Thursday, 19 September 2019

CHINA AND INDIA DEMAND MONEY TO REDUCE CO2 EMISSIONS

This article explains the details. If China and India really believed there was a climate emergency why would they risk the future of the planet by holding the West to ransom in this way? To me it is clear that they see this as no more than an opportunity to extract as much cash from them as they can.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

ATTACK ON SAUDI OIL A WAKE UP CALL

The following piece came from Cfact the US organisation that campaigns for common sense on government policy.

Over the weekend, swarms of explosive drones struck at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil production and sent the world’s biggest crude processing plant up in flames.
About 5.7 billion barrels of output per day, as well as 2.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas, was put out of production. This amounts to over five percent of the world’s entire supply of oil. Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility, but U.S. officials believe they are merely front men. Iran, they say, is truly responsible. 

In the meantime, to ameliorate the disruption of vital energy, President Trump has wisely authorized the release of oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves. This will serve as a band-aid for the time being, but the need to re-evaluate our potential vulnerabilities and seek some long-term solutions is clearly in order. This event should serve as a wakeup call to policymakers in Washington.

If there could be a better case-in-point for why America needs to wean itself off greater dependence on foreign sources of oil, it would be hard to find. Placing our nation’s energy security in the hands of regimes that are in unstable regions of the world like the Middle East, or with Russia and Venezuela, is a prescription for disaster. America must continue to aggressively develop its own, homegrown sources of fossil fuel energy, as well as all energy sources where it is feasible through the competition of the free market, to remain strong and free.

Unfortunately, leading Democrats in the House, along with some Republicans in Florida, seem to be hard at work at doing just the opposite.

As we reported to you last week, the House Rules Committee is right now hard at work crafting three bills designed to restrict oil and gas drilling in the U.S. These bills include provisions to stop all offshore drilling along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, restrict new leasing in the Gulf of Mexico, and stifle all ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) development in Alaska.
Leading Democrats running for President – including Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren – have also gone down this anti-domestic energy road by recently pledging to ban all fracking should they be elected.

Needless to say, such measures are foolhardy. As this attack in Saudi Arabia has shown, the world is unstable and fraught with peril. Fossil fuels, whether they like it or not, remain integral in keeping our economy remaining strong and our standard of living intact.

Our representatives are pursuing these bans as a means to “protect the planet.” The number of additional solar panels and wind turbines they call for to replace fossil fuels, however, would require the removal of millions more acres in habitat across the United States. That would be far from “green.” Additionally, all those turbines and panels would result in a significant uptick in the hazardous waste discharged from mining for the “rare Earth metals” that are necessary to wind and solar being built. Powering the entire country on wind and solar? Talk about a large footprint.

Our nation needs not to shrink, but to grow and expand development of its oil, gas, nuclear, and coal resources in order to both better protect our national security and forge ahead toward a brighter future.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

AT LAST THE LAW IS USED AGAINST CLIMATE EXTREMISTS

This article explains that, at last, the leader of Extinction Rebellion is being prosecuted for inciting people to break the law and about time too. They have been treated with kid gloves for far too long with the result that they have become more and more militant. 

Monday, 16 September 2019

HERE'S A BIT OF LIGHTHEARTED BANTER FROM THE ARMY

This article will cause some amusement among those with a military background. Yes, it's eco-friendly military vehicles to attract those Greenpeace types who are thinking of a military career. Should do wonders for recruitment.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

SPELLING OUT THE CHANGES THAT CLIMATE POLICIES WOULD ACTUALLY MEAN

This piece spells out what it would actually mean if climate policies were adopted. This is something that is totally ignored by those advocating these policies. They must no longer be allowed to dodge these issues, to go from assuming the climate is in crisis, to assuming “reliable, affordable, renewable, sustainable, eco-friendly” alternatives to fossil fuel (and nuclear) energy will just magically appear, or can simply be willed or subsidized into existence.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

WHAT ABOUT THE "RECORD MELT" OF THE GREENLAND ICE SHEET?

