Unfortunately, some misuse science. Some of their intentions, are far from benevolent. They see science as a mechanism for political power and control. There is great danger from those who would use science for political control over us.
How do they do this? They instill, and then continuously magnify, fear. Fear is the most effective instrument of totalitarian control.
Saturday, 26 January 2019
There it is, on the left, the 'Green-Reaper'.
Eric Boehm describes it all very neatly in his article on the Reason site two days ago:
The Green Reaper costume cost about $5,000 to manufacture, but the documents provided to Muckrock don't give a full accounting of how much time public employees spent brainstorming and designing it. Regardless, the government liked the design so much that Dawn Starett, the program manager who invented the Green Reaper, won a 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award from the NNSA for it.
Hat-tip: Glenn Reynolds who provided this link to a piece by Ann Althouse:
Details of the FOIA request that uncovered this 'piece of work' are here: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/green-reaper-53571/
Note added 25 Mar 2019. A video highlighting the Green Reaper, and going to look at climate anxieties, and climate scare propaganda aimed at children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsXIxk5fBfo
Friday, 21 December 2018
Also a time of good cheer!
Here's to 2019. May it be a great year for the sharing of
rational analyses of climate variation, and may that lead to
better informed teachers and children everywhere.
Monday, 17 December 2018
|Pic: KIARA WORTH/IISD/ENB|
But back to the BBC. Their author notes 'One of the most striking things about this conference of the parties was the presence of energised young people in far greater numbers than I have ever seen them at a COP before.', and goes on to conclude his piece with a photo and a quote from the troubled Swedish schoolgirl who has been presented as the leader of school 'strikes' to promote climate alarm.
What I take to be an official blog/site for COP24 is also big on children: check out this video on how they were used in the opening ceremony:
'This Friday, December 14th, during the Climate Change Conference
The intellectual and/or moral poverty of climate alarm
latest COP parade adds to the pile. As more and more
adults are able to tackle, refute, and object to the specious
and hyperbolic claims of those seek to raise alarm over our
impact on climate variation, it makes sense for campaigners
to increase their already substantial attention on children -
not only to brainwash them for future use, but also to use
them now as levers on political power.
How about a conference on how to help children cope with
and recover from the climate alarmism foisted upon them?
How about recommendations to help adults who have been
harmed by such alarm during their school years?
in academic discussions, but it does not have anything like
enough substance to be used for important decision-making.
Professor Nir Shaviv summarised this neatly the other day
in an address to the German parliament (emboldening by me):
with something that might shock you. There is no evidence
that CO2 has a large effect on climate.
'The two arguments used by the IPCC to so called “prove”
that humans are the main cause of global warming, and
which implies that climate sensitivity is high, are that:
a) 20th century warming is unprecedented, and
b) there is nothing else to explain the warming.
These arguments are faulty.'
Note added 20 Dec 2018. The Global Warming Policy Foundation
(GWPF) has just published a note concerning some of the shoddiness
in the recent IPCC report. Here are the concluding paragraphs:
'The SR1.5 report represents a very significant departure from
previous IPCC reports in the direction of increased alarm regarding
global warming, particularly as compared with the Fifth Assessment.
No rigorous justification for this departure has been provided.
In reality, since the Fifth Assessment considerable evidence has
accumulated suggesting that global warming is more of a long-term
threat than a planetary emergency.
This evidence consists mainly of observational results suggesting
lower climate sensitivity (i.e. less warming in response to any given
increase in greenhouse gas concentrations) and results indicating a
greater contribution from natural variability to explaining observed
global temperature trends.
The IPCC has not passed on this evidence to policymakers in its
SR1.5 report. The report has also not passed on to policymakers
some very important information published by climate modellers
since the last IPCC assessment report regarding the empirical tuning
of climate models to achieve desired results.
The failure of previous IPCC reports to document the models’ tuning
procedures has been described by these modellers as a ‘lack of
transparency’. The projections of future warming published by the
IPCC are completely dependent on the reliability of these models.
In view of these deficiencies, the SR1.5 report does not merit being
regarded by policymakers as a scientifically rigorous document.
There is much recent scientific evidence, not referred to in the report,
to support a more considered mitigation strategy than the extreme
measures proposed in the report. Meanwhile, the worthy goals discussed
in the report, such as sustainable development, poverty eradication
and reducing inequalities, should be pursued on their own merits
and not made dependent on unsettled climate science.'
The note was written by Prof J R Bates.
(' Professor J. Ray Bates is Adjunct Professor of Meteorology in the Meteorology
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
One example is the Cartoons by Josh. His work highlights the conceits, the arrogance, the foolishness and worse of the climate scaremongerers, and it does so with huge amounts of charm, and even compassion for these destructive and ill-informed people.
Josh's Calendar for 2019 is now shipping. When the climate madness subsides into some kind of academic obscurity, and if there is a big effort to understand the collective madness of the CO2 Scare, then these cartoons will be, as they say, collectors' items. I'm certainly going to keep all my copies of past and future calendars as a kind of poor man's collection, one which I hope will be of interest to show just how the whole costly charade was seen through by some as it happened. We were not all duped. We did not all jump on the bandwagon be it for fame or for fortune or merely to get a glow from 'saving the planet'. Plus the cartoons are also just plain funny. Raising a smile or even a laugh in the midst of the madness is quite an achievement. Thank you, Josh.
Monday, 23 July 2018
But a puzzle well-described is a puzzle more likely to be solved. On the science sides of the puzzle, the role of the so-called climate scientists has been evocatively captured by a chap called Smolin looking at another field that shares with climate studies a severe shortage of good or adequate data*. Here are his observations as presented by the oceanographer Carl Munsch (hat-tip Judith Curry):