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: Monbiot and Klein – the Schlock Doctrine

I’ve been leafing through two recent books by two of the most prominent promoters of climate hysteria, George Monbiot and Naomi Klein. I haven’t actually read either of their works, so I can’t do a proper review, but a crash course in fuzzy logic from John Ridgway enables me to utterly destroy any claim they …

2018-07-17 23:55   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Bad News For Anthropocene Fans – It’s All Over Because The Holocene Officially Isn’t (Over)

    The climate change convinced dared to dream a dream: that human beings, single-handedly, uniquely, in the 4.2 billion year geological history of planet Earth, had, some time within the last few hundred years, initiated a new geological epoch they dubbed the Anthropocene. They have lovingly nurtured their dream for nearly two decades now, …

2018-07-17 22:30   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: More surveys – look at my face

Following on from the previous post, showing that most people in the UK seem to adopt the Catherine Tate approach to climate change, here are three more new surveys. University of Michigan A report from the University of Michigan announces that a record 73% of Americans now think that there is solid evidence of global …

2018-07-16 17:14   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Brits Lukewarm on Climate

A new version of the British Social Attitudes Survey is out. There’s a summary of the key findings of the whole survey, which says in its first bullet point,  • The British public are not as worried about major global challenges as the experts who work on them. Public concern about the threat of climate …

2018-07-10 14:01   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Black Swans and Barber Shops

Nassim Taleb has published a chapter from his recent book “Skin in the Game” at  According to Amazon, in this book: Taleb challenges long-held beliefs .. Among his insights: – For social justice, focus on symmetry and risk sharing… – Ethical rules aren’t universal. You’re part of a group larger than you, but it’s …

2018-07-07 19:57   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Poison in the Air

Who said this? Scientists are an interesting bunch. More than willing to ascribe whatever properties fit the government’s ever more implausible stories, in exchange for an MSM appearance fee, 5 minutes of fame and the fond hope of a research grant. It could have been any of us, but it wasn’t. It was Craig Murray, …

2018-07-05 07:16   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Don’t Trust a Fox in a Green Meadow

Bereft of gainful employment, I now find myself spending more time than is good for me plucking at the internet for morsels of entertainment. Thus engaged, and being a sucker for the allure of an intriguing title, I recently settled upon the following article, written by a certain Michelle Nijhuis, and posted on Vox,1 the self-proclaimed …

2018-06-30 15:05   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Committee on Climate Change Misleads Parliament and Public

The Committee on Climate Change has released a new brochure, Reducing UK emissions, described as a “2018 Progress Report to Parliament”. It’s a long document – 267 pages – but it has four messages to the Government at the front, one of which is this graphic: Yes, they really are claiming that adding more wind turbines …

2018-06-28 16:49   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Climate Sexism Works Both Ways

In Twitterland, you get to see Human Nature, red in both tooth and varnished fingernail. So I thought I would post this brief, timely reminder that naked sexism, as manifest in the Naked Ape, is still alive and well – and it cuts both ways. Firstly, a familiar figure – Sarah Myhre, meteorologist Cliff Mass’s …

2018-06-26 09:55   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: How to Crash the Earth

On December 28th, 1978, a DC8 flying into Portland Oregon from New York City (United Airlines flight 173) was on final approach, when a cockpit light indicated that there was a nose-gear problem. The crew needed time to investigate, so the captain put the plane into an emergency holding pattern. As he did so, the …

2018-06-20 16:49   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Kate hates debate

Kate Marvel is one of the new brand of climate evangelists, preaching a message of politics, emotion and rhetoric, who are helping to destroy the credibility of the field. She climbed aboard the climate gravy train from another field only about five years ago, but despite her lack of experience she’s frequently given high-profile platforms …

2018-06-15 11:42   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Why Britain can never rely on wind power

