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Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, and Short Hardcover – Illustrated, 24 March 2014
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- Publisher : Regnery Publishing; Illustrated edition (24 March 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1621571580
- ISBN-13 : 978-1621571582
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.03 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 568,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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for all high school students. I cannot surpass the review written by Stephen Harper - who has skillfully put down in words my very own thoughts, and conclusions, for this publication.
On the subject of "man made climate change", President Obama (a lawyer) recently said that climate change deniers are in denial of the scientific proof. On the contrary, most climate change deniers (relative to man made) are scientists, who say that the proponents of man made climate change themselves, are in denial of scientific proof. When it comes to scientific conclusions, who should one believe, the lawyer, or the scientist ? For me, the answer is, the scientist.
In Australia, where I live, on "man made climate change", we have had the same sort of nonsense espoused by our (thankfully) former, Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, (a lawyer) backed up by another of her ministers, Penny Wong, (a lawyer), who put into practice, policies supporting renewable energy through (inefficient) wind farms and discouragement, of coal based electrical generation by legislating burdensome carbon taxes, with predictable results of higher energy costs, leading to inflationary price increases (cement Etc) and loss of jobs in manufacturing and allied support industries, and, dare i say, absolutely no evidence that these policies had any impact whatsoever, on our climate. Pseudo science is still alive and thriving - and i reminded that
not a great deal has changed in society, from the middle ages, when pseudo science conclusions burnt people alive, on the belief they were witches, and so on.
In his book, David Archibald, a scientist by training, rubbishes claims, that man is responsible for climate change, and supports his views with compelling factual information.
If there is a message for President Obama, and his contemporaries, it is this:-
Don't worry about (the myth of) man made climate change; but worry, instead, of consequences of over population.
John Haneman, Sydney, Australia
Written only a few years back, it is disconcerting that Archibald was not aware the impact shale oil and fracking would so soon have on oil production, along with the geopolitical consequences for USA and the Middle East.
True, some of his predictions may follow, but the timing is already askew.
Not enough attention to demographics, a little bit too polemic for a serious read, but often intriguing and bluntly humorous.
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The author paints a coherent (and, it has to be said, bleak) picture of where our world could be heading. He draws together several strands of environmental, political, scientific, and historical thought, and comes up with a direction we are heading in as humanity. I don't necessarily agree with all he has to say, and I would think neither will you, but the author does not come across as a "kook" or "extremist" with any sort of agenda of his own to pedal. In fact he comes across measured and analytical, mostly from the fact that the majority of his statements and sources are referenced throughout. This, as far as I'm concerned, sets this work apart right from the start, as a book which has had a lot of thought and work put into it.
So, why 4 stars instead of 5? Only because it covers so much ground that I felt it didn't dive deep enough in any of the subjects covered. I think this books content could easily be 4 or 5 separate books on several different subjects if each were examined to exhaustion. I would like to read them if they were, as the author is clearly capable and talented at what he does.
Technically this book, which could have been heavy going (but isn't), is well written, clearly formatted, and methodically organized. If you're interested in political history, prepping, world events, environmental care, or where your kids might be living after your gone then read this book.
I did some fact checking and the facts did not always bear out - I don't know where he is getting no temperature change over the last 10 years as he provided no reference. Similarly, the guy who or iginally discovered the correlation between solar cycles and climate has now retracted - apparently the relationship no longer holds. The cooling expcted by the author just hasn't arrived.
More interesting is the analysis of the impact that cooling will have on agriculture and the nations of the Middle East and North Africa. Cooling is not the only thing that would tip them over the edge - I think the world is in for very interesting (read dark) times ahead - and in our lifetimes.