Posts Tagged ‘Donna Laframboise’

Rat Snake Bob [Ward]

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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Yellow Rat Snake

Yellow Rat Snake

by Donna Laframboise

A UK parliamentary committee. A Canadian journalist. A rat snake.

Bob Ward says I uttered a “a number of inaccurate and misleading statements” when I appeared before a UK parliamentary committee in January 2014. His accusations have no basis in fact.

Ward is the Communications Director of both the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy. I am mentioned by name in paragraphs 1 and 2 of the third page of Ward’s five-page submission – dated February 2014 and available here. My written response to Ward’s false allegations is here (3 pages). Some things worth noticing: (more…)

Neil Young’s Hiroshima – Exhibit #10 in the Drama Queen Files

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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by Donna Laframboise

Rockstar’s rhetoric about Canada’s oil sands is intemperate, offensive, and ill-informed.

When an argument is intellectually shallow, its proponents reach for emotionalism and over-the-top language. The latest embarrassing example comes from Canadian-born musician Neil Young.

Although he lives on a 1,500-acre estate in California, Young has spent the past week on an anti-oil sands music tour north of the border. The stated goal of these benefit concerts is to raise money for a legal challenge to the expansion of the oil sands.

Ostensibly, Young is concerned about the health and treaty rights of First Nation individuals who live near Fort McMurray, a community of roughly 65,000 in the northern part of the Canadian province of Alberta. But the real target, the “elephant in the room” as Young himself describes it, is human-caused global warming. (more…)

Update on UK Parliament Investigation of IPCC

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Source: No Frakking Consensus

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A UK House of Commons committee is examining the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Forty-two written submissions received by the committee have now been published online. See them here.

My own submission may be read online or viewed as a PDF. Additionally, I’ve produced a footnoted, hyper-linked version that directs readers to my source material.

This morning I was formally invited to appear before the committee in person to provide follow-up, oral evidence. Two dates, in late January and early February, have been suggested. Details to follow. (more…)

Doubt is Not a Sin

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

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The Climate Inquisition

The Climate Inquisition

by Donna Laframboise

When did “Question Authority” stop being applicable – and 21st-century activists turn into 1950s bigots?

In my late teens, I wore an activist button that read: Question Authority. It looked much like the one above, currently for sale at the PeaceButton.org website.

Described there as an “historic” button, we’re told it bears “A statement that started many of us on our journey.” Fittingly enough, it’s accompanied by an Albert Einstein quote: “A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.”

My, oh my, how times have changed. These days, according to large numbers of climate activists, we’re no longer supposed to question authority. We’re expected to fall into line obediently, to accept without murmur the proclamations of UN entities and a parade of eminent organizations. (more…)

IPCC Called a ‘Global Thinker of 2013?

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

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[SPPI Note:  See papers on the UN IPCC here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. ]

The editors of Foreign Policy magazine inhabit a fairy tale world of planet-saving superheroes and wicked climate deniers.

In 2008, the Washington Post purchased Foreign Policy magazine. In mid-2013, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos purchased the Washington Post.

Foreign Policy has now published a special, end-of-the-year double issue in which it lists “the leading global thinkers of 2013.” These thinkers are sorted into categories that include: Challengers, Innovators, Advocates, Healers, Artists and so forth (see the coloured tabs across the top of this web page).

There’s also a category called “The Naturals,” which is introduced with this paragraph

What does humanity’s future hold? In this era of climate change and booming populations, it’s an all-too-serious question – one the Global Thinkers in this category have each addressed. They have crunched the numbers to gauge just how close to environmental catastrophe we are. They have identified ways to slow the damage we are inflicting on both our surroundings and ourselves. They have restored wastelands to their original beauty. They are helping humanity become a better steward of the planet and, in the process, ensuring that our future will be long and fruitful. [bold added] (more…)

Does the IPCC Do Science?

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

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by Donna Laframboise

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change describes itself as a “scientific body.” Where in its multi-year, multi-thousand-page bureaucratic report-writing process is science actually practiced?

The deadline for submissions to the UK House of Commons committee examining the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is early next week. For the past several days, the bulk of my attention has been devoted to writing my submission. (more…)

Anti-Democratic Green Activism

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

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by Donna Laframboise

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If the public is to be represented at climate negotiations by someone other than their own government, it has a right to elect and dismiss those representatives.

Something historic happened at the recent Warsaw climate summit. According to green publication Grist:

For the first time ever, environmental groups have staged a mass walkout of a U.N. climate summit. Citing immense frustration…hundreds of people from dozens of environmental groups and movements from all corners of the Earth have voluntarily withdrawn from the talks. According to a spokesperson for Oxfam, around 800 civil society members (which is the label applied to all advocate and activist types at these meetings) have walked out. (more…)

UN Climate Fanatics

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

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by Donna Laframboise

A fanatic, said Winston Churchill, is someone “who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” That’s an apt description of senior United Nations personnel.

