A scientific rebellion is brewing to expose and slay a global monster that is bilking taxpayers the world over and scaring into submission anybody that crosses its path.
A team of eight dedicated scientists calls it the "sky dragon," the embodiment of a pseudo-scientific, fear-mongering theory that wears the deceptive veil of green and breathes a non-existent fire (heat) upon the earth.
The panel, whose scientists hail from various parts of the world, tackles what it calls the greatest scientific fraud known to mankind in Slaying the Sky Dragon; Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory (Stairway Press, 2011). The prominent theory of man-made global warming, also known as anthropogenic global warming (AGW), is the target of this thorough unmasking of the beast, which spans 21 chapters that include "Clearing Carbon Dioxide of Blame" and "Analysis of Climate Alarm."
The 358-page compendium is perhaps one of the most important books in recent years, if the authors turn out to be correct that the global warming theory, as we know it, is a complete hoax that is responsible for shaping major government policy around the world, with the potential to adversely affect everyone, whether through excessive taxation or the pretext for the usurpation of world resources.
The writers take the classic scientific approach of testing the theories of widely publicized scientists who alarm us that the world is getting warmer at an unprecedented level, with carbon dioxide, an essential but trace atmospheric gas, being the culprit.
Slaying the Sky Dragon is aimed at both your average carbon-tax-paying book worm as well as academia, touted as being a "scientific tour de force and the game changer for international environmental policymakers."
"Despite much rhetoric and research over the past decades, there is still not a single piece of actual evidence that the now-maligned carbon dioxide molecule causes global warming (or 'climate change' for that matter)," writes the highly regarded AGW critic Hans Schreuder of Holland. "…Carbon dioxide (CO2), at less than 400 parts per million by volume, does not and cannot influence either the atmospheric temperature or the climate in any measurable way."
Several chapters are clearly aimed at science academics, expounding on the "illogical" formulas of AGW proponents. Fortunately, the formulas are explained in layman's terms so that the average mind can grasp the arguments of both sides. The authors also use various analogies to simplify some very complex scientific equations.
Climate researcher and science writer Alan Siddons and other climate researchers in Slaying the Sky Dragon make their case that the greenhouse effect does not apply when it comes to CO2 and the highly complex climate of the Earth, and utilize detailed explanations, illustrations and formulas to arrive at their conclusion. The complex relationship between the sun, atmosphere, Earth's surface, and the oceans is central to the book's theme that AGW proponents are ignoring science in favour of lucrative political schemes. In the authors' view, the sun and the oceans play among the largest role in climate, with atmospheric gases like CO2 playing a highly insignificant role.
"The amount of CO2 dissolved in the oceans is some fifty times greater than the amount in the atmosphere," writes former U.S. naval meteorologist Martin Hertzberg. "As oceans warm for whatever reason, some of their dissolved CO2 is emitted into the atmosphere, just as your soda pop goes flat and loses its dissolved CO2 as it warms to room temperature even as you pour it into the warmer glass."
The authors claim that all possible human-caused CO2 is a mere four per cent of .04 per cent of CO2 in the atmosphere.
The authors further break down the key components involved in the complex transfer of heat on Earth and claim that something as crucial as the law of thermodynamics, for example, is completely absent from the minds of those who make up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chance (IPCC)—the apex of the body of AGW believers (the authors define the man-made global warming theory as a religion, not a science).
The IPCC is at the center of the recent "Climategate" controversy, something that the authors could have used to bolster their case but instead omitted in order to spotlight science alone.
"A basic tenet assumes change is gradual over long periods of time, and any sudden or dramatic change is unnatural," writes Timothy Ball, a retired professor from the University of Winnipeg. "Employing a version of uniformitarianism adapted to their needs, environmental extremists can point to practically any change and say it is unnatural, which implies it is man-made. But we know from modern science that natural changes can indeed be quite sudden and extreme…."
Ball goes on to claim that the standard sequence of scientific theory—followed by challenge and testing—has been circumvented by the AGW believers and, more inappropriately, the IPCC, which is supposed to be a scientific authority on climate.
Slaying the Sky Dragon spends a considerable length of time discussing the ineffectiveness of the IPCC's "unrealistic" and computer-generated models for climate, which make projections up to a thousand years into the future.
"…The computer models deal with the Earth as a flat disc bathed under a continuous twenty-four-hour haze of sunlight, ignoring the complexities created by a curved surface with an alternating day and night," writes Ball.
What's more, the book accuses some climate scientists of altering data in order to better fit the global-warming "doomsday scenario." As well, the book discusses the inconsistencies in obtaining climate data through weather stations, a growing number of which are no longer utilized.
The authors also touch upon the cultural changes that preceded the establishment of the modern concept of global warming and those that help carry on the "lie" of AGW.
While the book is difficult to read at times with its sometimes-scientific language, there are plenty of simplified, strong arguments to support its controversial case, making it a worthwhile and interesting read. If true, Slaying the Sky Dragon could become an important book for the populist as they battle policymakers, private-interest groups, and scientific quackery.
"Any and all schemes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions are futile in terms of having an effect on reducing global temperatures or affecting the climate, and any and all carbon trading schemes are fraudulent exercises amounting to no more than hidden taxation," concludes Schreuder.
The authors of Slaying the Sky Dragon are: Dr. Tim Ball, Dr. Claes Johnson, Dr. Martin Hertzberg, Joseph A. Olson, Alan Siddons, Dr. Charles Anderson, Hans Schreuder, and John O'Sullivan.