Climate Craziness of the Week – Forbes Steve Zwick loses it

Steve Zwick

Steve Zwick

Wow, it doesn’t get much uglier than this. In my opinion, this is hate speech. Steve Zwick writes in his Forbes column:

We know who the active denialists are – not the people who buy the lies, mind you, but the people who create the lies.  Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay.  Let’s let their houses burn.  Let’s swap their safe land for submerged islands.  Let’s force them to bear the cost of rising food prices.

They broke the climate.  Why should the rest of us have to pay for it?

People who doubt the magnitude of CO2/AGW driven climate change broke the climate?

I suppose then that Mr. Zwick has never driven a car, never taken an airplane trip, never heated or cooled his home, never bought products produced overseas and shipped here, never grilled at a BBQ, or never used electricity to power his computer to write his litany of hate for Forbes. No, he’s apparently not used any CO2 producing modern convenience at all, which is why he bizarrely believes he has some sort of moral high ground.

His hypocrisy is beyond description. His full essay is here.

For those who wish to complain about his hate speech against fellow Americans, see the Forbes Contact page here.

As for his points about the Yale poll trying to make us all fear the weather as some human caused machination of climate, read this.

UPDATE: Warren Meyer offers a thoughtful rebuttal in Forbes here

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251 Responses to Climate Craziness of the Week – Forbes Steve Zwick loses it

  1. Tad says:

    Isn’t he concerned about all the CO2 from those burning houses being released into the air?

  2. J Martin says:

    [snip -name calling serves no purpose - Anthony]

  3. dfbaskwill says:

    I’ll go ahead and delete my own comment before they do! And it was a doozy.

  4. Anthony, do you have the article cached?

    REPLY: Yes, here: http://www.webcitation.org/6738oKF2s

  5. Ally E. says:

    How does asking to see the evidence equal “They broke the climate”? Does wanting to see the data cause more CO2?

  6. Interesting that Judith Curry points to the new book the Righteous Mind

    http://judithcurry.com/2012/04/19/the-righteous-mind/

    Do you ever find yourself reading something by a commentator you disagree with and wanting to punch them in the face? Do you listen to people on the other side of the political debate and find yourself almost hating them?

  7. stpaulchuck says:

    Once again this exposes the warmists as a religion and not a science and engineering issue.

    There is still no empirical evidence supporting the warmist nonsense (excepting the bent data, which has been mostly pointed out here and at junkscience.com). So, just like the current US election, the desperate believers are thrashing about getting ever more strident and ever more far from truth. I’m stocking in extra popcorn and adult beverage. When the final meltdown occurs (pardon the pun) it will be a sight to behold.

  8. Mark Smith says:

    Essay still in place

  9. Keith Pearson, Formerly bikermailman, Anon No Longer says:

    I don’t want these nutburgers silenced, give ‘em a microphone and let people see just who they are, and what they want. Get out of their way and let them prove what (snippety snip) they are.

  10. Anything is possible says:

    Stage 2 : Anger.

  11. Latitude says:

    well someone in his DNA pool broke something….that’s for sure

  12. Barry Woods says:

    We know who the active denialists are ……

    ……… Let’s start keeping track of them now

    ———————–
    that sounds a lot like we know who you are, we know where you live..

    a threat or incitement (and very irresponsible) in anyones language..

    Ranting rhetoric for him, lets hope the least stable person reading his rubbish, doesn’t take any ‘action’.

  13. johanna says:

    “Let’s let their houses burn”? Is he advocating arson? Or will this be a selective by-product of boilng seas, directed at unbelievers by Gaia?

    The man is deranged.

  14. Eve says:

    It looks like the global warming wars are turning into hate crimes. I was on think progress the other day. The warmists are cheering the tornado damage in red states. One Australian said he was happy when there were disasters in areas that did not believe in global warming/climate change. None of this looks good on humanity.

  15. No Name Guy says:

    I feel nothing but pity for poor Zwick. What a sad person he is.

