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Michaels, Wojick: Brexit shows science and politics do not mix

By Patrick J. Michaels and David E. Wojick Britain’s quitting the European Union sets the stage for a major mess in the funding of British science. Whatever the merits of Brexit, as the withdrawal is popularly called, exiting the present labyrinthine structure of EU science funding is going to be pure chaos. Government funding of […]

Michaels: Save the polar bears? They’re fine, actually

By Patrick J. Michaels Two years ago, following guidance from the U.S. Geological Survey, the federal Fish and Wildlife Service officially listed the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The idea is that global warming will reduce — or even eliminate — sea ice in the Arctic Ocean at the […]

Michaels: The climate snow job

By Patrick J. Michaels An East Coast blizzard howling, global temperatures peaking, the desert Southwest flooding, drought-stricken California drying up—surely there’s a common thread tying together this “extreme” weather. There is. But it has little to do with what recent headlines have been saying about the hottest year ever. It is called business as usual. […]

Michaels: The latest climate kerfuffle

By Patrick J. Michaels | Are political considerations superseding scientific ones at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration? When confronted with an obviously broken weather station that was reading way too hot, they replaced the faulty sensor — but refused to adjust the bad readings it had already taken. And when dealing with “the pause” […]

Michaels: Barack Obama, the king of climate change

By Patrick J. Michaels The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their plant-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress. — The New York Times, Aug. 26. President Obama clearly believes that the Supreme Court, in its 2007 decision, Mass. v. EPA, empowered […]

Michaels: Obama’s cold political calculus on global warming

By Patrick J. Michaels Back in 2008, then-senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama said, if elected, he would “necessarily bankrupt” anyone who dared to build a new coal-fired electric station. On Monday, he made good on his campaign promise. First, the science: The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) own computer model easily shows that President Obama’s […]

Michaels: The EPA’s political futility

By Patrick J. Michaels On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency is going to announce new rules for existing coal-fired power plants, most likely a 20 percent reduction in allowable carbon dioxide emissions. The only way this will be possible will be by upgrading almost all combustion units, and the ultimate cost of the upgrades […]

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