Here is an interesting article that puts the recent melting of the Greenland ice sheet in context. It is so easy to use statistics to frighten people who have no idea what the numbers actually mean. 

Friday, 13 September 2019

NEW STUDIES SHOW MORE FAILURES OF CLIMATE MODELS

This report explains that the new research suggests that current climate models overestimate future declies in phytoplanckton - the microscopic algae that form the basis of the marine food web and use phosphorus for photosynthesis.This is important because even minute differences in phosphate concentration can radically impact ocean ecosystem processes.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

UK TO IMPOSE CARBON TAX AFTER NO DEAL BREXIT

This article gives the details. But it's not all bad news -
 while a tax might sound more onerous than a market, analysts say that this tax approach will mean an easier ride for companies in the UK than in the EU – potentially distorting the European carbon market and putting the UK at risk of failing to meet its emissions reductions targets.

The price of carbon in the EU ETS is currently around £26 per ton. The UK’s rate would be £10 cheaper.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

USA SCIENCE ADVISOR SAYS CLIMATE SCIENTISTS MUST IMPROVE CLIMATE MODELS


Dr David Whitehouse, GWPF Science Editor, 5 September 2019

 
American climate scientists must improve their climate models is one of the key messages in a recent memo issued by the Trump Administration.


 
Each summer the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy issue areas that the US Government would like to emphasis in the following year.
 
The memo is intended to communicate what the government wants and influence what government agency heads request leading up to the president submitting his budget to Congress in February.
 
The memo is co-signed by Dr Kelvin K Droegemeier took up the roll of Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy earlier this year. He is a former meteorology professor at the University of Oklahoma. It is the first time the topic has been mentioned in these memos.
 
It reads:
 
“Knowing the extent to which components of the Earth system are practicably predictable -from individual thunderstorms to long-term global change-is vitally important for physical understanding of the Earth system, assessing the value of prediction results, guiding Federal investments, developing effective policy, and improving predictive skill. Departments and agencies should prioritize R&D that helps quantify Earth system predictability across multiple phenomena, time, and space scales.”
 
The memo also contains an implied criticism that the federal scientific community have not effectively communicated the limitations and uncertainties is using climate models for prediction.
 
“Additionally, agencies should emphasize how measures of and limits to predictability, both theoretical and actual, can inform a wide array of stakeholders. They also should explore the application of AI and adaptive observing systems to enhance predictive skill, along with strategies for obtaining substantial improvements in computational model performance and spatial resolution across all scales.”
 
Concerning the oceans Droegemeirer adds,
 
“Departments and agencies should prioritize new and emerging technologies and collaborative approaches to efficiently map, explore, and characterize the resources of the U.S. exclusive economic zone. Departments and agencies should also focus on processing and making publically available data that characterize natural resources and human activities and on R&D.”
 
Heads of the US scientific agencies and their subservient administrations such as NASA and NOAA have been told there is no extra money for this so they will have to take money away from other areas.
 
 
 

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

HEAD OF WMO ACCUSES CLIMATE ALARMISTS OF BEING FEARMONGERS

This report tells us what the head of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) is saying about the merchants of doom (climate activists). Here is a man who should understand the real picture of what is happening and I find it quite remarkable that he is prepared to state that the current wave of doom and gloom is not right. You would think that this might give our leading politicians some cause to have a re-think. He explicitly criticised the news media for provoking unjustified anxiety.

Monday, 9 September 2019

GREAT BARRIER REEF - IS ITS HEALTH BEING USED AS GW PROPAGANDA?

The latest official report by the Australian government into the condition of the Great Barrier Reef makes depressing reading. but can we believe it? Here are some much more optimistic reports. Yet again we are left wondering what is the truth?

Sunday, 8 September 2019

CNN VERSUS WHAT THE SCIENCE SAYS

Here is a good piece refuting the current line being taken by, it seems, all media outlets. It is important to keep repeating that what we are being subjected to, day in and day out, is massive exaggeration and propaganda.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

USA ENDANGERMENT FINDING FOR CO2 TO BE CONTESTED IN COURT

This piece explains how a private challenge is being made to overturn the EPA's endangerment finding that CO2 is a danger to health. It will be interesting to see if they get anywhere. However it will probably take them some time.

