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The “topic banning” of William Connelley from Wikipedia caught my eye on WUWT.
Connelly is a Green party activist and prolific Wikipedia contributor on climate change issues, and runs a blog called Stoat

According to Delingpole, Connelly rewrote 5,428 climate articles on Wikipedia.

His skewing of public information on climate has been extraordinary, going so far as to delete the resignation letter from Hal Lewis’s Wikipedia page.

From an NZ perspective, it has been interesting to see Connelly pop up on Hot Topic and admonish Gareth (see Ian Wishart’s commentary here

It is ironic then that When Connelly does re-emerge on HT to comment on sea ice, his comments frequently get voted out of sight.


Climate: Controversies News MMCC Scepticism Climategate and the Main Stream Media


Organisations: Societies, Universities, Companies, Greenpeace, WWF, ET AL

Richard C (NZ)

CSIRO and BOM in cahoots here


NIWA – Tyndall – Science Media Centre – Royal Society (NZ) – Gluckman – Smith – IPCC – Media etc



NIWA – Tyndall – Science Media Centre – Royal Society (NZ) – Gluckman – Smith – IPCC – Media etc


It’s interesting sometimes just to randomly wander around the East Anglia Emails

This one shows the CRU looking for funding from Shell International:

Mike and Tim
Notes from the meeting with Shell International attached.
Sorry about the delay.
I suspect that the climate change team in Shell International is probably
the best route through to funding from elsewhere in the organisation
including the foundation as they seem to have good access to the top

Richard C (NZ)

See also: this thread

Richard C (NZ)

The Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research



Richard C (NZ)

See “Controversies and Scandals”

Climategate Google Suggest

Richard C (NZ)

James Cameron and Google CEO: Questioning Warming Science is “Criminal”

Steve Watson
Friday, Oct 29th, 2010

Lock up the dissenters?

James Cameron and Google CEO: Questioning Warming Science is Criminal 291010CameronGoogle CEO Eric Schmidt and film director James Cameron recently concurred that people who question the science of anthropogenic global warming are, in their opinions, “criminal”.

The two made the comments during a recent on stage conversation at a private event in Silicon Valley.

“If that continues, business as usual as our leaders in Washington say is OK for us to do, we will have extincted 70% of the species on the planet by the end of the century.” Cameron responded to Schmidt’s line of discussion on global warming.

During the same conversation Schmidt stated, “There are people who in my view criminally doubt some of the science.”

“I agree, criminally, I agree with that.” Cameron interjected.

“People, we need to evolve mentally and philosophically to something that has never existed before.” the Avatar director continued.

“We need to become techno-indigenous people of an entire Earth, not of a nation, not of a state, but of a planet.”


Funny how Google are quite happy to serve up the “sceptic” ads, even for arcane programming sites that having nothing to do with climate Let’s take a look at some of the vested interests in the Silicon Valley “club”: (Note: Prop 23 is the proposed bill to delay the climate legislation in CA) The last stand for climate change has brought John Doerr, a leading green tech investor with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, to the table. Doerr has given $500,000 to defeat Prop 23. And he’s not alone. Wendy Schmidt, wife of Google CEO Eric Schmidt and founder of the 11th Hour Project, a Silicon Valley environmental grant-making nonprofit, donated $500,000 to NRDC’s No Prop 23 Committee To date, the heaviest hitter on Team No is Thomas Steyer, the press-shy founder of San Francisco hedge fund Farallon Capital Management. Steyer, a big donor to Democratic candidates, has pledged $5 million and stepped forward to co-chair the No on 23 Committee with George Schulz, the Republican former secretary of state. Not only do these guys have vested interests in “green” technology and truck loads of money, they also effectively control the internet.… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

“I’m not so worried about Cameron”

Cameron had massive reach with Avatar and the sequel will be filmed in NZ.

He gets into kids minds (and grown-ups) so I think he’s every bit as dangerous as Schmidt – just a different medium.


Ideology: Green, Guardian, Totalitarian and Leftism


Guardian scribe can’t cope with complex scientific arguments unseating his cognitive faculties:

“How fear of bias dominates the climate change debate”

Richard C (NZ)

Mike Jowsey says:
October 19, 2010 at 6:13 am

Christopher Monkton talking about world government (and taxation), communism and climate fraud. Very eloquent, informative and disturbing.

Richard C (NZ)

See – James Cameron and Google CEO: Questioning Warming Science is “Criminal”

Richard C (NZ)

Useful Quotes “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” – Joseph Goebbels From Michael Mann (truth doesn’t matter): “Perhaps we’ll do a simple update to the Yamal post, e.g. linking Keith/s new page–Gavin t? As to the issues of robustness, particularly w.r.t. inclusion of the Yamal series, we actually emphasized that (including the Osborn and Briffa ’06 sensitivity test) in our original post! As we all know, this isn’t about truth at all, its about plausibly deniable accusations.” * The environmental movement has been hijacked by Malthusian Eugenicists and these Quotes from the mouths of the Elite are why I know that AGW is a False Conclusion and now through the Climategate emails are proven to… Read more »


“The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”

David Rockefeller


Troublesome Trolls

Richard C (NZ)

Andy says:
October 19, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I think we owe our friend “samoth” an apology.

At least he walks the walk, and built his own electric car:

Richard C (NZ) says:
October 20, 2010 at 9:00 am

“apology” !

I want to offer him my heart-felt and deepest thanks for turning up and providing us with such a fortuitous opportunity – that’s if the Sarc Police will allow me, of course.

Richard C (NZ) says:
October 20, 2010 at 9:02 am

“At least he walks the walk, and built his own electric car”

I wonder if it’s coal-fired?

Andy says:
October 20, 2010 at 9:35 am

I expect it’s powered by a mixture of coal, gas, wind and hydro. Like everything else in this country

Apology? Just my wry sense of humour. And “Samoth” appears to have one to, given he spells his name backwards when appearing in this supposed parallel universe to the “real one” of Hot Topic, where he posts as Thomas.

The plot thickens…

Richard C (NZ) says:
October 20, 2010 at 9:50 am

“Just my wry sense of humour. And “Samoth” appears to have one to”

Yes, I was “warming” to the guy – I miss him.

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BobC: October 19th, 2010 at 12:19 am oh dear @129,130: I see you have a reading comprehension problem. I’ll try to clarify some of the statements that you seem to have trouble with: Let’s start with #130: oh dear: October 18th, 2010 at 6:15 pm You need to find dispassionate evidence of fraud, and you have so far failed. Spoken so authoritatively! One might suppose you were a lawyer [SNIP ad hominem remarks]. OK, kindly produce some precedents on how freely written confessions of criminal behavior, acknowledged by the authors, is not admissible evidence. Make it easy on yourself: Start by explaining why the Miranda Warning is meaningless (and where the US Supreme Court went wrong in requiring it). [SNIP ad hominem remarks] Now to #129: Point 3: I think you meant “cannot”? [predict the climate] Please clarify. I clearly said that climate alarmists must show evidence that they can predict the future course of the climate — else their dire predictions amount to the same as a crazy guy on the street corner claiming the world is about to end. How you got this exactly backward is baffling. Then you say: Obviously… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

Author: Joanne Nova
Oh Dear. You’re really pushing the bounds to the max. No more ad homs, no more argument from authority. No more indulgent, patronizing, over-long effusions from a stone age anonymous thinker. Catch up with the reformation, we’re 400 years ahead of you.

Name yourself Oh dear. You speak for the dominant paradigm. What on earth could you be afraid of? That we might google you like you did to Courtney?

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Author: Richard S Courtney Comment: Twikler: Your post at #148 is completely daft. [SNIP ad hominem remarks.] My post at #141 I correctly said and referenced: And, as Kiehl reports, the models use a variety of climate sensitivities from 1.5 to 4.5 deg C for a doubling of CO2 to get this large range of assumed anthropogenic forcings. But there is good reason to consider that the real climate sensitivity is much lower. For example, Idso snr. reports his 8 natural experiments that indicate a “best estimate” of climate sensitivity of 0.10 C/W/m2 which corresponds to a temperature increase of 0.37 Celsius for a doubling of CO2. And on the basis of that I stated the only reasonable conclusion; So, nobody knows what climate sensitivity really is. The models use a wide range of assumed climate sensitivities. The lowest assumed climate sensitivity used by a model is probably too large by about an order of magnitude. And on the basis of that, the modellers assert that climate sensitivity is large. . Your silly response to that is to assert of me: Then contradict yourself by stating that the “unknown” figure is now too… Read more »

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Author: TWinkler

That is because you cannot answer them

TWinkler AKA Brendon

A serial troll from as far back as March 1 2010
Using at least 2 different IP addresses has been moderated several times.

The rest of this post is [snipped as will any other posts from this person] ED

Richard C (NZ)

Do we really need a thread entitled “troublesome trolls”?

Does it actually add anything to the discussion?

Ideas welcomed (as long as they are not of a troll nature 🙂 )

Richard C (NZ)

Yes, we do. This is a resource, you need to read Debating Strategies – Tips.

To illustrate, there’s a huge stoush at JoNova

Scan from about # 100 on (Richard S, Courtney is on fire!).

Tip – put in a short innocuous or supportive comment – check the box:

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail

And watch the debate vie email (get gmailer if you have not already got it)

Richard C (NZ)

Not-Richo – passing Troll, raiding JoNova from # 103


Not Richard:
Still not Richard:
So Richard was wrong:
Richard still confused:
I’m not Richard:

Thanks for passing by, Not-Richo, I’m forever in your debt.

You buried me.

Well played.

But do your CLOUDS still have a silver lining?

Richard C (NZ)

Forum Trolling – How to Handle Trolls

I have been receiving a lot of email lately asking some very important questions on how to deal with Internet Trolls, and what to do when their trolling becomes more threatening.

It’s really tough not to allow your personal emotions get in the way. It can be even more difficult not to react to someone who is constantly harassing you, or your forum members.

But, I cannot stress enough, and will say it until I am blue in the face: DON”T FEED THE TROLL.

What does that mean? It’s simple really, do not respond in anyway shape or form to a troll. Their whole purpose is exactly that, to get a reaction, any reaction from the people/community they are trolling.

As an admin, or monitor on a forum board, your job is to prevent the trolling, not fuel it. Here are some basic steps to block trolling:
Only one comment under this blog post – and no, not a troll.


Climate Change Propaganda


The Social Simulation of the Public Perception
of Weather Events and their Effect upon the
Development of Belief in Anthropogenic
Climate Change

val majkus

I’m a bit confused as to whether ‘Thread’ is a poster or new threads which I can’t pick up from the drop down menu because it’s too long for my screen
Whichever, in my view if you have too many subcategories it’s confusing for posters
I’m still plowing around trying to find my last post to Samoth in which I objected to assumptions which he had made
No matter; but if Thread could be a little less energetic might be easier for the rest of us
Or I’m a simpleton as Samoth with his assertion of ‘preconceived ideas’ considers me to be


“THREAD is Richard C organising things into threads…Yes?

If you wait a day for Google to index this site, you should be able to find Samoth through the search box.

I wouldn’t take stuff too personally though Val. It is a characteristic of the warmist mindset to assume every non-believer is stupid. You get used to it after a while.

