About the Author
Jonathan Weiner is one of the most distinguished popular-science writers in the country: his books have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, Time, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Scientific American, Smithsonian, and many other newspapers and magazines, and he is a former editor at The Sciences. He is the author of The Beak of the Finch; Time, Love, Memory; Long for This World; His Brother’s Keeper; The Next One Hundred Years; and Planet Earth. He lives in New York, where he teaches science writing at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
As one commenter says: I see loads of stocking stuffers coming holiday season!
With laser-like precision, Scared Witless’ 18 chapters deal with topics such as the fraudulent climate consensus, the political destruction of science, the climate religion, melting glaciers, coral reef health, biodiversity fraud, green energy madness, green fascism, carbon taxes, and the United Nations’ plan for America.
Follow the Money
The book includes information I was unaware of even after 45 years of studying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). For example, Bell cites U.S. Government Accounting Office reports showing between 2003 and 2010 the federal government spent $106.7 billion on climate issues, not including the $79 billion spent for climate change technology research, tax breaks for green energy, and foreign aid to address other countries’ climate problems.
“[F]ederal government regulatory operations cost $54 billion a year, bigger than the combined expenditures of McDonalds, Ford, Disney and Boeing,” Bell wrote. “Those many billions fund government agencies dependent upon public fear for continued growth, university departments forsaking objectivity to secure research grants, environmental activist groups relying on crisis-premised donations to support lobbying and media programs, alternative-energy lobbies seeking special subsidies, and a wide range of politicians, prophets, and profiteers who are cashing in on save-the-world hype.”
Until you read chapter 15, titled “Green Fascism,” it may be hard to imagine the full extent of the collusion going on between EPA, the Sierra Club, the American Lung Association, Environmental Defense, and a host of other groups that receive grants from EPA and then sue that government agency, only to settle later per a prearranged plan. Personnel move from EPA to those groups and back again through the revolving door.
Many of these groups are being funded secretly by a billionaires’ club described in a Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Minority Staff Report, released before the 2014 election.
As reported by Bell in his book, the report reads in part, “While it is uncertain why they operate in the shadows and what they are hiding, what is clear is that these individuals and foundations go to tremendous lengths to avoid public association with the far left environmental movement they so generously fund.”
Scared Witless provides virtually unlimited ammunition for climate and energy realists, including free-market organizations such as The Heartland Institute, which publishes Environment & Climate News, in the battle to promote sound science and economics.