Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

This blog is written by Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Posts appear Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

Wholesome Family Fun

Unlike many dads cast by Hollywood, this one is competent, accomplished, and a pillar of the community.

July 18, 2018

More Oxford University Fake News

A webpage vetted by Oxford is misleading the public about a fake geological era.

July 16, 2018

Greenpeace’s Nazca Vandalism: Half-Truths & Trifling Consequences

Only one person has been held accountable. To this day, Greenpeace refuses to identify the full list of culprits.

July 13, 2018

What the Thai Cave Rescue Teaches Us About Nature

Humans make things safe, clean, and healthy.

July 11, 2018

Oxford University Spreads Fake News

The most reputable publishers imaginable are misinforming the public about basic geology.

July 9, 2018

Anthropocene: The Media’s Fake Geological Epoch

Journalists declaring something to be the case before it has actually happened is outrageous and unethical.

July 6, 2018

The ‘Balance of Nature’ Myth

The natural world is more sophisticated than we imagine.

July 4, 2018

The Recycled Plastic Scandal

Green groups fantasize about a world in which everything is virtuously recycled. They’re prepared to use other nations as refuse heaps in pursuit of that fantasy.

July 2, 2018

Second Quarter Report

Green groups are not David with a slingshot. They are Goliath. Please support the scrutiny & skepticism I bring to environmental issues.

June 29, 2018

Hallucinations in High Places (More on the 1988 Hansen Climate Hearing)

Powerful people construct amazingly inaccurate narratives about their own lives.

June 27, 2018

What Really Happened 30 Years Ago?

In the climate world, the line between real and fake is strangely murky.

June 25, 2018

Journalists Relied on James Hansen’s Say-So

The media’s climate frenzy was sparked by a scientist who’s research was still unpublished.

June 22, 2018

Laundry Blues & Greens: Part 2

Doing the math on doing the laundry.

June 20, 2018

Laundry Blues & Greens: Part 1

A friend has long complained that her energy efficient, front-load washing machine takes forever.

June 18, 2018

Extinction is Inevitable

Species come and species go. Humanity’s role is smaller than most of us imagine.
 

June 15, 2018

Banning Plastic Straws, Harming Real People

Causing real harm with no realistic chance of improving the world makes no sense.

June 13, 2018

From Carbon Footprint to Plastic Footprint

Polluted waterways are one more reason not to litter. Rather than making this point, greens are demonizing plastic.

June 11, 2018

Greens Are Pivoting, Plastic is Their New Obsession

Politicians & 10-year-olds think banning drinking straws in rich nations will address improper garbage disposal in poor ones.

June 8, 2018

Ehrlich’s Guide to Being an Intrusive A**hole

People with 8 kids should be told they “surely would not behave that way today.” Those considering a third should be accused of self-indulgence.

June 6, 2018

Why Paul Ehrlich Matters

If it had been within his power to take the steps he insisted were necessary, the human rights abuses would have been horrendous.

June 4, 2018

The Fanatical Paul Ehrlich

Saving the world = demonizing alternative visions

June 1, 2018

Anything Goes When You’re Saving the World

Paul Ehrlich advocated the use of US helicopters so that Indian peasants could be kidnapped & forcibly sterilized.

May 30, 2018

How They Sold ‘The Population Bomb’

Threats of famine, dead children, bombs, nuclear war, and oblivion.

 

May 28, 2018

The Science of Self-Control

Another idea, supposedly confirmed by science, turns out to have little scientific foundation.

May 25, 2018

If You See Something, Say Something

Why Scott Adams thinks we have a moral obligation to praise others.
 

May 23, 2018

Scott Adams on How Failure Can Breed Success

The Dilbert cartoonist remembers what it was like to be a young person from a small town, with few role models and fewer connections.

May 21, 2018

How Much Plastic is Polluting the Ocean?

Peer-reviewed studies, published six months apart, produce wildly different estimates.

