Hello everybody. As you probably know, I am highly critical of Michael Mann, a climate scientist largely responsible for the infamous "hockey stick" graph which was a central image in the global warming debate.
About two years ago, he published a book titled, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From the Front Line. I promptly bought and read it, posting thoughts as I went. Those thoughts were highly negative. I thought, and still think, Mann's book is a piece of utter dreck.
I've long thought someone should respond to it. I've also thought someone should lay the hockey stick debate out in a clear and accessible manner. There is a great deal of material available on the internet. There are even some good books, such as The Hockey Stick Illusion. The problem is none of these are easily accessible to the average person.
People don't want to have to read a 400 page book to understand what is being talked about. People don't want to have to spend hours and hours looking through old blog posts with no roadmap. People want a simple resource which lets them quickly catch up on the overall concepts so they can tell if they want to learn more.
At least, that's what I believe. I also believe waiting for "someone" to do something is a good way for nothing to get done. As such, I've decided to try producing a counter-narrative to Michael Mann's book. You can find the first part of it here:
It's a bit over 10,000 words, and I expect to produce a second part of about the same length. My hope is people who read them will be able to fully understand the hockey stick debate without needing to know all the history, details and nuances which come with it.
This eBook does come with a small price tag ($0.99). I wasn't sure if I should offer it for free or put a price on it until I uploaded it to Amazon. After I uploaded it, I found out Amazon wouldn't let me offer it for free anyway. If you don't agree with the price, you're welcome to take whatever action you want to correct it.
Just don't mug me. Or if you do, at least remember I only get a portion of the price in royalties. Take it easy on me.
Christmas, 8:38 AM Edit: Problems with the Table of Contents should be fixed now!