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…that is, of course, except the indefatigable James Delingpole, journalist of “Climate-gate” renown.

TitleWatermelons: The Green Movement’s True Colors, by James Delingpole

Completed: February 12, 2012 (#12)

Recommendation: For afficionados of conservative pornography, yes. For those who disagree with Mr. Delingpole’s thesis a priori, you will not be convinced.

To establish the case for “doing something” about global warming climate change requires each of the following statements to be correct:

  • The earth is warming earth’s climate is changing.
  • Said change is caused by rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
  • Said rising carbon dioxide levels are (at least partially) anthropogenic.
  • But for anthropogenic increases in carbon dioxide levels, said climate change would not occur. (Alternatively: But for such anthropogenic increases in carbon dioxide levels, a meaningfully lesser amount of climate change would occur.)
  • Climate change is a cause for great concern (see, e.g., Al Gore’s polar bears and littoral settlements everywhere).
  • Now, therefore, we should do something.
  • Because whatever we do, the costs of doing this something are greatly outweighed by the risks to Mother Nature.

And that something is remarkably consonant with the objectives of the Marxist historical materialists of yesteryear, argues Mr. Delingpole. (Hence the title: Green on the outside, Red on the inside.)

Readers of A Superfluous Man may get off the bus at various stops along the above bullet list or they may ride all the way to the terminus. (Full disclosure: this reviewer is skeptical of the is-to-ought move in the final two bullet points. It is very possibly the case that even granting the scientific arguments, as Mr. Delingpole does not, a policy response of “Let’s just deal with a submerged Maldives when the time comes” is warranted by a cost-benefit analysis. Normative statements do not necessarily follow logically from positive statements.)

This not being a political site, A Superfluous Man is hesitant to wade into the rising tide of partisan bickering on this issue. If you are up for a good laugh at the expense of your crypto-Communist progressive friends, colleagues, and neighbors, by all means read this book. (It’s a quick read, and Mr. Delingpole is a great wit.) If this is the sort of thing that fills you with indignance, give it a skip and watch Great Peacemaker Al Gore’s movie again.

The Uncommon Knowledge interview that provoked this book’s selection for A Superfluous Man follows: