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Crackpot index

John Baez invented the crackpot index, a simple method for rating potentially revolutionary contributions to physics: A -5 point starting credit. 1 point for every statement that is widely agreed on to be false. 2 points for every statement that is clearly vacuous. … And so on, down to the high scoring items like: 40…

The Khilyuk and Chilingar test

Earlier I wrote about Khilyuk and Chilingar their mistake is so large and so obvious that anyone who cites them either has no clue about climate science or doesn’t care whether what they write is true or not. So who has discredited themselves by citing them?

The Stern Review: A Dual Critique was published in an economics journal and critiques climate science. Not surprisingly, as Nexus 6 reports, peer review was grossly inadequate. The critique slams Stern for, get this, ignoring Khilyuk and Chilingar. That’s the paper that compared human CO2 emissions with natural C02 emissions over the entire history of…

Today’s Australian has a Bob Carter opinion piece attacking the Stern report. Carter lets fly with his usual over-the-top rhetoric: the Stern review is destined to join Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb and think tank the Club of Rome’s manifesto, Limits to Growth, in the pantheon of big banana scares that proved to be unfounded.…

Matt Drudge recently linked to a web site claiming that climate experts disagreed with Al Gore about global warming. Hundreds of blogs uncritically swallowed the claim. One of the few skeptics was Bruce Perens who wrote We ran a pointer to a global-warming-doubter story this morning. Here’s the link. I decided to pull the story…

In the olden days to become a leading climate scientist you had to work hard, do lots of research and publish it in good journals. Now there’s a quicker method. Put out a press release.

One favourite tactic of creationists is that of “quote-mining”, using out-of-context quotes from scientists that appear to support the creationists’ position. Global warming skeptics play this game as well and a recent Calgary Herald column Tim Ball is a good example of the practice. He quotes James Hansen, Stephen Schneider, Phil Jones, Tom Wigley, Kevin…

Curate’s egg from the BBC

James Annan writes about two programmes on the BBC. First, a good one on overselling climate change. I think that what gave the programme credibility was that they didn’t talk to any of the global warming skeptics. RealClimate also has an interesting discussion. Second, a crappy one where Bob Carter was allowed to misinform listeners…

Gullible skeptics

Bob Carter’s fraudulent claim that global warming ended in 1998 seems to have been swallowed uncritically by lots of gullible global warming skeptics. Jim at Our Word is our Weapon plays whack a mole with a couple of them, Madsen Pirie and Scott Burgess. Coby Beck has more comments on Carter’s cherry picking. Also worth…

Bob Carter has a piece in the Telegraph where he claims: For many years now, human-caused climate change has been viewed as a large and urgent problem. In truth, however, the biggest part of the problem is neither environmental nor scientific, but a self-created political fiasco. Consider the simple fact, drawn from the official temperature…