Site: Friends of Science Calgary

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Friends of Science have spent a decade reviewing a broad spectrum of literature on climate change and have concluded the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide (CO2). The core group of the Friends of Science is made up of retired and semiretired earth and atmospheric scientists. Friends of Science have been engaged in climate science literature review since 2002. The core group has a cumulative body of some 300 years of training and field experience.

Recent Articles

Friends of Science Calgary: Due Diligence on Renewable Demands by David Suzuki Foundation

© April 26, 2017 The tax-payer subsidized charity David Suzuki Foundation is asking Canadians to participate in a “Power Up Renewable Energy” promotion campaign based on partisan demands that are not supported by evidence.  Due diligence reveals these claims and demands to be false and misleading to the public, and if implemented, would be a …

2017-04-27 02:14   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: The Myth of the 97% Consensus. Hey! They’re fooling you.

On March 17, 2017, Michelle Stirling presented “The Myth of the 97% Consensus” to the Annual Conference in Calgary, Alberta. In her talk, she deconstructs a number of the most cited consensus surveys and explains why there is no 97% consensus, why this figure is repeatedly used as ‘statisticulation’ and what the Asch Conformity …

2017-04-14 06:25   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: ELECTRIC CARS ARE NO THREAT TO OIL

Contributed by Robert Lyman © 2017 Robert Lyman will be one of our special guest speakers at the May 9th, 2017 “Climate Dogma Exposed” event at the Red and White Club, McMahon Stadium, Calgary.  Information and Tickets at or EventBrite. At a recent conference in Calgary, Steve Kronin, a former under secretary in the U.S. …

2017-04-10 03:19   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Bullying in Climate Science???!! AGU Policy. Enforceable?

by Judith Curry Updated AGU Ethics Policy available for member comment. Proposed new language identifies harassment and bullying as scientific misconduct. via Bullying as scientific misconduct — Climate Etc.

2017-04-10 03:05   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Responding to a Tweet about a Graph

On March 31, 2017 on our twitter feed we received this comment and marked up graph from peaceful data boy @jamjoumie  I wish you were applied the same skepticism of methodology to the appallingly misleading visualisations you cite Since twitter is an unlikely forum for full explanations, we offer this blog post written up by our …

2017-04-01 18:55   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Chamber of Horrors – Minister McKenna Comes to Calgary

Opinion – Contributed by Michelle Stirling ©2017 Imagine your company faces serious, imminent, economic risks.  Imagine that last year friends and family were forced to flee wildfires in Fort McMurray and that’s part of the reason your business is on the brink.  Imagine that just 3 years before that, your business also took a hit …

2017-03-26 20:18   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Pembina Institute Invented Alternative Facts on Renewable Energy’s Impact on Global Warming

Opinion – By Michelle Stirling © Feb. 24, 2017 In a National Newswatch op-ed of Feb. 21, 2017, Ed Whittingham of Pembina Institute attacks Dr. Jack Mintz, claiming Mintz was “discrediting” Canada’s emerging climate plan with “alternative facts” related to Alberta’s coal phase-out and predicted rising power utility costs.  Whittingham claims Germany is going off coal. …

2017-03-10 14:41   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: FYI Alberta – Our Request for Hearing by the Alberta Utilities Commission on Jenner Wind Farm was Rejected

Friends of Science Society does not represent any industry sector or any pecuniary interests – we examine the evidence over the ideology on climate change and climate policies and report on our findings. In 2013, Friends of Science Society hosted Dr. Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Foundation of the UK as guest speaker …

2017-03-03 05:30   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Alberta government – Myths? How about “Whoppers”?

