Earlier this week, I wrote about Dr. James Enstrom's successful settlement of his lawsuit against UCLA. Long a dissenter against environmentalist scare-mongering, Dr. Enstrom sued UCLA officials (full disclosure: my colleagues and I at ACLJ represented him) after they fired him shortly after Dr. Enstrom discovered that new California regulations of diesel emissions were based on junk science advanced by a scientist with a fraudulent degree — a doctorate purchased from the fictional "Thornhill University." Dr. Enstrom also discovered that the scientific review panel tasked with reviewing this science was stocked with ideologues who'd long overstayed mandatory term limits.
The case was hard-fought, with the university filing two motions to dismiss, followed by lengthy and grueling discovery. While the issues were largely constitutional (did the university fire Dr. Enstrom because of his constitutionally protected speech?), the constitutional dispute was motivated by a sharp "scientific" disagreement over the health danger of diesel particulate. I use the scare quotes because UCLA's actions hardly reflected scientific ideals. Here's an interesting excerpt from a deposition with Dr. Enstrom's dean at the time of his termination (the questioner is an ACLJ lawyer):
Q: Okay. Do you have a general knowledge with regard to Dr. Enstrom's research regarding diesel particulate matter? more >>
Matt Fairbanks, an agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, warned a Utah senate panel considering a bill that would allow certain patients to be treated with edible forms of marijuana last Thursday that the decision to pass it could lead to severe environmental damage, including stoned rabbits.
"I deal in facts. I deal in science. I want the science studied and looked at, and specifically gone over. I appreciate the testimony that comes before us, I appreciate people's pain. My concern is with the growing of marijuana. How quickly the growing of a cash crop can get out of hand," said Fairbanks, in a recording of his testimony before the panel beginning at about the 58:30 mark below.
Fairbanks explained that, as a member of Utah's "marijuana eradication team," he's witnessed severe environmental damage caused by the growing of marijuana on public land. more >>
HBO host Bill Maher has pointed out that Pope Francis has given his full backing for action on climate change that some claim would reduce the so-called negative human impact on the environment. The outspoken atheist has subsequently asked why former Pennsylvania Senator and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, a Roman Catholic, has not followed suit.
In a blog post for his "Real Time" show, Maher said "we've got the pope on board," concerning climate change action.
Michigan county officials have voted to re-install a sign with a Bible verse on it at a public park after the display had been removed late last year.
In a 9 to 2 vote, the Board of Commissioners for Ottawa County decided Tuesday to put back the sign in Hager Park, which included the Bible verse Psalm 19:1.
On the heels of the Vatican's announcement that the Pope intends to urge support for an international agreement to fight global warming by reducing human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil-fuel energy use, a new peer-reviewed scientific paper reveals powerful evidence that CO2 emissions contribute far less to global warming than widely thought.
The paper, "Why models run hot: results from an irreducibly simple climate model," appeared in the January 8 edition of Science Bulletin (formerly Chinese Science Bulletin), "the Orient's equivalent of Science or Nature," as co-author William Briggs, a statistician, describes it. Briggs's co-authors are Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysicist Dr. Willie Soon, British journalist and mathematician Christopher Monckton of the Science and Public Policy Institute, and University of Delaware Professor of Climatology Dr. David R. Legates, a Senior Fellow of The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.
The authors set out to explain why the computer models on which the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and others who believe rising atmospheric (CO2) concentrations will cause dangerously high global warming simulate increases far in excess of what is observed, as shown in this graph: more >>
Pope Francis expressed in a message at the major U.N. climate change summit in Peru this week that the consequences of environmental change represent a "serious ethical and moral responsibility," and warned that the time for action is running out.
Francis warned Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of the Environment of Peru and President-Designate of the conference, that neglect and inaction on the issue could have very serious consequences for the planet and humanity.
The Roman Catholic Church leader said that "we can find solutions only if we act together and agree." He urged a collective response that is free from political or economic influences, one that overcomes mistrust and promotes a culture of solidarity and dialogue. more >>