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Book Review: Going Green by Chris Skates

Written on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 by

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Since I started writing for Patriot Update, authors sometimes contact me asking if I will read (and hopefully review) their books.  The first time this happened I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to get my copy in the mail.

And then I read it.  (Whah-whah…)

So when my Facebook friend Chris Skates asked if he could send me a copy of his book Going Green I was torn.  I had already lost several Facebook friends who were upset with my honesty regarding their writing.  I mean, I’ve only been doing this writing thing a few years myself, so who am I to judge anyone else’s work?

But nonetheless, when Chris asked me I said sure, send it.

For almost three months Going Green gathered dust on my “must-read” pile of books.  After getting a second Facebook message from Chris asking me if I’d read it, I finally knew I had to go for it.

I was flying to Atlanta with a 2-hour layover in Utah so I only brought one book with me—Going Green—which I knew would force me to read it.

After the first page—or actually the first paragraph–I realized life had thrown me a happy, unexpected curve ball and I was completely hooked.

To call Going Green a page-turner isn’t doing it justice.  I was reading it so fast, wanting to find out what would happen next, that I found myself having to re-read paragraphs.  I was actually disappointed when the plane landed in Atlanta.

The next day I was filming Politichicks and didn’t have any time to read so I had to wait until my flight home.

Now I’m on my final layover in the Salt Lake City airport; I’ve just finished reading Going Green and, like all great works of fiction, I was sad when it was over.

In a nutshell, Going Green is a story about young Ashley Miller who gets caught up in the Global Warming scam.  A Muslim terrorist weaves in and out of her life and is one of the scariest bad guys since Blue Duck in Lonesome Dove.

You root for Ashley and you fall in love with Hunt and Walter—both who remind Ashley that God is always with her, guiding and directing every step of the way.

Author Chris Skates is a former chemist and chemical supervisor in nuclear power, as well as an expert in fossil-fueled power generation—and he makes good use of his knowledge in building the thriller in a fun, fast, easy-to-follow way.

“Write what you know,” Skates says in his acknowledgments, and although Going Green is a fictional  thriller, it is clearly written by an expert who is as baffled by the global warming/climate change myth as all the rest of us Conservatives.

I laughed, I cried, and I learned just enough about the scheming behind the climate change movement to make me want to research more about it on my own.

So I am VERY happy to say that I highly recommend Going Green and I am looking forward to whatever Chris Skates writes next!


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  • Victor Barney

    Global warming is just another marxist lie being perpretrated by the environmentalists, who are also anti-Christs by the way! As Gen. 8:22 loudly proclaims they are liars and doomed for destruction! Watch!

    • daves

      Have you read Richard A Muller’s recent study?

      Another story of skeptics coming around to support the science.

    • Jonathan Gartne

      Since they (the Marxist’s) control the main stream media it is easy to push the lie. There are many scientist’s who either say it is a lie or there is not enough data to draw any kind of conclusion those of course dont make the news

    • El Lobo Solo

      “The government that can best save the environment is a Communist government”.
      Primier Gorbachev

    • cyoder

      The quote from Genesis seems appropriate but the rest is be quite paranoid.

    • fliteking


      No offense but are you able to find your way home each evening?

      Not sure how you missed Victor Barney’s points. Maybe you could google it. Maybe.

    • DJ

      “The threat posed by humans to the natural environment is nothing compared to the threat to humans posed by global environmental policy.” – Competitive Enterprise Institute Founder Fred Smith Jr.

  • W Smith

    Going Green is but one of the colors of human decomposition. I think government subsidizing this policy should raise much alarm.

    • ACEMAN

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  • JIM


    • W Smith

      I don’t know Jim. New York under a mile of ice might stop the global warming hysteria and put Uncle Al in the poor house. I wonder if “The Greens” could bring themselves to cut down a tree for firewood or if they would just lay down to “Mother Nature”. Probably the latter.

    • Bob McCormick

      You made the case for global warming while attempting to argue against it. As you pointed out, certain events that have changed the make up of the atmosphere have caused extreme and lasting warm spells or cold spells throughout the history of our planet. Be it particulate matter from a meteor strike or volcanic activity, or methane from dinosaur flatulence, the stuff we put into the atmosphere has an effect.
      Take global warming out of the equation, do you think the huge amount of chemicals and particulates we are dumping into the air we breath is a good idea. Should we continue to burn through our finite reserves of fossil fuels while being held hostage by a bunch of rag heads for their oil. The problem with green technology is that government is taking the wrong approach, as usual. Instead of subsidizing inferior technologies and betting on companies doomed to failure, instead of making policy decisions based on input from lobbyists and politicians, our government needs to look to the scientific community for advice, fund research into new technology, do something right for a change. Green technology and renewable energy can work, it has to work if we intend to continue to live on this planet, it’s called progress.

