Archives for May, 2008

Sideshow Roy Spencer writes: Our environmental protection practices have already caused the deaths of millions of people, mainly in poor African countries. By far the most humans — mostly women and children — have been sacrificed in the mistaken belief that the use of any amount of the pesticide DDT would harm the environment. As…

Doubt is Their Product

Chris Mooney reviews a new book about the war on science Doubt is Their Product: How Industry’s Assault on Science Threatens Your Health by David Michaels (Oxford University Press, 359 pages, $27.95) … Tobacco companies perfected the ruse, which was later copycatted by other polluting or health-endangering industries. One tobacco executive was even dumb enough…

The Tilo Reber Thread

Since Tilo Reber’s comments always seem to take discussion off topic, all further comments from Tilo should be posted to this thread as well as any replies to any comment by Tilo.

In 2006 Exxon said that they would no longer fund organizations like the Competitive Enterprise Institute that misrepresent the science of global warming? Last year we found out that they were still funding the George Marshall Institute and others. Now Cindy Baxter reports that Exxon’s latest Corporate Citizenship report says:

Open Thread 7

Time for a new open thread.

John Quiggin has some comments on Roger Bate’s response to our article in Prospect on Rachel Carson. My response to Bate will take more than one post. Let’s start with this paragraph: I was never a tobacco lobbyist. After I wrote two articles on tobacco-related topics in 1996 and 1997, I consulted for Philip Morris,…

Groundpundit Day

Oh look, it’s Glenn Reynolds: Cracks in the Consensus? Hey, science advances by changing its mind in response to new data. The worrisome thing would be if people didn’t. And from his link: Professor Oleg Sorokhtin of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences is advising people “to stock up on fur coats” because he expects…

Oregon petition warmed over

Last year RealClimate reported that there had been another mass mailing to get more signatures on the notorious Oregon Petition. They are now announcing that they’ve increased the number of signatures from 19,000 to 31,000. The original objections to the Oregon Petition still apply — most of the signers do not have PhDs and are…

On-line abuse

Last year Graham Young, accused me of being blatantly dishonest for writing that Peiser had admitted to making multiple errors, even though Peiser had confirmed this in an email to Young. He ended up writing 20 comments denying Peiser’s admission. Now Young has lashed out at me in a post at On Line Opinion. He…

Pielke train wreck continues

More carriages have come off the rails in the Roger Pielke Jr train wreck. Pielke finally does a hypothesis test. Trouble is, it’s an unpaired t-test, which would only make sense if GISS and HADCRU were independent of each other, i.e. temperature measurements of different planets. Which, uh, they’re not. James Annan explains it here.…