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Archives for January, 2007

Sincere Climate Pessimism

Some wit once said something like, “My pessimism extends so far as to suspect the sincerity of the pessimists.” As we witness a flurry of activity concerning global warming on Capitol Hill–and with the IPCC report just days from emerging–that’s the outlook I’d like to apply to the climate issue.

Annals of Possible Cherry-Picking

A very interesting issue–discussed in comments here and here–has arisen over one aspect of Roger Pielke, Jr.’s testimony yesterday. In that testimony (PDF), Pielke suggested that Waxman’s committee had cherry-picked science with the following statement in a memorandum (the original of which I have not been able to locate):

Cyclone Dora, in the South Indian basin, was estimated to have 75 knot or about 86 mile per hour maximum sustained winds in the latest advisory from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. That’s significantly stronger than any storm yet in 2007, and Dora is expected to intensify further. The storm does not pose any immediate…

Iain Murray is repeating the lame argument made by Darrell Issa at the Waxman hearing yesterday: The UCS mailed out over 1600 survey forms to climate scientists and based their assertions of political interference on the 297 that got returned. That’s a response rate of just 19 percent. OMB guidelines clearly state that a response…

Nothing Like Free Advertising

Here’s hard proof of the RWOS brandishing that I spoke of earlier. I assure you, I had nothing to do with this, but then, I don’t exactly object, either. Apparently Rep. Cooper also had some pretty revealing comments in his opening statement to the Waxman hearing. ThinkProgress has more. UPDATE: Apparently the whole hearing will…

Report from the Waxman Hearing

Well, I got off jury duty and managed to get over to the Hill after all. As I write this, the Waxman hearing is still ongoing, and you can watch it here. I have it on good authority from three people that in the opening statements, Rep. Jim Cooper, a Democrat, actually waved a copy…

Missing the Waxman Hearing

Oh well. There’s a very important politicization of science hearing (PDF) on the Hill this morning in about an hour, and jury duty is going to prevent me from going. I haven’t been picked for a trial yet, but my last “voir dire” also didn’t end by the end of the day yesterday…and the Superior…

Jonathan Adler Review of RWOS

While I was battling through the snow on my way to Ithaca to give a talk about my new book, my old one was prompting quite a stir over at the Volokh Conspiracy. Jonathan Adler has done a lengthy, critical review of the book for the journal Regulation, published by the Cato Institute, and that’s…

Cornell Road Report

In essence, it went like this: Getting to and from Ithaca was a !!%$^# nightmare. But once I got there, the talk went extremely well. I won’t bother you with all the details about how my flight to Ithaca from LaGuardia, and my back-up flight to Syracuse, were both canceled. About how I then decided…

Cornell Talk Abstract

Well, I am off to Ithaca today to deliver my first major talk (tomorrow) on the subject of hurricanes and global warming, sponsored by the Cornell Department of Communication and co-sponsored by the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, and the Ethical, Legal, & Social Issues focus area…