Blog posts

Who will police green Utopia? And how?

This post is adapted from a recent Twitter thread, based on a Telegraph article, in which it is suggested: Police may have to enforce strict  environmental laws as part of Government's ambitious Green agenda Ambitious climate change targets set by the Government will...

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Climate Resistance vs. Extinction Rebellion

Earlier this month, I debated Extinction Rebellion co-founder, Roger Hallam on Darren Grimes' Youtube show, Reasoned. If you don't know Darren yet, you should. He started a Brexit campaign for young people and students, and drew the intense ire of the anti-Brexit...

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Where were we…

It has been nearly five years since there was a new blog post at this site. And it was a pretty thin blog in the few years leading up to that. At the time, it seemed that blogging, which is time-consuming, had little to offer to the 'debate'. Everything that could be...

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It’s the End of the World… As They Know it

One of the hypotheses posited on this blog is that the preoccupation with the end of the world is in reality a displaced existential, and altogether far more internal crisis. Where you can see climate alarmism, you can see a crisis afflicting the individual,...

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Ask a Stupid Question

A premise of democracy that I believe is worth defending is that it is incumbent on those seeking either change or for the status quo to be sustained to define and defend their arguments, even against robust criticism, and even against seemingly stupid and evil...

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The Grimey "Science" of Conspiracy Theories

David Robert Grimes has emerged from Lewandowsky's shadow, again, to go forth increase and multiply the bullshit/batshit/bad science quotient of the social and behavioural sciences -- as if they needed it. Grimes's new paper On the Viability of Conspiratorial Beliefs...

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Freedom to Invent ‘Information’

Back in June, chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) John Gummer, aka Lord Deben, appeared on BC Radio 4’s Today programme to talk about the CCC’s new report , 'Reducing emissions and preparing for climate change: 2015 Progress Report to Parliament'. The...

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The UK's Energy Policy Money Pit

Apologies for the long hiatus. Sadly, the rumoured millions that flow from evil oil capitalists to equally despicable bloggers does not exist (or has not reached this far), and I have had to focus on other things. More on that climate mythology coming here soon....

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Brian Cox's Weird Science

Brian Cox -- of wide-eyed BBC science spectaculars fame -- is lauded as one of science's leading advocates, and a 'science communicator'. But for a man who is so keen to extol the virtues of the scientific method, and its unequalled ability to make sense of the world...

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What Do Psychologists Have to Say About Climate Change?

One of the least-explored but most revealing things about the climate change debate (such as it is) is the intersection of climate science and psychology. I have yet to see anything from psychologists that sheds any light on the debate more than it merely exacerbates...

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Articles

Welcome to the politics of pastiche

<em>Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/12981/</em> In his speech to the Labour Party Conference earlier this month, leader Ed Miliband declared he was going to ‘do something different today’, to ‘tell you my story. I...

Wishing Greenpeace an unhappy birthday

<em>Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/11068/</em> The growth of environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) over the past 50 years has been extraordinary. Starting from humble beginnings and means,...

Why facts cut no ice in the climate debate

<em>Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/debates/copenhagen_article/8057</em> The account of the climate debate that has driven most comment on it is that it is a debate between two camps: scientists on the one hand battle...

Rio+20: a tyranny of green do-gooders

<em>Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/12599/</em> Some 50,000 delegates and 100 world leaders met at the Rio+20 ‘Earth Summit’ last month to settle on ‘the future we want’. They failed. ‘Let me be frank. Our efforts...

‘The real enemy is humanity itself’

<em>Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/12456/</em> Forty years ago, two ideas about humanity’s relationship with the natural world caught the imagination of the richest and most influential people. The first was that...

Greens, face it: we’re just not that into you

<em>Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/12163/</em> When internal documents from a libertarian think tank – the Heartland Institute, known for its sceptical views on climate change – were published on the internet...

Climate-change alarmism: fuelled by fantasy

<em>Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/12113/</em> A study published in Nature last week has found that the effects of climate change on Himalayan glaciers have been overstated. But rather than facing up to their...

Greens to sceptics: show us the money!

Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/12005/ The first question asked about anyone making a non-conforming argument in the climate debate is ‘who funds them?’ And so it is with the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) - a...

The delusions of the climate technocrats

<em>Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/11888/</em> It was the latest in a long series of last chances to save the planet. Like a convention of superheroes, 14,500 politicians, civil servants, journalists and campaigners...

Not the BEST way to debate climate

<em>Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/11597/</em> In late 2009, not long before the Copenhagen climate-change conference, thousands of private emails by climate researchers based at the University of East Anglia’s...