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Climate Change 9: How Useful (or Accurate) is a Forecast 75 Years Out That Won’t Be Noticeable for 300 Years?

Climate scientists Patrick Michaels and Paul Knappenberger’s terrific new book exposes the “pseudoscience” that the “the debate is over” crowd relies on for their alarmist dictates.  That crowd is big and powerful, but nowhere near 97% of climate scientists (or anybody else) endorse the impoverishing policies that will change our climate in ways that won’t even be measurable 75 years from now. The book, Lukewarming: The New Climate Science that Changes Everything, acknowledges that climate change is real and partially man-made, but shows that the mild, gradual warming we are experiencing doesn’t come close to the catastrophic levels predicted by the...

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Climate Change 8: “Pseudoscience,” Politicized Science, and the Consequences of Energy Poverty

[caption id="attachment_5310" align="alignright" width="253"] The cover of the 2014 Third Assessment Report makes our situation look very scary.[/caption] Climate scientists Patrick Michaels and Paul Knappenberger’s terrific new book exposes the “pseudoscience” that the “the debate is over” crowd relies on for their alarmist dictates.  That crowd is big and powerful, but nowhere near 97% of climate scientists (or anybody else) endorse the impoverishing policies that will change our climate in ways that won’t even be measurable 75 years from now. The book, Lukewarming: The New Climate Science that Changes Everything, acknowledges that climate change is real and partially man-made, but shows that...

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Climate Change 7: How Global Warming is Both a “Hoax” and a Legitimate Area of Study

Former NASA climatologist Roy Spencer, who continues to compile and maintain one of the global satellite temperature records, is one of the leading skeptics of climate alarmism.  As with much of his writing at DrRoySpencer.com, his recent concise summary of key points in the debate was excellent.  He argues that climate change is a hoax, not because the earth is not gradually warming, but because of costly policy dictates that demonize CO2 and won’t even make a measurable difference. While it might sound cynical, global warming has been used politically in order for governments to gain control over the private sector. Bob...

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Climate Change 6: The Beginning of the U.S. Mess with Politicized Science

Climate scientists Patrick Michaels and Paul Knappenberger’s terrific new book exposes the “pseudoscience” that the “the debate is over” crowd relies on for their alarmist dictates.  That crowd is big and powerful, but nowhere near 97% of climate scientists (or anybody else) endorse the impoverishing policies that will change our climate in ways that won’t even be measurable 75 years from now. [caption id="attachment_5280" align="alignright" width="400"] Covers of the USGCRP second National Climate Assessment, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States (left) and the Cato Institute Center for the Study of Science-produced ADDENDUM: Global Climate Change Impacts in the United...

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VA Spends 300K to Study Defunct St. Cloud Wind Turbine

The Veterans Administration has been trying to get a wind energy project up and running at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center since 2007.  Almost a decade later, the 245 foot high wind turbine originally hyped as a national model by the White House is up but not running since 2012. The most notable results generated to date by the 93 ton renewable energy installation are a nearly $2 million loss for taxpayers and a black eye for the Obama Administration’s green energy agenda. Yet instead of mothballing the project and cutting taxpayers’ losses, the federal agency recently doubled down on the...

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Climate Change 5: The Basic Structural Problem with Climate Change Research

Climate scientists Patrick Michaels and Paul Knappenberger’s terrific new book exposes the “pseudoscience” that the “the debate is over” crowd relies on for their alarmist dictates.  That crowd is big and powerful, but nowhere near 97% of climate scientists (or anybody else) endorse the impoverishing policies that will change our climate in ways that won’t even be measurable 75 years from now. The book, Lukewarming: The New Climate Science that Changes Everything, acknowledges that climate change is real and partially man-made, but shows that the mild, gradual warming we are experiencing doesn’t come close to the catastrophic levels predicted by the...

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Climate Change 4: Recent Research on Climate Sensitivity Favors Lukewarmers

[caption id="attachment_5190" align="alignright" width="385"] Estimates from new research since 2011.  Note: Not included here is a similar finding published in Climate Research (2001) by a group led by Patrick Michaels that was a repeated focus of the Climategate emails that “revealed repeated attempts by a large community of climate researchers and other scientists to ignore inconvenient data, to evade requests for raw climate data, and to vilify journal editors who published low-sensitivity papers or others that indicated that the current warm era in not without precedent in the past 1,000 years.”[/caption] A terrific new book out by climate scientists Patrick Michaels...

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State Environmental Agency: Christmas Gifts Bad For Landfills

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency may be the last place you'd think of turning to for gift ideas for your Christmas shopping list, not to mention how to find more meaning during the holiday season. After all, what does regulating feedlots, landfills and power plants have to do with Christmas shopping and presents under the tree? The answer seems obvious, but the state regulatory agency just released its monthly "Living Green 365" newsletter anyway, featuring an environmentally correct theme for the holidays: "Make memories, not trash." The MPCA's state guidelines for holiday shopping can be traced to obscure research on "the vogue mantra of behavioral economics." The...

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MN Ethanol Plant Builder Gives 125k to Tribe Protesting Pipeline

It remains to be seen if and when Bakken shale oil will flow through the Dakota Access Pipeline that's still under construction, as well as protest, in North Dakota. The company building the pipeline asked a federal court this week to order the U.S. Corps of Engineers to issue final approvals and clear the way for the 1,175 mile project. But the controversy hasn't stopped two sizable financial contributions from flowing to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe opposing the energy project. The cash flow includes $125,000 from a quiet but well-connected Granite Falls, Minnesota ethanol plant construction company, Fagen, Inc. The curious...

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Climate Change 3: The Grand Narrative Availability Cascade is Making Us Stupid

In 2007 Professors Timur Kuran and Cass Sunstein defined the concept of an “availability cascade,” which is a self-reinforcing process of collective belief formation by which an expressed perception triggers a chain reaction that gives the perception of increasing plausibility through its rising availability in public discourse.”  Prof. Judith Curry, a climate scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, shows us how that is exactly what has taken over the climate change debate: Climate change has become a grand narrative in which human-caused climate change has become a dominant cause of societal problems.  Everything that goes wrong then reinforces the conviction...

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