Thursday, March 31, 2011

Misrepresent: The Global Warming Deception

I hated this book.  Part of it wasn't the book's fault; I saw it on LibraryThing's Early Reviewer's list and thought it would be interesting to read a book challenging the accepted thoughts on global warming.  The book described itself as non-fiction, and I read it as a popular science book.  But Grant R. Jeffrey's The Global-Warming Deception: How a Secret Elite Plans to Bankrupt America and Steal Your Freedomrelies heavily on editorials and the Christian bible for its evidence, which makes it really quite a different kind of book.

I kept struggling to be fair -- just because an argument is bad doesn't mean that what it is arguing is false.  If biblical prophecies agree with science, that doesn't make the science wrong.  But it was very hard.  Jeffrey keeps referring to the global conspiracy that is pushing global warming as a way of enforcing a world government, but he never identifies who or what is behind this conspiracy.  Maybe really rich people.  Maybe those liberal establishment types who regretted the fall of the USSR.  Maybe Al Gore, or the Roman Catholic Pope, or the third world dictator types who rule the UN.  He constantly refers to magazine or newspaper editorials or blog essays to back up his science.  I was particularly unimpressed with his horror over the Economist endorsing the total elimination of humanity in an editorial (a goal of the conspiracy), since it was apparent even from his selective quote that irony was involved but completely missed by Jeffrey.

The book works only to preach to the converted; if you also believe that global warming is nothing to worry about because God says men cannot destroy the earth, then this book will warm your heart.  But if you prefer science to revelations, this book doesn't have much to say.  F

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