Climate

Lindzen contra Grijalva

Featured image The wretched Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva has sent letters to seven university presidents based on his concerns about the heterodox climate-related testimony of professors at the institutions. He has sought “detailed records on the funding sources for affiliated researchers who have opposed the scientific consensus on man-made global warming,” as the Washington Post’s Joby Warrick put it in “House Dems: Did Big Oil seek to sway scientists in climate debate?” »

Climate Haters Gotta Hate

Featured image I’ve had on my spindle for a month now this article by the WaPo’s Chris Mooney (author of the egregious Republican War on Science) about how the climate change debate is . . . polarized! Apparently Mooney discovered that climate change alarmists and climate “skeptics” really don’t like each other. Stop the presses! Clearly with Mooney we are in the presence of no ordinary mind. On the surface the story »

When All You Have Is a Hammer. . .

Featured image You almost have to have some sympathy for Rep. Raul Grijalva, given that he’s a slave to the crudely Marxist reductionist view that economic interest determines everything. It has been the fundamental driving principle of the left for a very long time. When all you have is a hammer. . . By coincidence, as Grijalva was rolling out his Climate Blacklist this week, I happened to be rereading portions of »

More Blowback

Featured image The American Meteorological Society, regarded as a mainstream science organization, has issued a strong statement critical of Rep. Grijalva’s “investigation,” whose central point is the same as mine yesterday.  You can find a PDF link at the top of the AMS website, but here’s the complete text of the letter (with a facsimilie below): Dear Representative Grijalva: Science and jurisprudence have in common the practice of the careful and critical »

Blowback Against Democrats’ McCarthyite Investigation Continues

Featured image We have written here, here and here about House Democrats’ purported investigation of seven climate realists. Steven Hayward is proud to be one of the Magnificent Seven, and I interviewed him on the Laura Ingraham show this morning about the investigation. Pushback against the Democrats’ witch hunt is taking place on a variety of fronts. Yesterday a reporter from Politico, Alex Guillen, contacted Scott and me via email. Guillen said »

Punch Back Twice as Hard

Featured image Our pals at the Energy and Environment Legal Institute issued the following press release today, which I post here in full: For Immediate Release: February 26, 2015 Contact: Craig Richardson [email protected] 703-981-5553 Following Rep. Grijalva Inspiration, E&E Legal Files FOIA Request with the University of Delaware Seeking Records Relating to the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Washington, D.C. — Today, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal), in »

While Grijalva grates

Featured image Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson asks herself how the media would treat a given behavior if it were practiced by a Republican. If the media would go ballistic, Attkisson suggests, the same behavior ought to be deemed newsworthy when a Democrat practices it. As she explains in her memoir Stonewalled, she calls it The Substitution Game. There is more than one reason why Attkisson resigned her employment with »

Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Climate Skeptic?

Featured image Let’s start by axing a simple question: If I say “two plus two equals four,” does the truth of that proposition depend on whether I’ve received a grant from the Charles G. Koch Foundation? Apparently it does for Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), the ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. He has sent letters to seven universities targeting seven academics who, according to the Democratic spokesman for the »

Pachauri Out at IPCC

Featured image We reported here over the weekend that Rajendra Pachauri, the railroad engineer and sometimes smut novelist who somehow headed the UN’s IPCC climate change circus, was in trouble for some kind of chakra-releasing problem.  Today he resigned as head of the IPCC: The head of the UN climate change panel (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, has resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Mr Pachauri »

The Smearing of Willie Soon

Featured image A blockbuster peer-reviewed paper in the Science Bulletin, authored by Christopher Monckton, Matt Briggs, David Legates and Wei-Hock (“Willie”) Soon, is roiling the global warming Left. The paper identifies flaws in the computer models that predict major global warming–which shouldn’t be a surprise, since the models’ predictions have flopped. It concludes that due to mathematical errors, the models overstate the impact of CO2 on the climate by a factor of »

Apparently More Climate Chakras Need Releasing

Featured image What is it with the leading climatistas like Al Gore? Now it turns out that Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the UN’s IPCC, is in a bit of hot water for his, um, urges: UN Climate Panel Chief Pachauri Booked for Sexual Harassment (Bloomberg) — Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has been accused of sexually harassing a woman colleague at a New Delhi-based »

Why Computer Models Can’t Predict the Earth’s Future Climate

Featured image We know for sure that the computer models relied on by climate alarmists are wrong, since they have been refuted by experience. In the video below, Dr. Christopher Essex, chairman of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Climate for the World Federation of Scientists, explains why the limitations of computers, in the context of a complex, chaotic system like the Earth’s climate, are inherent and can never be overcome, at least »

Inside the Global Warming Scandal

Featured image We have written many times about the fact that the scientific agencies which are keepers of the world’s historical temperature data are all, or nearly all, under the control of warmists. These warmists have systematically altered historic temperature records, so that the temperatures they report today for past eras are not the same as what were measured, say, 70 or 80 years ago. The effect of these adjustments is strikingly »

On Global Warming, the Scientific Battle Rages

Featured image Liberals tell us that the science of global warming is settled, and that the truth of the alarmists’ theory can be demonstrated by a high school science project. Therefore, climate change “deniers” are “anti-science.” Of course, no science project, high school or otherwise, has attempted to replicate, let alone succeeded in replicating, the almost infinite complexity of the Earth’s climate. In truth, climate science is in its infancy, and fascinating »

Climate Peace in Our Time

Featured image As Paul explains below, Barack Obama is clearly angling to be the Neville Chamberlain of our time by obtaining a “peace of paper” with Iran declaring “peace in our time.” It is amazing that the Iranians haven’t grasped their opening, or perhaps they realize how desperate Obama is and as such will wait for another year and get even better terms than are on offer now. Likewise, as everyone knows »

Some of the Worst Will Be Hardest Hit

Featured image About ten years back when I was co-authoring (with Joel Schwartz) Air Quality in America: A Dose of Reality on Air Pollution Levels, Trends, and Health Risks (yes—scintillating reading indeed) we took note of a trope in both advocacy and media coverage of air pollution—what might be called “the reverse Lake Woebegone Effect for Air Pollution.” Just about every local environmental press release, and subsequent news story, contained the claim »

The Climatistas’ Climate of Hate

Featured image I guess the strictures against “hate speech” don’t apply to the climatistas, or at least about their invective against climate skeptics. In our “Picks” section we linked David Rose’s Daily Mail column about the death threats he’s received for being environmentally incorrect (though Rose is, like Matt Ridley and several others, a “lukewarmer”—a category that the climatistas will not acknowledge or tolerate): Some would say this makes me a ‘lukewarmer’ »