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Posts from January 2009

Gotta Love Lovelock

By Kenneth P. Green -- January 23, 2009

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

Paul Ehrlich treated his intellectual rival Julian Simon with great disrespect during Simon’s lifetime. Ehrlich refused to debate Simon or even meet him in person. He insulted Simon in print. Ehrlich even scolded Science magazine for publishing Simon’s 1980 breakthrough essay “Resources, Population, Environment: An Oversupply of Bad News,” with the words: “Could the editors have found someone to review Simon’s manuscript who had to take off this shoes to count to 20?” (quoted in Julian Simon, The Ultimate Resource II, 1996, p. 612)

Such intolerance for reasoned dissent, unfortunately, has also been a trait of Ehrlich protégé John Holdren. After I published my review of John Holdren’s criticism of Bjorn Lomborg in 2003, I emailed  Holdren my paper, “The Heated Energy Debate,” and alerted him to a new book I had coming out, Climate Alarmism Reconsidered.

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

“Finite” Is Not “Scarce”

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