Andrew Montford has a new article in the Spectator, on wind power and the possibility of small-scale nuclear reactors: Why Britain can never rely on wind power For the last ten days or more the UK has been becalmed. In theory, our windmill fleet should be able to generate 20 megawatts of power, more than …

2018-06-11 13:02   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: The Neurobiology of Climate Change Denial

Much work has already been undertaken to establish the cognitive foundation for the irrationality of climate change denial. Of particular note are the studies undertaken by Lewandowsky, Kahneman, Shapiro and O’Conner, identifying the many cognitive biases that invalidate arguments put forward by those who profess scepticism in the face of the scientific evidence. However, it …

2018-06-06 12:32   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Candace Owens did nothing wrong

Joe Rogan is great. His epic encounter with Bret Weinstein and Jordan Peterson is the sort of thing that used to be on late night British television in the eighties: a three-hour long, free and open, meandering tour of his guest’s thoughts and insights on a range of topics, brilliantly shepherded by a host seemingly …

2018-06-04 10:16   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Met Office and the BBC Spin May 2018 as ‘Hottest Since Records Began’

  The Met Office tweeted this yesterday: Spring started very cold ❄️but ended with provisionally one of the warmest and sunniest May's on record ☀️????️ Our latest seasonal summary has all the high's and low's of Spring 2018 – — Met Office (@metoffice) June 1, 2018 The BBC quickly jumped on the warmist good …

2018-06-02 09:27   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Scientific Authority and Political Myth

  Roger Pielke gave a wide-ranging talk a couple of days ago at a meeting in Lyon, on “Scientific Authority and Political Myth”. His 72 slides are all available here. He also gave an overview of the talk on twitter, where he said that the question he is considering is “what should we (the highly …

2018-06-01 13:42   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Right and Wrong Deaths from Climate Change

Global warming kills people. Well, of course. If it didn’t, who’d bother about it? No sane person would spend trillions just to iron out a blip on a graph. That’s why everyone likes to cite those WHO stats about 300,000 more people killed a year, without noting how they’re compiled. Many are from malaria, because …

2018-05-31 00:52   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: I think you’ll find that was the other guy

Driving back from my holidays the other day, I suddenly felt the urge to empty my increasingly dysfunctional bladder. So it came to pass that I found myself stood at a urinal in the Tibshelf northbound services, only to look down and see that I was stood in a pool of someone else’s piss. Yes, …

2018-05-29 17:01   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Euro Crisis: The Big One?

Brexit; Trump’s election; Greece; Syria; several times this blog has gone way off-topic, and each time we’ve discovered interesting points of convergence between us, (unexpectedly, given that we don’t know each other, and are scattered across the globe and the political spectrum.) Mostly there’s been a link to climate, either directly via the scepticism of …

2018-05-27 23:06   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: A Cry For Help: Uncertainty, Risk and Decisions

When Professor Shapiro (of Case Western Reserve University) recently derided sceptics for being unable to grasp the basics of reasoning under uncertainty, he certainly wasn’t the first. The evaluation of the scale, nature and significance of uncertainty is central to understanding climate change, so such accusations are tantamount to refusing sceptics a voice in the …

2018-05-25 08:45   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: Sceptics Deny the Earth is Flat. Therefore the World is Warming

The Conversation’s Environment editor Willy de Freitas, after insulting cliscep contributors Paul Matthews and John Ridgway,  as well as barrister Robin Guenier and emeritus professor of philosophy Hugh McLachlan, has decided to thumb his nose at us by publishing an article so stupid that even we wouldn’t stoop to criticise it. Sorry Willy. I’ll stoop …

2018-05-23 11:10   Click to comment

Climate Scepticism: AR6: Shared Socio-Economic Pathways Make Climate Models Increasingly Redundant

    Climate models were supposedly the future of climate change research. Their use heralded a new golden age of scientific understanding according to former Met Office chief scientist Dame Julia Slingo: I think today the incredible complexity and power and skill of these models that we use . . . . they are one …

2018-05-16 22:09   Click to comment

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