Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise has been watching the climate world since 2009. What she sees isn't pretty.

IPCC Says Climate Prediction Impossible

In its 2001 report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change admitted that long-term climate prediction is not possible. So why are we telling kids the world won’t be habitable by the time they grow up?

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June 30, 2010

The Legal Disclaimers Behind the Climate Science

Dangerous climate change is supposed to be such “settled science” we’re being told to transform the way we live & work. Yet some of the parties promoting this view are covering their butts by protecting themselves from legal consequences.

June 28, 2010

The Story That Should Be on the Front Page

Attempts to deal with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are being hampered by a foolish EPA regulation and other bizarre concerns.

June 26, 2010

Who is William R.L. Anderegg?

A naive grad student is the lead author of a controversial paper that purports to assess the credibility of scientists who hold a variety of views on climate change.

June 24, 2010

Climate Bible’s New Authors Announced

831 people will help write the next edition of the climate bible. We’re being told their names and countries of residence but not much more. How do we know if they really are the world’s top experts?

June 23, 2010

Climate Skeptics Photo Essay – Part 2

What do climate skeptics look like? Is it possible they’re smart, well-intentioned men and women who simply see the world differently?

June 22, 2010

Scientists & Science Journalists – Please Grow Up

The “screaming death spiral” scientist now admits he might have overstated the Arctic ice melt situation.

June 18, 2010

The Activists, the Poll & the Data

When the biographies of university-affiliated “researchers” talk about saving the world from climate change, the polling data they produce should be taken with a grain of salt.

June 15, 2010

Cross Examining the IPCC

A law professor cross-examines an “expert witness” – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s climate bible. Although this document is supposed to be objective and even-handed, he says its authors frequently ignore, minimize & conceal scientific evidence that doesn’t fit the carbon-dioxide-is-the-culprit narrative.

June 13, 2010

How Many IPCC Scientists Say So?

The media frequently declares that thousands of scientists all agree that the planet’s slight warming in the late 20th century was due to human activity. In fact, only a few dozen people – working on one particular chapter of a much larger report – had a voice in that discussion.

June 11, 2010

Climate Skeptics Photo Essay – Part 1

Images from a 700-strong climate skeptics conference held in Chicago (June 2010).

June 7, 2010

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.

June 4, 2010

The Media, Mother Nature and Oil Spills

Journalists go on and on about “fragile” Mother Earth. But the available evidence suggests she can bounce back quickly from oil spills.

June 1, 2010

James the Irreverent

British blogger James Delingpole is feisty and irreverent. In person, he exudes a joyful love of life. I took some photos of him in Chicago, June 2010.

May 30, 2010

Forget Genocide & Malnutrition – Sudan Fights Climate Change for the IPCC

Sudan is a troubled, impoverished nation with a questionable human rights record. Why is a representative of that country occupying one of the most senior positions with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? Is the fight against climate change to be led by the violent & unsavoury?

May 27, 2010

We Trusted Too Completely

Close examination of the climate bible leaves one dumbfounded. Almost nothing we’ve been told about it seems remotely true. Almost nothing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, has said – or continues to say – about that document seems connected to reality.

May 24, 2010

More IPCC Mischief

According to the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the 2007 climate bible “was based on scientific studies completed before January 2006.” So how could a paper that wasn’t accepted for publication in a scientific journal until May 2008 (29 months later) be cited multiple times?

May 21, 2010

Intellectual Freedom

The American Library Association defines intellectual freedom as the “right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view.” Eco activists who attempt to silence the voices of climate skeptics threaten intellectual freedom as well as free speech.

May 20, 2010

Skeptics’ Conference – First Photos

Images from the press conference prior to a 700-participant climate skeptics’ conference in Chicago (May 2010).

May 16, 2010

IPCC Cites an Unpublished Journal 39 Times

Climate bible authors referenced numerous yet-to-be published scientific papers in order to make their case. This raises troubling questions about the role of certain editors of certain scientific journals.

May 13, 2010

Cutoff Dates, What Cutoff Dates?

When the IPCC flouts its own rules outrageously – yet insists it has followed them religiously – its credibility evaporates.

May 10, 2010

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

Shielding Climate Orthodoxy from Free Speech

American professors are encouraging journalism students to suppress certain kinds of news so that the public won’t be confused by climate skepticism. This turns journalists into arbiters of truth and treats the public like children.

May 5, 2010

IPCC Snowed by Snowmobile Lobby

We’ve been told the climate bible meets the highest standards. Guess that’s why the section dealing with global warming and North American tourism uses a number taken from a snowmobile lobby group press release.

