The Troubled Science, Policy and Politics of Global Warming


"Irreverent and devastating
...Essex and McKitrick effectively demolish most of what you think you know."
The Globe and Mail

"Unique, powerful and long overdue in the climate change debate...There is no other book like this."
The National Post

"Science advisors and policy makers would do well to read Taken by Storm."
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Bulletin

"Essex and McKitrick do some serious debunking."
Calgary Herald

$10,000 Prize-winner (1 of 3 prize winners out of 75 nominees) for the 2002 Donner Book Prize. This award is given annually for the best book on Canadian public policy.

Finalist, 2002

The physical phenomena in climate and weather are among the most complex in nature. 
Science can say very little about what they will do in the future. Yet a large international policy framework has been built precisely on the assumption that we know what is happening and how to control it. In Taken By Storm, Christopher Essex and Ross McKitrick prove this assumption false, carefully explaining the science of climate change and deconstructing the simplistic concept of global warming. They argue that this issue is leading to an unprecedented rupture between science and society, and they propose a vital first step towards repairing this relationship.

"Any politician who has failed to read this book and yet is willing to commit society's resources to avert global warming has been derelict in his or her duty to the public."
- Professor G. Cornelius Van Kooten,
Canada Research Chair in Environmental Studies and Climate Change, University of Victoria.

"In Taken By Storm Essex and McKitrick offer a scientifically sound argument that is against the mainstream. Let's open up a debate and see who is willing to participate."
- Professor Anastasios Tsonis,
Department of Mathematical Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences Group, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"Essex and McKitrick cut through all the obfuscation and double speak which surrounds one of the most complex scientific and economic issues of our times. This book should be required reading by policy makers, and any one in the general public who is concerned about what the
Kyoto Accord really means for the environment and the economy."
- Professor Timothy Patterson,
Paleoclimatologist, Department of Earth Sciences,
Carleton University

" I strongly recommend this book."
- Dr. Willie Soon,
Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory,
Harvard University 

"A good natured but ultimately serious, well documented, and scientifically careful analysis of how a crisis defying both common sense and normative science engulfed the popular imagination, the body politic, and much of the scientific community."
-  Dr. Richard S. Lindzen
Professor of Meteorology,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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