Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #437

The Week That Was: 2021-01-02 (January 2, 2021)
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Quote of the Week: “Climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century.” – UN World Health Organization (WHO) (2018) [H/t Climate Etc.]

Number of the Week: 2,000 Years


By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

2020 – Hopefully a Lesson in Humility: 2020 began with the US economy booming. The unemployment rate was the lowest since the 1960s, black unemployment rate was the lowest since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began compiling the data in the 1970s, and, although fortunes were being made, the disparity between the highest and lowest income groups was shrinking. Further, the world in general was becoming more prosperous and the number of people living in extreme poverty was declining rapidly.

Then a new disease, Covid-19, hit. Countries and the several US states reacted differently. Some politicians believed that they should enforce drastic measures on the public, or part of it, treating adults as children. Other politicians believed that mature adults are capable of behaving responsibly. The issue is so politicized that it is beyond the scope of TWTW.

But one thing is obvious. Many politicians and bureaucrats have no grasp of the limits of knowledge. Often, they invoke the term “science” without understanding that the scientific method requires rigorous testing against all physical evidence. For them, “science” is a term for political persuasion, not a method for gaining knowledge of the physical world. Initially, no one knew the extent and virulence of Covid-19. But as knowledge changes, policy needs to change.

The Quote of the Week is an illustration on how detached the UN and many “international” organizations are from the physical world. During the 20th Century, humanity experienced major wars killing tens of millions, oppressive governments killing tens of millions, and a far more virulent virus, the flu of 1918-1919 killing about 50 million. Unlike the current virus, the 1918 flu killed young adults, usually unaffected by these types of infectious diseases, along with the elderly and young children.

WHO evidently believes that neither mass killings nor rampaging diseases can possibly be worse for humanity than climate change, even though the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has offered no compelling physical evidence that the world is warming dangerously or in an unusual manner. As discussed in previous TWTWs such as the last one, the UN IPCC relies on speculation of the future from global climate models that fail basic testing against current physical evidence. As such, it has abandoned the scientific method. See links under Defending the Orthodoxy and https://ourworldindata.org/extreme-poverty


Lessons Learned, Maybe? Writing in her blog, Judith Curry presents a good list of lessons some may have learned this year. Among those that may be of interest to TWTW readers are:

“1. Falsification of WHO’s prediction:   “Climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century.” – World Health Organization (2018)

“2. Triumph of ‘normal’ science: rapid sequencing the COVID-19 virus, developing vaccines.

“3. Triumph of Uncertain T. Monster.  Hubris, overconfidence, wrong predictions about COVID-19 have fed the monster.  With fallout implications for other fields of science.

“4. Changing notions of expertise. Many credentialed experts on COVID-19 were proven to be wrong or at least diametrically changed their mind; people from outside medicine and epidemiology made important contributions to our understanding.

“5. Unpalatability of the ‘precautionary principle.’  COVID-19 illustrates that many people will not follow precautions deemed necessary by policy makers, even when their own lives could be at risk in the near term. Backlash against overly restrictive lockdowns and hypocrisy from public health officials saying it is ok to violate lockdowns for political protests. Technological solutions preferred over abstinence, restrictions.

“6. Climate change takes a back seat.  COVID-19 reminds us what a real crisis and emergency looks like.  Desperate measures by climate activists to keep climate change relevant by trying to ride COVID-19 coat tails.

“8. ‘Greens’ shoot themselves in the foot.  The current U.S. omnibus bill includes sensible clean energy R&D, including carbon capture and storage and nuclear power.  Greens object since CCS gives a ‘get out of jail free card’ to the petroleum companies, and they seem to hate nuclear more than fossil fuels. In France, they are decommissioning nuclear power plants and adding wind/solar, which increases the need for natural gas power plants to deal with intermittency.

9 to 12 are omitted (political or personal)

“13.C@ncel culture and woke-dom [sic] runs amok.  Totally out of control, but there is growing backlash.  In academia, University of Chicago, and Univ of Texas – Austin are leading the way out of this mess.

“14. Censorship from social media.  This is totally out of control and absolutely pernicious for democracy.  This seems to be driven by the political preferences of the owners of the major social media platforms.

“15. Mainstream media becomes completely politicized – U.S.  Joe Biden got a free pass from the U.S. media, in a monolithic effort to get him elected as President.  A very unhealthy situation re the media; hopefully, they will rediscover some integrity and critical faculties about the Biden Presidency once President Trump is out of the picture.

“16. Uncertainty in climate models increases.  CMIP6 results provide a much larger range of climate sensitivity values, notably on the high end.

“17. RCP8.5 [IPCC extreme scenario] is on its way out. Growing support for eliminating RCP8.5 (IPCC high end emissions/concentration scenario) from policy considerations.

“18. Emissions are down, but atmospheric CO2 keeps rising.  The CO2 ‘control knob’ appears to be not very sensitive.”

No doubt others can improve on this list, but it is a good effort. See links under Seeking a Common Ground.


A Good Start: TWTW has sharply criticized US government modeling efforts, both its climate modeling and its claims of drastic sea level rise. For example, by making absurd claims NOAA creates difficulty for those who wish to correct the effect of realistic sea level rise, particularly in areas that are undergoing land subsidence, such as Tidewater Virginia, the home of a huge military complex. In many regions land subsidence can be addressed by cost effective desalination using techniques developed by the Israelis. These desalination techniques are being used elsewhere in the Mid-East and in Carlsbad, California.

Writing in WUWT, David Middleton discusses an essay in the Wall Street Journal by geologist and former astronaut Jim Reilly who is current director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which is part of the Department of Interior. Reilly is attempting to establish policy based on the scientific method of testing ideas and models against physical evidence, rather than pretending that the models work.

Reilly references an Open-File report which addresses current Global Climate Models and their use for policymaking. Among other key points in the report are:

“A climate scenario describes a plausible future outcome associated with a specific set of societal actions that captures the relationships between human choices, greenhouse gas and particulate matter emissions, greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, and consequent climate change as simulated by global climate models. Because scenarios are developed in a risk-based framework with a high degree of uncertainty about future societal developments, the primary scenarios used in policymaking contexts are usually not assigned a formal likelihood of occurrence (that is, each scenario is considered to be a “plausible” outcome without assuming the “likelihood” of the outcome).”

“In the near term (years to one to two decades in the future), natural climate variability is the largest source of uncertainty in climate projections. For time periods approximately 30 to 50 years out, scientific uncertainty about the climate system is the largest source of uncertainty in climate projections. Beyond 50 years, human decisions that affect global greenhouse gas emissions are the largest source of uncertainty.”

Under the heading Example of best practices that the USGS will continue to follow are:

“Articulate clearly the uncertainties associated with any analysis, including how the uncertainties evolve over the modeled time period and the implications of these

uncertainties for interpreting the results.”

“As appropriate, revise future-looking impact analyses to incorporate new knowledge

and best practices.”

[Boldface is italics in original.]

This Open File report recognizes that there are both human and natural influences on climate, that the science is not settled, and new knowledge must be incorporated. Thus, it is a great improvement over past US reports such as the US National Climate Assessment, which fails to address natural influences on climate.

Unfortunately, the report is stuck with the incorrect physics for understanding the greenhouse effect, a major human component of modern climate change; and it uses the incorrect databases for understanding the greenhouse effect, surface data. But it is a good first step for separating the human influence from the natural influence on climate change.

Of course, such actions have resulted in outrage by some in Congress. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Raúl M. Grijalva, the Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources, demanded the removal of Reilly. Reilly transferred an employee who had complained about him to a different position. Not discussed in the demand is the competence or lack thereof of the employee. See links under Seeking a Common Ground, Changing Seas, Changing Earth, and https://oversight.house.gov/news/press-releases/chairs-call-on-usgs-director-james-reilly-to-be-removed-after-ig-investigation


Pollution: With publicity-seeking scientists and other “experts” throwing terms around such as pollution, carbon pollution, etc., it is useful to have a clear understanding of what is meant by pollution. In Just Facts, James Agresti and William Reynolds made a good effort to present a comprehensive document on facts about pollution. This several hundred-page-document is based on definitions from the American Heritage Science Dictionary, textbooks, teaching guides, government agencies, papers, and other sources.

It is a good, usable reference for understanding various types of pollution. Of course, many readers may disagree with some of the definitions used. For example, TWTW disagrees with part of the section on Ocean Acidification, such as, “The acidity of liquids is measured on a scale called pH, which ranges from 0 to 14. Lower pH values indicate higher acidity.” [Source: Webpage: “pH and Water.” United States Geological Survey.]

This is misleading. The neutral point is pH of 7. A pH of 14 is corrosive, not neutral. For example, drain cleaner with sodium hydroxide (pH 14) can be as corrosive as drain cleaner with sulfuric acid and a pH of 1. Lowering the pH of sodium hydroxide drain cleaner to 10 makes it less corrosive, less basic, but does not acidify it. See links under Seeking a Common Ground.


A Bit of History: TWTW does not rely on Federal government agency surface temperature records because they are a mess. Hopefully, as discussed in the last TWTW, the Aris instruments on the Aqua satellite launched in 2002 will stop manipulation of the data by NOAA and NASA-GISS. Now, they are being double-checked. A post in the blog ICECAP by Joseph D’Aleo of WeatherBELL LLC, describes why the surface data cannot be trusted. The post links to a 2010 paper by D’Aleo and Anthony Watts, prompted by Climategate and what it revealed about the surface database created by the UK’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU). The Preface of the paper states:

“This paper was a compilation of analyses relative to the data sets used for formulating and implementing unprecedented policy decisions seeking a radical transformation of our society and institutions.

“It was necessitated by the extraordinary revelations in the released CRU emails, including the admissions of Ian ‘Harry’ Harris, the CRU programmer. He lamented about ‘[The] hopeless state of their (CRU) database. No uniform data integrity, it’s just a catalogue of issues that continues to grow as they’re found’ and ‘Aarrggghhh! There truly is no end in sight. This whole project is SUCH A MESS. No wonder I needed therapy!’ CRU member, Phil Jones, candidly confessed in a BBC interview that ‘his surface temperature data are in such disarray they probably cannot be verified or replicated.’

“This reflects on both NOAA and NASA in the United States. Phil Jones also admits that ‘Almost all the data we have in the CRU archive is exactly the same as in the GHCN [US Global Historical Climatology Network] archive used by the NOAA National Climatic Data Center’ and that NASA’s GISS uses the GHCN, …”

[Boldface was Italics in the original.]

If the CRU data cannot be verified or replicated as Phil Jones admitted, there is no reason to assume it is accurate or even useful. Ignoring the mess does not eliminate it. See links under Measurement Issues – Surface.


A Warm Year: Roy Spencer gave a preliminary report on the December tropospheric temperature trends and the trends as 2020 as compiled by the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) from satellite data. Spencer writes:

“2020 ended as the 2nd warmest year in the 42-year satellite tropospheric temperature record at +0.49 deg. C, behind the 2016 value of +0.53 deg. C.”

“The linear warming trend since January 1979, remains at +0.14 C/decade (+0.12 C/decade over the global-averaged oceans, and +0.18 C/decade over global-averaged land).”

Over the course of 42 years the trends vary significantly, and the linear trend is a mathematical construct, not an actual one. 2020 is ending with a La Niña, thus ending with a cooling. To the knowledge of TWTW, no one has been able to predict the occurrence and intensity of El Niños or La Niñas, thus it is impossible to predict how 2021 will turn out. See link under Measurement Issues – Atmosphere.


Restoring Grasses: Sea grasses are a vital part of the ocean environment, particularly in regions with soft bottoms (mud, sand, etc.). They provide a nursery for many aquatic species. On his blog, Jim Steele has an excellent description of this important part of the aquatic world, including natural changes, how humans damage it, and how they are restoring it. See links under Changing Seas.


Number of the Week: 2,000 years. Much has been written about the unusual Hurricane Michael that hit the Florida Panhandle in 2018, the first category 5 storm to hit the US since Andrew in 1992. CO2 Science reported a paper by researchers who analyzed cores of two sediment deposits along the Florida Panhandle of the Gulf of Mexico. They observed:

“… ‘tropical cyclone activity varies substantially at the centennial timescale at both sites.’ However, they note ‘the period of greatest hurricane activity in both records occurred over multiple centuries centered on ~ 1000 CE,’ during which time hurricane events were about twice as frequent as that observed during the more recent historical period (1851-present).

The word “unprecedented” is often misused, such as unprecedented storms. See link under Review of Recent Scientific Articles by CO2 Science.


Challenging the Orthodoxy — NIPCC

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Science

Idso, Carter, and Singer, Lead Authors/Editors, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), 2013

Summary: https://www.heartland.org/_template-assets/documents/CCR/CCR-II/Summary-for-Policymakers.pdf

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts

Idso, Idso, Carter, and Singer, Lead Authors/Editors, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), 2014

Summary: https://www.heartland.org/media-library/pdfs/CCR-IIb/Summary-for-Policymakers.pdf

Climate Change Reconsidered II: Fossil Fuels

By Multiple Authors, Bezdek, Idso, Legates, and Singer eds., Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change, April 2019

Download with no charge:

Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming

The NIPCC Report on the Scientific Consensus

By Craig D. Idso, Robert M. Carter, and S. Fred Singer, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), Nov 23, 2015

Download with no charge:


Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate

S. Fred Singer, Editor, NIPCC, 2008

Global Sea-Level Rise: An Evaluation of the Data

By Craig D. Idso, David Legates, and S. Fred Singer, Heartland Policy Brief, May 20, 2019

Challenging the Orthodoxy

Reef Heresy? And the Importance of Asking Questions

By Jennifer Marohasy, Her Blog, Dec 20, 2020

Climate Resistance

2020 – what a year of climate alarmism tells us about green ideology

Video by Ben Pile and Steve Milloy, Jan 1, 2021 [H/t Tom Harris]

In 2021, let’s challenge green tyranny

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Jan 1, 2021

Link to essay: In 2021, let’s challenge green tyranny

Environmentalism has become a key weapon in the fight to restore technocratic rule.

By Tim Black, Spiked, Dec 31, 2020

From Homewood: “What we need to remember is that democracy is not, and never has been, the norm, even here in the West. It is authoritarianism which has been the rule.

“Democracy has been a short-lived experiment, an extremely short one even in much of Europe.

“We must not let it slip out of our hands.”

Egg on Their Faces: 10 Climate Alarmist Predictions for 2020 That Went Horribly Wrong

By Tyler O’Neil, PJ Media, Dec 28, 2020



By Tony Heller, His Blog, Dec 27, 2020


Defending the Orthodoxy

UN calls on humanity to end ‘war on nature,’ go carbon-free

By Seth Borenstein and Frank Jordans, AP, Dec 2, 2020


How Earth could be entirely powered by sustainable energy

By Staff Writers, Dublin, Ireland (SPX), Dec 23, 2020


Renewable Energy Equivalent Footprint (REEF): A Method for Envisioning a Sustainable Energy Future

By James Ward, et al. Energies, Nov 24, 2020


“The REEF demonstrates that a sustainable and desirable future powered by renewable energy: (i) may be possible, depending on the worldwide adoption of consumption patterns typical of several key exemplar countries; (ii) is highly dependent on major future technological development, namely electrification and synthetic fuels; and (iii) is still likely to require appropriation of a substantial, albeit hopefully sustainable, fraction of the world’s forest area.”

[SEPP Comment: Stop using electricity if weather changes or the sun goes down and hope for the best?]

(Another) Climate Warrior Aiming to Bypass Democracy

Bu Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, Dec 21, 2020


[SEPP Comment: Reviewing Senator Jeff Merkley’s proposal to use The National Emergencies Act (NEA) and the Defense Production Act (DPA) to declare a “climate emergency.”]

Could Covid lockdown have helped save the planet?

By Jonathan Watts, The Guardian, Dec 29, 2020


“Slowdown of human activity was too short to reverse years of destruction, but we saw a glimpse of post-fossil fuel world”

Forbes Climate Crisis: “Lock in lifestyle changes brought about by COVID-19”

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, Dec 20, 2020

[SEPP Comment; During WWII, would the author of the Forbes article, a clean tech entrepreneur, be called a war profiteer?]

Questioning the Orthodoxy

2020 Hindsight – Bruce Pardy: Our year of bowing down to ‘The Science’

‘Obey the science’ has come to mean ‘Believe what we tell you and do as you are told’

By Bruce Pardy, Financial Post, Canada, Dec 23, 2020 [H/t Paul Homewood]


Happy New Year! Start 2021 with renewed hope thanks to good climate-news stories

By Staff, GWPF, Dec 31, 2020

Climate News – January 2021

By Alan Moran, The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog, Jan 2, 2021


How Effective is the “Reposition Global Warming as Theory” Leaked Memos Line? Let me show the ways …

By Russell Cook, Geldspan Files.com, Dec 19, 2020

This Date In 1974

By Tony Heller, His Blog, Dec 29, 2020


[SEPP Comment: When the fear was global cooling.]

After Paris!

National Journal on Possible Trump Submission of Paris Climate Treaty to Senate

By Chris Horner, Government Accountability & Oversight [a private organization], Dec 23, 2020

Change in US Administrations

No, Joe, We’re Not in a ‘Climate Crisis’

By Rich Lowry, National Review, Dec 22, 2020


“He doesn’t want to get us thinking about climate change, but rather to suspend all rational thought about the issue.”

Biden’s Energy Plans Are Expensive—and Dangerous

By Brian Leyland and Tom Harris, PJ Media, Dec 19, 2020


Biden introduces environment team to tackle ‘existential threat’

By Staff Writers, Washington (AFP) Dec 20, 2020


As Joe Biden prepares to rejoin the global fight against climate change, who will foot the bill?

To garner the necessary funds to combat climate change, the US needs a financial system tsar who can push Wall Street to come up with products linked directly to long-term investment in individual UN Sustainable Development Goals

By Anthony Rowley, South China Morning Post, Dec 28, 2020 [H/t WUWT]


Problems in the Orthodoxy

A Social Conscience Is Nice, But Business Is Business!!

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Dec 27, 2020

“But I do find it slightly ironic, because we are constantly being told how “green” Norway is. After all, they are getting rid of all their petrol cars, building wind farms in the North Sea (with the help, of course, of oil money).

“Yet, when it comes to down to petrol dollars, all of that goes out the window!”

Seeking a Common Ground

2020 Year in Review

By Judith Curry, Climate Etc. Dec 27, 2020

“USGS Gets Politics Out of Climate Forecasts”

By David Middleton, WUWT, Jan 1, 2021

Link to report: “Using Information From Global Climate Models to Inform Policymaking—the Role of the U.S. Geological Survey,”

By Adam Terando, et al. US Geological Survey, 2020

Be Informed: Pollution

By James Agresti and William Reynolds, Just Facts, Accessed Jan 1, 2021


A New Year’s Look At WUWT

By Willis Eschenbach, WUWT, Dec 30, 2020

Science, Policy, and Evidence

Fauci on Moving the Goalposts

By Charles Rotter, WUWT, Dec 28, 2020

[SEPP Comment: What was “science” is now a guesstimate. And Fauci complains that Americans don’t believe science? It is not science, it is certain “scientists.”]

Review of Recent Scientific Articles by CO2 Science

Two Centuries of Precipitation in the Peruvian Andes

Humanes-Fuente, V., Ferrero, M.E., Muñoz, A.A., González-Reyes, A., Requena-Rojas, E.J., Barichivich, J., Inga, J.G. and Layme-Huaman, E.T. 2020. Two centuries of hydroclimatic variability reconstructed from tree-ring records over the Amazonian Andes of Peru. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 125, e2020JD032565. Dec 28, 2020


Improving the Nutritive and Health-promoting Values of Thyme

Habeeb, T.H., Abdel-Mawgoud, M., Yehia, R.S., Khalil, A.M.A., Saleh, A.M., and AbdElgawad, H. 2020. Interactive impact of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and elevated CO2 on growth and functional food value of Thymus vulgare. Journal of Fungi 6, 168; doi:10.3390/jof6030168. Dec 23, 2020


A Two Thousand Year Record of Hurricane Activity in the Florida Panhandle

Rodysill, J.R., Donnelly, J.P., Sullivan, R., Lane, P.D., Toomey, M., Woodruff, J.D., Hawkes, A.D., MacDonald, D., d’Entremont, N., McKeon, K., Wallace, E. and van Hengstum, P.J. 2020. Historically unprecedented northern Gulf of Mexico hurricane activity from 650 to 1250 CE. Scientific Reports 10:19092, doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-75874-0. Dec 21, 2020


Model Issues

Inside The Bayesian Priory

By Willis Eschenbach, WUWT, Dec 26, 2020

[SEPP Comment: Discussing the problem of human choice about a possible cause.]

New Climate Models (CMIP6) Offer No Improvement, Model Discrepancies As Large As The Last Version (CMIP5)

By Kenneth Richard, No Tricks Zone, Dec. 24, 2020

Scientists find the error source of a sea-ice model varies with the season

News Release, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dec 30, 2020 [H/t WUWT]


Link to paper: Evaluation of Arctic Sea-ice Cover and Thickness Simulated by MITgcm

By Fei Zheng, Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, Dec 23, 2020


Model used to evaluate lockdowns was flawed

Research News, Lund University, Dec 26, 2020 [H/t WUWT]


Measurement Issues — Surface

Wayback machine look at early data issue studies

Surface Temperature Records: Policy-Driven Deception?

By Staff, ICECAP, Dec 31, 2020


Link to report: Surface Temperature Records: Policy-Driven Deception?

By Joseph D’Aleo and Anthony Watts, SPPI, Aug 27, 2010

Measurement Issues — Atmosphere

UAH Global Temperature Update for December 2020: +0.27 deg. C

By Roy Spencer, His Blog, Jan 2, 2021

A new TanSat XCO2 global product for climate studies

By Staff Writers, Beijing, China (SPX) Dec 25, 2020


Link to paper: A New TanSat XCO2 Global Product towards Climate Studies

By Dongxu Yang, et al. Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, Dec 23, 2020


[SEPP Comment: More precision to study a minor issue?]

Changing Weather

NYT: “What happened to Global Warming?”

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, Dec 20, 2020

From the NYT: “From the winter of 2008-9 until 2017-18, there were 27 major Northeast winter storms, three to four times the totals for each of the previous five decades.”

Global Hurricane Activity Below Average In 2020

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Dec 31, 2020

National Weather Service Weather Radar Disaster

By Cliff Mass, Weather Blog, Dec 31, 2020


Aloha Moisture Approaching the Northwest

By Cliff Mass, Weather Blog, Dec 29, 2020


Changing Climate

New Evidence That the Ancient Climate Was Warmer than Today’s

By Ralph Alexander, Science Under Attack, Dec 28, 2020 [H/t WUWT]


[SEPP Comment: As Richard Lindzen has stated, even during periods of glaciation the tropics are surprising stable. The big variation is in the upper latitudes. A warm period in the high northern latitudes is not necessarily a global warm period.]

Subsea permafrost is still waking up after 12,000 years

By Staff Writers, Washington DC (SPX), Dec 23, 2020


Link to paper: Subsea permafrost carbon stocks and climate change sensitivity estimated by expert assessment

By Sayedeh Sara Sayedi et al. Environmental Research Letters, Dec 22, 2020


[SEPP Comment: Why didn’t the permafrost wake up 8,000 years ago when it was warmer?]

Changing Seas

Preventing Ecosystem Collapse:  Seagrass

By Jim Steele, Landscapes and Cycles, Dec 31, 2020


Link to paper on eelgrass recovery in Virginia. Restoration of seagrass habitat leads to rapid recovery of coastal ecosystem services

By Robert J. Orth, et al. Science Advances, Oct 7, 2020


Sea-Surface Temperature Anomalies

By Andy May, WUWT, Dec 20, 2020

“Bottom line, we don’t know very much about what ocean temperatures are doing or where it is happening.”

Spiegel Article By Stefan Rahmstorf Has “Nothing In The Least To Do With Science”…”Embarrassing”

The world is going underwater?…Really?

By Die kalte Sonne, (Translated/edited, subheadings by P. Gosselin), Dec 23, 2020

Link to realistic paper: The certitude of a global sea level acceleration during the satellite altimeter era

By H. Bâki İz and C.K. Shum, Journal of Geodetic Studies, on line May 29, 2020


[SEPP Comment: According to the latest data presented, sea levels are declining. What will happen to port cites of such as Shanghai, Singapore, NYC, etc?]

Sea Level Scare Debunked: Study Shows Overall Growth of Low-lying Maldives Islands

By James Murphy, New American, Dec 24, 2020 [H/t ICECAP]

“Without apocalyptic fear mongering, climate alarmists have little actual evidence to suggest we must immediately change our ways and get rid of all fossil fuels for the planet’s sake. …Perhaps it’s just their sea-level predictions that are faulty, or maybe their entire premise that man is causing uncontrollable warming of the Earth is flawed.”

Alarmism Dies In The Great Barrier Reef As New Study Documents Reef Growth Since The 1970s

By Kenneth Richard, No Tricks Zone, Dec 31, 2020

Link to one study: Re-evaluating mid-Holocene reef “turn-off” on the inshore Southern Great Barrier Reef

By Nicole D. Leonard, et al. Quaternary Science Reviews, Sep 15, 2020


Changing Cryosphere – Land / Sea Ice

Eastern Alps may have been ice-free in the time of Ötzi the Iceman

By Krista Charles, New Scientist, Dec 17, 2020


Link to paper: New glacier evidence for ice-free summits during the life of the Tyrolean Iceman

By Pascal Bohleber, Nature, Scientific Reports, Dec 17, 2020


Greenland Fall Temperatures Unchanged. Proxy Data Show No Warming At 8 Of 9 Antarctic Peninsula Sites Since 1830!

By Kirye and Pierre Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Dec 29, 2020

Top six polar bear stories of 2020

By Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, Dec 31, 2020

“Like the situation in Western Hudson Bay, polar bear advocates using their scientific credentials to advance an agenda are using redundant data to support their cause because the up-to-date information refutes it.”

Late fall polar bear habitat 2020 compared to some previous years

By Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, Dec 22, 2020

Changing Earth

Land subsidence ‘will affect almost fifth of global population’

Unesco warns of urban centres sinking because of unsustainable farming and groundwater extraction

By Weronika Strzyżyńska, The Guardian, Dec 31, 2020 [H/t Bernie Kepshire]


Study suggests great earthquakes cause of Arctic warming

News Release, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Dec 23, 2020 [H/t Bernie Kepshire]


Link to paper: Seismogenic-Triggering Mechanism of Gas Emission Activizations on the Arctic Shelf and Associated Phases of Abrupt Warming

By Leopold Lobkovsky, Geosciences 2020, Oct 29, 2020


“According to the researcher, his model will benefit from discussion and will likely be improved, and there is much to be done in order to confirm or rule out the proposed mechanism.”

Study shows waves, rainfall important parts of cliff erosion process, providing new opportunity to improve forecasts

By Sky Smith, University of California – San Diego, Dec 26, 2020


Link to paper: Three years of weekly observations of coastal cliff erosion by waves and rainfall

By A.P.Young. et al. Geomorphology, Feb 15, 2021


Agriculture Issues & Fear of Famine

Clearing land to feed a growing human population will threaten thousands of species

The world’s farmland is projected to grow by 3.4 million square kilometers by 2050

By Jonathan Lambert, Science News, Dec 21, 2020


Link to paper: Proactive conservation to prevent habitat losses to agricultural expansion

By David R. Williams, et al. Nature Sustainability,


“Responding to the impending biodiversity crisis requires decisions informed by high-resolution, spatially explicit and species-specific assessments of many thousands of species to identify the species and landscapes most at risk.” [Boldface added.]

Are Organic Foods More Nutritious?

By David Lightsey, ACSH, Dec 18, 2020


Un-Science or Non-Science?

Threshold for dangerous climate warming will likely be crossed between 2027–2042

News Release by McGill University, Dec 21, 2020 [H/t Bernie Kepshire]


Link to paper: An observation-based scaling model for climate sensitivity estimates and global projections to 2100

By Raphaël Hébert, Shaun Lovejoy & Bruno Tremblay, Climate Dynamics, Dec 18, 2020


[SEPP Comment: Start with questionable assumptions, apply questionable inference, and who knows what you can create?]

2020 Review: Observational And Modeling Studies Show Temperature Falls As CO2 Rises

By Kenneth Richard, No Tricks Zone, Dec 28, 2020


[SEPP Comment: Question both studies.]

Lowering Standards

Royal Institution Lecture on Climate Change

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Dec 29, 2020


“And he [the lecturer] ends by asking – “Can we change our ways to limit the consequences, and adapt fast enough to what is becoming a new hot house Earth?”

“Utterly shameful.

“His illustrious predecessors must be turning in their graves to see the reputation of the Christmas Lecture trashed in this fashion.”

WSJ vs. WSJ: A House Divided

By Roger Donway, Master Resource, Dec 21, 2020


“Do you sense a pattern here? The news reporters give you public-relations fluff; the editorialists give you facts.”

Communicating Better to the Public – Use Yellow (Green) Journalism?

2020 weather disasters boosted by climate change: report

New Release, AFP, Dec 28, 2020 [H/t Bernie Kepshire]


MIT Technology Review: Pandemic Denial Shows Rising Climate Deaths Might Not Lead to Action

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, Jan 1, 2021

[SEPP Comment: Demonstrating MIT Technology Review is a fancy front for alarmist yellow journalism (sensationalism).]

Communicating Better to the Public – Exaggerate, or be Vague?

Capturing 40 years of climate change for an endangered Montana prairie

Though cooler and wetter springs drive an increase in grass production compared to 1978 levels, hotter summers mean all that green goes brown faster–and plants have a harder time reinitiating production in the fall

News Release, Eurekalert, Dec 23, 2020 [H/t WUWT]


Link to paper: Climate change and primary production: Forty years in a bunchgrass prairie

By Gary E. Belovsky and Jennifer B. Slade, Plos One, Dec 23, 2020


[SEPP Comment: According to the temperature graph presented, over a 109-year period the warmest period was the 1920s and 30s.]

Coral recovery during a prolonged heatwave offers new hope

Researchers tracked coral colonies on reefs during an El Niño

News Release, NSF, Dec 22, 2020


Link to paper: Dynamic symbioses reveal pathways to coral survival through prolonged heatwaves

By Danielle C. Claar, et al. Nature Communications, Dec 8, 2020


From NSF article: “Some corals managed to survive a globally unprecedented heatwave, report scientists in a study that provides hope for the long-term survival of coral reefs.

“’The devastating effects of climate change on coral reefs are well-known,’ said Julia Baum of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, senior author of the study. ‘Finding ways to boost coral survival through marine heatwaves is crucial if reefs are to endure the coming decades of climate change.’”

[SEPP Comment: More zombie corals? How did they possibly survive during the Cretaceous, which was warmer than today?]

Methane is more dangerous than carbon dioxide — the gas index can help

By Michael Shank, The Hill, Jan 1, 2021


Link to gas index: The United States’ natural gas system has a serious problem: It leaks

By Staff, The Gas Index, @ Global Energy Monitor, Accessed Jan 1, 2021


[SEPP Comment: There is no question methane is more toxic to humans than CO2, that is why mercaptan is added to give it a strong odor. Further, methane is highly flammable. It’s greenhouse effect is minor. What will be used to generate electricity if all gas units are abandoned?]

Climate Change Stops Play!

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Dec 26, 2020


Communicating Better to the Public – Make things up.

Wildfires, heat waves and hurricanes broke all kinds of records in 2020

By Carolyn Gramling, Science News, Dec 21, 2020


“2020 was a year of unremitting extreme climate events, from heat waves to wildfires to hurricanes, many of which scientists have directly linked to human-caused climate change,”

How carbon bureaucrats lied to get the policies they wanted

By Charles Rotter, WUWT, Dec 22, 2020


[SEPP Comment: Video on how ideology drives “reporting.”]

Polar bears again attracted to Russian town by dead walrus Attenborough blames on no sea ice

By Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, Dec 20, 2020


Stuttgart Air Quality Measurements Show Diesel Engine Bans Have Had No Impact!

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Dec 25, 2020 [H/t Dennis Ambler]


Communicating Better to the Public – Go Personal.

AGW Skeptic Marc Morano Receives DEATH THREAT From Sorbonne University Professor’s Email Account

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Jan 1, 2021


Communicating Better to the Public – Use Propaganda

To Promote Climate Alarm, Good News Is Regularly Portrayed as a Disaster

By H. Sterling Burnett, WUWT, Jan 1, 2021

[SEPP Comment: To some, the improving condition of humanity is a disaster!]

WHO continues to go full Ministry of Truth

By Charles Rotter, WUWT, Dec 23, 2020

Communicating Better to the Public – Use Propaganda on Children

LA Times: Children “literally organizing out of climate anxiety”

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, Dec 27, 2020

[SEPP Comment: The UN was created in hope of promoting world peace, now it is a leader in promoting “climate depression.”]

Communicating Better to the Public – Use Children for Propaganda

Greta Thunberg: “we are not listening to climate scientists”

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, Dec 30, 2020

Expanding the Orthodoxy

Climate Scientists to Request Political Representation on the Arctic Council

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, Dec 24, 2020

Link to report: 2020 Arctic Report Card: Climate.gov visual highlights

By Hunter Allen, Tom Di Liberto, Mary Lindsey, Rebecca Lindsey & Michon Scott, NOAA, Dec 8, 2020


“Highlights: The average annual land surface air temperature in the Arctic measured between October 2019 and September 2020 was the second-warmest since record-keeping began in 1900.” [Boldface added]

[SEPP Comment: The 1900 annual temperature was an average of how many stations? One, Zero? According to the National Snow & Ice Data Center: Historical Arctic and Antarctic Surface Observational Data, Version 1, “Temporal coverage varies by station, with the earliest record in 1913…” The coverage is basically Greenland.]

Why The “Ice Trust” Matters Today

By Donn Dears, Power For USA, Dec 29, 2020


“Elimination of HFCs was included in the Covid stimulus Bill, though it’s hard to see how this relates to Covid stimulus. Tammany Hall’s approach again?”

[SEPP Comment: Once “progressives” promoted honesty in government for the benefit of the public. Today’s “progressives” mislead the public to expand their political power with no benefit to the public.]

Questioning European Green

The new green proposal that could make your home unsellable

By Ross Clark, Life, Spectator, Dec 17, 2020 [H/t GWPF]


Questioning Green Elsewhere

China’s Green NGO Climate Propaganda Enablers

Climate change is a national security threat – but not in the way the national security elite assumes.

By Rupert Darwall, Real Clear Energy, Dec 21, 2020


“Obsessive focus on climate change threatens the vital interests of the United States by desensitizing national security professionals to geopolitical realities and subordinating them to the illusion of planetary salvation. China and its NGO allies won’t do anything to disabuse them of that illusion.”

Stop planting more trees!

What’s often seen as an environmental silver bullet could be disastrous, for humans and wildlife alike

By John Lewis-Stempel, UnHerd, Dec 18, 2020 [H/t Paul Homewood]


[SEPP Comment: Before Europeans came and denuded the East Coast, there was little game in the old growth forests.]

Claim: China’s Covid-19 Recovery is Not Green Enough

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, Dec 19, 2020


Implementation Of The Green New Deal

By Tony Heller, NO Tricks Zone, Dec 29, 2020


Funding Issues

‘Climate catastrophists’ using fossil fuels fears to target businesses

‘Even the Rockefeller Foundation is now divesting’

By Jason Isaac, Real Clear Energy, Via WND, Dec 27, 2020


[SEPP Comment: For decades, organizations formed by Rockefeller have opposed oil and gas that gives prosperity to many by supporting organizations such as the Club of Rome in the 1970s.]

Litigation Issues

Green groups sue over Trump rule exempting quick dishwashers from efficiency standards

By Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill, Dec 29, 2020


[SEPP Comment: NRDC and Earthjustice demand electricity efficiency over human efficiency?]

Subsidies and Mandates Forever

In massive energy investments, some see just a start

By Rebecca Beitsch and Rachel Frazin, The Hill, Dec 22, 2020


“Included in the legislation are provisions to reduce the use of a climate-warming pollutant, spur renewable and nuclear energy development, and encourage fossil fuel producers to use technology that captures carbon emissions.

“Biden called the relief bill a ‘down payment’ on multiple crises facing the U.S.”

UK Windfarms Break Record (For Subsidies Paid Out!)

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Dec 21, 2020


EPA and other Regulators on the March

Final NEPA Rule Offers Measured Reforms to Benefit Stakeholders

By Mario Loyola, CEI, Dec 15, 2020


EPA finalizes greenhouse gas regs for airlines

By Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill, Dec 28, 2020


Energy Issues – Non-US

China suffers worst power blackouts in a decade, on post-coronavirus export boom, coal supply shortage

By Cissy Zhou and Wang Zixu, South China Morning Post, Dec 23, 2020


China’s Dystopian Lake–Courtesy Of The World’s Lust For Rare Earths

By Paul Homewood, Not a Lot of People Know That, Dec 24, 2020


“It could be argued that China’s dominance of the rare earth market is less about geology and far more about the country’s willingness to take an environmental hit that other nations shy away from.”

600,000 people have fallen into fuel poverty during the pandemic [UK]

Campaigners said the Citizens Advice findings make clear “the time for fuel debt relief is now”

By Hannah Westwater, The Big Issue, Dec 16, 2020


Socialised losses, private profits [UK]

By Bruno Prior, GWPF, Dec 22, 2020

China recolonizes Africa

Western policies damage Africa and the planet, kill millions, and open doors to China

By Duggan Flanakin, WUWT, Dec 25, 2020

Europe’s wind and e-car industry dependent on China’s magnetic metals

By Edgar Meza, Clean Energy Wire, from Stefan Hajek, WirtschaftsWoche, Dec 22, 2020


Electricity costs too high to make heat pumps worthwhile, MPs warn

By Staff, Daily Telegraph, Via GWPF, Dec 22, 2020


New-tech American Coal-fired Electricity for Africa: Clean Air, Indoors and Out

By Kathleen Hartnett White & Caleb Stewart Rossiter, CO2 Coalition, November 2020


[SEPP Comment: Discusses a problem in new tech coal-fired power plants with low pollution levels. [EPA category pollutants] They are built for a specific type of coal within tight tolerances. They cannot easily be adapted to use other types of coal with different chemistry and maintain the same low pollution levels.]

Energy Issues — US

Transforming the Power Industry with DERMS Deployments and Beyond

By Seth Frader-Thompson, Power Mag, Dec 23, 2020


“In many ways, batteries are the perfect grid resource. They can shift demand both up and down, provide grid support in milliseconds, and be dispatched frequently without impacting customer comfort.”

[SEPP Comment: Hope beyond reason?]

New York Can’t Buy its Way Out of Blackouts

By David Wojick, Somewhat Reasonable, Dec 29, 2020


2020: A Year of Reckoning for Competitive Generators

By Sonal Patel, Power Mag, Dec 31, 2020


Explosions Topple Smokestacks of Iconic Navajo Generating Station

By Darrell Proctor, Power Mag, Dec 18, 2020


The Issue of Solar Tariffs Is Complex; Oversimplifying It Is Dangerous

By Mark Widmar, Morning Consult, Dec 18, 2020

Oil and Natural Gas – the Future or the Past?

The Middle East Doubles Down On Oil And Gas As The UN Warns Of “Climate Emergency”

By Tilak Doshi, Forbes, Dec 29, 2020


Prospects for US shale productivity gains

By Rob West, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, October 2019

“There are at least forty variables to optimise in a typical shale well.”

China And Iran Start Drilling In This Super Giant Gas Field

By Simon Watkins, Oil Price.com, Dec 21, 2020 [H/t Dennis Ambler]


[SEPP Comment: According to an earlier article the estimated net present value is about $135 billion.]

Return of King Coal?

Global coal demand to rebound as economy recovers

By Staff, Bloomberg, Via GWPF, Dec 19, 2020


Nuclear Energy and Fears

An Upbeat Look at Nuclear with Rod Adams

By Mike Dombroski interviewed by Robert Bryce, Climate Scepticism, Via WUWT, Dec 25, 2020

NuScale announces SMR power uprate

By Staff, WNN, Nov 11, 2020


Is nuclear fusion the answer to the climate crisis?

Promising new studies suggest the long elusive technology may be capable of producing electricity for the grid by the end of the decade

By Oscar Schwartz, The Guardian, Dec 28, 2020 [H/t Bernie Kepshire]


See link immediately below.

Nuclear Fusion: The Great Clean Energy Hope?

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, Dec 31, 2020

[SEPP Comment: A skeptical review of fusion from a retired, principal research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab with 25 years’ experience in plasma physics and neutron production.]

5 Reactors Connected to the Grid, 5 Removed in 2020

By Aaron Larson, Power Mag, Dec 28, 2020


[SEPP Comment: Stated units do not equal headline. Removed: 2 US, 2 France, 1 Russia; New: 2 China, 1 each UAE and Belarus.]

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Solar and Wind

¥60 billion [$580 million] wind power project off Fukushima to be dismantled

By Staff, The Japan Times, Dec 17, 2020


“To commercialize wind power generation, the operational rate of a turbine must remain at 30% to 35% or more, according to the ministry.

“But the rates of the turbines off Fukushima had been around 4% to 36%, according to trading house Marubeni Corp., which participated in the project.”

POWER Offshore Wind Notebook: GE Boosts Haliade-X to 14 MW; Dominion Kicks Off 2.6-GW Virginia Project; Vestas Absorbs MHI Vestas

By Sonal Patel, Power Mag, Dec 22, 2020


A Monster Wind Turbine Is Upending an Industry

G.E.’s giant machine, which can light up a small town, is stoking a renewable-energy arms race.

By Stanley Reed, NYT, Jan 1, 2020


Recent Energy and Environmental News December 28, 2020

By John Droz, Jr. The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog, Dec 29, 2020


Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy — Other

EU Turns to Magic to Progress their Clean Energy Agenda

By Eric Worrall, WUWT, Dec 27, 2020


“The European Union is so desperate for their clean energy push to yield a viable solution, they have just given €3,999,870 to a Palladium electrolysis cold fusion research team.”

Making jet fuel out of carbon dioxide

By Bob Yirka , Phys.org, Dec 23, 2020 [H/t Bernie Kepshire]


Link to paper: Transforming carbon dioxide into jet fuel using an organic combustion-synthesized Fe-Mn-K catalyst

By Benzhen Yao, et al. Nature Communications, Dec 22, 2020


From the abstract: “These offer considerable potential since, instead of consuming fossil crude oil, the fuels are produced from carbon dioxide using sustainable renewable hydrogen and energy.”

[SEPP Comment: Extraction of the CO2, production of hydrogen, and the generation of the needed energy are all low cost?]

Geothermal energy, the forgotten renewable, has finally arrived

By Michael J. Coren, Quartz, Dec 20, 2020 [H/t Bernie Kepshire]


Link to ‘MIT Report:” The Future of Geothermal Energy: Impact of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) on the United States in the 21st Century

By Staff, MIT, for Idaho National Laboratory, November 2006


[SEPP Comment: Note the date of the report was when many energy experts believed that the US was about to run out of oil and natural gas – before modern hydraulic fracturing.]

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Energy — Storage

Battery Basics for Climate Warriors

By Rud Istvan, WUWT, Dec 19, 2020

Alternative, Green (“Clean”) Vehicles

The long road to EV competitiveness

By Andrew Montford, GWPF, Dec 21, 2020


However, BNEF [Bloomberg New Energy Finance] says that battery pack prices are going to fall further from today’s $137/kWh – to $101 by 2023 and to $58 by 2030. The 2023 figure is a bit odd, as it represents a reacceleration of the price decline – BNEF are nothing if not optimists about renewable technologies.

World Leading Engine Expert: Combustion Engine Remains The Future, “Hydrogen Will Be Nada”

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Dec 30, 2020


“E-vehicles not practical, not affordable. Future of e-mobility still ‘wishful thinking’.”

Peachtree Corners gets first [US] road surface solar panels on autonomous vehicle lane

By Staff Writers, Peachtree Corners GA (SPX), Dec 23, 2020


[SEPP Comment: To work properly, just keep tires off the panels!]

Oh, What a Feeling!

By Eric Peters, Eric Peters Autos, Dec 19, 2020 [H/t Jim Buell]


Stuttgart Air Quality Measurements Show Diesel Engine Bans Have Had No Impact!

By P Gosselin, No Tricks Zone, Dec 25, 2020 [H/t Dennis Ambler]

California Dreaming

Peak Progressive?

By Joel Kotkin, The American Mind, Dec 21, 2020


Link to survey: PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Economic Well-Being

By Mark Baldassare, et al. Public Policy Institute of California, December 9, 2020


“More than 50% of residents think Californians 18–30 years old will do worse than previous generations.”

Health, Energy, and Climate

Science Reaches Peak Idiocy

By Tony Heller, His Blog, Dec 31, 2020


Link to another article: The 2020 Seasonal Flu Has Dropped by 98% Worldwide as It Is Re-labeled Covid-19

By Staff Zero Hedge and KUSI, Need to Know, Jan 1, 2021


“Flu diagnosis have all but disappeared, and experts say it is because of the success lockdowns and mask mandates.”

“So masks and lockdowns work, and they also don’t work.”

Environmental Industry

Red Dragon, Green Agenda

By Christopher Horner, The Pipeline, Dec 27, 2020


Other News that May Be of Interest

Warm oceans helped first human migration from Asia to North America

Significant changes in the circulation of the North Pacific fostered migration

News Release, NSF, Dec 30, 2020


Link to paper: Overturning circulation, nutrient limitation, and warming in the Glacial North Pacific

By J. W. B. Rae, et al, Science Advances, Dec 9, 2020



Climate Warning Stickers

By Tony Heller, Dec 27, 2020


“Warning: Burning Gasoline, Diesel and Ethanol has major consequences on human health and on the environment including contributing to climate change.” – City of Cambridge

Cornell University to extract energy from manure to meet peak heating demands

By Staff Writers, Washington DC (SPX), Dec 23, 2020


Link to paper: Sustainable district energy integrating biomass peaking with geothermal baseload heating: A case study of decarbonizing Cornell’s energy system

By Nazih Kassem, et al. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Dec 22, 2020


[SEPP Comment: Will it be clean-burning manure?]