May 3, 2010

Press Release Masquerade – Part 2

The climate bible relies on a news article that is actually an abridged press release to backup certain claims. Even worse, this news article doesn’t talk about the issues the IPCC is discussing. Not even close.

April 30, 2010

IPCC Falls for Press Release Masquerade

The climate bible bases its argument on a news article that’s really a press release in disguise.

April 28, 2010

What the IPCC Learned from Press Releases

The UN’s Nobel-winning, allegedly gold-standard climate bible bases factual assertions on dodgy source material like press releases.

April 26, 2010

The Stern Review Scandal – IPCC Breaks 3 of Its Own Rules

Ten months after the official cutoff date, and well after the expert reviewers were out of the picture, climate bible authors inserted references to the Stern Review into 12 different chapters.

April 24, 2010

Earth Day & the Media

A historian says that while “other social movements…were frequently ridiculed or dismissed…the mass media accorded considerable respect to the environmental cause” when Earth Day was founded 40 years ago.

April 22, 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

A Seasoned Veteran’s View of the IPCC

“Over the years, the IPCC has changed from a scientific institution that tries to be policy relevant to a political institution that pretends to be scientific” – so says Richard Tol (an economist who has participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change process since the early 1990s).

April 19, 2010

IPCC Reliance on Grey Literature 30 Times Greater than UK Threshold

The British government says 99% of the sources on which the climate bible bases its arguments should be peer-reviewed. But only 70% are.

April 18, 2010

What’s Left if We Disregard Non-Peer-Reviewed Claims?

The chairman of the IPCC has said that non-peer-reviewed research is so undeserving of the IPCC’s attention it should be thrown “into the dustbin.” Yet on one page of the climate bible, only 17% of the text is backed-up by peer-reviewed research.

April 16, 2010

The Water Cannon of the Climate Debate

The climate bible is the ultimate weapon in the global warming debate. Skeptics are told the experts have spoken and that carbon dioxide is the Great Satan.

April 15, 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

Poll: How Many Non-Peer-Reviewed References?

A poll was held prior to the release of our citizen audit findings. That project tallied up the number of climate bible references which involve peer-reviewed sources. (The public has long been told all references are to such material, yet we discovered 1/3 are not.)

April 10, 2010

Money to Burn

The World Wildlife Fund raises half a billion dollars a year. What does it do with this abundance? Short answer: it behaves much like any other large corporation.

March 31, 2010

Earth Hour 2010

Earth Hour is a project of the World Wildlife Fund. The truckloads of free publicity this event attracts may be the primary reason the WWF is now the world’s wealthiest environmental organization.

March 26, 2010

Does the IPCC Prefer Grey Literature to Peer-Reviewed?

Economist Richard Tol has written a series of blog posts regarding, among other concerns, the IPCC’s apparent use of non-peer-reviewed literature to neutralize peer-reviewed research findings.

March 23, 2010

The Auditor – A Cartoon by Josh

A cartoon pays homage to Steve McIntyre, a private Canadian citizen who believes climate research findings need to be verified by independent third parties. Having led a multi-year crusade to ensure this happens, an excellent book has now been written about McIntyre’s efforts.

March 16, 2010

Who’s Concerned About the Climate Report?

Within hours of calling for volunteers to help examine the references in the climate bible, I was contacted by 19 strangers on four continents. These diverse, well-educated people are now taking a close look at the climate bible for themselves.

March 11, 2010

Help Audit the UN Climate Report – Crowdsourcing Project

In this blog post, I invited people to help me examine the references relied upon by the climate bible. Five weeks later, we delivered a report card in which 21 of 44 chapters of the climate bible received an ‘F’.

March 8, 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

Almost Half Non-Peer-Reviewed

Despite vigorous protests from its own expert reviewers, 42% of the documents cited in one chapter of the climate bible are grey literature rather than peer-reviewed.

March 4, 2010

The Battle for the Soul of Science

The public is being told that to doubt global warming is to be anti-science and that to question behaviour reminiscent of adolescent gamers is to “attack” climate scientists for doing their job. It’s time the grown-ups in the scientific community made themselves heard.

March 2, 2010

Al Gore Blows Tobacco Smoke in Our Face – Again

Al Gore’s family raised tobacco for years. He boasted about his involvement with this crop on the election campaign trail, and accepted donations from big tobacco. With supreme hypocrisy he now attempts to discredit climate skeptics by connecting them rhetorically to this unpopular industry.

