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Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children's Future [Format Kindle]

James Delingpole

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If global warming isn’t real then how come the ice caps are melting? Why would all the world’s top scientists lie to us? What exactly is so wrong with biofuels, wind farms, carbon taxes, sustainability and preserving scarce resources for future generations? And what about Bangladesh, the drowning Maldives and all those endangered polar bears? James Delingpole has all the answers – and they’re not the ones Al Gore would like you to hear. In Watermelons, Delingpole tells the shocking true story of how a handful of political activists, green campaigners and voodoo scientists engineered the world’s biggest, most expensive and destructive outbreak of mass hysteria – one that threatens the very fabric of Western Civilisation.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Eco-terrorists beware 14 août 2012
Par Ellie-D - Publié sur
I read it and enjoyed it - although the extent to which the world has been duped by the eco-terrorists makes for a generally depressing read in one respect.

If one is confronted by such a depressing scenario, I think he's quite right that trying to deal with it on the basis of a factual debate is futile. So dealing with it via a polemic has to be the way to go but that means that so one has to expect the outrageous in terms of tone, which carries the risk of becoming a turn-off. He achieves a good balance, however, between the scientifically factual and the morally outraged, and additionally he has a nice light style, so it makes for an easy and compelling (provided one can tolerate the depressing nature of the topic) read. He actually comes across as quite normal - in contrast to the collection of cranks and weirdoes who have their snouts in the co-trough - and there's a good smattering of humour which helps too. I am so glad that someone has finally and unashamedly had the temerity to debunk Rachel Carson and the dreaded "Silent Spring".

I think has enough facts to demonstrate that his arguments are supportable (too many and it would be boring) and I particularly liked the simple and quotable soundbites which he uses to convey these - polar bears population doubled since 1960's, no global warming since 1998, no increase to sea levels near the Maldives for 40 years.

I very much enjoyed his proposition that for a theory to be valid it has to contain the seeds of its own disproof. Scope for hours of semi-philosophical debate over the dinner table!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The mother of all conspiracy theories! 6 mars 2012
Par Zoe V. Harcombe - Publié sur
If you think you know everything there is to know about climate change, don't read this book. If you are quite happy for a large and increasing amount of your money being taken and you don't care where it ends up, don't read this book. If you are closed minded, don't read this book. However...

If you are interested in seeing evidence for the lack of evidence in one of the world's biggest debates - read this book. If you want to know where the 'green' money is going and what the motivation may be - read this book. If you are open minded and keen to see all sides of the biggest global issues - read this book.

I found it fascinating, disturbing, funny, angry, beautifully written and highly credible. See what you think!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 James Delingpole nails it! 10 décembre 2012
Par Jack Riley - Publié sur
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James Delingpole has done a masterful job of exposing radical environmentalism and global warming for what they truly are. And he's done it with wit and wisdom (eg. his description of the "precautionary principle" as the "Tin-Foil Hat Argument").

Instead of reading those scary IPCC Assessment Reports' Summaries for Policy Makers, our political leaders and government bureaucrats should read this book, especially Chapter 6 - A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT `GLOBAL WARMING'. Then they might truly begin developing realistic policy - policy that isn't horrendously damaging to the global economy.

Bravo, James!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Delingpole and the Emperor's New Clothes 22 octobre 2014
Par Geoff Bond - Publié sur
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This is a light handed yet serious and detailed deconstruction of the global warming hypothesis.

Delingpole sees it as having taken on cult status where believers (`warmists') distort scientific evidence in order to pursue a political agenda. Disbelievers are vilified and metaphorically burnt at the stake.

One of the main culprits is the work of cultural Marxists such as Gramsci and their `long march through the institutions.' In this way, a small band of activists shaped public opinion to their own ends. What are their ends? "To achieve global governance by a self-appointed élite" - "and the best way to achieve this is by manipulating and exploiting international concern about the environment." Whence the `Watermelons' of the title - they are green on the outside and red inside.

For example, the Green Agenda website states, spookily, that it wants "restructuring of the school curriculum which serves to indoctrinate children into politically correct group think".

As an example of the fascist-like thinking, Delingpole cites the Watermelons' infamous `No Pressure' video. Intended to be a promotional advertisement to encourage ecological thinking, it showed a class of school children enthusiastically embracing Believers' philosophy. All, that is, except for two kids who were dubious. The teacher blew them up in a drenching splatter of blood and body parts.

The video is so gruesome that YouTube restricts viewing to 18 and over. And yet the promoters of the film, written by Richard Curtis, sincerely believed that they were doing good. Needless to say, the useful idiots who had supported the film's production (including The Guardian newspaper, Sony, and various eco-charities) withdrew the film within 24 hours. But it was too late: as one letter to The Guardian read: "To suggest that people who disagree with you deserve to die is incredibly stupid. Imagine if some Christian group in the US did that to gays, Muslims or anyone else they disagree with. The outrage would be palpable".

But that is true dialectical Marxism in practice: the Ends justify the Means. In this regard another supreme casualty is the scientific method.

