On this week’s showk: Money minds its own business, Oh No! It’s Monckton again!, Where do the deniers keep their skepticism?, My blacklist is longer than yours, Godwin’s law, Blacklist paper wrap up, The word is authority, but who has it (and where did they get it?), The skeptic debunk of the week
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Money minds its own business
With the BP crisis in the Gulf of Mexico having thrown the spotlight on institutional investors’ cavalier approach to environmental risk, FTSE Group this week launched new indices designed to help investors track firms’ ability to manage climate change risks.
The two new indices, the FTSE CDP Carbon Strategy All-Share Index and the FTSE CDP Carbon Strategy 350 Index, have been developed in partnership with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) investor group and analyst firm ENDS Carbon.
The indices work by analysing the carbon strategies and “tilting” their rating based on their exposure to climate change related risks such as proposed carbon pricing mechanisms. As a result investors will be able to quickly assess which firms and sectors are most at risk from climate-related impacts.
Resigning in protest is not in the American grain. Robert McNamara stuck around as Secretary of Defense even after he decided that the Vietnam War was a disaster; Colin Powell did the same during the Bush Administration’s push for war with Iraq; and in the lead-up to the financial crisis, few high-profile executives stepped down over disagreements in philosophy or tactics. But resigning in protest has gained popularity of late among an unlikely group: big corporations. Last Monday, Apple announced that it would be quitting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of the Chamber’s opposition to global-warming legislation. And that was just the latest in a series of defections: in the past few weeks, the public-utility companies Pacific Gas & Electric, PNM Resources, and Exelon all announced that they’d be leaving the Chamber, while Nike quit the organization’s board of directors. Historically speaking, this is a positive exodus
Oh no! It’s Monckton again
Christopher Walter, the Third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley has been caught once again with his facts around his ankles.
Like others before him, Brigham Young University Professor Barry Bickmore has taken the time to check whether Monckton’s pronouncements can pass any objective standard of accuracy and he has found, “SPOILER ALERT: The final result is classic Monckton” – a carefully constructed, but infuriating opaque veil of academic references, a loose mix of relatively accurate facts, and a conclusion that is precisely contrary to that drawn by the experts whom Monckton claims to quote.
Where do the deniers keep their skepticism?
This is a story of a hoax. It may not be an intentional hoax — some of the alleged victims here are victims of their own gullibility – but it’s a hoax all the same. In large part, this is how lynch mobs form and operate:
News reports come out of Spain that a guy said he got a bomb in the mail. No corroboration from the cops, no corroboration from anyone else. Moreover, they guy who got the bomb accuses his rivals in his work with sending it to him.
Smell a rat? It’s a bit of a preposterous story on its face — astounding if true, but who could be so stupid as to send a bomb to a rival with a return address, and then admit it?
Climate change so-called skeptics don’t smell a rat. They’ve blown by the “wonder what the facts are” phase into the “let’s string the culprit up” phrase.
My blacklist is longer than yours
“We, the undersigned, having assessed the relevant scientific evidence, do not find convincing support for the hypothesis that human emissions of carbon dioxide are causing, or will in the foreseeable future cause, dangerous global warming.”
So claim the ICSC (International Climate Science Coalition), who have launched a new petition.
Why yet another petition?
The answer, according to the ICSC, is here.
Skeptic Debunk of the week
When the Earth comes out of an ice age, the warming is not initiated by CO2 but by changes in the Earth’s orbit. The warming causes the oceans to give up CO2. The CO2 amplifies the warming and mixes through the atmosphere, spreading warming throughout the planet. So CO2 causes warming AND rising temperature causes CO2 rise.