May 18, 2018

Coleman Hughes on the ‘Racism Treadmill’

We regularly urge young people to think outside the box. Hughes is doing just that.

May 16, 2018

Is Tomato Soup Good for You?

‘Healthy’ is now being defined in radically different ways, by different interest groups.

May 14, 2018

Eat Your Veggies (With Lots of Butter)

In the low-carb universe, vegetables are served with lots of butter, mayonnaise, and hollandaise.

May 11, 2018

The Most Trusted Canadian Is A Dick

In person, David Suzuki is reportedly foul-mouthed and rude.

May 9, 2018

Totalitarian Thinker David Suzuki

On June 7th, the University of Alberta will lionize someone who rejects freedom of thought.

May 7, 2018

Suzuki: No iPad for You, But Australian Digs for Me

For the past 30 years, carbon-footprint-warrior David Suzuki has considered Australia his second home.

May 4, 2018

David Suzuki’s Actions Speak Louder Than His Words

He decries over-population, but fathers 5 kids. He’s against economic growth, but his once-tiny foundation now has offices in 3 cities.

May 2, 2018

Skin in the Game

Emotionally attached to ideas, some of us have little interest in how they perform in the real world.
 

April 30, 2018

Europe’s Jews Are Living in Fear

Naive compassion for some people endangers the safety of others.

April 27, 2018

Why is Discrimination Against Asians OK?

Full-fledged racism is being practiced by the very institutions that claim to abhor it.

April 25, 2018

Invisible Scientific Debates

Scientific debate can’t accomplish its purpose if we pretend there is no debate.

April 23, 2018

Self-Correcting Science: A Slow & Haphazard Process

The celebrated ability of science to self-correct is accompanied by some major caveats.

April 20, 2018

Perverse Scientific Incentives

There are structural reasons for the low quality of much scientific research.

April 18, 2018

Science is Not Truth

We need to lose our naivete. Many scientific findings are neither crisp nor clear.

April 16, 2018

Polar Bears & the Sleazy New York Times

A gang of 14 scientists attack a lone scientist in an academic journal. Erica Goode justifies & amplifies the assault in the Times.

April 13, 2018

The Sierra Club: Usurping Power from Elected Officials

When you give money to the Sierra Club, you’re doing three bad things.

April 11, 2018

Support the Sierra Club, Enrich the Lawyers

The Sierra Club is a lawsuit factory. Responding to its legal assaults wastes mountains of public money.

April 9, 2018

The Sierra Club’s Grassroots Deception

The Sierra Club is swimming in money from affluent individuals, wealthy foundations, and blue chip companies. This is not a grassroots organization.

April 6, 2018

Climate Change in the Courts

For well-funded green groups (and a growing list of governments), lawyers are weapons and courtrooms are a political battleground.

April 4, 2018

Is Fruit Good for You?

Fruit may be natural, but its sugar content has increased due to selective breeding.

April 2, 2018

First Quarter Report

Since relaunching this blog on January first, I’ve published 38 new posts – including one in Swedish. Please help me continue.

March 30, 2018

Chicken Wings & Potato Skins: My New Health Food

If fat were the villain we’ve been told it is, I should have gained 40 pounds.

March 28, 2018

When Scientific Evidence is Ambiguous, Private Philosophies Matter

Some discoveries are easy to measure and easy to verify. But much of science is about groping in the dark.

March 26, 2018

Exercise Won’t Keep You Slim

People who exercise regularly still gain weight.

March 23, 2018

For Greenpeace, Honesty is Just a Word

Greenpeace tells a court that everyone knows its campaigns are based on opinions & interpretations rather than hard facts.

March 21, 2018

Free Speech Hypocrisy at Greenpeace

Greenpeace thinks people who spread ‘misinformation’ have no right to be heard. Yet, suddenly, it’s waving the free speech flag.

March 19, 2018

Activists Aren’t Always the Good Guys

Green groups are perpetual outrage machines.

