As a non-climate scientist…

I’ve remained more or less agnostic on the question of anthopogenic climate change since, hey, what do I know? The reports and argumentation in the public square have always tended to confuse me, such as this California’s drought linked to greenhouse gases, climate change (Sept. 29, 2014) “California’s extraordinary drought is linked to the abundance [Read More...]

Prophecies from 1986

Back before it was called “global climate disruption”, “global climate change”, or even “global warming” it was called the greenhouse effect and we were all assured 2000 was going to inaugurate the environmental Judgment Day: The conclusion, conveyed with great authority by several big-league climatologists from government and private research organizations, is terrible: by the [Read More...]

Behold the Mighty Omnipotent Power of Climate Change!

Find any trendy fad or slogan such as the current panic about the “War on Women” and voila!  Global Warming, er, Global Climate Disruption, er, Climate Change is responsible.  So naturally, House Democrats have discovered that Climate Change turns women into prostitutes. It also hides your car keys, scratches your CDs, dates your girlfriend behind [Read More...]

The great thing about Science is its enormous flexibility

Why, in the right hands you can use it to prove anything you like! “Scientists have found other indications of global cooling. For one thing there has been a noticeable expansion of the great belt of dry, high-altitude polar winds–the so-called circumpolar vortex–that sweep from west to east around the top and bottom of the [Read More...]

Wow! Colder than Mars in Minnesota

Bundle up, people. Global warming will be here soon! Remember! It’s only climate when it’s climate. When it’s not climate, it’s just weather, and that doesn’t count. [Read more...]

Two Ways to Read Stories

Years ago, there was a story in the press about a particularly gruesome suicide in which a guy drilled his head eight times with a power drill till he died. Most of the coverage focused on the gruesome. One article headline read “Man drills seven holes in head and lives!” I think of that as [Read More...]

What’s the Difference between Climate and Weather?

When it’s hot, it’s climate.  When it’s cold, it’s weather. And when the weather gets warmer, that proves the climate is changing.  And it’s your fault. [Read more...]

Nature Fails to Obey the Sacred Models of Consensus Science

Twenty-year hiatus in rising temperatures has climate scientists puzzled The fact that global surface temperatures have not followed the expected global warming pattern is now widely accepted. Picture: DEBATE about the reality of a two-decade pause in global warming and what it means has made its way from the sceptical fringe to the mainstream. In [Read More...]

Weather is not Climate…

…except when it is. The great thing about climate change belief, like many religious systems, is that everything proves it and nothing disproves it. When you have record cold somewhere, the climate change believer says a) that “weather is not climate” (in other words, this is just a statistical blip and doesn’t detract from the [Read More...]

What Fascinates Me About the Climate Change Conversation

…is how the whole thing is conducted, not in the language of science, but in the language of religion. My primary interest in the climate change debate is, if you will, “work-related” as a Catholic writer. What strikes about the whole thing is twofold. First, as somebody whose job is working with words, my alarm [Read More...]

Greenland Glaciers Retreating…

Faster in the 30s. This reminds me of the time I was on a boat up near the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska a few years ago. Somebody was pointing out how far the glacier had receded. (It was easy to see because the rock was worn smooth where the glacier had been.) Much clucking about [Read More...]

Liars for Gaia

We have 25 or so years invested in the work. Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it. – Phil Jones, Hadley Climate Research Unit That’s Phil Jones, of Climategate fame demonstrating that openness to skeptical inquiry that so differentiates science and [Read More...]


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