Flawed Oregon Petition Rises Again

Climate “Science” by the Pound

A climate change petition started in 1988 by the tobacco industry's favourite scientist (Federick Seitz), has just been re-released with a reported 31,072 signatures of “scientists” - some of whom are reported to actually work in the field.

The Oregon Petition was originally started by Dr. Seitz (formerly the principal adviser to the RJ Reynolds medical research program) and by Arthur B. Robinson, a lapsed biochemist who now operates the one-man Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine.

Climate's Sub-Prime Mortgages

Carbon offsets — and emissions-trading schemes, their industrial-scale siblings — are the environmental version of subprime mortgages.

They both started from some admirable premises. Developing countries like China and India need to be recruited into the fight against greenhouse gases. And markets are a better mechanism for change than command and control. But when those big ideas collide with the real world, the result is hand-waving at best, outright scams at worst. Moreover, they give the illusion that something constructive is being done.

Reckless Adaptation; Goofy Journalism

Wired Magazine's Spencer Reiss advises “Climate Change is Inevitable. Get Used To It.”

It is, however, easier to be right about the first part than sanguine about the second. Rather than putting our energies into limiting or reversing the central problem of greenhouse gas emission, Reiss would have us concentrate on “adaptation,” designing and siting houses well away from rising tides and putting our farming faith in Monsanto.

He concludes: “We're in charge here” - invoking a level of hubris that may be more frightening than climate change itself.


Snarling Cyclones; Goofy Journalism

The Washington Indpendent reports that a new study suggests climate change may generate fewer, but wetter and more devastating hurricanes. The Independent also notes that this contradicts earlier studies suggesting that global warming may generate more hurricanes that would, again, be wetter and more intense.

The author, Suemedha Sood, then arrives at this stunning conclusion:

“The takeaway point is that we shouldn't be so quick to point fingers at global warming. The science isn't [all] in yet.”

Clean Coal talking point: "Near Zero-Emission Free Electricity"

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (bought and paid for by the coal industry) was stumping its “clean coal” message in Huntington, West Virginia last week. If you aren't already skeptical about the notion of so-called clean coal, then check out this less-than-hopeful message from clean coal spindoctor Cathy Coffey:

We believe that technology within the next 10 to 15 years will be developed and tested so that we will be able to produce near-zero emission-free electricity from coal.” (My emphasis).

The message is carefully crafted and the “10 to 15 years will be developed and tested” message is subtle enough to be passed right over. The clean coal message might even leave you feeling a little hopeful.


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