Taken by Storm: The Troubled Science, Policy, and Politics of Global Warming

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Key Porter Books, 2007 - Nature - 356 pages
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The physical phenomena in climate and weather are among the most complex in nature, and science can say very little about what they will do in the future. Yet a large international policy framework has been built precisely on the assumption that we know what is happening and how to control it. InTake by Storm, Christopher Essex and Ross McKitrick prove this assumption false, carefully explaining the science of climate change and deconstructing the widespread myth of global warming. They argue that the connection between science and society is disintegrating, and they propose a vital first step toward repairing this relationship.

From Chapter 10 ofTaken by Storm:

‚€œIt is understandable that people think only a handful of ‚€˜marginal‚€™ critics have doubts {about global warming}. The critics, when not dismissed as ‚€˜contrarians,‚€™ are often referred to as ‚€˜skeptics.‚€™ ‚€¶They have also been called ‚€˜dissidents,‚€™ bringing to mind internal opponents of the Cold War Soviet Union. Lately, the terms ‚€˜deniers‚€™ and ‚€˜climate criminals‚€™ have become more common as the political nastiness has grown‚€¶We have shown, page after page, that certainty on the subject of the future direction of climate is impossible‚€¶that anyone who thinks we can predict the climate only courts the laughter of the gods.‚€

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Ross R. McKitrick is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Guelph.

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