• Submission To The BBC Science Review

    • Date: 16/11/10

    This posting deals with a project that I have been working on with Tony Newbery of the Harmless Sky blog. Long-term readers will be aware of the story already, but it’s all explained if you have only been coming here in the last twelve months. The posting here is a joint one, and has been […]

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  • As Kyoto Plan Collapses, Carbon Tax Promoters Emerge

    • Date: 14/11/10

    Although preparations are in place for a summit on climate change in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of November, it is clear that the goal of cutting carbon emissions through coordinated action by the world’s governments is dead. Nevertheless, it would be too early to celebrate, as the threat of fear-driven and economically costly climate […]

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  • How The Broadcasting Regulator Sidestepped An Inconvenient Truth

    • Date: 13/11/10

    This story begins with Ofcom, the public authority that enforces broadcasting legislation in the UK, telling me that Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth (AIT) is not a ‘factual documentary’, and ends with them deciding that climate change – the subject of the film – is not a matter relating to current public policy. You may […]

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  • Why The Global Cooling Story Is So Important…In The Anthropogenic Global Warming Debate

    • Date: 12/11/10

    On the face of it, the whole debate about “global cooling in the 1970′s” is a matter of despair. If we can’t agree on what has happened less than 40 years ago, and is still remembered by many people, despite the avalanche of available snippets of information, a great deal of them accessible to all via […]

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  • If You Give A Solar Or Wind Company A Subsidy

    • Date: 10/11/10

    If you give a mouse a cookie, chances are he will want a glass of milk. If you give solar and wind energy companies subsidies, chances are they will want free transmission lines too. The famed children’s book, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” provides valuable lessons and today it serves as a vehicle […]

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  • Ethanol Subsidies Pose Early Test For U.S. Republicans

    • Date: 08/11/10

    Republicans talk about ending wasteful government intervention. Congressional Democrats say they want to protect the environment. And Barack Obama claims he’s looking for bipartisan cooperation and reform. All of these goals would be served by rolling back ethanol subsidies. “A Republican takeover of the House of Representatives,” Bloomberg News speculated this week, “may mean that […]

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  • Matt Ridley: The Best Shot?

    • Date: 08/11/10

    Some weeks ago I wrote an article for The Times about why I no longer find persuasive the IPCC’s arguments that today’s climate change is unprecedented, fast and dangerous. I was delighted to receive a long and courteous letter from David MacKay, the chief scientific advisor to Britain’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. With his […]

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  • Phil Jones And The China Network: Part 2

    • Date: 06/11/10

    Part 1 here. As a point of clarification, “station histories” in this post means the meta-data history i.e. locations and moves and are distinct from the “station data” in the form of the monthly averages. In January 2007, the results of IPCC AR4 were announced. It re-iterated Jones et al 1990 as authority for the […]

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