Category Archives: Global Warming


Chevron Fraud

This is an interesting case that has been litigated for a long time. It is essentially Chevron against a coalition of environmentalists and their attorneys, who initially won an $18 billion judgment against the energy company.

But that has changed. Now, in the face of massive fraud by the self-important environmentalists, a New York court has reversed the judgment and castigated the fraudsters in a nearly 500-page opinion. Apparently, the fraudster enviros were so enamored with themselves, they made a movie — and outtakes from the movie, demonstrating the kickbacks and bribes and falsification of evidence, were forced to be released. Kevin Williamson of NRO writes:

What’s notable here is that Chevron’s complaint is under the RICO law, meaning that it implies the existence of an ongoing criminal organization. What we have here, if the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York is correct, is the new face of organized crime, and one of the most spectacular attempts at extortion in recorded history.

Corruption galore, including paid hit-pieces written about the case in Huffington Post and Politico in exchange for a cut of the court winnings. Lots of details here.

The New York Times doesn’t like it, of course. But even they had to close with:

In his ruling, Judge Kaplan said Mr. Donziger “began his involvement in this controversy with a desire to improve conditions in the area in which his Ecuadorean clients live.” But in the end, he and his associates “submitted fraudulent evidence” and otherwise subverted justice. “If ever there were a case warranting equitable relief with respect to a judgment procured by fraud, this is it.”

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle


Happy New Year!

In Antarctica, there is a place along the frigid coast called Mawson Station. It is named for Sir Douglas Mawson, an Engligh-born Australian explorer who was one of the early Heroic Explorers of Antarctica. His story is quite interesting, especially his survival during one grim trip where things went south, so to speak. There is a bit of info on that in the Wikipedia article, and the story is the subject of the book Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Story in the History of Exploration. Continue reading

The Climate of Dinosaur Science

I have not yet grown out of my “dinosaur phase,” though I must confess that this transition point seems overdue. I’m happy with the current status, at least. But my interest in dinosaur science, like my interest in climate science, goes back several decades. During those decades, I’ve largely made a living in the software/technology field in connection with Microsoft products. And I’ve written about problems in dinosaur research and assertions.

In this story, all of those arenas collide: A software guy from Microsoft digs into dinosaur research, and discovers that paleontology scientists can act exactly like climate scientists. Or like dinosaurs, perhaps.

All the symptoms are there:

  • The graphs and charts and equations are visibly wrong
  • The scientist no longer has the data
  • When challenged, he was not cooperative
  • He worked to stop the challenge to his work from being published, despite admitting that it was correct
  • He cited social reasons as part of his rationale: The challenge “stands to drive a wedge between labs that are currently cordial with one another.”

Sounds like catastrophist climate, in spades. Each of these elements is common when catastrophist scientists are challenged on their work, even when they privately admit to each other the merits of the challenges.

To their credit, some of the co-authors of the dinosaur growth paper were more helpful. It would be more difficult for them were government agencies and multi-million-dollar revenue streams relying upon the details remaining unexamined.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle


Yielding to Dishonesty

The New Yorker has a new issue out in which they talk about the terrible drought of 2012 and its effect upon corn crops — in the context, oddly, of 2013 being the best year in history for US corn crops.  After opening with how great the harvest is right now, they talk about disaster last year:

In 2012, drought struck nearly eighty per cent of the nation’s farmland, and the growing season was the hottest and driest in decades.

That 80% number sounds bad. How bad was it? They use this anecdotal bit made to sound like a factoid:

“Last year was the worst corn harvest in a century.”

All because of climate change and “extreme weather” of course.  There are several things about this claim that struck me, right off: Continue reading

Arctic Joule Ending Charts

Here’s the spreadsheet and charts as of their arrival today in Cambridge Bay.
Arctic Joule tracking chart

Click on the thumbnail for the full PDF.

I’ve traveled further yesterday than the crew did on their entire journey, but I had a rather easy time of it.  In any event, there will probably be some final wrap-up post from me, as the two posts today from the crew aren’t quite the final ones.

They’ve made it to the halfway mark; I understand that the northwest passage is now blocked at both ends by ice. It was a tough year for the attempt, and they were hoping for a repeat of last year’s unusual conditions. No such luck.

This crew does not sound excited about trying it again in 2014 — perhaps that will change. I will be ready.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

99 K from the Bay

The crew of the Arctic Joule are now blogging openly about their planned end when they reach Cambridge Bay:

After 2 days of stormy winds, we got going again today and I think we were all definitely beginning this morning with the end in mind. This has been an incredible experience so far but I know I am ready to get this done now and get to Cambridge Bay. We were chatting about this earlier today and we’re all on the same page.