Richard C (NZ)

‘Thread’ is me – Richard C. “I can’t pick up from the drop down menu” Yes, I have the same problem, RT knows – you have to zoom out to see the entire menu and eventually RT will mimic the drop down on the Open Thread page. It takes time and RT is VERY busy at the moment. “I’m still plowing around trying to find my last post to Samoth” Get the RSS feed and also go to Admin Admin * Log in * Entries RSS * Comments RSS (click on this) Tip -open CCG in more than 1 tab (I work with 5 -9 tabs, 3 of which will be CCG) “too many subcategories” – Val, there is a bigger picture here, you have to understand that. (basically all the categories of “New List V2.0 in “Open Threads” have been incorporated so that the entire AGW Proponent – AGW Sceptic debate is framed (plus a few other issues). Already the new set up has an international cooperative advantage. There is cross linking and referencing going to JoNova and overseas players of note (with cred) for example “if Thread could be a little… Read more »

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“I’m still plowing around trying to find my last post to Samoth” Val, as an example of how the system works go here You will find Samodt, filed and linked under “Troublesome Trolls” – see, remember our discussion about that, and now you want to access your troublesome troll, there’s a way to do it. I will also be linking the same spot on the page via “Debating” under “Disproving AGW”. we need this resource for future reference. There is much more going on than you realise remember, we are up against a collective opponent and as Andy says “know your enemy’. Also, if you have gone through a session with a troll like we did with Samodt, there is a lot of material that we can re-use, so we need to get back to it for future reference. I employ this tactic all the time ( no point in re-inventing the wheel) and did so on a raid into Hot Topic. Now I can re-use what I hit them with. BIG TIP – after a raid, save the page to your local drive, so that if the blogger takes down the… Read more »

val majkus

thanks Andy – wise words; but I still think that there are going to be too many threads

Richard C (NZ)

“but I still think that there are going to be too many threads”

You ain’t seen nothin’ yet, Val.


Is it worth putting in some tags (keywords) or some brief content on each thread header?

It makes it easier for search engines to index, and therefore a more useful resource.

Richard C (NZ)

Is it worth putting in some tags (keywords) or some brief content on each thread header?

Very good point Andy (but I think the content comes afterwords i.e sub-sub-sub categories – as in a database hierarchy ),

That had not crossed my mind and to be honest, I don’t know how to do that (knowledge gap).

Seeing your heads in that zone and mine isn’t (and I don’t think I’ve got the time), See if you can set up a demo example somewhere to show us how to do it – you’re right, we need “hooks”.

Just call yourself THREAD or HEADER or something appropriate and go for it.

Richard C (NZ)

You can always Reply to thread headers with no hooks (all of em at present) with a header containing hooks.

Richard C (NZ)

I’ve just realized that the Keywords are set in the Blog post.

So. RT drives it – it’s his job, yaaaaaay!

The Keywords therefore, are the titles of all the headers plus whatever.

I might get around to compiling a list of Keywords, life expectancy permitting – that would be useful

Richard C (NZ)

There are obviously some header titles we don’t want in Keywords as Val has pointed out previously.

e.g. Troublesome Trolls

That would be cute in the Blogosphere, but it might go viral and create such a storm that it would distract us from the real missions and clutter up our resource (and RT’s Blog).

It might go viral anyway – Yoiks! and Youza!

Richard C (NZ)

RT may have a contrary opinion on this to mine, of course (i.e. a better idea in concert with his Blog aims – he might already have an idea in mind from NZ Herald days)

Richard C (NZ)

RT – bad news (for you), please see:

But I guess you would be very aware of that at your end and I think you’ve already alerted us to that.

When there’s a lot of stuff going on, details like that get forgotten.

Richard C (NZ)

I’ve missed a BIG trick here – sorry everyone.


Here’s an example:

A paper by David Hand et al

(Note with interest that David Hand was on the panel of the Oxburgh enquiry into the CRU emails )

“How to lie with bad data”

Richard D. De Veaux and David J. Hand
ying with statistics can be accomplished in many ways. Distorting graphics, manipulating data or using biased samples are just a few of the tried and true methods. Failing to use the correct statistical procedure or failing to check the conditions for when the selected method is appropriate can distort results as well

Statistics, data mining, climategate, david hand

The above keywords might trigger a search result for “climategate”, but it depends to some extent on the spam algorithms of the search engine.

In other words, though the paper has no direct relevance to climategate, it might be of interest to someone interested in the topic.

You can apply this to topic headers:
Keywords : General circulation Models, climate change, computer modelling, Hadley Centre,

Richard C (NZ)


I had better get onto this.


I have Hierarchical and Relational Database programming skills in the forgotten recesses of my mind.

e.g. COBOL with embedded SQL, BASIC, ACCESS, System Design and Analysis and such like.


That’s good to hear.
I used to work for a search engine company (Globalbrain, ChCh) so have a bit of useful background there.

Richard C (NZ)

Andy, please continue this conversation in “Open threads as promised’ here

val majkus

thanks Richard; I know there’s stuff going on behind the scenes; FROM 3 AM!!!! ARE YOU A HERO OR WHAT???


“FROM 3 AM!!!! ARE YOU A HERO OR WHAT???” – Nope, but I can get a lot done at that hour when there’s no distractions (Trolls) and also it pays to remember the the world goes on 24/7 so there’s always someone to talk to. I’m all for engaging with Trolls, it keeps you sharp and you’ve got to know your stuff. But the Key is to pick the right Troll – some are a complete waste of time so let them go. Samodt was brilliant, so now we have built up a resource and don’t forget there are other eyes taking it in (Lurkers). There are some very knowledgeable Trolls and a lot can be learned from them (I have) and a skillful Troll will bury you if you are not careful. It’s all about strategies and not wasting time. You’ll be getting off lightly here (RT runs a tight ship) but you would not believe the ad-homs that have come my way in other places (some scary threats – remember, they like blowing up kids. [BTW – was payed the ultimate complement by RedLogix at Hot Topic – he thought I… Read more »


Debating Strategies


See – Disproving AGW

val majkus

Here’s a good article for us lay people written by a lay person
He describes the contents of the article as ‘a necessarily brief summary of the skeptic’s case.’
The comments are interesting too for those who have time


This article is a reasonable high-level summary, imo.

A good book to read is “Chill” by Peter Taylor. It goes into some quite detailed technical background into the water vapour arguments.

(Interestingly, Taylor has many years as an environmental consultant to governments and NGO’s, including Greenpeace)

Richard Lindzen’s talk at the ICCC conference in Chicago this year explains in fairly intelligible language some of the problems with the science. It is an hours video, well worth watching.
(Will try to find a URL later)

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‘High Priestess of Global Warming’ No More! Former Warmist Judith Curry Admits To Being ‘Duped Into Supporting IPCC’

Judith Curry
Climate etc
Oct 26, 2010

November 19, 2009: bucket of cold water #2. When I first saw the climategate emails, I knew these were real, they confirmed concerns and suspicions that I already had. After my first essay “On the credibility . . .” posted at climateaudit, I got some emails that asked me to be sensitive to the feelings of the scientists involved. I said I was a whole lot more worried about the IPCC, in terms of whether it could be saved and whether it should be saved. I had been willing to substitute the IPCC for my own personal judgment [in public statements], but after reading those emails, the IPCC lost the moral high ground in my opinion. Not to say that the IPCC science was wrong, but I no longer felt obligated in substituting the IPCC for my own personal judgment.

Richard C (NZ)

East Anglia Confirmed Emails from the Climate Research Unit – Searchable

Richard C (NZ)

Happy anniversary, Climategate (a day overdue).

Richard C (NZ)

Oops – a week too early (the perils of a crowded calendar)..



UN’s Climate Bible Gets 21 “F”s on Report Card


Global Warming’s Corrupt Science

By Patrick J. Michaels


Climategate Google Suggest – Google Search

Richard C (NZ)

See See “Organisations: Societies, Universities, Companies, Greenpeace, WWF, ET AL”



RealClimate: Funding and Activism, Richard S. Courtney

Richard C (NZ)

10:10 spin til it hurts

After the marketing disaster of the century, 10:10 desperately needed to save some face. They had accidentally showed us their totalitarian desires and lost at least 20,000 members in a week. How embarrassing.

How do you hide that? In true PR form, you frame your membership numbers and “save” the members you lost: keep the thousands of people (or fakers) who have joined and then left your group on your tally. (Just don’t call it “current members”.)

On their new redesigned home page they say they have 110,340 worldwide …wait for it…”sign ups”.


The 10-10 event page that Jo links to is hilarious:


In Germany there will be a low carbon speed dating event.
(Breeding is low carbon?)

There will be a zero carbon music festival in Portugal.
(No food, no amps, sounds like fun)

British schools will have Fuel Free Fridays and students will compete to design the best eco school.
(British schools better get used to being fuel-free – it will become the norm)

Richard C (NZ)

I missed this – can’t think why:

“Who’s doing what to mark the Global Day Of Doing on Oct 10?”

All that wild eco partying sounds like fun (to disparage).

Oh well, perhaps there will be a “Global Day Of Doing” next year.


UN chief uses climate hoax to promote global governance

Saturday, October 16, 2010

UN Secretary-General Arrives in Morocco

He will identify three main challenges for global governance: ensuring that the global economy works for all people; combating climate change; and addressing new challenges, such as migration and organized crime.


When You Control The Forecast And The Data – Magic Happens

“Antarctic cooling, global warming? …. the continent and in the interior appear to have cooled slightly …… we fully expect Antarctica to warm up in the future.

Wow! the predictive skills of climate scientists is uncanny. Somewhere between 2006 and 2007, Antarctica did exactly what Gavin predicted. It switched from a long term cooling trend to a long term warming trend – in just one year!


Scafetta on 60 year climate oscillations

George Taylor, former Oregon State climatologist writes:

Nicola Scafetta has published the most decisive indictment of GCM’s I’ve ever read in the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics. His analysis is purely phenomenological, but he claims that over half of the warming observed since 1975 can be tied to 20 and 60-year climate oscillations driven by the 12 and 30-year orbital periods of Jupiter and Saturn, through their gravitational influence on the Sun, which in turn modulates cosmic radiation.

If he’s correct, then all GCM’s are massively in error because they fail to show any of the observed oscillations.


Global Warming’s Corrupt Science

By Patrick J. Michaels, October 20, 2010


Wind power reduces the value of homes

Swedish Wind Energy appears in a new increase in the deliberate attempt to conceal the fact that properties near wind turbines drop significantly in value, among others, writes Elisabeth von Brömsen, Föreningen Svenskt Landskapsskydd. Confederation of Swedish Landscape Protection.

[Wait 10 secs – Google Translate]


More Lies About CO2

Written by Doug L. Hoffman, Resilient Earth | 24 October 2010

A new paper, penned by a group of known warmist scare mongers, claims to have proof that CO2 is the control knob that regulates Earth’s temperature. Andrew A. Lacis, Gavin A. Schmidt, David Rind, and Reto A. Ruedy, all from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, are boasting they have experimental proof that “carbon dioxide is the single most important climate-relevant greenhouse gas in Earth’s


Futuristic climate schemes to get U.N. hearing

By Alister Doyle, OSLO | Wed Oct 27, 2010

(Reuters) – Futuristic schemes for slowing climate change such as dimming sunlight are fraught with risks but will get a serious hearing from the U.N. panel of climate scientists, a leader of the panel said on Wednesday.

val majkus

James Delingpole has a good article quoting selectively I know what you’re thinking and I’ve heard about the “consensus” too. But when you can actually prove something you don’t need a consensus. That’s why you never hear about the consensus on gravity, or the consensus on evolution. Saying that 97% of climate scientists believe in global warming is an awful lot like saying that 97% of priests believe in God. If they didn’t at least pretend to believe in global warming climate change climate disruption they wouldn’t be climate scientists – not of the sort that get public funding, anyway. And when those “scientists” have to delete their own source data to prevent it from being released under freedom of information laws they deserve the scare quotes because at that point they have stopped being a credible science and have become just another bunch of religious extremists. Simply put, the shoddy and disreputable field of climate “science” still has an awfully long way yet to go to actually prove that our six and a half pints of co2 are a problem of sufficient magnitude to justify such an obscene amount of public… Read more »


The Precautionary Principle


The Consensus


Chinese firms blamed in huge greenhouse gas scam
Damian Carrington – smh
October 28, 2010

BRUSSELS: The European Commission is planning to clamp down on a €2 billion ($2.8 billion) carbon trading scam involving the deliberate production of greenhouse gases which the fraudulent manufacturers are then paid to destroy.

