Author Archives: David Middleton

About David Middleton

I have been a geoscientist in the evil oil and gas industry for almost 30 years. My favorite hobby is debunking the junk science of the radical environmentalists...Particularly the junk science of anthropogenic global warming.

Flashback: “Irreversible Collapse” of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet – from 1999

Guest post by David Middleton A Geological Perspective on the “Irreversible Collapse” of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet It’s “old” news, as this publication from 1999 shows us. About these ads

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A Geological Perspective on Lovejoy’s 99% Solution

Guest post by David Middleton The hyping of Lovejoy, 2014 (L14) has been almost as unprecedented as his conclusions are unsupported… Lovejoy piles on with the sort of trash talk normally associated with activist bloggers, rather than professional scientific publications… … Continue reading

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Oh say can you see modern sea level rise from a geological perspective?

Guest post by David Middleton Experts say the IPCC underestimated future sea level rise A new study surveys 90 sea level rise experts, who say sea level rise this century will exceed IPCC projections Wednesday 4 December 2013 John Abraham … Continue reading

Posted in Adjustments/Corrections, Al Gore, Alarmism, Antarctic, Arctic, Gravity, Greenland ice sheet, Hiatus in Global Warming, IPCC, IPCC AR5 Report, Paleoclimatology, Sea level | Tagged , , , , | 101 Comments

Dave’s Top Ten Reasons Why the Oil Industry Doesn’t Spend its Billions on Disproving the Junk Science of AGW

Guest post by David Middleton In my Internet “debates” with warmists, I occasionally encounter challenges like this… We don’t yet not know the real global impact man has on the environment. It may be negligible. What we do know is … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Fun_stuff, Humor, James Hansen, Modeling, Obama Climate Plan, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | 109 Comments

Defusing the Arctic Methane Time Bomb

Guest Post by David Middleton The Arctic methane time bomb keeps ticking… From Scientific American… Climatewire More Arctic Methane Bubbles into Atmosphere A new study suggests more than twice as much of the potent greenhouse gas is bubbling out of … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Arctic, Methane, Paleoclimatology, Sea ice, Sea level | 80 Comments

EPA sues Oklahoma utility for obeying the law

Guest post by David Middleton Just when you think that the EPA cannot possibly get any more idiotic… U.S. EPA sues OG&E over work at Oklahoma coal power plants Tue Jul 9, 2013 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency … Continue reading

Posted in Coal, Energy, Environment, EPA, Government idiocy, Ridiculae | Tagged , , , | 124 Comments

DOE Green Energy Loans: $11.45 million per job and a rounding error’s worth of averted carbon emissions.

Guest Post by David Middleton The cost of each taxpayer-financed green energy job created since 2009: $26.32 billion divided by 2,298 jobs = $11.45 million per job… Green energy jobs and DOE loans are tallied under programs 1703 and 1705 … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide, Coal, Energy, Government idiocy, natural gas, Politics, solar power | Tagged , , , , , , , | 55 Comments

“Sorry, a TIME Magazine Cover Did Not Predict a Coming Ice Age”… It was just a TIME article.

Guest Post by David Middleton You can always count in TIME magazine’s Bryan Walsh for a good laugh… Well, I suppose that Mr. Walsh is correct that a 1977 TIME magazine cover did not predict “another ice age.” The prediction … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Humor, media | Tagged , , , , , , , | 101 Comments

Maryland’s “Wind Powered Welfare”

Guest Post by David Middleton Going Green Offshore Wind Passes in Senate, Gov. O’Malley’s Signature Next The construction of a wind power farm off the coast of Ocean City could begin as early at 2017 By Jessica Wilde, Capital News … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Politics, wind power | Tagged , , | 96 Comments

Oil Production on Federal Lands Fell Again in 2012 – Climate Progress Blames Geology

Guest post by David Middleton “We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years.” –President Obama, Feb. 12, 2013 Yes, Mr. President, we do produce more oil at home than we have in quite a long time. … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Government idiocy, natural gas, petroleum, Politics | Tagged , , | 41 Comments

A Simple Test of Marcott et al., 2013

Guest Post by David Middleton The Gorebots are all atwitter about this new paper… Science 8 March 2013: Vol. 339 no. 6124 pp. 1198-1201 DOI: 10.1126/science.1228026 A Reconstruction of Regional and Global Temperature for the Past 11,300 Years Shaun A. … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Marcott et al proxy paper, Michael E. Mann, Paleoclimatology | Tagged , , | 91 Comments

“A [Junk] Scientist’s Misguided Crusade” Against the Keystone XL Pipeline

Guest Post by David Middleton More improper activity from the Million Dollar Bureaucrat… A Scientist’s Misguided Crusade By JOE NOCERA Published: March 4, 2013 Last Friday, at 3:40 p.m., the State Department released its “Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement” for … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Energy, Environment, James Hansen, NASA GISS, petroleum, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | 47 Comments

Global Warming to Endanger Breakfast by 2080!!!

