The Great Global Warming Blunder

The Great Global Warming Blunder

How Mother Nature Fooled the World's Top Climate Scientists

Book - 2010 | 1st American ed
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The Great Global Warming Blunder unveils new evidence from major scientific findings that explode the conventional wisdom on climate change and reshape the global warming debate as we know it. Roy W. Spencer, a former senior NASA climatologist, reveals how climate researchers have mistaken cause and effect when analyzing cloud behavior and have been duped by Mother Nature into believing the Earth's climate system is far more sensitive to human activities and carbon dioxide than it really is.

In fact, Spencer presents astonishing new evidence that recent warming is not the fault of humans, but the result of chaotic, internal natural cycles that have been causing periods of warming and cooling for millennia. More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is not necessarily to be feared; The Great Global Warming Blunder explains that burning of fossil fuels may actually be beneficial for life on Earth.

As group-think behavior and misguided global warming policy proposals threaten the lives of millions of the world's poorest, most vulnerable citizens, The Great Global Warming Blunder is a scintillating expos#65533; and much-needed call for debate.
Publisher: New York : Encounter Books, c2010
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781594033735
1594033730
Branch Call Number: 551.6 SPE 2010
Characteristics: xxvii, 176 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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hesselugano
Oct 28, 2016

An excellent, well researched work by Dr. Spencer who is not the paid lackey of the oil and gas industry but does research work funded by NASA, NOAA, DOE and the DOT. Alas, the people who should be reading it, David Suzuki, Stephen Hume, etc. won't touch this book with a ten-foot cattle prod. Critical thinking requires us to play devil's advocate and seek out opposing views to the prevailing mindset.
Dr. Roy Spencer's main thesis is that global warming predictions are based on computer models that were programmed based on erroneous assumptions (i.e. garbage in = garbage out). Digressing for a moment, complex financial derivative models were programmed by quants on Wall St and elsewhere. Until 2008 they were generally regarded as accurate and reliable and OCDs were praised as products that would stabilize markets and produce higher yields for less risk. Raghuram Rajan was the lone dissenting voice at the Woods Hole Symposium and he tried to warn of the dire risk, Larry Summers actually called him a "Luddite". With the benefit of hindsight we can now see those computer models were disastrously wrong, so why should we assume that the climate change computer models are true and accurate?

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22950004968244
May 21, 2016

A well written presentation of one of the opposing arguments to "man-made" global warming. If you're not put off by the ad hominem attacks by true believers and want to investigate some of the science this is a good read. http://www.drroyspencer.com/global-warming-natural-or-manmade/

EuSei Aug 12, 2015

Unlile most "scientists" who push the idea of "global warming" Dr. Roy W. Spencer has Ph.D. in METEOROLOGY (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981). Before becoming a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2001, he was a SENIOR SCIENTIST for Climate Studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, where he and Dr. John Christy received NASA’s EXCEPTIONAL SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL for their global temperature monitoring work with satellites. Dr. Spencer’s work with NASA continues as the U.S. Science Team leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite. He has provided congressional testimony several times on the subject of global warming. Dr. Spencer’s research has been entirely supported by U.S. government agencies: NASA, NOAA, and DOE. He has NEVER been asked by any oil company to perform any kind of service. Not even Exxon-Mobil. :-)~

mdsdad2cn1 Jul 11, 2015

Read Dr. Spencer's book! Judge for yourself.
An excellent climate primer explaining simple, and (unlike Big Gov. dependently employed radical alarmist CAGWers) billion year historically and empherical scientifically supported climate basics.
Dr. Roy Spencer's scientific climate work has always been above board and is incomparably better supported by open and honest empherical results then is any politically motivated “catastrophically adjusted global warming” (CAGW) alarmist that rely's exclusively upon scandalous heavy-handed Big Government bullying tactics that if used outside the protection of self-serving politicians, bureaucrats (elitists) and non-journalistic, power worshiping Big Media gutless wonders - would be criminal.
Most directly to the point, regarding Dr. Spencer's continually recorded remote satellite global tropospheric temperature sensing does not need any adjustments outside of that necessitated by orbit drift, initial calibration set-up and/or adjustment due to rare satellite operation issues – all of which are basic and openly scrutinized by any parties. The latter, once, was the basis for some disagreement, as previously alluded to by another commenter, but Drs. Spencer's and Christy's actions were supported.
NOAA's, etc. need to strategically re-adjust both the raw and historical land and sea based direct data making it fit the Government's trillions of dollars CAGW fraud demands that global temperatures are currently rising relative to historic temperatures – suggestingly caused by recently and currently man-made CO2. Why? - the Government CAGW agenda? Most straight-forwardly, I believe it simply due to some “self-serving politicians, bureaucrats and non-journalistic, power worshiping Big Media gutless wonders” thinking it fun, profitable and easier to use the hard (for busy, real working folks) to follow long term “climate change” fraudulent “rewards and punishment scheme” developments than other strategic themes like: degrading the economy, the national security, relationships, increasing reliance on Government, etc..
Attacking Dr. Spencer's spiritual beliefs? Those are still, yet, recognized as protected as the most important matter in the first Amendment. Otherwise, Spencer's critics have not found those beliefs to cause his work to be unscientific. Crass, to say the least.
Also, read Steve Milloy's “Green Hell” - and visit “www.wattsupwiththat.com”, the world's most visited and interactive blog on climate science. Enjoy climate science – it's amazing, and climate can change in many ways that we may never understand.

