- Amazon Sales Rank: #3529340 in Books
- Published on: 2009
- Original language: English
- Dimensions: .6″ h x .58″ w x .83″ l, .86 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
118 of 128 people found the following review helpful.
My take on it.
By P. A. Sullivan
Air Con: The Seriously Inconvenient Truth About Global Warming
This is the second book of Wishart’s that I have read. His background is that of an investigative journalist.
He approaches the topic as someone who once was a luke warm advocate of AGW, but along the way became concerned about anomalies in the science and the debate.
He quickly declares his hand and is not shy about being very direct in his critique. He cites numerous references to support his views and has extensive coverage of such topics as the greenhouse effect, melting of the ice, rising sea levels, glacial thawing, urban heat islands, polar bears, the sun, etc. It is a book for the lay person rather than the scientist. He presents both sides of the arguments and has clearly done a huge amount of research. Because he has made up his own mind this is reflected in his language and his opinions.
Personally, I like Wishart’s style. He has a history of sticking his neck out and he can be controversial, but he generally follows the facts, no matter what the reaction (probably as a good journalist should).
I found the book to be ‘good reading’ in that the information is compulsively readable. It helps that I have read quite widely on the topic and was familiar with many of the studies he cited.
The part of the book that really surprised me was his discussion around the leading players in the AGW movement. I have tended to ignore the conspiracy aspects of this debate from both ends. Again his investigative journalism background comes to the fore. He endeavours to follow the money and establish who benefits from the potential bonanza to be had in carbon credits. I don’t directly have any evidence to support or contradict any of the specific assertions he makes in this segment (such as Soros affiliates funding James Hansen’s legal bills, or Al Gores over close relationship with Enron principles), but given his journalistic reputation (very dogged and more right than wrong) I wouldn’t dismiss it without considerable thought. He argues quite cogently that there are vast amounts of money at stake and that everything is not as it seems on the face of it. He presents a very strong argument that every person has to come to their own decision, as they are going to pay the price.
He is less than complimentary about the IPCC, Gore, Hansen, and some leading institutions, but not unreasonably so (in my view).
I like to read both ends of the argument, and this book is a good addition to the topic, no matter what side of the fence you are on. Given that proposed legislation in most western countries will add significant costs to most households the publication is very timely.
I couldn’t decide whether to give it 4 or 5 stars, but went for 5 because it is a book that aimed to inform the lay person by researching and distilling the state of science and presenting it in a manner readily understood by the averagely intelligent reader. He succeeds in this ambition.
49 of 60 people found the following review helpful.
The book you must read
By Jim Nicholls
If you read one book this year, make it this one. And then lend it or recommend it to as many friends as you can. It is a very readable and well-researched overview of the whole global-warming scenario, which demonstrates convincingly that we are all being fed some very misleading information from seemingly-trustworthy sources. The author explains how, and more importantly, why this is happening, and gives a fascinating account of just who stands to benefit from all those carbon taxes that are set to make our lives so much more expensive. He does not deny that the planet may be warming, but points out that climate variation is a natural phenomenon which has always existed, is beyond our control, and is little influenced by our activities. It is, regardless of the topic, a well-written and entertaining book, and I thoroughly recommend it.
36 of 46 people found the following review helpful.
Air Con: the seriously inconvenient video of the book
By Ian Wishart
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3L94OP9U37EB0 Air Con: The Seriously Inconvenient Truth About Global Warming
For just a snippet of what’s in the book, we put together this segment.
UPDATE: and unfortunately I can’t post this without first giving the book a star rating, which I’d prefer to leave over to you. However, given that it’s mandatory, I’m going to have to slap it with five stars otherwise I’ll spend the next six months being told on the blogs that I don’t believe in my own product.
So, my five stars don’t really count. Yours do.
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