Category Archives: Originals

Climate Action Plans Fail to Deliver: Updated 12-20-08

By | December 19, 2008

(REVISED) Around the country, localities, states and multi-state regions are convening Climate Change Task Forces aimed at developing plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As the name suggests, these groups have been created to develop Climate Action Plans that are intended to lessen the projected impacts of anthropogenic climate change around the world in general, but more particularly,… Read More »

A Glimpse Inside the Global Warming Controversy

By | December 18, 2008

“Do you believe in Global Warming?” I have often been asked this question by people with little or no scientific background. It seems like a simple question that demands a “yes” or “no” answer. But in reality it is a complex question that cannot be reduced to an unqualified “yea” or “nay”. The intent of this paper is… Read More »

Arizona Climate Change

By | December 10, 2008

Summary for Policy Makers In February 2005, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, citing concerns of global climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, issued an Executive Order creating the Arizona Climate Change Advisory Group (CCAG). The CCAG was tasked with: • Establishing a baseline inventory and forecast of greenhouse gas emissions in Arizona, and, • Producing… Read More »

Observed Climate Change in Florida

By | November 3, 2008

In October 2008, the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change released a draft version of its 14-month effort of developing an Action Plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Florida. The impetus behind the creation of the Action Team and the development of the Action Plan grew out of a summit on climate change (“Serve… Read More »

Arctic Sea Ice Losses

By | October 31, 2008

Already various countries are setting into motion plans to take advantage of the potential opening of important shipping lanes through the Arctic waters. In the November 2008 issue of The Atlantic magazine, the potential opening of reliable shipping routes through the Arctic is described in the following way (http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200811/map-arctic):

An unscientific “Science Brief” by the Pew Center on “The Causes of Global Climate Change”

By | October 31, 2008

The soi-disant “‘Science’ Brief” on “global warming” by the Pew Center merely compounds the errors and half-truths already widely circulated in the IPCC’s 2007 climate assessment. There is little of what Pew calls “strong evidence” that anthropogenic greenhouse gases have contributed significantly to the “global climate change” observed during the 20th century. Phrases like “recent scientific progress”, “science… Read More »

Observed Climate Change & the Negligible Effect of Global Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits in Alabama

By | October 23, 2008

Summary for Policy Makers This report provides a review of Alabama’s climate history and reveals that there is no observational evidence of unusual long-term climate changes taking place that could be linked to anthropogenic “global warming” — despite scientifically unsupportable claims and frequent prognostications of gloom and doom. Instead of rising temperatures, the state’s annual average temperature has… Read More »

Some Things We Know and Don’t Know About Polar Bears

By | October 15, 2008

SUMMARY FOR POLICY MAKERS • Globally, more than one third of the nineteen subpopulations of polar bears are increasing or stable, while the remaining third have insufficient data available; its status in the central Arctic Basin, the largest of the nineteen designated regions, is completely unknown. • All but one of the declining subpopulations listed in 2006 are… Read More »

Analysis of the Report, “Kansas: Assessing the Costs of Climate Change”

By | August 27, 2008

We’ve attempted to document the numerous weaknesses and shortcomings in the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) report on Kansas.   While there are certain aspects that to the layman may appear intrinsically scientific and of interest, its analysis and conclusions are unconvincing and unsupportable.  Worse, they encourage public policy responses already doing harm, not good. Given its many… Read More »

Minnesota Climate Change

By | August 26, 2008

Summary for Policy Makers In May of 2007, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty signed the “Next Generation Energy Act of 2007” which includes targets for statewide reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The Act requires Minnesotans to reduce emissions to a level of 15% below 2005 levels by 2015, to a level at least 30% below 2005 levels by 2025,… Read More »