So you think the theory
of disastrous climate change has been proved! You believe that scientists
are united in their efforts to force the nations of the world to reduce their
carbon emissions! You imagine perhaps that scientists are far too
professional to overstate their case!
Maybe we should all
think again. In his book The Climate Caper, with a light touch and nicely readable manner, Professor Paltridge shows that the case for action against climate change is not nearly so certain as is presented to politicians and the public. He leads us through the massive uncertainties which are inherently part of the ‘climate modelling process’; he examines the even greater uncertainties associated with economic forecasts of climatic doom; and he discusses in detail the conscious and sub-conscious forces operating to ensure that scepticism within the scientific community is kept from the public eye.
It seems that governments are indeed becoming
captive to a scientific and technological elite – an elite which is achieving
its ends by manipulating fear of climate change into the world’s greatest
example of a religion for the politically correct.