Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise has been watching the climate world since 2009. What she sees isn't pretty.

Doom Mongers: the Quiz

Activists have predicted environmental catastrophe for decades. In addition to a poor track record, they share similar arguments, language, and metaphors.

November 23, 2015

Hoesung Lee: New IPCC Leader

The new IPCC chairman is an economist who, ironically, began his career with oil giant Exxon.

October 14, 2015

Asking the Wrong Question

The climate scare rests on predictions produced by mathematical modeling. Freeman Dyson, one of the world’s finest scientific minds, says prediction isn’t what those models do – and that the climate conversation is ignoring important facts.

April 7, 2015

‘Carbon Pollution’ Jargon is Sick and Twisted

If carbon dioxide is pollution, every human being is a perpetual pollution factory. Every toddler in their sandbox generates CO2 every minute of every day.

June 23, 2013

Have We Run Out of Time Yet?

It isn’t your imagination. You’ve been hearing that the world is “running out of time” for years.

June 16, 2013

Why Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet

A free, shortish book defends – and celebrates – oil and coal.

June 6, 2013

So You Want to Live in Harmony with Nature?

The WWF thinks we should all “live in harmony with nature.” Sounds great – except for the flies, wasps, venomous snakes, storms, and floods.

June 4, 2013

Young Greens Say the Darndest Things

Students in the fossil fuel divestment movement employ venom and vitriol, but little persuasive argument.

May 27, 2013

The Divestment Dreamworld

The campus fossil fuel divestment campaign may be stylish, but it’s short on substance.

May 26, 2013

They Call This Higher Education?

Civilized debate appears to be an endangered species.

May 24, 2013

Oil Spills By the Numbers

Opposition to oil pipelines has led to sharp increases in train transport. Not only is that method less safe, it costs significantly more.

April 15, 2013

Papering Over Sappy Bill McKibben

A new, 73-page paper about America’s “most visible environmental activist” doesn’t mention that he’s an emotional basketcase.

March 12, 2013

The Drama Queen Files – Exhibit #2

An oil pipeline is described as a “carbon bomb” that will impact the “children of all species forever.”

February 18, 2013

Intermission (And Why Bill McKibben is an Utter Fool)

This blog will return in mid-September. In the meantime, here’s a video of a presentation I gave in Australia last month – and some thoughts on the bankruptcy of contemporary green analysis.

August 17, 2012

The Pipeline, the Jobs, & the Media

Why do journalists never doubt green groups?

January 20, 2012

Bill McKibben Says It’s Urgent

In the world inhabited by this environmental crusader, climate change is “a crisis that’s breaking over our heads at this moment,” ExxonMobil peddles petroleum the way drug dealers peddle heroin, and we “have no choice” but to turn our backs on fossil fuels.

February 21, 2011

Bill McKibben’s Bad Example

Those seemingly nice people brimming with such concern for the planet are actually profoundly intolerant.

February 11, 2011

David Suzuki’s Five Kids

People are surprised to learn that eco icon David Suzuki (who insists there are too many humans on the planet), has himself fathered five children. But his autobiography reveals this to be the case. It also tells us he began dating his second wife when she was 22 – and he was 35.

October 13, 2010

If We Are Not Free to Disagree, We Are Not Free

The video in which people are summarily executed for questioning the need for emissions reduction is being denounced by prominent global warming activists. Organizations that have aligned themselves with the 10:10 Campaign – such as Sony, Oxford University, and UK local governments – also need to distance themselves from it.

October 1, 2010

A Bogus 21-Year-Old Climate Prediction

21 years ago, environmental guru Bill McKibben said we’d “burn up” in “a few more decades” if we didn’t stop using fossil fuels.

February 15, 2010

James Hansen Drags NASA into His Personal Politics

Activist scientist James Hansen is entitled to his personal political views. But he should not be citing his employer in order to advance them.

February 9, 2010

Science Says: Hop on One Foot

Scientific investigation produces facts. But even when we have full confidence in the accuracy of these facts we must still choose how to respond to them. When activists insist there’s only one possible response they’re attempting to preempt important democratic discussions, to silence our voices, to substitute their own views for those of the community.

December 19, 2009

Bill McKibben: Extravagant Emotional Excess

Smart, thoughtful people value dispassionate investigation, careful analysis & logical arguments. Eco guru McKibben seems to think we should listen to him because he cares. Because he cries.

December 15, 2009

Climate Confusion

Roy Spencer is a bona fide climate scientist who disagrees with the dangerous global warming hypothesis. I review his book Climate Confusion – and also discuss Bill McKibben’s The End of Nature.

November 12, 2009

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