Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL): Climate model predictions of warming are not panning out, and even if goals of Climate Action Plan were achieved, there’d be no measurable difference for 100 yrs. [For fact checking]

January 28, 2014 5:31 pm2 comments
Senator Jeff Sessions R Alabama, Review of the President’s Climate Action Plan, Hearing  before U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, 113th Cong. (2014)

POSTED FOR COMMENTARY BY SCIENTISTS The following statements are from Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) during the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Work’s hearing titled “Review of the President’s Climate Action Plan.” The hearing was held on January 16, 2014. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) 48:14 The truth is that predictions […]

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Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon): Carbon pollution is “assaulting” Oregon’s agriculture, fishing, oyster, and timber industries; western forests of U.S. in great peril. [For fact checking & general commentary]

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Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon)

POSTED FOR COMMENTARY BY SCIENTISTS The following statements are from Senator Jeff Merkley (R-Oregon) during the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Work’s hearing titled “Review of the President’s Climate Action Plan.” The hearing was held on January 16, 2014.  The statements start at 32:30. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) No matter […]

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What We Know about Climate

January 25, 2014 7:49 pm4 comments
What We Know about Climate

My name is Andrew Dessler, I am a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M.  In my testimony, I will review what I think is the most important conclusions that the scientific community has reached in over two centuries of work on climate. Conclusions The climate is warming. By this […]

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Your Logic Escapes Me

January 22, 2014 5:43 pm13 comments
From 'Your Logic Escapes Me' by Dr. Nielsen-Gammon. Republished under fair use.

[Update 1-23-14 1600 GMT: Judith Curry explains her logic.  I’ve added it to the end of this post, with my commentary.] Several times during the past few months, I’ve heard generally incredulous statements such as, “How can the IPCC increase their confidence in anthropogenic global warming at the same time […]

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Thoughts on Inference and Method

January 19, 2014 10:57 pm1 comment
Physics Lab by Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M via Flickr

One pretty certain fact about science is that much of the public is more interested in the various findings of science, than in the methods by which they are generated. Science generates some “wow, cool!” findings, so this is (somewhat) understandable. Science writers generally oblige this interest by focusing on […]

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“Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature” by John Cook et al: 97% of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming. [Fact Checking & General Commentary]

January 13, 2014 7:27 pm11 comments
Source: TheConsensus Project.com

POSTED FOR COMMENTARY BY SCIENTISTS In the video abstract of his published survey, John Cook states that “among climate scientists actively publishing [peer-reviewed] climate research, 97% agree that humans humans are causing global warming. ” He states that the 97% finding was based on over 12,000 papers from 1991-2011 mentioning “global […]

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FOX News Radio host Brian Kilmeade suggests only “corrupt” climate scientists believe in consensus global warming theory and asks “how [else] do they make their living?” [For general commentary]

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Fox News Host Brian Kilmeade

POSTED FOR COMMENTARY BY SCIENTISTS: Caller: “So you don’t believe in the scientists, the 98% of the climatologists that said that…?” Host Brian Kilmeade:  “You mean the corrupt ones? You mean the corrupt ones who admit they screwed up — they skewed — their findings?” Caller:  “[..] [R]ead my lips, […]

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The Weather Trap

January 12, 2014 9:45 am4 comments
Weather Channel producer Shawn Reynolds @WCL_Shawn tweeted this incredible photo taken by pilot Hank Cain of Chicago on 1.7.2014 during the "Polar Vortex."

Climate change is something that’s difficult to experience directly.  How many people can say, from personal experience, that it feels like the average temperature in your hometown, let alone the globe, has changed by a degree or two over the past century? Instead, people tend to try to detect climate […]

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CLIMATE ABYSS on CHRON.COM: “Introducing the Climate Change National Forum” by Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, 01/09/2014

January 11, 2014 6:44 pm0 comments
CLIMATE ABYSS on CHRON.COM: “Introducing the Climate Change National Forum” by Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, 01/09/2014

“Introducing the Climate Change National Forum” by Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, January 9, 2014 [click on link here to view full article on Chron.com] I’m a contributor to a new web site that’s publicly launching today: the Climate Change National Forum.  It’s a site that will (I hope) develop into a home […]

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The Public Debate on Climate Change

January 9, 2014 9:02 pm1 comment
Socrates in "The School of Athens" by Raphael.

The physical complexity of global climate is evident. However, resolving the issue of global warming is also socially and politically complex. It is not an isolated problem with an easy solution, since almost every human action requires energy and/or land use (and thus results in climate altering emissions). In contrast, […]

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