Christopher Booker

Christopher Booker

Credentials

  • Studied History at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. [1]

Background

Christopher Booker is an English journalist, author, and columnist for The Sunday Telegraph. [2]

Booker has opposed the scientific consensus on numerous issues including global warming, the link between second-hand smoke and cancer, and the negative health effects of asbestos. [3], [4]

According to The Carbon Brief, despite the agreement of major agencies including the World Heath Organisation and the US Department for Health and Human Services that all forms of asbestos are carcinogenic to humans, Booker has also repeatedly claimed white asbestos “poses no measurable risk to health.”[1], [5], [6], [7]

In 2009, he published The Real Global Warming Disaster, described by The Observer as “the definitive climate sceptics' manual.” [8]

Stance on Climate Change

2015

“As many now also recognise – however fiercely it is denied – the late 20th century rise in temperatures, which set off the warming scare in the first place, has simply not continued. The pressure to keep the panic going dies away a little further with each passing year.

So Paris does indeed mark a historic turning point. It is the moment when the political panic over climate change finally begins to collide with inescapable realities.” [9]

2009

“[A]lthough CO2 levels in the atmosphere have continued rising, it has become clearer than ever that global temperatures are no longer following suit… . evidence for a human link to such warming as has occurred in recent decades was not just being seriously exaggerated but even deliberately manipulated, to produce findings which the data simply did not justify.” [10]

Key Quotes

September 3, 2016

Writing in The Telegraph, Christopher Booker describes the Paris Climate Agreement as “all smoke and mirrors”:

“In reality, the Paris agreement was no more than a vainglorious act of collective wishful thinking, orchestrated to fool the world into thinking that anything of significance had actually been achieved,” Booke writes. “The one huge consolation from all this is that nothing said or done in Paris last December will have the slightest effect on the world’s climate.” [11]

February, 2015

“When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.” [12]

June 21, 2014

“When I first began examining the global-warming scare, I found nothing more puzzling than the way officially approved scientists kept on being shown to have finagled their data, as in that ludicrous “hockey stick” graph, pretending to prove that the world had suddenly become much hotter than at any time in 1,000 years. Any theory needing to rely so consistently on fudging the evidence, I concluded, must be looked on not as science at all, but as simply a rather alarming case study in the aberrations of group psychology.” [13]

September, 2010

“The proselytisers for man-made global warming have long exercised a tight stranglehold over the contents of Wikipedia.” [14]

July, 2007

“The scientific evidence to support their belief that inhaling other people's smoke causes cancer simply does not exist.” [3]

Key Deeds

September 3, 2016

Writing in The Telegraph, Christopher Booker describes the Paris Climate Agreement as “all smoke and mirrors.”  [11]

Booker contends that large emitters like China have “no intention of halting the rise in its 'carbon emissions' at all,” making it a “meaningless […] exercise.”

“In reality, the Paris agreement was no more than a vainglorious act of collective wishful thinking, orchestrated to fool the world into thinking that anything of significance had actually been achieved,” Brooker Writes. “For the rest of us, of course, the one huge consolation from all this is that nothing said or done in Paris will have the slightest effect on the world’s climate – as eventually, to their undying shame if they live long enough, all those poor deluded politicians may come to realise.” [11]

February 7, 2015

Christopher Booker writes an article in The Telegraph titled, “The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever.” Booker writes future generations will “look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years” and “nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records … were systematically ‘adjusted’ to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.” [12]

Booker references “statistician Steve McIntyre“ as one of the first people to “expose” “examples of these ‘adjustments’” in 2007. [12]

January, 2015

Christopher Booker accuses climate scientists of falsifying data in the global surface temperature record, describing a “wholesale corruption of proper science,” citing a paper by the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) as evidence. [24]

SkepticalScience responds to Booker's accusations, where Kevin Crowtan examines the data and explains why the adjustments in question “are clearly justified and necessary, revealing the baselessness of Booker's conspiracy theory.” Video below: [25]

December, 2009

Christopher Booker and Richard North wrote a prominent feature article in The Sunday Telegraph titled “Questions over business deals of UN climate change guru Dr Rajendra Pachauri” which made allegations of financial impropriety against the IPCC Chairman. [15]

The article alleged that Pachauri had been “making a fortune from his links with 'carbon trading' companies,” and that he had outside interests which would cause a “conflict of interest” with his position at the IPCC

Although the story was untrue, it circulated over hundreds of blogs and its allegations were widely spread before The Telegraph retracted it. An archive of the original is still available here[15], [16]

Shortly after the article was published, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the organization that Pachauri works for, asked auditors to review his financial relationships.

Auditors concluded:

“No evidence was found that indicated personal fiduciary benefits accruing to Pachauri from his various advisory roles that would have led to a conflict of interest.” [16]

When Pachauri first approached the Telegraph he was rebuffed while their journalists continued to produce damaging articles and blog posts. He was forced to start a libel suit, and months later the Telegraph issued an apology and retraction. [17]

March, 2009

Christopher Booker was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's 2009 International Conference on Climate Change.