    • Patriot1776

      Granted that we need to be good stewards of the earth that God has given us, it is extremely egotistical to think that we can control the weather. Yes, we can polute. Yes, we can clean it up. But God in His infinite wisdom created this world with the power to heal itself from anything that we can do to it. Look what we did to Hiroshima and yet years after the worst that mankind can do, it is a thriving city once again.

      We do need to develop alternate energy sources. Government is not the one to do that. In all of the history of this great nation, government is not responsible for any of the technological inventions. Government needs to allow American ingenuity to fluorish and stay out of the way. In the mean time, we need at a minimum the Candadian pipeline for the jobs and for the stable oil flow and prices out of control of the Middle East.

      Global warming is a farce, as is the concern that the campaigner in chief expresses for America.

    • fliteking

      You are very well indoctrinated. I hope you have no children, otherwise you are standing against their future financial health, job prospects, comfort and retirement.

      Take down the Al Gore Poster, it is clouding your thoughts.

      Quote of the day:
      Liberals – – – Great at denying their denial.

    • daves

      “We are able, for the first time, to accurately reproduce the ice-core record for the last 800,000 years — the record of atmospheric C02 based on measurements of carbon dioxide in gas bubbles in ice,” Tripati said. “This suggests that the technique we are using is valid.

      “We then applied this technique to study the history of carbon dioxide from 800,000 years ago to 20 million years ago,” she said. “We report evidence for a very close coupling between carbon dioxide levels and climate. When there is evidence for the growth of a large ice sheet on Antarctica or on Greenland or the growth of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, we see evidence for a dramatic change in carbon dioxide levels over the last 20 million years.

      “A slightly shocking finding,” Tripati said, “is that the only time in the last 20 million years that we find evidence for carbon dioxide levels similar to the modern level of 387 parts per million was 15 to 20 million years ago, when the planet was dramatically different.”

      Levels of carbon dioxide have varied only between 180 and 300 parts per million over the last 800,000 years — until recent decades, said Tripati, who is also a member of UCLA’s Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics. It has been known that modern-day levels of carbon dioxide are unprecedented over the last 800,000 years, but the finding that modern levels have not been reached in the last 15 million years is new.

      Prior to the Industrial Revolution of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the carbon dioxide level was about 280 parts per million, Tripati said. That figure had changed very little over the previous 1,000 years. But since the Industrial Revolution, the carbon dioxide level has been rising and is likely to soar unless action is taken to reverse the trend, Tripati said.

      “During the Middle Miocene (the time period approximately 14 to 20 million years ago), carbon dioxide levels were sustained at about 400 parts per million, which is about where we are today,” Tripati said. “Globally, temperatures were 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer, a huge amount.”

    • Bob McCormick

      Right on the money. Can’t argue with facts

    • Cecil

      The huge amount of water in our oceans has a lot of CO2 dissolved in it. When the oceans are warmed, more CO2 enters the atmosphere. The increase of CO2 in the atmosphere is NOT the cause of global warming, but the RESULT of Global Warming. Wake up, pseudo-scientists!

    • daves

      Two parts carbon to one part oxygen?

  • Shot in the Foot

    People ask any farmer that is worth a darn. He will tell you weather runs in cycles. I remember 1981 was so hot it killed a lot of us older people and several kids. Global warming is all about the money. Look at Gore it made him a billionare.

    • daves

      Weather does run in cycles. Climate doesn’t.

      Ask the ranchers how climate has been affecting them recently.

    • fliteking

      Do you have the ranchers phone number? Yeah, like anyone here buys that logic. You might.

      Liberals: Sound out the big words or ask for help.

    • am2sweet

      I agree. My parents talked a lot about how bad and hot is was years and years ago when I wasn’t old enough to be aware of anything, or before. It wasn’t just the weather that had changed it was the whole climate. Places that used to be really cold were that year much warmer throughout the winter. The south was much hotter than normal and the heat was killing people. But, many years later the climate changed again and the whole earth seemed to be turning into another ice age. Frankly the weathermen were wrong more than right on things. Let’s face it. God has control over all this and there’s no use saying anyone else can do anything about it. Probably why the weathermen have been so wrong around here lately. God is remiinding us that he made the earth and the climate and anything else. Sad that greedy people used what God made to make money.

