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One Whole Degree? February is Usually Warmer Than January. by The Elephant's Child
February 4, 2021, 10:47 am
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I’ve been writing quite often about climate. The Biden Administration seems to believe in a climate crisis, and that is the reason behind much of their actions. The XL Pipeline executive action which destroyed something like 11,000 jobs with the stroke of a pen — for no reason whatsoever, was because President Joe Biden clearly believes that there is an upcoming climate catastrophe. (as defined by AOC’s Green New Deal) and seems to believe that his presidency will be defined by saving us all from climate doom. Climate doom is supposedly caused by carbon dioxide, CO2 increasing too much in the atmosphere. Some scientists got very concerned about carbon dioxide, emitted by the exhausts of modern motor vehicles (See Los Angeles smog) and cow farts. Clearly, we have to get rid of fossil fuels and cows.

Our records of the characteristics of the climate don’t go back very far. We only started tracking the climate in the late 1800s, I think. Before that we have to rely on sources like a minister’s diary or ship captain’s logs, or paintings of the past like the one above, or the written comments of someone who was interested in the weather for their own personal vegetable garden. The big deals, like floods, tornadoes, hurricanes were apt to be written down, but remember that newspapers, photography, accurate measurements of some sort are all quite recent in terms of long-term information.

We know something about the weather when the Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower in 1620, because they were new people in a strange land and learning about the local weather was important to them. We know what Greenlanders and Australians found when they first arrived in their countries, but the idea of needing records of the climate of the earth had not yet occurred. You get enough hurricanes and tornadoes and massive floods and interest in climate deepens a bit. A lot of exploration, and the idea that things were quite different in different parts of the world grew as we learned. Keeping records became important to ships captains, and the knowledge that there were north and south poles, that different parts of the world had very different climates.That’s how interest grows and knowledge grows.

And so we have developed stations where the universe is scanned and temperatures are measured, and the more we learn, the more interest and the more investigation. Why were there hurricanes in some places and were they related to tornadoes, and why was there ice at the poles. The invention of the computer gave scientists the tools for more investigation. Ocean depths, ocean currents, stations to measure and record the temperatures, satellites to measure worldwide temperatures. Are the Himalayas melting or is the snow growing, what do volcanoes do to the climate, and what causes earthquakes and tornadoes.

As interest in climate increased, so did government grants, university chairs, department reputations, and what became elaborate computer programs. At some point, eager climate scientists entered more and more data, often substituting guesswork for the facts that were missing. Not sure just how the idea that the earth was going to die in just 12 years surfaced, but Christiana Figueres who was General Secretary to the IPCC, remarked at a press conference sometime in 2015, that the “climate crisis” was our best chance of getting rid of capitalism. That explains a lot.

600 – 200 B.C.: An Unnamed Cold Period
200 BC to about AD 600: The Roman Warming
600 to 900: The Dark Ages Cold Period
900 to 1300: Medieval Warming
1300 to 1850: The Little Ice Age (two stages)

One whole degree? Run for the hills! Actually, there are records of periodic times of panic, for one reason or another. People sitting out on a hill all night waiting to see if the sun came up again. Visit Climate Depot, where you can purchase very cheaply a movie explaining the climate. Anthony Watts, at WattsUpWithThat is a former weatherman.and Dr. Roy Spencer is a climate scientist who flies the satellites that measure temperatures across the world for NASA. Each of these sites referrers you to many other climate scientists. Visit them daily.

Might help if those who are making major governmental decisions actually did their homework, or had someone knowledgeable on their staff.

Trying to understand what is going on: by The Elephant's Child
February 1, 2021, 9:53 pm
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John Hinderaker at Powerline, has done the best job of summing up what is going on, of any I have seen. I have never really understood the Democrats virulent hatred of Donald Trump. They have worked hard at demonizing him daily ever since he rode down the escalator. Do take the time to read it.

Democrats are over-impressed with their own “brownie points” — they think their “firsts” are something to be written up in the history books as very special, and entitling them to be in charge.

