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Patrick Michaels
Patrick Michaels
Director, Center for the Study of Science
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      Patrick Michaels

      Patrick J. Michaels is Senior Fellow in Environmental Studies at the Cato Institute and editor of Climate Coup: Global Warming’s Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives, forthcoming in April.

The Long-Range Climate Forecast Goes Bust

3:18 PM 12/08/2015

Folks negotiating a new climate treaty in Paris ought to have a look at this picture, which shows the abject failure of the computer models they are using as the basis for climate policy:
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Of Snow Jobs And Global Warming: How Confirmation Bias Caused DC’s Traffic Jams

12:01 PM 01/07/2015

Despite a blizzard of evidence that things were going to be bad, Washington DC just experienced its biggest snow-related fiasco since the infamous Commuteaggedon of January 2011. Largely to blame is the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which inexplicably did not delay the opening of the Federal Government, flooding the roadways with hundreds of thousands of very grumpy drivers. Given that most local employers and many school districts follow OPM’s lead, those commuters were not confined to federal workers.

The ‘BEST’ global warming science goes lukewarm

4:20 PM 08/02/2012

My greener friends are rejoicing over the apparent “conversion” of Richard Muller, head of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) research team, from “climate change skeptic” to believer in global warming. A closer read of his New York Times op-ed, published on July 30, during what is climatologically the hottest week of the year, would certainly cool their enthusiasm.

Sell me your beach house, please!

4:52 PM 04/13/2011

As the tide of red ink explodes to $14 trillion and beyond, the political will for expensive (and futile) climate change policies will shrink rapidly.

The politicization of science is undermining the credibility of academia

2:54 PM 02/10/2011

In a recent and wonderful New York Times essay, John Tierney documented the pervasive left-leaning bias of the social sciences in particular and academia in general, which he persuasively painted as the home of tired ideological groupthink. No doubt his essay was an eye-opener for anyone without much experience in the ivy morass, even as it came up short in its search for causation.