  • Tarheel

    Jim, you mean I should actually look at historical facts about the earth? Why that might be considered intelligent, and Algore only wants sheeple.

  • http://PatriotNewsUpdate JOHN KING

    Once again the total lack of training in any USEABLE History, has l;eft us with a Generation of ‘AIRHEADED LAMEBRAINS’ that are unable to think because the truth is not found in any books they show the slightest interes in, it will take 50-100 wears to undo this mess, and it will be a Long Hard Road to the end. qapla’

  • Irma

    “Global Warming” is just as real as the Moon is made of Cheese! Al Gore is such an ass! It’s disturbing that Gore had his film forced on the public schools – that seems criminal to me!

  • PaleHorse Comes

    Washington DC – they produce nothing yet they try to tell the rest of us how to live. Then they make themselves exempt from their own rules.

    The corruption runs deep – get rid of all of them and start over!

  • Marc Jeric

    The global warming conspiracy needs to be put in perspective to be properly understood. This far-left attack by government-paid drones started in the 1970′s with the global cooling scam: we should disarm our nuclear bombers and fill them with soot to be spread over the poles and so prevent those new glaciers from descending south and crushing the New York skyscrapers to dust. When that did not work the same fakers invented the global warming hoax in the 1990′s; we should nationalize all industries and organize a UN-sponsored world socialist government based on “social justice” with the fakers in charge. What with 12 years of substantial cooling the fakers switched to the climate change flimflam in the 2000′s; so whatever happens we should…see above under the global warming hoax. And now we are faced with the cap & trade power grab – but the aim is the same as above. Our socialists, Marxists, communists, Hollywood stars, university professors in social and political “sciences”, and environmentalists are all clamoring for action while spurring President Obama (“Tomorrow the oceans will stop rising and the planet will start healing”) and his 35 czars/commissars to undertake immediate measures to save the planet – with the same aims as described above. It is evident from the above quote that our President believes himself to be either Jesus come back to Earth, or at least the 13th Imam so ardently desired by that jihadist terrorist Ahmadinejad. Like to the Pinocchio in the fable, Obama’s nose grows longer with every lie he pronounces, while jumping up the steps to his teleprompter like a marionette.
    In the meantime our Main Stream Media are unanimous in spreading this criminal propaganda daily; the ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, NY Times, Washington Post, not forgetting our own Las Vegas Sun, etc. drive this drivel constantly. What is totally ignored are the detailed descriptions of faked data, skewed computer programs, politically revised conclusions by the UN-sponsored far-left clique of biased non-scientists – all government-paid drones that no private enterprise would hire. Another thing ignored is the “Global Warming Petition” (see Internet) where 31,487 independent US scientists (including 9,029 of them with PhD degrees) dispute decisively the findings of the UN-sponsored panel; also ignored is the “Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change” (see also Internet) where a smaller number of competent world scientists, about 712, including 142 pure climatologists, state the same – i.e., that the man-caused catastrophic global warming is a farce. The books by Christopher Horner, Robert Carter, and AW Montford describing the lies, fakes, phony data, opposite conclusions, redacting by UN political hacks, reverse graphs, etc., have exposed this far-left propaganda in painful detail.In the case of the above mentioned Petition, several “environmentalists” had submitted phony names with phony credentials in order to sabotage that effort. It took several years of painstaking and expensive effort (we contributed private money for that) to clean up the list from those saboteurs and verify all academic and professional data of the signatories. To put this whole conspiracy in terms of numbers, let me say that the projected world-threatening increase of carbon dioxide of 100 ppm (parts per million) by the end of this century would increase thermal absorptivity of the atmosphere by one-eighth of one percent; that is the definition of something totally negligible. On the other hand the sun cycles of cooling and heating are thousands of times more powerful with regard to the carbon dioxide in the air; when the sun is cold the oceans absorb many millions of tons of it; and when the sun heats up the oceans release the carbon dioxide in quantities thousands of times bigger than anything the mankind could produce. To illustrate this point in more accessible terms to somebody who is not a climatologist or a scientist or an engineer; the argument of catastrophic anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming issued by our panic driven socialist/marxist government-paid hacks is like saying that a burp of a lonely wolf in Alaska will transform Florida into a Sahara-like desert – tomorrow! As for that bloviating gasbag and “climatologist” Al Gore as well as for Dr. Mann who inverted cause and effect in his “studies” – they should be brought to the International Court in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity.
    Marc Jeric (MS, PhD, Engineering, UCLA)

    • Are you Serious

      That’s what I thought. Lol


      Marc Jeric (MS, PhD, Engineering, UCLA)

      Thank you for your very well written explanation.