March 16, 2018

Forget Left/Right Politics, Read This Book

No thinking person should hold strong climate opinions unless they’ve carefully considered a range of viewpoints.

March 14, 2018

Defining High Blood Pressure

Changing definitions of ‘normal’ blood pressure means more people are coping with drug side effects.

March 12, 2018

Bogus Blood Pressure Readings

Doctors and nurses rarely follow the rules when collecting important info about our health.

March 9, 2018

Medical Flip-Flops

Standard medical practice is often pointless, risky – and a waste of money.  
 

March 7, 2018

Sverige Begår Självmord

I Sverige dog pressfrihet för 25 år sedan.

[Swedish translation of previous post]

March 5, 2018

Swedish for Suicide

Freedom of the press died in Sweden 25 years ago.

March 5, 2018

Muzzling the Tolerant, Celebrating the Intolerant

Journalists think their job is to shame ordinary people into silence lest they say something politically incorrect about the scale and pace of European immigration.

March 2, 2018

Numbers Matter

If 10 times more immigrants turn up than were predicted by government experts, where’s affordable housing supposed to come from?

February 28, 2018

Immigration is a Class Issue

Elites make immigration decisions, while the working class lives with the consequences.

February 26, 2018

Why We Need Jordan Peterson

While the rest of us are playing hopscotch, he’s battling humanity’s demons.

February 23, 2018

Jordan Peterson: Making Me Cry

Mothers have immense power to harm their children.

February 21, 2018

Jordan Peterson: Making Me Laugh

Taking a fresh look at some fundamental moral ideas.

February 19, 2018

Indoctrination 101

Learning to be shrill. Apparently, this is now the goal of higher education.
 

February 16, 2018

Taught to Think Like Censors

Young people are being systematically taught to disdain free speech. And your tax dollars are paying for it.

February 14, 2018

Freedom to Speak, Freedom to Hear

University activists now behave like fascists: stifling unpopular perspectives and denying others the opportunity to hear those perspectives firsthand.

February 12, 2018

Why Fossil Fuels Kick Butt

To be useful, energy must be reliable.

February 9, 2018

Fossil Fuels Save Lives

It is immoral to deny needy people access to fossil fuels because experts have made dire predictions about the future.

February 7, 2018

Don’t Be Prejudiced

Our analysis of fossil fuels needs to be wholistic – not one-sided.
 

February 5, 2018

Experts Suck at Predicting the Future

Being an expert in a particular field doesn’t make you smart about the big picture. 

February 2, 2018

Jordan Peterson: Helping Young Men Reboot Their Lives

Young people are told incessantly that everything they might want to do with their lives harms the planet.

January 31, 2018

Crucial Climate Verdict, Naked Conflict-of-Interest

IPCC scientists routinely evaluate their own work. What could possibly go wrong?

January 29, 2018

Crucial Climate Verdict, Fledgling Evidence

History’s most momentous climate decision was based on research so preliminary it wasn’t published in a scientific journal until seven months later.

January 26, 2018

Unethical Behaviour at the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association didn’t bother to replicate pivotal research before it told the public to change its behaviour. The result was an uncontrolled public health experiment.

January 24, 2018

About That French Paradox

When scientists began believing that high fat diets & heart disease went together, this wasn’t true in 8 European countries.

January 22, 2018

When Government Makes You Fat

After the high-carbohydrate Food Pyramid was introduced, diabetes shot through the roof.

January 19, 2018

Were Aerosol Spray Cans Really a Threat?

Politicians will pass laws – and regulators will issue bans – long before there’s strong evidence of harm.

January 17, 2018

The Harvey Weinstein of the Climate World

Some news outlets still haven’t reported on the 3-year-old sexual harassment allegations against prominent climate official, Rajendra Pachauri.

January 15, 2018

Lightweight Climate News

When governments manipulate the news, most journalists fall into line.