Last week, I listened as Ban Ki-moon, the head of the UN, addressed a room full of other UN personnel in Warsaw, Poland. His remarks followed those of Achim Steiner, who’s in charge of the United Nations Environment Programme, and Michel Jarraud, who leads the World Meteorological Association.

Those two organizations happen to be the parents of a third UN body – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Ban Ki-moon mentioned it in his speech. Indeed, he went so far as to assure the assembled crowd that while the UN had been “very much troubled by science skeptics” just “a couple of years ago,” the recent release of the new IPCC report had put an end to all that.

There is now, he said, “much more clarity.” It “is a scientific finding” that climate change is humanity’s fault. (more…)

The IPCC: Looking 95% Foolish

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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by Donna Laframboise

As the gap between its models and reality has grown, the IPCC has become more adamant that its conclusions are correct – rather than more cautious.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims to be a rational, scientific body. But when scientists worthy of the name are wrong, they admit it. The IPCC does the opposite.

Once you peel multiple layers off the global warming onion, you’re left with computer models. According to these models, the small amount of warming that results when humans emit CO2 into the atmosphere is supposed to be amplified by other factors. It isn’t the CO2 itself but this amplification that the IPCC believes will lead to dramatic rises in temperature and dangerous consequences. (more…)

What Reuter’s Said About the IPCC’s 1995 Report

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

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by Donna Laframboise

A news clipping from 1995 – concerning an earlier IPCC report – was hilariously wrong.

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The Deseret News is published in Salt Lake City, Utah. Back in December 1995, it ran a Reuters newswire story titled Climate experts meet to OK report on global warming.

At that time, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was finalizing its second climate assessment (installment one of its fifth assessment has just been released). (more…)

Why the IPCC Meeting Isn’t Being Televised

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

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by Donna Laframboise

Scientific truth isn’t negotiated in the dead of night behind closed doors

Since Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been in a meeting. The purpose of that meeting is to take a document authored by scientists and ensure that its wording is palatable to the powers that be.

Called the Summary for Policymakers, this is a 30-page précis of the IPCC’s as-yet-unreleased Working Group 1 report (which is expected to total 1,000 or so pages).

At the meeting, one sentence after another has been projected onto large screens. Diplomats, bureaucrats, and politicians from dozens of UN nations have haggled, horse traded, and negotiated. Eventually, phrasing that everyone can live with has been agreed upon. Then they’ve moved on to the next sentence.

The meeting is closed to the public. It is closed to the media. No minutes are kept. But let us imagine that a television camera had been smuggled inside. What would we see? (more…)

Reviews of The Delinquent Teenager, About the UN IPCC

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Source:   Amazon

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“Blooming brilliant. Devastating” – Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist

“…shines a hard light on the rotten heart of the IPCC” – Richard Tol, Professor of the Economics of Climate Change and convening lead author of the IPCC”

…you need to read this book. Its implications are far-reaching and the need to begin acting on them is urgent.” – Ross McKitrick, Professor of Economics, University of Guelph

 

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Warming Up for Another Climate-Change Report

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Source:  WSJ

by DONNA LAFRAMBOISE

At a closed-door meeting in Stockholm this week, each paragraph of a document written by scientists is being projected onto large screens. Delegations from scores of nations participate in the editing: Words will be substituted, emphasis will be added, entire sentences may well be inserted or deleted.

After four days of haggling, the media will be summoned by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to a news conference on Friday where the final version of the document—known as the “Summary for Policymakers”—will be released along with a solemn announcement that “science” has spoken. (more…)

Climate Holocaust – Exhibit #8 in the Drama Queen Files

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

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Donna

by Donna Laframboise

We are an information-rich society. More people and organizations than ever before are producing “content” and sharing it with the world via the Internet. We are also a more educated society than at any time in history.

This should mean we’re all smarter than we used to be. But as my husband likes to say, the thing about clever, well-educated people is that they can construct an argument for just about anything. If a journalist with a narrow, drama queen perspective interviews only people with the same narrow, drama queen perspective, the results can appear overwhelmingly persuasive.

But this is equivalent to shining a flashlight on three feet square (1 square meter) of a flower bed in the dead of night. Seeing only hostas and day lilies, a reporter can describe their height, colour, smell, and texture in loving detail. He can create the impression that the flower bed contains only those two kinds of plants.
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WWF Takes Pre-Schooler’s Birthday Money

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

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by Donna Laframboisewwf

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are certain milestones that children aged 4 – 5 years can be expected to achieve. Among them:

  • counting to 10
  • correctly naming “at least four colors”
  • speaking in sentences “of more than five words”
  • using the “future tense”

In the world inhabited by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), however, a child’s fourth birthday is an opportunity to pay its own bills – to fundraise and then to brag about it. (more…)