Of course that is what they are all about anyway, they believe they are entitled to be in charge of the government, to tell the public what they may and may not do, to use governmental influence to enrich themselves and their families, to be “important”, to reside in the Nation’s capitol at the center of things. Other people have different values, and if they are interested in politics, it’s to try to make the country happier, free, more prosperous, more open. Opportunity for all. Avoiding unnecessary wars is right up there too.

First woman president, first gay president, even first black president seems like the wrong characteristic to be looking for. How about what is their knowledge of economics, familiarity with American History, understanding of the meaning of freedom, aims for the country, view of what needs fixing, that sort of thing seems far more important.

President Joe Biden’s flurry of executive orders were something of a shock. Who could have imagined that he was so fixated on (a non-existent) climate panic, that he would sacrifice ten thousand American highly-paid jobs on a useful and beneficial pipeline that also brought new business to American refineries, for what? Big mistake.

But President Biden believes in the “coming climate catastrophe” which has already prompted rejoining the expensive and useless Paris Accords, and attempts to switch our economy to electric cars, (we don’t have enough electricity) suppression of fossil fuels (most of our electric power plants are run on fossil fuels) and a reliance on wind and solar energy which do not and cannot produce enough energy to run a modern industrial economy. He also has the illusion that this will produce millions of new jobs. It won’t. Once the wind turbines are installed they are serviced by helicopter. The usefulness of wind and solar are, of course, compromised by the fact that the wind does not blow steadily, even in the windiest places, and the sun is often covered by clouds, it rains and snows. Little annoyances like that.

I do not pretend to be a climate scientist, but I was an English major, which means I read a lot. But then, I became an English major because I read a lot. But I don’t just read about climate, I have lived it. Four feet of snow, plowing every day, fabulous sledding hill, snowshoes, skis. Cutting the ice in the river to store in the icehouse to keep the pop cold in the summer. Generating our own electricity. The picture at the top is of the peak that is the north end of the North Chain of mountains. If you hike over that peak ahead and drop down the other side, that’s where I grew up. Nice country.

Have you noticed that everybody’s angry? by The Elephant's Child
January 29, 2021, 3:20 pm
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President Joe Biden’s ‘Climate Envoy’ John Kerry spoke out Thursday to push back against the opposition to President Joe Biden’s climate agenda. He said on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” that he does not understand the opposition because Biden’s agenda creates a better “standard of living” and “quality of life”. The 60,000 people who just lost their high-paying pipeline jobs might feel some opposition, and question the quality of life bit. He has suggested that they can find new employment making solar panels. Uh huh. He’s managed to irritate a couple of Indian tribes as well.

The XL Pipeline was designed to carry Canadian Oil down to American refineries and then on to the Gulf Coast to board tankers to be transported to whatever nation that had purchased the Canadian oil. The oil is currently being transported by train. A pipeline is much safer and the reason for the XL pipeline’s existence.

Kerry said: We have to do this in a way that people realize all of a sudden, “Wow…I’m going to be healthier, the air will be cleaner. I’m going to have a beautiful electric car that doesn’t make noise, that doesn’t spew out pollution. And it works just as well, if not more comfortably than any other car. I can have a better quality of life because my nation will be more secure because we’re producing all of our own energy and we don’t have to have, you know, the burning of a fuel which clearly contributes to a scientifically arrive at conclusion about the warming of the planet and the dangers to this planet.

Well, no. Nobody is going to be healthier. The “scientifically arrived at conclusion” exists only in the computers of some climate scientists who assumed that they know enough to enter the climate of the world into their computers so they could make decisions about the future of the world’s climate. They don’t know enough, and their output is causing major problems for the world.

Back in 2015, Christiana Figueres, who was General Secretary of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change I think) admitted at a press conference that the object of the Global Warming idea was to rid the world of capitalism. Not, actually, to improve our breathing at all.

There is a new book out on climate, from Patrick Moore, that is being hailed by those who know the most about climate and the problems. Moore was one of the founders of Greenpeace, but left when the organization stopped being concerned about the environment and became just another “profiteering hard-Left front group.” It’s clunky title is “Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom” Just $22.61 for the paperback at Amazon. Called by many as the best book on climate yet. I urge you to get it for yourself and your family. If you are feeling generous, buy an extra copy to send to President Biden or even to the “Climate Envoy”.

