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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: Grid-Level Electricity Storage – NOAA’s Critique of the WWS Vision

Contributed by Robert Lyman © 2017 A new paper prepared by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Earth System Laboratory and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is drawing attention in policy circles in the U.S. The paper critiques the claims of a study by Mark Jacobson et. al. …

2017-06-25 00:48   Click to comment


Contributed by Robert Lyman © 2017 Introduction Much of the controversy in Canada concerning climate change issues takes place at a very general level. People discuss first whether one should believe those scientists and modelers who predict catastrophic global warming, and second what are the implications of this for the emissions reductions measures, if any, we …

2017-06-23 00:08   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Reuters Misleads on Investor Support for AGW — Science Matters

Reuters published today 2017 tables listing sovereign investors in two categories: Leaders and Laggards. I noticed that the laggard table included the assets size of funds, while the leader table did not. So I went to the report itself by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) which is leading the effort to blame and shame […] …

2017-06-21 00:28   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: L’Utopie du tout renouvelable, par Jean-Pierre SCHAEKEN, Bruxelles, Académie royale de Belgique, 2017

Par Drieu Godefridi  Je recommande vivement la lecture de ce tout petit (80 pages) ouvrage de synthèse sur l’électricité européenne.   Après la sortie américaine de l’Accord de Paris, il se confirme que l’Europe s’engagera, seule, dans la voie d’une électricité tout intégralement générée par de…

2017-06-18 15:29   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Outcome of the Paris Accord: a re-founding act of American democracy?

Interview with Drieu Godefridi, Belgian philosopher, jurist, author of “Le GIEC etMort; Vive le Science” (The IPCC is Dead: Long Live Science) published in English under the title “The IPCC: A Scientific Body?” Godefridi discusses his view that the exit of the Trump Administration from the Paris Agreement is a sensible return to American democracy. …

2017-06-16 04:41   Click to comment


Contributed by Robert Lyman © 2017 In November 2016, the International Energy Agency issued its latest World Energy Outlook (WEO), its summary of econometric model projections of global energy supply and demand from 2015 to 2040. The full outlook sells for several hundred dollars, so most observers have had to make do with the Executive Summary …

2017-06-15 21:13   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: THE COP21 AGREEMENT – JUST THE FACTS, PLEASE

Contributed by Robert Lyman © 2017 In the classic television series Dragnet, broadcast in the 1950’s, the main character was a deadpan detective named Joe Friday. Friday would cut through the stories being told to him by any witness by insisting, “Just the facts, please”. Dragnet became a model for many different police dramas over the …

2017-06-10 01:38   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: June Arctic Ice Still Strong — Science Matters

Thick Arctic ice pack traps boats, triggers rescue operation off Newfoundland Unusually heavy Arctic pack ice has trapped multiple vessels, stymied the fishing season and triggered a high-stakes rescue operation from a sinking ship off Newfoundland. Trevor Hodgson, the Canadian Coast Guard’s superintendent of ice operations for the Atlantic region, said the heavy ice is […] …

2017-06-10 01:03   Click to comment


Contributed by Robert Lyman @ June 4, 2017 Robert Lyman is an Ottawa energy policy consultant, former public servant and former diplomat. Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Annex II Parties* (like Canada) are committed to give significant amounts of money to developing countries to help pay for actions that those …

2017-06-05 02:28   Click to comment


Contributed by Robert Lyman © June 1, 2017   If today’s headlines are to be believed, a newly-elected British Columbia provincial government composed of the New Democratic Party and a sliver group of Green Party MLA’s, is about to go to war against Canada. They oppose the construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion project, a proposal …

2017-06-01 14:42   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: The Sky is Falling!

Contributed by Robert Lyman © May 2017   In a story published two days ago in the Independent, a U.K. newsmagazine, Seth Berenstein reported on the claims of a group of scientists, including Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University, about the possible effects of the United States withdrawing from the December 2015 Paris agreement on global warming. …

2017-05-31 00:25   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: National Energy Board (NEB) – Implications of Proposed Changes: A Review

  Updated and with additional commentary May 05, 2017 4:36pm Many Canadians have been unaware of the work of the National Energy Board (NEB). Since its establishment in 1959, The National Energy Board has served as the federal government’s independent, expert, quasi-judicial regulatory body dealing with important energy matters. The Board itself operates at arms’ length from …

2017-05-17 20:07   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Can Canada Survive Climate Change Policy?

Contributed by Robert Lyman © May 9, 2017 This is the prepared text of a presentation made at the Friends of Science Society’s 14th Annual CLIMATE DOGMA EXPOSED event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on May 9th, 2017. Robert Lyman is a Principal at the Ottawa-based ENTRANS Policy Research Group, Inc., a former public servant of 27  years, working …

2017-05-11 03:45   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Taking The Economist to Task for Unfounded Climate Catastrophe Fearmongering

Contributed by Dr. John D. Harper, FGSA,FGAC, PGeol., former director of the Geological Survey of Canada © May 2017 I have recently been asked to comment on three articles published in The Economist. My background for such a response is as a Professor of Petroleum Geology and Sedimentology (ret.), a former Director-Energy for the Geological Survey of …

2017-05-06 01:56   Click to comment

Friends of Science Calgary: Smart Prosperity Institute’s Cleantech for Climate Change Report is Flawed- Canada Must be Grounded in Reality

Cleantech and decarbonization are the Holy Grail of investment and government subsidy hype, but practically speaking there have been numerous catastrophic failures of cleantech in recent years, both as investments and as subsidized programs. Tried and true natural resources are required to produce all clean tech products and innovations. This document – “Grounded in Reality” ……

2017-05-04 04:22   Click to comment

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

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