Posts filed under ‘predictions that failed’

A Historical Perspective on Hysterical Rhetoric

From 1948 to the present, environmental activists have declared that the sky is falling.

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Continue Reading February 4, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Doubt is Not a Sin

When did “Question Authority” stop being applicable?

Continue Reading December 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

The IPCC’s ‘Sharpest Critic’

My work is being discussed in prominent newspapers and magazines – in Germany as well as the US.

Continue Reading November 6, 2013 at 6:22 pm

What Reuters Said About the IPCC’s 1995 Report

A news clipping from 1995 – concerning an earlier IPCC report – was hilariously wrong.

Continue Reading October 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

More on Stephen Emmott, Author of ‘Ten Billion’

A new book appears to be a rehash of 40-year-old environmental scaremongering endorsed by that era’s men of science.

Continue Reading July 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm

The Coming Hellhole – Exhibit #7 of the Drama Queen Files

Emergency! Catastrophe! Earth is turning into an unprecedented hellhole – according to an Oxford professor and Microsoft official.

Continue Reading July 2, 2013 at 11:40 am

Canada – Green Pariah or World’s Best Reputation?

Activists & journalists insist that Canada’s climate policies have destroyed our international good name. But survey results released yesterday indicate – for the 3rd consecutive year – that we have “the world’s best reputation.”

Continue Reading June 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm

The Scare Story of 1881

Back in the 19th century, newspapers declared that something had “gone wrong” with the climate. The public was told that the telegraph system might cause the destruction of the human race.

Continue Reading May 10, 2013 at 11:43 am

How Climate Scientists Think

Nobel-winning work about self-delusion and flawed judgment applies to all of us – even climatologists.

Continue Reading April 26, 2013 at 11:52 am

Lab Coats Don’t Make You Infallible (Oliver vs Hansen)

Scientists who step into the political arena deserve to be challenged. This isn’t an attack on science – it’s an exploration of competing political perspectives.

Continue Reading April 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Prediction Failed Miserably? Just Make a New One

The Sierra Club blogger who wrongly predicted that this winter would be “less wintery” & snowy than last now says Arctic sea ice won’t “survive this summer.”

Continue Reading March 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

It’s Always Something (the 1924 edition)

Drama queen scientists have been around for at least 89 years.

Continue Reading March 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm 1 comment

Logical Conclusion to Scientific Prognostications?

Scientists often claim to know what the future holds. In such a milieu, some people will want revenge when science gets it wrong.

Continue Reading November 2, 2012 at 8:52 am

‘Climate Rebel’ Reporting In

I spoke in Calgary last week, was interviewed on television three times, and attracted some great newspaper coverage.

Continue Reading October 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Deja Vu All Over again…1991′s ‘World on Fire’

Before there was Al Gore, there was George Mitchell. Politicians have been casting themselves as environmental crusaders, saving the planet, for two decades.

Continue Reading October 11, 2012 at 8:51 pm 3 comments

Another False Alarm – ‘The Dying of the Trees’

A 17-year-old book about the state of America’s forests is similar to current books about climate change. Its analysis and predictions were wrong, wrong, wrong.

Continue Reading October 4, 2012 at 9:00 am

Back Soon

Don’t miss the Wired magazine cover story by Matt Ridley titled Apocalypse Not.

Continue Reading September 20, 2012 at 5:49 am

Solar Pie-in-the-Sky

How plans to run an entire Australian town on solar energy failed miserably.

Continue Reading June 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm

The UN’s Environmental ‘Holocausts’

Since the 1970s UN officials have tried to frighten us. Repeatedly, their predictions have failed. Repeatedly, their time frames have been preposterously inaccurate.

Continue Reading April 30, 2012 at 7:54 am

Eco Narcissists & Their Last Chances

For half a century green activists have insisted that their historical moment – and a particular generation – are the planet’s last hope.

Continue Reading April 14, 2012 at 8:45 am

The Pipeline, the Jobs, & the Media

Why do journalists never doubt green groups?

Continue Reading January 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Over-the-Top Climate Rhetoric

Emotional, over-the-top language doesn’t come from real leaders in a time of real crisis. Rather, it’s a sign that someone’s trying to stampede public opinion.

Continue Reading December 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm

UN Climate Warnings Are So 1989

22 years ago the UN said we had only 10 years to take global warming action. Otherwise, entire nations would drown due to rising sea levels by the year 2000.

Continue Reading November 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Pachauri’s Squishy Timeline

In 2007 the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said the world was at a defining moment, that the next 2 to 3 years would determine our future. Without a new emissions treaty by 2012, he said, it would be too late.

Continue Reading August 26, 2011 at 10:28 am

The Y2K Scare, the Media & Climate Change

Media coverage of climate change has a great deal in common with how the press covered the Y2K scare. There’s little evidence that news outlets learned much from that embarrassing episode.

Continue Reading August 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Greenpeace’s Fear Machine

17 years ago a Greenpeace report titled The Climate Time Bomb tried to frighten us with lurid images and dire predictions that have since failed.