We had a major experiment in solar energy in the Southern California Desert called “Solyndra”. If you enter that name in the blank space over Bob Hope’s head in the sidebar, you will find several articles about the failed multi-billion dollar experiment. Governments, you may have noticed, are at best, very imperfect. They are trying and messing up at every level, city, county, suburb, country. We get weekly reports on how many people were shot in Chicago over the weekend. We have had BLM riots and marches, torn down statues, San Francisco just re-named all their schools to eliminate such racist names as George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln.

Japan has just committed to changing over to all electric cars within three years, I think it was. Mr. Toyoda, CEO of Toyota Motor Company promptly spoke out to say that they could not do that. Japan does not have enough electricity to support all electric cars. A while after I read that, there was a small article about Japanese scientists revisiting the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to measure the current radiation remaining to see how dangerous it currently is. They are clearly trying to come up with a way to increase their national electric power availability. Nuclear energy is clean and efficient, but the two accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima have scared everybody off .

We are a modern industrial nation and we need and use a lot of energy. So far it has become very clear that wind and solar cannot produce the energy needed. Can not!

We are an imperfect species, and we don’t know as much as we think we do. We screw up a lot.

Scary Times Ahead! by The Elephant's Child

Reminder: There is not a “President Elect” until the Electoral College meets on December 14. But it does look like it is going to be Joe Biden, in spite of how he managed to get there. He is moving quickly to try to establish his administration, which is not encouraging. A very significant percentage of Democrat voters had never heard of the Joe and Hunter Biden scandals, and really want the matter formally investigated. That, in itself is a fairly scary note and suggests that our negativity about our news media is not far misplaced.

Joe Biden’s first big appointment is John Kerry to be the new “Climate Czar”. His qualifications rest on his being Secretary of State in the Obama Administration, and initiating the Paris Climate Accords. Uh huh. The United States provides about 14% of worldwide CO2 emissions. U.S. and European emissions have remained steady or declined significantly. Increases have come from the developing world, China, India and Africa, as they add electricity, air-conditioning and automobiles. The move to approved wind and solar energy has accounted for about 9% of our needed electricity supplies. If you stop and think for a moment about our energy needs: manufacturing, mobility, light, heat, comfort, food, only begins to touch upon our energy requirements.

I am certainly not a climate scientist, but I do have a unique outlook on the problem. I grew up on 400 acres in the mountains of Idaho at about 4,000′. We produced our own power with a small dam, a flue and our own power plant. We put up ice in the winter for summer refrigeration, warmed things with our hot springs water, fireplaces and wood stoves. We finally got Idaho power in the late 40s. Few people would have the natural assets we did. Nevertheless, I do read the science, daily.

Other than the autistic Swedish child, there’s not much evidence of a climate crisis. We have tried wind and solar energy in many forms, and found them wanting. Nuclear plants work nicely, but since Chernobyl and Fukushima, people are scared of nuclear energy. We have successful dams in our major rivers, but they don’t produce enough energy for the country as a whole. “Fracking”, simply a new way of extracting natural gas, has made us energy independent, and no longer dependent on Arab oil. Great outcry against coal-fired or natural-gas fired power plants because of the insistence that CO2, (which is a natural fertilizer for plants and is helping to feed a hungry world), is to be blamed for global warming, which is simply a natural process of warming and cooling that has gone on for centuries and centuries.

I have been following John Kerry’s career since he was a Vietnam War protester, got drafted, and had a subsequent career in government. I do not have a favorable impression of him, and would prefer that he not be in charge of anything whatsoever. He promises to fix CO2 and Covid-19 as well because they go together somehow? Both in the air? I think its an enormous amount of sheer bunk, but that seems to be what we’re stuck with. You might get in touch with your Congressmen, and study up. Good websites linked in the sidebar.

