Site: Climate Scepticism

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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.

Our thinking in launching this new blog (called – very originally – Climate Scepticism) is that a joint site, with more frequent and more varied articles, would be more visible and possibly more useful. 
We don’t aim to compete with Bishop Hill or WattsUpWithThat on the news-gathering front, but to assemble a number of disparate voices in a joint venture. There’s no “party line” or rulebook, and certainly no 97% consensus about anything.

So far we are:
Geoff Chambers
Alex Cull –

Brad Keyes –
Paul Matthews
John Shade
Danny Weston
Ian Woolley –

You can follow us on twitter at @cliscep

Recent Articles

Climate Scepticism: What We Could Have Said At a March For Science

We should have been there–you skeptics and we lukewarmers both. We shouldn’t let those on the other side of the political fence claim science for their own. Getting there might have been half the fun–we might have been dragged off of airplanes or at least hit in the head with a baby stroller. And certainly …

2017-04-23 23:53   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Red herrings in the desert

By Tim Hunter I grew up with David Attenborough. His programmes inspired awe, wonder and a thirst for knowledge. But now I find myself despairing every time a new programme is released as the underlying message that runs through every programme has become dogmatic and unscientific. However, I do try to watch with my 12 …

2017-04-05 15:02   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Steven Crowder: destroy clean energy plan (video)

Comedian Steven Crowder has made an excellent little video advising Donald Trump that he doesn’t need to defend his executive order on coal and energy. If you haven’t already watched it, please do below – it’s worth it.    

2017-04-02 18:50   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Wittgenstein, Peter Pan

Like some comic bit part player out of Wittgenstein’s Blue and Brown Books, I planted some herbs yesterday, wrote out little plastic labels, and stuck them in the pots. A storm in the night wiped the labels clean, but I thought I could just discern traces of some letters, so I took the labels out …

2017-03-25 23:53   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Earth Hour: why not use it to reach out and help a victim of the CO2 Alarm?

Tomorrow, 25th March, sees the annual abomination of Earth Hour, during which we are being cajoled to compete with North Korea in terms of just how dark, dismal, ill-informed, manipulated, obedient and coerced we can manage to be for a whole hour. My favourite text for the occasion is this classic piece from Ross McKitrick: …

2017-03-24 14:14   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: A Calm Overview of Recent Climate Variation

The GWPF has just published another excellent contribution on climate – they claim it is ‘The World’s First State Of The Climate Survey Based on Observations Only’. That by itself is an indictment of the IPCC and its political goal-driven mission. Let us contrast that massive but essentially poisoned endeavour with this decent, calm, apolitical, scholarly …

2017-03-22 12:14   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: The Poor Quality of the CO2 Alarm

If ever there was a top noble cause, you might think ‘saving the planet’ would be it, and that it would attract our brightest and best to rally round its flag and trumpet its alarums. But I don’t see that happening. I see low quality science (e.g. the MBH Hockey Stick), I see low quality scheming …

2017-03-21 09:38   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Climate spending cut in Trump’s budget

A budget that puts #AmericaFirst must make safety its no. 1 priority—without safety there can be no prosperity: — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2017 Donald Trump has published a budget, America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again There’s an increase in defense spending (+10%), and cutbacks, often referred to as savings, ……

2017-03-16 17:52   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: His Highness Ladybird Corner

HRH the Prince of Wales’s bestseller on climate doom, Climate Change: A Ladybird Expert Book is currently listed on Amazon as “#1 Best Seller in Chaos Theory”, but that’s probably just Amazon’s idea of what chaos theory is about. My idea of chaos is a world where the future Head of State of one of …

2017-03-16 00:31   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: What We Expect From Climate Scientists

Consensus blogger (and frequent visitor to this site) And Then There’s Physics has consecutive posts discussing the proper role of climate scientists in the Climate Conversation. I (along with many regulars here) have been banned at commenting at ATTP, but I think the subject is interesting enough to respond here. In Scientists are not salespeople, …

2017-03-12 00:18   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Climate not a priority for public

A new survey is out today, European Perceptions of Climate Change (EPCC), on public opinion in the UK, France, Germany and Norway. It’s being talked about at an echo chamber conference, see the twitter tag #EPCC17.  It’s also discussed in the Guardian. The authors include some of the ‘usual suspects’, Nick Pidgeon and Adam Corner. The …

2017-03-08 18:01   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Illustrations of Conjectures Are Not Evidence for Them

A new post up at WUWT by Lawrence Hamlin supports the recent Lindzen et al petition for the USA and others to leave the UNFCCC, and he draws attention to this phrase buried deep in the IPCC report (AR5), concerning outputs from coupled socioeconomic and climate models: “The scenarios should be considered plausible and illustrative, and do …

2017-03-08 10:16   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Wally Broecker’s Dumb Luck

  Doug McNeall tweeted a link to this somewhat enigmatic essay yesterday. It’s by Wally Broecker, the so-called “Father of Global Warming”, an epithet which he earned by virtue of his fairly accurate prediction of global temperature rise (predicted to be mainly due to rising CO2 emissions) in 1975. It’s pretty obvious that Wally Broecker …

2017-03-07 14:55   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Heat the Rich (1): Friendly, British Virgins, or Paradise?

