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Posts from January 2009

Global Warming Realism over Alarmism: Is the Public Leading?

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 23, 2009

The new survey report from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that only 3 in 10 of those interviewed ranked climate change as a "top priority" in terms of public-policy concern. Climate came in dead last of 20 categories. "Protecting the environment" scored higher, indicating that the public sees the difference between here-and-now environmental issues and iffy future climate scenarios.

On the other hand, 6  in 10 rated energy as a top priority, which means making sure that motorists do not have a repeat of $4 gasoline.

Gotta Love Lovelock

By Kenneth P. Green --

Despite creating the neo-pagan Gaia Hypothesis so beloved of eco-worshippers, and despite his equally unsupportable belief that global warming will be catastrophic, James Lovelock occasionally says interesting things. In this interview with New Scientist, Lovelock observes that:

Most of the “green” stuff is verging on a gigantic scam. Carbon trading, with its huge government subsidies, is just what finance and industry wanted. It’s not going to do a damn thing about climate change, but it’ll make a lot of money for a lot of people and postpone the moment of reckoning.

Poorly Defined Climate-Change Questions Lead to Meaningless Poll Results

By Indur Goklany --

The American Geophysical Union’s house organ, Eos, has an article entitled “Examining the Scientific Consensus on Climate Change,” written by Peter Doran and Kendall Zimmerman of the University of Illinois at Chicago. (h/t Roger Pielke, Sr.)

The paper explains that the two “primary questions” asked were:

1. When compared with pre-1800s levels, do you think that mean global temperatures have generally risen, fallen, or remained relatively constant?

2. Do you think human activity is a significant contributing factor in changing mean global temperatures?

John Holdren and “The Argument from Authority” (Part VII in a Series on Obama’s New Science Advisor)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 22, 2009

More on the Unstimulating Stimulus

By Kenneth P. Green -- January 21, 2009

Scientist Behaving Strangely? The Case of James Hansen

By Robert Bradley Jr. --

Sea-Level Rise: Still Inches, Not Feet

By Chip Knappenberger -- January 20, 2009

Exxon Laughs all the Way to the Bank

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#m_lynch">Michael Lynch</a> --

Green Jobs: Is the Science “Settled” on This, Too?

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#r_murphy">Robert Murphy</a> -- January 19, 2009

Carbon Tax or Cap-and-Trade? Don’t Forget “Neither”

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 18, 2009