Lots of big ideas to fix society after the dreadful years of the Bad Orange Man’s successful economy, improved black lives, Middle East Peace, and successful management of the Covid Crisis. “Warp Speed” has meant that vaccine for Covid will be available in mid-December.

Here are the ten executive orders that Joe Biden says he will sign the first day he’s in office, via CNN.

Implement the already-existing Clean Air Act, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by developing new fuel economy standards to ensure all new sales for light- and medium-duty vehicles will be electrified, and annual improvements for heavy-duty vehicles.

Double down on liquid fuels like advanced biofuels and make agriculture a key part of the solution to the climate crisis. Reduce emissions and cut consumer costs through new standards for appliance and building efficiency.

Other than that, he intends to end “gun violence”, which essentially means banning all guns. He will improve the abortion situation, so anybody can get an abortion any time for any reason. How that fits with his Catholic faith, I’m not sure. But if your interest is in easier abortions, Biden’s your guy. Going to offer citizenship to all the illegal aliens, and invite more in.

Interestingly, 44 states voted without any allegations of skullduggery. Election went off smoothly and almost all of the votes were counted in about six hours after the polls closed. No allegations of irregularities by Republican-governed states other than Georgia.

A Big-Tech expert says that Google’s “manipulations “Shifted” at least six million votes to Joe Biden. That might suggest a call to your congressman, at least a Republican one.

Joe Biden still may nominate Sen. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to cabinet positions. The good website www.issuesinsights suggested a little “turnabout is fair play” with an article entitled “Impeach Joe Biden”. Made my day.

Sign Up, It’s Free! You’ll Learn Why Climate Panic is a Joke. by The Elephant's Child

Every weekend, I receive a report from SEPP (The Science and Environmental Policy Project) which tells about the goings-on in the environmental world. I am not, by any means a scientist of any kind, I was an English major, generally regarded as useless unless you are going to be a teacher. What an English major learns is how to read boring, tedious pieces, as well as sprightly interesting ones, so you find out smatterings of all sorts of stuff.

My take on the Environment is heavily influenced by the fact that I grew up in the mountains of Idaho, mostly outdoors (see above) have faced down and executed a rattlesnake, and killed large numbers of woodrats. Nasty critters. And climbed a lot of hills. The climate has been changing for millions of years.

When people started to become alarmed about the climate, or at least interested in radical claims, the federal government began to give out grants for those who were investigating the climate. Many professors in some science field suddenly became climate scientists and dreamed up a grant request. They knew, or quickly learned, how to apply for a grant.

A grant meant new equipment, maybe an assistant, prestige! Being the recipient of a federal grant meant that you were being taken seriously and they were interested in the work of your mind and your equipment. Heady stuff.

With new funding, they quickly borrowed computer programs for forecasting the future from Wall Street, They entered what was known about the climate, which wasn’t really very much, and some intelligent guesses, and a lot of iffy prognostications and some suppositions, and tried to start making the future come out the other end of their programs. So we had the “hockey stick” from Michael Mann which showed the climate slowly climbing, and then suddenly shooting up. Well, worldwide panic.

Then they found that the official thermometers around the world were often located next to an air-conditioner exhaust, or next to a trash burner, or located where concrete walls all around radiated heat onto the thermometer. In cities there was a heat-island effect.

The complete TWTW (the week that was) report can be downloaded at this website:… And you can sign up to get it in your email once a week, as well.

Yes it’s slightly hard reading at first, but you’ll get used to the jargon, and enjoy the straightforward approach. Do visit Dr. Spencer of the University of Alabama at Huntsville runs the satellite program that measures the temperatures of the earth for NASA, along with Dr. John Christy. And add Climate Depot and Anthony Watts at With a good percentage of the world convinced that the earth is ending in just 10 or 12 years, we need more informed people out there.

President Trump will get a good dose of climate panic at Davos this week.

The Phony Climate Panic Goes On and On by The Elephant's Child

The British Paper The Guardian, has just published an article with the headline “Australia Fires are Foretaste of Earth’s Future” by someone labeled Thomas D. Williams PhD.