Continue Reading August 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Landsea, the IPCC & the Union of Concerned Scientists

There’s a link between hurricane expert Chris Landsea, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. That link is James J. McCarthy.

Continue Reading July 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Two Population Predictions

40 years ago scientists said radical change was necessary if humanity was to survive. Along the way they endorsed a population prediction that now seems foolish.

Continue Reading June 19, 2011 at 11:57 am

David Suzuki is a Drama Queen

While the rest of us approach challenges with determination, optimism, and faith in ourselves as problem solvers, drama queens see only worst-case scenarios. They exaggerate. They emotionalize.

Continue Reading June 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm

The Missing Map

In 2008, the United Nations Environment Programme published a map suggesting there’d be 50 million climate refugees by 2010. When a writer called attention to this failed prediction recently, the map disappeared.

Continue Reading April 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

The State of the IPCC’s Leadership

Rajendra Pachauri, as chairman of what is supposed to be a respectable science body, has – with deliberation and forethought – publicly linked that body to left-wing political analysis and activism.

Continue Reading April 9, 2011 at 8:22 am

Pachauri’s Pal – the Worldwatch Institute

Before the IPCC was even founded, the Worldwatch Institute had already declared that global warming was caused by fossil fuels. Surely that makes the IPCC chairman’s decision to fraternize with this activist organization a bit awkward.

Continue Reading April 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

The Horse Manure Problem

In the late 1800s cities were drowning in smelly, dirty, disease-spreading horse manure. The private automobile was a huge step forward, environmentally-speaking.

Continue Reading March 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Was the Fix In Before the IPCC Existed?

In 1970s and ’80s some scientists already believed human CO2 emissions would cause global warming. How do we know the IPCC’s 2007 conclusions weren’t preordained?

Continue Reading March 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm

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.

Continue Reading February 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Does Global Warming Look Like Australia?

In early 2009 the Los Angeles Times said hot, dry Australia was a warning to us all – and that things would only get worse. The very next year, dry areas were flooded and snow fell during the summer.

Continue Reading January 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Future Babble

Possessing scholarly expertise is one thing. Being able to predict the future is another matter entirely. Future Babble is a book that explores the question of why expert predictions fail – and why we believe them anyway.

Continue Reading December 27, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

It isn’t your imagination. We were advised that global warming would mean milder winters. The record-breaking cold temperatures & unusual snowfalls in recent years are odds with the claim that global warming is happening faster than predicted.

Continue Reading December 19, 2010 at 6:01 pm

The Climate’s Gonna Kill Us (Circa 1974)

Back in 1974 news reports were the mirror opposite of today. Ocean temperatures were dropping, polar ice was growing, and the coldest temperatures in 200 years were being recorded at the Arctic Circle.

The media told us we should be worried, very worried.

Continue Reading December 17, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Forty Years of Drama Queen Scientists

No matter what the concern, drama queen scientists have been pushing the same solution for decades: less consumption, less travel & less freedom. For them, every problem is a crisis that requires radical social change.

Continue Reading December 13, 2010 at 7:22 pm

The Non-Stop Disaster Narrative (2-minute video)

One environmental scare story always seems to follow another. Even though the predicted disasters never materialize, we still believe the latest one.

Continue Reading November 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Monkeys Could Do This

Al Gore said global warming caused Hurricane Katrina and that hurricanes were going to get worse. This gave insurance companies an excuse to increase premiums by tens of billions. How embarrassing that US hurricane damage has since fallen to less than half the historical average.

Perhaps those who lost their properties because they could no longer afford to insure them will forgive & forget.

Continue Reading November 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm

The Media Messes Up

Journalists said Toronto’s mayoral race was too close to call. In fact, a winner was declared eight minutes after the polls closed. So go ahead, take their word for it when they tell you about global warming.

Continue Reading October 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm

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.

Continue Reading October 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Seven (Real) Questions for David Suzuki

David Suzuki has been asked a series of softball questions by a mainstream newspaper reporter. My own list of questions begins with:

1. You think there are too many human beings, that our numbers over-burden planet Earth. Why, then, did you yourself father five children?

Continue Reading September 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Extreme Nonsense

Canada’s weekly news magazine currently has a cover story declaring that extreme weather is “only going to get worse.”

Remember the 2008 story in the same magazine that said $200 per barrel oil was imminent, that commuters would become petroleum refugees & that the suburbs would shortly turn into ghost towns?

Continue Reading August 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm

1969 Climate Predictions Miss by a Mile

Back in 1969, smart people made some predictions regarding the effect carbon dioxide emissions would have on the climate by the year 2000. A 7-degree F increase in temperature and 10-foot sea level rises were among them. As usual, the predictions were wrong.

Continue Reading July 3, 2010 at 10:50 am

The Cult of the Expert

Experts have often been spectacularly wrong. Believing their predictions – rather than thinking for ourselves – isn’t smart.

Continue Reading February 16, 2010 at 11:56 am

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.

Continue Reading February 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

We’re Always Out-of-Touch with the Future

Scientists have made all sorts of predictions that never panned out. As this 1962 Popular Mechanics issue shows, the media has been hyping these predictions for decades.

Continue Reading February 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

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