  16. MrX says:

    Like I said before, it’s sad that the alarmists are making everyone not want a warmer climate. The alarmists don’t want it because they think the world will end. And skeptics don’t want it because it shows how foolish the alarmists assertions are. Yet, I want a warmer climate. I think it’s ridiculous that there’s still ice on this planet which wouldn’t take much at all when we consider cosmic scales to have the entire planet frozen over and these guys want it colder? Also, at below 200 ppm, there isn’t enough CO2 to keep plants alive. We’re on the low end of the spectrum. If we take up Steve Zwick on his offer, then mountainous regions are his and coastal lands are ours, right? RIGHT?

  17. Sparks says:

    He’s making a list, is he checking it twice? he’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice, the anti-Santa is coming to town,.

  18. cui bono says:

    Two can play at that sick game. But let’s not.

  19. Michael Auer says:

    I went to his web page… I think I’m going to be ill!
    He left out ‘May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your arm pits’
    Truly pathetic and mental.

    Regards,
    Michael

    PS.. Thank you Mr. Watts for all that you do! Speaking of litany of Saints…

  20. Tilo Reber says:

    “Let’s swap their safe land for submerged islands.”

    Hey, Steve, I’m ready to swap my land for some beach front property right now. My house is at 5,000 feet, so if you or your friends have some beach front property that you are worried about loosing to AGW, let me know and we can arrange a trade.

  21. Some are more equal than others says:

    The story still shows, and now it appears Forbes no longer supports free-speech…I’m sure that’ll do their subscription base wonders.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevezwick/2012/04/19/a-tennessee-firemans-solution-to-climate-change/

    From the comments:
    Bluecloud 7 hours ago
    If you look at the typical profile of a denier, you will find most of them are old, white men (just think of the Koch brothers and the rest of the 1%) who won’t be around, and certainly don’t want to be around when the fire catches hold. They are also most likely to have enough money to protect themselves, or their descendents to some extent as well. I suspect that some of them are also psychopaths with no sense of empathy toward others.

    As ever, it’s the 99% who will suffer the most severe burns and it is this 99% who need to be persuaded to stop burning fossil fuels as we are all pouring gas on the fire right now. When the spark ignites we can be sure that the deniers will be long gone to their islands and bunkers.

    So what can we do? Apart from reducing our individual impacts we can cooperate with those around us to build communities which can become resilient to disasters through things like local farming, local production, education and repair and innovation centers. We need to walk away from the lifestyle that is helping to burn down our houses.

    Steve Zwick, Contributor 6 hours ago
    That is the ultimate solution, but how do we turn off the torrent of BS these guys are flooding us with?
    *************************************************
    Wow, “ultimate solution”…you heard it on Forbes first, a magazine that clearly can’t even stand up for free-speech in America.

  22. Siliggy says:

    If there are famines but they turn out to be a result of solar caused global coolling perhaps even accompanied by lack of CO2 what should we do Mr Zwick? The global warming scare would be blamed for the lack of preparation and therefore most of the deaths.
    Will not take your advice but curious to know what it would be.

  23. JJ says:

    We know who the active catastrophists are – not the people who buy the lies, mind you, but the people who create the lies. Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay. Let’s subject their 14,000 sq ft houses to civil forfeiture. Let’s swap their private jets and cushy salaries for the tenement and food stamp lifestyle to which they would condemn others. Let’s force them to bear the cost of rising food and energy prices.

    They broke the economy to enrich and empower themselves. Why should the rest of us have to pay for it?

    That game may be played by more than one …

  24. wikeroy says:

    Maybe Steve Zwick could read this;

    http://www.crichton-official.com/essay-stateoffear-whypoliticizedscienceisdangerous.html

    and let it sink in…….

  25. David says:

    I laughed at this part of the article:

    “they still can’t tell you exactly which specific storms arose from climate change and which would have happened anyway – and they probably never will.”