The Climate Change Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard, says the use of these carbon permits, from industrial gas projects in China, could be banned because of their ”total lack of environmental integrity”.

Billions of euros worth of the controversial permits were used between 2008-09 in the European Union’s emission trading scheme, in which companies must exchange pollution permits for emissions produced.
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The scheme allows some of those permits to be bought in from developing countries.

The most popular of these so-called offsets come from projects that destroy the greenhouse gas HFC-23, a byproduct of the manufacture of the refrigerant gas HCFC-22.

The Environmental Investigation Agency said in June that many Chinese chemical companies were manufacturing HCFC-22 primarily to earn money from destroying HFC-23, which can be five times the value of the refrigerant gas the plants are ostensibly set up to create.


Andy says:
October 30, 2010 at 11:13 am

Chirk factory workers protest over ’subsidy threat’

Mike McKenna, director of Kronospan’s Chirk factory, said the subsidies for electricity generators which use biomass encouraged them to take “the easy option” of burning freshly felled timber.

He told BBC Radio Wales: “The easy option for them is cutting down trees and burning them for electricity generation.

“That’s because the subsidies are worth more than twice the value of the wood.

h/t Bishop Hill

Richard C (NZ)

Solar flare-up will burn a hole in every pocket (NSW)

Brian Robins and Tim Barlass October 31, 2010 – smh


HOUSEHOLDS will pay an extra $600 on their electricity bill over six years to cover the $2 billion cost of the failure of the state government’s overly generous solar power scheme.

If elected in March, the opposition will have the scheme, which runs to the end of 2016, reviewed by the auditor-general so that it can decide on its future.

From midnight last Wednesday, the government slashed from 60¢ to 20¢ per kilowatt hour the tariff paid to households installing solar panel systems because the surging number of applications has blown out the scheme’s cost.

In reports tabled in Parliament last week, the government disclosed that it had been advised that even after slashing the tariff for solar panels, it anticipated 777 megawatts of solar panels would be installed by the time the scheme closed.

Already, 200 megawatts of capacity has either been installed or ordered.

The reports detailed the total cost to households is forecast to reach $1975 million by 2017, placing a burden on homes at a time when power prices are rising sharply already

val majkus

Richard your site is wonderful from a reference point of view but I do miss talking to people; is there something that can be done about that? Or should I just go to Jo Nova or WUWT for that aspect?


I have to agree here. The threads have been great work (particularly by Richard C), but I think many would prefer some more opportunity to follow a conversation thread.

I don’t know an easy solution other than to spawn off a separate reference site. Is this feasible?

I’d be happy to chip in for any hosting if that was required.

val majkus

Thanks Andy; Richard C is doing great work but a conversation thread would be a wonderful idea

I mentioned this once before and I think someone mentioned a thread ‘talk now’ but I can’t find it or it may have disappeared in the deritus

I suggest a thread called something like ‘conversation’; I like this site particularly because its frequenters are local (I think) and although we are not all scientists or computer modellers we can all learn off each other

And so far we seem to have avoided the trolls which Jo Nova’s site has recently attracted

val majkus

a better name ‘talk fest’

Richard C (NZ)

The forum for talk fests is:

“Open threads as promised”

I’ve used it to get feedback from Jo Nova and that worked well, see:

Just start a new thread with anything you want to talk about. I left some pointers around but they seem to have got lost.

Remember that this was why Richard T provided “Open threads as promised”

Richard C,

I want to echo what Val said, that you’re doing a wonderful job in adding the reference feature and a tremendous heap of references to the site! I only have time to quickly scan the messages as they cross my inbox, but I see them all and I’m learning a great deal. The best thing about it is that I know, when I have some time to peruse a particular topic, that I’ll find the references right here! All I need to do is follow a few of the obvious threads or just use the Google search feature that’s built right in to the site!

So thank you, Richard C!

Richard C (NZ)

The forum for talk fests is:

“Open threads as promised”

Just start a new thread with anything you want to talk about. I left some pointers around and I was hoping you would turn up here but no show:

I’ve been talking to myself – I was was looking for some input re keywords as I’ve been using Rank Tracker to analyze CCG keywords..

Remember that this was why Richard T provided “Open threads as promised”

See my reply to Val. Another site would involve twice the admin time and I think we can do both things here. As I said to Val, we just need more posts to stimulate a little more conversation.

Thanks for your offer to help with costs, that’s tremendous. The October traffic spike took us from a normal 3 GB to 4 GB to just over 10 GB! Normally, that means an extra $60 for the month but I hope to negotiate something more reasonable. The site must not go down! There were several days last month when that almost happened, and without prompt action by the Kiwi Web Host Company to add free bandwidth (just for the one month) the great Climate Conversation would have been terminated until today!

I should look into putting a Donate feature on the site… more research!!

Thanks, Andy.

Val, The main point of this site is to provide a vehicle for conversation. You’ve probably noticed that the word conversation features in the name of the site! :>) I have been deeply pleased at the contributions that have been coming in over the last few months. So, no, please don’t go away! Go to all the sites, by all means, but you’re welcome to have conversations here. There are the “Open threads”, as you know, but the main vehicle is to discuss the individual posts. We need more of those, and so anybody is welcome to write one and submit it to me for publication. I encourage you to do so. For myself, I could happily sit here and read and write about global warming all the time. However, I must earn a living and I cannot indulge this fascinating (and necessary!) pastime. You may notice that I almost never contribute here in the morning; that’s because I have a major customer for editing who uses me most days for between 4 and 8 hours. I start early in the morning so I have time to service other customers during office hours… Read more »

val majkus

Thanks Richard for your message; yes, let’s keep going as we’re doing and I look forward to seeing a ‘donate’ button in the near future; I think with links that people offer on the various threads if each of us posters puts a brief summary of what the link is about that might stimulate more conversation and for me that would be great
Also each of us should pass links to the site with our comments on other blogs we might visit such as on WUWT – that would increase traffic more over time; I’ve been doing my bit and I’m sure others have been doing the same

Richard C (NZ)

Richard T, thanks for the up-date. I have been trying to shepherd the guys to “Open Threads as promised” for O/T conversations. Have been using it to talk to myself but did get some feedback from Jo Nova I am very interested in the stats for CCG and have been doing some analysis myself with Rank Tracker and placed them in Open Threads as promised here I note that CCG wins hands down with the search engines over HT JoNova WUWT in search % using Alexa. I have registered CCG with Google to enable better cataloging but as you will see in Jo Novas feedback there is a fine line in gaming Google i.e quality content in posts is better than pushing Open Threads as a list site (easy to do but Google unhappy). BTW, I save EVERY Open Threads page to my local drive after significant contributions, so there is always a back-up for me and for you if you need it. The bulk of the structure is in place now so I don’t see me putting the in a lot more and will be going for targeted quality contributions… Read more »


Climate change game launched Published: 7:00AM GMT 01 Nov 2010 – Telegraph UK An educational computer game in which users have to save the world from climate change offers an interesting solution – decide the problem is overpopulation and design a virus to kill millions. Fate of the World goes on sale on Tuesday and has been praised by gaming experts and climate campaigners as a way of reaching new audiences in the fight against carbon emissions. However, climate change sceptics may be surprised and angered by some of the strategies on offer in the game which is being released on PCs and Apple Macs. As the head of a fictional international body the user must save the world from soaring temperatures, increasing floods and deadly droughts. The game, developed by Red Redemption, an Oxford-based design company, uses real data and input from scientists and has best been described as a Football Manager for eco-enthusiasts. Users are presented with a budget, environmental data, and a series of energy policies which range from emissions caps and investment in biofuels to continue investing in fossil fuels. Other more extreme policies are also available such as… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

Not the Last You Will See of “Climate” Oversight

By Chris Horner on 11.4.10 @ 1:53PM

Last night the Competitive Enterprise Institute, through its outside counsel Gibson Dunn, filed its brief arguing against NASA’s rather scattershot and contradictory effort to dismiss our lawsuit requesting certain documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)(press release available here).

Our suit, CEI vs. NASA (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia), followed on the heels of ClimateGate, and a December 2009 Notice of Intent to Sue if NASA did not turn over certain records withheld since CEI sought them in August 2007 and January 2008 requests. That Notice was eleven months ago and, despite NASA offering some documents and admitting — temporarily — that certain others relating to the advocacy site used by NASA scientists, were “agency records”, NASA then ceased its brief steps to comply with the transparency statute FOIA.

Richard C (NZ)

Global Warming FOIA Suit Against NASA Heats Up Again

November 04, 2010 – LegalTimes

In court documents filed last night, the Competitive Enterprise Institute argues that NASA has gone out of its way to avoid turning over records that show the agency reverse-engineered temperature data to better make the case that the planet is becoming warmer. Tulumello_andrew

CEI, which is being represented by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Andrew Tulumello, argues in a pleading filed in Washington federal court that NASA’s request for summary judgment in the Freedom of Information Act suit against the agency should be denied because e-mails and other evidence turned over by NASA suggest that there are additional records that are being withheld.

“Rather than deal forthrightly with a FOIA request on these issues, NASA has engaged in obstruction and delay,” Tulumello writes in the court filing, which was filed late last night in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


Branding of Dissenters Has Begun – Clearing The Path To A Climate Science Pogrom

Right smack on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, German Parliamentarians, in a frontal assault, are now openly calling out and branding scientists for the crime of scientific dissent. These Parliamentarians are demanding that the government take a position against them.

Fred Singer features prominently

val majkus

Warwick Hughes has put a comment on his blog on 11 November referring to Phil Jones and the Chinese weather station corruption saying Doug Keenan has emailed me re his new article bringing forward his concerns about Jones et all 1990 The link to the article is a couple of paras In 1990, Phil Jones and co-authors published a research paper that (amongst other things) analyzed temperature data from eastern China during 1954–1983. The basis for the paper seemed unlikely: China was in upheaval during that time, and obtaining reliable data would be implausible. (This issue was first raised on the blog Climate Audit, of Steve McIntyre.) The temperature data had been obtained from weather stations. The issue here concerns the histories of those stations: if stations are moved (e.g. from the outskirts of a city to the city center), then the temperature data cannot be studied directly, but has to first be adjusted to take account of the moves. The stations’ histories are sometimes referred to as “metadata”. There are links to • Jones–Keenan exchange • Remarks on Keenan [Energy & Env., 2007] • Wang’s defense in the university’s fraud investigation… Read more »


Richard North has lost his PCC complaint against the Guardian on their Amazongate story.

This is a bit of a sorry state of affairs, since Roger Pielke Jnr also concurred with North’s view.


