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Why Superfreakonomics' authors are wrong on geo-engineering

A fierce debate has been raging between climatologists and Superfreakonomics authors Stephen J Dubner and Steven Levitt

Source:  Copyright 2009, RealClimate
Date:  October 20, 2009
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Many commentators have already pointed out dozens of misquotes, misrepresentations and mistakes in the 'Global Cooling' chapter of the new book SuperFreakonomics by Ste[ph/v]ens Levitt and Dubner (see Joe Romm (parts I, II, III, IV, Stoat, Deltoid, UCS and Paul Krugman for details. Michael Tobis has a good piece on the difference between adaptation and geo-engineering). Unfortunately, Amazon has now turned off the 'search inside' function for this book, but you can read the relevant chapter for yourself here (via Brad DeLong). However, instead of simply listing errors already found by others, I'll focus on why this chapter was possibly written in the first place. (For some background on geo-engineering, read our previous pieces: Climate Change methadone? and Geo-engineering in vogue, Also the Atlantic Monthly "Re-Engineering the Earth" article had a lot of quotes from our own Raypierre).

Paul Krugman probably has the main issue right:

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