Friday, 6 September 2019

NEW VIDEO SHOWS HOW WE ARE BEING MISLED BY CLIMATE PROPAGANDA

A lot of people believe we are being given a lot of exaggerated information on global warming in order to persuade us that it is essential for our life styles to change dramatically at huge cost. Here is a very persuasive video which illustrates what is happening. Even the colours used on TV weather charts seem designed to make hot weather seem hotter.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

OBAMA BUYING SEA FRONT MANSION

This article gives the details of the ex-president buying water-front property despite claiming to believe that climate change would lead to accelerated sea level rise. I suspect his belief is not quite as strong as he claimed.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

CHIEF SCIENTIST DOUBTS THE UK CAN ACHIEVE ZERO EMISSIONS BY 2050

This article looks at the advice from the government's chief environment scientist, Prof Sir Ian Boyd, on how our lifestyles will have to change in order to meet the zero net emissions of CO2 by 2050. The Professor said the public had little idea of the scale of the challenge required. - Dead right here.

He warned that persuasive political leadership was needed to carry the public through the challenge. - The challenge is: can they persuade people to pay large sums in taxes, transport and energy costs to achieve something that will have no effect on the world's CO2 emissions or the temperature or the weather.

He went on to say, "Emissions won't be reduced to Net Zero while ministers are fixed on economic growth measured by GDP, instead of other measures such as environmental security and a relatively stable climate". - Does he want to see GDP fall? If so he will get a permanent recession. Does he really believe the climate has ever been stable? Why should the opinion of a biologist be worth as much as Prof John Christy, a leading expert who has studied the climate for thirty years?

Asked why the UK should take the lead when China's emissions are so high, he answered that the Chinese government was very worried about the climate and was taking it very seriously.  A pity that question wasn't followed up robustly by asking "Why, in that case, are they building hundreds of coal-fired power stations?"
He also said, "We certainly won't be able to travel so much as we have in the past, so we have to get used to using modern communications methods. - But doesn't he realise that tourism is a massive industry and is essential for many poorer countries to survive? 
"Moving material round the planet will be more difficult so we'll have to do more with 3D printing; that sort of thing. - Such shallow thinking! We'll print 30,000 bananas shall we?How does he think trade will continue? He is sounding like a slightly paler version of Extinction Rebellion. Where are all the saner voices - silenced I am afraid (at least from the BBC). 


Tuesday, 3 September 2019

EXTINCTION REBELLION (ER) - A VERY DANGEROUS ORGANISATION

While they seem to have disappeared from the news in the summer, ER have not gone away. This lengthy and rather repetitive report  lifts the lid on this very unpleasant organisation masquerading as the only way to salvation for us all. 

h/t to reader Rowlyho

Lurking behind the façade the linked report finds the real ambition or ER is to overthrow our entire way of life and organisation, something they have no hope of succeeding in, but if allowed enough freedom they will cause us all massive disruption and chaos.

They have only been able to get this far with the aid of a lot of what some might call "useful idiots", including Cabinet Ministers who appear to have cravenly kow-towed to them, even asking for their advice. The police stood by while they accomplished the closure of main highways, even joining in with their attempt at a carnival atmosphere.

This extract from the report gives a little insight:  Hallam (one of the ER leaders) argues that councils and civic institutions should call a climate emergency, but warns against only symbolic gestures by saying that, “the hypocrisy of accepting the truth but not taking appropriate action only makes them more complicit in the criminality of the political class.” As such, Hallam argues that councils should be called upon to issue central government with an ultimatum, when they fail to act however, then they should be “asked to break off all administrative cooperation with the genocidal regime and leaders should go on hunger strike to show their horror at the inaction of central government.”