So far, they’ve not mentioned anything about trying again next year. They’ve made almost 60 kilometers so far today, and I expect that they’ll be in Cambridge Bay sometime late tomorrow night (Tuesday) if the weather holds. But that weather has been notoriously treacherous (from their perspective, at least).

The updated chart and spreadsheet (PDF) is here, with the front page snapshot here.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

Surviving the Storm

The Arctic Joule is moving again. From their blog (and that weather report!) the winds were quite fierce. And they’ve reported a bit of controllability issue going through the Dease Strait. The updated chart PDF is here, with the front page snapshot here.

That controllability issue is very likely connected to their loss of the ability to extend their centerboard. From the Irish Times article, this was a key element in their deciding to quit. It seems to me that Cambridge Bay’s rough-and-ready population of 1,000+ people would be able to address it quickly, but of course the ice ahead on their route seems to be the real issue. The melt season is coming to a rapid end, with buildups already taking place in spots.

A pity, in a sense, as the following wind of the previous few days helped them a lot.  The storm cost them 2.5 days, but they’ve already shaved half a day from this (40km!) now that they’re under way again. They’re now at 46% done, by longitude and by track distance. It’s the first time these two numbers have been within a percent of each other.

Now they’re on the final stretch — less than a hundred miles to go — and need to stay safe. It looks good for them at the moment, but of course the Arctic is famously unpredictable, other than being predictably harsh and unforgiving.

In the meantime, Charles Hedrich is plowing ahead, alone, and has come up from the Northern Pacific to have just reached the point the Arctic Joule started from. He will not make it much farther, but he’s come a very long way and at least started from the Pacific proper. (And been thrown from the boat, and suffered a number of other mishaps that are pretty dire in a one-man vessel!) Click on a recent map thumbnail to see where he was recently.

I will be ready next year to track attempts, and I may have multiple sheets going if there is interest. What do you think?

By the way, if you’re itching for another voyage to follow, the captain of the Grey Goose has posted a list of 29 attempts launched this year at the Northwest Passage (more or less).

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

Centerboard Overboard, Bailing Out

The voyage of the Arctic Joule will come to an end in the next few days, just shy of the halfway mark. I can’t blame the fellows: It’s been quite a difficult run for them as a result of adverse winds and a boat design not quite appropriate for the attempt.  (Too much wind area; they were effectively rendered impotent by any headwind at all.)

But I am a bit annoyed at their “ground crew” — the person(s) running their FaceBook page. On that site, the people keenly following along have been strung along, apparently for ten days, while the moderator knew for at least most of that time that they crew were planning to quit.  An article appeared at the Irish Times website Thursday 8/23, and concludes:

However, we will not make it to Pond Inlet. Though the reasons are beyond our control, it still hurts.

As I write, we are 550km from Cambridge Bay, which is only our halfway mark, and it could be the end of August before we get there. If so, this is where our expedition will finish.We are still giving this everything we have but it has been a difficult week.

That distance, 550km from Cambridge Bay, puts them back toward the beginning of the Dolphin and Union Strait. And I remember when they grounded in a small cove there to wait out the wind. This was apparently when they damaged their retractable centerboard, as described in the article.

There are several curious things about this article, which leads me to speculation:

  • It is written in the normal style of their blog posts, not their “interview from the boat” style.
  • It was written approximately ten days ago.
  • All text traffic from the boat apparently goes through the FaceBook moderater(s), at least one of whom is policing the site from her location in Vancouver.
  • It typically takes a day or two for a blog post to appear (i.e., the post can be tracked to events two days prior).

From this, I expect that it’s likely that (1) the moderator knew that the Arctic Joule crew was going to quit for at least a week, (2) did not post the blog entry explaining why, and (3) did not mention it on the site.

Even  now, when another commenter referred to it, the moderator(s) have said nothing. And after many hours, no comments on that mention have survived.  (Just as comments wondering what happened to me are quickly deleted.)

Why not tell the people following the Arctic Joule what happened?  Why leave them to find out in an overseas newspaper? And in fact it still hasn’t been officially mentioned on the FaceBook page, nor is there a link to the article.  I think that the moderator is playing fast and loose with her role, and I doubt that the Arctic Joule crew is even aware of this.

In the meantime, they had another excellent day, rowing like mad and (were they planning to finish) shaving another day off their arrival time.  Yes, there’s ice ahead, but I must admire their efforts, especially under the circumstances.

I’ve updated the charts, but it seems less crucial now.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle