Category Archives: Commentaries & Essays

Picking on Pickens

By | August 29, 2008

We can’t go far these days without being subjected to the plaintive pleas of “former oilman” TB Pickens. Its on TV, print media, the internet — you name it. “It’s time to stop America’s addiction to oil!” scream the incessant ads. “We are importing over 70% of our oil. Wind power is the best way out of this… Read More »

On The IPCC’s Case For Anthropogenic Global Warming

By | August 6, 2008

I have been involved in climate change for nearly 30 years. In 1980, a few of us in the research organization of a large multinational energy corporation realized that the climate issue was likely to affect our future business environment. We subsequently started the only industrial research activity in the basic science of climate change. The move was… Read More »

Climatology versus Climatism

By | August 6, 2008

"…..the End of the world is already near…..As this same End of the world is drawing nigh , many unusual things will happen—–climatic changes, terrors from heaven, unseasonable tempests, wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes." The quotation is from a letter sent by a very famous and influential man to a European head of state. Its author is disclosed… Read More »

More Bad Consequences of Biofuels

By | July 21, 2008

In his misguided attempt to enlist Christianity to help promote the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s anti-CO2 campaign, which is described in the September 2007 issue of Physics Today, England’s Sir John Houghton claims we need "very large growth in renewable energy sources," among which he lists biomass in second place after solar. Already, however, it has been… Read More »

Gore’s (Really) Inconvenient Timing – ‘Consensus’ On Man-Made Global Warming Collapses in 2008

By | July 21, 2008

Former Vice-President Al Gore came to Washington on July 17, 2008, to deliver yet another speech warning of the “climate crisis.” “The leading experts predict that we have less than 10 years to make dramatic changes in our global warming pollution lest we lose our ability to ever recover from this environmental crisis,” Gore stated. But the former… Read More »

No Smoking Hot Spot

By | July 19, 2008

I DEVOTED six years to carbon accounting, building models for the Australian Greenhouse Office. I am the rocket scientist who wrote the carbon accounting model (FullCAM) that measures Australia’s compliance with the Kyoto Protocol, in the land use change and forestry sector.

DOE-NETL: Opposition to Coal Will Reduce Electricity Reliability, Harm US Economy

By | June 2, 2008

In an April 2008 white paper entitled, "Natural Gas and Electricity Costs and Impacts on Industry", the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) reported that opposition to new coal-based power plants is leading to a generation capacity shortage in many areas of the country and endangering U.S. energy security. The opposition is also inducing a… Read More »

Glenn Beck: The Really Inconvenient Truths

By | April 23, 2008

Glenn Beck: The Really Inconvenient Truths GLENN: Iain Murray is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He has a new book out called The Really Inconvenient Truths: Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Don’t Want You to Know About — Because They Helped Cause Them. What a surprise. Iain is on the phone with us now. Hi, Iain,… Read More »

When ‘green’ is shorthand for environmental idiocy

By | April 18, 2008

When it comes to all things "green," common sense seems to have been abandoned. Our failure to think clearly about such matters would be amusing if the potential consequences were not so serious. Consider the recent "lights out" campaign that supposedly should energize the world about the problems of climate change by urging citizens in 27 big cities… Read More »