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Global Warming in a Politically Correct Climate: How Truth Became Controversial

by Mihkel M. Mathiesen, published by iUniverse Star (2004-01)

Buy now from Amazon.com for $17.95
Amazon rating of 3.5 out of 5, Amazon sales rank: 492709

Editor's Review:

"Societies unravel when they lose the glue that holds them together."

The opening words of Global Warming in a Politically Correct Climate reveal author M. Mihkel Mathiesen's passionate struggle to reveal how the truth has become controversial in the modern community. Mathiesen explores the paralyzing effect political correctness has on society and the associated environmental scares the public has accepted as fact for 30 years.

Contrasting the exaggerations and glib explanations of politicians, advocacy groups, and bureaucracies, Mathiesen provides a clear and revolutionary account of the actual science behind five major environmental campaigns. As the title indicates, Mathiesen's work culminates in a relentlessly objective analysis of the real causes of the present global warming.

Based on the latest scientific findings, Global Warming in a Politically Correct Climate contains densely packed information never before published in a format accessible to the non-scientist. With the forgiving veil of political correctness lifted, the roles of advocacy groups, bureaucracies, politicians, industry, the legal profession, and career-conscious scientists are examined. Mathiesen particularly scrutinizes the media.

Global Warming in a Politically Correct Climate is an enlightening look at how the transfer of wealth from an unwitting public is justified by averting non-existent threats, and how greed rather than pure idealism is at work in environmental politics.

Reader Reviews:

Mr. Mathiesen has given us a very simple, easily understood overview of the inner workings of so called "green" groups and the way the media is manipulated to keep us all in a constant state of agitation and anxiety over the "state of the world". If it's not chemicals then it's global warming or bio-tech food....time to revisit the sensational headlines and look at the actual results of studies that take place which contradict and occasionally outright disproves some of the sacred cows of of the politically correct, influential "green movement".

Explore scientific studies you may not have had an opportunity to consider in the past, ignored in the race by media to create sensational headlines. Learn about the power given to "green" groups to manipulate laws and regulations and explore the philosophies that drive the movement. (Greenpeace co-founder Paul Watson: "It doesn't matter what is true; it only matters what people believe is true. [Greenpeace] became a myth and a myth generating machine.")

What have you got to lose? If you're tired of feeling anxious, worried and guilty all the time thanks to the media, perhaps looking at the state of the world from a different perspective will give you a whole new lease on life.What a pompous, patronizing, opinionated piece of would be literature Mr. Mathiesen has given us.

I was expecting more scientific facts and was left very thirsty from it's lack of real scientific data. The work is totally amateurish, the tone conceited and boring.

Nothing really new, just a collection of clich?s. Do us a favor, Mr. Mathiesen, whatever your day job is, don't give it up, and leave literature to real writers.The reason I read this book is because I wanted to see if the negative reviews I read on Amazon had any merit. As usual, the anti American leftists (who write these negative reviews) do not dare to engage in an honest discussion of the ideas they disagree with. Instead these so called "enviornmentalists" engage in smear tactics as a means of disuading people from knowing and learning the truth about the enviornment. The true goals of these so called "enviornmentalists" is to scare people into giving up our hard fought liberties and freedoms and turning our Nation into an undemocratic socialist State where only the elitists have any power or privilege. I suggest that you read Pimm's book and learn the truth about the enviornment. Thank God some one dares to speak the truth and stand up to the horrible slander and lies of the left.This work reminds me of the work of 'scientific' creationists, who write with great zeal about how science has covered up the 'proof' of Creation. One can always find a few wingnuts with Ph.Ds to boster any position; add a handful of out-of-context quotes by well-meaning scientists and a barrel of misrepresentation, and stew in one's own political convictions- voila, a 'credible' scientific case!
I heartily recommend this book for those more interested in ideological positions than in the honest search for truth, or as a primer in selective use of facts and quotations to support untenable positions.M. Mihkel Mathiesen's book is a much needed, albeit not exhaustive, review of the leading environmental issues of the past forty years. It presents a sad legacy of irrationalism, lies and fanaticism triumphing over truth.

He begins with the DDT ban and works his way through acid rain, the asbestos ban, the ozone hole and, finally, to global warming. In each case he points out the distortion and, on the part of government officials, withholding of scientific evidence, which refutes the claims of the environmentalists.

I was especially surprised concerning the events and lack of scientific information on the part of Joseph Califano, William Reilly and the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the asbestos ban. I was unaware that there are three different types of asbestos and that 95% ever used is the harmless form, chrysolite or white asbestos. Typically with environmental issues, the news media, our much vaunted "Fourth Estate," failed in its duty to "inform the public" concerning this issue. Fear and panic sold much better than truth.

The most extensive chapter is "Catastrophic Global Warming." Mr. Mathiesen presents the history and scientific findings on both sides of the issue. However, in the end, the environmentalist side comes up wanting.

I have several criticisms of the work. There is no table of contents or index and I would like to see more references. The forcefulness of the Introduction may put off all but the converted.

Despite this, Mr. Mathiesen's book is an important and welcome addition. The points raised by this book deserve clear, honest, rational answers. It is too bad that our politicians and news media have for so long ignored the issues raised here by Mathiesen.

I recommend this work for anyone interested in clarity and truth in environmental issues.
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