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My oped is second only to a roundup of business news, as of 4 pm ET. See here. The op-ed has generated some 440 comments, too, at last count. I wonder if we will hear anything further from Mr. Will…. UPDATE: Scratch that, as of 7 ET, it is the number one article on the…

As any reader of this blog knows, I was for a while very critical of the Washington Post editorial page amid the George Will affair. Now, my view has changed. Today the Post publishes, replete with links to many scientific sources, my op-ed answering three claims Will made in his now infamous “Dark Green Doomsayers”…

Several readers have emailed me to comment on Michael Steele’s ummmm…imaginative explanations of both global ‘cooling‘ and Greenland: “We are cooling. We are not warming. The warming you see out there, the supposed warming, and I am using my finger quotation marks here, is part of the cooling process. Greenland, which is now covered in…

In the looking glass world of some conservatives and contrarians, the Democratic war on science continues today….just see here for proof. Not only has our new president reversed Bush’s stem cell policy, and directed his science adviser–who really, really needs to be Senate confirmed–to “develop a strategy for restoring scientific integrity to government decision making”…

So, I have to say I find this funny. On the one hand we have the current, perverse attempt to forecast all the ways in which Democrats and scientists are going to fall into big conflicts soon, now that the Dems have so much power. The idea here is to construct a false equivalence between…

A lot of people right now are striving desperately to establish this notion. Neil Munro’s big story in the latest National Journal (here, subscription) is the latest example. In essence, it postulates a bunch of new rifts that are going to open between scientists and Democrats now that the latter are in power. I’m quoted…

Eruptions of Know-Nothingism

My latest Science Progress column sets Bobby Jindal’s latest comments mocking volcano monitoring in the context of longstanding attacks on individual scientific grants–which goes all the way back to Senator William Proxmire’s “Golden Fleece” awards, if not further. While this tradition is to some extent bipartisan, it has certainly been more honored of late by…

We can if we’re Fox News. Or Matt Drudge. These people use any snowstorm as reason to cast doubt on global warming. It’s as predictable as…well, no, it’s a lot more predictable than the weather. I really regret that important global warming protests and actions always seem to be timed so that they coincide with…

At a time when there is big controversy going on concerning George Will’s February 15 column, why on earth did this scientific institute–centrally involved in the issue–not leave their refutation of Will concerning sea ice up on their website? You can see it in the Google cache here. But it is not available live, and…

I just sent Fred Hiatt a roughly 900 word oped, with references, that I believe soundly refutes George Will’s three central climate science claims from his February 15 column. I also make a larger, more resonant point. I hope the Post will publish the column–but you folks will see it in some form no matter…