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A CERES Possibility
  • 1/15/19 at 6:45 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

NASA launched the first of the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) satellites in 1997. CERES is managed by NASA’s Langley Research Center. The CERES surface datasets include a dataset of the upwelling longwave ...

A Failure of Proof
  • 10/6/20 at 3:00 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

In the previous commentary, A Failure of Belief, I asserted that neither science nor authority should require belief, but that both should require proof. I also asserted that both science and authority had demonstrated that they did not ...

Climate Change Humpty Dumptyism
  • 3/13/18 at 6:53 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

“When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”, Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumptyism: The practice of insisting that a word means whatever one wishes it to.

Fact: Something that has actual existence; an ...

Climate Linguistics
  • 8/1/17 at 8:08 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

Linguistics: “the study of human speech including the units, nature, structure, and modification of language”

Climate discussions have had some interesting impacts on linguistics, though it would be inaccurate to refer to those...

Irreproducibility and Climate Science (NAS)
  • 5/22/18 at 8:25 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

REPRINT (with permission) from National Association of Scholars (NAS)

Edward A. Reid, Jr. has fifty years of experience in the energy industry in technical research and development, market development, marketing and consulting. He writes ...

Memo to President Trump
  • 11/13/18 at 5:39 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

Mr. President

Many share your reasonable and clearly articulated skepticism of the climate change “consensus” and the consensed climate change community, including many active climate scientists. Regrettably, among the reasons ...

Parsing the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
  • 8/21/18 at 6:58 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

The Wall Street Journal recently published an opinion piece by Fred Krupp, the President of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The piece was not accompanied by a disclaimer that the piece was the opinion of Mr. Krupp and did not ...

Replication and Climate Science
  • 7/10/18 at 5:45 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

One of the potential approaches to dealing with the Irreproducibility Crisis of Modern Science is replication of the experiment. Replication of an experiment is far more expensive than merely attempting to reproduce the results of an ...

What We Know About Climate Change
  • 5/15/18 at 7:06 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

“Anybody having to make a decision about climate science needs to understand the full spectrum of what we know and what we don’t know.” Dr. Steven E. Koonin, former Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy


“Fake News”
  • 12/6/16 at 9:15 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

There has been much discussion recently about “fake news”, a concept which has nearly as many definitions as it has observers and commenters. Some “fake news” is totally made up, with no basis in fact. Some “...

“Just the facts, ma’am.”
  • 1/31/17 at 9:14 AM
  • Climate Change
  • Ed Reid

“Politics is a battle of ideas; in the course of a healthy debate, we’ll prioritize different goals, and the different means of reaching them. But without some common baseline of facts; without a willingness to admit new ...