After claiming that he never deleted any emails, Phil Jones now admits deleting emails

From Tom Nelson:

val majkus

Dr Tim Ball has some fighting words today Climate Deception Is A Crime Against Humanity? … Because of the deliberate deception and vigorous propaganda that CO2 was causing warming actions were demanded and pursued. Completely unnecessary and devastating policies were implemented. We’re wasting billions on climate change programs and alternate energy programs. Nations who pursued green energy and jobs policies are in serious financial problems. Nations like Britain and regions like Ontario Canada or California that abandoned or failed to update traditional energy sources, including nuclear, will have inadequate power supplies for many years to come. The cost of everything, especially food, has soared and will continue to rise. Industries have closed and more are threatened as draconian restrictions on carbon production are introduced. … Failure of people to pursue the crimes committed by those involved with Climategate has emboldened them and their supporters to launch a claim to being the aggrieved parties. They can only do this because the leaders have whitewashed their actions. Continuations of the fiascos that are the UNFCC, the IPCC and the WMO filled with people who only work to perpetuate themselves mean it is increasingly urgent for… Read more »

val majkus

Donna Laframboise has an interesting take on Tim Ball’s post

I’ve never met Tim Ball, a retired climatology professor and vocal climate change skeptic. I think he comes across well in this video, and I’ve heard others say he’s a good and decent man. I must confess, though, that I stopped reading his regular posts at Canada Free Press some time ago because I consider his rhetoric over-the-top.

val majkus

Well that’s her opinion I guess; I personally like Dr Ball


Andy says:
December 7, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Claes Johnson banned from teaching Mathematics course at Swedish University:

Extremist pro-green Swedish university shackles academic freedom and bans all teaching that doesn’t conform to dogma of human-caused global warming

The math professor reports that this latest gagging is most extreme because it includes required material for his students and may be fatally damaging to their studies.

The highly-experienced and respected professor has been banned by his bosses from teaching any “part of course material in the course Numerical Methods II.” The material is also found in his ebook, ‘BodyandSoul.’

Dr. Johnson laments, “the course, has been “stopped” by the President of the Royal Technological Institute KTH, because the book contains a mathematical analysis of some models related to climate simulation.”

It appears the blanket ban was precipitated after a small clique of pro-green student activists protested to the university that Johnson was daring to address both sides of the global warming debate. The story is also reported by DN.SE, a popular Scandinavian publication who added, “the school took away pages of the book.”

Claes Johnson’s Blog:

Richard C (NZ)

Climate Distortions Were Achieved. National Weather Agencies Are The Trojan Horses

By Dr. Tim Ball Monday, December 13, 2010

Maurice Strong set up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) through the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide a powerful vehicle for almost complete control of climate science. Each national weather office perpetuates the deception that human CO2 is causing climate change. He controlled the science through the IPCC and the political and propaganda portion under the umbrella of the Rio Conference (1992) and the ongoing Conference of the Parties (COP).

By peopling the IPCC with representatives of national weather offices, he attained control of the politics within each nation and collective global control. They’re the Trojan Horses from which funding and research emanate to deceive the politicians and public into achieving his goal of destroying the industrialized nations.


Richard C (NZ)

Old news but it came up again at Cancun. From YALE environment360 ——————————————————————————————————————– 13 Dec 2010: Report ‘Perverse’ Carbon Payments Send Flood of Money to China To offset their own carbon emissions, European companies have been overpaying China to incinerate a powerful greenhouse gas known as hfc 23. And in a bizarre twist, those payments have spurred the manufacture of a harmful refrigerant that is being smuggled into the U.S. and used illegally. by mark schapiro European legislators in Brussels have discovered that the strategy they devised to combat climate change is helping subsidize the economy of their, and America’s, major global competitor — China. European companies have been overpaying Chinese companies more than 70 times the cost to eliminate a potent greenhouse gas — triflouromethane, or hfc 23, a byproduct of manufacturing a refrigerant that has been banned in developed countries and is being phased out in developing ones. In order to offset their own greenhouse gases, companies and utilities in Europe that are subject to the emission limits of the Kyoto Protocol have been paying vastly inflated prices to Chinese companies to destroy hfc 23, and in the process have been… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

Warm Bias: How The Met Office Mislead The British Public Saturday, 18 December 2010 14:16 Dr. Benny Peiser Met Office 2008 Forecast: Trend of Mild Winters Continues Met Office, 25 September 2008: The Met Office forecast for the coming winter suggests it is, once again, likely to be milder than average. It is also likely that the coming winter will be drier than last year. Reality Check: Winter of 2008/09 Coldest Winter For A Decade Met Office, March 2009: Mean temperatures over the UK were 1.1 °C below the 1971-2000 average during December, 0.5 °C below average during January and 0.2 °C above average during February. The UK mean temperature for the winter was 3.2 °C, which is 0.5 °C below average, making it the coldest winter since 1996/97 (also 3.2 °C). Met Office 2009 Forecast: Trend To Milder Winters To Continue, Snow And Frost Becoming Less Of A Feature Met Office, 25 February 2009: Peter Stott, Climate Scientist at the Met Office, said: “Despite the cold winter this year, the trend to milder and wetter winters is expected to continue, with snow and frost becoming less of a feature in the future.… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

Met Office 2009 : Skiing Doomed In Scotland

Written by Steven Goddard, Real Science | 18 December 2010

10 February 2009 –

Alex Hill, the chief government adviser with the Met Office, told The Scotsman there was no future for skiing in Scotland because climate change would see winters become too warm for regular snowfall.

Mr Hill said: “Put it this way: I won’t be investing in the skiing industry.

“The amount of snow has been decreasing for the last 40 years, and there’s no reason why it’s going to stop now.”

18 Dec 2010 –

Angie Brown is a correspondent for BBC Scotland and has been skiing in Scotland since her childhood. “The snow last weekend in Glenshee was the best I’ve ever seen. It was comparable with resorts in France and Austria where I’ve been” she told us. “The problem was that they couldn’t cope with the numbers of people that turned up. There were only 2 men at the equipment hire counter, and not enough sets of equipment so I ended up skiing with no poles.”


Ah happy days! I ised to live in Aberdeen and remember skiing at Glenshee. The place was always full when there was snow because of its easy access to the cities and the limited tows.

My friends over there was waxing lyrical abou tthe amazing skiing last year, but suggested that this wouldn’t happen again for 25 years.

How wrong can you be?!

Richard C (NZ)

The UN Climate Change Numbers Hoax Source: Canadian Free Press by Tim Ball and John McLean It’s an assertion repeated by politicians and climate campaigners the world over – ‘2,500 scientists of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agree that humans are causing a climate crisis’. But it’s not true. And, for the first time ever, the public can now see the extent to which they have been misled. As lies go, it’s a whopper. Here’s the real situation. Like the three IPCC ‘assessment reports’ before it, the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) released during 2007 (upon which the UN climate conference in Bali was based) includes the reports of the IPCC’s three working groups. Working Group I (WG I) is assigned to report on the extent and possible causes of past climate change as well as future ‘projections’. Its report is titled “The Physical Science Basis”. The reports from working groups II and II are titled “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” and “Mitigation of Climate Change” respectively, and since these are based on the results of WG I, it is crucially important that the WG I report stands up to close… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

Carbon Trading Schemes in Trouble and Ignored

By Jack Dini Friday, December 17, 2010

Why are carbon trading issues that have gone awry ignored by the media? Two examples: 1-scam artists from around the world, capitalizing on lax regulations at the Danish emissions trading registry have made off with an estimated $7-billion over the last two years, and 2- the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) announced that it will be ending carbon trading this year. Both of these have been underreported (ignored?) by most media.


Denmark isn’t the only place where carbon folks have been in bed with organized crime. A probe in Germany, where the total damage is estimated at 80 million Euros followed investigations in Britain, France, Spain, Norway and the Netherlands over carbon fraud over the past year.

Richard C (NZ)

WikiLeaks cables: UN offered Robert Mugabe a lucrative retirement overseas

#, Saturday 18 December 2010 21.50 GMT

The head of the United Nations offered Robert Mugabe a lucrative retirement package in an overseas haven if he stood down as Zimbabwe’s president, according to claims quoted in leaked diplomatic cables.

The extraordinary offer was allegedly made by Kofi Annan, who was then the UN secretary general, at the millennium summit of world leaders in New York, according to a memo drawn up by American officials which was obtained by the WikiLeaks website.

Richard C (NZ)

Maverick Outwits Climate Science in Global Warming Predictions Game

by John O’Sullivan, guest post at Climate Realists

December 23rd 2010

As Britain’s top independent forecaster (a skeptic) again outwits his global warming adversaries in weather prediction, we examine what really separates the men from the boys in this hot topic.

Award Winning maverick forecaster, Piers Corbyn’s unparalled success in outperforming his rivals (global warming believers) is winning him deserved column inches in the British press.

The man who, in 2010 predicted a trio of major rare events (Pakistan floods, Moscow heatwave, Britain’s brutal winter) gives us a rare glimpse into why he’s so successful, to the great embarrassment of his main rivals, the Met Office.


Richard C (NZ)

Taxing lessons of a flawed ETS # Jack H. Barnes # From: The Australian # December 30, 2010 CONNIE Hedegaard, the EU Climate Commissioner, appeared on these pages on Monday promoting the outcomes of the Cancun climate summit and offering to work with Australian Climate Change Minister Greg Combet. Combet, for his part, is committed to putting a price on carbon. What Hedegaard didn’t mention in her piece, but to which Combet and Australia should pay close attention, is that the Danish tax authority has been robbed blind by a carbon trading scandal that has rocked the market for carbon offsets. While the story saw some coverage a year ago, significantly higher losses have since been reported and this has largely been ignored. The Danish auditor general is on the case now as the scope of the crime has become obvious, and grown exponentially since it was first reported. Originally discussed as a quasi-small-time dollar scam, the reality a year later is a lot larger: Europol is estimating a value on the case of 38 billion kroner and the values seem to keep going up. Hedegaard, then Denmark’s Climate and Energy Minister, helped… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

Climate science needs light

January 8, 2011 – Toronto Sun

a new book by British environmental journalist Fred Pearce, one of the world’s leading commentators on climate change, suggests cause for serious concern.

The Climate Files: The battle for the truth about global warming, is a compilation of Pearce’s reporting on the Climategate scandal, mainly for the Guardian newspaper.

Neither Pearce, nor the Guardian, is a climate denier.


“Jones insisted that what he did, for good or ill, was what his fellow climate scientists did. They didn’t publish all their data and methods because, ‘it hasn’t been standard practice to do that. Maybe it should be, but it’s not.’ Following that came the most startling observation, when Jones was asked how often scientists reviewing his papers for probity before publication had requested to see details of his raw data, methodology and computer codes. ‘They’ve never asked,’ he said.”

Thus, Pearce observes: “The rigour of peer review came crashing down before our eyes.”

Richard C (NZ)

RealClimategate hits the final nail in the coffin of ‘peer review’ By James Delingpole Politics Last updated: February 8th, 2011 Excerpt Steig suggested that rather than argue it out on the blogs O’Donnell, Id at el should publish a paper under peer review. So that’s what they tried. And guess which person it was who was selected to review O’Donnell et al’s paper. And guess which person it was – under the pseudonym Reviewer A – who tried to thwart the paper’s progression to publication with 88 pages of comments and obfuscation ten times longer than the original paper. Yep. You got it. The mystery peer reviewer was none other than Eric Steig. Even in the monstrously corrupt world of “climate science” this was clearly a breach of protocol. Certainly, in no other scientific discipline would a reviewer with such a clear conflict of interest be invited to review a paper whose main purpose was to criticise one he’d written himself. Now let us allow Iapogus (the commenter at Bishop Hill from whom I filched this summary: I’m an interpreter of interpretations, me) to continue the story: Ryan guessed that Reviewer A was… Read more »


Bishop Hill has quite a good summary of this story.
It has been featuring quite prominently in the climate blogosphere over tha last few days.
Dellers article is quite a good summary

Richard C (NZ)

Clicking through to the comments below the CA post (not many) fills in the picture too.

Bad things on so many levels.

Richard C (NZ)

SEC Charges Seven in Global Warming Pump-and-Dump Scheme

Washington, D.C., Feb. 18, 2011 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a group of seven individuals who perpetrated a fraudulent pump-and-dump scheme in the stock of a sham company that purported to provide products and services to fight global warming.
Additional Materials

* Litigation Release No. 21862
* SEC Complaint

The SEC alleges that the group included stock promoters, traders, and a lawyer who wrote a fraudulent opinion letter. The scheme resulted in more than $7 million in illicit profits from sales of stock in CO2 Tech Ltd. at artificially inflated prices. Despite touting impressive business relationships and anti-global warming technology innovations, CO2 Tech did not have any significant assets or operations. The company was purportedly based in London, and its stock prices were quoted in the Pink Sheets.


European Union faces legal action over fraudulent carbon emissions trading

The European Union faces legal and political challenges over its handling of the carbon markets which remain in chaos after a cyber attack forced partial closure of the Emissions Trading Scheme.

EU officials are due in a Belgian court on Monday to answer a request to name companies in possession of stolen allowances after a legal challenge by an Italian company affected by the fraud.

And on Wednesday the EU’s climate change committee will try to reassure national governments and carbon exchanges that they have the right level of security in place to reassure nervous market users

Richard C (NZ)

Unscientific hype about the flooding risks from climate change will cost us all dear

By Christopher Booker 7:15PM GMT 26 Feb 2011 – UK Telegraph

As the great global warming scare continues to crumble, attention focuses on all those groups that have a huge interest in keeping it alive. Governments look on it as an excuse to raise billions of pounds in taxes. Wind farm developers make fortunes from the hidden subsidies we pay through our electricity bills. A vast academic industry receives more billions for concocting the bogus science that underpins the scare. Carbon traders hope to make billions from corrupt schemes based on buying and selling the right to emit CO2. But no financial interest stands to make more from exaggerating the risks of climate change than the re-insurance industry, which charges retail insurers for “catastrophe cover”, paid for by all of us through our premiums.


Richard C (NZ)

British Green Movement Backed Murderous Libyan Regime

johnosullivan’s journal

New evidence raises growing concerns that environmentalism is the sinister tool of fascist politics. Revelations from a crumbling Libyan dictatorship show an enforced green agenda propped up by a discredited UK establishment.

Latest news highlighted by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (March 3, 2011) strengthens claims by global warming skeptics that not only are extreme political radicals controlling the green movement but that there exists an increasing popular rising against this sinister trend.

What will come as a shock to most citizens not fully engaged in the long running climate debate is that there has been a new twist in the controversy revealing a dark and dangerous undertone to the once innocent and non-political green movement. No longer are the rank and file of the environmentalist movement comprised of animal-loving, kind natured innocents that we remember from our childhood. No, quite the contrary as the misguided support of zealots such as Britain’s Lord Stern and Prince Charles have backed Libyan ogre, Colonel Gaddafi.


Richard C (NZ)

NASA-Funded Group Doctors Sea Level Data

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Theory trumps reality

Catastrophic sea level rise is one of the most valued hole cards played by alarmists in the global warming debate. In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore showed computer generated images of what Manhattan would look like if sea level rose 20 feet. Building on this theme, elevation charts of coastal cities have become a staple in global warming presentations by Al Gore wannabes. But what happens when sea level in the real world does not rise nearly as much as alarmists predict? If you are a NASA-funded gatekeeper of sea level data, you merely doctor the data.

Faced with the embarrassing fact that sea level is not rising nearly as much as has been predicted, the University of Colorado’s NASA-funded Sea Level Research Group has announced it will begin adding a nonexistent 0.3 millimeters per year to its Global Mean Sea Level Time Series. As a result, alarmists will be able to present sea level charts asserting an accelerating rise in sea level that is not occurring in the real world.


Richard C (NZ)

Climate cleansing: Google to censor skeptics? Posted on May 20, 2011 by Steve Milloy Will Google start censoring climate skeptics? Can anyone say Googlegate? The Yale Forum on Climate Change reports that, … Google leads people to accurate information about climate change. Fifty-two percent of the 980 sites [returned by a Google search on climate change-related terms] contained clear statements in line with the vast majority of peer-reviewed climate science evidence. For example, if you had searched for “climate change myths” in early May, you would have found this Environmental Defense Fund site, which says, “The most respected scientific bodies have stated unequivocally that global warming is occurring, and people are causing it.” And Google may be willing to fix this problem for the alarmists. The Yale Forum goes on to state: Meanwhile, can search engines do a better job of pointing the public toward credible sites? A Google spokeswoman, who insisted on anonymity because she is not a Google executive, said the company is always looking for ways to improve results. “Last year, we made 500 changes to the algorithm to improve search quality,” she said. Say it ain’t so, Google… don’t… Read more »


The IPCC’s alteration of Forster & Gregory’s model-independent climate sensitivity results

This looks like a fairly significant error in IPCC’s core reasoning

Richard C (NZ)

Trenberth: “Unbelievable” Breakdown in Defensive Zone Coverage

Steve McIntyre, posted on Jul 31, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Kevin Trenberth recently expressed his consternation at the breakdown in Team defensive zone coverage that enabled publication of Spencer and Braswell:

“I cannot believe it got published,” said Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Trenberth and Phil Jones were Cover 2 in the rock-solid IPCC AR4 defense. Readers will recall Jones’ promise of a goal-line stand against McKitrick and Michaels 2004:

Kevin and I will keep them out somehow – even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is !



Pretty interesting thread on CA on this one

Shades of Climategate 2, The Sequel


Not sure where to put this,but I note that Wikipedia has classified CO2 as pollution, including that from breathing

Major primary pollutants produced by human activity include:
Carbon dioxide (CO2) – a colourless, odorless, non-toxic greenhouse gas associated with ocean acidification, emitted from sources such as combustion, cement production, and respiration


Distinguished physicist Prof Will Happer explodes some CO2 myths here:
A bit more credible than Wikipedia activists.

Richard C (NZ)

Roger Pielke Snr takes John Cook at Skeptical Science to task:-

My Response To The Skeptical Science Post “One-Sided ‘Skepticism”


“The failure of Skeptical Science to present diverse viewpoints on these issues (and on the others in the posts on Skeptical Science) indicates that their weblog is not balanced in the presentation of the existing research findings in climate science. John Christy and Roy Spencer are very well-respected climate scientists by most everyone in this science community.

Skeptical Science would do more of a service to the science community if they accurately presented their (and my viewpoints), even when they disagree, rather than disparage those who disagree with them. As Skeptical Science is currently presenting their information on climate on their weblog, everyone just needs to recognize that the weblog is not presenting all peer reviewed perspectives.”


Richard C (NZ)

Armed Troops Burn Down Homes, Kill Children To Evict Ugandans In Name Of Global Warming

Neo-colonial land grabs carried out on behalf of World Bank-backed British company

Armed troops acting on behalf of a British carbon trading company backed by the World Bank burned houses to the ground and killed children to evict Ugandans from their homes in the name of seizing land to protect against “global warming,” a shocking illustration of how the climate change con is a barbarian form of neo-colonialism.
Armed Troops Burn Down Homes, Kill Children To Evict Ugandans In Name Of Global Warming.

The evictions were ordered by New Forests Company, an outfit that seizes land in Africa to grow trees then sells the “carbon credits” on to transnational corporations. The company is backed by the World Bank and HSBC. Its Board of Directors includes HSBC Managing Director Sajjad Sabur, as well as other former Goldman Sachs investment bankers.


Richard C (NZ)

An IPCC Exposé Book Review: The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert, an IPCC Exposé In this book, Canadian journalist Donna LaFramboise exposes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as a fraud. LaFramboise (see author profile here) spent two years investigating the IPCC. She says it acts like a spoiled teenager, hence the title of the book. The IPCC has long been touted as the preeminent authority on climate science. But LaFramboise shows that the participants were picked by governments, not for their scientific expertise, but for their political connections and for “diversity.” Many of the scientists are in fact, very young graduate students. Many of the bureaucrats in the IPCC are from radical environmental groups. Real experts are often ignored. She says the IPCC is a purely political organization, not a scientific one, and she backs up her charges with copious references. The IPCC has always claimed that its reports are based exclusively on published peer-reviewed research. But LaFramboise found, after a meticulous review of the cited references, that about 28% of sources were from magazine articles, press releases, and unpublished papers. In fact, the major conclusions… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

BREAKING: An IPCC backchannel ‘cloud’ was apparently established to hide IPCC deliberations from FOIA.

CEI has learned of a UN plan recently put in place to hide official correspondence on non-governmental accounts, which correspondence a federal inspector general has already confirmed are subject to FOIA. This ‘cloud’ serves as a dead-drop of sorts for discussions by U.S. government employees over the next report being produced by the scandal-plagued IPCC, which is funded with millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars.

By Christopher Horner, for WUWT

Richard C (NZ)

Climate change science being stifled by NSW Labor bureaucrats * by: Malcolm Holland * From: The Daily Telegraph * December 02, 2011 12:00AM SENIOR bureaucrats in the state government’s environment department have routinely stopped publishing scientific papers which challenge the federal government’s claims of sea level rises threatening Australia’s coastline, a former senior public servant said yesterday. Doug Lord helped prepare six scientific papers which examined 120 years of tidal data from a gauge at Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour. The tide data revealed sea levels were rising at a rate of about 1mm a year or less – and the rise was not accelerating but was constant. “The tidal data we found would mean sea levels would rise by about 100mm by the end of the century,” Mr Lord said yesterday. “However the (federal) government benchmark which drives their climate change policy is that sea levels are expected to rise by 900mm by the end of the century and the rate of rise is accelerating.” Mr Lord, who has 35 years experience in coastal engineering, said senior bureaucrats within the then Department of Environment Climate Change and Water had rejected or stopped… Read more »

Mike Jowsey

54 comments so far, only one lame AGW supporter – all the rest vehemently believe AGW is a con.

Richard C (NZ)

Blocked Sea-Level Research Probed Sunday, 04 December 2011 23:09 Imre Saluszinsky NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker has asked department officials to explain why they put the lid on internal research that questioned catastrophic predictions of sea-level rises as a result of climate change. A former senior researcher in the department, Doug Lord, said yesterday two papers he co-authored with colleagues and was due to present at conferences were suppressed because they suggested sea-levels on the east coast are rising at only one 10th of the rate estimated by the federal government, based on data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Mr Lord said long-term data gleaned from gauges in Sydney Harbour suggested sea levels were rising at the rate of about 1mm per year. This would lead to a rise of about 90mm by 2100, not the 900mm rise predicted by the IPCC. “We can’t identify an acceleration of the rate, which doesn’t mean that it’s not there,” Mr Lord told The Australian. “But if it’s going to reach those levels, it’s got to accelerate at some time in the future.” Mr Lord, who does not question the science of climate change,… Read more »

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A Journalist Fights Back and Wins Posted by Roger Pielke, Jr. at 12/01/2011 In Germany, there is news today (here) about a prominent climate scientist who earlier this year was convicted of defaming a journalist, Irene Meichsner. The case (described in detail in English here) has to do with Meichsner’s reporting of errors in the IPCC 2007 report in early 2010 in the Frankfurter Rundschau. The scientist, Stefan Rahmstorf (known in the US as a blogger at Real Climate and whom I’ve occasionally sparred with) is a German government advisor who strongly attacked Meichsner for her coverage of the IPCC. His attacks prompted the Frankfurter Rundschau to subsequently correct Meichsner’s reporting, apparently based solely on Rahmstorf’s say so, such was his authority. Meichsnner, believing that she had done no wrong, sued. The Cologne court then decided in her favor, concluding that Rahmstorf’s attacks were unsupported by evidence and even libelous. Interestingly, in the US, Rahmstorf’s efforts to take down the journalist were uncritically celebrated by no less than the New York Times, which helps to illustrate both a bandwagon effect in coverage of climate by journalists who see themselves on the “same side”… Read more »

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“The detective-inspector and his colleagues were polite, well mannered and did not over-react when I declined to give them my wordpress password. I politely explained that they had a warrant to search my house, not my head.” – Roger Tattersall aka ‘Tallbloke’


That’s the first time Tallbloke’s real name has come to my attention. I think he wanted to remain anonymous. Was it the Guardian that broke silence?

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No, Tallbloke has never been anonymous to my knowledge. I know I’ve posted comments here at CCG in the past referring to his full name that he has replied to as ‘Rog Tallbloke’:-

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Tallbloke’s plight covered by the BBC (non-environment reporter) – complete with photo of Roger:-

Concerns over Climategate inquiry

By Nikki Fox BBC News East

Tallbloke’s commentary at his blog:-

Winter Solstice: Past the darkest night to sunnier days ahead

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Reply to article: Piers Corbyn

The UK Met Office and BBC promoted statement is extremely delusional and dishonest and a cover-up of reality. Full article: Decline in solar output unlikely to offset global warming

Their ‘expectation’ that the world will warm by 2C this century ‘due to increased greenhouse gas emissions’ is proven drivel based on their own failed self-serving fraudulent models.

They deliberately choose to know almost nothing about solar influences on earth’s weather and climate and create ‘information’ designed to deceive.

It is the largely predictable vast changes in solar charged particle flux and sun-earth magnetic connectivity which control weather and climate.


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“Fake, fake, fake, fake.” – Seinfeld-ism Pulling back the curtain on someone’s wizardry right when they’re producing the smoke and lights is like pulling back the curtain when they’re in the shower. Lies, like nakedness, show it all to the world: “Well, here I am….” From “The Mango” Episode 1, Season 5 Seinfeld Volume 4, Disc 1 Timecode for the scene: 2:55 Bill at Hot Topic:- bill February 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm On the Development of our “Global Warming Curriculum for K-12 Classrooms” project: [From: ‘Confidential Memo: 2012 Heartland Climate Strategy’] Principals and teachers are heavily biased toward the alarmist perspective. To counter this we are considering launching an effort to develop alternative materials for K-12 classrooms. We are pursuing a proposal from Dr. David Wojick to produce a global warming curriculum for K-12 schools. Dr. Wojick is a consultant with the Office of Scientific and Technical Information at the U.S. Department of Energy in the area of information and communication science. His effort will focus on providing curriculum that shows that the topic of climate change is controversial and uncertain – two key points that are effective at dissuading teachers… Read more »

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Mike Jowsey

FakeGate – worthy of some conversation, methinks.

The Bish:

So, let me kick off the conversation by saying that the venom and vitriol coming from the warmistas is to be expected. They typically revel in ad-homs and seldom consider inconvenient facts. I think Bolt nails (bolts?) it by saying “If the sceptics’ conspiracy was real, why fake the evidence?”. This is the inconvenient fact of the whole matter.

When the warmistas claim that we are duplicitous because the Climategate ‘hacking’ was applauded by us, yet this ‘hacking’ is condemned by us, the main difference is that the authenticity of the CRU emails was confirmed as much as possible before being posted on sites like WattsUp. In stark contrast, DeSmog posted the stolen and forged Heartland docs within one hour of receipt, without any attempt to verify their authenticity. And it turns out the main Policy document was a forgery.

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Actress Lucy Lawless refuses to leave Shell oil-drilling ship bound for Arctic:

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“To see the melting of the sea ice not as a warning to humanity but as an invitation to drill for more of the stuff that caused the problem in the first place is the definition of madness. What Shell is doing is climate change-profiteering.”

– Lucy Lawless, lawbreaker.

“problem” ?


WWF in embezzlement scandal

Approximately $1.3 million in cash seems to have gone missing from a project called “Strengthening Capacity of Environmental Civil Society Organisations”. Overall, it was worth about $4.5 million, part-funded by Norway. Further funding has been suspended for this and for the $2.5-million REDD+ readiness project, aimed at “enhancing Tanzania’s capacity to deliver data on forest carbon stocks”, has also been put on hold.

As the news of the scandal emerged, WWF’s Tanzania country director, Stephen Mariki, resigned and, so far, the eight people linked to the fraud have had their employment terminated.

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“Civil Society Organisations” ?

G.W.F. Hegel completely changed the meaning of civil society, giving rise to a modern liberal understanding of it as a form of market society as opposed to institutions of modern nation state

I suspect though that WWF approved organisations would be those that advance “common” interests.[1] (first sentence at link).

And that the “common” interests are WWF interests.

And WWF interests are ?

Looks like there was another common interest involved at the WWF office too.

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Naomi Klein: ‘If You Take Climate Change Seriously, You Have to Throw Out the Free-Market Playbook’ | Common Dreams 07:18:13 PM March 01, 2012


H/t HT as it happens

Mike Jowsey

From the “Another consensus debunked” file comes this:
New study says overweight people live longer

“We published an article in 2005 that showed, among other things, that [being] overweight was associated with lower mortality – and we got an awful lot of negative feedback from that,” Katherine Flegal, a senior research scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the study’s lead author, told Time.

The previous article was dismissed as “rubbish” by many academics, but Flegal maintained her position, choosing to conduct further research and bring attention to the findings.

“It is not an unusual finding. But authors tend to shy away from it. They tend to underplay it or try to explain it away,” she told The Independent.

Just goes to show, if everyone believes it, it ain’t necessarily true. Happy New Year everyone!

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The controversy by Anastassia Makarieva, Victor Gorshkov, Douglas Sheil, Antonio Nobre, Larry Li Thanks to help from blog readers, those who visited the ACPD site and many others who we have communicated with, our paper has received considerable feedback. Some were supportive and many were critical. Some have accepted that the physical mechanism is valid, though some (such as JC) question its magnitude and some are certain it is incorrect (but cannot find the error). Setting aside these specific issues, most of the more general critical comments can be classified as variations on, and combinations of, three basic statements: 1. Current weather and climate models (a) are already based on physical laws and (b) satisfactorily reproduce observed patterns and behaviour. By inference, it is unlikely that they miss any major processes. 2. You should produce a working model more effective than current models. 3. Current models are comprehensive: your effect is already there. Let’s consider these claims one by one. Models and physical laws […] Thus, while there are physical laws in existing models, their outputs (including apparent circulation power) reflect an empirical process of calibration and fitting. In this sense models are… Read more »

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Controversial research outlines physics behind how forests may bring rain It took over two-and-a-half-years for the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics to finally accept a paper outlining a new meteorological hypothesis in which condensation, not temperature, drives winds. If proven correct, the hypothesis could have massive ramifications on global policy—not to mention meteorology—as essentially the hypothesis means that the world’s forest play a major role in driving precipitation from the coast into a continent’s interior. The theory, known as the biotic pump, was first developed in 2006 by two Russian scientists, Victor Gorshkov and Anastassia Makarieva of the St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics, but the two have faced major pushback and delays in their attempt to put the theory before the greater scientific community. “It is, at first glance, incredible that such a process could be so influential, be based on basic physics, and yet have gone unnoticed for so long by so many,” says co-author Douglas Sheil who worked with Gorshkov and Makarieva on the new paper. “I shared this view initially, but over time it has withstood a large number of queries and challenges.” Read more at Gorshkov and Makarieva argue… Read more »

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New global warming scandal hits climate science

By Ian Wishart

The scientists behind a widely reported new climate change study suggesting we are currently in the warmest climate of the past four thousand years have had their work shredded in peer review, and been accused of skating close to scientific “misconduct”.

The paper, led by Oregon State University’s Shaun Marcott, claimed to have validated the discredited “hockey stick” graph and proven that modern temperatures were the highest in four millennia.

Their research was published in the prestigious journal Science and sparked worldwide media headlines. The New York Times trumpeted “Global temperatures highest in 4000 years”, while Associated Press went even further: “Heat spike unlike anything in 11,000 years”.

Now, the story is rapidly unraveling……….

Found at the top of Google News ‘Climate Science’ – bet it gets shunted quick.

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“Of course, Anthony Watts can do all he likes to shut down debate on his blog. However, there is simply no consistent, rational, mathematically valid, or scientific explanation of the GHE. So we say it’s back to you Roy and Anthony.”

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Andrew McKillop: Solar Cycle Warnings

For reasons including “pure politically correct”, NASA has fought a losing battle – against reality – on the subject of Global Warming, which it feels obliged to believe in as a “scientifically correct” theory. Linked to this, quite directly, NASA has also battled against reality on the subject of sunspot frequency, size, location on the Sun’s surface and other variables linked to sunspot cycles in this present Cycle 24 of approximately 11-year-long cycles. These have been accurately recorded since Cycle 1 set by convention between astronomers as starting in Feb 1755.

NASA wanted to believe Cycle 24 would be about the same, perhaps bigger in sunspot numbers and intensity, than Cycle 23. This has not happened. Cycle 24 started weak and got much weaker: February 1906 and Fenruary 2013 had one thing in common, they both had extreme low numbers of observable sunspots on “our” local Star.


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Embracing Greenpeace. Ignoring Climate Science

by Matthew Lau

[…] The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) recommends that teachers force students to participate in Greenpeace campaigns, excusing Greenpeace’s criminal activities as “creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems”. Grade 10 students are encouraged to take part in boycotts organized by Greenpeace as part of their civics class. One school forces its students to volunteer for “justice based community and international organizations”, including Greenpeace. Many schools direct students to the Greenpeace website via online newsletters, while other schools invite Greenpeace representatives into their classrooms to save students the trouble of having to go online to find environmental propaganda. Or better yet, some schools will hire Greenpeace employees as teachers or have a Greenpeace Association at their school in order to allow students full-time access to Greenpeace’s propaganda.



Interesting that this Canadian article links back to an NZ NBR article on GM “Golden Rice” which Greenpeace have been campaigning against

This is classic Greenpeace anti-science scaremongering.

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‘Two Alarmist Professors Suspects in Climate Fraud’ by John O’Sullivan Professor Will Steffen, Executive Director of ANU Climate Change Institute College of Asia and the Pacific and The Australian National University and Professor Lesley Hughes Head of the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University are named and shamed for alleged fraudulent public presentations last month. In a damning open letter (July 9, 2013) by Australian scientists, Dr Judy Ryan and Dr Marjorie Curtis, professors Steffen and Hughes are being called out for their biased and unscientific presentations given at the Canberra Community Forum on June 17th 2013. The professors are accused of not only making “misleading” and “false” statements but it is being suggested their bogus climate claims may rise to the level of actual fraud. Drs Ryan and Curtis have now made their letter open to the wider scientific community and the public so they may judge for themselves how egregious are the cherry picked claims of professors Steffen and Hughes. Below we publish the full Ryan/Curtis letter so our readers can get the full picture of this sorry tale: [Ryan/Curtis letter] “In closing, Dr Curtis and I believe that as… Read more »

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‘IPCC: Fixing the Facts’

by Steve McIntyre

Figure 1.4 of the Second Order Draft clearly showed the discrepancy between models and observations, though IPCC’s covering text reported otherwise. I discussed this in a post leading up to the IPCC Report, citing Ross McKitrick’s article in National Post and Reiner Grundmann’s post at Klimazweiberl. Needless to say, this diagram did not survive. Instead, IPCC replaced the damning (but accurate) diagram with a new diagram in which the inconsistency has been disappeared.


