Posts Tagged ‘Donna Laframboise’

Health Care or Climate Change?

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source: No Frakking Consensus

by Donna Laframboise

A health care system in crisis. A $300 billion debt. Yet this government is worried about climate change.

I reside in Ontario – Canada’s most populous province. The 13.5 million people who live here comprise 38.5 percent of this nation’s population.

Last week, a hospital social worker advised me that Ontario hospitals are in “crisis.” Large numbers of in-patients are elderly people who should be in nursing homes, but the nursing homes are already full, with waiting lists three to five years long.

As a result, an elderly relative of mine is going to be transferred to the only nursing home bed available. It’s located 140 kilometers (90 miles) distant from his home, in a community of less than 1,000 people.

That relative knows no one in the community in which he will spend an unknown number of months waiting for a nursing home bed closer to home. In order for his geographically nearest relations to visit him, they will need to drive 2+ hours in each direction. It is possible he will breathe his last in that remote facility. (more…)

Scientists Object to Intellectual Freedom

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source: No Frakking Consensusdonna

Libraries define intellectual freedom as the public’s right to examine all points-of-view. Here’s a list of climate scientists who are trying to block your access to alternative perspectives.

A few days ago, 54 allegedly “leading climate scientists and museum experts” attached their names to An Open Letter to Museums from Members of the Scientific Community. This is a highly polarizing document that splits the world into good guys and bad guys.

The signatories describe themselves as “members of the scientific community” who “devote our lives to understanding the world and sharing this understanding with the public.” Excuse me, but earning a handful of science degrees doesn’t place you in a special category of humanity. You’re still subject to the same ego-trips and short-comings as everyone else. (more…)

Climate Change Special Interests Condemn Special Interests

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Source: No Frakking Consensus

by Donna Laframboise

Many of the scientists who signed an open letter have no problem with special interests influencing the world around them. They’re just trying to cheat by getting certain kinds of special interests banned from the playing field.

I’ve been writing about a nakedly political document recently signed by dozens of scientists (here and here). It is worth noticing one more thing about that obnoxious Open Letter to Museums from Members of the Scientific Community.

Although these people claim to be “deeply concerned” that museums compromise their integrity when they accept charitable donations from “special interests,” some of these people are themselves closely aligned with special interests. (more…)

Green Incompetence Isn’t Sustainable

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Source: No Frakking Consensus

Green Mistakes

Green Mistakes

by Donna Laframboise

Governments fund solar capacity in countries that receive little sun and install wind turbines in nations that get little wind.

In a blog post titled Europe’s $100 Billion Green Energy Mistake, Walter Russell Mead draws our attention to a newly-released report about the future of electricity.

The report says that, in their eagerness to embrace renewable energy, European governments have funded solar capacity in countries that get little sun, and installed wind turbines in nations that get little wind. (more…)

Fossil Fuel Funded Science Communication

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Source: No Frakking Consensus

by Donna Laframboisebutterfly-8205

Taking fossil fuel money is immoral. Says the blog of a science communicator who wore Shell logos to work.

Joe Duggan is a painfully young, self-described science communicator from Australia. He runs a climate change blog called Is This How You Feel?  One of the first things we encounter there is the following paragraph:

Luckily there are a large group of passionate individuals who have dedicated their lives to studying climate change. These people write complex research papers, unpacking every aspect of climate change, analysing it thoroughly and clinically. They understand the numbers, the facts and the figures. They know what is causing it, what the impacts will be and how we can minimise these impacts. [bold added]

Passion is a good thing in lovers and poets. But scientists are supposed to be dispassionate for the obvious reason that passion prevents us from thinking and seeing clearly. (more…)

When Emissions Disappear, So Do Jobs

Friday, February 13th, 2015

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Looking Glass World of Climate Alarmism

Looking Glass World of Climate Alarmism

By Donna Laframboise

Following Barack Obama’s recent visit to China, the White House issued a joint U.S.-China climate announcement that says, “China intends to achieve the peaking of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions around 2030.” But that isn’t news.

A report published three-and-a-half-years ago and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy had already predicted this. Titled China’s Energy and Carbon Emissions Outlook to 2050, it says that population growth, urbanization and other factors are all expected to peak in China by 2030. Therefore, emissions will, too.

Welcome to the smoke-and-mirrors world of climate negotiations. First, Mr. Obama’s “historic” agreement takes credit for forces already in motion in a foreign country. Second, despite all evidence to the contrary, it pretends that America is capable of reducing its own emissions dramatically over the next decade. (more…)

Hottest Year Claim: Miniscule Change in Imaginary Number

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Source:  No Frakking Consensus

by Donna Laframboise

A few decades hence, it will seem as though 95% of today’s journalists were the recipients of lobotomies. Their ability to see beyond the press release in climate matters appears to be non-existent.

As I begin year six writing about climate change, my heart despairs. The central arguments haven’t changed much in half a decade. This year’s over-heated rhetoric, as activists ramp up for December’s Paris UN climate summit, faithfully echo 2009, when the Copenhagen summit was coming into view.

Then, as now, the media is failing abysmally at its core mission: giving the public useful information. Here in Canada, our government-funded news source, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), produced this headline last November: ‘Hottest year’ record likely for 2014 after warmest October. (more…)

Who Signed the Climate Declaration?

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

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by Donna Laframboisedonna

The European Environment Foundation doesn’t make it easy to analyze the names of the 160 individuals who signed last week’s climate declaration.

The Climate Declaration published a week ago in the New York Times was signed by 160 individuals. Curiously, if you visit the website of the European Environment Foundation – the entity responsible for the declaration – it’s difficult to find a list of these people’s names.

The list is embedded in an image file, which in turn is embedded within a PDF. A person must go to some effort, including the running of optical character recognition (OCR) software, in order to tease them out. As a public service, I’ve done exactly that. The names of the 160 individuals who signed onto this declaration appear below, listed in alphabetical order as was the case in the full-page ad. (More about this declaration here, here, and here.) (more…)

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

Source: No Frakking Consensus

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


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

Source: No Frakking Consensus

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 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

Source: No Frakking Consensus00-1

[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 Foreign Policy magazine. In mid-2013, 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

Source:  No Frakking Consensus

by Donna Laframboise


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…)