Climate

Why Global Warming Alarmism Isn’t Science

Featured image Science is not a set of dogmas, and it is not a pronouncement by a committee. It is a method. Richard Feynman, perhaps the world’s most eminent physicist, put it this way: In general, we look for a new law by the following process: First we guess it; then we compute the consequences of the guess to see what would be implied if this law that we guessed is right; »

The Next Climate Scandal?

Featured image The lead story in The Times of London today declares “Scientists in Cover Up of ‘Damaging’ Climate View.”  The Times thinks the story, concerning peer reviewers suppressing a scientific paper purely for political reasons, may amount to the next “Climategate,” on par with the scandal of the leaked emails back in 2009.  This may be media hype, but at the very least it is another clear signal of the kind »

Breaking: The Climate Mafia Strikes

Featured image I’ve been referring to the climate campaigners here as the “Climatistas” to chide their cult-like resemblance to the romantic Sandinista sympathizers of the 1980s, but it should not be forgotten that the real Sandinistas were a pack of nasty thugs.  Likewise, the climate establishment behaves more like the Mafia today, telling any scientist or academic who might consider any departure from orthodoxy: “Nice little scientific career you have here; shame »

Michael Mann Is A Liar and a Cheat. Here’s Why.

Featured image Michael Mann is one of the most partisan advocates for the catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory. He is controversial for several reasons: he invented the “hockey stick” graph, which was intended to show that recent warming trends were unprecedented, and has since been exposed as a hoax that misrepresents historic temperatures. He has fought bitterly to prevent his own emails from being discovered in litigation, even though he is a »

Unrequired (Climate) Reading

Featured image The new climate change report just out is 841 pages long.  No one is going to read the whole thing.  I doubt even the authors read the whole thing, and much of it appears to be a cut and paste job.  Even the highlights (what we used to call “executive summary”) is 148 pages long.  As Churchill once said in returning a long memo to a subordinate, “The report, by »

Toxic Emissions? Yes, From the White House

Featured image I don’t envy Steve having to read today’s dose of global warming hysteria. It is utterly predictable: assume the most extreme warming hypothesized by rigged computer models that we know for a fact are wrong, and then spin out the most dramatic horrors they can imagine, without ever acknowledging that historically, relatively warm eras have been best for human beings (and for most animals, too). And the punch line never »

Houston, We Have No Idea What We’re Talking About

Featured image The Washington Post reports on the Obama administration’s latest effort to sow global warming panic: The satellite images viewed by President Barack Obama before a meeting with eight Western governors were stark, showing how snowpack in California’s mountains had shrunk by 86 percent in a single year. “It was a ‘Houston, we have a problem’ moment,” recalled White House counselor John Podesta, one of two aides who briefed the president »

Cow Farts: The Next Alternative Fuel?

Featured image Surely you’d think this story is from The Onion, but no–some people really think we need to equip cows with gas-collecting backpacks, which we’d use in turn to power cars and such: Researchers put plastic backpacks on cows, then inserted tubes into their rumens (their biggest digestive tract). They extracted the methane–about 300 liters a day. That’s enough to run a car, or a fridge for 24 hours. »

The Climate Change Rap–In German!

Featured image I’m not sure what’s most remarkable this this five-minute video–that it exists at all; that climate change can be disputed in the cadences of the dubious musical art form known as “rap”; or that there are, in fact, Austrian rappers.  ”Hockeyschlager” indeed!  So here it is, complete with English subtitles–you’ll never thing of “Angst” the same again: »

Good Arguments and Bad Arguments About Climate Change

Featured image Roy Spencer, who was a senior scientist for climate studies at NASA for many years, author of The Great Global Warming Blunder, and one of the inventors of the satellites that now track global temperature data, has two very useful posts up at his website on bad and good arguments about climate change.  Being a scrupulous scientist, he is concerned when he hears critics with the right inclinations push bad »

Conservatives and Climate Policy

Featured image Not long ago the journal Issues in Science and Technology (a consortium publication of the National Academy of Sciences, Arizona State, and three other institutions) challenged me to write a piece about “Conservatism and Climate Science,” and the long piece is just now available online.  But it’s really not about climate science, but rather climate policy, and the heart of the article is a lengthy consideration of the problem of »

Earth Week Leftovers

Featured image Earth Day came and went without much real fanfare earlier this week (my environmental policy students mostly yawned when I brought it up), so it’s almost hard to recall that for a while back in the late 1990s the Green Weenies tried for a time to make Earth Day into Earth Week: Earthpalooza!  Erathonaroo!  Or something. There are a few loose ends of this this week’s scant observances worthy of »

Why Are Extreme Weather Events Becoming Less Common?

Featured image The Earth’s climate is poorly understood, and random variation likely accounts for most of the ups and downs of notable weather events. But for some reason, extreme weather events are becoming less common. The United States has now gone longer without a landfall of a Category 3 hurricane than at any time in recorded history. And something similar is happening with tornadoes. Tornado frequency is at the lowest level in »

This Week’s Climate News

Featured image A month into Spring, and whaddyaknow: the Great Lakes are still 37 percent frozen over—the second highest level since precise satellite measurements began in 1973.  NOAA posted this satellite photo a couple days ago: And Environment Canada offers this bar chart of ice levels as of this date for every year back to 1980: But who knows: maybe this will front-fire for the Climatistas.  As Clive Crook argues cogently at »

On Evaporation, the Scientific Battle Rages

Featured image Since they lose pretty much every argument, the global warming fraudsters try to tell us that the science is settled, and we should all just shut up. In fact, however, debates over various aspects of climate science are constantly raging. This one is a great example: “Major Errors Apparent in Climate Model Evaporation Estimates.” But first, let’s set the stage. It is generally accepted that ceteris paribus, increasing the concentration »

The Declining Utility of Scaremongering

Featured image Back in 2005 New York Times‘ moderately liberal columnist Nicholas Kristof offered his his criticism of today’s environmental movement in “I Have a Nightmare.”  Excerpt: The fundamental problem, as I see it, is that environmental groups are too often alarmists. They have an awful track record, so they’ve lost credibility with the public. Some do great work, but others can be the left’s equivalents of the neocons: brimming with moral »

The Obama Administration Lies About Hurricanes

Featured image Whether human activity significantly influences the Earth’s climate is a matter of opinion, but it is a simple, undeniable fact that there has been no increase in extreme weather events, either globally or in the U.S., in recent years. Even the IPCC, the U.N.’s corps of true climate change believers, admits that this is true. Hurricanes, for example, have been counted, tracked and measured for many years. There has been »