    -snip-

    “But they can tell us how many extreme events would happen each year on average without manmade greenhouse gasses, so we can see what percentage of the damage is caused by man and what percentage is caused by nature.”

    So, there has to be some kind of algorithm for the second part. But how did they test its accuracy given what’s stated in the first part?

  26. JFB says:

    He is following the Mann-Gleick’s footprint. We know where this will finish… Desperate, without rationals arguments, he want promote a “street fight”. A “crusade” against those that dont agree with him. Is better put fire in the world than concede that the game is over. And he is the looser.

  27. I’d like to say “deal”, and if it turns out that it got rally cold and my house is the only source of warmth and you come knocking on my door, I’ll put one between your eyes.

    I’d like to. But I can’t. I can’t because of the way my parents raised me. I can’t because of the way MY church taught me. I could go on with reasons why I can’t, But I won’t.

  28. Sparks says:

    [snip - taunts serve no purpose - Anthony]

  29. Scarface says:

    “They broke the climate”
    A child losing a toy would say that.

    He could call Greenpeace to be his big brother: “We know where you live”

    Pathetic.

    But if this is all he can come up with in the face of all evidence against AGW, it is in fact a good sign. I wonder though, when he would say this in another context, if he wouldn’t get arrested.

  30. P Walker says:

    Unfortunately , this sort of fanaticism is rampant in the AGW collective and elsewhere on the left . Scary . I can’t believe that Forbes would publish this rubbish .

  31. Disko Troop says:

    I am surprised he did not suggest that all his acolytes dress up in brown shirts and go round breaking our windows in the dead of night. Perhaps all dissenters should have a yellow star sewn to their clothes so that we can identify them. Seems reasonable to me.

    /sarc.

    “Today’s guest post is from Steve Zwick, who edits Ecosystem Marketplace, an online news service that reports on market-based solutions to environmental problems. Based on the premise that the cost of production should include the cost of environmental degradation, EM is published by non-governmental organization Forest Trends and funded by a diverse array of NGOs, governmental agencies, and private companies.” http://www.marcgunther.com/2010/06/21/steve-zwick-paying-for-natures-services/
    Forest Trends tracks back to the Jeff skoll foundation which also funded “An Inconvenient Truth”. Jeff Skoll was one of the early starters in E-bay. (http://www.skollfoundation.org/staff/jeff-skoll/)

    Looks like we are not the only ones living off someone elses dollar.

    (My cheque is late again Exxon..get to it.)

  32. coyote says:

    I have to stick up for Forbes a bit here. Forbes asked me to blog on their site a couple of years ago. In that time, they have exercised no editorial control over what I do, and I presume over what Mr. Zwick does. Forbes isn’t endorsing his views in any way, even by allowing them to remain posted. Nor do they, I am pretty sure, moderate comments except maybe for profanity. The author can do that, and if comments are disappearing, blame Zwick, not Forbes. Forbes is just offering the platform, and is obviously seeking writers from all sides of the political spectrum.

    I agree with an earlier poster – please,please, let’s not take away these folks’ platform to speak. Every time they say crazy stuff like this hurts their cause. Asking for Forbes to take the column down is only going to help Zwick. Remember you Napoleon – never interrupt and enemy when he is making a mistake.

  33. Clarice says:

    Seems to me Forbes should really be calling the FBI to investigate this psycho before he silences the lambs, he sounds like a serial killer.

  34. Gunga Din says:

    Science fiction is full of stories about a lone hero, or group of heros, detecting some danger and running around trying to convince others to take the proper course of action to prevent the disaster or, at least, try to save people from it. Often they meet with resistance, usually from those who have something to gain from the disaster or what led to the disaster. The heros do not wish evil on the resisters. They try to help them. Often the resisters do wish evil on the heros. So, who fits which role in this SciFi story of Catastrophic Man Made Global Warming … er … Climate Change?

