeace, left the company when it ceased to care and became another profitable left-front group – in his words "a thug-junk-junk science". He's now written the best book on climate change I've read – and I've read a lot.
The title, Fake Invisible Disasters and Threats of Doom, is clunky. But the book itself is written in Patrick's signature, gentle, and casual style so that the nonscientific reader can easily understand it. The book is available on Amazon ahead of its release, and Patrick is already receiving rave reviews from readers. Here is one:
“I just bought a Kindle version. I can not believe it. I'm in the third chapter. It's made clear in as much detail even for non-scientists like me. I called my tennis partner and canceled the game. I'll sit with the book until it's finished, and then I'll read it again. "
The central thesis of the book is:
Some time ago it became clear to me that the vast majority of scary stories about the present and future state of the planet and humanity as a whole are based on topics that are either invisible, extremely distant, or both. Hence, the vast majority of people have no way of observing and verifying for themselves the truth of these claims that predict these alleged disasters and devastating threats. Instead, they have to rely on the activists, the media, the politicians and the scientists, all of whom have a very large financial and / or political stake in the issue, to tell them the truth. This welcomes the opportunity to simply invent narratives such as the claim that "CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels are causing a climate emergency".
Nobody can actually see or in any way sense what CO2 could actually do because it is invisible, odorless, tasteless, quiet and cannot be felt by the sense of touch. Hence, it is difficult to refute such claims as there is nothing to point out and demonstrate the falsity of these claims. You can't just point to visible CO2 and say, "Look what horrible things CO2 is doing over there." Hence, CO2 as a harmful emission at the end of the world is a near perfect topic to invent and spread a doomsday story, and this fact has not gone unnoticed by those who tend to sell baseless inventions. CO2 has become the scapegoat for a whole list of negative effects that could take 118 books to record and tabulate. The website www.goodreads.com lists 118 books on climate change. and that is limited to books that are exclusively written in English.
When studying these "narratives" of unseen and remote circumstances, it is difficult to avoid the fact that the suppliers are often ridiculed and shamed and also unwilling to discuss the allegations in a civilized manner. It is practically impossible to take part in debates. how they usually dismiss those who question their narrative as skeptics, liars, deniers or in the pocket of the "big oil". And if the suspected skeptic has a job, these narrators will work underhandedly to remove you from your livelihood or position. In conclusion, these global environmental disaster suppliers are definitely a bizarre and dishonest crowd. Healthy skepticism is at the heart of scientific research and has played an essential role in determining actual scientific truth. It is the duty of scientists to be skeptical of all new claims, especially when they are predictions of disasters that have not yet occurred.
Fake Invisible Catastrophes covers a lot of ground with a short compass: "Africa's oldest baobabs are dying at an unprecedented rate, and climate change could be to blame" (USA Today), "93% of the Great Barrier Reef are practically dead". (Huffpost), "The Great Barrier Reef is now terminal" (National Geographic), polar bears in the Arctic, a million species allegedly threatened with extinction, garbage in the Pacific, genetically modified food, fear of nuclear radiation, forest fires, mass Walrus death and ocean acidification, which Patrick calls "complete manufacture".
The hard science is limited to a single massive chapter, the climate of fear and guilt, which Patrick placed third in the book so that readers aren't put off by it right at the beginning. Still, it's a clear, compelling chapter that deals with the numerous science fiction stories run by those who profited from doom. The chapter lists some of the thousands of alleged damage caused by our emissions sins: higher temperatures, lower temperatures, more snow, less snow, more drought, more floods, higher sea levels, fewer glaciers, no ice at the North Pole, mass species extinction, more storms, stronger storms, burning forests, dying coral reefs, disappearing fish, deadly heatwaves, thinner pigs, fat horses, crop failures, food shortages, acidic oceans, billions of refugees from climate change, more cancer, more heart disease, more lung disease, more mental illness , less French wines.
Patrick explains bluntly, “The fact is, there is no clear evidence that any of these things were or will be caused by human-made CO2 emissions. It's all a guess based on the hypothesis that carbon dioxide controls temperature, which itself has never been established as a fact. More importantly, most of these claims are predictions of things that have not happened before and may never happen. "
The science chapter suggests that science is not done by consensus ("not a valid scientific term, but a social and political term") and that many of the world's greatest scientists – Galileo, Mendel, Darwin, and Einstein – have overturned the already existing consensus .
One of Patrick's favorite scientific points is well presented in the science chapter: The sharp drop in CO2 – why did it happen? “For about 150 million years, carbon dioxide has steadily fallen to the lowest known level in the history of life on earth. During the last glacier maximum 20,000 years ago, CO2 fell to around 180 ppm, just 30 ppm above the level at which plants begin to die of CO2 deficiency. “If it hadn't been for us, enough CO2 would have left the atmosphere within a few million years to starve most of the plants and trees.
And so the temperatures in the deep sea have dropped for 50 million years:
Even Homer nods. The following graph of temperatures in Central England versus global CO2 emissions in millions of tons uses a statistical evasion normally used by climate fanatics.
The graph seems to show that the former have barely changed, although the latter have increased sharply. The truth is that the y-axis of the CO2 graph has been stretched while that of the temperature graph has been compressed. Let's decompress it.
The trend in 360 years is barely more than 1 degree or less than a third of a degree per century. But almost three-fifths of that warming has occurred in the 30 years since 1990, since our humid island warmed at a rate of 2 degrees per century:
Aside from a few nits like these, Patrick's book is a great read. Even I, who have had the climate as one of my interests for 15 years, found a lot in it that I didn't know. The book will be especially valuable to those who have so far been content to join the party line. For them the book will be a revelation: the desecration of Attenborough is particularly satisfying.
These days, bestseller lists are heavily influenced by pre-release sales. If you order now you will be of real value for the marketing campaign. And Patrick, who beat most of us for daring to question those who profited from doom, deserves our support.