January 12, 2018

Politics Always Win

Scientists aren’t in charge of interpreting climate research. They’re cogs in a political machine.
 

January 10, 2018

Dangerous Climate Change: No Smoking Gun

The claim that human activity is triggering a climate apocalypse is based on expert opinion and best estimates.

January 8, 2018

Climate Change is Normal

Insisting that ‘climate change is real’ is like insisting that blood is red.
 

January 5, 2018

Change is Natural

The bees and the butterflies have their own story, their own rhythms.

January 3, 2018

Nature Wants You Dead

The natural world isn’t kind or pristine. We need to stop telling children that disturbing it is sinful.

January 1, 2018

Re-Launching January 1st

This blog is adopting a new format. Posts will appear every Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

December 19, 2017

Obesity, Diet Pills & Death

Whether it’s climate science or medical science, a fake crisis leads to bad decisions that harm real people.

April 10, 2017

Suddenly Sick: The Foibles of Medical Science

Climate science and medical science have things in common. Including suspect behaviour on the part of the United Nations.

March 29, 2017

Steven Chu’s Juvenile Score Keeping

When someone’s won a Nobel Prize, who cares how long they served in Cabinet?

March 13, 2017

Science Funding Misinformation

A headline on a news story falsely claims that ‘9 countries outspend the US on science.’ In fact, America spends more than all nine combined.

March 5, 2017

Bill Nye, Fake Facts & the New York Times

I’m aware of two occasions in which the Science Guy has misled the public. But the New York Times says he’s saving us from misinformation.

February 20, 2017

Science and the Issue of Trust

Many messages emanating from the world of science are entirely bogus.

February 15, 2017

Trump, Stalin & Fake News

Australia’s chief scientist falls for a fake news story, compares President Trump to Joseph Stalin.

February 6, 2017

US Scientific Integrity Rules Repudiate the UN Climate Process

The US government says it’s a violation of scientific integrity for political officials to alter scientific findings. But political revision is central to how IPCC reports get produced.

January 29, 2017

Politicizing Science at the US Dept. of Energy

How does encouraging scientists to criticize government policy enhance scientific integrity?

January 27, 2017

Obama’s War on the Media

After promising the most transparent government in history, President Obama sharply curtailed press access, aggressively prosecuted leaks, and spied on journalists.

January 15, 2017

Medical Researchers vs the UN Climate Panel

An organization representing medical researchers believes unpublished work is too shaky to be included in grant applications, yet the world’s most important climate body has long relied on such research.

January 10, 2017

Wind Turbines: Lots of Problems, No Free Energy

In the dying days of 2016, three serious wind turbine malfunctions occurred in a small corner of Europe.

January 3, 2017

Our Ignorance is Breathtaking – We Should be Humble

We humans consistently miss the big picture. The world is improving dramatically, but our brains are addicted to worry and fear.

December 20, 2016

Fake News: Not New and Not Rare

The fairy tale about Nobel laureate climate experts demonstrates that just because you hear it on the BBC or read it in The New York Times doesn’t mean it’s true.

December 16, 2016

Greens & Feminists: Equally Nasty

Preparing a 20th anniversary edition of my first book helped me realize that environmentalism and feminism both began as reasonable social movements. But then they turned intolerant and extremist.

December 12, 2016

Left-wing Climate Reexamination

UK Labour Party veteran says climate policies that hurt the poor must be abandoned.

December 8, 2016

Empty Bellies and Carbon Taxed Food

Carbon taxes at the gas pump are just the beginning. Oxford University researchers think we should pay carbon taxes on food.

December 6, 2016

How Peer Review is Used to Shut Down Debate

Some inhabitants of the Ivory Tower are using peer review – a process that helps scholarly journals decide what to print – as a shield to hide behind. Delegitimizing public input about publicly-funded science is arrogant and counterproductive.