While the above scenario may seem absurd to you and me, it is something that the ER leadership believe is achievable. What has happened is that a number of apparently rational councils have naively called a climate emergency, believing that this is what the public expects, but they have no intention of giving the government an ultimatum or going on hunger strike. However there is a kind of logic in the demands of ER, if there were a genuine dire emergency. 

In another clip ER leaders said “politicians behind the scenes, including this current government, are telling us that they need a social movement like ours to give them the social permission to do the necessary.”  Implying that our government would really like to carry out a much more extreme policy on decarbonisation, but are afraid they would not have the support of the people. This kind of statement must be strongly refuted, or else it will be believed. 

The poor old government. Either they have to admit that they have exaggerated the dangers of climate change or they have to go along with ER and make out it is an emergency and yet they aren't able to carry out the policies that would follow if it was an emergency.

I do agree with the end of the report which deals with measures to combat ER. "The Government should take two courses of action to counter and undermine the rise of Extinction Rebellion in the UK. It should focus on preventing the campaigners from causing massive disruption and economic damage—including incitement and conspiracy offences—as well as by opposing and challenging the campaigners’ message. Most immediately, the police must act to prevent demonstrators from taking control of locations in city centres or from blocking roads and bridges. Where Extinction Rebellion succeed in doing so, the police should act quickly to remove and arrest those involved before demonstrators have secured control of these areas."






Monday, 2 September 2019

PROPAGANDA WEEK STARTS ON 16 SEPTEMBER (BUT WILL WE NOTICE?)

This piece explains the blatant attempt to manipulate the news media. It sounds like something out of 1984, yet it is happening in supposedly democratic nations. We need to get the message out - you cannot trust everything on the news bulletins.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

AMAZON FIRES EXAGGERATED PROPAGANDA



The dramatic photos shared by celebrities of the fires in Brazil weren't what they appeared to be. The photos weren’t actually of the fires and many weren’t even of the Amazon. 


 
The increase in fires burning in Brazil set off a storm of international outrage last week. Celebrities, environmentalists, and political leaders blame Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, for destroying the world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon, which they say is the “lungs of the world.”

Singers and actors including Madonna and Jaden Smith shared photos on social media that were seen by tens of millions of people. “The lungs of the Earth are in flames,” said actor Leonardo DiCaprio. “The Amazon Rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen,” tweeted soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. “The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produce 20% of our planet’s oxygen — is on fire,” tweeted French President Emanuel Macron.
 
And yet the photos weren’t actually of the fires and many weren’t even of the Amazon. The photo Ronaldo shared was taken in southern Brazil, far from the Amazon, in 2013. The photo that DiCaprio and Macron shared is over 20 years old. The photo Madonna and Smith shared is over 30. Some celebrities shared photos from Montana, India, and Sweden.
 
To their credit, CNN and New York Times debunked the photos and other misinformation about the fires. “Deforestation is neither new nor limited to one nation,” explained CNN. “These fires were not caused by climate change,” noted The Times. 
 
But both publications repeated the claim that the Amazon is the “lungs” of the world. “The Amazon remains a net source of oxygen today,” said CNN. “The Amazon is often referred to as Earth’s ‘lungs,’ because its vast forests release oxygen and store carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that is a major cause of global warming,” claimed The New York Times.

I was curious to hear what one of the world’s leading Amazon forest experts, Dan Nepstad, had to say about the “lungs” claim.
 
“It’s bullshit,” he said. “There’s no science behind that. The Amazon produces a lot of oxygen but it uses the same amount of oxygen through respiration so it’s a wash.” 

Plants use respiration to convert nutrients from the soil into energy. They use photosynthesis to convert light into chemical energy, which can later be used in respiration.
 
What about The New York Times claim that “If enough rain forest is lost and can’t be restored, the area will become savanna, which doesn’t store as much carbon, meaning a reduction in the planet’s ‘lung capacity’”?
 
Also not true, said Nepstad, who was a lead author of the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. “The Amazon produces a lot of oxygen, but so do soy farms and [cattle] pastures.”
 
