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Archives for April, 2006

Lindzen on Hurricanes and GW

Famed global warming “skeptic” Richard Lindzen has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today about global warming–which includes some debunking of the proposed hurricane/GW link. He writes:

Speaking of John Lott…

Since he’s been in the news I perused his website…and what did I find? An outright denial of human caused global warming, based upon a questionable-sounding argument (culled from some dude writing in The Telegraph) that I’ve never actually heard before: Consider the simple fact, drawn from the official temperature records of the Climate Research…

Book Endorsement; Book Review

Basic Books has just published The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius, by Harvard historian of science Joyce Chaplin. I got to read the book in galleys and it was excellent. From his studies of electricity and storms to his charting of the Gulf Stream, Franklin was easily this nation’s first…

Not that you shouldn’t drink liberally on other days…but seriously, I’m speaking in DC this Wednesday night at a Drinking Liberally event. It should be a heck of a lot of fun. Vital details: Mark & Orlando’s, Wednesday, April 12th, 7:30PM. There should be a book signing after. And then, er, drinking liberally….

On to Michigan State

In case anyone was wondering why I didn’t blog yesterday, I was traveling–and a long day on the road culminated in a very well received speech at Bowling Green. I’d say there were over 200 people present. They laughed at my jokes. Now I’m off to Michigan State for another one of these events….meanwhile, the…

Very apropos of my previous post about George Will and Robert Novak, just found this quotation from Michael Kinsley: Abandoning the pretense of objectivity does not mean abandoning the journalist’s most important obligation, which is factual accuracy. In fact, the practice of opinion journalism brings additional ethical obligations. These can be summarized in two words:…

I really think the folks at Real Climate have an important point when they write, in outrage over Robert Novak’s recent attack on James Hansen, the following: What is happening at the Washington Post, unfortunately, has nothing to do with a critical examination of the evidence for an imminent danger. It has nothing to do…

The junior senator from Illinois recently gave a long speech on global warming, which included the following: And while the situation on the land may look ugly, what’s going on in the oceans is even worse. Hurricanes and typhoons thrive in warm water, and as the temperature has risen, so has the intensity of these…

Today I’m working on updates to Chapter 9 of my book, which is divided up into sections about misuses of science to favor food industry interests and misuses of science to deny the dangers of mercury pollution and contamination of fish. The chapter itself is entitled “Eating Away at Science.” However, it has been a…

George Will Takedowns

When it comes to global warming and prominent national columnists, there’s probably no one with his head further crammed into the sand than George Will. Anyway, there’s no need for me to debunk his latest nonsense, Real Climate and the Progress Report have already done a great job. But hey, Will can get the science…