    • daves

      In 2001, Scientific American reported:

      “ Scientific American took a random sample of 30 of the 1,400 signatories claiming to hold a Ph.D. in a climate-related science. Of the 26 we were able to identify in various databases, 11 said they still agreed with the petition —- one was an active climate researcher, two others had relevant expertise, and eight signed based on an informal evaluation. Six said they would not sign the petition today, three did not remember any such petition, one had died, and five did not answer repeated messages. Crudely extrapolating, the petition supporters include a core of about 200 climate researchers – a respectable number, though rather a small fraction of the climatological community.[22]

  • Kevin

    Anyone else remember the 60’s & early 70’s when pollution was going to cause us to freeze to death?

    • Mamasaid

      Yes, I remember. One of the networks did a special titled “Daddy, will we freeze in the dark?”

    • fliteking

      Yes, but could you remind the liberals what happened? It might calm them.

  • Korean Vet

    On this Global-Warming “Hokus-Pocus” Decoy–I’m ready to “Be from Missouri”-& “Show-Me-
    State”-! “Put Up” or “Shut-Up”-! “Show-Me” that “You-Guys” are “Sincere”-! “Do IT-Yourselves to Prove It”-! For “All of You”
    who “Yearns to Go Green”–I’ve the Perfect
    Solution-! “Sell Your Two Cars” & use the
    money to “Buy the Best ‘Amish Buggy’ and
    matched set of Horses that ‘You’ can get”-!
    Then, you won’t have to buy Gas–you’ll buy
    Oats & Alfalfa to feed the horses-! You’ll
    be reducing your Co2 Gas & fertilize your
    Lawn with horse-manure-! Based on 22,000 miles per year, you’ll be saving $200/mo on
    Gas, & whatever the price is on manure-! (You may even die as a “Millionaire”-! Put
    your ‘Actions where your mouth is’-! Or–are you still a “Green-Horn” in Life–& still
    a “Pansy”-!? Next, get a $1,000 Loan to install a “Propeller-Driven–Wind-Charger” &
    Storage-Batteries, then ask your Electric
    Company to dis-connect your Electric-Meter-!
    Man-! You’re going to be the “Best-Educated
    Green Leader” that I’ve ever seen-! The rest
    of us “Followers” will be “Green with Envy”
    on your Fortunate Success–as you “Lead the
    Way” for us idiots, who don’t know what to
    do–except to “Cheer You On & On” as you’ve
    conquered “all Living-Costs at such a
    Sacrifice”! Just be sure you have a Bicycle
    equipped with a Generator for ‘Your’
    “Refrigerator”–when the wind quits blowing-!
    I’ve lived thru this era, when all of this was “Real”–Horse & Buggy, No Elec. Lights,
    Kerosene Lamps, Used a Hand-Pump to get
    Water, Used Wood & Coal to heat your Home-!
    If you need a Axe, better learn how to use
    one-! Good Luck on your “Green-Dream” of the
    Wonderful Future-! “How to Wean & Redeem Their Green Team”-! (This is the “Real-Test”
    in a Court-Room, “If you “Advertise Anything-
    but Wouldn’t Dare to Use It Yourself–That’s
    False Advertising”-! And should be “Legally
    Punished by Fines & Jail” for “Making Misleading Claims to the American Public”-! (It’s most Doubtful–that any of you–will take a “First-Step” & “Sell Your Two Cars”! Now
    Do You See Why I Call You-People–“Con-Men”-!
    Have We Any Other Volunteers-“Who Want To Go First & Show-Us–the PROOF”-!

  • TheThinMan

    Going green – well, there is a possibility that along with oil and gas energy that we use now – solar energy and wind energy could come along and help carry the load. GIVING money to companies and their executives does nothing for the “going green energy” production – it was just a payback for donations to the the Socialist Democrat party and in particular Obama’s election fund. How much more good would it have been if the government had bought solar panels and installed them on government buildings reducing the cost of oil and coal, carbon based, energy that the government wastes? the company would have made money, the employees would still be at work, the citizens would have at least got something for their money instead of being left holding an empty bag.