The “apocalyptic” scenes of raging Australian bushfires will become commonplace around the world without a major drop in emissions, the Guardian newspaper warned Tuesday.

The Guardian, which has publicly pledged “to give global heating, wildlife extinction and pollution the urgent attention and prominence they demand,” insisting that the climate emergency is “the defining issue of our times,” has amped up its climate agitation by suggesting that Australian wildfires is the new normal. …

Citing one of the Guardian’s favorite climate “experts,” Richard A. Betts, head of the Climate Impacts strategic area at the Met Office Hadley Centre in Exeter, Harvey says that Australia’s fires would be normal if global temperatures were to rise by 3ºC above pre-industrial levels.

Betts, who along with others has pushed for an intensification of climate rhetoric, such as replacing “global warming” with “global heating,” said that Australia is “a sign of what would be normal conditions in a 3C world. It tells us what the future world might look like.”

Well, except that Australia has said that the fires are manmade and arrested a number of people for arson, including a few who had disobeyed the law by throwing lighted cigarettes out the car window. Scientists here have confirmed that Australia’s brush fires are not caused by “climate change.”

A Facebook glitch revealed that Greta Thunberg’s Facebook page is written by her father Svantes Thunberg and “Climate Crisis Activist” Ardash Prathap. It might be interesting to see who paid for her travel from Sweden across the Atlantic ocean to address the United Nations in New York by sailboat. or who arranged for the speech and her travel around the United States and visits with Hollywood celebrities. All very strange.

A website called “Interesting Engineering” points out that this year will mark the lowest solar activity in over 200 years. No sunspots! Yet we are told that the absence of sunspots represents a cooling phase.

I mention fairly often that Christiana Figueres, the general secretary of the IPCC, in a radio broadcast in early February of 2015, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy Capitalism.

The Canadian Minister of the Environment at the time, the late Christina Stewart, said “No matter if the science is all phony; there are collateral environmental benefits…Climate change [provides] the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world.”

And I just got a notice from my congressman that indicates that he is proud to sponsor (with huge amounts of taxpayer money) efforts to delay Climate Change with wind and solar, which we have already determined just don’t work. So there you go.

A possible reason why one should be cautious about the activities of government, any government.

Addendum: I should probably add that the world’s 76 best Tide Gauges show a mean 0.34 mm (that’s 34% of one millimeter) rise in sea level. If you don’t recognize a millimeter, it’s smaller than the distance between the two ll’s in the word millimeter. Santa Barbara doesn’t need to paint the white line across the streets to prepare for the rise of the ocean just yet.

Also: Glacier National Park has quietly removed the signs that said the glaciers were shrinking from “climate change”, and replaced them signs and literature that acknowledged that the glaciers are indeed growing.

Climate Panic Through The Years. Unsure About the Cause, But We Were Always Doomed! by The Elephant's Child
April 22, 2015, 7:03 am
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Obama is not alone in worrying about the climate. For at least 120 years climate “scientists” have been insisting that the climate was going to fry us with increasing heat, or starve us in a new ice age. This list is from Anthony at Watts Up With That.