Firstly, evidence that runs contrary to the sect's global warming beliefs is minimized or ridiculed. So it is that they try desperately to airbrush out of history The Medieval Warm Period when monks cultivated grapes in southern England, and the subsequent Little Ice Age when famines prevailed in Europe and the Greenland Vikings starved to extinction.

The Watermelons need to do this jiggery-pokery to maintain the lineal purity of their hockey stick graph where temperatures flat-lined until recently and then spike upwards (due, they would argue, to human industrial activities). Andrew Montford debunked this fatally flawed view of recent climate evolution in his book The Hockey Stick Illusion: Climategate and the Corruption of Science (Independent Minds) (which I have reviewed.)

Secondly, contrarian scientific views are stifled and their proponents subject to personal smear campaigns. In a really sinister development, contrarian authors find their papers are no longer accepted in the Journals - or if they are, the journal itself is black-balled.

Delingpole relentlessly provides chapter and verse, starting with the "Climategate" emails hacked out of one of the world's main global warming hotbeds at East Anglia University, UK. They reveal a remarkable conspiracy to fudge the evidence and cover up their doings. After that come the slanted pronouncements from the august Royal Society and of course the International Panel on Climate Change with its farcical claims, swiftly withdrawn, of the imminent disappearance of the Himalayan glaciers.

Personally, I am a scientist used to thinking on geological timescales. As such, it is perfectly normal to think of the Earth's climate gyrating through great fluctuations. After all there was a time when there were jungles at the poles, laying down the Arctic oil; and other times when ice sheets a mile thick stretched over Britain all the way down to the Thames. In my view, in the face of such great forces of Nature, man's efforts to control the climate are puny and futile.

I am also well versed in applied mathematics and so I also know the limits of computer models. They can't model precisely the turbulent flow of water in a pipe, let alone predict the weather for more than a few days ahead. The Fed's financial models couldn't predict the financial crisis. The reason is simple: they are trying to model `chaotic' systems.

In the mathematical sense these systems work to known laws but they are, by nature unpredictable - the so-called `Butterfly Effect'. So an infinitesimally small change in initial assumptions can produce completely opposite results. Climate change models beloved of the `warmist sect' are not only full of questionable initial assumptions, they are highly sensitive to the slightest variation in them.

One of the grubby warmists' secrets is that the climate stopped warming in 1998. So, without missing a beat, they change the propaganda to talking about fighting `climate change'. So Delingpole's real frustration is that governments pour so many trillions of taxpayer dollars into what could be pointless decarbonisation schemes.

But even if the Earth does warm some more, there are advantages too: vast areas of territory would be opened up for agriculture in Canada and Siberia. Currently, on geological timescales, carbon dioxide levels are at extreme lows - there is a strong argument that we would be doing plants a good turn by increasing CO2 levels.

Meanwhile we continue to be subject to climate change indoctrination on a daily basis. The left-leaning BBC cannot report an unusual weather event without intoning "due to global warming". I even heard one air-head reporter claiming that an EARTHQUAKE was due to global warming (but, since I haven't got chapter and verse, and in the interests of scientific rigor, please ignore this comment!)

How did we get here? In the early decades of the last century, public relations experts like Bernays (nephew of Freud) understood and invented the term `herd mentality'. It only takes a small group of activists to take the role of Judas Goat and lead the rest of the herd wherever they want. It is then sufficient to keep the herd in a state of constant anxiety so that, like Chicken-Licken, they lose all common sense and run around saying the sky is falling in.

It is only a small step then to consolidate The Big Lie. As Stalin and Hitler understood, little lies are readily seen through - but if the lie is big enough - and the warmist one is - then the herd believes it.

Professionally I see this in other fields, for example, The War on Cancer. Since Richard Nixon signed the act in 1971, hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent, with no cure in sight. I suffer Delingpole's frustration: we know what to do about cancer: it is a lifestyle disease and for peanuts we can get people to live a cancer-thwarting lifestyle.

But still the gusher of dollars goes into cancer research, into drugs and into surgical procedures. And why would it stop? Just like Eisenhower's warning about the Military-Industrial complex, there is too much at stake: research grants, cancer charities, scientific careers, medical careers, hospital finances, BigPharma and whole industries depend on the flood of money.

So, in Delingpole's view, it is with the Global Warming scare too.

For all I know, the Earth will warm as a result of human activity. What I balk at is the use of pseudo science, bullying tactics, child indoctrination, and intellectual dishonesty to promote a particularly vicious eco-fascist agenda.

So, even if you are a Watermelon, try to read this book to understand how vulnerable our society is to capture by vested interests; and to understand how, in the words of Edmund Burke, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A humorous destruction of the Greens lies 28 décembre 2012
Par Duncan Thomson - Publié sur
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Extremely readable, clinical, deadly but funny dissection of the deceit practiced by the Alarmists about AGW. He even has found quotes from the Greens saying that they deliberately exaggerate to deceive and produce an emotional response about climate change. Once it becomes emotional, rational thought goes out the window. No one with any interest in the subject should miss this book.
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