Davos and COVID-19
While our ‘thought leaders’ worried about the elderly in the year 2050, a virus that would kill hundreds of thousands of elderly people this year was spreading like wildfire.
Environmentalism for the Non-Naive
Like colonialists of old, affluent green activists impose their will on poor people in impoverished countries who have no means of defending themselves.
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.
Refuting the Smear Machine – Part 1
When a journalist thinks for herself about climate change, insults & fabrications follow.
UN Targets the Sand People
Allegations that mining threatens wildlife rely on activist ‘evidence.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greenpeace: Employer from Hell
Greenpeace canvassers say their workplace is no compassionate, supportive utopia.
Jean-Pascal van Ypersele: The Activist Who Wants to Run the IPCC
A Belgian activist scientist seeking leadership of the UN climate panel flies to Pakistan – and is fawned over by the media.
Climate Change Special Interests Condemn Special Interests
Many of the scientists who signed an open letter against museums taking money from special interests are themselves linked to special interests. Part 3 of 3.
Do Joe Romm and Fellow Climate Scientists Think Sexual Misconduct is OK?
Climate science is a world in which people who donate money to museums are targeted and ostracized. Yet creeps who write about urinating on women get a free pass. Part 1 of 3.
How Much Did Greenpeace Pay van Ypersele?
Jean-Pascal van Ypersele became an IPCC official in 2002. Two years later he got into bed with Greenpeace. Part 2 of 2.
Greenpeace, Auschwitz & Mass Murder
A Greenpeace activist thinks ‘the world would be a better place’ without a journalist who questions climate orthodoxy. Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, he says we’d ‘solve a great deal of the world’s problems by chopping off everyone’s heads.’
Green Incompetence Isn’t Sustainable
Governments fund solar capacity in countries that receive little sun and install wind turbines in nations that get little wind. $100 billion has been squandered while green activists applauded.
Greenpeace: We Spit on Your Sacred Spaces
Greenpeace activists have no respect for what others hold sacred – whether it’s Peru’s Nazca lines or a Roman Catholic cross in Canada.
‘No Culture of Accountability’ at Greenpeace
Environmental organizations are large, affluent, and secretive. Rather than being underdogs, they are now the establishment.
3 Reasons Not to Trust the New Climate Report
The IPCC acts as investigator, prosecutor, judge, and jury. It has a long history of recruiting activist personnel, and is led by a man prone to exaggeration.
The IPCC, the Police & Greenpeace
Greenpeace isn’t anti-establishment anymore. Now it’s just another arm of the authoritarian, UN green machine.
Europe Bound (Speaking Dates)
I’ll be in Germany and Scotland this month, giving speeches about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This Thursday, I’ll be addressing the International Conference on Climate and Energy, which … Continue reading
Doubt is Not a Sin
When did “Question Authority” stop being applicable?
Anti-Democratic Green Activism
If the public is to be represented at climate negotiations by someone other than their own government, it has a right to elect and dismiss those representatives.
Independent Greenpeace? Never Mind
Greenpeace makes a show of rejecting government and corporate money. But it’s close pals with the WWF – which gets enormous funding from exactly those sources.
Today’s Climate Summit Press Conferences
The WWF utilized UN press conference facilities yesterday. It’s doing so again today.
What a Nasty, Scandalously Rigged System
Activist media events are a shockingly institutionalized part of UN climate negotiations.
Initial Dispatch: the Warsaw Climate Summit
If the UN were serious about a new climate treaty, it would turf the activists. They are a distraction no one needs.
IPCC Summary: The Real Story
Media outlets remain oblivious to the IPCC’s tainted-by-activism personnel.
When Governments Cite Greenpeace
An Energy Minister who boasts that his decision is supported by Greenpeace is an Energy Minister spectacularly out-of-touch with ordinary voters.
Greenpeace’s Menacing ‘Angry Kid’
Does a responsible organization make videos in which children call adults enemies?
Think You Know Greenpeace? Look Again
An urgent public health crisis exists. An effective, humanitarian response is available. But rather than pitching in and helping to save lives, Greenpeace is attacking the aid workers.
The IPCC Report as Ink Blot Test
What do Greenpeace and the Natural History Museum have in common? They both employ people with impaired reading comprehension skills.
Greenpeace & the IPCC Report
Greenpeace says 95% certainty is the same as 100% certainty. Tell that to people who die on the operating table.
WWF Partners With Country Where Rape Victims Are Jailed
Any country in which a woman finds herself sentenced to 16 months after reporting a rape is barbaric and deserves to be shunned. Instead, the WWF is burnishing the image of this oppressive regime.
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.
The Green Jobs Fairy Tale
Politicians, having blindly parroted environmentalist rhetoric about green jobs, look increasingly foolish.
