TAKEN BY STORM
The Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming
Christopher Essex and Ross McKitrick
"Irreverent and devastating...Essex and McKitrick effectively demolish most of what you think you know."
The Globe and Mail
"Unique, powerful and long overdue in the climate change debate...There is no other book like this."
The National Post
"Science advisors and policy makers would do well to read Taken by Storm."
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Bulletin
"Essex and McKitrick do some serious debunking."
For anyone interested in the science and economics of global climate change, and what we must be done to prevent it from happening, Taken by Storm is required reading. Any politician who has failed to read this book and yet is willing to commit society's resources to avert global warming, while knowing that millions of children die each year because they lack access to clean water, has been derelict in his or her duty to the public. In this book, Professors Essex and McKitrick present a powerful case against the mainstream view that currently holds sway in policy circles - that global warming is upon us, that its consequences will be nothing short of a global disaster, and that the poor will be the most devastated by it. They point out that, while much good climate and economic science has taken place over the past several decades, the science of global warming is still in its infancy - many difficult problems remain to be researched. However, the science that is currently available has been interpreted by the media, environmentalists, science bureaucracies and even some practicing scientists in a way that hides the depth of uncertainty and exaggerates the perceived risks. The environmentalists finally have an issue that can be used to slow or even halt economic growth and its supposed harmful effects, while the scientist has an issue that can be used to pry open the public purse for research on a grand scale. All sides are simply responding to economic incentives and are caught up in a game they can't break free from. Unfortunately, as these authors demonstrate, science itself may be the long-run loser.
Professor G. Cornelis van Kooten
Canada Research Chair in Environmental Studies and Climate Change
Department of Economics, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia