Former Petroleum Geologist and Retired Astronaut Dr. James Reilly Nominated to Direct U.S. Geological Survey

Guest celebrating by David Middleton Dr. Reilly and I were co-workers at Enserch Exploration in the 1980’s and early 1990’s…   Retired astronaut picked to lead U.S. Geological Survey By Paul VoosenJan. 26, 2018 President Donald Trump plans to nominate James Reilly, a former NASA astronaut and exploration geologist, to lead the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the…

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What are, in fact, the grounds for concern about global warming?

By Javier This is an answer to the Geological Society of London position statement on “Climate Change: evidence from the geological record,” published in November 2010, and the addendum published in December 2013. They can be found at: https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/climaterecord This article was first written as a long comment contributing to a discussion over the Geological…

Trump administration yanks funding for "Climate-Related Fellowships"

From the AGU, tales of woe. Prestigious Climate-Related Fellowships Rescinded Reduced program is one of several that usually support climate science postdoctoral research but have eliminated or suspended funding opportunities. Last March, Katie Travis, who was finishing a Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry at Harvard University, got what seemed like a major boost for her budding…

The Guardian: Environmental Protections in Decline

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Guardian discusses declining environmental protections in Australia, for hydro ready alpine valleys and old growth stands of leafy biofuel, yet somehow ignores the fact that greens themselves were responsible for dismantling a lot of environmental protections, through their efforts to save the world from climate change. ‘The Franklin would…

Why 2017’s “Third Warmest Year on Record” is a Yawner

Guest essay by E. Calvin Beisner The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) press release headline January 18 was blunt: “NOAA: 2017 was 3rd warmest year on record for the globe.” The tagline that followed made the inference obligatory for all climate alarmists: “NOAA, NASA scientists confirm Earth’s long-term warming trend continues” (emphasis added). The New York Times trumpeted, “2017 Was…

Illustrating the failure of the climate movement – in one graph

People like Bill McKibben of 350.org make a big deal out of the “successes” of carbon divestment, where the 350.org organization bullies convinces some hapless organization to divest from coal and petroleum stocks in investment portfolios. Besides the fact that this has no real impact, since when one person or group “divests”, another one buys…

Oh No, Not Another Precautionary Principle Article!

Guest essay John Ridgway The precautionary principle has so often been the subject of articles on this website that one is slightly embarrassed to be adding to the pile. Nevertheless, I couldn’t resist the temptation to add my own two pennyworth, particularly after reading the article posted by Neil Lock on the same subject earlier…