    It’s never been about going green, about renewable energy, it’s about paying back those that donate to your cause of being elected. “Global Warming” or “Climate Change” has always been a scam – look at the millions of dollars Al Gore has made jetting around, spewing carbon and who knows what else into the atmosphere but raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars, buying multi-million dollar mansions. of course – he’s a “Christian” and thinks nothing of raping the citizens of the United States and the world with his bogus rhetoric.

  • Dee

    What a big fat lie this silly movement is and all the jack asses that buy into it. Our tax dollars at work to support a fraud, what a disgrace. Read Proverbs 6:12-19, there are consquences for evil doers.

  • Margie Foster

    Global warming IS a lie! One of the biggest ones told to the people! IT IS ALL ABOUT MONEY–A TAX!!!My reason to not believe is ..Genesis 8:21&2

  • Ed Schofield

    I have had a lifelong love of science, particularly particle science and cosmology. I do not, however, worship science. I am especially fearful when science mixes with politics. It happened in the early 1900’s with the “science” of eugenics, the belief that criminality, sloth, and all manner of bad character was genetic and inherited. It was based entirely on Darwinism. Eugenics was the global warming of that day. Everyone belived it. It led to laws banning interracial marriage, allowing forced sterilizations, and Planned Parenthood, whose founder Margret Sanger was a big proponent. In fact, her own writings reveal that Planned Parenthood was meant to eliminate the so called “mud races”. Many of those laws survived well into the 1960’s. Bad things happen when science and politics mix!

  • ED

    I think that all Liberals should do their part for “Global Warming” and hold their breath for one hour consecutively every day to cut down on the Co2 put out in the air. This would truly help all man kind.

  • Nikki

    Not to knock the posters, (yes, global warming is the new leftist scam) but this book Going Green is really good. I read the first few chapters. Wish it were available in hard copy. No one in the family has a kindle. Maybe for Christmas, but we are trying to save money from the government imposed high cost of energy.

    • Chris

      Niki, Glad you liked it so far. It is available in hard copy. Look for paperback at If no luck there try Barnes and But Amazon usually has it. Thank you for the kind comments.

      Chris Skates

  • http://PatriotUpdate Alan Thomson

    AT says:

    It is always interesting to see A.Gore’s name tossed around with such disdain! How can you all not be so impressed with the “Inventor of the Internet”(wink-wink)accomplishments in global warming science?

    I have often wondered what Dr. Vincent Cerf and Dr. Robert Kahn think of Big Al’s claim?!? IMHO he is a liar and a fraud on a global scale!

    Just my opinion.

  • Idylewylde

    Is the Earth going to get warmer?

    Between every ice age, we get warmer.
    We can also get much colder.
    6000 yars ago, northern Britain had a mediterranian climate. The last ice age ended 10,000 years ago. Obviously, we got warmer between 10,000-6000 mark. But we got much colder since the 6000 year mark and now.

    Is industry driving global warming?
    Carbon does nothing. In fact, during the last ice age, free carbon counts were much higher than now. We know this because weather washes out atmospheric gases into the soil and polar caps, and we can measure percentages.
    Most of the polar carbon counts coincide with volcanic eruptions in Iceland. So, once again, we see the Greenies lie to advance their cause.
    The South pole actually grew 17% since 1969. That’s why a big piece the size of Rhode Island broke off.

    Carbon is not a problem. Methane is.
    Can methane be scrubbed out easier than carbon? Yes. In fact, we already do it. The EPA made us do it almost 3 decades ago.

    If the morons in government want to use science to cap industry, they should at least get the science right. Methane, not carbon. And we’ve already dealt with the methane problem.

    The EPA and the Green Movement are scams, and Obama is a liar.

  • Chris

    I appreciate Anne Marie’s very kind review and I am glad she enjoyed my novel. One of the reasons I wrote the book was to stir debate and dialogue as I see being done here. Still, I hope that those posting will not loose sight of the fact that my book is a thriller. It is not intended to be a book supporting the “green” movement but as a way to use the genre of fiction to call that movement into question. In other words, don’t let the title fool you. The subtitle is key. And (shameless plug) the books make great stocking stuffers.