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  • Waxman's Inquisition Should Look at the UN IPCC

    February 2, 2007

    Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, this week launched an investigation of the several charges that the Bush Administration has politically manipulated and interfered with scientific research so as to make the science fit its policies. The charges are specious, as I and my CEI colleagues and many others have shown, but for a real example of the political manipulation of science, Chairman Waxman should take a look at the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Science Change. The IPCC today released its 21-page Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the first volume of its Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). The SPM is...

  • The "scientific consensus" is no longer alarming enough for global warming alarmists

    January 29, 2007
    Some global warming alarmists, including a few scientists, are complaining about the forthcoming Fourth Assessment Report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Apparently, the twenty-odd page Summary for Policymakers isn't alarming enough for them. Thus, after years of establishing the IPCC reports as representing the scientific consensus -- from which there is no appeal and upon which thousands of the world's top scientists work and about which all agree that it's perfect -- now the alarmists are trying out a new song and dance. To wit: The Assessment Reports are the work of the establishment and therefore can only come to very "conservative" conclusions so as not to offend anyone.

    Tell that to Dr. R. K. Pachauri, the chairman of the IPCC, who announced early in his tenure that the problem with the first...
  • Union of Concerned Scientists

    January 3, 2007
    The Union of Concerned Scientists has just released a 68-page report that claims that Exxon Mobil has funded a disinformation campaign on global warming based on the strategy and tactics used by the tobacco industry. Nearly everything in the report is recycled uncritically from other sources. It's mostly rubbish. Exxon Mobil can defend themselves, but I will comment on the ridiculous charges and misinformation about CEI.

    Here's an example. A Freedom of Information Act request several years ago revealed an e-mail that I had sent to Phil Cooney, then-chief-of-staff to the Chairman of the President's Council on Environmental Quality, in 2002. Andrew Revkin of the New York Times published a front-page story that the Bush Administration had conceded that global warming was a big...
  • Advice on global warming policy to the EU: airline taxes for all.

    November 22, 2006
    The European Commission has turned its attention to the substantial greenhouse gas emissions produced by air travel. They want to tax all commercial airline flights in the EU and all coming from and going to the EU. The size of tax being talked about is quite large, but probably not large enough to cut airline travel substantially. That means it would raise lots of revenue for the EU. The national flag carriers are not totally opposed, since as a percentage of the cost of a plane ticket it would raise costs much more for travelers on low-fare carriers such as Ryan Air.

    What I have seen no mention of in the press is all the emissions from private air travel. Apparently, the new proposals would exempt the small jets favored by corporate CEOs, Hollywood stars, and former Vice President Gore. But emissions from private jets are substantial and going up rapidly as more and more CEOs,...
  • Democrats talk while the planet sizzles

    November 21, 2006
    The Republicans in Congress in recent years have held few hearings on global warming. But whenever they did, a long line of Democrats on whatever committee was holding the hearing would remark, always emphatically and often angrily, that the time for hearings was long past. The debate was over, we now knew that global warming was the greatest threat ever to face humankind/planet Earth, and that the Congress needed to act decisively immediately. So now that the Democrats have won House and Senate majorities, we can expect immediate action, right? Perhaps not a vote to ratify the Kyoto Protocol--even Senator Kerry recognizes that Kyoto is a dead duck--but at least votes on the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act within the first few hours or days of the 110th Congress.

    Alas, I'm sorry to have to report that the backsliding has begun even before the new Congress has been sworn in...
  • The climate is just like Bambi

    November 17, 2006
    The Los Angeles Times today has a story by Robert Lee Hotz that reports on a new scientific article reviewing what's going on with the Arctic climate. The team finds that the Arctic has been warming up, but that there are now some signs that it may be starting to cool down. There is nothing remarkable in this. The Arctic does get warmer when ocean currents and winds push more warm air from the lower latitudes into the Arctic, and it cools down when the ocean current and wind patterns change and start pushing less warm air northwards. What is astonishing is how one of the scientists who did the research describes what they found. According to the LA Times story:
    "This is a region that is fighting back," said lead author Jacqueline...
  • "Until some of these scientists are dead."

    September 25, 2006
    Dr. James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York City, became a darling of the left by claiming that the Bush Administration tried to censor or suppress his personal opinions on global warming public policy questions. (If they did, they did a poor job.) But Dr. Hansen has quite a record of trying to suppress the expression of opposing views. This summer he refused to testify before a House committee hearing on the grounds that the committee had invited a scientist (Dr. John Christy of the University of Alabama at Huntsville) who made the mistake of not conforming his views to Dr. Hansen's. On a television debate broadcast on October 24th, Dr. Hansen complained that one of the five panelists held views that he considers objectionable. He also told the Associated Press in a story published Sept. 24th that "Some of this noise won't stop until some of...

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