Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Offshore Windmills Can Break Like Matches
Medium-sized waves can break wind turbines at sea like matches. These waves occur even in small storms, which are quite common in the Norwegian Sea.
- Bishop Hill blog - Nurse left licking wounds
Nigel Lawson has responded to Paul Nurse's wild accusations of cherrypicking, accusing the Royal Society president of lying:
You claim that I “would choose two points and say ‘look, no warming’s taking place’, knowing that all the other points that you chose in the 20 years around it would not support his case”. That is a lie.
Of (CO2 driven) climate fears and the UNEP’s “transformative changes” | The View From Here
If nothing else, the United Nations has proven to be very adept at engineering “mechanisms” (to use one of the UNEP’s favourite words!) which employ the concept of “lets you and him fight”.

If you think about it, has there ever in the history of the UN been a more divisive issue than the purported perils of human-generated carbon dioxide – and its “contribution” to variously-called global warming, climate change and (the latest and greatest scare) “extreme weather events”?

Towards this end, the UN’s army of unaccountable (and about as far from transparent as one can possibly get) bureaucrats invariably appear to have an uncanny knack of producing seemingly innocuous – but lengthy and sleep-inducing – documents. Thereby virtually guaranteeing that few – if any – of those who approve/accept/adopt them, will ever read in their entirety, that in which is planted the seeds of future disagreements.
Making Science Public » Moderation impossible? Climate change, alarmism and rhetorical entrenchment
Let’s jump backwards to 1989. Michaels’ 1989 article starts with a warning: “WARNING: Sen. Albert Gore has determined that the following article on global warming may be irresponsible. ‘That we face an ecological crisis without any precedent in historic times is no longer a matter of any dispute worthy of recognition,’ he told Time magazine recently. ‘And those who, for the purpose of maintaining balance in the debate, take the contrarian view that there is significant uncertainty about whether it’s real are hurting our ability to respond.’” This could have been written yesterday. Michaels accuses Gore of suppressing one side of a scientific debate by invoking Thomas Kuhn: “As historian Thomas Kuhn has noted, major scientific advances tend to occur when a small group of researchers find problems with a widely accepted paradigm.” He refers to this small group as “us ‘contrarians’” and stresses that this group does not doubt the existence of the greenhouse effect but sees it as beneficial to life on earth rather than as having apocalyptic effects on it. He goes on to argue that policies based on a “politics of fear” may do more harm than good.

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