• Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom

  • By: Dr. Patrick Moore
  • Narrated by: Amy L. Strayer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
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Here is Dr. Patrick Moore's description of his unique thesis as presented in Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom

"It dawned on me one day that most of the scare stories in the media today are based on things that are either invisible, like CO2 and radiation, or very remote, like polar bears and coral reefs. Thus, the average person cannot observe and verify the truth of these claims for themselves. They must rely on activists, the media, politicians, and scientists - all of whom have a huge financial and/or political interest in the subject - to tell them the truth. This is my effort, after 50 years as a scientist and environmental activist, to expose the misinformation and outright lies used to scare us and our children about the future of the Earth. Direct observation is the very basis of science. Without verified observation it is not possible to know the truth. That is the sharp focus of this book." 

A key target audience is parents who do not approve of the "progressive" school curriculum and its alarmism about the future of civilization and the natural world. Dr. Moore hopes these parents will listen to his book and pass it on to their high-school and older children to give them an alternative to the bleak future predicted by the prophets of doom. Many other audiences will also find the book informative and convincing. 

In 11 chapters, the listener is clearly shown that citizens are being misinformed by many environmental doomsday prophesies, ones they cannot verify for themselves. We are told that nuclear energy is very dangerous when the numbers prove it is one of the safest technologies. We are told polar bears will go extinct soon when their population has been growing steadily for nearly 50 years. We are told that there is something harmful in genetically modified food crops when it is invisible, has no name and no chemical formula. We are told severe forest fires are caused by climate change when they are actually caused by poor management of fuel load (dead wood) in the forest. We are told that all the coral reefs will die by 2100 when in fact the most diverse coral reefs are found in the warmest oceans in the world. And of course, we are told that invisible CO2 from using fossil fuels, accounting for more than 80 percent of our energy supply, will make the Earth too hot for life. All of these scare stories, and many more, are simply not true. And this book will convince you, your family, and your colleagues of that. There is no substitute for the truth. 

Dr. Patrick Moore was one of the co-founders of Greenpeace and sailed on the first Greenpeace campaign against US H-bomb tests in Alaska. Upon receiving his PhD in ecology, he spent 15 years in the top committee of Greenpeace and led many of its environmental campaigns. Greenpeace began as a group of volunteers with noble intentions. Over the years, it became very successful with campaigns to save the whales, stop the mass slaughter of baby seals, prevent toxic dumping into the air, water, and earth, and many more. Greenpeace found itself in the early 1980s with more than $100 million coming in annually and close to 1,000 people on the payroll. It had become a business and fundraising moved to the top of the priority list. New campaigns were more about using sensationalism, misinformation and fear to attract donations. Dr. Moore said good-bye in 1986 as Greenpeace was turning into a racket peddling junk science. Since then he has strived to be a sensible environmentalist, basing his beliefs on sound science and logical thinking. This book is the culmination of 50 years of learning during Dr. Moore's multi-faceted quest for the truth about environmental issues.

©2021 Patrick Moore (P)2021 Patrick Moore

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Reality is very refreshing

I get tired of the gloom and doom from the man made climate crowd. Having lived and worked in forests, on rivers and under the sea for decades I have never seen any evidence that there is a man made climate catastrophe. What I see is, we have a man made pollution problem and an over human population. Patrick Moore presents facts telling a story of evolution allowing us to meet our planets ever changing climate. Today's children need to hear that everything is actually OK. Sure we need to make adjustments along the way but the end is not just around the corner.

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Some truths...

I decided to listen to this book because I saw it sitting on my inlaw's countertop. I leafed through it and thought I would give it a go. I found some of the chapters compelling like the chapter on GMOs and golden rice and the last chapter on the walruses. As far as GMOs go, I think their harm depends on the organism that has been changed and what has been changed about that organism. For example, golden rice would help a lot of people. Plants that use less water would also be great for helping farmers and the environment. Others are created with good intentions but may also have drawbacks, like roundup-ready crops. There is a reason monarch butterflies are on the label: fields are so "clean" that many pollinators are struggling (this is a simplistic explanation, more goes into it than that, but it is part of the issue). Some chapters seemed to hold some truths but also weren't being completely honest.

Here is a link to an article I found that fact-checked the book. It doesn't talk about what he got right, it does talk about some of the issues in this book. The Tyee - Fact-Checking Patrick Moore, Climate Skeptic https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2021/06/04/Fact-Checking-Patrick-Moore-Climate-Skeptic/.

