| ". . . reveals in well-documented, stark detail how science is being misused to achieve political ends. Everyone interested in the so-called environmental issues should read this powerful book, and then consider whether press releases and computer simulations that are unaccompanied by solid scientific evidence should drive our nation's science policy."
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The Holes in the Ozone Scare: Scientific Evidence that the Sky Isn't Falling
The ozone-depletion hysteria of the 1980s and early 1990s might be outside the recollections of some, and to others have become just history. But scaring the public is now, if anything, bigger business than ever, and will likely remain effective for as long as the public fails to acquaint itself with the ways in which its perceptions are shaped and manipulated. Being able to compare what the world was told with things that came to light after the panic had subsided--and much that was known at the time, but ignored or suppressed--makes this a valuable read. Contents include: how the ban on CFCs was railroaded through on the bases of speculative and highly improbable physics that had never been shown to occur in the real world; how natural sources of chlorine dwarf the whiffs of man-made substances that all the fuss was about; how, far from being a new threat "discovered" by NASA in the 1980s, ozone thinning over the Antarctic is a natural annual phenomenon that was reported by researchers in the 1950s; and, not surprisingly, the corporate and political interests that stood to gain.
-- Dr. Dixy Lee Ray, former head of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and governor of Washington State
"Concerned about the thinning of the ozone layer? Take heart from this book, which documents that even the worst-case scenario of an 8 percent decrease in ozone is equivalent to the increase in ultraviolet radiation and skin cancer risk you would get from moving 100 miles south."
-- Dr. Hugh W. Ellsaesser, Atmospheric Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (ret.)
"As an heir to the du Pont family industrial legacy, I heartily recommend The Holes in the Ozone Scare. It is a masterful analysis, which demolishes the corporate environmentalist and media-perpetrated frauds that the Earth's protective ozone layer is being destroyed and the CFCs are the culprit."
-- Lewis du Pont Smith
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