• C’est en Septembre


    A Great Comedy for a Rainy Day

    Al Gore for less than a Euro. Fine with me. It’s been a while since someone mentioned that movie. Incidentally, yesterday, I friend told me that when her daughter had to watch it in class, she gave her a list with the ten worst fallacies in the movie. To her surprise, the public school teacher copied it and distributed for the following discussion.

    Those are the sorts of things that can brighten a rainy summer day. The other thing is to take the time to read all the newspapers, even though really interesting news normally are scarce this time of year. The global warming hysteria really seems to have slowed down and the IPCC people seem busy trying to find their own explanations to the lack of warming the past decade. Still people, especially in the media – on all sides – still hastily interpret any change in the ever changing weather as either a sign that they were right. And then about the weather forecasts not being reliable. They never have been.

    One thing that is fairly predictable, and sometimes devastating – in Russia this year, tragic – is flooding. Right now an emergency in many parts of Northern Europe. Local flooding is fairly possible to predict, and risk areas ought to be rather easy to identify by now. As every year, take precautions, and think twice before building that dream house on that extraordinarily cheap piece of land on the river bank.

  • The Hockey Season Is Not Over

    by Einar Du Rietz Opinion polls in general, and instant polls on the Internet in specific, ought to be handled with a fair dose of doubt. On top, just the fact that a bunch of people say this or that, does not mean they are right. But I cant resist giving you this account (from […]

  • A Little Ice Age Anyone?


    QED, mild winter is over. Freezing cold and snow falling on Oslo and Strasbourg, as well as – last time I checked – Athens. Weather should not be confused with climate cycles, but observations are necessary to make scientific assessments. As even the IPCC has now admitted that there has not been any global warming for quite […]

  • UN trapped in climate turmoil

    The man-made warming activists at the UN are trapped in turmoil over how to deal with the earth’s lack of warming since 1998. A couple of weeks ago, the UN climate panel circulated a draft statement that would have admitted we’re unlikely to have any further earth-warming for the next 30 years “because climate change […]

  • UN climate of desperation

    DAVID ROTHBARD & CRAIG RUCKER – The Washington Times

    As the United Nations wrapped up its recent climate conference in Bonn, talks organizer Christiana Figueres proclaimed that climate change is the “the most important negotiation the world has ever faced.” Faced with real problems – financial meltdowns, unemployment, war and genuine human suffering – the world no longer agrees.

    It’s a good thing human productivity doesn’t threaten the global thermostat the way the U.N. would have us believe. If it did, we’d be cooked. Countries rich and poor are backing away from commitments they made years ago during rosier economic times, before the public became aware of Climategate, renewable energy costs and genuine debate.

    The Kyoto Protocol, the only binding international agreement signed since the global warming scare began, expires after 2012. Canada, Russia and Japan have declared they will not renew; China and the United States never signed it, and the U.S. has made it plain it is not about to. And poor countries are becoming less enamored about signing on, as they realize hard economic times mean there will be little climate “mitigation” and “restitution” money coming their way from (formerly) rich countries.

    Even die-hard warmists increasingly recognize that bureaucratic solutions hatched at these conferences are rife with waste, fraud and abuse. They may enrich a few, but they are powerless to control Earth’s climate.

    In March, German investigators reported that 850 million euros disappeared when shady companies swarmed into carbon trading, emissions and energy businesses.Criminal enterprises raked in tens of millions, fended off regulators with delaying tactics and then announced bankruptcy or vanished. An Italian sting operation resulted in arrests of wind-farm developers who billed the country for subsidies but never produced a kilowatt of electricity.

    London’s liberal Guardian newspaper was aghast to learn that the World Bank’s Biocarbon Fund had arranged to pay European “entrepreneurs” $1 million to establish a system under which 60,000 Kenyans would restrict themselves to farming under rigidly controlled, inefficient, “sustainable” techniques. For that they will receive $1.4 million over 20 years.

    That’s right, the beneficent World Bank will enrich more Europeans so 60,000 Kenyans can receive $23.83 apiece for 20 years of drudgery, poverty and misery – a princely $1.19 a year.