November 1, 2016

Peer Review Is Bunk

A report I wrote for the Global Warming Policy Foundation was released today. It explains that peer-reviewed research is as likely to be wrong as right. Basing public policy on findings that haven’t yet been reproduced is nuts.

October 27, 2016

Canada’s Carbon Tax Drama

A tax that will take an extra $1,250 from the pockets of struggling Canadian families is applauded by corporations.

October 6, 2016

Obama’s Electric Car Fail

Only 40% of Obama’s electric cars are on the road. None meet the 150-mile-per gallon standard he promised.

September 15, 2016

Michael Mann’s Peer Review Dogma

Academics insist that peer-reviewed research is sound and that everything else is inferior. But scholarly journals are actually littered with muck.

September 6, 2016

Climate Hustle: Moi on the Big Screen

I’m on screen for a few seconds in a documentary film that will be shown in movie theatres across the US on May 2nd.

May 1, 2016

The Climate Inquisition: Attorneys General Go Rogue

No matter what voters say in the upcoming US election, a coalition of Attorneys General intends to push for ‘even more aggressive’ climate action.

April 20, 2016

Is Science Really Self-Correcting?

No one wants to confront scientific fraud. Not managers, not journals, and not lab colleagues. So the system isn’t designed to prevent it.

April 11, 2016

Another Look at Science

Since the early 1980s, grave concerns have been raised about the process by which scientific evidence gets produced.

April 1, 2016

Pachauri Criminal Charges Total 1,400 pages

The former head of the world’s most important climate body has been charged with a long list of sex offences.

March 1, 2016

The WWF: Thugs & Guns Against Pygmies

The WWF may have a friendly panda for a logo, but amongst the poorest of the poor it’s known for something else: violent thugs called ecoguards.

February 16, 2016

David Suzuki: Enemy of Free Speech

For eight years, this environmental leader has called for the imprisonment of those who disagree. Why is he still welcome in polite society?

February 8, 2016

Carbon Taxes: Real Misery, Imaginary Results

Carbon taxes aren’t merely pointless, they’re regressive. Politicians earn ‘green’ cred by making life worse for the poor.

January 28, 2016

Bob Carter: Scientist, Mentor, Extraordinary Human Being

A shining beacon of how to lead by example, I am fortunate to have crossed paths with him.

January 24, 2016

Beware the Green Lobby

Nothing we do to protect the environment will ever be good enough. Like the Nazgûl in The Lord of the Rings, green lobbyists are relentless.

January 14, 2016

Power Transfer at Greenpeace

Why did Kumi Naidoo leave Greenpeace’s top job before a replacement was found? The Guardian prints clichés and asks no hard questions.

January 12, 2016

Back to Basics

Fire is about more than burns. Water is about more than floods. We’re so obsessed with carbon dioxide’s risks, we’ve become blind to its benefits.

January 8, 2016

Climate Question of the Year

Why aren’t we celebrating last week’s Paris climate deal? Where’s the joy and the gratitude – the dancing in the streets and the fireworks?

December 20, 2015

The IPCC’s Post-Paris Political Rallying Cry

IPCC official Chris Field claims the latest IPCC report set the stage for a Paris climate deal. An e-mail he sent colleagues three days ago is pure politics.

December 15, 2015

Paris and the Poor

Rich countries that try to meet their Paris commitments will spend huge amounts of money replacing cheap, higher-emissions energy sources with expensive, lower-emissions sources. This will harm the poor and do nothing for the climate.

December 14, 2015

As the Paris Climate Summit Fades Into History, A Real News Story

A US Senate committee hears that climate science is so intolerant and close-minded, the integrity and reputation of science itself is threatened.

December 11, 2015

COP21’s Green Gibberish

The Paris climate summit is many things, including a cultural spectacle wrapped in lightweight media fluff.

December 8, 2015

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

The Climate Show Carries On

The Paris climate summit is a gigantic photo op – where ineffectual political leaders will pretend to be environmental superheroes.