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.
The Playing Field Isn’t Remotely Level
Climate skeptics don’t hire advertising agencies to help them manage their brand. Green groups do. So tell me again which side is lavishly funded?
The Male-Dominated Green Landscape
Why are female leaders rarer than rubies in green organizations?
Public Relations Firms & Climate Change
Much of what we hear about climate change has been carefully crafted by PR firms and ad agencies.
Greens Against Growth – Except Their Own
If ‘constant growth’ is bad, why does the David Suzuki Foundation keep getting bigger and bigger?
How Greenpeace Defines Happiness
Greenpeace says we should deprive ourselves and harm our communities.
IPCC Invites In the Activists
When Greenpeace personnel are participating, a political process is underway – not a scientific one.
Green Fantasies, Hard Realities
The only place wind energy is free and easy is in the minds of green activists.
Greenpeace & UNEP – Cozy Under the Bedcovers
Greenpeace envisions a new system of global governance – in which unaccountable UN bureaucrats gain “real powers.”
The Drama Queen Files – Exhibit #2
An oil pipeline is described as a “carbon bomb” that will impact the “children of all species forever.”
The Drama Queen Files – Exhibit #1
As a writer, I think it’s important to pay attention to the language and the imagery being used in the climate debate. Today I’m launching a new, regular feature on this blog – The Drama Queen Files.
The Workshop Presentation that Never Was
The BBC African temperature exaggeration is worse that we thought. It also has an IPCC connection.
Writing About Climate Change
Is a new academic network just a cover for climate activists?
Persecuted for decades? Poor? Green groups will still kick you when you’re down.
Meet ‘One of the World’s Foremost Climate Scientists’
Andrew Weaver: climate modeler, Green Party deputy leader, Greenpeace promoter.
Greenpeace’s Vision for America: Unemployed, Broke, Miserable
Greenpeace thinks President Obama should destroy lives now. Because of an ill-defined, generalized risk of climate change sometime in the future.
The Secret Santa Leak
Thanks to a whistleblower, draft versions of most chapters of the IPCC’s upcoming report are now in the public domain. Among the new revelations: the IPCC has learned nothing from the Himalayan glacier debacle.
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.
The WWF’s Surveillance Drones
The World Wildlife Fund is deploying anti-poaching surveillance drones in countries with spotty human rights records and non-existent oversight mechanisms.
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.
The IPCC: Going Where No Scientist Should Go
The next IPCC report will include a chapter that discusses gender inequality, marginalized populations, and traditional knowledge. So much for providing “rigorous…scientific information.”
The Activist Economist & the IPCC (Part 1)
How can claims that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is objective be taken seriously when one of its authors has been arrested at an anti-coal protest?
The Pipeline, the Jobs, & the Media
Why do journalists never doubt green groups?
Free Speech is Not Negotiable: Stop SOPA
The vibrant, international climate skeptic community owes its existence to the Internet. We must defend it.
The Canadian (Climate) Paradox
How many more reports highlighting the IPCC’s flaws will it take before politicians draw the obvious conclusions? How many additional scandals must surface before political leaders realize that this body doesn’t deserve their trust?
Those Who Claim to Speak for the Future
A collection of NGO brats, self-important rich folks, and UN bureaucrats have taken it upon themselves to be the voice of future generations.
Finally – Real Journalism on NGOs
The blogosphere is putting professional journalists to shame with its investigations into, and analysis of, groups such as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund.
When Your Paycheque Depends on a Climate Crisis
There is now a small army of experts, activists, and bureaucrats whose economic lives depend on there being a climate crisis. Without such a crisis their jobs, their travel to exotic places, and their moments in the media spotlight would all disappear.
Here an Activist, There an Activist
In a single IPCC chapter we find an author affiliated the WWF, another with Greenpeace, and a third with the Environmental Defense Fund. Sure, this is a scientific document.
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.
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.
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.
How the IPCC Defines ‘Distinguished Scientist’
Where, on the CV of a person employed by Greenpeace for the past 17 years, does it say distinguished scientist?
Greenpeace Disses ‘Covert Calculations’
Greenpeace has seen the light. Years after it became the norm in climate science to hoard & hide data, Greenpeace is now complaining about such behaviour.
The Activists, the Media, and the Public
When activists hoodwink the media – and questionable environmental scare stories are the result – why don’t we care?
Oodles of Cash
Who knew that green groups – and those with business interests in renewable energy – have access to such obscene amounts of money?
IPCC: These People Haven’t Learned a Thing
A recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report once again relies on research conducted by Greenpeace. Once again, Greenpeace personnel are serving as IPCC lead authors.
Ka-Ching! More Greenpeace Money
One of the most senior authors for the upcoming climate bible has spent the past 17 years cashing cheques from Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund.