So maybe there is no garbage patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that you could walk on. It is mostly microplastics that have broken down in the water column that are there because of the ocean gyre which is the ocean current. They are sort of like eddies in a river. But there is still plenty of plastic in the oceans which is a pity, large plastics can be seen near shore in countries with poor sanitation. When I was in the Peace Corps I swam through one during a race which was disgusting. I don't think that the way we treat the oceans is something to be proud of and I think it is pretty early to be making claims that it is harmless to animals. If the plastic passes through them maybe it doesn't cause any long-term damage, but what if it gets stuck? What if it is sharp? I was able to find this episode on Ocean Plastics from the Skeptoid podcast - https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4665. Also, it appears that many Albatross chicks succumb to lead poisoning - https://ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/seabirds/laysan-albatrosses-plastic-problem and scientists are still studying the plastics to see how much of an issue they are for the birds. I thought the book was unfair to basically conclude that it isn't an issue when the jury is still out.

It would be nice to think that we didn't need to worry about climate change, the harm to coral reefs, extinction rates, etc. People can't really destroy the world, but we can make it uninhabitable for certain organisms and most likely just uncomfortable for people as a whole (doubt that people will go extinct because of it). But this book mainly focused on the climate change part of the equation, not about social justice issues (poor communities are the most polluted and have the fewest trees, they are suffering the greatest from climate change), what taking coal and other non-renewable resources out of the earth does to the surrounding landscape, etc. The Earth is populated by more than just humans, I hope we are responsible enough to think about all the other life, not just ourselves.



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Fantastic, TRUTH-filled and honest read!

I wish so many people were not believing all of the blatant lies of the made up religion of "Climate change", "Global warming" or whatever the lying left calls it now?! Reading / listening to this wonderful book will help open some eyes, minds and hearts Lord willing. 🙏

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Wow, herein is incredible insight.

Unfortunately the title will put many people off whom should read the material. Inside are a lot of details left out “in the narrative”. For instance did you know that our planet is actually at its lowest level of atmospheric CO2 of its existence and that the current level is marginally above the minimum level of plant survivability? I surely didn’t . Or that many times in the past where the species of today the levels were many times greater than they currently are? That much I did know.

We are truly being manipulated and primarily for the profit of the people and originations doing the perpetrating. As a scientist, I am already tuned to much of this and this book helped bridge some of the knowledge gaps for me.

This is a book well worth the read or the listen.

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Excellent

Well worth the listen. Backs up every claim with facts. I found the level of scientific explanation to be quite detailed, but articulated in a really easily-understood manner. I have a science degree in geography and geology, and this book confirmed many suspicions I’ve had about some climate change alarmist narratives which didn’t sit well, but I wasn’t sure why. This book actually gives a lot of hope for our planet, and it’s wonderful species - and motivates to be a better steward of what we have - but in an honest and scientifically accurate way.

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Interesting

One thing that annoys me about these issues is a scornful attitude, from either side. It indicates a closed mind to me. This was certainly read with a scornful tone. I was amazed that nuclear power was discussed as a positive with no mention of the issue of the highly toxic waste created that must be somehow stored and maintained. According to Vandana Shiva the issue with golden rice and big corporation seeds is about seed patents and corporate theft ...and the fact that
vitamin A produced in golden rice is minimal. I think that global warming is a scare tactic perpetrated by the wealthy on the general public, but I wonder about Mr. Moore's agenda too. He is no longer the idealistic young rebel and seems to be willing to support some very questionable big corporate games. Finally this should not be an audio book unless a pdf is provided since it is full of references to charts and tables and I assume pictures. Buy hard copy, it was not completely without merit and keep an open mind.

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Let the authors read their books!!!

Really hate it when the reader isn't familiar with the jargon in the book, or when they get the intonation wrong on a good portion of the sentences. This reading had both issues. Good book, bad reader, and it takes me out of the story when I have to try and figure out what was actually meant by a sentence that is read badly. Patrick Moore does lots of public speaking, there was no reason to have this read by someone else.

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everyone should read this

if everyone read this, green peace should turn pink from shame. if they were capable of shame.

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Must read to be informed on vital climate and environmental issues of our day.

Fact-based. Well-documented. Wonderfully readable and tremendously well read in the Audible version. Dr. Moore demolishes so much of the alarmist nonsense that pollutes today’s “news”. This book zeros in on high profile topics, unmasks the lies perpetrated by alarmists, and backs up everything Moore says with references to authoritative real science. All done in a highly engaging style. Bravo!

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Shoots holes in the false narratives.