(includes details of my Dec. 2 talk in Paris)

November 18, 2015

The Naked Climate Change Emperor

Strip away the pseudoscience and you’ll find one thing: politics. People attempting, via international treaties, to constrain human lives. For the sake of Mother Gaia.

November 11, 2015

21 Days Until Paris

Millions of children perish each year, but world leaders think a problem that’s unlikely to become worrisome for decades is the world’s most pressing concern.

(photo credit UNICEF: http://tinyurl.com/pekcx2g)

November 9, 2015

Journalist Philippe Verdier Terminated (No Climate Free Speech, Part 6)

French weatherman Philippe Verdier is a free speech hero, a heretic whose livelihood has been stolen by the intolerant Church of Climate Change.

November 2, 2015

Flagrant Climate PR from the Australian Associated Press

A polar explorer is falsely described as a climate scientist in a news story; his activist connections aren’t reported.

October 29, 2015

Private Jet Airport Hosts Paris Climate Summit

December’s climate conference is being held on the grounds of Europe’s busiest private jet airport. If we were serious about fighting climate change, wouldn’t private jets have been banned long ago?

October 21, 2015

The Preposterous Green Institute and the IPCC

The man now in charge at the IPCC belongs to a privileged, protected, secretive entity headed by the UN’s former top climate official.

October 19, 2015

French Weatherman Taken Off Air (No Climate Free Speech, Part 5)

Government official urges television weather presenters to use loaded language to help the climate cause. When one writes a critical book instead, he’s suspended from his job at a government-owned station.

October 16, 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

The Courts & the Climate

What lessons does the environment arm of the United Nations intend to learn from the Chief Justice of Malaysia – whose court has been condemned by Amnesty International?

(includes links to other voices on the proper role of courts in the climate debate)

October 13, 2015

The Unseemly Lord Carnwath

Why is a Supreme Court judge part of an unsavoury UN advisory panel?

October 7, 2015

Supreme Court Justice Carnwath: Climate Activist

A sitting UK Supreme Court judge took part in a Rio+20 event that said the UN (a political body) should be given more scope & authority.

October 4, 2015

Climate Secrets at the UK Supreme Court

Organizers of a climate conference co-sponsored by the UK Supreme Court won’t reveal who attended, how much the event cost, or how many participants had their airfare paid by the United Nations.

October 3, 2015

RICO20 Letter to President Obama Disappears

The institute that published a letter demanding mobster-style investigations of non-mainstream climate views has removed it. But the letter was archived in at least three other places.

September 29, 2015

Silencing Dissent Via the Courts (No Climate Free Speech, Part 4)

A British academic wants an international court to declare climate skeptics wrong, once and for all.

September 21, 2015

Silencing Dissent Via the Police (No Climate Free Speech, Part 3)

20 American academics think unorthodox climate views should be subjected to an organized crime investigation.

September 18, 2015

In League with the Devil (No Climate Free Speech, Part 2)

Climate activists have redefined the venerable concept of free speech. According to them, it means the polar opposite of what John Stuart Mill famously wrote about.

September 15, 2015

No Climate Free Speech – Part 1

Climate activists are behaving like tyrants. If my four-year-old acted this way, I’d be worried.

September 13, 2015

Getting Serious About Climate

For 15 years, we’ve been scolded and cajoled. As the December climate summit approaches, global warming rhetoric has grown seriously threadbare.

September 8, 2015

Greenpeace: Employer from Hell

Greenpeace canvassers say their workplace is no compassionate, supportive utopia.

September 4, 2015

3 Things Scientists Need to Know About the IPCC

Slides and text of my presentation to the World Federation of Scientists, 20 Aug. 2015.

September 1, 2015

See You in September (And a Few Words About the Pope)

New material won’t be added to this blog until Autumn. You are invited to explore the six-years-worth of content already published here – as well as my two books.

June 21, 2015