 Posted by Michelle Stirling, Communications Manager Feb. 25, 2017 This post responds to Alberta Environment and Parks recently posted three part series entitled “Myths and Realities of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan.”  Part Two   Part Three The sad part of this is that the “myths” claimed by the government are far closer to the sorry truth, hence their …

2017-02-25 16:06   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Rebuttal to Dr. Vipond’s Blog on Financial Post Article on Alberta Air Quality and Coal Phase-out

by Norm Kalmanovitch, P. Geoph., Lead Author of our 2015 report “Burning Questions” and spokesperson in our “Burning Questions” video. On Jan. 30, 2017, the Financial Post published an article by U of A professor Warren Kindzierski. P. Eng., disputing air quality/coal emissions claims of the NDP government. On Feb. 1, 2017, Dr. Vipond, a coal phase-out …

2017-02-02 17:59   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: New Reports Challenge SHARE on Climate Change Risk and ‘Denial’ for Pension Fund Trustees and Corporate Boards

Friends of Science Society has issued two new reports. The first entitled “Climate Change Risk Clouds Boardroom Competency” challenges a recent report by SHARE – Shareholder Association for Research and Education. SHARE claims energy and utility corporate boards should have ‘climate change competent’ directors. Climate change is a complex interdisciplinary field far removed from the…

2017-02-01 03:32   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Rule of Law- Over “Climate Justice”

Some time ago, climate activists noticed they were not winning over the American public, whose opinion was deeply divided on global warming/climate change. They turned to legal venues to promote their agenda, including shareholder proposals and legal complaints. Any jurisdiction, like Massachusetts or the UK, who enacted reductions of fossil fuel emissions will be subject […] …

2017-02-01 02:18   Click to comment


Contributed by Robert Lyman @ 2017 At a town hall event in Peterborough, Ontario on Friday, January 13, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to a question concerning his Government’s recent decision to approve the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline by saying it was a matter of trying to balance economic and environmental concerns. …

2017-01-14 22:01   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Trump Transition Will be a Tsunami Washing Away Climate Corruption.

Guest post by Dr. Tim Ball ©2017 Many people, including my wife, ask why I continue to fight for the truth about the greatest deception in history, the claim that humans are causing global warming. The answer is simple; I don’t want any politician to be able to say they weren’t told. I have written a …

2017-01-03 23:35   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Why are Tax-Subsidized Charities David Suzuki Foundation and Ecojustice Making False and Misleading Statements on Pipelines and Oil? We Complain to CRA

  Overview On Dec. 17, 2016, The David Suzuki Foundation, a registered Canadian charity, sent an email to subscribers claiming that “Pipeline approvals expose broken environmental assessment process” – that same day Ecojustice Canada Society, a registered Canadian charity, sent an email to subscribers claiming “Research shows that approving the Kinder Morgan pipeline will be a ……

2016-12-20 01:43   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: The Energy “Subsidy” Debate – Some Additional Fuel for the Fire

Contributed by Robert Lyman © 2016 One of the recurring side debates that always seems to rage between those who favour large public spending to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and those who argue that such expenditures are not justified concerns whether energy markets are already “distorted” by existing subsidies to fossil fuel industries. There are many …

2016-12-11 17:39   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Week in review – science and policy edition — Climate Etc.

by Judith Curry A few things that caught my eye this past week. via Week in review – science and policy edition — Climate Etc.

2016-12-11 17:28   Click to comment


Contributed by Robert Lyman © 2016 Those who believe that humans are causing catastrophic global warming often claim that the world will soon no longer need oil as a transportation fuel because of increased fuel economy, reduced vehicle ownership and the emergence of all-electric “plug-in” vehicles as a major share of the world vehicle market. To …

2016-12-11 17:24   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: We Request a Conflict of Interest Inquiry and Cost-Benefit Analysis on Alberta Climate Plan and Carbon Tax

Posted by Michelle Stirling © December 5, 2016 On this day we have requested a Conflict of Interest Inquiry by the Ethics Commissioner of Alberta and a Cost-Benefit Analysis from the Auditor General of Alberta. The introduction of our letter follows – the complete pdf can be read by clicking on the link below this introduction: …

2016-12-06 00:07   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Smart Prosperity and Civil Society Leaders’ Letter – All Hat No Cattle

On Nov. 23, 2016, a group of some 60 CEOs and ‘civil society leaders’ sent a letter to the Prime Minister and First Ministers and publicized it via Smart Prosperity’s website. There’s much talk of ‘bold action’ and ‘greener power, smarter transportation, cleaner production’ – but they don’t give any concrete examples of these in …

