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The first really scary really stupid anti-science prospect from the Trumpistas

They want to shut down and defund DSCOVR: DSCOVR’s cameras are intended to monitor changes in earth’s climate and weather patterns, from ozone and aerosols to temperature and deforestation. One of the scientists involved in developing the satellite told Air … Continue reading

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Why scientific measurements need to be adjusted

There is an excellent piece in Ars Technica about why scientific measurements need to be adjusted, and the implications of this for climate data. It is written by Scott K Johnson and is called “Thorough, not thoroughly fabricated: The truth … Continue reading

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“Holy crap – an actual book!”

Originally posted on mathbabe:
Yo, everyone! The final version of my book now exists, and I have exactly one copy! Here’s my editor, Amanda Cook, holding it yesterday when we met for beers: Here’s my son holding it: He’s offered…

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David Spiegelhalter on `how to spot a dodgy statistic’

In this political season, it’s useful to brush up on rhetorical skills, particularly ones involving numbers and statistics, or what John Allen Paulos called numeracy. Professor David Spiegelhalter has written a guide to some of these tricks. Read the whole … Continue reading

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Climate Denial Fails Pepsi Challenge

Originally posted on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:
Stephen Lewandowsky specializes in conducting research that pulls back the curtain climate denial psychology. He’s done it again. Washington Post: Researchers have designed an inventive test suggesting that the arguments commonly used…

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On friction and the duplicity

(Hat tip to Peter Sinclair at Climate Denial Crock of the Week.) Has Senator Cruz called Dr Carl Mears (video) of Remote Sensing Systems, the maker and interpreter of the sensor Senator Cruz used for his Spencer-Christy-Curry carnival? No. Of … Continue reading

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“The storage necessity myth: how to choreograph high-renewables electricity systems”

(This was originally presented by CleanTechMedia.) Sounds like a great role for smart control systems. Flash COP21 won’t matter. Listen to Professor Tony Seba. (Use your browser Back button to return to this blog.) Excerpt: Clearly, though, many vested interests … Continue reading

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Same Old, Same Old (“I’m your puppet”)

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How fossil fuels “help the poor” in developing nations, like Nigeria

(From The Atlantic.) CAPTION (Credit– The Atlantic): A man working at an illegal oil-refinery site pours oil under a locally made burner to keep the fire going, near River Nun in Nigeria’s oil state of Bayelsa on November 27, 2012. … Continue reading

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Only One Word: EVIL

(There is an update and analysis of Exxon’s reaction to the subpoena issued it by New York State towards the bottom of this post. Click this link.) Exxon in recent days has vehemently denied it had any campaign to discredit … Continue reading

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What the future of energy everywhere looks like

What will the energy landscape look like after utility companies are either dead, dying, or revert to a tiny portion of their territory? Silicon Valley CCE Partnership gives us all a clue. It’s been described in the San Francisco Chronicle, … Continue reading

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Exxon-Mobil digging its own grave

Climate Denial Crock of the Week features the latest revelation from Inside Climate News. It features former federal chief scientist for global warming research, Michael MacCracken, and physicist and climate scientist Gilbert Plass. Also featured is an open 2002 letter … Continue reading

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The Koch brothers are afraid, very afraid … and should be

And, accordingly, the Koch brothers are turning their attention to spreading misinformation about solar power, through their Taxpayers Protection Alliance, which is publishing silly stuff in things like a report, Filling the Solar Sinkhole. See the link, from the Solar … Continue reading

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How nice it is that Nature and probability bend to developers whims!

As I have mentioned before, it’s so nice that Nature and probability bend to the whims of property developers and their Town Fathers, with the willing participation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). If you had property at risk … Continue reading

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What’s Beef?

Originally posted on Open Mind:
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Mad Unscience (humorous, if it wasn’t so pathetic)

(Hat tip to Tamino‘s posting of this.) This is priceless.

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Science Deniers

A good term, science denier, by Dan Satterfield. And assuredly the WUWT crowd is part of them.

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Destroying the Most Persistent Scientific Myth In America – Dan’s Wild Wild Science Journal – AGU Blogosphere

Destroying the Most Persistent Scientific Myth In America – Dan's Wild Wild Science Journal – AGU Blogosphere.

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Desperate for a “Pause”

Originally posted on Open Mind:
When it comes to temperature at Earth’s surface, with 2014 the hottest year on record and 2015 on pace to exceed even that, things are getting hot for those who deny that global warming is…

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Why decentralized electrical power has to win, no matter what Elon Musk says, and utilities are doomed

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“Response” (to “…I would be interested to see how one can prove from such varying data that the warming has accelerated over time”), by Tamino

Originally posted on Open Mind:
Some comment replies require more than just a few brief lines. Richard Mallett | May 19, 2015 at 4:28 pm | I see that somebody has been posting replies in italics and within square brackets…

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“Merchants of Doubt: What Climate Deniers Learned from Big Tobacco”

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It’s the Trend, Stupid

Originally posted on Open Mind:
Both NASA and NOAA report 2014 as the hottest year on record. Despite the new #1, neither the news itself nor the response to it has surprised me. The news that last year was so…

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“A pause or not a pause, that is the question.”

Originally posted on Open Mind:
One day, a new data set is released. The rumor runs rampant that it’s annual average global temperature since 1980. Climate scientist “A” states that there is clearly a warming trend (shown by the red…

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Remembering Rick Piltz, who gave evidence that Republicans do distort science

Rick Piltz was a climate policy wonk (*) who served in the administration of President George W Bush at the White House, and later resigned from that administration. He provided The New York Times copies of documents showing edits which … Continue reading

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‘We’re due for one; it’s time’

The title is a paraphrase. This post is written with some irritation at a NOAA meteorologist, (presumably Dr) Glen Field who, on camera, flaunts his poor knowledge of probability and statistics, and misleads the public in doing so. See this … Continue reading

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“Laughin’ Fool Blues”

It’s midsummer, and time to hear from Doc Snow, and some “Laughin’ Fool Blues”.

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“… the collectivists …”

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Foolish Line

Originally posted on Open Mind:
The Foolish Line Anthony Watts is on a very long list of those who ridicule the threat of sea level rise. As many others have done, he shows a tide gauge record (for Sewell’s Point,…

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Stupidity

AMENDMENT TO THE RULES COMMITTEE PRINT FOR H.R. 4435 OFFERED BY MR. MCKINLEY OF WEST VIRGINIA At the end of subtitle B of title III, insert the following: 1 SEC. 318. PROHIBITION ON USE OF FUNDS TO IMPLEMENT 2 CERTAIN … Continue reading

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