Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.

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

The Sierra Club’s Violent, Totalitarian Tendencies

Truth squads. Pushing “bitter pills” down other people’s throat. Democracy’s new enemies are green.

June 24, 2013

The Sierra Club’s Broken Moral Compass

The Sierra Club took fossil fuel money. Lots of it. How dare it falsely accuse other people of doing this.

January 27, 2013

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.”

March 20, 2013

The Drama Queen Files – Exhibit #3

The Sierra Club is “outraged” by a Keystone pipeline report. This is as newsworthy as saying the Pope is Catholic.

March 2, 2013

Big Oil Money for Me, But Not for Thee

The Sierra Club takes fossil fuel money. So does the Nature Conservancy and Rajendra Pachauri’s sustainability conference. So why is the Heartland Institute being torn to pieces for the same behaviour?

February 17, 2012

Refuting the Smear Machine – Part 2

People tell themselves fairy tales about UN organizations – and disparage journalists who shine a light on what’s actually going on.

May 27, 2019

Parasite Green Lawyers Target Toilet Paper

Everyone’s standard of living drops as daily necessities become more costly.

February 25, 2019

The ‘Balance of Nature’ Myth

The natural world is more sophisticated than we imagine.

July 4, 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

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

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

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

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

Countdown to Disaster – Exhibit #11 in the Drama Queen Files

A chief scientist, a statesman, and an heir to a throne all say climate disaster is imminent. But their schedules don’t agree.

June 16, 2014

Neil Young’s Hiroshima – Exhibit #10 in the Drama Queen Files

Rockstar’s rhetoric about Canada’s oil sands is intemperate, offensive, and ill-informed.

January 20, 2014

The Invisible Judith Curry

A bona fide climate scientist tells US Senators we have no idea whether human-caused global warming will be a serious problem. The media doesn’t report it.

January 17, 2014

Rich Guy Rubbish – Exhibit #9 in the Drama Queen Files

Musician Bob Geldoff says climate change is going to wipe us out. By 2030.

October 7, 2013

Climate Holocaust – Exhibit #8 in the Drama Queen Files

It’s 2009 all over again – when people got hysterical prior to the last-chance-to-save-ourselves Copenhagen climate summit.

July 13, 2013

Greens Bludgeon Democracy

Environmentalists think Australian states can’t be trusted to make their own decisions. They want them overruled by bureaucrats thousands of miles away.

July 6, 2013

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.

July 2, 2013

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.”

June 28, 2013

The Green Jobs Fairy Tale

Politicians, having blindly parroted environmentalist rhetoric about green jobs, look increasingly foolish.

June 18, 2013

Putting the ‘Activist’ in Scientist

29 people have submitted a statement regarding the Keystone Pipeline. Purely political opinions are being camouflaged as ‘scientific judgment.’

June 5, 2013

The Drama Queen Files – Exhibit #6

Carbon dioxide, superstition, and protecting the oceans.

May 13, 2013

The Male-Dominated Green Landscape

Why are female leaders rarer than rubies in green organizations?

May 9, 2013

The Drama Queen Files: Exhibit #5

Based on a press release and a brochure, the media says hunters are “gasping for life” in the Arctic.

May 8, 2013

Earth Day 1970 (The Drama Queen Files, Exhibit #4)

The language being used in 1970, the year Earth Day was born, hasn’t changed much: Crisis. Catastrophe. Endangered. Extinction.

April 22, 2013

Rajendra Pachauri’s Conspiracy Theory

It takes chutzpah to accuse other people of something you yourself are peddling.

April 6, 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

Liberty – the Missing Ingredient in the Green Analysis

Liberty. Freedom. These ideas inspire risk-taking and self-sacrifice. But the green movement offers the exact opposite.

June 21, 2012

Masters of Hypocrisy: the Union of Concerned Scientists

A new report funded by big oil and big tobacco has the chutzpah to complain about corporate influence on the climate debate.

June 8, 2012

Canadian Greens & their Twisted Democracy

Green activists accuse the government of waging a “war on nature and democracy.” But there’s nothing democratic about claiming to speak for future generations.

June 5, 2012

Keeping the ‘No Pressure’ Video Alive

It’s no longer easy to locate the splattergate video on YouTube.

May 4, 2012

Opinion Disguised as Science

Iowa scientists have signed a letter about climate change. News reports don’t mention their activist leanings.

February 22, 2012

Pachauri’s 5-Star Sustainability Summit

If you were hosting a sustainability conference that criticized energy-intensive lifestyles and over-consumption, would you do it at a five-star hotel?

January 30, 2012

Naming Names: Marine Experts Tainted by Activist Cash

The list of people who’ve accepted $150,000 from an advocacy organization is a long one. There are lots of PhDs here, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with full-blown political activists.

August 5, 2011

Oodles of Cash

Who knew that green groups – and those with business interests in renewable energy – have access to such obscene amounts of money?

June 17, 2011

Environmentalism Runs Amok

Nearly half a century after the first Earth Day, the chessboard has changed dramatically. The players with the power, the war chests, and the influence are different now.

February 27, 2011

John Holdren’s IPCC Myths

President Obama’s science advisor says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change bases its conclusions on source material that has been vetted in excruciating detail. According to IPCC insiders, this is bunk.

February 9, 2011

Greenpeace and the Violent Video

A Greenpeace spokesperson suggests that the only people concerned about the video in which kids are executed for insufficient eco enthusiasm are those with ulterior motives – “climate skeptics and think tanks funded by corporations.”

October 5, 2010

Reuters’ Climate Change Fiction

One day entire books will be written about the mainstream media’s pathetic coverage of the climate change debate.

February 24, 2010