Guest Post by David Middleton First it was wheat and now it’s coffee. What’s next? Bacon & eggs? This is nothing but alarmist nonsense… Researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and the Environment and Coffee Forest Forum in … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Alarmism, Carbon dioxide, IPCC, James Hansen, Positive effects of CO2, Temperature | Tagged , , , | 61 Comments

SOTU: Energy Fabrications, Falsehoods and Fantasies

Guest Post by David Middleton During his State of the Union Address, President Obama had a few things to say about energy snd I have a few replies. Pres. Obama: We buy… less foreign oil than we have in 20 … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, petroleum, Politics | 125 Comments

How Green Was My Bankruptcy? U. S. Army Edition.

Guest Post by David Middleton Great News! Siemens will generate an 18% return on a project that will have a negative return on investment (-9%)… All at the taxpayers’ expense! At first glance, this looked too good to be true…

Posted in Economy-health, Energy, natural gas, Politics, solar power | Tagged , , , , , , | 78 Comments

Is Yoko Ono smarter than a 4th grader?

Guest post by David Middleton First up: Yoko Ono and friends… ‘Fracking kills': Yoko Ono joins star-studded cast fighting against hydraulic natural gas drilling in upstate New York John Lennon’s son Sean Lennon, actress Debra Winger, songstress Natalie Merchant and … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Current News, Education, Energy, Fracking, Humor, natural gas | Tagged , , , , , , , | 105 Comments

“Canadian oil sands pollute nearby lakes. Report is blow to Keystone pipeline.” (Or Not)

The only “blow to the Keystone pipeline” is in the exaggerated reporting of the science… The “report” (Kurek et al., 2013) did find slight elevations (relative to 1950) of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in five lakes in the vicinity of … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Current News, Energy, Environment, petroleum | Tagged , , , , , , , | 109 Comments

Antarctic warming courtesy of Mr. Fix-it

Just a little something he threw together Guest Post by David Middleton First the breath-taking headlines… Scientists Report Faster Warming in Antarctica, New York Times (WUWT commentary) West Antarctic Ice Sheet warming twice earlier estimate, BBC West Antarctica warming much … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Antarctic, Climate Craziness of the Week, Climate FAIL, Global cooling, Global warming, NASA GISS | Tagged , , , , | 104 Comments

More on Mark Hertsgaard’s ridiculous claims – The Goldilocks Crop and the Impending Extinction of Pasta

Guest Post by David Middleton Yesterday, WUWT covered the issue from one angle, and blew Hertsgaard’s riduculous claims out of the water. Today, here’s another independently arrived at conclusion that suggests Hertsgaard’s claims are pure fantasy. It is apparently becoming … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Alarmism | Tagged , , , , , , | 78 Comments

A Brief History of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Record-Breaking

Guest Post by David Middleton The World Meteorological Organization (Why do I always think of Team America: World Police whenever “World” and “Organization” appear in the same title?) recently announced that atmospheric greenhouse gases had once again set a new … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide, Paleoclimatology, Alarmism, Current News, Climate sensitivity, Temperature, United Nations, Consensus | Tagged , , | 84 Comments

The Atlantic Magazine’s ‘5 Charts About Climate Change That Should Have You Very, Very Worried’… Worried about scientific illiteracy.

Guest post by David Middleton I ran into this gem on Real Clear Energy this morning… The article cites terrifying new reports commissioned by the World Bank and the CIA and then launches into a graphical cornucopia of nonsense. The … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Carbon dioxide, Climate Craziness of the Week, Climate FAIL, Climate_change, Current News, Disaster, Drought, Environment, extreme weather, Fun_stuff, Greenland ice sheet, Humor, media, Paleoclimatology, Tabloid Climatology, Wildfires | Tagged , , , , , , | 88 Comments

Frankenstorm-itis: Five degrees of Separation from Reality and Eleventy Gazillion Joules Under the Sea

Guest post by David Middleton This is a sort of sequel to my most recent guest post.   Any and all sarcasm is purely intentional. I ran across this really bizarre blog post from “The Energy Collective” on Real Clear Energy… … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, extreme weather, Humor, hurricanes, Little Ice Age, Oceans, Paleoclimatology, Ridiculae, Satire, Sea Surface Temperature | 80 Comments

Hurricane Sandy’s ‘Unprecedented’ Storm Surge

Guest post by David Middleton Funny thing… Hurricane Sandy’s unprecedented storm surge was likely surpassed in the New England hurricanes of 1635 and 1638. From 1635 through 1954, New England was hit by at least five hurricanes producing greater than … Continue reading

Posted in flooding, hurricanes, Paleoclimatology | Tagged , , | 114 Comments

NASA discovers “an Amazon (phytoplankton) rainforest in the middle of the Mojave Desert” – Must be caused by AGW!

