Global warming alarmism is invading nearly every aspect of our society. Despite convincing evidence that climate change does not portend an apocalyptic future, children are inundated with that idea in schools. Poor countries shake down rich ones in the name of climate "justice." Lawmakers try to impose tariffs and sanctions on nations that don't agree with their environmental views. The military uses climate change as a reason to enlarge its budget. And courts are compelling the government to restrict the amount of energy we use and the way we use it.
Climate Coup provides an antidote to this, gathering together myth-breaking insights and data from a team of experts on the pervasive influence global warming alarmism is having on health, education, law, national defense, international development, trade, and academic publishing.
""Global warming's reach has become ubiquitous,"" writes the editor, Patrick Michaels. ""This book documents how far unelected bureaucracies have pushed this issue into our lives.""
Each author details the width and depth of the impact global warming alarmism is having on his or her area of expertise. The coverage includes:
-How the Constitution's limited government restraints have been torn away, allowing global warming policy to be dictated by the president.
-The deliberate abdication of legislative authority by Congress to further concentrate regulatory power in the executive and judicial branches.
-How outrageous exaggerations of global warming fuel budget expansion within the Defense Department.
-How students are subjected to forms of climate change education that are akin to social engineering.
-How trade policies do nothing about climate change but erode market freedoms.
-Ending the myth that global warming reduces the quality of life in developing countries.
-An examination of the unrealistic and unsupported public health claims made about global warming.
Climate Coup confronts the exaggerations, opportunism, and myths about global warming that are all too pervasively altering the shape of our lives and provides the tools and insights necessary to push back against the takeover.
Edited by Cato Institute senior fellow Patrick Michaels -- widely acknowledged as today's most effective advocate of the non-apocalyptic view of climate change -- Climate Coup gathers a team of first-rate experts from various fields to document how far unelected bureaucracies have pushed the global warming issue into our lives. Among the authors and topics:
• Roger Pilon explains how the ""executive state"" that emerged from the Progressive Era is perfectly suited -- and perfectly capable -- of executing the policy desires of global warming fanatics without any additional legislation whatsoever
• Patrick Michaels examines why the Democrat- majority Senate balked at passing ""cap-and-trade"" legislation approved by the House in 2009 -- and how the EPA will do the regulation without it
• Ross McKitrick reveals the pervasive bias in science journals against manuscripts questioning global warming dogma, and how the peer review process has been severely compromised
• Ivan Eland explains how our military is conflating environmental issues with national security threats in order to plump its budget -- and how even some conservative think tanks aren't above hyping global warming as a danger to national security
• Sallie James examines how global warming's reach into America's trade agreements via carbon tariffs will result in some very destructive unintended consequences
• Indur Goklany attacks the notion that global warming will reduce the quality of life in developing countries, a mantra of the United Nations -- and shows why the economic development powered by fossil fuels is literally orders of magnitude greater than any putative negative effects from climate change
• Robert Davis examines global warming and human health -- revealing that while dire projections of global warming-related diseases are rife in the scientific literature, they are often based on profoundly unrealistic assumptions
• Neal McCluskey tackles global warming and K-12 education -- citing example after example of how educators are terrifying students with alarmist scenarios based on shoddy science and unproved assumptions
Patrick J. Michaels
Patrick J. Michaels, senior fellow in environmental studies at the Cato Institute, is widely acknowledged by climate alarmists as today's most effective synthesizer of the nonapocalyptic view of climate change. He is a distinguished senior fellow in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists. He has also authored multiple books on global warming, including Climate of Extremes: Global Warming Science They Don't Want You to Know.