- The Washington Times - Monday, May 10, 2010



By Brian Sussman

WND Books, $25.95, 240 pages


By Roy W. Spencer

Encounter Books, $23.95, 180 pages

Reviewed by Anthony J. Sadar

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted,” boasted Vladimir Lenin, as quoted by Brian Sussman in his new book, “Climategate: A Veteran Meteorologist Exposes the Global Warming Scam.” Mr. Sussman, a former television meteorologist, is now a popular talk-show host on KSFO Radio in San Francisco.

His accessible, somewhat historical account in “Climategate” lands the first blow against the insidious march of Marxist and socialist ideas as they eventually merged with the green movement to overtake rational thinking worldwide, but particularly in the United States. Need we wonder why the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, now celebrated every year in public schools across the U.S., also was Lenin’s 100th birthday?

Personal experience, including interviews with key climate-change personalities (including David Deming, the scientist who began carbon-dioxide monitoring on Mona Loa in the late 1950s, and Fred Singer, a pioneer of modern atmospheric science) adds engaging color to thislively telling of the evolution and current state of fashionable environmentalism.

The mostpotent jab Mr. Sussman delivers relates to the cap-and-trade scheme, under a section titled “Carbon Rich.” Mr. Sussman explains that a certain few will be skimming a transaction fee from the trading of carbon dioxide - the new currency of the nascent Chicago Climate Exchange. Then he states sadly, “While perfectly legal because the law will allow it, as it always does when immorality is legislated, these greedy, conscienceless investors will rape and plunder our once-great nation with hearty political approval.”

Even James Hansen, the NASA director who kicked off the whole humans-are-destroying-the-planet-by-emitting-carbon-dioxide scare, detailed in his book “Storms of My Grandchildren,” the inefficient and politically corrupt nature of the cap-and-trade rule now under consideration by Congress.

Roy W. Spencer, principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and former NASA senior scientist for climate studies, joins the fray next with his striking “The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World’s Top Climate Scientists.”

While Mr. Sussman shows how the climate-change ruse puts the “con” in the confiscatory policies infesting cap-and-trade and other socialist global-warming politics, Mr. Spencer reveals how climate scientists have performed a kind of self-deception relative to climate “forcings” and “feedbacks.”

Mr. Spencer explains in quantitative and qualitative terms throughout his new book that “climate researchers have not accounted for clouds causing temperature change (forcing) when trying to estimate how much temperature change causes clouds to change (feedback).”

He says that “they have mixed up cause and effect when analyzing cloud and temperature variations.” And, “[a]s a result of this mix-up, the illusion of a sensitive climate system (positive feedbacks) emerges from their analysis.”

“[T]he ‘scientific consensus’ that global warming is caused by humans is little more than a statement of faith by the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change]. There is evidence of natural climate change all around us if scientists would just take off their blinders.”

Perhaps the years of academic indoctrination by Marxist-Leninist ideology as indicated by Mr. Sussman have yielded a rigid progressivist mindset that envisions humans as ultimately bad for the planet. Schools of science and journalism at major universities seem to have become steeped in such thinking.

So, when Mr. Spencer and his colleagues offer compelling, peer-reviewed evidence for the potential major role of clouds as both forcing and feedback factors in climate change, their work is largely ignored or downplayed by the scientific andjournalistic establishments.

To substantiate his hypothesis, Mr. Spencer examines recent satellite measurements of tropospheric air layers and concludes that “the climate system [is] relatively insensitive to warming influences.” In addition, Mr. Spencer deduces from decades of Pacific Ocean temperature data coupled with satellite observations that “most of the global average temperature variability we have experienced in the last 100 years could have been caused by a natural fluctuation in cloud cover resulting from the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. …”

With the tag team of”Climategate” and “The Great Global Warming Blunder,” conditioned atmospheric scientists have entered the ring to challenge an established and formidable opponent. However, the typical sparring technique of this elusive opponent is to be a no-show, and then hold a press conference to declare victory.

Anthony J. Sadar is a certified consulting meteorologist and co-author of “Environmental Risk Communication: Principles and Practices for Industry” (CRC Press/Lewis Publishers, 2000).

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