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  • My Global Warming Skepticism, for Dummies

    03/09/2014 9:49:11 AM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 22 replies
    Global Warming ^ | Feb., 2014 | Roy Spences, PHD
    I receive many e-mails, and a recurring complaint is that many of my posts are too technical to understand. This morning’s installment arrived with the subject line, “Please Talk to Us”, and suggested I provide short, concise, easily understood summaries and explanations “for dummies”. So, here’s a list of basic climate change questions, and brief answers based upon what I know today. I might update them as I receive suggestions and comments. I will also be adding links to other sources, and some visual aids, as appropriate.
  • Freeman Dyson speaks out about climate science, and fudge

    04/05/2013 10:12:35 PM PDT · by Rocky · 26 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | April 5, 2013 | Paul Mulshine
    Freeman Dyson is a physicist who has been teaching at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton since Albert Einstein was there. When Einstein died in 1955, there was an opening for the title of “most brilliant physicist on the planet.” Dyson has filled it. So when the global-warming movement came along, a lot of people wondered why he didn’t come along with it. The reason he’s a skeptic is simple, the 89-year-old Dyson said when I phoned him. “I think any good scientist ought to be a skeptic,” Dyson said. ------------------------------------------------------ Dyson said his skepticism about those computer models...
  • Top 10 Worst Anti-Science Websites

    12/30/2011 6:00:38 AM PST · by Little Ray · 17 replies
    Skeptoid ^ | November 08, 2011 | Skeptoid #283
    The Internet is a dangerous place. It's full of resources, both good and bad; full of citations linking one to another, sometimes helpfully, sometimes not. Today we're going to point the skeptical eye at ten of the worst web sites in terms of quality of science information that they promote. To make this list, they not only need to have bad information, they also need to be popular enough to warrant our attention. Many of these sites promote some particular ideology, but I want to be clear that that's not why they're here. Sites that make this list are only...
  • Crackdown – Shooting in the Dark (UK Police, US Justice Dept & AGW blogger)

    12/15/2011 8:21:06 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    No Consensus ^ | December 14, 2011 | Jeff Id
    It seems that the world governments are escalating cliamtegate to the next level. Tallbloke a fellow recipient blog of the climategate emails, and linked on the right, was raided today in what seems to be a coordinated effort by Metropolitan Police, the Norfolk Constabulary and the Computer Crime division and the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division. His home was raided and computers were taken for ‘examination’. Updates are coming shortly which will explain further. The same is coming to a blogger near you. Perhaps this post should be titled - “The Empire Strikes Back”
  • Romney Skeptical on Human Role in Climate - Critics think he's shifting to the right

    10/29/2011 8:50:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Newser ^ | October 29, 2011 | John Johnson
    (Newser) – Mitt Romney's views on global warming are back in the news. This week, he reaffirmed his skepticism about humans contributing to climate change. CBS News detects a "rightward shift" as the campaign goes on, and both Democrats and Rick Perry agree, notes CNN. Judge for yourself, as Politico rounds up some of his statements on the subject: * Thursday: "My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. And the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us." * August:...
  • Why Conservative White Males Are More Likely To Be Climate Skeptics

    10/06/2011 8:06:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 10/5/2011 | By Julia Pyper and ClimateWire
    When it comes to climate change denial, not all human beings are created equal. As a recent study shows, conservative white males are less likely to believe in climate change. "It's not surprising," said Aaron McCright, sociology professor at Michigan State University, who is a white male himself. But anecdotal evidence is not scientific, he said. "You really don't know what's going on until you crunch the numbers and find out." Besides the trend amongst skeptics, the study also found that conservative white men who self-report a high understanding of global warming -- dubbed "confident" conservative males -- are even...
  • Hot Air exclusive: Perry raises $17.1 million in Q3

    10/05/2011 5:51:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 5, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    A source on the Rick Perry campaign tells Hot Air that the Texas governor conducted some Texas-size fundraising in the third quarter. Coming in just a little over halfway through, Perry raised $17.1 million. That number would put Perry somewhere between $4-6 million ahead of Mitt Romney’s rumored total for Q3, according to this report last week from the Boston Globe. It’s also likely to far outpace Herman Cain’s fundraising or that of the other Republicans currently in the race. The pace is even more impressive. Perry had 49 days in which to raise funds, rather than the full 92...
  • Beware the Unveiling of the Rossi E-Cat 1 MW Reactor in October

