Author Steven D. Levitt laments:
“SuperFreakonomics isn’t even on sale yet, and the attacks on our chapter about global warming are already underway.”
Sending out advance copies to a bunch of people with competing blogs (who get paid by the Google hit) certainly would seem guaranteed to produce attacks. These attacks are ill-timed only to the extent that the rest of us can’t buy the book yet, and the controversy might simmer down before Levitt and Dubner can get buyers.
Being one of the millions of obscure bloggers not important enough to merit a free copy, I don’t know enough about the whole issue to comment, which is the real frustration.