The Satanic Gases
Clearing the Air About Global WarmingBook - 2000
Global warming is vastly overrated as an environmental threat, argue leading climatologists Patrick J. Michaels and Robert Balling, Jr. Former Vice President Gore staked much of his career on a largely mythical problem, they write. Unlike every other book on global warming, The Satanic Gases places the issue in its proper social and scientific context. Citing the pioneering work of historian of science Thomas Kuhn and economist James Buchanan, Michaels and Balling demonstrate that it was inevitable that global warming would be distorted by the political sphere and that most scientists would either stand mute or actually assist in that process. But, the authors argue, such distortions in science are always temporary, and inevitably the scientific community will concede that earlier forecasts dramatically exaggerated the threat of global warming.
Climatologist extraordinaire Patrick J. Michaels says it is.
Explores the science and politics of global warming and argues that it is vastly overrated as an environmental threat. Draws on scientific data to show that initial forecasts of rapid global warming were wrong, and points out that attempts to fix the forecast by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are even more misguided than the original projections. Michaels is a research professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia. A co-author, Robert C. Balling, Jr., is director of the Office of Climatology at Arizona State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)