Clueless New IPCC Policy Ignores Advocacy Literature
New Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change guidelines declare that blogs “are not acceptable sources of information for IPCC Reports.” Yet these same guidelines say nothing about advocacy literature published by groups such as Greenpeace.
Hansen, Suzuki & Greenpeace
Regarding James Hansen’s (tax-payer funded) salary, David Suzuki’s despair, and Ross Gelbspan’s professional activism.
The IPCC’s Activist Chairman
Rajendra Pachauri does not display the aloof, dispassionate demeanour traditionally evoked by the term “scientist.” Instead, he repeatedly lends the good name of the scientific body he chairs to activist endeavours.
Peer into the Heart of the IPCC, Find Greenpeace
The mere presence of environmental activists undermines the integrity of scientific endeavours. Yet the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has long embraced Greenpeace personnel.
Not Your Grandfather’s Greenpeace
Environmental activist organizations are all grown up now. We need to adjust our thinking accordingly.
It Isn’t a Conspiracy – It’s Just Money, Fashion & Power
If much of the world were to snap out of it and realize that global warming has been over-hyped, large companies would lose hundreds of billions.
Mr. Chairman, Your Carriage Awaits
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is dysfunctional and unaccountable. That Rajendra Pachauri remains as its chairman – despite widespread calls for his resignation – is proof of this.
The Silent Treatment
Should AGW proponents acknowledge critics? Or should they avert their eyes and block their ears?
Greenpeace: Corporate Stocks & Noah’s Arks
Greenpeace spends its time trashing corporations. Yet it solicits donations in the form of corporate stocks. Any kind of corporate stocks, apparently.
Greenpeace’s 12th Century Technology
Greenpeace recently dismissed the Canadian Senate as a 19th century institution. But it aggressively promotes wind power – a 12th century technology. While it accuses the Senate of being undemocratic, Greenpeace itself scored only 42% when evaluated from an accountability perspective.
Meet the IPCC’s Youngest Lead Author
At the age of 25, Richard Klein became an IPCC lead author. He held a Masters degree, and had spent a year working for Greenpeace.
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.”
IPCC Author Profile: Alistair Woodward
In June the IPCC put Alistair Woodward in charge of the climate bible’s health chapter. He thinks doctors should “educate and encourage” their patients in “climate change action.”
BP, Greenpeace & the Big Oil Jackpot
It is frequently alleged that climate skeptics are being funded by big oil – and that their views should therefore not be trusted. In fact, green groups have received far more funding from oil interests. Really.
Independent Bloggers vs Corporate Environmentalists
30 years ago Greenpeace rented creaky fishing boats. These days it purchases $22-million custom-built mega-yachts. The shoestring voices in the environmental debate now belong to skeptical bloggers.
Systemic Failure: Invasion of the Drama Queens
Drug trial results are closely scrutinized. Corporate financial statements are routinely audited. Yet science academy bureaucrats – and a lot of others who should have known better – have advised us to blindly trust IPCC reports.
What She Said About the Climate Bible 3 Months Ago
If the climate bible includes significant mistakes, if it uses newspaper & magazine articles to make its case, if it relies on literature generated by activist organizations – then it is rather a different animal from the uber-respectable paragon of virtue so many journalists have described. Bamboozled by the PR machine that is the IPCC, they’ve passed along bad information to the public.
Greenpeace and the Nobel-Winning Climate Report
The relationship between Greenpeace and the IPCC is so close that not only are the activist group’s documents cited by the climate bible, the IPCC chairman has written a forward for a Greenpeace publication. Meanwhile, a senior Greenpeace official (whose entire career has been devoted to political activism), has served as an IPCC “scientific expert reviewer.”
More Dodgy Citations in the Nobel-Winning Climate Report
The climate bible cites numerous documents written by the World Wildlife Fund to back up its arguments. But this document is supposed to be a rigorous, wholly scientific assessment.
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.
Do As I Say, Not As I Do
Greenpeace thinks climate skeptics should be silent because a “scientific consensus” has established that dangerous climate change is real. Yet Greenpeace’s active opposition to genetically modified foods flies in the face of another scientific consensus – the one that says such products are safe.
Slurs, Smears & Money
Skeptical climate scientists are often accused of being motivated by financial gain. So why does Al Gore charge $175,000 to deliver a speech? If global warming is really a planetary emergency, why won’t he deliver the same talk for $50,000?
The Wrong Trousers (Common Ground on Kyoto Between Climate Change Skeptics & Believers)
Two professors (who believe human-caused global warming is a problem) argue that the Kyoto Protocol was doomed to fail & that pushing for more policies of this sort wastes precious time.
A pragmatic analysis that reveals common ground between moderate climate activists & moderate climate skeptics.