My new book, Hubris: The Troubling Science, Economics, and Politics of Climate Change, will be available in soft cover at Lulu.com, as well as at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters, and other online booksellers as of November 1. An e-book version will also be available from these same booksellers. Selected booksellers in the Ottawa area will also stock a soft-cover versions of the book as of November 1.
The book explores problems and issues that have emerged in national and international discussion of policies to address climate change. It concludes that every solution put forward by the UN and activists poses more problems than might ever emerge from the marginal human impact on natural climate change. Rather than mitigation, governments should focus on adaptation. As is, climate change discussions have become captive of a utopian agenda that is using climate change as a stalking horse to drive alarm in the hope that it will convince governments to act.
As a teaser, chapter one is available below:
Update: The book is now available at Amazon in both print and e-book versions. Canadian customers should go to Amazon.ca or to Chapters Indigo. It is also available at Barnes & Noble, Lulu, and other online booksellers.
In Ottawa, the book is now available at Books on Beechwood, Perfect Books on Elgin, Octopus Books on Third, and at the Carleton University Bookstore.
Comments and Reviews:
Dr. Helena Aves, retired geologist
“Hubris: The Troubling Science, Economics, and Politics of Climate Change” by Michael Hart is a superb scholarly analysis of an enormous amount of data on the subject of Climate Change, a topic that has dominated the news for the last decade. The discussions presented deal with the political, economic and scientific elements that are central to this complex issue. I must admit it took me some time to review and digest the amazing amount of data and citations presented in this 500+ page volume, a work that took a decade to construct.
I am a geologist and have been studying this topic for over six years in a non-official capacity and am well aware of many of the key scientific topics Mr. Hart references. It is not often that one comes across a book that encapsulates all that is currently recognized as essential to understanding the topic of anthropogenic carbon dioxide induced “climate change” (for lack of a better phrase). I was surprised to find out that Mr. Hart was Professor Emeritus of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and not a scientist since his insight into scientific matters is acute. His analysis of the precautionary principle which appears to be a very pervasive and persuasive argument used by environmentalists is effectively criticized at length in his treatise. The role of policy makers and politicians is particularly interesting since the role of risk is not often discussed in detail regarding this topic. He states, “No government should entertain policy choices with such momentous negative consequences without a much firmer basis in both science and economics.”
“Hubris” addresses all of the tough technical details of this debate from poor science, biased scientific data to actual blatant data cherry-picking and data manipulation. These issues are known to those who have researched the subject but apparently not too well known to the public at large or even to most of the IPCC delegates. Among other topics he discusses the inherent problems associated with computer models that have been used as “scientific data”, the important role of clouds and water vapor in negating the importance of anthropogenic carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and the importance of satellite data that do not show warming of the troposphere, just to name a few of the myriad of facts that are detailed. “Hubris” effectively mines existing climate studies and explains how little is really known about a system as complex and chaotic as the climate system.
Many scientists know what the drawbacks are of going against the “established truth” particularly in this field. It is to his credit and courage that Mr. Hart self-published this incredibly comprehensive treatise. I suggest anyone interested in learning the underlying elements of climate change to purchase “Hubris: The Troubling Science, Economics, and Politics of Climate Change” as reference material.
G. Cornelis van Kooten, environmental economist, University of Victoria
Michael Hart’s Hubris: The Troubling Science, Economics and Politics of Climate Change is extremely well written and extensive in its coverage of global warming and climate change. The author does a superb job in covering the science, economics and politics of climate change, but does much, much more.
Hart begins by examining climate change from the perspective of the philosophy of science. In doing so, he covers many of the arguments made by Jeffrey Foss in an excellent book: Beyond Environmentalism: A Philosophy of Nature (Wiley 2009). Hart’s first three chapters provide an excellent short course on the philosophy of science – a background into which he then inserts climate science. I felt compelled to recommend these chapters to a colleague who teaches a graduate course in research methodology. It is simply that good.
Chapters 4 and 5 relate back to chapters 2 and 3. In chapter 4, Hart evaluates the science of anthropogenic global warming from the perspective of the philosophy of science, and finds some disturbing tendencies. Then, in chapter 5, he relates developments in the ‘official science’ as these are found in the various reports of the IPCC. These chapters are excellent descriptions of how the official science and the United Nations move to promote a particular worldview. However, if the author had left off at the end of chapter 5, he could be accused of being a mouthpiece for the fossil fuel sector. Hart is anything but such an individual.
In chapters 6 through 9, the author examines the science and economics of climate change, and the limits to which global society can do anything about climate change, whether real or imagined. Without coercion, it is not possible to implement the mitigation strategies that climate activists might desire. Rather, adaptation and technological fixes (of which there are plenty) are the best hopes, although, as Hart points out, these are not part of the process – they are not options that environmental activists are willing to consider. The author deals with the science and economics of climate change as one who really understands what he is talking about. His discussion of both topics is easy to read and understand; Hart cuts through all of the rhetoric and obfuscations to the heart of the issues, providing a knowledgeable account of the topics with which scientists in various fields of climate science (modeling, meteorology, paleontology, dendrology, statistics) and economists have grappled with the past 30 or more years.