Small Island States have long been a favourites subject for climate worriers. They’re very flat, like Norfolk, or, indeed, like Norfolk Island in the South Pacific, and their exposure to sea level rise and hurricanes makes them handy candidates for the title of “countries most menaced by climate change” and a likely source of …

2017-03-06 22:47   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Well, There’s A Possible Risk from Rising CO2 … So Please Wreck Your Economy and Your Spirit

The argument that a CO2 alarmer can always fall back upon when pushed about this, that, or the other flaw in dire prognostications about our impact on the climate system is that there might, there just might possibly might, be a risk that rising CO2 will be dangerous. This is a big climb down from …

2017-03-05 14:39   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Environmentalism in action

In Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy an insane bunch of people starting out on a new planet try to get a money system going and decide that leaves will do as banknotes. Unfortunately, because there are so many leaves on the new planet, they decide to instigate a massive programme of deflation and burn all …

2017-03-03 15:20   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: The rise (and fall?) of instant distinction

There can’t be many now who’ve never heard of Milo. So as you probably know he recently got into trouble again, but this time big trouble, losing a book deal and job as a result. Is there more to this than just a career blowout for him personally? Yes: Milo’s setback tells us something about a particular form …

2017-03-02 10:39   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Newsnight on experts

Last night’s BBC Newsnight programme featured a 15-minute film by Ian Katz about ‘experts’: Of course, it starts out with the Michael Gove quote, which for once is presented in full, “I think the people in this country have had enough of experts… getting it consistently wrong”. Paul Nurse – looking more and more like …

2017-02-28 16:43   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Heat the Rich: Prologue: On Primitive Modes of Thought

I intend to write a series of articles on the role of the hyper-rich in promulgating the fantasy of global warming catastrophe. But I start with a digression that arose from my reading on the subject, specifically from the introduction to Thorstein Veblen’s “Theory of the Leisure Class” published in 1899. Here’s a quote from …

2017-02-24 22:16   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Climatists’ Last Stand?

The Cambridge Climate Lecture Series 2017 kicks off tomorrow, 23 February 2017 at 19:30 with Baroness Bryony Worthington talking about “Climate Change – a race between Physics and Politics.” Further lectures in the series are: 2 March 2017: Anthony Hobley, CEO Carbon Tracker Initiative: “2°C Roadmap based on Financial Analysis” 9 March 2017: Professor Kevin …

2017-02-22 19:15   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Climate models for the layman

Judith Curry has written a new paper, Climate models for the layman, published today by the GWPF. She hasn’t done a blog post about it, nor has anyone else as far as I can see, so here’s a venue to discuss it. The aim is “to describe the debate surrounding GCMs to an educated but …

2017-02-21 17:28   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Climate Science “A Glassy-Eyed” Cult” – Guardian

There’s an excellent article by the Guardian’s science editor (yes you read that right) which is highly relevant to Paul’s recent articles on the Bates/Karl scandal and the possible Lamar Smith enquiry. The author, Hannah Devlin, has a PhD in biomedical imaging and has only been at the Guardian since 2015. I was going to …

2017-02-15 22:39   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Lamar Smith gets tough with NOAA

Yesterday, the latest move was played in the Bates – Rose – Karl – NOAA dispute, by Lamar Smith, Chair of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology (note that Smith isn’t a new Trump appointment – he’s been in post for four years). Smith has written a stern letter to NOAA administrator Benjamin Friedman, see …

2017-02-15 14:40   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Top Climate Porn: All-Women Photo

The Bates/Karl affair is having all kinds of ramifications, with the usual suspects falling over themselves to defend Karl, sometimes with the interesting argument that his correction is so trivial as to be hardly worth talking about. Stefan Rahmstorf at RealClimate asks: “Could the difference of a few hundredths of a degree have duped world …

2017-02-10 16:56   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Scientists Mock Rose’s Graph of Modeled vs. Actual Warming

  Wikipedia apparently has decided to ban news items from the Daily Mail as unreliable sources of information. Much gloating in the Guardian – naturellement. The news apparently inspired Richard Betts on Twitter to post this tweet: Hi @DavidRoseUK we updated your graph – hope it helps make your next article OK for Wikipedia

2017-02-10 13:25   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: More GHCN errors – thumb on the scale?

This post follows on from the recent remarks by John Bates about Tom Karl having his “thumb on the scale” and the apparent instability of the GHCN adjustment algorithm, raised by Bates and discussed in a series of blog posts by Peter O’Neill and a blog post here. As well as errors in the adjustment algorithm, there …

2017-02-09 20:15   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Instability of GHCN adjustment algorithm

Yesterday there was an article in the Mail by David Rose, regarding manipulation and adjustment of temperature data. This issue comes up fairly regularly, but what’s new is that the source of the information this time is a “whistleblower”, John Bates, a highly regarded climate scientist who actually worked at NOAA until retiring last year. …

2017-02-06 14:45   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Science: One Damned Adjustment After Another?

  David Rose in the Mail on Sunday has broken a story which may be as signficant as Climategate in its implications. It concerns one single paper (the Karl 2015 “Bury the Pause” paper) which, it it is claimed, is based on false and non-replicable data. And this time the source is not some anonymous …

2017-02-06 12:28   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Timothy Snyder and the Nazi Thing

I’ve long intended writing a piece with the provocative title of “the Nazi Thing” on the puzzling question of what it is about the climate debate which makes people on both sides resort to using language like “denier,” “death trains” on the one hand, and “eco-fascism” on the other, when it’s so obviously counterproductive. An …

2017-02-03 22:44   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Brexit and climate change policy

Guest post by Professor David Campbell, Lancaster University Law School. (First published in The Reporter: The Newsletter of the Society of Legal Scholars, Winter 2016.) An intriguing light is thrown on the implications of Brexit for domestic and transnational policy formulation by research into the way in which the 2°C target, now ‘adopted’ in Art …

2017-01-31 13:39   Click to comment

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