Some people will no doubt wave away the “lungs” myth as nit-picking. The broader point is that there is an increase in fires in Brazil and something should be done about it. 
 
But the “lungs” myth is just the tip of the iceberg. Consider that CNN ran a long segment with the banner, “Fires Burning at Record Rate in Amazon Forest” while a leading climate reporter claimed, “The current fires are without precedent in the past 20,000 years.” 
 
While the number of fires in 2019 is indeed 80% higher than in 2018, it’s just 7% higher than the average over the last 10 years ago, Nepstad said.
 
One of Brazil’s leading environmental journalists agrees that media coverage of the fires has been misleading. “It was under [Workers Party President] Lula and [Environment Secretary] Marina Silva (2003-2008) that Brazil had the highest incidence of burning,” Leonardo Coutinho told me over email. “But neither Lula nor Marina was accused of putting the Amazon at risk.”
 
Coutinho’s perspective was shaped by reporting on the ground in the Amazon for Veja, Brazil’s leading news magazine, for nearly a decade. By contrast, many of the correspondents reporting on the fires have been doing so from the cosmopolitan cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, which are 2,500 miles and four hours by jet plane away.
 
“What is happening in the Amazon is not exceptional,” said Coutinho. “Take a look at Google web searches search for ‘Amazon’ and ‘Amazon Forest’ over time. Global public opinion was not as interested in the ‘Amazon tragedy’ when the situation was undeniably worse. The present moment does not justify global hysteria.”
 
And while fires in Brazil have increased, there is no evidence that Amazon forest fires have. 
 
Full post

Saturday, 31 August 2019

EXACTLY HOW MUCH PLASTIC IS FLOATING ON OUR OCEANS?

Of course we would like their to be as little as possible, but realistically we know there is bound to be some. This article looks at two scientific attempts to answer the question and comes up with answers that are so far apart that it makes you wonder if there is any true understanding of the problem.

If the error bars are too great why even bother to give an answer if you are a serious scientist?

Friday, 30 August 2019

MERKEL DECIDES GERMANY TO BE NET ZERO CO2 EMISSIONS BY 2050 AT HUGE COST

This piece spells out the cost of Angela Merkel's decision to make Germany have net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

"People remember 2011 and Merkel’s rash decision to prematurely abandon nuclear power. When the German chancellor believes that Germans want to save the world, she decides very quickly, whatever the cost. Only votes and public mood counts.  Economic or other rational considerations no longer play any role – just like her decision to open the border for all and sundry. And now the jump onto the climate bandwagon because of demonstrating pupils and singing Protestants".


"The Chancellor’s new promise to achieve the last ten percentage points of CO2 reduction (from 90% to 100%) increases the additional energy costs from 4,600 to around 7,600 billion euros by 2050. This is an astronomical figure: it is more than double the amount of all goods and services produced in Germany in 2018". This is interesting because, of course, the UK government has just promised to do the very same and we were told that it would cost us no more than the 90% target.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

THE REALITY OF CHINESE ENERGY POLICY - IT'S COAL FOR THE FUTURE

This article explains what the Chinese government is doing, as opposed to what environmental groups claim they are doing. It's very revealing! I have often wondered why green groups try so hard to defend China, when the Chinese should actually be the country they should be concentrating their campaign against. 

UPDATE: More on this here.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

HOW GRAZING HERDS CAN STOP DESERTIFICATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE

This article looks at an interesting hypothesis put forward to explain why grassland turns to desert and how it can be prevented. It is certainly food for thought.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

SEA LEVEL RISE SCARE GETS RAMPED UP

This piece gives the details. Haven't these scaremongers understood that ramping up the rhetoric is counter-productive, as little by little people see that not only does the dire prediction not come to pass, but  some of the chief scaremongers have purchased sea-front property and fly everywhere by private jet.  

