'The environmentalism of my daughter’s preschool is a force-fed potpourri of myth, superstition, and ritual that has much in common with the least reputable varieties of religious Fundamentalism.'
Steven Landsberg, quoted in https://www.aei.org/publication/why-naive-environmentalism-is-like-religious-fundamentalism/
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Yours truly played a minor role in this, mainly just encouraging the others and promising to do more in the future. Theirs was the original idea, and theirs the energy that got it launched.
Earlier this year (27 April post), I said I was going to post less often here, but that I would maintain the blog - especially the reference Pages - when I came across relevant material. I also mentioned a couple of posts I had mind to publish soon. I have not done those yet, but instead I have put up a few easier-to-do reactions to or reports on other people's work. I still hope to do the promised posts, and others from time to time.
This new blog suits me, and the others behind it, in that by sharing the work, we hope to keep it lively and frequently updated so that it becomes a popular place to visit. How dull, after all, is a blog where new posts are few and far between.
From the 'About' page of the new blog, some further explanation:
'The climate sceptic blogosphere is becoming crowded to the point that it’s difficult to keep up. Several of us (all British or UK based so far), are getting weary of the effort of grinding out several articles a month simply in order to remain visible. It’s not that we haven’t got something to say – rather that we’d like to take the time to say it as audibly and as clearly as possible.
Friday, 16 October 2015
Researching the Scares and the Spins: what made one man change his mind about rising CO2 being a crisis
WUWT). He is David Siegel:
'Over the years, I built a set of assumptions: that Al Gore was right about global warming, that he was the David going up against the industrial Goliath. In 1993, I even wrote a book about it.
Recently, a friend challenged those assumptions. At first, I was annoyed, because I thought the science really was settled. As I started to look at the data and read about climate science, I was surprised, then shocked. As I learned more, I changed my mind. I now think there probably is no climate crisis and that the focus on CO2 takes funding and attention from critical environmental problems. I’ll start by making ten short statements that should challenge your assumptions and then back them up with an essay.'
His blog contains a great deal of material to back up his claims, and he is also intent on campaigning to 'educate influential liberals'. The term 'liberal' in the United States is used these days to denote 'leftwing', and that may well include the majority of schoolteachers and academics. Here on this blog we hope that in due course there will be massive efforts to help repair the damage that has been done to the minds and spirits of wave after wave of schoolchildren from recent decades. David Siegel's campaign may well be a crucial early step towards such a pastoral effort actually taking place.
PS Paul Matthews has compiled a list of relatively prominent people who have 'recovered their senses' about climate: https://ipccreport.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/converts-to-scepticism/
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
The problem is sometimes the information is wrong, but perhaps more common is a severe lack of balance.
The fact that the gentle overall warming of the last 150 years or so is generally very beneficial is not acknowledged, whatever combination of factors has caused it. Nor is the positive impact of higher ambient CO2 levels on agricultural productivity often recognised.
When your goal is to scare people to get their attention, I guess you don't want to dilute your messaging. But we who don't care for their tactics nor their cause, need to be ready to respond to them, or at least help reduce the harm they must cause.
A new report from the GWPF provides parents and teachers with help to do that by providing an excellent background briefing on the benefits of CO2.
From their press release:
'... former IPCC delegate Dr Indur Goklany calls for a reassessment of carbon dioxide, which he says has many benefits for the natural world and for humankind.
Dr Goklany said: “Carbon dioxide fertilises plants, and emissions from fossil fuels have already had a hugely beneficial effect on crops, increasing yields by at least 10-15%. This has not only been good for humankind but for the natural world too, because an acre of land that is not used for crops is an acre of land that is left for nature”.'
For those who may want to keep up to date on this topic, or to find out more from the scientific literature about it, this site is invaluable: CO2 Science.
Note added 15 Oct 2015. The reformed ex-Greenpeace leader, Patrick Moore gave the GWPF Annual Lecture last night arguing we should 'celebrate CO2'. Details via this link: http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2015/10/15/should-we-celebrate-co2-cartoon-notes-by-josh.html