The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines
Full disclosure, I have a fair bit more knowledge of climate science than your average Joe. The physics degree and PhD in atmospheric physics make it impossible for me to view this book as a member of the general public. That said, however, I found it to be an engaging, extremely thorough review of the evidence ...more
The term "Hockey Stick" is a statistical derogatory term for "Junk Science" or even "Fraud", so Mann's ...more
"The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars" is the interesting and revealing story of the fossil fuel industries assault on the science of global warming and its quest to undermine the policies devised to address it. This book tells the real story about the "controversies" behind the iconic symbol of the hockey stick and the scientists involved in the climate change debate. Dr. Michael E. Mann is a member of the Penn State University faculty, a ...more
I first heard of Michael E. Mann's The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars in a review in the journal Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith. The review said, essentially, that if you only read one book about climate change, it should be this one. As it happens, I was indeed looking for "the one book" to read about climate change, so I ordered Mann's book right away. I've just finished reading the book, and I feel that my perspective on science and the world has changed a lot (for the better)...more
However, it quickly became apparent that this user had a clear agenda of spreading misinformation, and was exceptionally well-prepared to deal with any evidence put in front of him. Doing a bit of sleuthing into his account it became reasonabl ...more
His arguments often follow the form of first stating that something is a certainty, then he introduces some doubt, like "but there are many factors..." and finally he thinks it would be good to investigate some more!
This is like describing who's going to win the ...more
I suppose it shouldn't surprise me that as more information becomes available to more people, groups with an agenda employ spin and obfuscation to muddle public thinking. As the stakes get higher, however, one would imagine that in a democratic society some sort of social responsibility would take over and all parts of the political spectrum would realize that the issue at hand was too important to confuse the public about. This book outlines, in excruciating detail (and some science I don't fu ...more
Once one gets past his attitude, he provides a decent history of climate change controversy, denial, and skepticism.
I do recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding the hockeystick, the science behind it, the nature of th ...more
This book is more a ...more
Campaigns by powerful, well-resourced organizations in the fossil fuel industry and individuals with a pathological conservative bent are easily able to frame the public deba ...more