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May 2000
The Satanic Gases
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Cato Institute
ISBN 1882577914
234 pp
The Satanic Gases
by Patrick J. Michaels & Robert C. Balling, Jr.

Examines the roles of politics, the media, and science in shaping perceptions of humanity's effect on climate, especially with regard to global warming. The authors contend that politicians and the media have blown this issue out of proportion to serve their own agendas and objectives; also that the current scientific paradigm too hastily accepts the seriousness of global warming and human activity as the cause, and that in consequence scientists tend to ignore contradictory data.

Patrick J. Michaels is a research professor of environmental science at the University of Virgina, and visiting scientist with the Marshall Institute in Washington, D.C. Robert C. Balling, Jr., is Professor of Geography and Director of the Office of Climatology at Arizona State Univrsity.

"[W]onderfully complete and timely. Michaels and Balling provide a compelling account of how the scientific reality of the effects of the rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide on climate, human welfare,food production, and the earth's biological productivity are being distorted by the political process."

--Sylvan Wittwer, Former Head, Board on Agriculture, National Research Council

"[S]hould be read by every scientist and layman who has an interest in the topic,particularly if they have been led to believe that we face a potentially enormous catastrophe of human origin."

--Frederick Seitz, President Emeritus, Rockefeller University, Past President of National Academy of Sciences.

"Michaels and Balling present a strong, well-informed contrarians' view... that climate change will be relatively small and benign."

--Dallas L. Peck. Director Emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey

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