Guest post by David Middleton NASA Discovers Unprecedented Blooms of Ocean Plant Life… “Part of NASA’s mission is pioneering scientific discovery, and this is like finding the Amazon rainforest in the middle of the Mojave Desert,” said Paula Bontempi, NASA’s … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Arctic, Climate_change, Sea ice | 71 Comments

“North American energy independence by 2020″

Guest post by David Middleton GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently released an outline of his plan to achieve “North American energy independence” by 2020. While the white paper (1) is short on specific details, it does contain quite a … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Government idiocy, petroleum, Politics | 139 Comments

A Different Take on the “Hottest Month on Record.”

Guest post by David Middleton “NCDC Releases July 2012 U.S. Monthly Climate Report: July 2012 Marked the Hottest Month on Record for the Contiguous United States.” The headline was, of course accompanied by nonsense like this… Senior Meteorologist Stu Ostro … Continue reading

Posted in NCDC, NOAA, records, Temperature | 49 Comments

2012: The Year Greenland Melted (AKA Alarmists Gone Wild)

Guest Post by David Middleton “Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt… Right On Time” I guess Professor Tedesco missed this… “Ice cores from Summit show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Albedo, Arctic, Glaciers, Greenland ice sheet, Paleoclimatology | Tagged , , | 133 Comments

The “Toxic Twenty”: Keeping America’s Lights On

Guest Post by David Middleton The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is out with their latest “Toxic Twenty” list… The NRDC’s report is standard green claptrap. Kentucky led the Toxic Twenty, “emitting nearly 40.6 million pounds of harmful chemicals” in … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Coal, Energy, Environment, NGOs, Satire | Tagged , , , , | 59 Comments

More “Fracking” Nonsense About Earthquakes

Are the science journalists ignorant of science? Or are they intentionally misleading the public? Earthquakes triggered by fluids injected deep underground, such as during the controversial practice of fracking, may be more common than previously thought, a new study suggests.

Posted in Alarmism, Earth, Earthquakes, Energy, Fracking, natural gas | 101 Comments

In other news…”Ten Reasons Why Fracking is (not) Doomed”

Guest Post by David Middleton I ran across a really funny story on Real Clear Energy last Friday… Once you get past all of the nonsense about fracking polluting groundwater and global warming hysteria, the article really gets “interesting.”

Posted in Energy, Fracking, natural gas, solar power, wind power | Tagged , , , , , , , | 128 Comments

How Green Was My Bankruptcy? “Roadmap for Solar Energy Development on Public Lands” Edition

The agency has already approved 17 large-scale solar energy projects on public lands that are expected to produce nearly 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 1.8 million homes. The department estimated the resource potential of the newly identified … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, natural gas, Politics, solar power | Tagged , , , | 98 Comments

How Green Was My Bankruptcy?

Guest Post by David Middleton My apologies to the memories of the late Richard Llewellyn and late John Ford; but I just had to borrow their title for this post. This paragraph from a 2010 Telegraph article really says it … Continue reading

Posted in Energy, Politics, solar power | Tagged , , , , , , , | 268 Comments

More Glacial Junk Science Journalism

[Note: this post (and a few others) was lost in WordPress, and I had no notification of its existence. While a bit dated, it is still valid – note to guest authors with WUWT WordPress privileges – when you submit … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Current News, Disaster, Glaciers, Paleoclimatology | Tagged , , , , , , , | 81 Comments

Dusting for Fingerprints in the Holocene

Guest Post by David Middleton Fingerprints are admissible evidence in criminal trials because of their uniqueness. The probability of two human beings having identical fingerprints is very low. Measurements of δ13C depletion have often been cited as anthropogenic “fingerprints,” proving … Continue reading

Posted in Alarmism, Carbon dioxide, Paleoclimatology | Tagged , , , , , , , | 247 Comments

“The end for small glaciers” or anthropogenic circular reasoning?

Guest Post by David Middleton Breathtaking news from Nature… Published online 9 January 2011 | Nature News The end for small glaciers IPCC estimates of sea level rise corroborated, but large ice sheets might endure. Richard A. Lovett New Zealand’s … Continue reading

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