Monday, May 30, 2011

New comprehensive rebuttal of climate alarmist's claims

Announcing an important new book

The Weather Makers Re-examined

Tim Flannery’s best seller under the spotlight of climate change realism

Author: D Weston Allen, PhD

* 400 pages *100 plus illustrations *300 plus peer-reviewed references * well indexed

The Weather Makers Re-examined is the first comprehensive review and critique of The Weather Makers – the 2005 best seller that propelled Tim Flannery to become the Australian of the Year (2007) and now the Climate Change Commissioner for the Gillard Government.

Leading IPCC reviewer, Vincent Gay PhD., calls Dr. Allen’s Re-examined “the most knowledgeable and comprehensive indictment of the global warming bandwagon.”  The former Director of the US Department of Energy and the Environment, William Happer PhD., tells the author, “The people of the world should collectively thank you, and maybe they will some day.”

Dr. Allen puts every chapter of Tim’ Flannery’s thesis on global warming alarmism under the spotlight of the most up-to-date scientific realism - in climate sensitivity to carbon dioxide, the reliability of the temperature records, sea levels, glaciers, the true state of the Arctic, Antarctic, Greenland, the Great Barrier Reef, extreme weather events, acidification of the oceans, oscillating Atlantic and Pacific currents and much more.

The Weather Makers is shown to contain 23 misinterpretations, 28 contradictory statements, 31 untraceable or suspect sources, 45 failures to reflect uncertainty, 66 over-simplications or factual errors, 78 exaggerations and over a hundred unsupported dogmatic statements, many of them quite outlandish.

Always a scholar and a gentleman, Wes Allen never uses ad hominem arguments, but treats Tim Flannery with courtesy and respect. His predilection for cautious understatement, however, makes for some humorous one-liners. For example, he says that after Flannery has diagnosed his beloved Gaia as suffering from a raging fever, he has nothing more to offer her than some feeble “homeopathic remedies.”

With CC Commissioner Flannery now leading the charge for a government carbon tax to mitigate Gaia’s raging fever, the timing for the publication of The Weather Makers Re-examined could not be better. There are few things more powerful than a quality book whose time has come. The Weather Makers Re-examined is such a book.

Excerpts from The Weather Makers Re-examined:

On the real Flat Earthers of today

From cover to cover, Tim Flannery’s message is that ‘we are now the weather makers’.  Move over sun, moon, stars, planets, Earth’s mighty oceans, mountains and volcanoes – almighty man now rules the weather!  In the context of known geological and cosmic climatic forces, such an anthropocentric focus is almost pre-Copernican.

And as in the days of heliocentric Copernicus, scientists suggesting solar or other causes for climate change now find themselves denied grants and tenure, accused of links to ‘big oil’, ridiculed and rejected, or denounced as ‘deniers’ by a geocentric and anthropocentric orthodoxy.

On the dominant greenhouse gas
[Flannery says in The Weather Makers], “Earth’s thermostat is a complex and delicate mechanism, at the heart of which lies carbon dioxide.” If Earth does indeed have a thermostat, the heart of it has to be water – vast quantities of it.  It takes more energy to raise the temperature of one gram of water by 1 degree than of any other common substance.  The massive oceans, glaciers and lakes, comprising over 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, stabilise Earth’s temperature.  Water vapour, the dominant greenhouse gas, forms reflective clouds, precipitates as rain and transfers enormous quantities of heat vertically and horizontally around the planet.  Compared to water in all its forms, carbon dioxide is a small peripheral player.

On poverty and the deprivation of cheap energy
Poverty is a major cause of environmental degradation and destruction of habitat in Third World countries.  And without cheap energy sources, combating poverty is nigh impossible.   Think about the implications of that.

While the impact of climate change on malaria transmission is trivial, the impact of depriving susceptible nations of cheap energy could be enormous.  Tackling climate change by a quixotic war on carbon, instead of a war on poverty and malaria itself, may well prove costly and counterproductive…How many children could we save from malnutrition, malaria, gastroenteritis and AIDS if the money wasted on Kyoto was spent on proven preventive measures? 

On a cooling planet being a greater danger than global warming
It is global cooling that threatens civilisation. The Little Ice Age was a dreadful time for humanity.  Famine and disease plagued Europe and expanding Arctic ice froze the Danes out of Greenland.  Global rewarming since 1850 has greatly benefitted humanity – and even the polar bear.

Despite warming in the UK from 1976 to 2005, there remained at least 120 times more deaths due to cold than to heat each year, largely due to adaptation measures.  Without adaptation, this ratio would still have been around 30.

h/t to Malcolm Roberts of Brisbane, Australia who sends along a 16 page spreadsheet from Dr. Allen's book, offering a quick reference to rebut all 307 of Flannery's claims (first 2 pages below):

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