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[Sydney Morning Herald] “Professor Will Steffen, a researcher at the ANU and member of the Climate Council, said scientists understand how a hotter, moister climate is already affecting storms such as Haiyan”

Read more:

[Actual study] “Remarkably, the two periods of most frequent typhoon strikes in Guangdong (AD 1660–1680, 1850–1880) coincide with two of the coldest and driest periods in northern and central China during the Little Ice Age.”

# # #

Tony Abbott made a good call to disband the Climate Commission so he no longer has to listen to climate charlatan Will Steffen.

Mike Jowsey

It seems fundamental to me that a globe where the poles are supposedly warming faster than the tropics will enjoy less extreme weather because of the reduced differentials in barometric pressure globally. That a professor at ANU could make such a flawed statement is incomprehensible. Except when you take it as a politically inspired statement rather than a science-based one.

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Fact checking seems to be a lost art – even by a judge in this case: ‘A judge shouldn’t be so careless with the facts of climate change’ Written by Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun blogs, November 12 2013. It is disturbing that a judge should have so little regard for evidence – and that the Sydney Morning Herald does not bother to fact-check his claims: “Tony Abbott’s stance on climate change has been criticised by an eminent judge speaking from a Pacific island that is being devastated by the effects of rising tides. District court judge Michael Finnane spoke during a self-financed fact-finding visit to Kiribati, where seawater has broken into fresh water reserves, flooded houses and in the future is likely to force an exodus of islanders… Judge Finnane said: “If [Mr Abbott] came here and saw the things over here that I have seen, I think he would have a different view. If he looked at them and didn’t walk around with shut eyes he would see there is something very significant happening here… “My gut feeling is that there’s a huge problem with fresh water here. They are taking measures… Read more »

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Should be – “even by a judge [and a newspaper] in this case”

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Steve Goddard’s graph of typhoons with more than 10,000 fatalities:

“94% of deadliest cyclones occurred with CO2 below 350. Worst was 1970 global cooling”

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‘Russel Norman slammed for linking typhoon with climate change’ Source: ONE News Green Party co-leader Russel Norman has been criticised for linking the destructive Philippines typhoon with climate change. Political leaders began today’s Parliamentary session by offering messages of support to Filipinos affected by the destructive Typhoon Haiyan. However, Dr Norman used his time to quote the head of the Philippines delegation to UN Climate talks, who had spoken hours earlier. […] He [Norman] said that 11 hours earlier the Philippines Government gave a speech about climate change and their desire for all governments to take action on it. >>>>>> New Zealand Parliament – Draft transcript – Tuesday, 12 November Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader—Green): I rise on behalf of the Green Party to speak to this terrible event that has befallen the people of the Philippines. I think that the best way that I can acknowledge those who have died and the suffering of those who are currently trying to find their way through the rubble in the Philippines is read out a statement by the Filipino people themselves. This is a statement by Yeb Sano, head of the Philippines delegation to… Read more »

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‘Supertyphoon Haiyan Brings Lots Of Sound And Fury, Little Scientific Information’ By Paul Knappenberger & Patrick Michaels […] On the conference’s opening day [COP 19, Warsaw], an envoy form the Philippines, Yeb Sano, gave an emotional address to the delegates in which he vowed to stop eating until something was accomplished. “I will now commence a voluntary fasting for the climate. This means I will voluntarily refrain from eating food during this (conference) until a meaningful outcome is in sight.” Adding, “We can fix this. We can stop this madness. Right now, right here.” Sano got a tear-filled standing ovation. While the outpouring of sympathy was certainly deserved, an outpouring of action on climate change is certainly not […] Scientists say single weather events cannot conclusively be linked to global warming. Also, the link between man-made warming and hurricane activity is unclear, though rising sea levels are expected to make low-lying nations more vulnerable to storm surges. In other words, limitations, even strict ones, on anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases—the very thing that Sano seeks—will have no detectable (at least based on our current scientific understanding) impact on the… Read more »

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‘Some historical perspectives on Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda’

by Anthony Watts

“……here are some useful bits of information that help put this storm into the perspective of “worst ever” claims, and opportunistic claims about it being a product of global warming…..”

“……when you look at the science for tropical cyclones in the region, such claims don’t even begin to hold up”

“It seems abundantly clear then that any claim trying to tie Typhoon Haiyan to a pattern of increased frequency of storms supposedly driven by “global warming” is patently false.”

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‘After Suzanne Goldenberg [Guardian] makes a large, fraudulent claim about climate change spending, it gets very quietly “fixed” with the addition of weasel words “may” and “up to”‘ [Links to before and after Guardian article] Andy Revkin [my emphasis] Robert Brulle pushes back on Guardian $1 billion/yr spin on his study of “climate change counter movement” funding: “You may have seen the Guardian article on my paper: I have written to the newspaper complaining about this headline. I believe it is misleading. I have been very clear all along that my research addresses the total funding that these organizations have, not what they spent on climate activities. There is a quote in my paper that speaks directly to this: “Since the majority of the organizations are multiple focus organizations, not all of this income was devoted to climate change activities.” It is fair to say these organizations had a billion dollars at their disposal. But they do a lot of other things besides climate change activities, and so saying that they spent $1 Billion on climate change issues is just not true. I did not attempt to analyze the internal spending of… Read more »

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‘Settled Science Catches Up with Steyn’

Written by Mark Steyn, SteynOnline on 29 August 2014.

“No disrespect to Professor Ka-Kit Tung, but I felt vaguely that I’d read about this climate cycle – natural variability, 30-year cooling periods, 30-year warming periods – somewhere before …oh, years ago, it was. But for the life of me I couldn’t recall which eminent climate scientist had advanced the proposition. And then I remembered. It was IPCC lead author, Nobel Laureate and Fellow of the Royal Society Professor Mark Steyn just over five years ago:……..”

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The 97% ‘consensus’ and its critics
Andrew Montford

PR Week – Special report: climate change and communications

“According to NASA, 97 per cent of scientists agree the climate is very likely to be warming due to human activity”

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Not quite climate but…… ‘Fed Up With Govt Misconduct, Federal Judge Takes Nuclear Option’ Federal Prosecutor Alleges Boss Pressured Him To Engage in ‘Unethical Conduct’; Judge Calls Abuses ‘Egregious,’ ‘Pervasive,” and “Reprehensible” By Sidney Powell | 10/15/14 9:45pm In perhaps the most stunning documentation yet of abuses by Eric Holder’s Justice Department, two former Assistant United States Attorneys spoke to defense attorneys and revealed appalling deceit and corruption of justice. This latest litigation time bomb has exploded from multi-million dollar litigation originally brought by the Department of Justice against Sierra Pacific based on allegations that the lumber company and related defendants were responsible for a wildfire that destroyed 65,000 acres in California. In what was dubbed the “Moonlight Fire” case, the tables are now turned. The defendants have discovered new evidence and filed a stunning motion. The new evidence and disclosures are being taken seriously by the Chief Judge of the Eastern District of California—as they should be. In a shocking action, Judge Morrison C. England Jr. ordered the recusal of every federal judge in the Eastern District of California. […] The Sacramento Bee reported on the Defendant’s filing. Indeed, the Defendants’ motion… Read more »

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Andrew Weaver: Libel Chill or Libel “Polar Vortex” by Steve McIntyre Andrew Weaver has been taking a victory lap following the recent decision in his favor by rookie judge Emily Burke. In previous commentary about Mann v Steyn, I’ve made some snide remarks about the competence of D.C. trial court judge Combs-Greene, either implying or stating that Canadian courts have higher standards. I take it all back. As a Canadian, it’s embarrassing to discuss Judge Burke’s disorganized and muddled decision with readers from other countries. Unsurprisingly, beneath the muddled prose, there are (what appear to me) some bright-line legal errors over and above quixotic and often grossly incorrect findings of fact. In fairness to Judge Burke, she was astonishingly inexperienced to have been assigned a relatively complicated libel case. She had been appointed as a judge on May 13, 2004 [Sic ?] (h/t Hilary Ostrov) and the Weaver v National Post trial began in the first week of June 2014, only a few weeks after Burke’s appointment. Her resume shows that her professional experience over the previous 20 years had been as a labour arbitrator, with no apparent evidence of previous experience in… Read more »

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‘Greenpeace enlists Justin Gillis & John Schwartz of the NY Times in Journalistic Terrorist Attack on Willie Soon – Miss Target, Hit Smithsonian Instead’ by Kip Hansen, February 23, 2015 I cannot bring myself to quote from this unconscionable piece of journalistic malfeasance: Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher [hotlink] By JUSTIN GILLIS and JOHN SCHWARTZ FEB. 21, 2015 Instead, I simply let my title and the following excerpts from the so-called “supporting” documents offered by Greenpeace speak for themselves. Their [non-]journalist lackeys: Justin Gillis and John Schwartz of the NY Times, apparently didn’t actually read them – or they might have noticed that the contracts are between the Smithsonian (not Soon) and Southern and if they had stretched themselves, might have uncovered the definition of “deliverables”….I can’t believe Gillis and Schwartz allowed themselves to be duped again. Comments are illuminating e.g. Phil February 24, 2015 at 12:48 am It seems that it may be The Smithsonian that has acted unethically. [long and comprehensive reasoning] ATheoK February 24, 2015 at 10:33 am What they claim is damning evidence is nothing of the kind, instead it is standard contract… Read more »

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‘Are Climate Modelers Scientists?’ by Pat Frank February 24, 2015 For going on two years now, I’ve been trying to publish a manuscript that critically assesses the reliability of climate model projections. The manuscript has been submitted twice and rejected twice from two leading climate journals, for a total of four rejections. All on the advice of nine of ten reviewers. More on that below. The analysis propagates climate model error through global air temperature projections, using a formalized version of the “passive warming model” (PWM) GCM emulator reported in my 2008 Skeptic article. Propagation of error through a GCM temperature projection reveals its predictive reliability. […] I will give examples of all of the following concerning climate modelers: They neither respect nor understand the distinction between accuracy and precision. They understand nothing of the meaning or method of propagated error. They think physical error bars mean the model itself is oscillating between the uncertainty extremes. (I kid you not.) They don’t understand the meaning of physical error. They don’t understand the importance of a unique result. Bottom line? Climate modelers are not scientists. Climate modeling is not a branch of physical science.… Read more »

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I am Under “Investigation” February 25, 2015 ~ rogerpielkejr […background story…] What am I accused of that prompts being investigated? Here is my crime: “Prof. Roger Pielke, Jr., at CU’s Center for Science and Technology Policy Research has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress on climate change and its economic impacts. His 2013 Senate testimony featured the claim, often repeated, that it is “incorrect to associate the increasing costs of disasters with the emission of greenhouse gases.” ” The letter goes on to note that John Holdren, President Obama’s science advisor, “has highlighted what he believes were serious misstatements by Prof. Pielke.” (For background on this see here and here.) My 2013 testimony to the Senate is here and House is here in pdf (Q&A following hearing here and here). The testimony was the basis for my recent book on Disasters & Climate Change. Congressman Grijalva doesn’t have any evidence of any wrongdoing on my part, either ethical or legal, because there is none. He simply disagrees with the substance of my testimony – which is based on peer-reviewed research funded by the US taxpayer, and which also happens to be the… Read more »

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From Laframboise article:

Pachauri, the recently resigned chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has PR flaks and a legal team. What is his version of events? Here’s a quote from a Reuters news story:

“His [Pachauri’s] lawyers have said his computer and mobile phone were hacked and that vested interests were maligning him because of his outspoken stand on global warming.”


