The letter that will follow below is a fascinating historical snapshot of the Nixon White House, and of early global warming hysteria. It is written by John Erlichman and provides Nixon with an overview of this new potential problem. I am not being critical of Nixon (on the global warming matter that will follow); the idea was new at the time. But still, for Erlichman to suggest going to Hugh Heffner for advice shows that the man was not thinking clearly. Continue Reading
Political corruption has always existed in the U.S., but our country has enjoyed relative protection from the kind of institutionalized corruption that is common in many parts of the world – mostly the developing world. Rule of law has been a significant competitive advantage for us.
But that legacy is rapidly changing. The Black Liquor scandal and other similar government initiatives, have demonstrated that the current Congress and President have stooped to levels of corruption and political favoritism that would have been intolerable during previous administrations – during times when the mainstream media actually served a purpose.
But, in regard to corruption, we haven’t seen anything yet. The government takeover of our health care system, in combination with energy subsidies and other proposed climate change legislation, will lead to an explosion of fraud and political corruption. The opportunities for cheating, and the lack of oversight, will be extraordinary.
Corruption associated with climate change legislation will, however, be an international activity. It is interesting that the United Nations, known for its own out-of-control corruption, has blown the whistle on its key climate change program Continue Reading
Carl Sagan and Charles Darwin were wrong about just about everything and yet both men continue to be worshipped by the scientific community. Sagan was a great showman; charismatic and committed. He was perhaps most famous for how he spoke passionately about the “billions and billions” of stars and the inevitability of millions of earth-like planets – many that must contain intelligent life. For Sagan, we live in an ordinary galaxy, a non-descript solar system, and a hum-drum planet. It was called The Principle of Mediocrity. Evolution of life on earth was just an accident, but an accident that must have been repeated in some form on many other hum-drum planets. Continue Reading
President Obama’s policies are designed to discourage the development of “climate changing” fossil fuels. The President would rather send our tax dollars to producers of solar, wind, and ethanol (to keep them economically competitive with fossil fuels) rather than earn tax income from the development of oil, coal, and natural gas. Well, the good news is that those government subsidies may not be necessary in the years ahead. When oil prices rise to $150-$200 barrel, and never see double digits again – maybe wind and solar will be able to compete without government handouts. Of course, it will be many decades (if ever) before these alternative energies satisfy a substantial percentage of U.S. energy needs. Continue Reading
Absolutely nothing new was uncovered in Climategate. Read Meltdown (2004), by Patrick Michaels, and Climate of Extremes (2009), by Balling and Michaels. It’s all in there: the distortion, “secrecy”, and control of raw data; the manipulation of scientific studies to make sure the results were supportive of the global warming paradigm; the on-going campaign to keep “anti” studies out of the literature; the complicity of the media in preventing a balanced discussion; the enormous financial incentives that flow to educational institutions and other think tanks; the planned personal attacks on “enemies” of climate change with the intent of destroying careers; the benefits that flow to politicians who support the climate change movement, including even the Nobel prize; etc. This was all common knowledge; to even casual observers.
I suppose the fact that the scientific community was caught admitting all this made Climategate the big story. It is sad that the mainstream media had committed all its resources protecting these “scientists” and fighting for climate change legislation rather than fighting for the truth. No guts, no glory – and no reason to exist. Continue Reading
Why Scientists Get it Wrong is taken from a book by David Archibald, The Past and Future of Climate. This short abstract lists some of the climate-gate quotes and includes some interesting graphs.
There are legitimate reasons to adjust temperature data. However, what we find over and over again is that scientists intentionally adjust data far beyond what would be fair and logical, in order to support global warming theory. The theory is crucial. High paying jobs, prestige, reputation, and money all depend of on maintaining this mythology. Two examples data manipulation follow, but there are dozens more. Continue Reading
Meltdown: Why Ice Ages Don’t Last Forever, reviews new scientific evidence on the subject. There is still much more to learn about these cycles, and the scope of this review is also less than complete. Prior to ice age cycles of 41,000 years, and then more recently 100,000 year cycles, there were “snowball earth” events that put the Earth into a deep freeze. See here. Continue Reading
NASA is receiving a 62% raise, up to $2.4 billion. NASA is under pressure for “cooking the data”, but the current administration is unfazed, and will reward the organization with a big bonus. The tens of billions of dollars poured into global warming research stop when the global warming hysteria ends – so the hysteria is not likely to end any time soon. See the story here.