Chapter 10 examines environmental religion, expanding upon ideas I first encountered in reading Robert H. Nelson’s The New Holy Wars: Economic Religion vs Environmental Religion in Contemporary America (Penn State Press, 2010). Hart is familiar with Nelson’s work, but expands on it with his own thoughts and places his discussion in the context of climate change.
Chapters 11 through 13 are pure political science. It is here that the author’s own research and teaching in international affairs and trade agreements come to the fore. This is excellent material that anyone wishing to know something about how the international community, and individual countries, have approached climate change policy needs to read.
Over all this is an excellent book. From a policy perspective the book is of utmost importance, but it is also an important academic work – a masterpiece in some sense.
Herman J. Dost, Thunder Bay, Ontario
I have read some 40+ books on [climate change] from a great variety of viewpoints. … I started reading [Hubris] last night and was fascinated. It is very well written and I had a hard time putting it down last night. It is rare to read a book that is so scholarly, yet so captivating and downright entertaining.
Andy Jones, Stony Plain, Alberta
“Denier”, the pejorative the climate change believers have chosen to brand those who suspect climate change is not a man-made (human) event. For those CSSE members, and friends, who don’t believe in Anthropogenic Climate Change, Michael Hart, Professor Emeritus, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, has written a book, Hubris: the Troubling Science, Economics, and Politics of Climate Change. In his book he goes to great length to explain why “climate change”, is largely a political movement rather than a scientific reality.
Besides some apt descriptions of Suzuki and Gore there is a lot of good information in this work. Don’t be surprised; it is a hard read, over 600 pages and 1200 footnotes. Professor Hart starts off by explaining why so many “medical break-thoughts” we hear about in the press are not so. The author then goes on to explain how much of the climate research shows poor linkages between atmospheric carbon and climate change, but the press releases say something else. Yes, the book has some faults, and I’ve written the author on these, but it is nice to see so much of the climate-change issue explained so reasonably and understandably. Don’t be surprised to not be able to find this book in your local library or favorite bookseller. The book is self-published and Believers don’t stock the truth. It can be found at amazon.ca, Or Kobobooks.com. Better yet ask you local library to source it for you. Then they will have to find it as an inter library loan or buy it.
Richard Hofer, Montreal
A book for those curious about the conventional wisdom about the climate controversy
A word about personal background and context.
I read widely and with little discipline. When I come upon a book review or mention of a book in an article that catches my eye, I order the book. It is one of my little luxuries. I drive old cars, drink cheap wine and care little for clothes, but I love books.
I prefer not to jump to conclusions and I do not generally rely on something I read in the newspaper or saw on TV, or even worse, read in a press release. Mr Bryce taught me never, ever, rely on anything superficially reported. Always start with a reading of the complete document. It was a lesson that still rings in my ears, 40 years later.
I saw mention of the book- Hubris; the Troubling Science, Economics and Politics of Climate Change in a column in the Globe and Mail. It was written by Michael Hart, Emeritus Professor at the Norman Paterson School at Carleton where he held the Simon Reisman Chair in Trade Policy. He was formerly a senior trade policy negotiator and published widely on the topic. It concerned me that this book was published privately. That generally is not a sign of seriousness. But I bought the book through Amazon and when it arrived I dove in and as is my bad habit, read sections haphazardly.
The CV of the author was impressive. Trade policy! A long way from journalism or popular writing. The language was careful, even ponderous. It seemed a bit of a slog, but thorough and well-documented. That it was willing to happily ignore political correctness was refreshing. The text also confirmed some of my pet prejudices (always a comfort) about the current controversy over climate change and its prescriptions.
Many of the issues are familiar to those who follow the debate;
- the controversy about the integrity of the ‘hockey stick’ graph,
- which statistical series to rely on for measurements of global temperature
- 97% of all scientists ‘agree’ and the science is ‘settled’; context and background
- the role of CO2 emissions compared with other possible influences on climate change
- whether an apparent pause in some rates of change over the last 20 years is significant
- the meaning and relevance of agreements reached at international conferences
- the incidence of extreme weather events, and whether cause can be reliably attributed
What really caught my eye was the author’s thorough efforts to document the history and interests of many of the protagonists and the organizations involved.
As Hart documents, much of the ideology that underpins the enthusiasms of the new Malthusians reflects their intellectually discredited origins.
William Bourke, Sydney, Australia
I recently viewed an interview with you, published on the Tallbloke’s Talkshop website, about your excellent book “Hubris – The Troubling Science, Economics and Politics of Climate Change”.
I have subsequently read your book and found it to be an in depth and comprehensive rebuttal of the science, politics and promotion of AGW.
