Pellet of Plutonium 238 glowing red hot, under its own heat. Public domain image, source Wikimedia.

Bill Gates: "We need a [energy] miracle"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Bill Gates thinks we need a miracle to solve the world’s energy needs, a safe, reliable, non polluting form of energy which could bring electricity to the rural poor of Africa. The odd thing is, such a “miracle” is within our grasp; but nobody seems to be interested. From Bill…

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WaPo's 'baked in goodness' of climatic hyper-adjectives

It has been obvious for years that there’s a “say anything” aspect to climate and weather reporting that has gotten out of hand. Today I saw a prime example of this sort of hyperbolic exaggeration in action via Twitter.  The Washington Post Capital Weather Gang often does some very good reports on weather, but sometimes…

Northern Winter Nights

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach  [See Addendum at the bottom.] [See Second Addendum at the bottom] I got to thinking about the distribution of the so-called “global” warming. I’d heard that a good chunk of it was due to increasing nighttime minimum temperatures. So I grabbed the Berkeley Earth land-only temperature dataset. It has its…

A new climate war brewing: forecasting vs. modeling

A new paper published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation explains how statistical forecasting methods can provide an important contrast to climate model-based predictions of future global warming. The repeated failures of economic models to generate accurate predictions has taught many economists a healthy scepticism about the ability of their own models, regardless of…