Category Archives: Commentaries & Essays

Nancy Pelosi’s Giant Carbon Footprint

By | May 26, 2011

A few months ago Judicial Watch, which describes itself as a “a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, [which] promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law” summarized the results of its Freedom of Information request for records concerning Nancy Pelosi’s use of Air Force aircraft for her transportation while Speaker of the House.

“3 Billion and Counting” New Film Challenges DDT Myths and Lies that have caused Millions of Needless Deaths.

By | September 15, 2010

We will eradicate malaria by 2010, stricken families were promised a few years ago. Well, 2010 is nearly gone and, instead of eradication, we have more malaria than before … and a new target date: 2015. Unless malaria control policies change, that date too will come and go. Billions will still be at risk of getting malaria. Hundreds… Read More »

They Do Protest Too Much

By | August 16, 2010

SPPI’s authoritative Monthly CO2 Reports have been providing hard, real-world data about changes in CO2 concentration, temperature, sea ice, hurricane activity, and many other climate indicators for two years. These regular reports, now widely cited on television, in universities, and in Congress, have proven highly embarrassing to climate extremists. Our graphs show that the climate is responding normally,… Read More »

Warming or Cooling?

By | June 9, 2010

The first thing to be aware of is that the warming effect of carbon dioxide is strongly logarithmic. Of the 3° C. that carbon dioxide contributes to the greenhouse effect, the first 20 ppm has a greater effect than the following 400 ppm. By the time we get to the current level of 384 ppm, each 100 ppm increment will produce… Read More »

Crisis in New Zealand Climatology

By | May 19, 2010

The official archivist of New Zealand’s climate records, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), offers top billing to its 147-year-old national mean temperature series (the “NIWA Seven-station Series” or NSS). This series shows that New Zealand experienced a twentieth-century warming trend of 0.92°C. The official temperature record is wrong. The instrumental raw data correctly show… Read More »

Cool It! And Let’s Think for Ourselves

By | April 29, 2010

In September last year, the World Meteorological Organisation hosted some 1,500 climate scientists at the much unheralded and poorly reported World Climate Conference 3 in Geneva, Switzerland. WCC3, an important precursor to “Copenhagen”, was called primarily to discuss, and advise on, the relative importance of shorter term climate cycles versus longer term trends. It succeeded in showing both… Read More »

How Government Corrupts Science

By | March 16, 2010

As the alternative media fill with news of "Climategate" and other scientific scandals, people ask: "What has happened to science? Has it been corrupted as have the Congress, the presidency, the media, and many of our other institutions? Can we no longer depend upon even our scientists to tell the truth?"

“Climategate” and the Ethics of Science

By | March 13, 2010

Dishonesty in science can harm people. Over the last century science has played an ever increasing role in the lives of all people, particularly so in the western hemisphere and in Europe and Asia. Science, and its resulting technology, the applications of science to practical problems, has increased life expectancy, improved our standard of living, dramatically speeded communications,… Read More »

Lysenkoism and James Hansen

By | March 5, 2010

On June 23, 1988, a young and previously unknown NASA computer modeller, James Hansen, appeared before a United States Congressional hearing on climate change. On that occasion, Dr. Hansen used a graph to convince his listeners that late 20th century warming was taking place at an accelerated rate, which, it being a scorching summer’s day in Washington, a… Read More »