  • CFACT / EIKE scientific briefing – Bonn climate conference. Watch now from the UNFCCC

    Scientific briefing CLICK TO VIEW NOW This morning CFACT & EIKE presented a scientific briefing at the UN conference on climate change in Bonn, Germany.  The briefing was introduced by Wolfgang Müller of EIKE and Berlin’s Manhattan Institut and featured Professor em. Friedrich Karl Ewert a geologist from Paderborn University and Dr. Horst Borchert of […]

  • UN opens climate conference in Bonn. CFACT press conference: Wednesday 14:00 CET room Haydn

    The UN climate conference in Bonn opens today and CFACT has partnered with EIKE to send a delegation led by Dr. Holger Thuss.  The UNFCCC is banking on these subsidiary conferences to set the stage for major agreements in Durban South Africa in December.  The global warming scare and the inept and corrupt nature of […]

  • Kyoto protocol sinking fast

    Four G8 nations abandon Kyoto’s ship French wire service AFP reports that Russia, Japan and Canada have all indicated that they will cease following carbon limits agreed to under the Kyoto protocol.  In addition, President Obama stated at a dinner Thursday night that he does not intend to bring the U.S. into Kyoto. The global […]

  • Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer: Defund the IPCC

    The U.N. climate change panel, the IPCC, has lost credibility over the last few years in the wake of Climategate and other scandals. Now, U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer wants to stop funding it. Here he explains why: “My legislation would save taxpayers millions of dollars by prohibiting our government from funding the IPCC. The climate […]

  • Helumut Schmidt calls for scientific scrutiny of the IPCC

    If they’ve lost the old guard of the SPD, who’s left? In a recent speech the former German Chancellor and Socialist leader said that he was concerned, “by the phenomenon of global warming and its alleged consequences. We know that there have always been naturally occurring ice ages and warm periods; what we don’t know is […]

  • The Climate Mystery

    by Einar Du Rietz In the never ending debate on what really triggered WWI, an interesting observation is that August 1914 was one of the warmest months in Europe, during the last century. With no AC, politicians simply went bananas. Naturally, the underlying factors were multiple; trigger happy, sometimes very old, politicians and officers, negligence to […]

  • Exclusive CFACT interview: UN climate chief Pachauri ignorant of 15 years without warming


    Cancun, Mexico–At COP16, the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, CFACT had the opportunity to interview the chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri. When asked about the fact that there has been no statistically significant global warming for the past 15 years, Pachauri became evasive. Even Phil Jones, a […]

  • Remember Remember – Last November

    by Einar Du Rietz How can we ever forget the Climate-gate scandal that erupted right in time for the Copenhagen debacle. Or fail to note that, interestingly enough, some of the more stunning revelations – Holland-gate etc – were made just after the conference. Now, during the count down for Cancun, it’s worth the effort to […]

  • Confession of a climate prostitute

    Sent to us by our friend Drieu Godefrid*

    [translation from the original French via Google].


    Today the Academy of Sciences released its report on the climate in which it validates the whole three thousand pages of the latest IPCC report and its conclusions, it is time for the masks to fall. I am ashamed.

    This is the confession of a climate prostitute.

    Yes, I confess, I wrote a book discussing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) under false pretenses;

    Yes, I confess, my motives were not disinterested;

    Yes, I confess, I’m sold to lobbyists, for reasons both financial and ideological;

    Yes, I confess, global warming seemed a potentially lethal threat to the global capitalism that I idolize;

    Yes, I confess, my work on the IPCC is an order of a cartel of companies, including oil, especially in Europe, whose publication was intended to open up the columns of newspapers and television to reach the general public;

    Yes, I confess, the many “forums” and I gave interviews to mark the release of this book are only variations on the same theme that the IPCC is a false political organization;

    Yes, I confess, I never thought through a quarter of the nonsense that I stirred;

    Yes, I confess, whole chapters of my book were “blown away” by agencies and foreign think tanks;

