The mother country’s most dangerous podcaster returns as this week James Delingpole hosts Jim Steele. Steele is the Director at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus and an instructor at San Francisco State University. He discusses his new book Landscapes and Cycles, An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism. Yes, you read that right — he’s a scientist who questions the theory of climate change. It’s a fascinating and revealing interview. 

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  1. Profile photo of The Forgotten Man Member

    James, you are generally right about everything you touch on but it is unfortunate that you insists on using terms like “the peoples republic of California” and envirofascist etc. This immediately turns on a segment of true believers (myself included) but causes everyone else to stop listening or taking you seriously . The terms may be deserved at some level but they limit dramatically your effectiveness. When placed next to the rational approach of Jim Steele it sounds even worse. James I know it’s your sch tick but know when to tone it down. I would like to share this broadcast with my neice who is is in her first year of teaching Biology to teens but it would be useless due to the phrases mentioned above. Sorry this sounds so critical when I love listening to you.

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    • September 10, 2013 at 2:14 am
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  2. Profile photo of MMPadre Inactive

    Berlinski pere has much to say about the ambiguous nature of “scientific method”. See, e.g., his “The Devil’s Delusion.”

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    • September 10, 2013 at 4:27 am
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  3. Profile photo of James Gawron Thatcher

    James,

    DATA!? WE AIN’T GOT NO DATA! WE DON’T NEED NO DATA! I DON’T HAVE TO SHOW YOU ANY STINKIN DATA TO VERIFY THE THEORY! YOU DENIERS JUST COME OUT FROM BEHIND THAT LOGIC.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • September 10, 2013 at 6:17 am
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    James,

    How can you cause mass starvation and have a successful influential career. In fact you can be the favorite of the Supreme Leader and the ruling group for 30 years.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • September 10, 2013 at 6:35 am
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  5. Profile photo of Jim Steele Inactive

    The details of the dubious publications suggesting catastrophic climate change were not fully covered in the interview, but listeners can read the essays at http://landscapesandcycles.net/adapted-essays.html

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    • September 10, 2013 at 6:56 am
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  6. Profile photo of Valiuth Member

    I think the point brought up about scientists chasing funding is vital in explaining the herd nature of climate consensus. Funding is very hard to come by and the funding agencies operate partly on favoring buzzwords and “hot” ideas. If some topic is in the news or an adminstration/congress allocates money for the study of a particular topic you will see scientist from all sorts of fields bend over backwards to explain how their work fits into understanding this topic. It is just something you have to do. I know so many plant biology labs that leaped on to CO2 capture funding. Where no matter what they were studying they were able to come back and say how their work could theoretically be used to improve plants to act a CO2 traps.

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    • September 10, 2013 at 6:59 am
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    I had decided to start ‘backing’ GW as an antidote to the following article. You know what happens when there are big power black outs… http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/08/U-S-Birth-Rate-Dips-to-Lowest-Since-1909
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    • September 10, 2013 at 8:02 am
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  8. Profile photo of David Williamson Inactive

    As I scientist, I tend to agree with Jim and The Forgotten Man. 

    But James is much more fun to read, and the ecomarxistluddites deserve it for bringing science into disrepute 🙂

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    • September 10, 2013 at 9:26 am
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  9. Profile photo of Kay Ludlow Member

    Great podcast, hope to hear more from Jim Steele in the future!

    • #9
    • September 11, 2013 at 8:55 am
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  10. Profile photo of ChrisnGreta Inactive

    Jim Steele sounds like a saint. Thank you for introducing us all to him!

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    • September 16, 2013 at 11:22 am
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  11. Profile photo of Cornelius Julius Sebastian Thatcher

    Thanks for the intro! This is perfect for an ongoing debate I am having with several enviros I engaged at a symposium in Abingdon this past Monday.

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    • September 27, 2013 at 7:20 am
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