The Canadian Inquisition

This story is not directly climate-related, but it illustrates the familiar authoritarian behaviour of the thought police within academia and the attempts to promote an agenda and suppress all dissenting views. You can read about the story at the BBC, CBC, the Spectator, Quillette, and many other sources. At a third-rate Canadian university near Toronto called … Continue reading

Ipsos Mori: UK climate concern decreasing

Today and tomorrow there’s a conference for “environmental communicators” taking place, at Bristol Zoo. See the website or twitter tag. In a time of unprecedented social, economic and political change we urgently need proactive tools for successfully communicating environmental issues. Communicate goes straight to the interface and asks some difficult questions about current approaches as … Continue reading

Oreskes’ Oracular Orifice

Oreskes’ Oracular Orifice

A new paper, Assessing ExxonMobil’s Climate Change Communications (1977–2014) by Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes, published 23 August 2017, “..assesses whether ExxonMobil Corporation has in the past misled the general public about climate change, [presents] an empirical document-by-document textual content analysis and comparison of 187 climate change communications from ExxonMobil … [examines] whether these communications … Continue reading

A Sock Puppet’s Challenge

  OK, so, all the hoo-hah and nonsense is dying down now over Michael Tobis, an ‘actual’ climate scientist, calling me a sock puppet on Twitter. He probably still thinks I don’t exist and he’s probably still searching for my ‘dirty dozen’ nefarious aliases on line. He still wants me to post a picture so … Continue reading

Knowing—<i>really knowing</i>—your enemy

Knowing—really knowing—your enemy

Alan Kendall is one of our most thoughtful, humane and deeply-educated contributors. So when he rebukes me, however gently, his criticism is not to be dismissed lightly. It takes a whole blog post. Alan recently said I should temper my Manichaean Weltanschauung by getting to know—really know—our enemies, elaborating (my emphasis): I actually meant meeting … Continue reading