February 28, 2010

Let There Be No More Scientific Consensuses

Science is about doubt – not certainty. Journalism is supposed to reveal – not conceal. When scientific organizations claim there’s a consensus, they step over the line into political advocacy. When media outlets trumpet said consensus they “disappear” highly-qualified, dissenting scientists.

February 26, 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

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

Newsflash: Snowless in Vancouver is Perfectly Normal

Mowing one’s lawn is a perfectly ordinary February activity in Vancouver. So why is everyone from President Obama on down arguing that a lack of Olympic Games snow is proof of global warming?

February 20, 2010

Is This Politics or Science?

For those of us who think science is about being open to new ideas and perspectives, Michael “hockey stick” Mann isn’t the kind of scientist we’d want our kids to grow up to be.

February 19, 2010

The Climate Bible and the Home Inspector

If I pay for an inspection prior to purchasing a house and later discover the report contained significant errors, it will do the inspector no good to argue that 95 percent of what he wrote is still true. Nor will my confidence be restored when he blusters: “Hey, what’s a few typos?”

February 17, 2010

The Cult of the Expert

Experts have often been spectacularly wrong. Believing their predictions – rather than thinking for ourselves – isn’t smart.

February 16, 2010

A Bogus 21-Year-Old Climate Prediction

21 years ago, environmental guru Bill McKibben said we’d “burn up” in “a few more decades” if we didn’t stop using fossil fuels.

February 15, 2010

Valentine’s Day and the Scientific Method

Real science tells all. It doesn’t hide results that don’t conform to expectations.

February 14, 2010

Scientists’ Opinions Are Sometimes Irrelevant

When a dish is being prepared in the kitchen of a four-star restaurant, the chef’s opinion is important. But the minute the meal is set in front of a paying customer the chef’s views become irrelevant. If a customer decides the meal is less-than-acceptable a signed statement from 55 other chefs extolling the design of the kitchen changes nothing.

February 12, 2010

Just One Cotton-Pickin’ Minute

How did the Toronto Star manage, within a period of 66 days, to go from telling us our very survival was at stake due to global warming to arguing that, well, fighting pollution is a good idea?

February 11, 2010

James Hansen Drags NASA into His Personal Politics

Activist scientist James Hansen is entitled to his personal political views. But he should not be citing his employer in order to advance them.

February 9, 2010

Audi’s "Green Police" Superbowl Ad

Talk about bringing one’s agenda to the party. A vegetarian green entrepreneur thinks the ad is an example of advertising that “casts environmentalists…as wack-jobs.” Someone else demonstrates his Christian beliefs by calling people with whom he disagrees a long list of names.

February 8, 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

Yes Virginia, the Climate Bible Relies on Newspaper Clippings

When newspaper clippings are cited as evidence in the climate bible, when there’s a discrepancy between what an article says and what the IPCC claims it says – neither the process nor the end result is anything like what we’ve been told.

February 3, 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

Weekend Roundup: Climate Boss Pachauri

Two UK newspapers call for the resignation of Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the IPCC. A third alleges that while he urges others to reduce their carbon footprint, he himself travels to work (one mile from his home) in a chauffeur-driven car rather than walking, cycling, or driving himself in an eco-friendly vehicle.

February 1, 2010

We’re Always Out-of-Touch with the Future

Scientists have made all sorts of predictions that never panned out. As this 1962 Popular Mechanics issue shows, the media has been hyping these predictions for decades.

February 1, 2010

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.”

January 28, 2010

NASA’s Mistaken Glacier Info

NASA’s website parroted the climate bible’s inaccurate prediction regarding the melting of Himalayan glaciers. Rather than independently confirming this prediction by collecting its own evidence, the agency simply accepted the IPCC report as authoritative.

January 25, 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

Time Magazine’s Controversial Glacier Expert

A few weeks before the IPCC admitted its Himalayan glacier predictions were dead wrong, Time magazine profiled the glacier expert at the center of the storm. Rather than being hard-nosed & rigorous, the magazine fell for him hook, line & sinker.

January 21, 2010

Silly Earthquake Commentary

Celebrities such as Danny Glover may think natural disasters such as the Haiti earthquake of 2010 are connected to global warming. But neither they – nor we – should imagine that these opinions are meaningful.

January 16, 2010

Green Time Capsule: 1970 Eco Ideas Not Pretty

The Ecologist magazine declared in its first editorial that humans are parasites, an infection, and a disease on planet Earth. We are “waste products” that long ago “ceased to play a useful ecological role.” Written by the “Godfather of Green,” this editorial is emphatically anti-humanitarian in its outlook. The Ecologist claims to have set “the environmental agenda since 1970.”

January 15, 2010

The Big Picture: the Y2K Lesson

Certain ideas resurface again & again throughout human history. One of these is the notion that our world is on the brink of collapse. Revisiting news reports about the Y2K computer bug prior to the turn of the century provides an excellent reminder of how the media hypes all sorts of scare stories.

January 13, 2010

Climate Skepticism is Free Speech

Rather than competing against climate skeptics on an even playing field, out in the open, so that the public can make its own decisions, global warming activists are trying to cheat. They insist theirs is the only perspective that deserves to be heard.

January 11, 2010

Climate Psychics: 10-Year-Old Snow Prediction Fails Miserably

A decade ago, a climate scientist told the media that snow would be rare in Britain within a few years. But plenty has fallen in 9 of the last 10.

January 7, 2010

If We Don’t Agree, You’re Crazy

A businessman who believes in a diversity of climate opinions, and who thinks a certain amount of hysteria has been associated with global warming is declared mentally ill by a green blogger.

January 5, 2010

Al Gore’s Tobacco Hypocrisy

Al Gore has a bad habit. He tries to smear people with whom he disagrees – rather than refuting their arguments. It takes supreme chutzpah for a man with a family history of tobacco farming to use this rhetorical tactic.

January 1, 2010

Global Disaster Is So 1976

30+ years ago, we were told humanity faced “global disaster” and “worldwide catastrophe” if we didn’t radically change our lifestyles. That message now gets linked to global warming, but the analysis – and the fear mongering – is much older.

December 20, 2009

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

Bill McKibben: Extravagant Emotional Excess

Smart, thoughtful people value dispassionate investigation, careful analysis & logical arguments. Eco guru McKibben seems to think we should listen to him because he cares. Because he cries.

December 15, 2009

ClimateGate Links

Links to some early reactions and analysis following the release into the public domain of a collection of documents that has come to be called “climategate.”

December 14, 2009

Copenhagen Banner: Scrap Capitalism

Climate change protesters who decline to distance themselves from the capitalism-is-the-problem crowd aren’t really serious. If they were, they’d declare loudly that the merits of various political systems is a separate debate.

December 13, 2009

Al Gore: Not This Thinking Woman’s Thinking Man

The media call Al Gore an “eco prophet” and the “thinking man’s thinking man.” So why did Gore repeatedly tell Slate magazine that “the most recent [climategate e-mail] is more than 10 years old” when, in fact, it was less than a month old?

December 12, 2009

Our Hyperactive Planet

Planet Earth experiences frequent volcanoes, earthquakes, electrical storms, tsunamis & tornadoes. It’s unlikely that this immense, complex system can be controlled by humans.

December 8, 2009

We HAVE Heard This Rhetoric Before

A book published in the 1970s argued passionately that society couldn’t afford to ignore the danger posed by global cooling. The evidence was too strong, it said – and scientists who disagreed were being irresponsible. Sound familiar?

December 8, 2009

Why the Munk Debate Proves the Debate Isn’t Over

Is climate change the most pressing problem facing humanity? When a Canadian audience was given the chance to witness a live debate, fewer people thought so afterward than prior.

December 2, 2009

Is Corporate E-mail Private E-Mail?

Emails sent at work are not private. Climategate scientists who say they “personally feel violated” now that their e-mails have become public need to remember that their salaries are paid with taxpayer dollars.

November 22, 2009

Scientific Organizations – Should We Trust Them?

Since the 1970s, some scientists have embraced social & political activism. The public needs to be aware, therefore, that not every pronouncement made by a “scientist” is neutral or disinterested.

November 17, 2009

Bullies Need Not Apply

Rather than working to persuade the skeptically-minded, global warming activists condemn. They name-call. They accuse. This isn’t the sort of behaviour one associates with an iron-clad case.

November 13, 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

Canada’s Tar Sands & Cancer Rates

Dr. John O’Connor is the hero of a documentary film that alleges a connection between the Alberta tar sands and cancer. But an investigation found many of his statements to be “inaccurate” and “untruthful.”

November 9, 2009

Political Idealogues Are Bad for the Environment

When political ideology is taken to an extreme, when it becomes the primary driving force behind decision-making, really bad things happen to both humans and the environment. Mao’s War Against Nature is a scary book – and a cautionary tale.

October 24, 2009

Bias: How the Media Distort the News

Bernie Goldberg worked on news shows for 28 years at CBS television. His book has illuminating things to say about purported investigative news programs & other topics. “Scaring the hell out of people makes for good television,” he writes, “even when it makes for shallow journalism.”

Exploring a long list of highly questionable media scare stories, Goldberg reminds us that, in 1987, Oprah Winfrey told her viewers 1 in 5 American heterosexuals would be dead from AIDS within 3 years.

