Dave Middleton’s Debunk House
Note: Over the past few years, I have been publishing most of my climate change and energy articles directly to Watts Up With That?
My name is Dave Middleton. I have been a geoscientist in the evil oil industry for a bit over 30 years. I have a BS in Earth Science (Geology concentration) from Southern Connecticut State University and I minored in Mathematics.
This Blog is dedicated to my favorite hobby…Debunking the junk science of radical environmentalists…Particularly the junk science of anthropogenic global warming.
I use the phrase “junk science” quite often. To me junk science is what happens when scientists become so focused on the results that they are trying to obtain, or in reinforcing the current paradigm, that they discard inconvenient data and exaggerate the value of supporting data. Science often becomes a process of reinforcing the current paradigm, or “ruling theory.” Eventually enough inconvenient data and/or flaws in the ruling theory accumulate and force a “paradigm shift.” The classic example of this occurred 500 to 600 years ago when the Ptolemaic (geocentric) Solar System was supplanted by the Copernican (heliocentric) Solar System (The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn).
Geologists are very familiar with this problem. Our science is very much affected by the Principle of Non-uniqueness. For every given set of observations, there are always “multiple working hypotheses.” We use Chamberlain’s Method of Multiple Working Hypotheses – Several working hypotheses are formulated to explain a set of observations and we endeavor to treat all of the working hypotheses equally as long as they work. Eventually some hypotheses will fail to explain the data and observations; the failed hypotheses are discarded. The field of climate science has been dominated by one ruling theory over the last 20 years or so – The Enhanced Greenhouse Theory. The IPCC, Hadley Centre, East Anglia CRU, NASA-GISS, NOAA and many other organizations involved in climate science and policy have tunnel-visioned in on the hypothesis that anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions (primarily carbon dioxide) have driven climate change over the last 200 years. They have clung to this ruling theory despite the fact that the data and observations are increasingly un-supportive of that theory.
I also frequently use the word “Enviromarxism” or “Enviromarxist.” Enviromarxists are those politicians and scientists who are threatening to take away our freedom and prosperity in order to protect the environment of the Earth from the ravages of capitalism. I believe that the root of Enviromarxism is school of thought known as Steady State Economics (AKA sustainable development). Al Gore is the poster child of Enviromarxism. The major flaws of Enviromarxism are: 1) Poor nations are far worse polluters than wealthy nations; and 2) Virtually all of the science that is used to support the Enviromarxist agenda is junk science. I started this blog as a place where I could “publish” my own scientific refutation of Enviromarxist junk science.
While I detest the junk science of Enviromarxism, I actually love the environment. My wife and I spend as much time as we can in it.