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: I Spy Cli-Fi

Climate Fiction is big business. There’s even a website devoted to academic research in the subject with its own Research Tool (Dan Bloom is his name. He’s a 1971 graduate of Tufts University in Boston where he majored in post-modern European literature.) Most of it seems to be rough, tough American stuff, but I’m sure …

2018-02-19 20:34   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Global Cooling? Or Global Warming Briefly Interrupted?

  OK, I’m going to talk about global cooling: cue, derisive laughter from Climate Scepticism’s troll-like AGW-convinced readers. I’m also – wait for it – going to talk specifically about global cooling due to a Maunder Minimum type decline in solar activity: cue almost insane high-pitched babbling from the ‘it’s not the sun, stupid’ ranks ……

2018-02-19 18:10   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Brad at Jo’s

Brad Keyes is too shy to mention it himself, but he has the second chapter of his definitive history of the climate debate up at JoNova’s

2018-02-19 17:40   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Addendix: ‘Am I Meant to Know who John Cook Is?’

Yesterday’s article probably didn’t make a lick of sense to you if you didn’t know who we were ridiculing, which only makes it even more supererogatorily touching that you read the whole piece word for word, liked it and Tweeted the link. That can’t have been fun for you, and I want you to know …

2018-02-16 12:57   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: REPORT: Latest Cook et al. paper “probably terrible”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.—A major report, announced today by a multinational team of skeptic researchers, finds a new article by the prominent climate alarmist John Cook “highly likely [to be as crap as, or even] crapper than his usual fare,” concluding that “there would be little to very little point (90% confidence range)” reading it. CliScep …

2018-02-16 05:05   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: BBC doubles down on fake climate news

On January 18th, the BBC 6pm Radio 4 news started with a completely false headline, as I reported here the next day. I wrote a complaint to the BBC, using their online complaints form. Here is my complaint: Complaint Summary: Completely untrue statement in headline radio news Full Complaint: The 6pm Radio 4 News on …

2018-02-13 17:46   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: The Consensus Enforcers’ Fallacy Fallacy

John Cook of the SKS project (neither of which need an introduction here) has teamed up with Peter Ellerton and David Kinkead, both of the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project, to offer a way of “Deconstructing climate misinformation to identify reasoning errors”. The offering in Environmental Research Letters seemingly takes the reader through the …

2018-02-09 23:51   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Dutch comedian exposes green energy scam

This is remarkable. A satirical Sunday news programme presented by Arjen Lubach, on a mainstream TV channel in the Netherlands, debunks the green energy con. It’s in Dutch of course, but there are English subtitles. Assuming the subtitles are accurate, he says that green energy is “all one big lie”. He exposes the lie with …

2018-02-05 14:01   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: BBC allows a sceptic on every year or two, complains Chairman Leo

  Al Jazeera has a news story on The curious persistence of climate scepticism. The text says Climate scepticism is fringe and unscientific. So why is it that sceptics still manage, in certain countries, to get airtime denying the effects of global warming? Sceptics theories in the news media, such as carbon dioxide doesn’t cause …

2018-02-02 17:10   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: The Sensitivity of Climate Scientists

Cross-posted from Clive Best’s blog Every time that a new result shows a low climate sensitivity (ECS), climate scientists are queuing up to rubbish it.  God forbid anyone implying that CMIP5 models are running too hot!  Even Myles Allen received such a battering when referring to his recent paper on the BBC Today program: “that …

2018-02-01 16:52   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Green Blob Gravy Train at Pidcock Corner

At last! The Climate Outreach Communications Handbook for IPCC Scientists (lead author Dr Adam Corner) is out, packed full of information for tongue-tied scientists who’ve never mentioned climate change to a non-scientist before and don’t know how to. It was commissioned by the IPCC Working Group 1 Technical Support Unit and has an introduction by …

2018-01-31 14:59   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Trump’s State of the Union

Yesterday in Washington. I just want to quote the President on this: We have ENDED the war on American Energy – and we have ENDED the War on CLEAN COAL. We are now an exporter of energy to the world. Here’s a wholly unbiased reaction to the whole thing: Nailed it!!! #sotu #sotu2018 — Donald …

2018-01-31 07:58   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: ‘It is not science as we know or understand it. Yet it is peer-reviewed, it exists’ – Part I

  Imagine it is star date 41315.6. The USS Enterprise has gone into orbit around a remarkably Earth-like planet and Spock is uploading data from the surface which reveals the planet is peopled by sentient beings who do ‘science’. The first actual scientific paper he uploads is Harvey et al, Internet blogs, polar bears, and …

2018-01-29 15:28   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Meta Studies and Climate Science

Well, they don’t mix. At least not so far. Following Climategate, the activist community felt as though they needed to respond to what they perceived as a victory for skeptics of climate change. Like the skeptics themselves, they were frustrated at the slow pace of the climate conversation in the academic literature and the even …

2018-01-27 22:59   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Comment on Harvey et al submitted

We’ve already written several Cliscep blogposts on the nasty error-filled smear paper by Harvey et al, attacking Susan Crockford. The paper should have been retracted immediately, since it violates the OUP ethics policy, but neither the journal editors nor OUP seem to have any regard for ethics, so this didn’t happen, despite Crockford’s detailed letter. Now, Anand …

2018-01-26 17:09   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Tractatus Logico-Climaticus

It’s a century since Wittgenstein wrote his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, in the trenches, where he spent the Great War fighting for Austria against the allies. It was published in England in 1922, with a generous introduction by Bertrand Russell, who had spent part of the same war in prison for opposing the same war. His praise …

2018-01-26 10:58   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Lewandowsky in Parliament

Thanks to Barry Woods for pointing out this event: which is a meeting of the Parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee 23rd January, 2018, taking evidence from three academics on the subject of “the effects of fake news and disinformation on people’s behaviours.” Lewandowsky was there, and…

2018-01-24 12:08   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Cancel the Enlightenment – Science is to Become a “Feminist Institution”

  Forget old dead white men and their cobwebby equations and quaint experiments. Science is about to get the full feminist, social justice, post-colonialist makeover. If you care about science, and our ability to answer questions, steward public policy and improve public safety, then you must care about the people who make up the scientific …

2018-01-23 23:04   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Jordan Peterson (2) You Can’t Get There from Here

Less than a week ago Paul Matthews pointed out to his fellow clisceppers the video of the RSA interview with Jordan Peterson, and Ian Woolley wrote it up in an article here,  resulting in a long, interesting and continuing discussion, taking us very far from the discussion of climate. Paul’s tip related to the unsuccessful …

2018-01-23 00:23   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Fake news from the BBC, Harrabin and Stott

Plenty of solace. For example in pointing out your falsehoods. Here's the latest MetOffice news and it doesn't say what you claim. — Paul Matthews (@etzpcm) January 19, 2018 Yesterday’s 6pm Radio 4 News opened with a headline claim that “The world’s leading climate agencies have said for the first time that global warming caused …

2018-01-19 13:20   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: An invitation to Jordan B Peterson

It’s coming up to the anniversary of the first mention of Jordan Peterson at Cliscep, just as the UK mainstream media start catching on*. Readers will also be wondering ‘what kept you?’ because it was obvious to climate sceptics a year ago that Dr Peterson was someone to watch. Here was someone not only willing …

2018-01-17 10:54   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Younger Dryas Ocean Warming Fails Its MOT On GHG Radiative Theory

  There’s a fascinating study which has just been released on a novel method of estimating global mean ocean temperature (MOT) during the last glacial transition. Here is the abstract: Little is known about the ocean temperature’s long-term response to climate perturbations owing to limited observations and a lack of robust reconstructions. Although most of …

2018-01-16 23:51   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Is China leading the way on climate mitigation?

Originally posted on ManicBeancounter: At the Conversation is an article on China’s lead in renewable energy. China wants to dominate the world’s green energy markets – here’s why is by University of Sheffield academic Chris G Pope. The article starts:- If there is to be an effective response to climate change, it will probably emanate…

2018-01-16 10:57   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: World Weather Attribution: Trump Was Right – America Could Have Done With Some Good Old Global Warming.

    The first responder team at World Weather Attribution have declared that the exceptionally cold winter thus far in the eastern US and and Canada is . . . . . “exceptional in the current climate”. Like, wow. Before we get into the in-depth analysis which has prompted this altogether startling and unexpected conclusion, …

2018-01-13 15:16   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Letter to Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press recently published on line an article by Uscinski, Douglas and Lewandowsky which repeated a number of lies we‘re used to hearing. I commented briefly here and here I reproduce my reply. They jumped the shark, swallowed the polar bear, and spewed out anthropobscenities about us climate…

2018-01-12 01:10   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: May and Gove’s Green Future

Theresa and Michael have set out their plan for a green future in a new 151-page document. It’s described as a 25-year plan, which seems a bit optimistic in view of the likely lifetime of the current Government. No, I haven’t read it, but it has a nice picture of the Peak District on the …

2018-01-11 14:06   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Global Cooling Not Worth Shivering About But Is A Broken Ice Age Cycle Worth Sweating About?

    Matt Ridley thinks global cooling – any cooling – is “not worth shivering about“. I agree and disagree. Matt says: Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University has suggested that a quiescent sun presages another Little Ice Age like that of 1300-1850. I’m not persuaded. Actually, Zharkova thinks some cooling similar to that which occurred …

2018-01-11 00:04   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Germany to abandon climate target

According to Reuters and Spiegel, the Grand Coalition of the CDU and SPD currently being formed in Germany is abandoning the emissions target of a reduction of 40% below 1990 levels  by 2020.  It had been obvious for some time that the target was not going to be met. This is a big humiliation for …

2018-01-08 18:13   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Move On Over Mr Polar Bear, Corals are Now The New Poster Child of Global Warming Alarmism

    The day has come. Scientists are heartbroken. Corals are as good as dead. RIP beautiful coral reefs. (sniff, sniff, *reaches for Kleenex*) For decades, marine scientists have been warning us this day would come. A new study out this week amounts to a “death warrant for coral reefs as we know them.” — …

2018-01-05 22:38   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: New Year Climateballs

The first of an occasional series. For the benefit of non-UK readers, “Climateballs” is a homage to the great late British sports commentator David Coleman who was legendary for his “Colemanballs” –  lines such as “If that had gone in, it would have been a goal.” The term was coined by Private Eye magazine and …

2018-01-05 18:23   Click to comment

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