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

WWF’s Chief Spokesperson Joins IPCC

Jennifer Morgan was recently recruited to help prepare the upcoming edition of the climate bible. Rather than being one of the world’s finest scientific minds she is a professional activist – as in chief climate change spokesperson for the World Wildlife Fund.

April 25, 2011

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.

April 21, 2011

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.

April 16, 2011

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.

April 7, 2011

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.

April 5, 2011

The IPCC’s Pretend Neutrality

Actions speak louder the words. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claims to be impartial and evenhanded – but that’s not how it behaves.

April 4, 2011

The IPCC Insiders Club

A small group of IPCC insiders filled as many as seven different roles each during the writing of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

March 25, 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

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.

February 14, 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

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.

January 28, 2011

All For a Nobel Cause

How often does the media imply that IPCC Peace Prize winners are scientific Nobel laureates?

January 24, 2011

The Silent Treatment

Should AGW proponents acknowledge critics? Or should they avert their eyes and block their ears?

January 14, 2011

Best of 2010 at NoFrakkingConsensus

The five blog posts I’m proudest to have written in 2010.

December 28, 2010

The Royal Society’s Big Oil Award

The UK’s Royal Society awarded an Esso Energy medal annually for 25 years. A short time later, when opinions on climate change diverged, the society began painting Esso’s parent company, ExxonMobil, as demon spawn.

November 29, 2010

Appalling Rhetoric from a Climate Skeptic

The climate change debate is important. Human lives (and trillions of dollars) hang in the balance. We therefore need open, vigorous dialogue. We need to hear all perspectives. But this can’t happen when both sides are trying to shut down the debate by declaring other people’s views criminal.

November 26, 2010

Speech Crimes & Ethics 101

An ethics professor thinks corporations that challenge climate dogma should be charged with a new kind of crime against humanity.

Strangely, he’s unconcerned that a representative of the violent & unsavoury Sudanese government fills one of the IPCC’s four most prominent positions.

October 28, 2010

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.

October 21, 2010

The Politics of Fear

According to many commentators, conservatives are now ascendant because they have invoked the politics of fear.

So where are the denunciations of the politics of fear employed by greens? They’ve played that hand for years – exploiting & targeting kids in the process.

September 24, 2010

The New Graduate Who Served as IPCC Lead Author

A recent medical graduate with no relevant publications was a lead author of the IPCC’s first health chapter. That report was supposed to have been written by the world’s top experts.

September 9, 2010

The Book the IPCC Plagiarized

Entire passages in the IPCC’s 1995 report were lifted from a 1993 book authored by Anthony McMichael – the IPCC person in charge of the health chapter.

September 3, 2010

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.”

August 25, 2010

Guide to AR5

As the author of two books about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), I am well placed to evaluate its 2013-2014 Assessment Report (aka AR5 – which stands for … Continue reading

Citizen Audit Report is Now a PDF

If the IPCC can’t be trusted to describe its own report accurately, why should we believe anything else it says?

May 9, 2010

Dr. Pachauri, Call Your Office

The chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has repeatedly declared that the climate bible relies solely on peer-reviewed source material. This claim is false. Rajendra Pachauri should resign.

April 21, 2010

Climate Bible Gets 21 ‘F’s on Report Card

Forty citizen auditors from 12 countries examined 18,531 sources cited in the latest version of the climate bible – finding 5,587 to be not peer-reviewed. 21 of 44 chapters in the United Nations’ Nobel-winning report had so few peer-reviewed references they earned an F on our report card.

April 14, 2010

The Great Peer-Review Fairy Tale

The chairman of the IPCC has repeatedly told the world the climate bible relies solely on peer-reviewed scientific literature. He is wrong.

March 6, 2010

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.

February 22, 2010

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.

February 6, 2010

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.

February 2, 2010

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.

January 23, 2010

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.

December 19, 2009

Climate Confusion

Roy Spencer is a bona fide climate scientist who disagrees with the dangerous global warming hypothesis. I review his book Climate Confusion – and also discuss Bill McKibben’s The End of Nature.

November 12, 2009

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.

July 2, 2009

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?

June 19, 2009

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.

June 12, 2009