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Climate Coup

Global Warming’s Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives

About the Book

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.

About the Editor

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.

What Others Have Said

“It has long been observed that global warming offers opportunities for a huge number of interests to exploit and that the eagerness to exploit the issue has led to a remarkable corruption of institutions—public, private, and academic. In a set of cogent and well‐ written contributions, Climate Coup documents what is happening intelligently and in depth. There is no need for indignation in the contributions; the situation speaks for itself.”

Richard S. Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“There is a growing realization that governments have overreacted to the potential risk of climate change. This book illustrates coherently and convincingly what government failure looks like: climate policies and legislation that cause more economic harm than benefit, green hysteria that is choking reason,
and political remedies that are worse than the diagnosed problem.”

Benny Peiser, Director, Global Warming Policy Foundation

“Like no one else on the planet, Michaels once again puts sizzle in the global warming debate. Michaels and his distinguished authors pull back the curtains on Climategate, cap‐​and‐​trade, the scientific review process, and motives for various policies. What they expose will keep you reading page after page.”

Robert C. Balling, Jr., Professor, School of Geographic Science and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

“Patrick Michaels was almost alone in 1992 when he published his first book. In Sound and Fury: The Science and Politics of Global Warming, Michaels pointed out that the observations did not agree with the disastrous global warming hypothesis and the extent of the corrupt efforts to promote and defend it. now, almost 20 years later, with the books and blogs of many others, belief in the hypothesis in the scientific community is in free fall. Climate Coup should be required reading, as it sounds the alarm that the fight is far from over. Those who have been profiting from the huge sums of money spent predicting disasters continue unfazed by the scientific truth. The chapter by Pilon and Turgeon on possible action by the executive branch and the chapter by Michaels on recent policy and regulations are especially noteworthy.”

David H. Douglass, Professor of Physics, University of Rochester; Fellow, American Physical Society