The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World's Top Climate Scientists
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The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World's Top Climate Scientists

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The Great Global Warming Blunder unveils new evidence from major scientific findings that explode the conventional wisdom on climate change and reshape the global warming debate as we know it. Roy W. Spencer, a former senior NASA climatologist, reveals how climate researchers have mistaken cause and effect when analyzing cloud behavior and have been duped by Mother Nature...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Encounter Books (first published 2010)
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Stephen
Could it be that cloud cover over the oceans most notably the pacific ocean that is causing the... climate change? And not man made carbon dioxide? That is the major question that the author asks. A very thought provoking book.
"I think we have much more to fear from natural climate change than from anthropogenic (man made) change, and that is just as worthy of study."
"Why did temperatures rise so rapidly before 1940 even though so little carbon dioxide had been emitted by then? And why did a...more
Jared
The book presents some good theories for natural causes of global warming that intuitively make sense. Dr. Spencer believes that many scientists have mistaken cause and effect in climate, particularly with regard to clouds. He also demonstrates how the IPCC's mandate is more to research anthropogenic warming vice natural warming.

Dr. Spencer provides links to his own published papers. His desire is not so much to solve the debate as to properly frame it in the realm of science (by be willing to...more
Kenneth Petersen
I got the book on 5/1/10 and just read it continuously. The subtitle says it all "How Mother Nature fooled the World's top climate scientits." He does an outstanding job of making a complex subject understandable. He is one of the most level headed of the scientists who has also written the best selling "Climate Confusion."
Andrew Alan
Pure junk science thoroughly debunked point by point here:
http://bbickmore.wordpress.com/2011/0...
Spencer is exposed as a crank and a fraud.
David R.
Fascinating insights on the role of clouds and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation in climate change. Can be a bit repetitive but adds to the ongoing discussion.
Matthew
A lot of the content of this book went over my head, but the main points are discernable for anyone.
Joel Arnold
I enjoyed reading this book because it acquainted me more with the major issues of the debate. Occasionally, he does start to sound a little "Glenn Beckish" to borrow another reviewer's observation.

To summarize the basic idea:
1) The scientific establishment has assumed global warming under pressure from government grants, and suppressed anyone who disagrees.
2) The historical evidence does not support a hockey stick—actually there has been a series of changes in both directions, even within the 2...more
Ianw19
This is an extremely important book that ought to be read by everyone interested in the science and politics of climate change. Overall, I think Spencer did a good job explicating key concepts and arguments. But I'd like to summarize his main ideas in such a way that I personally feel is even clearer. Of course, I will not thoroughly explain every piece of the argument, since that would require me to essentially re-write the whole book. But here is the overall thrust of the argument:

1) "Sensitiv...more
Jerry
Implementing CO2 regulations will drive up the cost of virtually everything. Dr. Spencer has evidence that the impact of CO2 on climate change may be small compared to natural processes. If this is the case, the climate change policies would be a catastrophic missallocation of resources with unforeseen consequences.
The IPCC largely ignored the possibility of natural, internally generated causes with time periods longer than ten years. They also largely ignored the Medieval Warm Period and the L...more
Semicheme
Spencer does a good job of presenting a case for at least one alternate explanation for Global Warming -- The natural variation of cloud cover. However, his math and analysis is rather simplistic and potentially makes the same kinds of errors as he accuses Climate Modelers of making. Let's face it, the climate is an extremely complex and interrelated system. Climate Science is in it's infancy and we are just starting to be able even to observe some of the signals, not to mention to understand ho...more
Robert
While it's a very interesting and readable book, the author specifically criticizes Climate Scientists for trusting their incomplete numerical models, then counters their findings with an even less comprehensive analysis.

Boldly stating that "established wisdom" is flawed, and that an alternative explanation is vastly superior, will certainly attract readers. Unfortunately, however, if you are claiming to be more knowledgeable on a subject than the recognised experts, you have to be able to back...more
Michael
The sad thing about this book is I agree with the author about the possible causes of global warming. I agreed even before I read this book, and he does a good job explaining his theories. The problem I have is he's angry and pushes some other agenda. I'm reading along and all of the sudden I hear Glen Beck's voice in my head, and the author's credibility drop several noches.
Carolyn
A rise in temperature precedes a rise in CO2. So why do Al Gore, IPCC et al. say CO2 causes warming? Why have they not investigated possible natural causes for warming, but rather just assumed warming is anthropogenic? The author is a climatologist and monitor of a NASA satellite who disagrees with the climate doomsayers and explains why in fairly simple terms.
Clarissa
The author is a little petulant, and his calculations are not as easy to follow as he seems to think. But it was worth the read and worth some thought.
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Jan 14, 2011 Ashley marked it as to-read
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Roy W. Spencer received his Ph.D. in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. Before becoming a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2001, he was a Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, where he and Dr. John Christy received NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for their global temperature mo...more
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