Fish sex organs boosted under high CO2

News Release by University of Adelaide, Dec 30, 2020 [H/t Bernie Kepshire]


“’The warming oceans absorb about one-third of the additional CO2 being released into the atmosphere from carbon emissions, causing the oceans to acidify,’ says lead author Professor Ivan Nagelkerken from the University’s Environment Institute and Southern Seas Ecology Laboratories.” Link to paper did not work.

[SEPP Comment: Colder water absorbs more gases, especially CO2, than warmer water. Apparently, the lead author never heated a pot of water and watched bubbles form well before the water boiled!]


The Tyranny of Diversity

Its monomaniacal pursuit undermines other values—true equality among them.

By Joseph Epstein, WSJ, Dec. 30, 2020


“The best way to celebrate diversity, perhaps, is to begin by celebrating diversity of thought.”

TWTW Summary: The author states:

“President-elect Biden promises ‘the single most diverse cabinet, based on race, color, based on gender, that has ever existed in the United States of America.’ Diversity, and its brother-in-law Inclusivity, is at the center of progressive politics and of woke culture. But what is its true value?

“Diversity is a serious plank in the platform for equality generally: equality, be it noted, not of opportunity but of result. Diversity—in universities, corporations, government, TV commercials—is in part a deliberate attempt to make amends for past injustices. The intention is to bring minority groups out from their positions of marginality into the center of institutions, politics and culture generally.”

After discussing how universities may be denied federal funds for lack of “diversity” the author states:

“There’s nothing wrong with the idealistic yearning for equality unless it gets in the way of other important goals or goods. The ideal of promised equality under communism, for example, annihilated the ideal of personal liberty. The political philosopher Isaiah Berlin often wrote about the conflict that arises when two good qualities compete. Great goods, Berlin thought, sometimes cannot live together: ‘We are doomed to choose, and every choice may entail an irreparable loss.’ Is diversity, in higher education and in politics, always the right choice?

“In contemporary higher education, diversity competes with intellectual authority, based on scholarly and scientific accomplishment. These days, diversity is all but victorious and intellectual authority well in retreat. This leaves no one in a position to set or determine educational standards. University presidents, once educational leaders, now focus on fundraising and public relations. The heads of academic departments tend to accept their jobs not out of a desire for intellectual leadership but to reduce their teaching loads. Because of this want of intellectual authority, universities have now been on the slide for many years.

“In government, the value of diversity is often in conflict with the value of true merit, or of the real abilities of the people chosen to perform their jobs. Under identity politics, so much favored by the Democratic Party, diversity is the sine qua non. In choices for cabinet and subcabinet posts, under identity politics the desire for—some might say the tyranny of—diversity generally trumps past performance. Under the banner of diversity, the political version of affirmative action rules. To have, in Mr. Biden’s words, ‘the single most diverse cabinet . . . that has ever existed in the United States’ is considered meritorious, something grand in itself.

“In the conflict between goods, it is always worth asking who is favored and who loses because of the good chosen. In higher education we have witnessed Harvard, in its desire for diversity, turn away large numbers of highly qualified Asian-American applicants for admission. In contests for awards and prizes, diversity, too, is often the primary factor. A friend recently told me that his grandson won a Marshall Scholarship, all the more remarkable, he noted, since the kid is a white male.

“America has always been and remains a diverse country, composed of waves of immigrants seeking opportunities available nowhere else. If some groups have had to struggle to secure these opportunities, they have for the most part successfully done so. Those who oppose them are now rightly regarded as retrograde. Left to their own devices, and once freed of the harness of victim status that many of their leaders wish to bind them in, they are likely to go from strength to strength. Attempts to rig the system in their favor through the artificial arrangements that imposed diversity requires cannot ultimately help them attain the genuine equality that only true accomplishment can bring.

“The best way to celebrate diversity, perhaps, is to begin by celebrating diversity of thought.”


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Bro. Steve
January 4, 2021 4:16 am

This needs to be repeated until everybody understands: Following scientists is not the same thing as following science.

Reply to  Bro. Steve
January 4, 2021 10:26 am

The AGW side follows scientists. Cherry-picked ones, of course. Our side follows the science and judges the merits of the observations to see if they stand or fall, regardless of who the scientist is, or who the speaker is who quotes from scientists and expert analysts’ work.

Meanwhile, I’m indebted to SEPP once again for including one of my GelbspanFiles blog post links (typod’d as Geldspan above) in TWTW, as it relates to AGWers’ anti-science, anti-intellectual efforts to smear skeptic scientists with guilt-by-association accusations.

Bruce Cobb
January 4, 2021 6:03 am

“Climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century.”

Not quite. Climate change mythology and alarmism, maybe.

Schrodinger's Cat
January 4, 2021 10:34 am

What is happening to the work by Happer and Wijngaarden on saturated CO2 absorption bands? I realise that journal editors faithful to the cause are refusing to review the work. Such behavior is a disgraceful corruption of science but not surprising. But does it mean that this possibly game changing work is just buried indefinitely? Is climate science now such a charade that only alarmists need apply? Journal editors can simply forget all that pointless peer review stuff and just print the frightening bits.

Perhaps those close to the action can enlighten me.

Roger Knights
January 4, 2021 1:36 pm

I think your presentation would be easier to grasp if your category headings were in upper case as well as your current italics. Your current style fails to clearly show the hierarchy of your material.

Tim Gorman
January 4, 2021 2:30 pm

Best Practice:

“Articulate clearly the uncertainties associated with any analysis, including how the uncertainties evolve over the modeled time period and the implications of these
uncertainties for interpreting the results.”

This is a laudable goal but will never happen in the current climate science environment. This is what Pat Frank has explained so well in his WUWT posts on uncertainty in models that depend on iterative calculation models where the input to the next iteration is the output of the current iteration. Uncertainties build so quickly in such a process that they totally overwhelm the usefulness of the final output. And this has been totally ignored, pooh-poohed, and reviled by establishment CAGW believers.

Kevin kilty
January 5, 2021 7:49 am

Second only to the promise to “follow science” is often a promise of transparency in rule making. This is routinely violated or gamed. For example, we recently had a mask mandate put in place (ironically: the rules of this mandate probably resulted in less mask compliance, but that is a separate issue.) In order to meet the promised transparency the authorities pointed to a hastily assembled metastudy which didn’t consider or address the sorts of masks that people wear probably 95% or more of the time. In other words the alleged supporting science didn’t actually address the issue at hand.

This game has been made much more clear in regard to COVID than it has been in regard to climate advocacy.

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