Book Review by Michael R. Fox, Ph.D.
June 20, 2007
Unstoppable Global Warming — Every 1,500 Years
By S. Fred Singer and Dennis Avery
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 276 pages, $24.95
As the exaggerations and hype regarding global warming rage on daily in the media and in some of the more dubious scientific reports, a flood of serious scientific papers emerges monthly. These do not support the strident alarms of environmentalists warning us about man-made global warming, as much of the phenomena effecting climate are natural. The basic scientific facts continue to challenge the alarmist work of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations, and the nonscientific efforts of Al Gore and his movie An Inconvenient Truth.
Among the several excellent new books on the subject, UnstoppableGlobal Warming (UGW) is one of the best. Singer and Avery have done heroic work in putting between two covers much of the recent information.
The title of the book is explained on page xii in the prologue. Singer and Avery point out that data from ice core and seabed sediments show there have been about 600 warming periods in the last million years. Because of the cyclic nature of the findings we can surmise there have also been about 599 cooling periods during this same time.
Thus, on an average of every 1500 years, plus or minus a few centuries, the climate changes. Evidence shows that the climate has been changing, warming and cooling, for millions of years. Obviously, since most of these precede the existence of coal plants and SUVs, other natural forces are involved with the climate changes. Similarly, atmospheric CO2 has been cycling up and down as well. As Singer and Avery observe, when one compares these two cycling processes it becomes apparent that, historically, peaks in atmospheric CO2 precede the peaks in temperatures.
This is evidence that the CO2-global temperature relationship is inverted. It does not support the claim that CO2 increases global temperature. Whatever the CO2/temperature relationship is, it may be the reverse, or it may be completely unobservable, swamped by more powerful climate driving forces.
The book is very readable, far reaching, and heavily referenced to the scientific literature. Chapter 9 (entitled “The Earth tells its Own Story”) for example, provides extensive information about the Earth and its climate over millions of years. This chapter has 121 references to the scientific literature. The remaining 15 chapters contain many more. A lot of people need to do their homework and to explain why all of these data are wrong.
The last chapter, titled “The Ultimate Failure of the Kyoto Protocol’, is a gem and lays out for the reader why this UN sponsored act was a failure. Conventional wisdom has it that it is the United States and President Bush are isolated from the rest of the world on the issue of the Kyoto Protocol (which would dangerously cripple the U.S. ability to produce electricity as well as provide fuels for the transportation sectors). Why should we expect anything different? We should all know by now that the UN, in the words of Dr. Art Robinson, is openly controlled by America’s enemies.
In fact, it is the Europeans who are isolated from the rest of the world. China, India, Brazil and much of the developing world have joined with the U.S. in rejecting the Kyoto Protocols. These countries have recognized that the restrictions resulting from the rationing of energy (with the resulting large increases in the costs of energy), would impede their economic growth and development. Many also recognize that the Kyoto Protocols would directly restrict the energy use and the economic development of the African nations.
The global warming debate is filled with political and personal agendas which have precious little to do with science or climate. This book is a very comprehensive scientific compilation which demonstrates exactly that.
Michael R. Fox, Ph.D., a science and energy reporter for Hawaii Reporter and a science analyst for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. He has nearly 40 years experience in the energy field, and has taught chemistry and energy at the University level.
This review originally appeared on HawaiiReporter.