2016-12-01 03:10   Click to comment


Friends of Science Society is dedicated to presenting evidence over ideology, usually related to climate science and policy. Climate change and environmental concerns are often cited as a factors in pipeline development. This material is offered to provide information to the public for informed debate on important economic and environmental issues in Canada. Full Report: MOVING …

2016-11-27 01:01   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Man Made Warming in Iceland — Science Matters

H/t to Bill Illis and Tony Heller As the graphs show, global warming is indeed man made. It is achieved by adjustments producing a warming trend in station records where no such trend existed. A similar pattern is found and analyzed in my study of the highest quality US stations Temperature Data Review Project–My Submission via …

2016-11-27 00:43   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Confusing Development with Delusion and Destruction

A quick review of Canada’s submission to the UNFCC Contributed by Rob Pearce ©2016 Have you ever seen the buzzword or jargon generating games, where various phrases, nouns, verbs etc are combined to make serious sounding yet obscure statements?  Welcome to Canada’s latest contribution to the GHG reduction commitment stampede.   Scheduled to coincide with the …

2016-11-25 23:07   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Why were AB Gov’t Officials Booed on Coal Phase-out Claims? Watch PPT

Rural Alberta mayors and councillors booed Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman on coal phase-out, as reported by CBC Nov. 17, 2016. Here’s the power point presentation that gave them insights into the costs and consequences of coal phase-out for Alberta. AAMDC “Pulling the Plug” : (click link below for download) aamdc-pulling-the-plug-v3-nov-21-compressed-2016    The Alberta government claims ……

2016-11-22 14:40   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: MOVING OIL BY TANKER IN CANADA: The Facts.

SUMMARY Contributed by Robert Lyman © 2016 Recently, there have been three high-profile proposals for the construction of pipelines to transport crude oil from western Canada to east and west coasts for tanker shipment to foreign markets. These include the Northern Gateway Project to the port of Kitimat, British Columbia, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project …

2016-11-18 04:37   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Facts and Fallacies on World Fossil Fuel Use vs Renewables

INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY 2016 REPORT ON KEY ENERGY STATISTICS IMPORTANT POINTS FOR THE CLIMATE DEBATE Contributed by Robert Lyman © 2016 The International Energy Agency (IEA) is perhaps the premier international authority in terms of collecting data on world energy supply and demand and producing analysis for policy makers. It posts its data online, and each …

2016-11-14 02:29   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Trumping the climate — Climate Etc.

by Judith Curry So . . . what can we expect from the Trump administration on environment/climate/energy? via Trumping the climate — Climate Etc.

2016-11-14 02:21   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Alberta Wide Rally Gives Albertans A Platform for Concerns on Climate Plan, Carbon Tax, and Coal Phase-out

Contributed by Michelle Stirling, Communications Manager for Friends of Science Society. On Sunday, November 8, 2016, thousands of people across Alberta spoke up and signed petitions against the Alberta Climate Plan, the carbon tax and coal phase-out. Many of thousands of others could not be at the rallies – they were out in the field …

2016-11-08 04:27   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Alberta Wide Rally – Nov. 5th at Noon. (Red Deer 11:00am) Be There!

ALBERTA WIDE RALLY is the place where Albertans have a voice Stand up for Democracy in Alberta Contributed by the Alberta Wide Rally. @ 2016 Calgary, AB November 4, 2016– The Alberta Wide Rally is pleased to announce that preparations are ready at province-wide locations for tomorrow’s rallies – Saturday, November 5, 2016 at noon …

2016-11-04 22:14   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: An Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and First Ministers on Geopolitical Trade War Against Canada Cloaked in Green and Climate Change Rhetoric

Nov. 2, 2016 ATTN: Right Honorable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Climate Change and Environment First Ministers of Canada AN OPEN LETTER Honorable Elected Leaders, RE: Conflict of Interest Concerns over Ratification of Paris Agreement on Climate Change In recent weeks, we have seen key officials of the National Energy Board …

2016-11-03 02:55   Click to comment

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