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100% renewables claim debunked

In 2015, PNAS published a paper by Jacobson et al claiming that all of the US energy requirements could be provided by renewables (wind, hydro and solar) by 2050, and that this could be done at low cost. Jacobson had published similar claims on previous occasions, and his nonsense been promoted by irresponsible unscientific organisations … Continue reading

French Climate Debate

I’ve referred a few times to our esteemed French colleague Benoît Rittaud, and even translated an entire philosophic conversation in which he was roundly insulted by some professorial ignoramus on France Culture. Tonight he was on French TV in a debate about the environment. It was originally entitled “What’s the Point of Nicolas Hulot?” (Hulot … Continue reading

Election thread

Election thread

People may wish to discuss the election result, so here’s a post for that. The Conservatives have 318 seats, and it looks like they will form a government with support from the DUP (10 seats) that will have a small overall majority. Theresa May seems to be hanging on as leader, though it’s hard to … Continue reading

Conversation in a Straitjacket

Conversation in a Straitjacket

Success in life is about saying what you need to say in order to get what you want without actually lying. It’s called the Art of the Deal, and politicians, lawyers and property developers are particularly good at it, which is why they’re so detested. Academics don’t do that. They tell politicians and journalists what … Continue reading

“It’s unfortunate that openness and transparency facilitate science”

“It’s unfortunate that openness and transparency facilitate science”

This article in the Times Higher Education calls for “an open data adjudicator to combat ‘disinformation.’” Stephan Lewandowsky warns that academics can ‘lose control’ of their data and see it used as ‘political propaganda’ By John Elmes Twitter: @JElmes_THE June 2, 2017 Independent national bodies should be set up to adjudicate on how much of … Continue reading