Rob Scalpel, Surry, BC
Thank you for your perseverance in self-publishing Hubris. Hubris is an important addition to the scholarship and thought on the intrusion of environmentalism into public policy.
Given the enthusiasm with which the new Federal Government has embraced environmental initiatives, Hubris is incredibly timely.
The outstanding feature of Hubris is its organizational structure. Without this structure, the breadth of the subject and self-contained nature of your explanations would have dissolved into a collection of anecdotes better suited to a travelogue than a critical analysis. You have successfully integrated a very complex subject and made it accessible to a wide audience.
I appreciate the flashes of humour and turn of phrase inserted at just the right place to keep the reader interested and optimistic.
Hubris is too important to have languished unpublished. I have recommended Hubris broadly to my colleagues and public libraries for acquisition. The second- and third-chapters were worth the price of the entire book! There is no way that you can start to dig into ClimateChange™ Science without, as you have done, articulated what science is, how it ought to be conduct, and how it has become mis-conducted.
The last time I that I took on anything this extensive and intensive was Bjorn Lomborg’s The Skeptical Environmentalist. Hubris, along with Donna LaFramboise’s Delinquent Teenager, and the late Bill Stanbury’s Environmental Groups and the International Conflict Over the Forests of BC … belong together on the top shelf of critical though on environmentalism.
My compliments to your son, Edward, for his graphic design that makes reading Hubris so easy on the eyes. Handling all those quotations and keeping the footnotes organized must have been daunting. I appreciate seeing the use of the Oxford comma.
I have got some quibbles, disagreements, and omissions with Hubris however they are minor and stylistic. I would have been interested in your take on the continuing intrusion of the American philanthropic interests, especially The Rockefeller Brothers, in REDD+ and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The Corporatization of ClimateChange™ likely demands its own stand alone volume.
But – you just knew there had to be a “but” – although you have provided a fulsome description of how we have gotten into the position where all manner of public policy and ministerial mandate letters must pass through the camel’s eye of ClimateChange™, you have neglected to collate your recommendations as to how to extract ourselves from this situation. Sure, you have scattered solutions throughout the text, especially in Chapter 3, but they demand collection and expansion in their own right.
A serious challenge to global warming., Jan. 16 2016 By Amazon Customer. A thorough discussion of all aspects of global warming. Unfortunately it will receive little attention because global warming has now become a religion requiring no thought.
Global warming ? …Pat A. Garvey on January 16, 2016. Finally, some one does an extremely well researched book that debunks the idea that humans can effect climate change. All the claims are debated and crash. Obama and Trudeau should read this.
Climate change considered By oneoftheintimidated January 16, 2016… worth reading if only for the first few chapters – climate change is confusing and overblown – this is a calm, sober and scientific corrective.
Provocative and well worth the read if you are interested … ByStephen McClellan January 16, 2016. Provocative and well worth the read if you are interested in the nexus between science, policy and politics, particularly as they have been playing out on the climate change issue.
Very well researched and exceptionally well cited book … By Frederic Langlois December 16, 2015. Very well researched and exceptionally well cited book. The author doesn’t pretend to have all the answers, but he asks the right questions and looks at the entire body of evidence honestly. It’s not a “casual” read, but the science is presented in a way that is generally easy to understand for non-scientists (I have a finance/economics background). I definitely would, and have been, recommending it to other critical thinking, open-minded folks.
In addition, Dr. Hart’s perspectives as an expert in International Affairs and Trade Policy are illuminating.
I have been following this subject in detail for the past 6 or 7 years and read a lot of what is out there on the subject. “Hubris” is the book that I will recommend to anyone that wants to invest some time into really understanding these important issues.
But capitalism (which has produced the people with the power to corrupt climate science in the first place–as discussed at […] is NOT the only or even a good alternative. The actual better alternative is egalitarianism, as discussed at […]; this alternative is about both equality and genuine freedom and democracy and is totally opposed to anything like an authoritative central (never mind world) government.
This book would be better if the first section discussing general views on how science should be conducted were completely re-written because it wrongly treats Thomas Kuhn as if his “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” was about how science SHOULD operate when in fact it was about how science actually does operate. Later in this section the author even acknowledges (sort of) this fact about Kuhn’s book, which contradicts everything he says about Kuhn earlier.
I would highly recommend it.This book is not a light read, but is a very thorough, well researched perspective on the global warming/climate change debate. I would highly recommend it.
Four Stars, 2 Nov. 2016. By J.R.Bruce. Certainly very comprehensive! Perhaps almost too much, but amazingly well researched.
Hard to read but very worthwhile. Biased my way. Too bad the general public will not be motivated to read it. Discussions about the religion of environmentalism were very well put forward. This is our time and maybe we have got some things wrong that future generations will judge us by but it is still nice to have freedoms enough to openly disagree. I would recommend this read to all who cheer for the scientist.
Ken Bunnage, December 13, 2015