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Apr 1999
Hot Talk, Cold Science
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Independent Institute
ISBN 094599981X
110 pp
Hot Talk, Cold Science
by S. Fred Singer

S. Fred Singer is a research fellow at The Independent Institute, president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, and a distinguished research fellow at the Institute for Space Science and Technology. He was the first director of the U.S. Weather Satellite Service, former director of the Center for Atmospheric and Space Physics, and former chief scientist, U.S. Department of Transportation.

This book examines the questions of whether the alarming claims about global warming based on science and justified by the facts, and if the human race really facing a major crisis due to emissions from hydrocarbon fuels. It explores the inaccuracies in historical climate data, the limitations of modeling climate on computers, and the effects on climate of solar variability, clouds, ocean currents, and sea levels. Singer's conclusion is that the doomsday scenarios depicted in the media have no scientific basis. In fact, he finds that many aspects of any global warming, such as a longer growing season for food and a reduced need of fuels for heating, would actually have a positive impact on the human race.

"Hot Talk, Cold Science dares to point out that the Emperor has no clothes. Is there evidence to suggest discernible human influence on global climate? Of great interest, this book demonstrates that, at best, the evidence is sketchy and incomplete."

-- Arthur C. Clarke

"Hot Talk, Cold Science carefully reviews the scientific, economic, and policy literature on global warming, and provides a welcome, reasoned assessment. I strongly recommend this important book."
--Professor William Happer, Department of Physics, Princeton University, and formerly Director of Energy Research, U.S. Department of Energy

"The highly sensible and well-accepted scientific views in Hot Talk, Cold Science, deserve the widest possible exposure."

-- Professor Richard S. Lindzen, Center for Meteorology and Oceanography, M.I.T.

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