Long the whipping boy of environmentalists, the Industrial Revolution lifted humanity out of misery and squalor.
Concern about global warming is dead last amongst 16 priorities.
Spending scarce resources on a separate collection system for material no one wants isn’t sensible.
Attempting to understand why people vote the way they do is more useful than sneering at half a country’s population.
Scientists score lower than chimpanzees when quizzed about basic, state-of-the-world facts.
Scores of scientific minds. So much tomfoolery.
No matter how undemocratic, impoverished, sparsely-populated, or terrorism-promoting a nation might be, a sentence written by scientists will not survive if that nation objects.
On what planet is it OK for politically-determined definitions to supersede those written by actual scientists?
The IPCC publishes the citizenship and gender of its authors – but says nothing about their scientific expertise.
The latest IPCC report was a setup – a cynical ploy to produce alarmist media headlines that succeeded beautifully.
November 2000 and December 2009 were both supposed to be our last, best chance to save the planet from climate disaster. This week, the media is once again spreading this message.
If climate research is like other research, half of the IPCC’s 6,000 academic citations are dubious.
Hundreds of women insist the current US Supreme Court nominee is tremendously supportive of female equality. Why doesn’t every news story offer us a chance to believe them?
Last week, in a sickening spectacle, grownups behaved as though a vague, wholly unproven story involving teenagers 30+ years ago is relevant to whether a candidate is fit to be a US Supreme Court judge.
The most smug, most self-indulgent, least curious journalists in history.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is essentially a law unto itself, an entrenched culture with no meaningful oversight mechanisms.
The BBC is a huge bureaucracy. The geniuses running it have declared another bureaucracy – the UN’s IPCC – a font of scientific truth. How pathetic.
‘Social justice’ is an extremist, left wing political analysis many consider repellent and infantile. It’s as though academics have no idea the rest of us think they’ve gone insane.
Entities explicitly committed to social justice: Yale’s School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Art, religious organizations.
Reading Heather Mac Donald’s new book is like stepping into a bad dream.
The average number of school-related homicides per year appears to be 33. The US Dept. of Education’s claim of ‘over 100’ in 2015-2016 should be treated with grave skepticism.
Bad data fuels ill-informed decisions, wastes money, and scares kids.
A US government report about school shootings is riddled with errors.
How should women dress in public given the religious views of some immigrants? Jimmie Åkesson says men ‘who feel they can’t control themselves’ are welcome to wear blindfolds.
I’m taking a few days vacation. See you next Friday, September 7th.
As a historic number of people were applying for asylum last year, journalists insisted nothing unusual was going on.
The Swedish political party that has been shouting itself hoarse about anti-Semitism is the one journalists keep describing as neo-Nazi.
Every time the media mentions the Sweden Democrats, we’re reminded of sins decades in the past. But there’s no parallel, incessant reminder of the Green Party’s documented links to the Nazis.
Sweden’s population: 10 million. France and UK total population: 133 million. Sweden has accepted more asylum seekers than France and UK combined.
Journalists can’t seem to help themselves. Every blessed thing gets twisted.
If 3,260 vehicles had been torched in America, how safe would ordinary people be feeling?
There’s a world of difference between denouncing media bias and sending in the military to close television stations.
When Donald Trump rails against fake news he speaks for millions of people who are tired of being silenced and smeared.
The people who removed InfoWars content from Facebook, YouTube, and iTunes this week need to re-read the fifth Harry Potter book.
Changing people’s behaviour is profoundly difficult.
The covers of news magazines such as Time and The Economist used to tell the truth.
Iconic magazine admits it published fake news. Makes no promise not to do it again.
Online jokes about plastic straws provide welcome comic relief.
Why does the city of San Francisco need a full-blown Department of the Environment?
If we want to protect the ocean from plastic, we need to think strategically.
Green activists are in the business of taking away choices.
Peer-reviewed science can be found to support nearly every position.
Reporting on peer review, The Economist misses the elephant in the room – and advocates unjust hiring practices.
Unlike many dads cast by Hollywood, this one is competent, accomplished, and a pillar of the community.
A webpage vetted by Oxford is misleading the public about a fake geological era.
Only one person has been held accountable. To this day, Greenpeace refuses to identify the full list of culprits.
Humans make things safe, clean, and healthy.
The most reputable publishers imaginable are misinforming the public about basic geology.
Journalists declaring something to be the case before it has actually happened is outrageous and unethical.
The natural world is more sophisticated than we imagine.
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.
Green groups are not David with a slingshot. They are Goliath. Please support the scrutiny & skepticism I bring to environmental issues.
Powerful people construct amazingly inaccurate narratives about their own lives.
In the climate world, the line between real and fake is strangely murky.
The media’s climate frenzy was sparked by a scientist who’s research was still unpublished.
Doing the math on doing the laundry.
A friend has long complained that her energy efficient, front-load washing machine takes forever.
Species come and species go. Humanity’s role is smaller than most of us imagine.
Causing real harm with no realistic chance of improving the world makes no sense.
Polluted waterways are one more reason not to litter. Rather than making this point, greens are demonizing plastic.
Politicians & 10-year-olds think banning drinking straws in rich nations will address improper garbage disposal in poor ones.
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.
If it had been within his power to take the steps he insisted were necessary, the human rights abuses would have been horrendous.
Saving the world = demonizing alternative visions
Paul Ehrlich advocated the use of US helicopters so that Indian peasants could be kidnapped & forcibly sterilized.
Threats of famine, dead children, bombs, nuclear war, and oblivion.
Another idea, supposedly confirmed by science, turns out to have little scientific foundation.
Why Scott Adams thinks we have a moral obligation to praise others.
The Dilbert cartoonist remembers what it was like to be a young person from a small town, with few role models and fewer connections.
