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

The legacy of Climategate: 5 years later

cartoonUPDATE: new email from student that motivated “An open letter . .”

Every year at Thanksgiving, I am reminded of Climategate.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2009, in the midst of extensive email discussions with Andy Revkin and Joe Romm (!), I penned my essay An open letter to graduate students and young scientists in fields related to climate research.  Which followed my essay (published at Climate Audit) On the credibility of climate research. In February 2010, I wrote an article Towards rebuilding trust.  The main themes of my writings were concerns about:

  • lack of transparency – need to make data and documentation publicly available
  • tribalism among scientists and circling the wagons strategy: attacking skeptics with ad hominem attacks, appeal to motive attacks, isolating skeptics through lack of access to data, manipulation of the peer review process to reject skeptic papers
  • the need for improved analysis and communication of uncertainty

Outrage over Inhofe singling out Bab’s role in promoting global warming

babsStreisand v. Inhofe – Outrage over Inhofe singling out singer’s role in promoting ‘global warming’ – But Streisand admitted: ‘I, and others have spent countless millions on this issue’ – She funded UN IPCC Lead Author to tune of $250,000

The Great Renewable Energy Rip-Off

panelsOne of the lesser known attempts to prove that renewable energy, wind and solar power, can replace traditional energy sources--coal, oil, and natural gas--went belly up in much the same way current wind and solar companies depend on tapping the taxpayer for government subsidies in order to stay in business. Google’s Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal initiative begun in 2007 and shut down four years later.

Two members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Ross Koningstein and David Fork, worked on the project. Both men have excellent credentials in aerospace engineering and applied physicals, respectively, but neither had a clue about climatology. Expertise in one field rarely translates to another unless it is closely allied.

Benny Peiser Testimony At The US Senate Committee On Environment And Public Works

powerThe European Union has long been committed to unilateral efforts to tackle climate change. For the last 20 years, Europe has felt a duty to set an example through radical climate policy-making at home. The EU's unilateral climate policy poses an existential threat to Europe's industrial base. Europe’s climate policy has burdened families and businesses with astronomical costs while shifting its heavy industry and its CO2 emissions to other parts of the world. The EU’s climate fail demonstrates beyond doubt that its unilateralism has been a complete fiasco. The lessons should be clear enough: don’t make the same mistake or you will suffer the same consequences. --Benny Peiser, Testimony to the US Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, 2 December 2014

Tell Congress, “End wind energy tax giveaways now”

There is a good chance that the Lame Duck Congress could vote as early as Wednesday, December 4, on extending huge taxpayer subsidies for Big Wind energy companies for another three, five or more years.

Citizens concerned about high-cost electricity, skyrocketing government debt, and massive giveaways of hard-earned tax dollars to crony corporations should call or email their senators and their congressman – and explain why these subsidies should end now.

The World's Climate Change Mafia Meet in Peru

cartoonTo understand all the talk of “climate change” you must understand that everything and everyone involved—except for those of us who debunk the lies—are engaged in a criminal enterprise to transfer billions from industrialized nations to those who have failed to provide a thriving economy, often because they are run by dictators or corrupt governments who skim the money for themselves.

The lies being inflicted on Americans include Obama’s “war on coal” that is shutting down coal-fired plants that affordably and efficiently produce the electricity the nation needs, along with the six-year delay of the Keystone XL pipeline. Add in the thousands of Environmental Protection Agency regulations affecting our manufacturing, business and agricultural sectors and the price we are paying is huge.

At its heart, environmentalism hates capitalism.

Jerry Brown Endorsed Global Warming Tax Hits CA Motorists in 2015

gas stationCA Republicans proposed two bills aimed to stop a cap-and-trade program for transportation fuels which starts up in January that will increase gasoline prices for motorists across the Golden State.

The Sacramento Bee reported that since 2006 cap-and-trade laws, designed to reduce carbon emissions, have forced companies to purchase permits covering what they put into the air. Up until now producers of transportation fuels have been exempted from buying cap-and-trade allowances. The 2006 law calls for the expanded coverage in January 2015.

Patrick DeHaan a petroleum analyst for price tracker GasBuddy.com, predicts that the new cap-and-trade regulations could produce a 10- to 20-cent-per-gallon increase in fuel prices.

Claiming that the new program will push gas prices upward and burden individual drivers, businesses, schools and farms, Republican lawmakers selected the first day of the 2015-2016 legislative session to announce their bill.

EPA’s Goofy Green-Energy Rules

"The stack of new regulations are about this long.""The stack of new regulations are about this long."If you think President Obama’s unilateral exercise of executive powers granting near-blanket amnesty to illegal immigrants was an abuse of power, get a load of what this administration is doing over at the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan regulations are the most expansive and economically disruptive rules in four decades from an agency that is notorious for its reckless disregard for the financial consequences of regulation under the Clean Air Act.

The EPA’s rule aims to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants by 30 percent. That’s an enormous and costly burden on our power generating utilities. According to Energy Ventures Analysis, an energy research firm, the annual costs for residential, commercial and industrial energy customers in America would be about $173 billion higher in 2020 — a 37 percent increase. Average annual household gas and power bills would increase by $680 or 35 percent.

Twit Pic of the Week

Thanks to @GalileoMovement for sharing this twit pic. As delegates arrived at the Lima Climate Conference (how come they don't host these glam-scams in Detroit or Boston?), they posted photos of their fossil-fuel-sucking modes of transportation.

Monday is deadline for EPA's emissions proposal comments

CO2 is odorless and invisible (pictured above)CO2 is an odorless and invisible gas (pictured above)Monday is the last day to submit comments on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions.

The plan to cut emissions by 30 percent by 2030 attracted crowds to regional hearings this summer, including Denver. They included supporters as well as those worried about how the proposal, intended to curb global warming, could impact coal mines and coal-fired power plants.

Michael Mann et al compared to Louis Pasteur and Jonas Salk

mann-wikipedia copyOnly in the world of twisted media pornography would anyone compare Michael Mann and his ilk to Louis Pasteur and Jonas Salk, the latter being the scientist who created the polio vaccine. From Boulder Weekly's review of Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change:

According to a new book by veteran environmentalist George Marshall, thousands of abusive emails — including demands that he commit suicide or be “shot, quartered and fed to the pigs, along with your family” — were received by climate scientist Michael Mann, director of Pennsylvania State University’s Earth System Science Center, who drew and published the “hockey stick graph” that charts a steep rise in global average temperatures.