Read this Preface and Introduction to Larry Bell’s new book and if you like it, buy it. – Ed Berry
Dedicated to Al Gore, whose invention of the Internet made this book possible, and whose invention of facts made it necessary
Regarding climate science there is at least one certainty: There is absolutely no reason to believe that Earth is any warmer now than it was during past periods when life flourished—times when agriculture was abundant, pyramids and cities were built, and world citizens became connected in trade and culture.
The March 2006 Time magazine cover story “Global Warming: Be Worried, Be Very Worried” warned of impending climate doom that would result in melting polar caps, rising oceans, and other catastrophes. If any worry is warranted, think about the next overdue Ice Age that scientific “experts” predicted only a few decades earlier. Then hope that the cooling period we are currently experiencing will only be brief. Understand that the real impetus behind the cooked numbers and doomspeak of the global warmers has little to do with the state of the environment and much to do with shackling capitalism and transforming the American way of life in the interests of global wealth redistribution (“social justice”).
Is this all a conspiracy? It really isn’t in the conventional sense, where a diabolical network of people and organizations unite to hatch intentionally malevolent plans. Let’s assume that most of the entities and individuals discussed in this book truly believe they are pursuing righteous causes, even when we happen to strongly disagree with their viewpoints and priorities. Maybe we can hope that some of them will cut us the same slack.
But then, what about when those people and institutions we rely upon for important public information knowingly violate our trust? For example, by perpetrating unwarranted fear campaigns and by politically attacking and marginalizing those who challenge and expose factual errors, omissions, and uncertainties we need to know about. Should we excuse them even when they believe such actions are guided by superior moral authority? Absolutely not! These are clear acts of deception and corruption.
Obviously, this book addresses controversial topics, and readers have a right to know something about the person who wrote it. First, I am not a climate scientist and have never even played one in the movies. And although Houston is my chosen home, I have never been associated with “Big Oil”—or “little oil” either, for that matter. Nor am I connected with scientific funding, business organizations, or lobbies on either side of the issues. Few people within any such camps will know who I am, nor do they have any real reason to. [Read more…]