His speech was titled “From BSE to Global Warming: Why Scares are Costing Us the Earth.” [18]

A transcript of Booker's speech is available at the Heartland Institute website as a “Policy Document.” [10]

February 4, 2009

George Monbiot of The Guardian launched a prize to be “presented to whoever crams as many misrepresentations, distortions and falsehoods into a single article, statement, lecture, film or interview about climate change.” [19]

The prize, named the “Christopher Booker Prize” was first awarded to Christopher Booker himself for an article he wrote on Arctic sea ice published in The Sunday Telegraph. [19], [20]

November 16, 2008

Booker published an article titled “The world has never seen such freezing heat” in The Telegraph. [21]

While the article portrays itself as a exposé that brings mainstream climate science into question, other sources suggest that the article contains significant bias and logical fallacies. [22]

Affiliations

Publications

According to a search of Google Scholar, Christopher Booker has not published any scientific articles relating to climate change. [23]

Here is a list of the articles he has written for The Sunday Telegraph.

Books

Resources

  1. Christopher Booker,” The Carbon Brief. Archived January 7, 2012. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/7CfjR

  2. Christopher Booker: fifty years at the Sunday Telegraph,” The Telegraph, February 5, 2011. Archived September 6, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/pEdz0

  3. Christopher Booker. “Christopher Booker's Notebook,” The Telegraph, July 1, 2007. Archived September 7, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/tmRf1

  4. Christopher Booker. “Christopher Booker's Notebook,” The Telegraph, October 15, 2006. Archived September 7, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/AsWVi

  5. Christopher Booker and Richard North. “Asbestos - the most expensive word in history,” The Telegraph, November 6, 2007. Archived September 7, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/YNYTe

  6. Asbestos: elimination of asbestos-related diseases: Fact Sheet,” World Health Organization, Updated June 2016. Archived September 7, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/hg91m

  7. “Asbestos: CAS No. 1332-21-4” (PDF), REPORT ON CARCINOGENS, ELEVENTH EDITION. Archived .pdf on file at Desmog.

  8. Philip Ball. “The Real Global Warming Disaster by Christopher Booker,” The Guardian, November 15, 2009. Archived September 7, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/I8ifJ

  9. Christopher Booker. “At the Paris climate summit, panic over global warming finally collided with reality,” The Telegraph, December 12, 2015. Archived September 7, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/RohVZ

  10. Christopher Booker. “The Mother of All Scares,” The Heartland Institute, March 16, 2009. Archived June 27, 2014. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/hQQGY

  11. Christopher Booker. “Rising emissions show Paris climate agreement is an act of delusion,” The Telegraph, September 3, 2016. Archived September 7, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/KfT7R

  12. Christopher Booker. “The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever,” The Telegraph, February 7, 2015. Archived February 27, 2015. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/PPtbS

  13. Christopher Booker. “The scandal of fiddled global warming data,” The Telegraph, June 21, 2014. Archived September 7, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/ceJWl

  14. Christopher Booker. “The truth is getting lost in the Amazon,” The Telegraph, September 11, 2010. Archived September 7, 2016. Arhive.is URLhttps://archive.is/vQEHY

  15. Questions over business deals of UN climate change guru Dr Rajendra Pachauri,” The Telegraph, December 20, 2009. Archived December 22, 2009. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/Yvc5S

  16. George Monbiot. “The Smearing of an Innocent man,” Monbiot.com, August 26, 2010. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/kxNkJ

  17. Dr Pachauri - Apology,” The Telegraph, August 21, 2010. Archived September 7, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/qs6nM

  18. From BSE to Global Warming: Why Scares are Costing Us the Earth,” International Conferences on Climate Change (climateconferences.heartland.org). Archived September 7, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/zQ3t1

  19. George Monbiot. “Booker's work of clanger-dropping fiction,” The Guardian, February 4, 2009. Archived September 7, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/PuYEq

  20. BBC abandons 'impartiality' on warming,” The Telegraph, January 31, 2009. Archived September 7, 2016. Archive .is URLhttps://archive.is/Gyeqa

  21. Christopher Booker. “The world has never seen such freezing heat,” The Telegraph, November 16, 2008. Archived September 7, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/tqP88

  22. The Bias and Logical Fallacies of Christopher Booker’s 'Freezing Heat',” EcoWorldy, November 17, 2008. Archived December 21, 2008. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/SLrt8

  23. Search for “Climate” by author “Christopher Booker,” Google Scholar. Performed September 6, 2016.

  24. Climategate, the sequel: How we are STILL being tricked with flawed data on global warming,” The Telegraph, January 24, 2015. Archived September 7, 2016. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/0guDk

  25. Kevin Cowtan Debunks Christopher Booker's Temperature Conspiracy Theory,” SkepticalScience, January 27, 2015. Archive.is URLhttps://archive.is/4I6R5

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