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Don't Miss Out On The Superfreakonomic AGW Storm

The people behind best-seller Freakonomics have done their AGW outing…part of their new book “SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance” has been published on the Sunday Times under the headline “Why Everything You Think You Know About Global Warming Is Wrong” (the shock! the horror!).

Time will tell if there is anything substantial behind such a bold claim…for now, enjoy Romm’s throwing all he could against Levitt and Dubner. And on past experience, if Romm’s upset about something, then there is something substantial behind it all indeed….

UPDATE: Long commentary about Superfreakonomics by Dominic Lawson on The Independent (???)

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Over at Greenfyre, there are links to the transcript of the programme, plus ways to see it in the UK.

In the comments, I am making the point of how much of a dent in the credibility of AGW is the sheer amount of over-reaction every time anybody says anything that is not perfectly in line with AGW orthodoxy.

The funny thing is that the hysterical reaction of the warmists to seeing their beloved theory ridiculed is giving this book huge publicity.
Now RC are in on it, even putting a pdf on their site so people can read the highly amusing but not entirely serious chapter on global warming.

We’ve been discussing Peter Taylor’s book over at Harmless Sky with the author adding his voice and perspective to the discussion. I think the author’s major points for climate change being driven by oceanic cycles makes a great deal of sense. They’ve closed the comments for the book review but it’s been a great read and a lot of fun discussing some of the finer points.

I’ve got Chill at home and can’t wait to start reading it. But it has to wait until I finish God is not Great by Christoper Hitchens.

Off topic:
I have been reading Chill: A Reassessment of Global Warming Theory, Does Climate Change Mean the World Is Cooling, and If So What Should We Do About It? by Peter Taylor and recommend it.

In Chapters 3 and 4, he presents a convincing case that cloud cover variations provide a better explanation for temperature variations than does greenhouse gases. The recent increase in cloud cover explains the cooling of the last decade.

The comments on Climate Progress are also interesting (often intense, sometimes scarily so.) To “disappear from Gaia’s sight”… What on earth does that mean?

Well, Superfreakonomics is something I’ll end up reading anyway, probably. Right or wrong, these authors certainly know how to stir things up!

Levitt’s “I can run a regression on anything” approach was dubious enough in the first book. It’s hard to see how that approach is in anyway relevant to climate prediction and the science behind it.

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