Professor Quits FiveThirtyEight Blog After Anti-Global Warming Article Backlash
Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. on climate ‘Witch Hunt’: ‘My 11-year old asked me if I was going to jail’
Pielke Jr.: ‘Yesterday, my 11-year old asked me if I was going to jail. Really nasty stuff.’
‘My older kids in High School had teachers pull them aside to ask about their father’s ‘investigation’. Smear campaigns are about collateral damage.’ – Several reporters have asked me: ‘Why present research results liked by Republicans?’ – ‘Eric Holthaus – a widely read scientist and climate activist – taunted me with the following bizarre Tweet: “It’s getting harder and harder for @RogerPielkeJr to remain relevant.” Upon later learning that I’m no longer doing climate change research Holthaus Tweeted that his earlier taunt was no longer relevant. Great evidence that a lot of this is about eliminating unwelcomed voices in the debate.’
Prof. Roger Pielke Jr.: ‘The elite in this community – including scientists, journalists, politicians — have endorsed the climate mccarthyism campaign, and are often its most vigorous participants’ – ‘For experts in the climate issue, there is enormous social and peer pressure on what is acceptable to say and who it is acceptable to associate with. My recent experiences are quite similar to Bengtsson’s’
PROF. ROGER PIELKE JR: TESTIMONY ON THE CURRENT STATE OF WEATHER EXTREMES: ‘It is misleading, and just plain incorrect, to claim that disasters associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or droughts have increased on climate timescales either in the United States or globally’ – Link to full testimony of Roger Pielke Jr. to Congress: ‘It is further incorrect to associate the increasing costs of disasters with the emission of greenhouse gases’
Globally, weather-related losses ($) have not increased since 1990 as a proportion of GDP (they have actually decreased by about 25%) and insured catastrophe losses have not increased as a proportion of GDP since 1960.
• Hurricanes have not increased in the US in frequency, intensity or normalized damage since at least 1900. The same holds for tropical cyclones globally since at least 1970 (when data allows for a global perspective).
• Floods have not increased in the US in frequency or intensity since at least 1950. Flood losses as a percentage of US GDP have dropped by about 75% since 1940.
• Tornadoes have not increased in frequency, intensity or normalized damage since 1950, and there is some evidence to suggest that they have actually declined.
• Drought has “for the most part, become shorter, less frequent, and cover a smaller portion of the U. S. over the last century.” Globally, “there has been little change in drought over the past 60 years.”
• The absolute costs of disasters will increase significantly in coming years due to greater wealth and populations in locations exposed to extremes. Consequent, disasters will continue to be an important focus of policy, irrespective of the exact future course of climate change.’
Prof. Roger Pielke Jr. slams NOAA For Claims of Increasing Extreme Weather: ‘In the US on climate time scales there is no evidence for more hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, drought. Happy to debate this topic with data’ – Pielke Jr. : ‘How can a NOAA spokesdude get away with telling USA Today that droughts are increasing when USGCRP, IPCC and peer reviewed research sez no?’
Prof. Pielke Jr.: ‘Why More Precipitation Does Not Necessarily Mean More Flood Damage’
More IPCC Woes: Pielke Jr.: ‘Not only did the IPCC AR4 WGII egregiously misrepresent the science of disasters…it simply made up a misleading and false response about my views’
Prof. Pielke Jr.: IPCC Lead Author Chris Field Misleads U.S. Congress: ‘What Field says IPCC says is blantantly wrong, often 180 degrees wrong’ [email protected] – Field ‘fundamentally misrepresents what IPCC has concluded…Field fails to explain that no linkage between flood disasters & climate change has been established…In fact, floods may be decreasing worldwide & are not increasing US. Drought has declined in the US means that there is no trend of rising impacts that can be attributed to climate change. Yet he implies exactly the opposite’
‘The incessant attacks and smears are effective, no doubt, I have already shifted all of my academic work away from climate issues. I am simply not initiating any new research or papers on the topic and I have ring-fenced my slowly diminishing blogging on the subject.’
Holdren claim: ‘global climate change is increasing the intensity and the frequency and the life of drought.’
Pielke Jr. Slapdown of Holdren: ‘A US Govt report noted ‘droughts have, for the most part, become shorter, less frequent and cover a smaller portion of the US over the last century’
Climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer rips Holdren for ‘another silly pseudo-science rambling’ — ‘His statement is not based in science’ – Spencer: ‘The idea that any of the weather we are seeing is in any significant way due to humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions verges on irrationality’
Retribution of the warmists!? Prof. Pielke Jr. asked to remove himself from journal board after ‘strong critique’ of ‘shoddy paper’ by Naomi Oreskes & UN IPCC’s Michael Oppenheimer! – Pielke Jr: ‘Five days ago I wrote a strong critique of a paper in GEC (Global Environmental Change journal), today I was asked to step down from GEC editorial board’
Prof. Pielke Jr.: ‘Sandy was terrible, but we’re currently in a relative hurricane ‘drought’ — It’s been ‘more than 7 years since’ Cat 3 or larger made landfall, ‘longest such span in over a century’ – ‘To call Sandy a harbinger of a ‘new normal,’ in which unprecedented weather events cause unprecedented destruction, would be wrong…Connecting energy policy & disasters makes little scientific sense….No evidence of increasing extreme river floods. Historic tornado damage decreased since 1950…drought in U.S. central plains has decreased in recent decades’
Prof. Roger Pielke Jr. Rips flooding claims using UN IPCC quotes: ‘No gauge-based evidence has been found for a climate-driven, globally widespread change in the magnitude and frequency of floods’
Pielke Jr. : ‘So a question for the climate community: Why so very silent when Pres Obama wrongly claimed climate change was increasing storms, flood, droughts?’
‘IPCC dials back the fear of extreme weather’
Prof. Roger Pielke Jr.: Beyond the ‘Consistent With’ Canard
Prof. Roger Pielke Jr. in Financial Times: Climate activists ‘promote green imperialism that helps lock in poverty’ – ‘Climate policy robs the world’s poor of their hopes’ – ‘Having failed to stem carbon emissions in rich countries or in rapidly industrialising ones, policy makers have focused their attention on the only remaining target: poor countries that do not emit much carbon to begin with…Obama administration ‘imposed a cap on emissions from energy projects of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a US federal agency that finances international development. Other institutions of the rich world that have decided to limit support for fossil fuel energy projects include the World Bank and the European Investment Bank. Such decisions have painful consequences. A recent report from the non-profit Center for Global Development estimates that $10bn invested in renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa could provide electricity for 30m people. If the same amount of money went into gas-fired generation, it would supply about 90m people – three times as many’