    08/01/2011 7:01:31 AM PDT · by Liberty1970 · 116 replies
    Liberty1970 ^ | August 1, 2011 | Liberty1970
    Beware the Unveiling of the 1 MW Reactor in October For months those of us watching the E-Cat story unfold have been eagerly looking forward to the last week in October and the unveiling of the first 1 megawatt thermal reactor at Defkalion's factory in Greece. Andrea Rossi has steadfastly refused to provide more public evidence for the reality of the E-cat, pointing instead to the 1 MW reactor operation as the proof everyone should be waiting for. Skeptics and believers alike have cited this date as well, indicating that we will all know by the end of October whether...
  • I, Global Warming Skeptic

    06/26/2011 2:26:47 PM PDT · by LiberConservative · 13 replies
    Skeptoid ^ | June 15, 2011 | Craig Good
    I am a global warming skeptic. Politically, I land somewhere in the libertarian/conservative camp. If liberal still meant what it did sixty years ago I’d probably be one of those. Whatever my label, I am not a progressive/socialist kind of guy. I wrote on my own blog a long time ago that I needed to be convinced that warming was happening at all, then that people were causing it, and then that it was actually a bad thing...
  • SHOCKER: 'The Heretic,' A Play About a Global Warming Skeptic Gets Rave Reviews

    02/22/2011 8:37:57 PM PST · by seamus · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Somewhat Reasonable ^ | February 22, 2010 | Jim Lakely
    The Heartland Institute knows all about global warming skepticism. Indeed, you could say we wrote the book. So we were surprised that a play about global warming skepticism called "The Heretic" is now running in London — and that the left-wing Guardian newspaper gave it favorable notice. A quick summary of the play: [It] starts from a promising premise: the isolation of Dr Diane Cassell, a leading light in the earth sciences department of a Yorkshire university. Her speciality is measuring sea levels in the Maldives, and her pragmatism leads her to conclude they have not risen in 20 years. Inevitably her...
  • Last in Class: Critics Give U.N. Climate Researchers an 'F'

    04/20/2010 5:06:12 AM PDT · by WmCraven_Wk · 14 replies · 1,183+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | April 19, 2010 | Gene J. Koprowski
    <p>A group of 40 auditors -- including scientists and public policy experts from across the globe -- have released a shocking report card on the U.N.'s landmark climate-change research report. And they gave 21 of the report's 44 chapters a grade of "F." The team, recruited by the climate-change skeptics behind the website NoConsensus.org, found that 5,600 of the 18,500 sources in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Nobel Prize-winning 2007 report were not peer reviewed. "We've been told this report is the gold standard," said Canadian global-warming skeptic Donna Laframboise, who runs the NoConsensus.org site and who organized the online effort to examine the U.N.'s references in the report, commonly known as the AR4. We've been told it's 100 percent peer-reviewed science. But thousands of sources cited by this report have been nowhere near a scientific journal." Based on the grading system used in American schools, 21 chapters in the IPCC report received an F for citing peer-reviewed sources less than 60 percent of the time. Four chapters received a D, and six received a C.</p>
  • Skeptics score a win against alarmists

    12/08/2009 7:22:03 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 11 replies · 1,138+ views
    National Post ^ | December 3, 2009 | Terence Corcoran, Financial Post
    On Tuesday night about 1,100 people participated in a sold-out global warming debate that, in the end, turned downtown Toronto's new concert hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music into a microcosm of a larger tranformation that is sweeping the world. The debate pitted two well known global warming activists of international repute against two well-known skeptics. The skeptics won, shifting the audience's support away from the drastic global warming action demanded by activists and toward the moderate reponse of the skeptics, a move that is rapidly becoming a trend everywhere. If global warming is a problem -- and many...
  • 90% of Enviro Skeptic Books Have Think Tank Roots

    06/06/2008 10:26:16 AM PDT · by cogitator · 18 replies · 36+ views
    Framing Science ^ | June 4, 2008 | Matthew Nisbet
    First paragraph (links omitted): A new study by a team of political scientists and sociologists at the journal Environmental Politics concludes that 9 out of 10 books published since 1972 that have disputed the seriousness of environmental problems and mainstream science can be linked to a conservative think tank (CTT). Following on earlier work by co-author Riley Dunlap and colleagues, the study examines the ability of conservative think tanks to use the media and other communication strategies to successfully challenge mainstream expert agreement on environmental problems.
  • A Layman's Guide to Man-Made Global Warming

    01/02/2008 5:37:37 PM PST · by StACase · 28 replies · 170+ views
    Climate Skeptic ^ | November 2007 | Warren Meyer
    A Layman's Guide to Man-Made Global Warming The purpose of this paper is to provide a layman’s critique of the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) theory, and in particular to challenge the fairly widespread notion that the science and projected consequences of AGW currently justify massive spending and government intervention into the world’s economies. This paper will show that despite good evidence that global temperatures are rising and that CO2 can act as a greenhouse gas and help to warm the Earth, we are a long way from attributing all or much of current warming to man-made CO2. We are even...
  • 9/11 Conspiracy Flaw: Vanity

    07/17/2007 11:29:09 AM PDT · by Sneakyuser · 2 replies · 386+ views
    Sneaky User
    Next time 9/11 conspiracy types bring up "The government or President Bush setup bombs in the WTC and/or "Buiding 7," ask them are they always skeptical of the government and if they're non-partison. Then, mention the incidents and dates below:
  • Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts? (Evidence it is not man made)

    02/05/2007 9:26:36 AM PST · by Rodney Kings Brain · 73 replies · 2,670+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb. 5th, 2007 | By Timothy Ball
    Global Warming is not due to human contribution of Carbon Dioxide Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts? By Timothy Ball Monday, February 5, 2007 Global Warming, as we think we know it, doesn't exist. And I am not the only one trying to make people open up their eyes and see the truth. But few listen, despite the fact that I was the first Canadian Ph.D. in Climatology and I have an extensive background in climatology, especially the reconstruction of past climates and the impact of climate change on human history and the human condition. Few listen, even though I...
  • Senate skeptic of global warming takes aim at California - Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.

    09/07/2006 5:00:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 619+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 9/7/06 | Erica Werner - AP
    WASHINGTON A bill to crank up penalties for the nation's most polluted air regions both in California was introduced Thursday in the Senate by Congress' biggest skeptic of global warming. A week after reacting angrily to California's passage of landmark anti-global warming legislation, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., produced a bill to more than double fines on polluters who don't meet cleanup deadlines for soot and smog. States that don't require them to clean up could be denied federal highway funds. Democrats and environmental activists accused Inhofe, who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, of retaliating against California. Inhofe has...
  • The Flipping Point (global warming conversion of skeptic Michael Shermer)

    05/25/2006 9:02:16 AM PDT · by cogitator · 503 replies · 5,134+ views
    Scientific American ^ | June 2006 | Michael Shermer
    The Flipping PointHow the evidence for anthropogenic global warming has converged to cause this environmental skeptic to make a cognitive flip By Michael Shermer In 2001 Cambridge University Press published Bjørn Lomborg's book The Skeptical Environmentalist, which I thought was a perfect debate topic for the Skeptics Society public lecture series at the California Institute of Technology. The problem was that all the top environmental organizations refused to participate. "There is no debate," one spokesperson told me. "We don't want to dignify that book," another said. One leading environmentalist warned me that my reputation would be irreparably harmed if I...
  • Crucified Literalism Resurrects Gnosticism

    04/14/2006 4:17:26 PM PDT · by eyezofthestorm · 20 replies · 455+ views
    Blogelation ^ | 14 April 2006 | Paul
    The Parable of the Sacrificial LambEaster is the climax of the ancient historic Christian calendar. It is the day God's only begotten son, Jesus Christ (anointed messiah), was crucified to death under Roman Judge Pontius Pilate, for preaching to be the 'Son of Man'. This man had future knowledge of every human being to live in the next two millennia. And, since Jesus loved each one of his future human images so much, he willingly sacrificed himself so that we could be forgiven for the sin of our ancestors, Adam and Eve, having eaten the one fruit that was forbidden...
  • Will 2005 Set a Record For Warmth? Does It Matter?

    10/14/2005 10:54:31 AM PDT · by cogitator · 19 replies · 764+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 10/13/2005 | Patrick Michaels
    According to David Rind from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), 2005 is going to set the all-time record for global warmth. He told Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post (October 13, 2005) only a major volcanic eruption could intervene. But Eilperin also interviewed Oregon State Climatologist George Taylor, who told her that Goddard's findings were "mighty preliminary." That's because there's more than one history of global temperature. Three receive the most citations. NASA's record begins in 1880, as does another history from the U.S. Department of Commerce, developed at the Department's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). But the...
  • Prayer--Is anyone really listening?

    02/02/2005 3:28:32 PM PST · by James S. Robb · 36 replies · 532+ views
    Skeptics Club ^ | February 2, 2005 | Jim Robb
    Practically everyone has prayed. Some have tried it a few times, an experiment. Others, even apparently irreligious personalities, pray constantly. Something inside urges us to ask for help. We ask. It may be, "Please help me with this exam." Or, "Save my marriage!" Or, "Heal my Dad." Two possible problems. We "hear" no answer. And Dad still dies. Why would anyone pray to, as historian Paul Johnson terms him, "the God who is silent?" As a believing Christian and a skeptic, this is frustrating. It's hard to pray for divine intervention, only to see the natural order continue unmolested. Nevertheless,...
  • Top Skeptic, Prominent Scientist Agree on Likely Global Warming Scenario by 2050

    05/11/2004 7:56:43 AM PDT · by cogitator · 73 replies · 384+ views
    CO2 and Climate ^ | May 9, 2004 | Patrick Michaels
    Observations Not Models NASA’s James Hansen widely is credited as “the father” of the global warming issue because of his 1988 congressional testimony concerning his detection of a human influence on world climate. His work with a General Circulation Model developed at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies led him to that conclusion, just as GCMs subsequently led others to the offer up “scary scenarios” of our climate future. It is remarkable, then, when Hansen writes in the March 2004 edition of Scientific American (PDF) that the climate change scenarios put forth in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC)...
  • It's good to talk [Cellphone radiation]

    09/12/2003 3:27:46 PM PDT · by jennyp · 13 replies · 372+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 9/12/03 | David Cohen
    Mays Swicord spent 26 years searching for a health effect of radio-frequency radiation. He tried and tried to falsify the notion that this radiation - the kind emitted by mobile phones - has no effect. He failed. He changed sides, and for the past 8 years he has been working for the mobile phone maker Motorola. Now he is trying to convince us that mobile phones are safe, and that enough research is enough. David Cohen caught up with him when he visited London     I see you have two mobile phones on your belt... One is for...
  • The Captain Kirk Principle

    11/26/2002 7:25:35 PM PST · by AndrewC · 64 replies · 825+ views
    Scientific American ^ | December 2002 | Michael Shermer
    The Captain Kirk Principle Intuition is the key to knowing without knowing how you know By Michael Shermer   1   2   next » Image: BRAD HINES Stardate: 1672.1. Earthdate: October 6, 1966. Star Trek, Episode 5, "The Enemy Within." Captain James T. Kirk has just beamed up from planet Alpha 177, where magnetic anomalies have caused the transporter to malfunction, splitting Kirk into two beings. One is cool and rational. The other is impulsive and irrational. Rational Kirk must make a command decision to save the crew, but he is paralyzed with indecision, bemoaning to Dr. McCoy: "I...
  • Fox TV and the Apollo Moon Hoax (Long Read but Worth it)

    03/31/2002 11:02:02 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 6 replies · 724+ views
    BadAstronomy ^ | 13 FEB 2001 | Phil Plait
      What's New? Bad Astronomy Misconceptions Movies Briefs News TV Bitesize Astronomy Solar System The Pantry Die F.A.Z. Mad Science Book Store Bulletin Board Site Info Search the site Who am I? Contact me Calendar/Events Links Fox TV and the Apollo Moon Hoax(February 13, 2001) On Thursday, February 15th 2001 (and replayed on March 19), the Fox TV network aired a program called ``Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon?'', hosted by X-Files actor Mitch Pileggi. The program was an hour long, and featured interviews with a series of people who believe that NASA faked the Apollo Moon landings...