October 23, 2009

On Saying the Debate is Over (2-minute video)

A 2-minute video about why it’s not OK for one party in a discussion to unilaterally declare that “the debate is over.” Full text provided.

October 13, 2009

The Honest Broker

A moderate and pragmatic voice in the climate debate, Roger Pielke Jr. argues in this book, The Honest Broker, that scientists deserve this label when they present a variety of options to the public – rather than advocating a single course of action.

September 27, 2009

An Appeal to Reason

Nigel Lawson’s An Appeal to Reason provides an overview of the good reasons to be skeptical of the hype surrounding global warming. The world would be a more sensible place if journalists, politicians & educators spent a few hours reading its 100 pages.

September 26, 2009

The Age of Regret

The Age of Stupid is a fictional film about the future. It says current humans are too dumb & self-absorbed to pay attention to the threat of global warming. I propose a different scenario: What shall I say to my grandchildren when they ask me why I did nothing as every facet of daily life became assessed, inspected & regulated by eco bureaucrats? What shall I say when they ask me why I allowed personal liberties to slip away?

September 21, 2009

Predicting the Future: Zero Visibility Possible

Wild-eyed, apocalyptic predictions about the future are not news.

September 15, 2009

Did IQs Drop Sharply?

Aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan is fully equipped to assess the charts and graphs that supposedly demonstrate global warming. His conclusion? The data is dodgy & the numbers have been manipulated.

August 26, 2009

How Much Is a Bird’s Life Worth?

Oil companies get fined $7,000 per bird for inadvertently harming wildlife. Yet society ignores the predictable massacre of thousands of birds by wind farms. Are we protecting wildlife – or harassing oil companies?

August 21, 2009

Aerospace Pioneer Dismisses Global Warming

Burt Rutan designed SpaceShipOne, the first privately-funded craft to enter space & return. Having examined the arguments supporting the global warming hypothesis, this exceptional engineer is less than impressed.

He says the Earth’s climate has always changed & always will. He also accuses the IPCC of weighting one group of data 390 times more than another in order to transform falling temperatures into rising ones.

August 19, 2009

George Carlin on Saving the Planet

In this 7-minute video, comic George Carlin says some unkind things about environmentalists.

August 19, 2009

This Is Not Fair Play (2-minute video)

We wouldn’t convict someone of a crime without hearing their side of the story. Yet we’ve listened only to the prosecution side of the global warming argument. Full text provided.

August 6, 2009

Global Warming and ‘My Cousin Vinny’

My Cousin Vinny isn’t just a great comic film. It does a stellar job of demonstrating the danger of listening to only one point-of-view, of jumping to conclusions before all sides have been heard.

August 4, 2009

Al Gore Thinks Your Brain Is Too Primitive

It seems not to have crossed Al Gore’s mind that some of us consider his arguments flawed, his data suspect & his rhetoric overwrought. Instead, he prefers to believe that human neo cortexes are too primitive – that we’re biologically incapable of grasping his apocalyptic message.

July 18, 2009

Global Temperatures Are Not Our Plaything

Leaders of the G8 have as much chance of controlling global temperature as does my rosebush. That they imagine this to be even possible reveals the bizarre nature of the global warming discussion.

July 15, 2009

James Hansen and the Experts

Activist scientist James Hansen says the “experts agree” that meeting our current energy needs is possible via efficiency measures & carbon-free sources. But lots of experts don’t agree. Does he make a habit of pretending those with contrary opinions don’t exist?

July 6, 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

Hysteria From the Skeptical Side of the Fence (Part 2)

If one were looking for reasons to dismiss global warming skepticism, these 13 pages of text provide ample fodder.

May 22, 2009

Hysteria From the Skeptical Side of the Fence (Part 1)

Climate change activists aren’t the only ones who resort to hysteria & hyperbole.

May 21, 2009

On the Cusp

I believe in debate. I believe in questions. I believe anyone who wants everyone else to change their lives had better have a persuasive argument.

May 16, 2009

Change Happens

Billions of years before humans appeared on this planet, the climate was doing something utterly natural – it was changing.

April 24, 2009

Good Girl, Bad Girl

We are all entitled to ask questions – about anything, but particularly about a topic that is rarely absent from the daily news. Yet according to a spokeswoman for the United Nations it is immoral and irresponsible to question climate change.

April 15, 2009

That’s It, I’ve Had It

After a steady diet of climate hysteria, I’ve reached my limit. I consider myself a sensible person who is now speaking up & pushing back.

April 1, 2009