‘Indian climate chief told to stay away from thinktank after harassment claim’

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‘Media beats up Willie Soon, but turns a blind eye to EPA-funded researchers shilling for EPA’s biggest rule’

Posted on May 5, 2015 by

‘EPA authors, media, miss $31 million dollar potential conflict of interest’

Lord Monckton has filed a research misconduct complaint with Harvard University.

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‘A new low in science: Criminalizing climate change skeptics’ By Judith Curry, Published September 28, 2015, “The demand by Senator Whitehouse and the 20 climate scientists for legal persecution of people whose research on science and policy they disagree with represents a new low in the politicization of science. ‘Perp-walking the climate skeptics’ By Dave Neese, The Trentonian, Posted: 09/27/15, “Maybe this reflects the low status to which smug, lockstep liberalism has sunk in the muck of its own ideological catechism.” ‘Vermont climate scientist wants RICO prosecutions of climate change opponents’ By Bruce Parker / September 24, 2015 / Alan Betts, a leading climate scientist from Pittsford, is among the letter’s signatories. Betts told Vermont Watchdog he believes opposition to man-made climate change involves organizational deceit worth investigating. “Bring them to court and make them face up,” Betts said. “ Walter Olson, senior fellow at the CATO Center for Constitutional Studies, and an expert on RICO, said Betts and the other researchers are undermining their own profession. “They are playing with dynamite as far as freedom of science goes,” Olson told Vermont Watchdog. “If science is to be free, if… Read more »

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Listen: Warmist Thom Hartmann asks Skeptic: ‘Why should you not be in jail?’ ‘You are killing people.’ Blames skepticism for ‘dead children’ ‘I am calling you a criminal’

Nationally syndicated radio host Hartmann debated with CFACT Climate Skeptic Paul Driessen on September 21, 2015. The heading on Hartmann’s website is ‘Climate Change Deniers Should Be In Prison’

Hartmann to Driessen: ‘You are paid to lie to people.’

‘I am talking about racketeering, organized crime. I am calling you a criminal.’

Driessen talks of why he is skeptical and Hartmann responds: ‘That’s what you should be in jail for’ – ‘You are killing people.’ – ‘You have five million climate refugees.’

‘Dead children — you’re responsibility.’ – ‘It’s all the consequence of climate change.’

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‘Climate alarmists want us prosecuted under RICO’

Written by Paul Driessen, 29 September 2015.

“This RICO travesty shows how desperate alarmists have become. They are losing the climate science fight. Their models are increasingly contradicted by reality. Their ad hominem attacks will ultimately fail.”

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‘The ‘RICO 20 letter’ to Obama asking for prosecution of climate skeptics disappears from Shukla’s IGES website amid financial concerns’

Anthony Watts / September 29, 2015

“Uh, oh…It’s about to become more about the people behind the letter, than the letter itself.”

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‘MYSTERY: Scientists Remove Letter Asking Obama To Prosecute Global Warming Skeptics’

Michael Bastasch, 09/29/2015

‘Backfire on the #RICO20 and Jagadish Shukla is imminent; wagon circling, climbdown, dissolution begins’

Anthony Watts / September 30, 2015

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#RICO20 $4 million NSF grant while Shukla’s organization is being “dissolved” ?

Anthony Watts / September 30, 2015

…and so far, that four million dollar plus NSF grant has produced only one paper. From the NSF grant page:

Badger, A. M., and P. A. Dirmeyer. “Climate response to Amazon forest replacement by heterogeneous crop cover.,” Hydrol. Earth Sys. Sci., v.12, 2015, p. 879.

‘Shukla’s Gold’

by Steve McIntyre, Sep 28, 2015

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‘Uh, oh. Jagdish Shukla and the #RICO20 has captured the attention of Congress, and FOIA documents are coming out’

Anthony Watts / October 1, 2015

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‘Jagdish Shukla’s #RICO20 blunder may have opened the ‘largest science scandal in US history’’

Anthony Watts / October 2, 2015

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Whistleblowers Claim NOAA Rushed Contentious ‘Pause’ Buster Study Despite Reservations

Links to Washington Post article below.

Congressman now threatens to subpoena commerce secretary over global warming report

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BREAKING: Greenpeace co-founder reports Greenpeace to the FBI under RICO and wire-fraud statutes

By Dr. Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace. December 8, 2015

‘Quote of the Week: Dr. Will Happer’s blowback to Greenpeace during ambush at Senate hearing today’

“You son of a bitch, I haven’t taken a dime.”

And the article Greenpeace wanted from their “undercover investigation”:

‘Greenpeace exposes sceptics hired to cast doubt on climate science’

Suzanne Goldenburg

Richard C (NZ)

‘Lewandowsky’s Psychological Science publishing hoax reaches the media’ Anthony Watts / 3 hours ago January 12, 2016 From Paul Matthew’s Climate Scepticism blog: Yesterday this story appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald [hotlink – see below]. As far as I am aware this is the first time it has appeared in the mainstream media. Kudos to their reporter Paul Sheehan, and also to the Quillette magazine forwriting about it in December, and Lee Jussim for giving a talk about it at an academic meeting on social psychology. ‘Distorted universities need a reality check’ January 10, 2016 by Paul Sheehan Sydney Morning Herald columnist Cultural sensitivity is turning into a victory for ideology over objectivity […] My favourite example, which encapsulates all of the above, was provided by Dr Lee Jussim, a professor of social psychology at Rutgers University in the US. He dissected a paper published by a respected journal, Psychological Science, in 2013, and found that it was rubbish, and probably published because the journal’s editors shared the ideological bias of the article’s conclusion. The paper was entitled “NASA faked the moon landing – therefore (climate) science is a hoax”. The… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

‘Emails reveal NY AG Schneiderman. other AG’s colluding with Al Gore and greens to investigate climate skeptics’

By colluding they have may have committed a federal crime:

‘Dear attorneys general, conspiring against free speech is a crime’

Glenn Harlan Reynolds, April 11, 2016

Liberal law enforcers shouldn’t break the law to shut up climate change dissenters.

Federal law makes it a felony “for two or more persons to agree together to injure, threaten, or intimidate a person in any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the Unites States, (or because of his/her having exercised the same).”

I wonder if U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker, or California Attorney General Kamala Harris, or New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have read this federal statute. Because what they’re doing looks like a concerted scheme to restrict the First Amendment free speech rights of people they don’t agree with. They should look up 18 U.S.C. Sec. 241, I am sure they each have it somewhere in their offices.


This could all backfire badly on Schneiderman, Walker, Harris, and Gore.

Richard C (NZ)

New York AG Tried To Cover Up Activist Involvement In Exxon Probe

Left-wing activists spent years planning climate investigations
New York AG launches climate investigation, takes fire

“Smoke & Fumes,” Part Deux: Exxon Knew “The entire theory of climatic changes by CO2 variations is questionable.”

“So, way back in 1963, the entire oil industry knew exactly what we know today: The entire theory of climatic changes by CO2 variations is questionable.”

Richard C (NZ)

‘A Climategate-like bombshell: State Attorney Generals colluded with Green groups to punish political opponents’

by Chris Horner, April 18, 2016


In the end, it seems the only parties that may be breaking the law are those colluding AGs in their scheme to silence political opposition, while seeking funds for their preferred policy agenda. It is they who need to come clean.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE EMAILS [hotlink – see below]

Chris Horner is an attorney in Washington, D.C. who obtained the email records for the Energy & Environment Legal Institute. He is also a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

AG collusion emails:

Richard C (NZ)

‘Al Gore and State Attorney Generals start another climate witch hunt (Update: schism develops)’ […] UPDATE: all is not well in Goreville Democratic Attorneys General Refuse to Join Rockefeller-Backed Climate Investigation 3:03pm EDT March 29, 2016 by Steve Everley , Dallas, Tex. A press conference today featuring Al Gore and more than a dozen state attorneys general was expected to reveal new state-level investigations of U.S. energy companies regarding climate change. But the vast majority of AGs standing on stage refused to join such an effort, signaling a lack of interest in wasting their own states’ resources. Last year, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that he had launched an investigation into fossil fuel companies regarding what the New York Times called “possible climate change lies.” The investigation was based entirely on a series of controversial articles written by researchers at the Columbia School of Journalism and InsideClimate News, which selectively pulled statements from company documents to suggest Exxon Mobil’s public policy advocacy was inconsistent with its own research. Unsurprisingly, environmental activists embraced the articles, and even began an online campaign – complete with the hash tag #ExxonKnew on Twitter –… Read more »

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The Exxon Climate Papers by Andy May (or West?) […] I’ve reviewed the 22 internal documents from 1977 to 1989 made available by ExxonMobil here. I’ve also reviewed what I could find on 104 publications (most are peer-reviewed) with ExxonMobil personnel as authors or co-authors. For some of the peer-reviewed articles I only had an abstract and for some I could find the reference but no abstract or text without paying a fee. Below this short essay is an annotated bibliography of all 22 internal documents and 89 of the published papers. The documents are interesting reading, they fill in the history of modern climate science very well. Much of the current debate on climate change was being debated in the same way, and often with the same uncertainties, in 1977. Between 1977 and the fifth IPCC report in 2013 ExxonMobil Corporate Research in New Jersey investigated the effect of increasing CO2 on climate. If they withheld or suppressed climate research from the public or shareholders, it is not apparent in these documents. Further, if they found any definitive evidence of an impending man-made climate catastrophe, I didn’t see it. The climate researchers… Read more »

Richard C (NZ)

CEI Strikes Back At Unlawful Subpoena
Objection filed in response to blatant attack on First Amendment rights

Letter to Attorney General Walker from CEI’s Lawyers:

Objections of Competitive Enterprise Institute to Subpoena Issued by United States Virgin Islands Office of Attorney General

Richard C (NZ)

State Officials Investigated Over Their Inquiry Into Exxon Mobil’s Climate Change Research By JOHN SCHWARTZMAY 19, 2016 Since last November, a growing number of state attorneys general have been pointing their fingers at Exxon Mobil, investigating whether the energy company’s research about climate change conflicted directly with its public statements on the issue. But now the accusers are being accused, with a battle being waged over principles of free speech, government overreach and collaboration with activist organizations. Representative Lamar Smith, Republican of Texas, sent a letter on Wednesday to the New York attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, demanding all communications since 2012 between his office and climate change activist organizations. The attorneys general, Mr. Smith said, are doing the bidding of environmental activists who set out to make pariahs of Exxon Mobil and its industry in pursuit of policies to limit climate change. Those activists and the attorneys general, Mr. Smith said in the letter, have secretly collaborated in the years since a two-day workshop in 2012 “to act under the color of law to persuade attorneys general to use their prosecutorial powers to stifle scientific discourse, intimidate private entities and individuals, and… Read more »

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CEI sponsored a full-page advertisement in The New York Times highlighting abusive efforts by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker, and a coalition of other “AGs United for Clean Power” to silence the speech of more than 100 businesses, nonprofits, and private individuals who question the AGs’ positions on climate change. Published as an open letter, the ad features signatures from 43 organizations, legal experts, and individuals who value Americans’ First Amendment rights and believe they should be protected.

See ad, text, links etc >>>>>>

Richard C (NZ)

Massive Cover-up Exposed: 285 Papers From 1960s-’80s Reveal Robust Global Cooling Scientific ‘Consensus’

By Kenneth Richard on 13. September 2016

Massive Cover-Up Exposed: Lying Alarmists Rebranded 70s Global Cooling Scare as a Myth

by James Delingpole 14 Sep 2016