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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Power Grab: How Obama's Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America by Christopher Horner

"Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." -Barack Obama Nov. 2008

Power Grab: How Obama's Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America is Chris Horner's third book in a series of books about the global warming "crisis" is a mind-numbingly well-researched expose on the Obama administration's plan for fighting global warming and creating thousands and thousands of green jobs. Horner is an attorney and knows well the value of research. He uses hundreds of direct quotes from Obama, his appointees, members of Congress and members of environmental groups to show you where the administration has moved and is likely to continue moving. Even more damning is the knowledge that many members of the EU have already taken this actions and they are now backing off from them.

Christopher C. Horner
Horner's impeccable research is so strong, so deep (more than 800 endnotes fill more than 80 pages at the end of the book) and so overwhelming that in some chapters I found myself benumbed, reading one quote after another from yet another member of the Congress or the administration that displayed an astounding disregard of history, the use of power in this country, economics or just plain old common sense.

If there is a weakness to the book it is precisely those chapters that become a parade of evidence. At first I was shocked, than angered but after a while I just got tired of looking through the mountain of evidence. Fortunately, Horner usually follows up a "slow" chapter with a more lively one. Also, it must be noted that I am complaining about the nature of the presentation in those few chapters, not the nature of the evidence nor its relevance.

I may also be influenced by the fact that I was already won over to Horner's side in his previous two books. In fact, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism) was the book that was my "Road to Damascus" moment where I confronted reality and then the scales fell from my eyes (to borrow an analogy). This book couldn't live up to that kind of moment (how many Road to Damascus moments can a guy have?) so it was bound to be a bit of a disappointment in comparison.

That being said, this a worthy book, an update on The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism). I recommend you start there) and Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed.

I rate this book 4 stars out of a possible 5 stars.

This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Power Grab.

Reviewed July 9, 2010.

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