Climate Coup: Global Warming’s Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives

Book Review by Ed Berry

Global warming’s reach has become ubiquitous. This book documents how far unelected bureaucracies have pushed this issue into our lives. – edited by Patrick J. Michaels

Climate Coup summary:

Global warming alarmism is invading nearly every aspect of our society.

Despite convincing evidence that climate change does not portend an apocalyptic future, children are inundated with that idea in schools.

Poor countries shake down rich ones in the name of climate “justice.”

Lawmakers try to impose tariffs and sanctions on nations that don’t agree with their environmental views.

The military uses climate change as a reason to enlarge its budget.

Courts are compelling the government to restrict the amount of energy we use and the way we use it.

Climate Coup provides an antidote to this, gathering together myth-breaking insights and data from a team of experts on the pervasive influence global warming alarmism is having on health, education, law, national defense, international development, trade, and academic publishing.

Each author details the width and depth of the impact global warming alarmism is having on his or her area of expertise. The coverage includes:

  • How the Constitution’s limited government restraints have been torn away, allowing global warming policy to be dictated by the president.
  • The deliberate abdication of legislative authority by Congress to further concentrate regulatory power in the executive and judicial branches.
  • How outrageous exaggerations of global warming fuel budget expansion within the Defense Department.
  • How students are subjected to forms of climate change education that are akin to social engineering.
  • How trade policies do nothing about climate change but erode market freedoms.
  • Ending the myth that global warming reduces the quality of life in developing countries.
  • An examination of the unrealistic and unsupported public health claims made about global warming.

Climate Coup confronts the exaggerations, opportunism, and myths about global warming that are all too pervasively altering the shape of our lives and provides the tools and insights necessary to push back against the takeover.

Edited by Dr. Patrick J. Michaels, available through Cato or Amazon

Climate Coup includes individual chapters contributed by:

  • Roger Pilon
  • Evan Turgeon
  • Ross McKitrick
  • Ivan Eland
  • Sallie James
  • Indur M. Goklany
  • Robert E. Davis
  • Neal McCluskey

2 thoughts on “Climate Coup: Global Warming’s Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives”

  1. By D. W. MacKenzie, Amazon Review

    Much of the content of this book will be familiar to those most likely to read this book. The proposition that peer review is biased and unreliable should come as no surprise. The sections on the widening gap between the predictions of alarmists and statistics on actual climactic conditions are worthwhile, but unsurprising.

    This book does an excellent job of explaining the facts concerning economic costs of environmentalist regulation. One of the strengths of this book is that it clarifies the pervasive nature of environmentalism. Stricter enforcement of enviro-regulations by the Obama Administration will most certainly limit further progress in living standards in industrialized nations, and lack of global economic progress could have disastrous consequences for relatively poor nations.

    The idea that environmentalism fits with the unconstitutional trend of empowering the presidency is correct, but one that has little reach beyond those already critical of anthropogenic global warming movement.

    The fact of the matter is that committed environmentalists have no respect for the Constitution, and most other people have come to accept unconstitutional governance in America. This is an important problem, but I don't think this book will do much directly to solve it.

    Attitudes concerning law need to change. The aforementioned sections that debunk alarmism may help take the wind out of the sails of this anti-constitutional environmentalist movement, but I don't expect concern over the constitution itself to mount any time soon.

    The last chapter is the most important. K-12 environmental indoctrination is dangerous. I had already gained the impression that children are being taught to believe particular things about warming, rather than to think critically about its causes.

    While it is true that environmentalism is taking over our government and our lives, this is because environmentalist beliefs are taking over "our minds". The simple solution to this problem is to promote critical thinking and tolerance, but this is easier said than done.

    My guess is that too few people will read this book (at the margin of beliefs), but the authors of its chapters deserve credit for trying to improve public understanding of these issues.

  2. By William Whipple III, Amazon Review

    In the foreword, Michaels writes: "Edited volumes are supposed to be boring, uneven, and unread. I don't think this one will garner those labels."

    My take follows:

    Chapter 1 – The story of how the Constitution has been reinterpreted versus the founder's initial intent is well told by Pilon & Turgeon. Not only have the "enumerated powers" of Congress been reduced to insignificance, but also the "separation of powers" has been undercut by the rise of administrative agencies controlled by the President. All Congress really has left is the power of the purse.

    Chapter 2 – The president's favorability rating (strong disapproval minus strong approval, Rasmussen) dipped into negative territory just after the Waxman-Markey bill was passed by the House of Representatives in late June 2009, where it has stayed ever since, after which the cap-and-trade bill died in the Senate. Michaels theorizes that many members of Congress backed away from this controversial legislation, and would prefer that the EPA regulate carbon emissions on whatever basis it chooses.

    Chapter 3 – Ross McKittrick relates his long and ultimately successful effort to publish a paper refuting "an important claim in the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report." By his reckoning the IPCC's claim was "not just wrong" but "based on fabricated evidence" as well. Most of the reviewer comments were positive, and yet one editor after another turned the paper down and in some cases simply refused to communicate with McKittrick. Pretty sad, when science is supposedly directed to finding the truth.

    Chapter 4 – Why is it so often said that global warming is a "national security" issue? Per Ivan Eland, global warming zealots think this claim will give their agenda more "punch," while generals, admirals, et al. see it as helping to justify more military spending. Actually, global warming – even if the results were unfortunate – would not make wars more likely.

    Chapter 5 – Referencing provisions of the Waxman-Markey Bill (dead at this point), Sallie James suggests that attempts to ban imports from countries that did not impose comparable restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions (a) might violate international trade agreements, and (b) in any case, would be deeply resented by the targeted countries. Not a good idea!

    Chapters 6 & 7 – Dire predictions about the effects of global warming are off the mark, writes Indur Goklany (re economic well-being) & Robert Davis (re human health). The basic error is to ignore adaptations to a generally warming trend that have been/will be possible with scientific progress and increasing wealth, e.g., heating and air conditioning, better forecasting of severe weather events, and measures to combat malaria. Diversion of resources from growing economic output to reducing greenhouse gas emissions would be counterproductive for developed and developing countries alike.

    Chapter 8 – Some US schools attempt to indoctrinate students in the human-caused global warming theory; others ignore the issue on grounds that it is too "controversial." Neal McCluskey argues for school choice so parents can decide what they want their children to learn. Otherwise, "we will get people who either know little or nothing about climate change or people who are scared to death of it."

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