|The Global-Warming Deception: How a Secret Elite Plans to Bankrupt America and Steal Your Freedom|
The next installment in "BookTuesday" is Grant Jeffrey's The Global Warming Deception. Published by WaterBrook Press, and they've got some more details on the book here. Also, they sent me a free copy in exchange for the review.
A few things to establish when it comes to this book: Grant Jeffery is not a science expert, he's a Scripture expert. Specifically, Biblical prophecy, but it's hard to specialize in one part of Scripture without knowing a lot of it. As such, he's not offering deep science here. The scientific analysis is adequate, but not buried in layers of jargon.
That being said, I think it's one of the strengths of this book. While there are complex scientific issues at hand, Jeffrey has done a good job bringing the jargon down to an understandable level. He explains some of the science, explains why he feels certain parts matter and other parts don't matter as much.
Also, he does an excellent job highlighting the ways in which proponents of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) have behaved less like scientists and more like salesmen. It's not that salesmen are bad, it's just that salesmen aren't out for truth, just to sell, and in Jeffrey's view many AGW-proponent scientists are the same way.
This book, though, for all of the information about global warming, is not really about global warming. Grant Jeffrey isn't a scientist, as I pointed out above. He's a preacher, and a well-known one for his teaching and preaching related to Bible prophecy and the end-times.
This book is really about those issues. Jeffrey raises the questions of one-world government, universal religion, and major changes in religious freedom. He uses Scripture to highlight his concerns, and points as much to his concerns about globalism and socialism as he does to science.
That's not to say it's a bad book. It's really a good one for a Christian, even if you're not convinced of Jeffrey's take on eschatology. However, it limits the book's appeal. Someone who has no concern whatsoever for the Bible will likely not get past the first two chapters. This also limits the use of this book in discussion with AGW proponents, as it will be readily dismissed as more religious than scientific.
Ultimately, that's Jeffery's point about the global warming movement: that it's more religious than scientific. It's probable that he's right, but it's also likely he'll convince no one new of that with this work.
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