Category Archives: Skeptics

Analyzing AGW skepticism: missing the point?

by Judith Curry

There is a growing body of aca­demic lit­er­ature that seeks to under­stand, explain – and even over­come – cli­mate change scep­ti­cism. But is it get­ting to grips with scep­ti­cism, or missing the point? – Adam Corner

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Heartburn at Heartland

by Judith Curry

UPDATE: Email from Joe Bast

You can not simultaneously say that you want to promote a debate while equating the other side to terrorists and mass murderers.” — Ross McKitrick

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The ongoing debate . . .

by Judith Curry

Lindzen has responded to Hoskins et al.

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Lindzen et al.: response and parry

by Judith Curry

In recent weeks, we are seeing two very interesting debates, both of which involve Richard Lindzen.  The first debate involves the recent WSJ op-ed No Need to Panic About Global Warming.  The second involves Lindzen’s seminar at the House of Commons.

Lets take a look at the latest response and parries in these ongoing debates.

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Republican(?) brain

by Judith Curry

Multiple choice test: Republicans are more skeptical than Democrats about climate change because:

a)  A defensive ideology is hardwired into their brain

b)  A growing distrust of scientific institutions because of the politicization of science

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Lindzen’s seminar: Part II

by Judith Curry

The comment thread is getting unwieldly on the original post Lindzen’s seminar at the House of Commons, so here is a new thread.

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Lindzen’s Seminar at the House of Commons

by Judith Curry

Lindzen’s seminar last week that was presented at the House of Commons may be the most effective seminar he has given on Global Warming.

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Week in review 2/24/12

by Judith Curry

What a week.

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Why target Heartland?

Update:  Email from Joseph Bast, President of Heartland Institute, appended at the end of the post.

So, imagine you are a climate scientist and climate change ideologue, and want to “take down” the single organization (or individual) that is doing the most damage to the movement (i.e. with the end result of thwarting CO2 emissions/stabilization policy).  Who would you target?

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Heartland

by Judith Curry

I am starting to get requests from journalists to comment on the documents leaked from Heartland.

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Argument and authority in the climate fight

by Judith Curry

The opinion pieces published in the WSJ continue to be discussed, and perhaps finally they are stimulating some useful insights.

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On the dangerous(?) naivete of uncritical acceptance of scientific consensus

by Judith Curry

When unanimity of opinion is forged among the most learned men across various bodies of knowledge, such agreement must be protected against the threat of violent upheaval by one careless agent with only the most meager qualifications. A broad base of common agreement is necessary for the progress of scientific knowledge which alone carries the hope of civilization, thus it is no exaggeration to say that our very survival is at stake. It is imperative that we voice our united opposition to this threat to the common good posed by the irresponsible propagation of that one man’s abominable theories.

Pop Quiz time! Don’t worry, it will be a multiple choice. What is the source of the above?

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Ludecke et al. respond

by Horst-Joachim Lüdecke, Rainer Link, and Friedrich-Karl Ewert

In his comments R. L. Tol argues that our paper LU and LL should be ignored. We will respond following the order of R. Tol’s objections. We refer to the same shortcuts and references as in our guest post – LU resp. LL, and [1]-[5].

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Tol’s critique of the Ludecke et al. papers

by Richard Tol

There has been some brouhaha over a guest post by Lüdecke, Link, and Ewert. I think the quality of work is so bad that Judith should never have spotlighted these papers. Publicly berating Judith, I of course drew more attention to their work, and her response added to that.

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Sceptical about scepticism

by Judith Curry

Nature Climate Change published a review of the James Lawrence Powell’s book “The Inquisition of Climate Science.”  The review, written by Fred Pearce, is titled “Sceptical about Sceptics.”

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ACS webinar: the backstory

by Pete Bonk

Now that it’s over it’s time to hear the rest of the story about the recent ACS symposium.

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Uncommon sense: the U.S. Navy

by Judith Curry

The Center for a Better Life has published a very interesting article entitled “Task Force Climate Change: Climate Skepticism and Ways Forward,” by Cmdr. Blake McBride, U.S. Navy Task Force on Climate Change.

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NIPCC discussion thread

by Judith Curry

The Interim Report of the Nongovermental Panel on Climate Change has been released:  Climate Change Reconsidered.

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Cool dudes

by Judith Curry

So, who are the “cool dudes”?   Well, if you are reading this post, odds are that you are a “cool dude”.

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Nature on Heartland

by Judith Curry

Nature has just published an editorial on the Heartland Conference entitled “Heart of the Matter” with subtitle “The Heartland Institute’s climate conference reveals the motives of global warming skeptics.”

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The Civil Heretic

by Judith Curry

In the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the EPA (discussed previously here) included this footnote:

“For views opposing EPA’s, see, e.g., Dawidoff, The Civil Heretic, N. Y. Times Magazine 32 (March 29, 2009). The Court, we caution, endorses no particular view of the complicated issues related to carbon dioxide emissions and climate change.”

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Mooney on Kahan on Skeptics

by Judith Curry

Chris Mooney has a new post up entitled “A little knowledge: why the biggest problem with climate skeptics may be their confidence.”  Mooney’s post responds to Kahan et al.’s new study entitled “The tragedy of the risk-perception commons: culture conflict, rationality conflict, and climate change.

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Understanding(?) the conflict

by Judith Curry

The events of the past week have provided some potential insights into the conflict over the climate debate among the climate establishment, McIntyre & McKitrick, skeptical scientists, the extended peer community of the climate blogosphere, and a public that is trying to to make sense of it all.

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Making the lukewarmer case

by Judith Curry

Many skeptics have attempted to lay out their arguments in a broad sense for the broader public, presumably hoping to convince the uninformed or the weakly convinced.  There are books, booklets, ppt presentations, youtube videos.  While these may inform people that are already skeptical, and maybe catch the attention of the uninformed, I suspect that the do not make much if any headway in convincing to be skeptical those that are already convinced.

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What we agree(?) on

by Judith Curry

This post draws heavily from Bishop Hill’s post with (almost) the same title, related to the Cambridge Workshop discussed on the previous thread. Specifically, this addresses the attempt by Dr. Eric Wolff to find a measure of agreement between the two sides in the climate debate.  I attempted something similar on a previous Climate Etc. thread titled What we know with confidence.

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