Category Archives: Commentaries & Essays

Global Warming – A Classic Case of Alarmism

By | April 14, 2009

The global temperature has been rising at a steady trend rate of 0.5°C per century since the end of the little ice age in the 1700s (when the Thames River would freeze over every winter). On top of the trend are oscillations that last about thirty years in each direction.

Your “Carbon Legacy”

By | April 3, 2009

Politicians who bow to the demands of the world’s climate alarmists have long sought various means of reducing anthropogenic CO2 emissions. To date, the measures they have proposed have been rather mundane, focusing primarily on reducing emissions associated with one’s household activities and transportation habits. For example, we have been encouraged to replace our incandescent light bulbs with… Read More »

The Unwisdom of Solomon, Bad Logic, Bad Science and Bad Policies

By | March 16, 2009

Early in 2009, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published “Irreversible climate change due to carbon dioxide emissions,” by Susan Solomon of NOAA and three colleagues. This lurid paper said that “the severity of damaging, human-induced climate change depends not only on the magnitude of the change but also on the potential for irreversibility,” and that… Read More »

The John Galt Effect

By | February 25, 2009

A hidden effect of the November 4 elections and the national events that preceded them during this past year is perhaps best called the “John Galt Effect” in honor of Ayn Rand’s famous character in Atlas Shrugged.  It is occurring to a very significant extent. Our technological civilization stands upon the shoulders of many generations of free Americans… Read More »

Eco-Colonialism Degrades Africa

By | February 15, 2009

Sub-Saharan Africa remains one of Earth’s most impoverished regions. Over 90% of its people still lack electricity, running water, proper sanitation and decent housing. Malaria, malnutrition, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and intestinal diseases kill millions every year. Life expectancy is appalling, and falling.

Reviewed or Not Reviewed?

By | February 9, 2009

Responses to some Readers’ Enquiries about the Scientific Paper Climate Sensitivity Reconsidered (Physics & Society, July 2008) A personal statement by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley SEVERAL readers have written to me to enquire why the July 2008 edition of Physics and Society carries a disclaimer saying that my scientific paper Climate Sensitivity Reconsidered, published in that edition, was… Read More »

Green-collar jobs – or con jobs?

By | February 6, 2009

Environmental-union-politico alliances use their clout to promote new energy, economic vision. Will it create jobs, without impacting existing jobs, living standards and economic opportunities? The quest to be “green” has spawned countless proposals, programs, laws and advertising campaigns. In Washington, DC a “Green Jobs Advisory Council” is promoting policies for green buildings, energy efficiency, renewable energy, city infrastructure,… Read More »

Three Essays on Climate Models

By | January 30, 2009

Roger Pielke Sr. has graciously invited me to add my perspective to his discussion with Gavin Schmidt at RealClimate. If this were not such a serious matter, I would have been amused by Gavin’s lack of knowledge of the differences between weather models and climate models. As it stands, I am appalled. Back to graduate school, Gavin!

Harebrained Theorist John Holdren Will Become Obama’s Science Adviser

By | December 30, 2008

It’s very bad that people whose approach to the world is the exact opposite of science – because they prefer irrational phobias, "prestige" of symposia, and visible jobs paid by gullible manipulated folks over rational, humble, careful, and ever more refined, accurate, and justified scientific arguments and findings – are being linked to science, and it is bad… Read More »

Romm’s Fairy Tales – Where Cold is Warm

By | December 11, 2008

In another fable on Climate Progress, chief alarmist blogger Joseph Romm claims “The climate story of the decade is that the 2000s are on track to be nearly 0.2C warmer than the 1990s. And that temperature jump is especially worrisome since the 1990s were only 0.14C warmer than the 1980s (see datasets here). Global warming is accelerating, as… Read More »