Denialists recruit Sarah Palin as a campaigner

Michael Morano, a lobbyist for the fossil fuel industry, is a good tactician.  He admitted there is global warming, but claims it is really caused by “natural variability”.  He also states emphatically that governments should not be trying to control the temperature, as that is a waste of resources. He knows that he cannot win the debate …

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Two “Canadians” in Texas

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is one of the front runners for the nomination as the Republican Presidential candidate.  Cruz was born in Canada so he has to meet the (unfounded) criticism that his birthplace raises an issue that might disqualify him from being President of the United States, even if elected. Cruz is a sceptic when it …

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“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”

These words  of William Shakespeare are an appropriate description of tactics used by politicians to reject policies with which they disagree.  A recent illustration comes from Senator Ted Cruz (Republican – Texas) who quoted scientists to persuade Americans that the world is not warming. Cruz is one of the front runners for the Republic nomination for President.   He is …

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Reactions to the Papal Encyclical!

US Republicans criticised the Pope for not sticking to his job, for giving advice on economic policy, and failing to leave science to the scientists. Democrats supported the Encyclical.  President Obama deeply admired “the Pope’s decision to make the case – clearly, powerfully, and with the full moral authority of his position – for action on global …

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The times they are a changing!

Once upon a time Republicans and Democrat politicians agreed that climate change was real and the US had to take steps to reduce its impact. Now you cannot find a Republican campaigning for office who accepts the science on climate change. The last elected Republican of any stature who did, Jon Huntsman,  withdrew from the Republican Primary …

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Cyber Abuse

From time to time I read comments by Denialists on climate change articles.  Many of these comments use threatening language, or include personal attacks, and often make no attempt to rebut statements in the article. I have often wondered:  are these persons cyber-bullies working off their anger by their incendiary commentary?  Or are they aiming to intimidate writers of …

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The Coal lobby goes to Rome!

The tactics are obvious.  Acting through its facade, the Heartland Institute, the American coal lobby will counter today’s Vatican Summit on Climate Change not on its merits, but simply by creating media noise. With participation by the same very small  group of scientists and commentators,  the Heartland Institute is sponsoring its own Forum to be held in …

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