Book Review: AIR CON: The Seriously Inconvenient Truth About Global Warming by Ian Wishart
Paperback: 296 pages
Price: US$16.93; NZ$29.90
Publisher: Howling At The Moon Publishing; first edition (May 4, 2009)
Criticisms of individuals in this review reflect the author’s honest opinion, for reasons outlined in the text or generally known at the time of writing.
You might think “alarmist” is a cheap shot. Aren’t I just mimicking this book’s constant use of such disparaging and emotional terms to discredit climate science and scientists? But I think I am justified. After all the author’s message is alarmist – but about the politics, not the science. Continue reading
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This is a sane word of advice at the time of hysterical attacks on climate science and scientists under the “climategate” tag.
It comes in a submission from the University of East Anglia to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Science and Technology investigating the “climategate” business. It finishes with the comment:
“Given that the stakes for humanity are so high in correctly interpreting the evidence of global warming, we would meanwhile urge scientists, academics, journalists and public servants to resist the distortions of hearsay evidence or orchestrated campaigns of misinformation, and instead to encourage open, intelligent debate.”
Ah, if only! Recently on another thread we had a denier accusing scientists of “Lying” and being “eco-fascists,” “lying parasites,” and “parasites of the environmental movement.”
For those of you who want a bit more sanity in this discussion have a read of the university’s submission. It’s avalable as a word document (submission) and together with an appendix.
The submission covers the key accusations being made by the climategate deniers and might be an eye-opener to some.
They say “Lies get half way around the world before truth gets its boots on.” It takes time but truth will eventually out.
I look forward to the time that all these inquiries report their findings.
Update (or BREAKING NEWS as Ian Wishart would claim):
It’s also worth having a read of this statement Climate change and the scientific process
from the Office of the NZ Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee. A printable version of “Climate change and the scientific process” is available for download here ( PDF file, 139 kb).