Monday, 26 August 2019

CLIMATE EMERGENCY AND THE CHINESE

Below is a letter I have sent to my local paper. I sent a similar one to the Daily Mail. I don't know if either will be published. Please feel free to use if you wish. Belief in a "climate emergency" is not the problem (just as believing the Earth is flat is no problem) it is the proposed solution to it that needs to be exposed as a sham.  

Dear Sir, 
Isn't it odd that so many Western governments seem to agree that there is now a global "climate emergency" and yet you hear of no pressure being applied to the Chinese and Indian governments to stop building new coal-fired power stations? No urgent motions at the UN, no speeches decrying their flagrant disregard for the planet or their people. No mention of any sanctions being threatened.

It appears to also be the case that the environmental groups are silent on this. I see no demonstrations outside the Chinese embassy on the news or in the press. No big marches. All their efforts seem to be on urging the UK, who emit just 1% of the world CO2 emissions, to move further and faster to net zero emissions.

Clearly the Chinese and Indian leaderships cannot believe there is a "climate emergency", though they are very happy to see the West give up fossil fuel use as they know it will give them a massive economic advantage and we appear quite willing to do it. For the UK it is particularly bad timing as we leave the EU and the need to be competitive is even more vital as we try to penetrate new markets.



Sunday, 25 August 2019

SEPTEMBER 1st - CRUNCH DATE FOR CLIMATE POLICY IN GERMAN ELECTIONS

This article explains how elections in former East German states will be treated as a poll on the German government's climate policies, particularly the imminent phase out of coal, an industry employing many of the voters. Will they accept the government's assurances of new green jobs or not? 

Saturday, 24 August 2019

DITCH CARS TO MEET CLIMATE TARGETS SAY MPS

This article gives the details. If the UK persists with its goal of net zero emissions by 2050 we will see a lot more of this type of draconian intervention by government. The only question is - how far is any elected government actually prepared to go? The answer, I believe, is not very far. 

Friday, 23 August 2019

LOOK WHO'S GOING TO PROFIT FROM THE DRIVE TO CUT MEAT CONSUMPTION

Here is the answer. Did you guess right? There are all sorts of reasons to support climate change and making money is certainly one of them. It's not a world conspiracy, but there are a lot of opportunists hoping to profit from some of the controls that we will all face if the alarmists get their way.

Thursday, 22 August 2019

ITALIAN SCIENTISTS PETITION TO STOP CLIMATE POLICIES

This article looks at the latest petition by Italian scientists asking governments to stop policies to end fossil fuel use at great cost to citizens. Strangely this has not been mentioned on our TV news bulletins. 

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

UK SHOULD LIMIT RENEWABLE ENERGY TO AVOID BLACKOUTS

Former National Grid Director Says Britain Should Impose Limits On Renewable Energy To Avoid Blackouts
The Sunday Telegraph, 18 August 2019

 
Ministers should impose limits on the construction of new wind and solar farms to help avoid a nationwide blackout, according to a former director of National Grid.
 
Colin Gibson, who was power network director of Britain’s electricity system, claimed that some existing turbines and solar panels may have to be disconnected, and new developments restricted, to “secure” the system after major power cuts earlier this month.
 
In an analysis co-written by Dr Capell Aris, a former grid engineer, Mr Gibson states that the system failure revealed several “serious problems” with the operation of the national electricity network, which require an “immediate, independent, expert review”.
 
Their intervention comes amid a government inquiry into the outage, which occurred after the Little Barford gas-fired power station in Cambridgeshire and a major wind farm off the Yorkshire coast both temporarily stopped producing electricity. According to the Financial Times, a provisional report by National Grid suggested that the wind farm may have tripped offline seconds before the Little Barford power station.
 
The blackout affected a million people in London and the South East, the Midlands, the South West, Yorkshire, the North East, Cornwall and Wales.  
 
National Grid, the firm that operates the country’s power network, has insisted that unpredictable wind power generation was not to blame (sic!).
 
But, in an analysis of public data on the electricity running through the grid on the day of the outage, Mr Gibson and Dr Aris claim that the failures of the two plants resulted in a loss of frequency – a measure of energy intensity – five times greater than historic slumps.  Mr Gibson was power network director at National Grid from 1993 to 1997.  

