Sunday, 1 April 2012

Book Review: "Watermelons" by James Delingpole

Actually I'm not going to review this book right now.

Why?

Because I bought it on a whim that it would be a good laugh. It seemed to be a polemic rant from a climate change skeptic (or denier if you prefer) that I thought I would enjoy making fun of.
One of the reasons I bought it was the sub-title:
"How environmentalists are killing the planet, destroying the economy and stealing our children's future"
Lovely. Provocative. Someone likely to be screaming about eco nutters would seem to be an easy target...

Now even though I hold an opinion that it seems that there is an upcoming economic, political, population and social collapse brought about by unrestrained conspicuous consumption, I am not green at all. In fact I have a loathing for the moral busy-bodies that continuously ram laws and taxes down our throats that restrain my freedom. It's all:
"The thin edge of a white elephant" 
As I like to say...

As I started reading I was laughing out loud, but slowly stopped as I went through the book.
By the time I'd finished it, I was seriously worried.
Because it seems that he has done some very deep homework on his subject and it seems solid.
And it really does seem that we've been scammed. Not just about warming, but about the UN, the IPCC, the "green" movement and even our local governments.

So I'm going to be following up on the 25 pages of references and checking into them as deeply as I can to see if what he is claiming is actually true. Because if he is, then we really have been seriously and badly scammed about man-made climate change and the green movement in general. And if he isn't or is mis-representing data then I can have a good chuckle at his expense.

So I'll report back when I have waded through the references and got to the truth of it.

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