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Robertshallcross
Jun 02, 2015

Back in the real world, author Roy Spencer is a director of the George Marshall Inst., a well-funded right wing "think" tank. He's also on the advisory board for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Spencer_%28scientist%29

Spencer signed The Cornwall Alliance's "Evangelical Declaration on Global Warming", which says,

"We believe Earth and its ecosystems – created by God’s intelligent design and infinite power and sustained by His faithful providence – are robust, resilient, self- regulating, and self- correcting, admirably suited for human flourishing, and displaying His glory. Earth’s climate system is no exception. Recent global warming is one of many natural cycles of warming and cooling in geologic history."

Thus, Spencer claims God's will dictates that man-made global warming can't exist. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornwall_Alliance

Yet, other evangelical Christian climate scientists like John Cook and Katharine Hayhoe totally disagree with Spencer's global warming bias.
http://www.rep.org/Hayhoe_Climate.pdf
http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2011/11/29/not-all-climate-skeptics-are-created-equal/

Spencer and "research" partner, John Christy, were also caught manipulating (inappropriately shifting) their satellite-based, lower tropospheric temperature data to better accord with their own deeply held yet false "Christian" belief that God cannot allow humans to suffer catastrophic global warming. Such magical thinking has no place in real science and never will.

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EleventyOne
Aug 21, 2014

It's well-written, and the title says it all. When politics races ahead of science, the science will always win, eventually.

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naturalist
Mar 17, 2014

Encounter publishing real science? Not likely ...
According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Spencer_(scientist) the author is also a Creationist, as in myths vs. facts.
and . . .
more about the esteemed author: . . . .
“Dr. Roy Spencer, Ph.D. is a climatologist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a crank with a major persecution complex. His favored form of pseudoscience is global warming denial, though he has also become known as a proponent of Intelligent Design.” . . .
more at: . . . http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Roy_Spencer . . . .
and . . . .
from “Skeptical Science – Getting skeptical about global warming skepticism” . . .
https://www.skepticalscience.com/roy-spencer-negative-feedback-climate-sensitivity.htm . . .
and . . . .
https://www.skepticalscience.com/skeptic_Roy_Spencer.htm . . .
and . . .
“Climate Denial Crock of the Week - - Bad Week for Roy “Wrong-Way” Spencer” . . . from . .
http://climatecrocks.com/2011/09/07/bad-week-for-roy-wrong-way-spencer/ . . .
and . . .
“Climate Scientists Debunk Latest Bunk by Denier Roy Spencer” . . . from . . .
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2011/07/29/282584/climate-scienists-debunk-latest-bunk-by-denier-roy-spencer/ . . .
and . . .
“Climate Change Denier Roy Spencer Says People Who Use Word 'Denier' Are 'Global Warming Nazis' “ . . .
http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/02/20/climate-change-denier-roy-spencer-says-people-who-use-word-denier-are-global-warming-nazis . . . .
and earns . . .
# 367 on the Encyclopedia of American Loons
http://americanloons.blogspot.ca/2013/01/367-roy-spencer.html . . .
and . . .
a recommended antidote: . . . .
“Climate Change Denial – Heads on the sand”
by Haydn Washington 1955- and John Cook , published by Earthscan, 2011,
ISBN: 1849713367 and ISBN: 9781849713368 . . .
and . . .
go to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes (IPCC) . . . http://www.ipcc.ch/
and
“Climate-science contrarian Roy Spencer's oil-industry ties”
from:
http://www.southernstudies.org/2011/09/climate-science-contrarian-roy-spencers-oil-industry-ties.html

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