This blog is not about fracking – a procedure used to harvest natural gas. Its name is, instead, an expression of exasperation. A website called NOconsensus.org came first. Its message is that there is a diversity of scientific and philosophical opinion regarding global warming. It’s alarming that this diversity is absent from most media accounts. While it’s perfectly OK to disagree with someone’s point-of-view, it is not OK to pretend that that point-of-view doesn’t exist. “Disappearing” unfashionable opinions is intolerant and anti-democratic.
When I named this blog in 2009, my reference was to a popular sci-fi TV show, Battlestar Galactica. Rather than employing the F-word, characters in that show utter the epithets “frak” and “frakking” – with feeling and often. To get the idea, you can listen to the first few seconds of this compilation from the show’s third season. In this UK video the word “feck” is used in a similar manner – at 2:25 minutes, for example.
Climate skepticism is free speech. Alternative points-of-view deserve to be heard.
This blog began as working notes for my book, The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert.
What started as a list of reasons to remain calm, cool, and collected in the face of hype and hysteria morphed into a rather different project – an exposé of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
This organization performs one of the most important jobs in the world. It surveys climate research and writes a report about what it all means. That report, informally known as the Climate Bible, is cited by governments around the world. It is the reason trillions of dollars are being spent on climate change measures.
Yet, until now, the IPCC has received almost no serious media scrutiny. The only previous book about this organization was written by the man who served as its chairman for the first 11 years.
Contact info: NOconsensus.org at gmail.com. Please be assured I read all the mail I receive. I try hard to respond, but sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day.
I am a journalist – which means it’s my professional duty to be skeptical of everyone and everything. Journalists who don’t approach the world with skepticism end up being mouthpieces for other people’s agendas. As a former vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (1998-2001), I’m also passionate about free speech. A key reason I’ve spent the past four years researching climate change is because I observed that many climate activists hold free speech in contempt – see, for example, Greenpeace’s declaration that free speech “does not apply” to people whose climate views diverge from its own. That frightens me far more than the prospect of hypothetical global warming.
Moderate Middle Ground blogroll
There are multiple perspectives on climate change. The sites listed on the Moderate Middle Ground blogroll don’t embrace any single point-of-view. Rather, they are characterized by professionalism, civility, and tolerance.
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