Sunday Evening Jog Through The Park

Taxes done. Check. Expenses done. Well, sort of. Finally unpacked. Check. Prep for next trip. Check. Version 1.0 of handmade CRM tool. Check.

Time for a Sunday evening jog through the blogosphere, then.


As I have come back to the climate change blogosphere, it seems I have happened upon a week where everyone is busy drilling into their own niche. That’s a good thing–people are blogging on what has always interested/obsessed them and there is real feeling in what they are writing. Well, in most cases.

Judith Curry, Lioness of Georgia, has 4 posts up this week, but two are guest posts by Tony Brown and Nic Lewis and one is an open thread. Misters Brown and Lewis are interesting reads and the open thread is what it is, but Judith today wrote on efforts to actually show when correlation actually does mean causation, which could take on the aspect of the Holy Grail for many in environmental academia. Her post is inspired by a paper by George Sugihara of Scripps Institution of Oceanography which grabbed Judith’s fancy and would mine as well, if I had just a little more time. Given my availability and low energy level, I must be honest and say that Tony Brown’s guester was the only one I read thoroughly. And I liked it.

The Miserable Mustelid, William Connolley of Stoat, continues to rampage through the blogosphere, commenting wherever he’s permitted on the premises and usually leaving blog owners regretting their hospitable nature. At his own place of business this week, he manages to be right without being agreeable, railing against the ETS systems that are failing left and right and logically settling on a carbon tax as the only practical means of pricing the negative externalities of CO2. Of course, he stole the logic from Tim Worstall and still manages to set everyone’s teeth on edge. Sometimes being right isn’t enough. And Connolley can’t seem to get away from writing about Wikipedia, worrying at the old scab that his censorious days as an editor there must have left on his shoulder, looking scarily like a chip. Hey, William–you’re always welcome here.

Donna LaFramboise is quickly gaining traction due to her frequent posting–I don’t know where she finds the energy. As usual, she takes the hard but high road of afflicting the comfortable, highlighting hypocrisy and comparing green fantasies to hard truths on the ground.

Real Climate has turned to movie critiquing, which is probably less stressful than McBanging and McBitching. This week’s Thumbs Up goes to Thin Ice, “which tells the story of CO2 and climate from the standpoint of the climate scientists who are out there in the trenches trying to figure out what is going on.”  Feeling a bit suspicious, I clicked through to the opening segment–and it was really, really good. As a movie–I want to watch the rest of it.

Real Climate wasn’t as kind to Switch, another movie they recently reviewed. I haven’t had a chance to check the film out–but I’m glad they’re on the job and I assume it all means there are no fights going on over at their (heavily censored) website, as they must be wondering what to do with all that saved-up popcorn. Yep–head to the theater!

And in another case of symbolic sloth, Tim Lambert’s Deltoid shows the following activity: April 2013 Open Thread; March 2013 Open Thread; February 2013 Open Thread. I sincerely admire someone who, when he doesn’t have anything to say, doesn’t say it. Well done, Tim!

That’s all for this week–feel free to highlight other gems in the comments.


12 responses to “Sunday Evening Jog Through The Park

  1. Good summary with excellent links.
    I’m noticing some of the dogs that aren’t barking- interest in AGW seems to be waning.
    Dot Earth went on a tangent about establishing “personhood” for dolphins, chimps and apes. Should be fun to cross-examine them and a darn shame that they’ll have to put entire species in jail for murder (what’s that, rights come with responsibilities?).
    Kloor is still killer good on the GMO beat.
    Maybe things will change as summer warms the unusual cold. I would love to see your thoughts on the UK energy situation-what will happen if they continue shutting down the coal plants?

    • Hiya Jeff

      Well, the UK does have a couple of escape routes that don’t get mentioned often. They can continue to burn coal. They can buy gas from mainland Europe. They can get more North Sea oil, although there’s a time lag in that.

      In short, I don’t think the lights will actually go out, although I do expect prices to rise and more poor people to die of exposure-related ailments. But in a country that pioneered the Liverpool Pathway, that may seem like more of a solution than a problem, callous as that may sound. I’m still very bitter about that–I lost a neighbor to exactly that sort of mentality. I may blog on that–I told the story in comments at Keith Kloor’s, but haven’t blogged it.

      • I agree that the lights won’t go out. But, if you cannot shut down the coal plants, how important will that be to the argument over how easily we can transition to renewable power- wind in the UKs, sense?
        I wonder if we’re seeing a confluence of problems for the doomsayers- their “solutions” aren’t working where they are being tried at the very moment that science is rethinking how bad the warming will be, a discover simultaneous with the admission that “concerns” about nuclear power were mostly myth, which is coming at the precise tail end of an unpredicted cold winter that is timed perfectly with very large increases in energy bills in the UK brought on by green policy.
        As they say in Monty Python’s Holy Grail- “Run away!”

      • I’ve said for years that this will be the toughest decade for the climate concerned. You’ve touched on several of the reasons why.

      • Tom,
        Another way to sum the challenge of this decade might be, “reality bites!”

    • JeffN,
      During the worst days of the dark ages animals could and were put on trial.
      odd how our modern ‘enlightened’ environmentalists are seeking to do what the worst did out of mis-applied faith and superstition.

      • I love the hubris: It can’t talk, so it must think exactly like me, so I can represent it in court and demand whatever I want!
        Doug Adams probably had better standing to talk for the dolphins- “so long, and thanks for all the fish.”

      • JeffN,
        If it waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be the plaintiff!

  2. Dear Tom, why are you writing like a friggen illiterate uncivilised Yank now?

    “efforts to actually show when correlation actually does mean causation”

    It is not a rule of good grammar, every time you use an infinitive, to jam an adverb between “to” and the verb. Au contraire. Redundant adverbs are an indicator of poor style.

    “America is the only nation that went from barbarism to decadence without an intervening period of civilisation.” attrib. Oscar Wilde

    • Mea culpa–sigh.. must… do… better…Actually what I don’t like about that comment is that I actually use the word actually twice in two seconds without mentioning Love, Hugh Grant or Liam Neeson. Sigh…

    • Hmm. Attempts to show cultural superiority–why do they always come with misspelled words? Or are you waiting to invent a new catchphrase, such as ‘friggen in the reggae’, or some such?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s