    Yes, I confess, I have extensively studied the precepts of Gramsci and Bernays (Propaganda, 1928) and the strategy developed by the tobacco lobby in the sixties and later to counter the first scientific studies attesting to the harm of smoking;

    Yes, I confess, I have therefore exploited the noble concept of doubt to discredit the scientific work of the IPCC — I am a merchant of doubt;

    Yes, I confess, I never doubted global warming or its anthropogenic origins, although these issues are beyond my very modest skill;

    Yes, I confess, I have distinguished the debate about the IPCC’s climate debate itself so as to insinuate doubt into the minds of citizens;

    Yes, I confess, though imperfect like everything that is human, the IPCC is indeed scientific, not political as vilely I tried to make believe;

    Yes, I confess, I fear my safety forbids me to say more;

    Yes, I confess, I am not a prostitute, but an intellectual climate realist.

    (*) Author of Le GIEC est mort, vive la science! (The IPCC is dead, long live science!)  (Texquis, 2010), a book funded by dirty money.

    Note from CFACT:  If you don’t “get it” click here and here.

    Follow Drieu at the Hayek Institute.

    Original French after the jump.

  • Another Domino Falls: UK’s Leading Scientific Body Retreats on Climate Change Agenda

    By Patrick Henningsen
    21st Century Wire
    Sept 30, 2010

    The UK’s leading scientific body has decided to rewrite its own definitive guide on climate change, now admitting that it is “not known” how much warmer the planet will become.

    The Royal Society has released a new guide which outlines its retreat from its former vanguard stance on the threat of climate change and man-made global warming. The decision to update their scientific guide came after 43 of its members complained that the previous versions failed to take into account the opinion of climate change sceptics.

    The new guide, entitled ‘Climate change: a summary of the science’, concedes that there are now major ‘uncertainties’ regarding the once sacred ‘scientific consensus’ behind man-made global warming theory, admitting that not only is it impossible to know for sure how the Earth’s climate will change in the future but it cannot possibly know what the effects may be. The 19-page guide states clearly, ’It is not possible to determine exactly how much the Earth will warm or exactly how the climate will change in the future, but careful estimates of potential changes and associated uncertainties have been made”.

  • Climagte Changes – Scholarship Doesn’t


    Einar Du Rietz is happy to introduce his old tutor as a guest at CFACT.EU.

    So entrenched is the belief in global warming in academia that even when critiquing its adherents, academics still feel compelled to pay it homage. “The IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] does a very good job of reporting the climate science,” Yale economist Robert Mendelsohn told an audience at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Friday, September 24, 2010. “It is a problem that will accumulate for centuries.”

    “Ignoring it will leave you looking like Neville Chamberlain,” the ill-fated Conservative Prime Minister of Great Britain in the 1930s, who attempted to appease Adolf Hitler. I asked him and his co-panelists why they did not mention the Climategate scandal in which e-mails show that global warming alarmists attempted to “hide the decline” in temperatures that occurred over the past two decades.

  • Ernst Georg Beck died this week after a long battle with IPCC

    My friend Ernst Georg Beck died this week after a long battle with cancer. Ernst Beck was a biology teacher at the Merian technical grammar school in Freiburg and co-founder of the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) in Jena. He was a teacher of the old school, whom nobody could lead up the garden path. If a statement of politicians did not fit into its solid scientific conception of the world, he examined it by intensive study of international technical literature and, if possible, by own experiments. His website www.biokurs.de is still a treasure trove for everybody, who prepares for examines or finding answers to current scientific questions.

  • The Mystery Panel

    by Einar Du Rietz

    At your service for a new panel

    The InterAcademy Council has finally released its report on the workings of the IPCC. Fine.

    The review is not altogether clear, but the criticism of – in particular – procedures and methods, is strong. Many media have taken the shortcut reporting this as a criticism of the major mistake made by the IPCC; publishing unfounded data from WWF on the melting of glaciers. In fact, the report – though politely praising the mission and work of IPCC – criticizes the entire working structure of the panel, suggesting more peer review and new blood.

    And before the tranfusion, most likely some bloodshed will occur.