A Story of the Climate Change Debate. How it Ran; Why it Failed.

By Larry Kummer, from Fabius Maximus – Re-Blogged From http://www.WattsUpWithThat.com

Summary: Here is a powerful presentation by Professor Roger Pielke Jr. that provides missing background for the flood of stories about climate change accompanying the UN Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21). The events he describes show how the public policy debate has been conducted, why it failed — and point to fixes necessary if we are to prepare for the future.

“It is not their wrongness so much as their pretensions to rightness that have brought economic predictions and the theory that underlies them into well-deserved contempt.”
— Peter Medawar in The Strange Case of the Spotted Mice: and Other Classic Essays on Scienceclip_image001 (1981).

Occupy Wall Street Climate Protest Image: AP

Contents

  1. Introduction.
  2. His Presentation.
  3. Conclusions.
  4. For More Information.
  5. Upsetting the President’s science adviser.

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #170

The Week That Was:February 28, 2015 – Brought to You by www.SEPP.org

By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

Politicized Science: This week members of Congress removed any doubt that Climate Science has become highly politicized, virtually ignoring that scientific knowledge is based on empirical evidence, not based on what some scientists claim they think they know. The once respected New York Times (NYT), had an article criticizing Wei-Hock Soon (Willie Soon) for failing to disclose in publications that the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics received some $1.2 million from fossil fuel sources to support the work of Soon, including the utility company, Southern Company. The Center also received some of this money from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, which is now a favorite target of environmental groups. The article stated that the documents were obtained by Greenpeace, an environmental group, but failed to mention that Greenpeace is a leader in the anti-fossil fuel movement.

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The Week That Was

(Re-Blogged from SEPP, the Science and Environment Policy Project)

Quote of the Week:Skepticism is the first step to Truth
–Denis Diderot
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Number of the Week:1.42 times area of USA (all territory)
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THIS WEEK:
By Ken Haapala, Executive Vice President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Science Adviser:
Recently, the once obscure position of official science adviser has garnered the attention in the popular press. John Holdren, President Obama’s chief science adviser, has been active in the US National Climate Assessment, which is little more than the alarmist version of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR-5) of the UN

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