“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
—Daniel J. Boorstin

Birth of a New Climate Theory, and it's not your fault

galileoWhen it becomes painfully obvious that old and supposedly proven theories no longer adequately explain modern data, observations, and research, it is often difficult for scientists and the public to let go of them. For example, the flat earth theory or the geologic theory that continents float on ocean magma layers like fishing bobbers. Utilizing all the then available data and the advice of experts these theories were accepted as gospel. They were called “consensus” theories.

Given time and new data, it become obvious that something was wrong with these theories. Experts were finding it increasingly difficult to force-fit new data and observations into them. Eventually new and better theories replaced the old ones.

Kerry’s claim that he organized the ‘very first’ hearings on climate change

JohnKerry“Climate change is an issue that is personal to me, and it has been since the 1980s, when we were organizing the very first climate hearings in the Senate…. Al Gore, Tim Wirth, and a group of us organized the first hearings in the Senate on this, 1988. We heard Jim Hansen sit in front of us and tell us it’s happening now, 1988.”

–Secretary of State John F. Kerry, remarks to the Atlantic Council, March 12, 2015

Does Secretary Kerry have a Brian Williams problem?

Will Warmists Please Stop Whining

protestersClimate alarmists are so frustrated by their losing the debate — both in public opinion of the importance of “climate change” as an issue and in climate data itself — that their response to even the most docile of questioning is to belittle the questioner and, after saying “Trust me, I’m a scientist,” bombard readers with misuse of statistics and misleading implications.

The most recent example comes from Mark Buchanan, “a physicist and science writer,” who penned an obnoxious little screed for Bloomberg View attacking hedge-fund manager Cliff Asness of AQR Capital for having the temerity to write a paper questioning alarmist claims of impending climate doom. This even though Asness and his co-author, Aaron Brown, state up front “we are not challenging climate science; we are not climate scientists.”

Bankruptcy of the ‘merchants of doubt’ meme

It's a MOD, MOD, MOD, MOD WorldIt's a MOD, MOD, MOD, MOD WorldNaomi Oreskes’ new movie Merchants of Doubt has recently been released. Does this movie provide the seeds for ending the ‘merchants of doubt’ meme?

 The book

The movie is based on the book Merchants of Doubt by Conway and Oreskes, which was published in 2010. From the blurb:

Merchants of Doubt tells the story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. Remarkably, the same individuals surface repeatedly-some of the same figures who have claimed that the science of global warming is “not settled” denied the truth of studies linking smoking to lung cancer, coal smoke to acid rain, and CFCs to the ozone hole. “Doubt is our product,” wrote one tobacco executive. These “experts” supplied it.

Dagfinn Reiersol has a 6 part series of blog posts Debunking Oreskes, which is well worth reading.

The most insightful review, IMO, has been published by Reiner Grundman [link]. Grundman’s closing paragraph:

It is disappointing to see professional historians reduce the complexity to a black and white affair where it goes without saying what the preferred colour is. The social science literature relevant to the understanding of policymaking in the face of uncertainty is largely absent. This raises the question of what epistemological status it can claim. Its authors have been critical of the scientific credentials of the contrarians, quoting the lack of peer review or selective use of information. But it is what the title and subtitle suggest: less a scholarly work than a passionate attack on a group of scientists turned lobbyists. I wonder if it does not do a disservice to the cause it is advocating.

Danish Researchers Debunk Climate Myth

greenland settlersA new comprehensive Danish research project has debunked the myth that Norse settlers were forced to abandon Greenland because of the adverse climate conditions. The research by Christian Koch Madsen, a PhD student at the National Museum of Denmark, showed that the Norsemen actually stayed on the island for as much as 200 years longer, despite living in a hostile environment that continued to get colder. “The stories we've heard until now – about the Vikings leaving because the climate worsened – are simply not correct,” Koch told the science website Videnskab.dk. “They actually stayed there a long time and were far better at acclimatising that we previously believed.” --Christian Wenande, The Copenhagen Post, 16 March 2015

Al Gore's tangled web of un-green corporate investments

Gore at SXSWAn article today in Tech Times reveals that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said we should "punish climate change deniers" and put a price on carbon. He also said "politicians should pay a price for rejecting ‘accepted science,'” according to the Chicago Tribune.