  • 1895 Geologists Think the World May Be Frozen Up Again New York Times, February 1895
  • 1902 – “Disappearing Glaciers…deteriorating slowly, with a persistency that means their final annihilation…scientific fact…surely disappearing.” – Los Angeles Times
  • 1912 Prof. Schmidt Warns Us of an Encroaching Ice AgeNew York Times, October 1912
  • 1923 – “Scientist says Arctic ice will wipe out Canada” – Professor Gregory of Yale University, American representative to the Pan-Pacific Science Congress, – Chicago Tribune
  • 1923 – “The discoveries of changes in the sun’s heat and the southward advance of glaciers in recent years have given rise to conjectures of the possible advent of a new ice age” – Washington Post
  • 1924 MacMillan Reports Signs of New Ice Age New York Times, Sept 18, 1924
  • 1929 – “Most geologists think the world is growing warmer, and that it will continue to get warmer” – Los Angeles Times, in Is another ice age coming?
  • 1932 – “If these things be true, it is evident, therefore that we must be just teetering on an ice age” – The Atlantic magazine, This Cold, Cold World
  • 1933 America in Longest Warm Spell Since 1776; Temperature Line Records a 25-Year Rise New York Times, March 27th, 1933
  • 1933 – “…wide-spread and persistent tendency toward warmer weather…Is our climate changing?” – Federal Weather Bureau “Monthly Weather Review.”
  • 1938 – Global warming, caused by man heating the planet with carbon dioxide, “is likely to prove beneficial to mankind in several ways, besides the provision of heat and power.”– Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
  • 1938 – “Experts puzzle over 20 year mercury rise…Chicago is in the front rank of thousands of cities thuout the world which have been affected by a mysterious trend toward warmer climate in the last two decades” – Chicago Tribune
  • 1939 – “Gaffers who claim that winters were harder when they were boys are quite right… weather men have no doubt that the world at least for the time being is growing warmer” – Washington Post
  • 1952 – “…we have learned that the world has been getting warmer in the last half century” – New York Times, August 10th, 1962
  • 1954 – “…winters are getting milder, summers drier. Glaciers are receding, deserts growing” – U.S. News and World Report
  • 1954 Climate – the Heat May Be OffFortune Magazine
  • 1959 – “Arctic Findings in Particular Support Theory of Rising Global Temperatures” – New York Times
  • 1969 – “…the Arctic pack ice is thinning and that the ocean at the North Pole may become an open sea within a decade or two” – New York Times, February 20th, 1969
  • 1969 – “If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000″ — Paul Ehrlich (while he now predicts doom from global warming, this quote only gets honorable mention, as he was talking about his crazy fear of overpopulation)
  • 1970 – “…get a good grip on your long johns, cold weather haters – the worst may be yet to come…there’s no relief in sight” – Washington Post
  • 1974 – Global cooling for the past forty years – Time Magazine
  • 1974 – “Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age” – Washington Post
  • 1974 – “As for the present cooling trend a number of leading climatologists have concluded that it is very bad news indeed” – Fortune magazine, who won a Science Writing Award from the American Institute of Physics for its analysis of the danger
  • 1974 – “…the facts of the present climate change are such that the most optimistic experts would assign near certainty to major crop failure…mass deaths by starvation, and probably anarchy and violence” – New York Times

Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age

  • 1975 Scientists Ponder Why World’s Climate is Changing; A Major Cooling Widely Considered to Be InevitableNew York Times, May 21st, 1975
  • 1975 – “The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind” Nigel Calder, editor, New Scientist magazine, in an article in International Wildlife Magazine
  • 1976 – “Even U.S. farms may be hit by cooling trend” – U.S. News and World Report
  • 1981 – Global Warming – “of an almost unprecedented magnitude” – New York Times
  • 1988 – I would like to draw three main conclusions. Number one, the earth is warmer in 1988 than at any time in the history of instrumental measurements. Number two, the global warming is now large enough that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause and effect relationship to the greenhouse effect. And number three, our computer climate simulations indicate that thegreenhouse effect is already large enough to begin to effect the probability of extreme events such as summer heat waves. – Jim Hansen, June 1988 testimony before Congress, see His later quote and His superior’s objection for context
  • 1989 -“On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but – which means that we must include all doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands and buts. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. And like most people we’d like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climate change. To do that we need to get some broad based support, to capture the public’s imagination. That, of course, means getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. This “double ethical bind” we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both.” – Stephen Schneider, lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Discover magazine, October 1989
  • 1990 – “We’ve got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing – in terms of economic policy and environmental policy” – Senator Timothy Wirth
  • 1993 – “Global climate change may alter temperature and rainfall patterns, many scientists fear, with uncertain consequences for agriculture.” – U.S. News and World Report
  • 1998 – No matter if the science [of global warming] is all phony . . . climate change [provides] the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.” —Christine Stewart, Canadian Minister of the Environment, Calgary Herald, 1998
  • 2001 – “Scientists no longer doubt that global warming is happening, and almost nobody questions the fact that humans are at least partly responsible.” – Time Magazine, Monday, Apr. 09, 2001
  • 2003 – Emphasis on extreme scenarios may have been appropriate at one time, when the public and decision-makers were relatively unaware of the global warming issue, and energy sources such as “synfuels,” shale oil and tar sands were receiving strong consideration” – Jim Hansen, NASA Global Warming activist, Can we defuse The Global Warming Time Bomb?, 2003
  • 2006 – “I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.” — Al Gore, Grist magazine, May 2006
  • 2006 – “It is not a debate over whether the earth has been warming over the past century. The earth is always warming or cooling, at least a few tenths of a degree…” — Richard S. Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology at MIT
  • 2006 – “What we have fundamentally forgotten is simple primary school science. Climate always changes. It is always…warming or cooling, it’s never stable. And if it were stable, it would actually be interesting scientifically because it would be the first time for four and a half billion years.” —Philip Stott, emeritus professor of bio-geography at the University of London
  • 2006 – “Since 1895, the media has alternated between global cooling and warming scares during four separate and sometimes overlapping time periods. From 1895 until the 1930’s the media peddled a coming ice age. From the late 1920’s until the 1960’s they warned of global warming. From the 1950’s until the 1970’s they warned us again of a coming ice age. This makes modern global warming the fourth estate’s fourth attempt to promote opposing climate change fears during the last 100 years.” – Senator James Inhofe, Monday, September 25, 2006
  • 2007– “I gave a talk recently (on fallacies of global warming) and three members of the Canadian government, the environmental cabinet, came up afterwards and said, ‘We agree with you, but it’s not worth our jobs to say anything.’ So what’s being created is a huge industry with billions of dollars of government money and people’s jobs dependent on it.” – Dr. Tim Ball, Coast-to-Coast, Feb 6, 2007
  • 2008 – “Hansen was never muzzled even though he violated NASA’s official agency position on climate forecasting (i.e., we did not know enough to forecast climate change or mankind’s effect on it). Hansen thus embarrassed NASA by coming out with his claims of global warming in 1988 in his testimony before Congress” – Dr. John S. Theon, retired Chief of the Climate Processes Research Program at NASA, see above for Hansen quotes

Section updated by Anthony:

  • 2009Climate change: melting ice will trigger wave of natural disasters. Scientists at a London conference next week will warn of earthquakes, avalanches and volcanic eruptions as the atmosphere heats up and geology is altered. Even Britain could face being struck by tsunamis – “Not only are the oceans and atmosphere conspiring against us, bringing baking temperatures, more powerful storms and floods, but the crust beneath our feet seems likely to join in too,” – Professor Bill McGuire, director of the Benfield Hazard Research Centre, at University College London, – The Guardian, Sep 2009.
  • 2010What Global Warming Looks Like. It was more than 5°C (about 10°F) warmer than climatology in the eastern European region including Moscow. There was an area in eastern Asia that was similarly unusually hot. The eastern part of the United States was unusually warm, although not to the degree of the hot spots in Eurasia. James HansenNASA GISS, August 11, 2010.
  • 2011Where Did Global Warming Go? “In Washington, ‘climate change’ has become a lightning rod, it’s a four-letter word,” said Andrew J. Hoffman, director of the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Sustainable Development.   – New York Times, Oct 15, 2011.

  • 2012Global warming close to becoming irreversible-scientists. “This is the critical decade. If we don’t get the curves turned around this decade we will cross those lines,” said Will Steffen, executive director of the Australian National University’s climate change institute, speaking at a conference in London. Reuters, Mar 26, 2012
  • 2013Global-warming ‘proof’ is evaporating.  The 2013 hurricane season just ended as one of the five quietest years since 1960. But don’t expect anyone who pointed to last year’s hurricanes as “proof” of the need to act against global warming to apologize; the warmists don’t work that way. New York Post, Dec 5, 2013
  • 2014  – Climate change: It’s even worse than we thought.  Five years ago, the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change painted a gloomy picture of our planet’s future. As climate scientists gather evidence for the next report, due in 2014, Michael Le Page gives seven reasons why things are looking even grimmer. – New Scientist (undated in 2014)

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