Righteous Good SLAM of IPCC Fraud & Intimidation
That having been said, I was generally supportive of the Kyoto Treaty and the concept of carbon reductions.
Then I read The Resilient Earth: Science, Global Warming and the Fate of Humanity and within weeks, read Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming (Vintage) and finally, just the past week, noticed the Hacktivism that outed all of the fraud and deception in the Climate Research Unit central to the IPCC (Climate Change Fraud is now a global meme).
As Sir Richard Branson prepares to go to Copenhagen in December, I have to wonder if he might not be feeling a tad abused and in need of better intelligence (decision-support). He's been had. The good news is that over 31,000 scientists have signed the Oregon Petition saying that more study is needed and he existing climate change assertions by the IPCC are NOT properly documented.
Following the Hactivist outing of climate change fraud (and coincidentally in the same week, German hackers provided Wikileaks with a file of all the 9-11 day text messages in NYC, they are culling and finding bomb reports–the days of “rule by secrecy” are OVER) I sought out a book and found this one.
It's as perfect a read as one could ask, and just right for those preparing to go to Copenhagen somewhat shame-faced that they have been had. A solid 124 pages with 330 notes as well as a glossary and an index, I found this book fully satisfactory.
It fails the IPCC across the board, and lest I be considered anti-United Nations (UN), let me point out that the UN High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change found environmental degradation to be the THIRD threat to humanity after poverty (which does enormous environmental damage, more than all corporations combined) and infectious disease. Read their report (also free online), A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility–Report of the Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.
Early quotes from this book that grabbed me:
Quoting Thomas Huxley: “Skepticism is the highest of duties, blind faith the one unpardonable sin.”
Then…”if we continue to debase science as the IPCC and other political bodies do, our wonderful scientific heritage will be lost.”
I would say at this point that the only thing WORSE than IPCC fraud that I have seen documented is the Republican War on Science, see my reviews at Phi Beta Iota, Amazon does not allow more than ten links.
The author is well-grounded when he documents how ridiculous it is to blame all climate change detrimental to humanity on carbon emissions. See just two books that place the blame scarely on our own idiocy and lack of ethics (not on carbon emissions):
The book is significantly enhanced, apart from its well-dcoumented text with roughly three solid notes per page, by nine full pages that first state assertions by the IPCC, and then present competing documented views.
From where I sit, IPCC should be shamed and spanked in Copenhagen, and illustrious donors and well-intentioned people should shun it and demand a complete make-over. Indeed, my own long-standing desire is to create a World Game with embedded EarthGame such as put conceptualized by the Earth Intelligence Network, and devoted to studying and eradicating all ten high-level threats to humanity through multinational information sharing and sense making that allows for the voluntary harmonization of all twelve core policies in favor of the eight demographic challengers (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Russia, Venezuela, and Wild Cards such as Malaysia and Turkey). From where I sit, both the UN and the US (and certainly the UK) are “stupid” and desperately in need of good Open Source Intelligence in the context of a strategic analytic model that enables global participatory budgeting.
This book is, in my humble opinion, a stake in the heart of the IPCC, and rightly so.
I believe in the truth at any cost for the simple reason that the truth lowers ALL costs. E Veritate Potens!
Two other books with bigger picture ideas:
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace