Pros:Another interesting read offering accurate and applicable information debunking agenda-driven claims of global warming.
Cons:Chrichton's technical rationales may distract a portion of today's stylish, science-blind readers.
The Bottom Line: Anyone who enjoys reading adventures with technical insights should not miss this book.
"State of Fear" could fit the social control mold of Brave New World tinged with Orwellian information control. Both Orwell's and Huxley's warnings were rooted in the future, whereas State of Fear seeks to expose the underpinnings of todays environmental political correctness.
Here's what I gleaned from Crichton's myth-busting masterpiece:
1) Thanks to climatological records of accurate and systematic temperature measurements being limited to the last several decades rather than several centuries, comparisons that are necessary to support global warming simply do not exist.
2) With measurements of long-term global warming having been shown by Chrichton, to be apocryphal, conclusions drawn from short-term global warming measurements have been agenda driven, having been taken at locations where changes in land use could better explain up-ticks in temperature.
3) The nearly 50% up-tick in atmospheric carbon dioxide measurements (which, due to industrialization can lead to other problems such as acid rain) are devoid of a scientific rationale to explain unproven global warming nor able to portend the inevitability of future global warming.
Along with the fictional plot and subplots amounting to a good read as a novel, there is much grist for the mill for those who want to get a grasp on the dangers of global warming.
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