Full story (£)

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR THOSE SCEPTICAL OF MMGW

Here is a lot of useful information to back up the climate sceptic position on man-made global warming (MMGW)/climate change.

Monday, 19 August 2019

SCIENTISTS IN CONFUSION OVER INCREASE IN VEGETATION AND CO2/H2O

This report explains the confusion between two recent reports which seem to be saying opposite things. It just goes to show how much we still don't understand. 

Sunday, 18 August 2019

BLACKLIST OF CLIMATE SCEPTICS MUST BE SILENCED, SAYS NEW STUDY

The following article was sent to me by CFact

People with the temerity to correct the record on climate change must be silenced.

That's the outrageous point of a new study published in the journal Nature Communication

"The time has arrived for professional journalists and editors to ameliorate the disproportionate attention given to (climate change contrarians) by focusing instead on career experts and relevant calls to action,” the authors said.

While the study’s goal is severely off base, it nonetheless produced two mathematical rankings CFACT is more than a little tickled by.

According to a ranking of how often "contrarians," as the study labels us, are cited in the media, CFACT's Marc Morano is far and away the world's most effective climate communicator. 

Marc is number one, with 4,171 media references, nearly double Senator James Inhofe's 2,628 and Secretary Rick Perry's 1,903.  Marc appeared in many multiples of media references compared to anyone else as you proceed down the rankings

Steven Hayward of the Powerline Blog wrote, "Morano is truly the Pete Rose and Hank Aaron of climate contrarians."

The study also ranks our website, CFACT.org, on its list of the  top 100 "most prolific media sources" for articles skeptical of the global warming narrative and ranks Climate Depot number 1!   See, figure 2b.

The list of 386 people on the climate blacklist reads like an honor roll.  Here's a sample:

  • Apollo Astronaut Harrison Schmitt – the only scientist to walk on the moon;
  • Apollo Astronaut Walt Cunningham –  from the first crew to ride the Saturn V rocket;
  • Freeman Dyson – The eminent Princeton physicist who postulated the Dyson sphere;
  • Ross McKitrick and Steven McIntyre – the Canadian researchers whose meticulous mathematical audit debunked Michael Mann's infamous hockey stick graph;
  • Anthony Watts – The prominent meteorologist and creator of Watts Up With That;
  • Rick Perry – The U.S. Secretary of Energy;
  • Judith Curry – A climate scientist with over 130 peer-reviewed papers;
  • Roy Spencer and John Christy – Scientists who manage temperature satellites and developed the first successful satellite temperature record;
  • Fred Singer – The genius scientist who established the weather satellite network;
  • Roger Pielke, Jr. – The professor who showed that extreme weather hasn't worsened and disaster costs declined;
  • Richard Lindzen – The MIT scientist known for his brilliant work on atmospheric physics and author of over 200 papers;
  • Will Happer – The Princeton atomic physicist and pioneer in optics;
  • Rudy Giuliani – America's Mayor;
  • Mike Pence – Merely the Vice President of the United States (V.P. Gore's OK?)
While the rankings appear to be genuine in terms of the amount of media individuals garnered, the study's black and white, unnuanced choice of whom to include on its contrarian list is bush league.  It actually used DeSmog Blog as a major source!  It's mathematical comparison showing that people who debate climate policy in the public policy arena have greater media exposure than researchers who are cited in academic journals is an apples and oranges comparison, lacking scientific validity, that yields a no-brainer.  It's decision to not rank the amount of media garnered by warming campaigners,  which would have yielded a useful comparison, reveals this for a bogus and offensive propaganda hit piece. 

We are each exposed to a mountain of media every day.  Peruse the headlines and media coverage of climate for yourself.  Do you need a mathematical analysis to determine which way the coverage is skewed?  Wouldn't you love to see those hard numbers?

Shame on study authors, Alexander Michael Petersen, Emmanuel M. Vincent, and Anthony LeRoy Westerling.