Various Thoughts

I’ve been very busy getting two papers ready, so I haven’t been posting. But there are some stories to which I want to draw your attention. 1. High gasoline prices are just one obvious way in which President Obama’s environmental and energy policies are bearing their intended and foreseen fruits. I’m delighted that people are remembering his 2008 claim: “Under my plan… electricity rates would … Continue reading Various Thoughts

Climate Fraud

Alec Rawls makes the case for omitted variable fraud in global climate change models. His lengthy article is worth your time. The general idea: There is massive and well-accepted evidence for the influence of solar activity on the earth’s climate. For the 1750-2010 period examined, two variables correlate strongly with the observed warming (and hence with each other). Solar magnetic activity and atmospheric CO2 were … Continue reading Climate Fraud

It’s Not Easy Being Green

The Climategate revelations and the snowstorm that swept through Europe gave the Copenhagen global warming meetings an air of unreality. The spectacle of politicians gathering in Denmark with the goal of impoverishing their own societies provided that others do the same sets a new historical standard for idiocy. It isn’t just Climategate and snowstorms. Icecap reviews the evidence (HT: PowerLine): • The most effective greenhouse gas … Continue reading It’s Not Easy Being Green

Brrr….

So much has been happening on Climategate that I haven’t been able to keep up and blog too.  Meanwhile, my Handel concert tomorrow may be snowed out!  The high being predicted for tomorrow is thirty degrees below normal.  Global warming, my ***! Here are a few highlights: Phil Jones has stepped down as Director of the East Anglia Climate Research Unit, pending an investigation.  The … Continue reading Brrr….

“Waterboarding the Data”

That’s how Charlie Martin puts it.  He reviews an East Anglia programmer’s notes in detail (in HARRY_READ_ME.txt) as he tries to make sense of the climate models.  The upshot: He finds complete confusion, and can’t replicate the research team’s results! I think there’s a good reason the CRU didn’t want to give their data to people trying to replicate their work. It’s in such a … Continue reading “Waterboarding the Data”

Climategate and Global Warming

Robert Tracinski and Iain Murray have excellent pieces today on Climategate, the emails from East Anglia University that give us a look behind the curtain at the “scientific” background underlying global warming hysteria. Tracinski, after giving an excellent summary of the issues, says, This is an enormous case of organized scientific fraud, but it is not just scientific fraud. It is also a criminal act. … Continue reading Climategate and Global Warming

“Hide the Decline”

Right, and hold the inconvenient facts, the objectivity of peer review, and the respect for scientific method.  The astounding revelation of thousands of emails among global warming scientists casts a shocking light on the use of science as politics.  War, von Clausewitz said, is politics by other means.  Apparently, the same can be true of science.  Or perhaps we should say “science.”  Finding “tricks” for … Continue reading “Hide the Decline”

Puzzling Juxtapositions

Have you noticed? Obama won 52% of the vote—a “landslide,” according to the increasingly foolish mainstream media. California’s Proposition 8 also passed with 52% of the vote. Why is no one calling that a landslide? Obama is said to have won because voters were concerned about the economy. But the stock market has plummeted since he was elected although there has been little economic news. … Continue reading Puzzling Juxtapositions

The Wisdom of Solomon

Lawrence Solomon, that is, who challenges the idea that global warming is a bad thing. The earth was warmer than it is now back in the medieval warm period; the result was increased plant life, increased agricultural production, (relative) peace, prosperity, and a flowering of civilization. The Little Ace Age occurring around 1700 was a time of reduced production, famine, increased warfare, and financial difficulties. … Continue reading The Wisdom of Solomon