Fallacies and Misunderstandings About Global Warming

  • Don Swift-HookEmail author
Part of the Innovative Renewable Energy book series (INREE)


Global warming is an emotive subject, with many fallacies abounding. The Reports produced by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are the most authoritative summaries of the scientific work available but many misunderstandings arise because these reports are misused or ignored. This paper points out a number of the fallacies that are widespread.
  • Fallacy 1: Global warming was ongoing after Kyoto.

  • Fallacy 2: Fossil fuels are running out.

  • Fallacy 3: Renewables are necessary because fossil fuels are running out.

  • Fallacy 4: The relentless increase in power consumption, e.g. in the UK is inexorable.

  • Fallacy 5: Withdrawing subsidies mean that wind and solar are out of favour.

  • Fallacy 6: Most solar panels are on domestic roof-tops.

  • Fallacy 7: Battery storage is valuable for domestic solar power.

  • Fallacy 8: Storage would be valuable to convert intermittent wind to baseload.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kingston UniversityLondonUK
  2. 2.WRENSurreyUK

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