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Global Warming and Political Intimidation: How Politicians Cracked Down on Scientists as the Earth Heated Up
by Raymond S. Bradley
University of Massachusetts Press, 2011
Cloth: 978-1-55849-868-6 | eISBN: 978-1-61376-250-9 | Paper: 978-1-55849-869-3
Library of Congress Classification QC981.8.G56B7 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 577.276

Global warming is the number one environmental issue of our time, yet some prominent politicians have refused to accept scientific evidence of human responsibility and have opposed any legislation or international agreement that would limit greenhouse gas emissions. A few have gone even further and have tried to destroy the reputations of scientists researching climate change by deliberately undermining the credibility of their research. These politicians have sought to sow seeds of doubt in the minds of the public and to weaken public and political support for the control of fossil fuel use.

In this powerful book, highly respected climate scientist Raymond Bradley provides the inside story from the front lines of the debate. In clear and direct language, he describes the tactics those in power have used to intimidate him and his colleagues part of a larger pattern of governmental suppression of scientific information, politics at the expense of empirically based discourse.

Speaking from his experience, Bradley exposes the fault lines in the global warming debate, while providing a concise primer on climate change. The result is a cautionary tale of how politics and science can become fatally intertwined.
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