A well organised and written explanation of the lies and false narratives paddled by the climate hustlers complete with peer reviewed articles confirming the lies and given quantitive evidence against them.

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  • Emily C.
  • 07-23-21

The choice of narrator is appalling

I'm amazed I got so far through the book to be honest. The content itself is good, but dear Lord, the narrator made listening to it an absolute ordeal. It sounds like she's never actually read the book before and takes the wrong tone or just plain reads sentences incorrectly with bizarre emphases in the wrong place. And she does that infuriating American half-chuckle at something that she thinks you should find funny. I would suggest they redo the recording with someone else.

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  • Robert Walford
  • 07-31-21

Get this book

Great listen. A totally different angle. A must read if you are worried about the future.

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  • Craig @ Home
  • 07-22-21

a great counterbalance to Climate Alarmists

so many good points raised, exposing all the hype and lies of the environmentalists... a must read!

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  • Jonathan Fox
  • 07-18-21

worth the read

A very well researched book, good to hear a balanced opinion for a change,

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  • Jhoe
  • 09-16-21

A breath of fresh air!

A refreshing alternative to the fake climate stories we are now being bombarded with in the media each day, and the drivel on climate our children are being taught in schools. A far more balanced take on the subject.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-13-21

enlightening informative essential

you need to read/ listen to this to get to the truth of climate panic.

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  • H Philpin
  • 07-28-21

Worth a listen

Very interesting and seemingly well informed take on the climate issues facing the world.

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  • 10-02-21

Interesting Counter-Narrative

The style and delivery of this book could have been presented better. I think it is good to hear from dissenting voices on current climate debates. That said I felt that the author was disparaging and disrespectful towards people who are accused of treating people as climate deniers etc. This isn't helpful in progressing the discourse as it perpetuated this pathology.

I had to fact check a few elements in the book and was surprised that some of his arguments appeared to be true.

A good accessible title.

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  • Topdogmeldog
  • 07-25-21

Difficult read

Seemed like a ramble of an angry biased old man. Lots of one sided arguments felt like propaganda. I had hopes for an alternative view on climate change but I got a lot of nonsense. The worst part was about GMOs, as farmer that does not poison the soil, I have seen the detrimental affects chemical mono agriculture does to our water the soil and the ecosystem not to mention the affects to near by organic growers. Anyhow I couldn’t finish the book didn’t want to waste anymore of my time.

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  • Everyone'sacritic7
  • 04-13-22

Good to hear the other side for a change

This was an interesting book. Moore is at his best and most detailed on CO2 and its effects on the atmosphere and biosphere. There is a lot of information here that appears to contradict much of the prevailing narrative. I'm not an expert so it's hard for me to tell whether he's correct, but with even my limited background in chemistry and biology, much of what he writes makes sense.

I was also swayed by his demolition of the hysterical wildlife extinction scares, which have always seemed to me to be inflammatory hype and propaganda for the cult of Climate Change.

Where he's less convincing is on GM crops and nuclear energy, where his views appear to be based on a selective reading of the evidence and, therefore, just as much a matter of opinion as anyone else's. He fails to address a number of issues, such as the safe disposal of nuclear waste, particularly if nuclear energy becomes more widely used to lower dependence on fossil fuels, and the possible long-term effects of GM crops on farming, food production, and human health and nutrition. His point about Golden Rice is well-taken, but it seems to be only part of a larger story which he manifestly fails to address.

After I read the book, I looked up Moore on Wikipedia, and he is, apparently, a paid lobbyist for the nuclear, GMO and logging industries. If that's true, and it may not be, then his opinions on such issues should be treated with some scepticism, but perhaps no more than those of scientists whose grants are dependent on providing results that support particular views, or journalists whose salaries require them to advocate for current orthodoxies. On both sides of the argument, I'm with Upton Sinclair; "It is very difficult to persuade a man not to believe something when his pay check depends on him believing it!"

All in all, a very thought-provoking book.

The reader is pretty poor; strange emphases, a lot of mispronunciation, inserting a weird little half-giggle at points where we are supposed to find something ridiculous. This is a book on a serious subject and it deserves a better reader.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-15-22

Before COP27, read this

Before COP27 warns us (yet again) of impending doom and "tipping points", listen to this explanation of how fake claims and "modelling" have been used to scare us witless about the future of our earth. And that is the point: use YOUR wits to consider how many of the past warnings and "tipping points" have NOT come to pass! This book covers and debunks many of the headline scares we have heard over the years.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-21

"common sense" call a spade a spade logic

a must read for the world
before we do way more harm than good