Guest essay by Jim Steele
Anthony’s blog has been a tremendous resource that has given skeptics from around the globe a voice in a politicized world that has tried to suppress scientific climate debate. This is my humble token of appreciation.
I am giving away 30 copies of my book “Landscapes and Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism” to the first 30 people who email me with a request. I will handle all shipping costs. All I ask in return is that you click on the donation button and donate $1 or more to support What’s Up With That.
NOTE: These have SOLD OUT in the space of two hours! Thanks everyone!
They are still available from Amazon though. For anyone hat wishes to donate even though the books have been depleted, see the donate button of the right sidebar. (scroll down)
Email me: jsteele [at] sfsu.edu . Provide your name and mailing address, and if desired a suggested personalized inscription. If you live outside of the USA, and special instructions are required, please let me know. Only one book per person. I will post as soon as possible a notification when the limit has been reached.
The book thoroughly refutes the bad science = claiming that rising CO2 has endangered butterflies and pika, penguins and polar bears, walruses and glaciers. It has been well received by people with diverse political outlooks . Only 3 people at Amazon have given it a bad review, but I know for certain all 3 never read the book. Colleagues and fellow environmentalists have been swayed by the book to be far more open to skeptical thinking, while some have been so outraged at the bad science discussed in the book, they are now full fledged skeptics. Others have found it an excellent resource to revisit as the same catastrophic assertions resurface time and time again. If you have a friend who is a self-proclaimed environmentalist but blindly believes that CO2 caused catastrophic climate change, this book makes a perfect gift that will open their eyes.
The book’s analyses are powerful enough, I was recently attacked by the Australian Broadcasting Company’s Media Watch TV program just for writing this book and then daring to discuss coral biology.
Here are few excerpts from reviews on Amazon
I’ve learned a lot from this book:
1) Climate change cannot be reduced to one, or even a few reasons.
2) Scientists are fallible; can and do follow their biases–and career opportunities.
3) Bad science, however well-intentioned, does exist.
4) There are much more productive ways to help our environment–and adapting to it–than vilifying oil companies and laggard governments.
This is a book that should be read–and recommended–by every environmentalist, lover of the scientific method and nature: In short, by every thinking person
- Steele as Treasure [I confess to being biased by the reviewer’s title and his comparison to McIntyre. JS]
Add the name Jim Steele to your short list (like – Steve McIntyre) of people with an amazing capability to organize facts logically, and get their minds around immense quantities of data. In Steele’s case, over a vast range of ecological issues, he mentions where the data leads (locally), and indicates how certain bad-actors are prone to preempt discussions along a preconceived, globally-irrelevant path (special pleading; if not intentionally misleading).
This is a big, comprehensive book. It is not hard to read, but it is difficult to not overfill your brain. Instead you have to read it all to learn WHAT is there – being content to know that you can review it at any later time, and have good information. This accomplished, you will remain awed at how Steele managed to acquire, logically analyze, and document so much material. A treasure.
I am a physicist and I prescribed to the standard model of AGW and DEATH AND DESTRUCTION of the climate change “consensus” until reading this book and doing some further research on my own. Does that mean I’m certain that CO2 is no problem and we don’t need to worry about it at all? No, but I think presenting the world the science AS IF IT IS SETTLED, when it is in fact, NOWHERE NEAR SETTLED, harms science, humanity, and is generally unethical. Bravo to Jim Steele for taking a stand and trying to let the world know that it’s not only ok but actually GOOD to be skeptical when you are a scientist.
WUWT readers if you have read the book, feel free to add your critiques so others may decide if it is worth a donation.
If you want a sample of my style, read a few more recent essays, some of which are adapted from the book.
The Coral Bleaching Debate: Is Bleaching the Legacy of a Marvelous Adaptation Mechanism or A Prelude to Extirpation?
Plight of the Bumble Bees: How shabby climate analyses and lax peer review promote a dreadful remedy.
I look forward to receiving your emails
Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University and author of Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism