Thursday, April 17, 2014

Heartland logic: if it hurts my financial interests, global warming must be false.

This morning I read Narahani's neat summation of the crazy-makers at Heartland Institute with their NON-IPCC Report created by their paid panel of a few scientific extreme outliers and non-climatologists, one and all unidirectional-science-skeptics who refuse to address the full scope of evidence out there.  

The NIPCC effort is an example of Science in a Vacuum where one can convince anyone of anything, so long as one can limit their audience's access to authoritative information.  

Beyond that Narahani says it quite well so with a tip of my hat to SkepticalScience.com I'll hand it over to her.  

As for the real IPCC report link: 

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Heartland logic: More people have heard of Fidel Castro than Michael Mann, therefore global warming is false. (via Skeptical Science)
Posted on 16 April 2014 by Guest Author 
This is a guest post from Narahani.   

Or is happening and is good for you, or has stopped happening, or is caused by CO2 but only a little, or is about to reverse due to lots of yet-to-be-discovered negative…

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Years of Living Dangerously - facing what's happening

There’s a new documentary series out that has traveled the world to chronicle the dramatic changes upon our planet and the cascading consequences of those changes to age old climate patterns.  It's not about models or forecasts, it's about impacts happening today.  It's called Years of Living Dangerously.

Being of the generation who learned about this global warming science and atmospheric observations in the early 1970s, it is indescribably heartbreaking to see those fearful, yet sober, projections from way back, {when the science of climatology was young}, being played out in real time and real life.

Every bit as heartbreaking has been witnessing the escalating war of dirty-tricks and lies the Republican/Libertarian powers-that-be have waged against a rational sober understanding of the science.  

I’ve watched as decade after decade passed with increasing indications of the reality of our impact upon our one and only home planet.  And rather than rationally learning about our planet and the reality of the impacts that increasing billions of resource hungry humans were having upon our finite planet - 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Forbes Follies - Joe Bast Deliberately Excludes And Misrepresents Important Climate Science


The IPCC's Latest Report Deliberately Excludes And Misrepresents Important Climate Science
By Joseph Bast
Reviewed by citizenschallenge

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First, we should be clear - Joe Bast is a political operative.  Everything he does, he does from a position of defending his policy agenda which is all about protecting the big business status quo.  This is not slander nor misleading and I'm not even opining on whether it is right or wrong.  It is what it is.  

Nowhere in Joe Bast's writings will you find any curiosity or interest in understanding the various dynamics at work in our atmosphere and oceans.  He won't discuss basic geophysical fundamentals, nor review the science that is "settled."  Things that we need to understand before any of the rest of this 'global warming conversation' can make any sense.

Read on as I do a detailed review of Mr. Bast's recent Forbes' Op-Ed attack on the IPCC's WG2 report, including many links to authoritative sources of further information  
(http://www.ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/)  
Joe Bast's words are in courier font and unaltered.

Here's an interesting quote worth keeping in mind when reading Joe's take on scientific reality:
"Joe Bast reflecting on the kind of person needed to run the Heartland Institute: 
“My motto is, you need to find a used car salesman who’s a libertarian—
an aggressive, articulate guy who wants to build an organization.” "
Brian Doherty, Radicals for Capitalism: 
A Free-Wheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement 
(New York: Perseus Books Group, 2007).
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fabricating Climate Doom - Steele's Extreme Weather Extinctions Enron Style - examined

It's worth pointing out.
As with other climate science "skeptics" - our good Mr. Steele is great at making dramatic claims, freely attacking the integrity of accomplished scientists and their work with his one-sided story-telling.
But, when confronted with his many misrepresentations he won't defend his claims.
What's to be made of that? Perhaps he knows dang well that his charges are indefensible.  {4/4/14}
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Steele muses: "More critical analyses and respectful debate are the only paths to follow if we are ever to free ourselves from the shackles of our own illusions."  I couldn't agree more. 

Yet Steele's own rhetoric fails his lofty hope of engaging in an intellectually honest and constructive debate.  

Allow me to explain by reviewing the details of Jim Steele's third broadside against Dr. Parmesan and her work.

Fabricating Climate Doom - Part 3: Extreme Weather Extinctions Enron Style
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Fabricating Climate Doom: Parmesan's Butterfly Effect condensed… just the science

In a previous post, "Fabricating Climate Doom: looking at Jim Steele’s deception" I did a paragraph by paragraph review of Jim Steele's article "Fabricating Climate Doom: Parmesan’s Butterfly Effect" that turned into quite the marathon.  Most of it turned out to deal with Steele's art of rhetorical manipulation and the structure of his sales pitch, since there's so little actual science about the thing.

That is why I've decided to do a second, thankfully shorter, science-focused review of that same article.  This time I strip away most of Jim's rhetorical fancy dancing and focus on his various scientific claims.  Once again Steele's words are in courier font and unaltered, though many have been jettisoned.  If you want to look at his full text visit here.

I have emailed Mr. Steele and invited him for a visit to take a look.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Of Recursive Fury, SkepticForum and science denialist's strategy of harassment


Interesting news today, particularly in light of my own recent experience at SkepticForum.com with one Jim Steele and the moderator of said forum. The same moderator who believes injecting graphics of an exploding head (link with care, it's quite disgusting) into what's supposed to be a serious discuss about climate science discussion is fair play.

But try going toe to toe with a malicious climate science denialist, even though the fella in question, one Jim Steele, grossly misrepresents and downright lies about the science - plus he injects copious amounts of slander (and more lies) towards serious published scientists he doesn't like, or anyone else that gets in his way.  But,  you'd better not call him on it over at the "skeptic's forum".


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Climate Science Legal Defense Fund Needs Your Help!


I'd like to pass along the following public service announcement. 
Please if you can help can, do help, 
because the denialists are getting nastier by the minute.
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Climate Science Legal Defense Fund Needs Your Help!

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) was launched in January 2012 by Scott Mandia and Joshua Wolfe to provide valuable legal resources to our climate scientists who are in need. CSLDF needs your help.

CSLDF needs to raise $80,000. The great news is that philanthropist Charles Zeller has graciously offered to MATCH the first $40,000 that is raised and philanthropist Peter Cross has offered to put up the first $10,000. This means CSLDF already has the first $20,000 of the $80,000 goal. We need YOU to help CSLDF reach its goal.

For the previous two years, CSLDF has been managed by Scott and Josh  “from their kitchens” They both have full-time jobs and families with small children and neither receives compensation for their time. Scott and Josh have accomplished much over the years on a part-time basis. To date, CSLDF has:
·       Raised litigation fees to help Dr. Michael Mann defend climate science from politically-motivated witch-hunts
·       Provided resources to legal experts from PEER so they could offer free legal advice to scientists at professional conferences
·       Offered legal counsel to scientists hit with frivolous Freedom of Information Act requests
·       Provided legal workshops to scientists at professional conferences. 
·       Offered a series of legal education webinars partnering with American Geophysical Union (AGU).
But now it is time to “go professional” and that is where you can help. $80,000 can move the organization to this next level. CSLDF will use your tax-deductible donations to hire a full-time Executive Director who will manage the day to day operations of providing legal help to our experts as well as increasing fundraising efforts. Having the full-time professional helps to assure that CSLDF will be there for our scientists years down the road. After all, climate change is not going anywhere and the sad fact is that neither will the legal attacks on our scientists.

Donations are tax-deductible and can be sent by visiting the CSLDF website at climatesciencedefensefund.org and clicking the Donate button. Donations are sent to our fiscal sponsor PEER but are earmarked for CSLDF. Through PEER, a private non-profit organization organized under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue code, your contribution will be tax deductible.

You can also send a check made out to PEER, with Climate Science LDF on the memo line, to support effort to help scientists defend themselves:

Climate Science Legal Defense Fund
c/o PEER
2000 P Street, NW #240
Washington, D.C. 20036


International donors can use PayPal. Send to info@peer.org as the recipient and put CSLDF in the subject line of your payment.