Those comments are from a speech Gore gave last Friday at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, where he said, "smart investors are moving away from companies tied to fossil fuels and toward companies investing in alternative energy."

The only problem with those statements is that Gore doesn't practice what he preaches. A multi-billion dollar investment firm co-founded by Al Gore to advance green technologies is decidedly un-green, with a clear message to investors: stay away from alternative energy.

Dr. Tim Ball and Elizabeth May, MP, engage in climate debate

ball and mayThe renowned Dr. Tim Ball debates with Canadian Green MP Elizabeth May. The debate was on CFAX 1070AM radio on Ian Jessop’s show at 1:00pm PST on March 16th 2015. This has been a long time coming since Miss May had a debate set up for last summer but could never find the time to get on the same time as Dr.Ball. Judge for yourself who is telling the truth, and who is doing any scaremongering. Callers phone in with some telling questions.

The full show was slated to be about 60 minutes duration. Commercial breaks, news & weather bulletins, and copyright music were edited out, so the show is truncated to just over 40 minutes duration. The picture caption shows Dr. Tim Ball on the left, with Elizabeth May MP on the right.

Video after the jump.

Al Gore Proposes To 'Punish Climate Change Deniers'

goreCCD Editor's Note: It's shameful how Gore utilizes hate speech and misinformation to further his own agenda. Note all the inconsistencies in his speech. From Tech Times:

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Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore proposes to "punish climate change deniers." Gore also suggests that politicians who reject "accepted science" should also pay the price.

Gore, an active environmental activist, spoke about the climate crisis at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, revealed that many smart investors are now investing in alternate energy companies rather than on companies that invest in fossil fuels.

Royal Society Lets The Dogma Out: Global Warming Think Tank Brings Balance to Climate Science Debate

The Royal Society has misrepresented current thinking on climate change by presenting new theories as established facts and leaving out evidence that doesn’t support man madeglobal warming dogma, a group of climate scientists has claimed.

In December, the Royal Society published a Short Guideto Climate Science, which it presented as a definitive guide to all things climate science. It asks and answers20 questions, some of which display clear bias within the phrasing of the question, such as “How do scientists know that recent climate change is largely caused by human activities?” and “Climate is always changing. Why is climate change of concern now?”


How Desperate Are Democrats?

goreWith Hillary Clinton’s campaign of entitled inevitability looking increasingly like certain doom for Democrats in 2016, is there a Plan B? As Noemie Emery argued with her usual panache in the Weekly Standard, the Democratic Party imperatives of gender and identity politics compel it to look for a woman or minority to succeed Obama, but the roster is very thin and unpersuasive. What’s a desperate party to do?

Well, guess who’s tanned, rested, and ready? Yup. The trial balloon appeared in the New York Times yesterday: “The New Optimism of Al Gore.”

Is John Kerry a Moron?

kerryI can recall John Kerry, Obama’s Secretary of State, from the days he testified to a congressional committee and slandered his fellow soldiers as the spokesman for Veterans Against the Vietnam War in 1971. I was appalled then and my opinion of the man has not changed since those days. I opposed the war, too, but I did not blame it on the men who were conscripted to fight it, nor did I believe the charges he leveled against some of them.

These days Kerry is engaged in securing an agreement with the Iranians, if not to stop their program to make their own nuclear weapons than to slow it to a later date. Never mind that the Iranian government is listed by our own government as a leading sponsor of terrorism worldwide or that they have signed such agreements in the past and then tossed out the inspectors.

Merchants of Doubt a Huge Flop at the Box Office

MODCCD Editor's Note: Never underestimate the intelligence of the American public. Who would go see a movie about global warming in the dead of winter (which is breaking cold and snow records in many areas of the U.S.)? I think, and this is only speculation, that people are tired of having fingers wagged at them like a parent reprimanding a child. From Obama to John Kerry to Gina McCarthy to Gore and so on, maybe, just maybe, people are simply tired of all the lies.

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The invaluable site for movie buffs who are also interested in the box-office business of film is BoxOfficeMojo. That site reports that “Merchants of Doubt” has earned $23,300 in the four theaters in which it opened on Friday.

So that means … “Merchants of Doubt” had the 314th best opening weekend ever for a documentary film in the United States! What an achievement! Congrats, guys.