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Talking About Climate Change: A Skeptic’s View

Climate Change Weekly #138 In a recent essay in The Atlantic, Charles C. Mann purports to instruct readers on “How to Talk About Climate So People Will Listen.” Mann tries to find a middle ground between the Alarmists and the Skeptics. In this, he fails more than succeeds. The vast majority of the article simply accepts and rehashes the dubious and sometimes outrageous assertions made by alarmists in the first place--points skeptics have already debunked. Mann’s first mistake is missing the...

President Obama Plotting End Run Around Senate to Get Climate Deal

Climate Change Weekly #137 President Barack Obama is reportedly attempting to forge an international climate change deal without gaining U.S. Senate approval for a treaty as required by the Constitution. It is virtually certain the Senate will not ratify any new international climate change agreement, especially if it includes legally binding U.S. greenhouse gas emission reductions. Therefore, the Obama administration is shaping what it hopes will be a “politically binding” agreement. The...

Urban Heat Islands Hot and Getting Hotter

Climate Change Weekly #136 A new report by Climate Central, an online climate science and news organization, analyzing data from the 60 biggest cities in the United States found the urban heat island effect is big and getting bigger. Most cities have seen dramatic growth over the past century. Eighty percent of Americans now live in cities. Unfortunately, this growth has exacerbated the urban heat island effect. Concrete and asphalt surfaces in city buildings, roads, and infrastructure hold...

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