The populist notion that all climate sceptics are either in the pay of oil barons or are right-wing ideologues, as is suggested for example by studies such as Oreskes and Conway (2011), cannot be sustained.
H/T Tallbloke and Bishop Hill
Lewandowsky gets ripped a new one at the Financial Post:
Mr. Lewandowsky’s work in fact provides a window into the lurid fantasies of those who are so committed to the paradigm of climate catastrophism that they have abandoned all trace of objectivity or balance. It also demonstrates a clear link between catastrophism and the urge to demonize markets.
Last May, the journal Psychological Science carried a paper by Mr. Lewandowsky and co-authors Klaus Oberauer and Gilles Gignac with the stunning title: “NASA Faked the Moon Landing – Therefore, (Climate) Science Is a Hoax: An Anatomy of the Motivated Rejection of Science.”
Perhaps the most effective instant rebuttal of the paper’s outrageous thesis was that two prominent skeptics — Harrison Schmidt and Buzz Aldrin — had in fact been to the moon!
No GHG impact from KXL pipeline:
IHS CERA’s independent report released this week finds that Keystone XL will have “no material impact on greenhouse gas emissions,” and therefore, meets President Obama’s clearly stated test for approval of the pipeline. Further, the report addresses opponents’ charges head on regarding the State Department’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement findings, eviscerating their oft-repeated claims that without Keystone XL Canadian oil sands will stay in the ground.
In case you missed it: Skeptical “Science” suggests that the Black Death caused the Little Ice Age
The Black Death caused a decrease in the human populations of Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East during the 14th century and a consequent decline in agricultural activity. A similar effect occurred in North America after European contact in the 16th century. Ruddiman (2003) suggests reforestation took place as a result of this reduced human population and agricultural activity, allowing more carbon dioxide uptake from the atmosphere to the biosphere, thus having a cooling effect.
The Medieval Warm Period in China
The Medieval Warm Period (MWP) was a global climatic anomaly that encompassed a few centuries on either side of AD 1000, when temperatures in many parts of the world were even warmer than they are currently. The degree of warmth and associated changes in precipitation, however, varied from region to region and from time to time; and, therefore, the MWP was manifest differently in different parts of the planet. In this Summary, what occurred in China is reviewed.
Meet the New Models: Are They Any Better Than the Old Models?
In a paper published in Nature Climate Change, Knutti and Sedlacek (2013) write that “estimates of impacts from anthropogenic climate change rely on projections from climate models,” but they say that “uncertainties in those have often been a limiting factor, particularly on local scales.” However, as they continue, “a new generation of more complex models running scenarios for the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report (IPCC AR5) is widely, and perhaps naively, expected to provide more detailed and more certain projections.” But are these expectations really being met?
Rare TV Climate Debate: Meteorologist Joe Bastardi debates warmist Discover Magazine editor-at-large…
Global warming litigation goes cold
Within a matter of just a few days, the federal courts put an end to climate change litigation, including one case that had originated in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
I don’t think they want to try ‘Global Warming’ in a court of law because the facts might just come out and send the whole edifice tumbling.