Christopher Booker

Christopher Booker

 Credentials

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

 Background

Christopher Booker is an English journalist, author, and has been a columnist for The Sunday Telegraph since 1990. [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”. [5]

In 2009, he published The Real Global Warming Disaster, described by The Observer as “the definitive climate sceptics' manual”. [6]

Stance on Climate Change

“…although 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.” [7]

Key Quotes

Christopher Booker publishes a piece in The Telegraph's Environment section titled, “The scandal of fiddled global warming data,” on 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.” [20]

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

“The proselytisers for man-made global warming have long exercised a tight stranglehold over the contents of Wikipedia.” [8]

Key Deeds

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. [9]

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.

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.” [10]

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. [11]

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.” [12]

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

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.”

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. [13], [14]

November 16, 2008

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

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. [15]

 Affiliations

 Publications

Christopher Booker has not published any scientific articles relating to climate change. Here is a list of the articles he has written for The Sunday Telegraph.

Books

 Resources

  1. Christopher Booker,” The Carbon Brief. Accessed August 6, 2012.

  2. Christopher Booker: fifty years at the Sunday Telegraph,” The Telegraph, February 5, 2011.

  3. Christopher Booker. “Christopher Booker's Notebook,” The Telegraph, July 1, 2007.

  4. Christopher Booker. “Christopher Booker's Notebook,” The Telegraph, October 15, 2006.

  5. Christopher Booker and Richard North. “Asbestos - the most expensive word in history,” The Telegraph, November 6, 2007.

  6. Philip Ball. “The Real Global Warming Disaster by Christopher Booker,” The Guardian, November 15, 2009.

  7. Christopher Booker. “The Mother of All Scares,” The Heartland Institute, March 16, 2009.

  8. Christopher Booker. “The truth is getting lost in the Amazon,” The Telegraph, September 11, 2010.

  9. Questions over business deals of UN climate change guru Dr Rajendra Pachauri,” The Telegraph, December 20, 2009. Archived December 22, 2009.

  10. George Monbiot. “The Smearing of an Innocent man,” Monbiot.com, August 26, 2010.

  11. Dr Pachauri - Apology,” The Telegraph, August 21, 2010.

  12. From BSE to Global Warming: Why Scares are Costing Us the Earth,” International Conferences on Climate Change (climateconferences.heartland.org).

  13. George Monbiot. “Booker's work of clanger-dropping fiction,” The Guardian, February 4, 2009.

  14. BBC abandons 'impartiality' on warming,” The Telegraph, January 31, 2009.

  15. The Bias and Logical Fallacies of Christopher Booker’s 'Freezing Heat',” EcoWorldy, November 17, 2008. Archived December 21, 2008.

  16. Christopher Booker,” Wikipedia.

  17. Christopher Booker,” SourceWatch.

  18. George monbiot. “How much longer can Christopher Booker go on misleading readers?”, The Guardian, May 13, 2011.

    George Monbiot. “The superhuman cock-ups of Christopher Booker,” The Guardian, October 13, 2011.

  19. George Monbiot. “The Patron Saint of Charlatans,” Monbiot.com, September 23, 2008.

  20. Christopher Booker. “The scandal of fiddled global warming data,” The Telegraph, June 21, 2014. Archived June 30, 2014.

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