The Lomborg Deception Howard Friel, Thomas E. Lovejoy
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- Publication date:
- 03 May 2011
- 272 pages: 210 x 140 x 18mm
In this major assessment of leading climate-change skeptic Bjorn Lomborg, Howard Friel meticulously deconstructs the Danish statistician's claim that global warming is 'no catastrophe' by exposing the systematic misrepresentations and partial accounting that are at the core of climate skepticism. His detailed analysis serves not only as a guide to reading the global warming skeptics, but also as a model for assessing the state of climate science. With attention to the complexities of climate-related phenomena across a range of areas, "Lomborg's Deception" also offers readers an enlightening pole-to-pole review of some of today's most urgent climate concerns. Friel's book is the first to respond directly to Lomborg's controversial research as published in "The Skeptical Environmentalist" (2001) and "Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming" (2007). His close reading of Lomborg's textual claims and supporting footnotes reveals a lengthy list of findings that will rock climate skeptics and their allies in the government and news media, demonstrating that the published peer-reviewed climate science, as assessed mainly by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has had it mostly right - even if somewhat conservatively right - all along. Friel's able defence of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth against Lomborg's repeated attacks is by itself worth an attentive reading.
Howard Friel is an independent scholar and author. His previous books, The Record of the Paper and Israel-Palestine on Record, both of which were co-authored by Richard Falk, focus on foreign policy, international law, and media criticism.
"'The Lomborg Deception sets the record straight with a rigorous, readable body-blow to climate complacency.' (Senator John Kerry)"
Thomas E. Lovejoy
Robert L. Peters