So you think the theory of disastrous climate change has been proven? You believe that scientists are united in their efforts to force the nations of the world to reduce their carbon emissions? You imagine perhaps that scientists are far too professional to overstate their case?
Maybe we should all think again. In The Climate Caper, written with a light touch and presented in a nicely readable manner, Garth Paltridge shows that the case for action against climate change is not nearly so clear cut as is presented to politicians and the public. He leads us through the massive uncertainties that are inherently part of the "climate modeling process"; he examines the even greater uncertainties associated with economic forecasts of climatic doom; and he discusses in detail the conscious and subconscious forces operating to ensure that skepticism within the scientific community is kept from the public eye.
Paltridge concludes that governments are indeed becoming captive to a scientific and technological elite—an elite that achieves its ends by manipulating the public through fear of climate change, creating the world's greatest example of a "religion" for the politically correct.
Emeritus Professor Garth W. Paltridge is an atmospheric physicist and was a chief research scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization Division of Atmospheric Research before taking up positions in Tasmania as director of the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies and CEO of the Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre. He retired in 2002 and continues to live in Hobart, Tasmania.