Peer-reviewed studies, published six months apart, produce wildly different estimates.
We regularly urge young people to think outside the box. Hughes is doing just that.
‘Healthy’ is now being defined in radically different ways, by different interest groups.
In the low-carb universe, vegetables are served with lots of butter, mayonnaise, and hollandaise.
In person, David Suzuki is reportedly foul-mouthed and rude.
On June 7th, the University of Alberta will lionize someone who rejects freedom of thought.
For the past 30 years, carbon-footprint-warrior David Suzuki has considered Australia his second home.
He decries over-population, but fathers 5 kids. He’s against economic growth, but his once-tiny foundation now has offices in 3 cities.
Emotionally attached to ideas, some of us have little interest in how they perform in the real world.
Naive compassion for some people endangers the safety of others.
Full-fledged racism is being practiced by the very institutions that claim to abhor it.
Scientific debate can’t accomplish its purpose if we pretend there is no debate.
The celebrated ability of science to self-correct is accompanied by some major caveats.
There are structural reasons for the low quality of much scientific research.
We need to lose our naivete. Many scientific findings are neither crisp nor clear.
A gang of 14 scientists attack a lone scientist in an academic journal. Erica Goode justifies & amplifies the assault in the Times.
When you give money to the Sierra Club, you’re doing three bad things.
The Sierra Club is a lawsuit factory. Responding to its legal assaults wastes mountains of public money.
The Sierra Club is swimming in money from affluent individuals, wealthy foundations, and blue chip companies. This is not a grassroots organization.
For well-funded green groups (and a growing list of governments), lawyers are weapons and courtrooms are a political battleground.
Fruit may be natural, but its sugar content has increased due to selective breeding.
Since relaunching this blog on January first, I’ve published 38 new posts – including one in Swedish. Please help me continue.
If fat were the villain we’ve been told it is, I should have gained 40 pounds.
Some discoveries are easy to measure and easy to verify. But much of science is about groping in the dark.
People who exercise regularly still gain weight.
Greenpeace tells a court that everyone knows its campaigns are based on opinions & interpretations rather than hard facts.
Greenpeace thinks people who spread ‘misinformation’ have no right to be heard. Yet, suddenly, it’s waving the free speech flag.
Green groups are perpetual outrage machines.
No thinking person should hold strong climate opinions unless they’ve carefully considered a range of viewpoints.
Changing definitions of ‘normal’ blood pressure means more people are coping with drug side effects.
Doctors and nurses rarely follow the rules when collecting important info about our health.
Standard medical practice is often pointless, risky – and a waste of money.
I Sverige dog pressfrihet för 25 år sedan.
[Swedish translation of previous post]
Freedom of the press died in Sweden 25 years ago.
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.
If 10 times more immigrants turn up than were predicted by government experts, where’s affordable housing supposed to come from?
Elites make immigration decisions, while the working class lives with the consequences.
While the rest of us are playing hopscotch, he’s battling humanity’s demons.
Mothers have immense power to harm their children.
Taking a fresh look at some fundamental moral ideas.
Learning to be shrill. Apparently, this is now the goal of higher education.
Young people are being systematically taught to disdain free speech. And your tax dollars are paying for it.
University activists now behave like fascists: stifling unpopular perspectives and denying others the opportunity to hear those perspectives firsthand.
To be useful, energy must be reliable.
It is immoral to deny needy people access to fossil fuels because experts have made dire predictions about the future.
Our analysis of fossil fuels needs to be wholistic – not one-sided.
Being an expert in a particular field doesn’t make you smart about the big picture.
Young people are told incessantly that everything they might want to do with their lives harms the planet.
IPCC scientists routinely evaluate their own work. What could possibly go wrong?
History’s most momentous climate decision was based on research so preliminary it wasn’t published in a scientific journal until seven months later.
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.
When scientists began believing that high fat diets & heart disease went together, this wasn’t true in 8 European countries.
After the high-carbohydrate Food Pyramid was introduced, diabetes shot through the roof.
Politicians will pass laws – and regulators will issue bans – long before there’s strong evidence of harm.
Some news outlets still haven’t reported on the 3-year-old sexual harassment allegations against prominent climate official, Rajendra Pachauri.
When governments manipulate the news, most journalists fall into line.
Scientists aren’t in charge of interpreting climate research. They’re cogs in a political machine.
The claim that human activity is triggering a climate apocalypse is based on expert opinion and best estimates.
Insisting that ‘climate change is real’ is like insisting that blood is red.
The bees and the butterflies have their own story, their own rhythms.
The natural world isn’t kind or pristine. We need to stop telling children that disturbing it is sinful.
This blog is adopting a new format. Posts will appear every Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
Whether it’s climate science or medical science, a fake crisis leads to bad decisions that harm real people.
Climate science and medical science have things in common. Including suspect behaviour on the part of the United Nations.
When someone’s won a Nobel Prize, who cares how long they served in Cabinet?
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.
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.
Many messages emanating from the world of science are entirely bogus.
Australia’s chief scientist falls for a fake news story, compares President Trump to Joseph Stalin.
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.
How does encouraging scientists to criticize government policy enhance scientific integrity?
After promising the most transparent government in history, President Obama sharply curtailed press access, aggressively prosecuted leaks, and spied on journalists.
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.
In the dying days of 2016, three serious wind turbine malfunctions occurred in a small corner of Europe.
We humans consistently miss the big picture. The world is improving dramatically, but our brains are addicted to worry and fear.
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.
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.
UK Labour Party veteran says climate policies that hurt the poor must be abandoned.
Carbon taxes at the gas pump are just the beginning. Oxford University researchers think we should pay carbon taxes on food.
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.
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.