• 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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  • Matt Ridley: Acid Oceans And Acid Rain

    • Date: 05/11/10

    I have an article in The Times today (behind a paywall) on ocean acidification. Here’s the gist: Today in Beijing an alliance of scientists called Oceans United will present the United Nations with a request for $5 billion a year to be spent on monitoring the oceans. High among their concerns is ocean acidification, which `could […]

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  • House Of Lords On Climate Change

    • Date: 04/11/10

    It’s a long time since I watched proceedings in the House of Lords and having sat through ten minutes of the third Baron Grantchester (Lab) I remembered why I had found better things to do for the last few years. That said, while there was a lot about Tuesday’s debate about climate change and energy […]

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  • Matt Ridley: Sauce For The Goose

    • Date: 03/11/10

    I have just sent this letter to the Guardian: In response to Donald Brown’s call for climate scepticism to be classified as a crime against humanity (1st November), in which he said `We may not have a word for this type of crime yet, but the international community should find a way of classifying extraordinarily irresponsible […]

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