  35. sophocles says:

    I see Steve Zwick’s potted bio on Forbes says:
    ===================================================================
    I edit Ecosystem Marketplace, an online news service that reports on market-based solutions to environmental problems — a calling I received after a career trading futures, writing about business, and getting entangled in a few local environmental campaigns.
    ===================================================================
    … futures trading is basically a casino. It’s the money sponge which has helped create the modern economic meltdowns and contributed heavily to the high rates of inflation we suffer. His economic knowledge and his scientific knowledge appear to be on a par: very little. His historical knowledge appears to be non-existant. The absence of all three creates severe analytical inability, which explains the latching onto populist plausible but untenable solutions. “Market-based solutions” for environmental problems is a nonsense too—they’re the modern “get rich quick” schemes. Those career choices indicate a good nose for “following the money” but a total inability to analyse the causes and ramifications of the problems and the supposed solutions.

    The Medieval Warming produced crop surpluses which financed the building of cathedrals across Europe and paid for the Crusades. When the surplus disappeared, the Crusaders had to return home and the cathedrals took another few hundred years to complete. Other earlier warmings (eg: the Roman Warming) had similar easy times. Otherwise the Roman Empire would not have been able to expand as it did.

    Plants, animals and people flourish when it’s warm. Cold is the enemy. Both warmings ended in cold times and significant economic and population contractions. The coolings brought significant storms, droughts and through these large crop failures. Anyone familiar with the history of the Little Ice Age will know of the crop failures, ergotism and witch hunts—all of which are prominent in the historical record. Let’s just hope the present solar minimum doesn’t bite our agriculture too hard.

    But then, we all know that. Zwick et al obviously don’t. I’ve got the ideal job for Mr. Zwick: mounting a serious search for the Sun’s remote control … but he’ll have to organise a market-based solution to fund the search.

  36. P Walker says:

    Some are more equal than others @ 2:37 pm
    Please read all of the comments . Bluecloud and Zwick have created their own echo chamber – most of the others are very negative .

  37. Steve P says:

    Eve says:
    April 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    “… None of this looks good on humanity.”
    No, and let’s not forget what went on during the Little Ice Age, when certain humans were blamed for the advancing glaciers, and for the devastating (hail) storms that wiped out crops.

    Witch hunts.

    Human beings caused the bad weather by consorting with the devil, it was believed. Indeed, after prompting, many warlocks and witches confessed to this and all manner of demonic deeds, before being burned at the stake. If McKay is to be believed, in Europe, thousands upon thousands were put to the torch during this particular period of human madness. According to Wikipedia, the last report from Greenland, before the colony went silent, told of a witch being burned at the stake there.
    ~
    In May 2011, I drove into the aftermath of a hail storm in E. Colorado that was piled up to several inches, and recently, an area near Austin got several feet of the icy balls. It’s not hard to imagine what these kinds of storms could do to crops.

  38. I used to have a signature I used on one of the forums I frequented. It read:

    “Global warming the next inquisition.”

    I might have to go back to using it if this pattern of behavior keeps up, because this sort of speech is gateway to open persecution of people they disagree with.

    So much for freedom of speech, presumption of innocence and a half dozen foundation concepts in our form of government.

    Before you can persecute a group, you first have to marginalize and demonize them. Once that sort of marginalization and demonization becomes acceptable behavior the door is open for active discrimination and persecution.

    Have any of these wacko’s read any history? Don’t the see that they are following a long established pattern that if allowed to run to its logical conclusion leads down a path toward the destruction of freedom of expression of everyone.

    The scary scenario is that they have read history and know exactly what they are doing.
    The benign scenario is that they are just self righteous idiots.

    Just another example of how defective their education and moral code is. They are totalitarians at heart and cannot conceive of the possibility that they might be wrong about anything. Therefore all problems are the fault of someone else.

    Larry

  39. john says:

    Yale poll? We know what Yale is up to…

    http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/hey-angus-hey-shell-company

    See Bayroot.

  40. juanslayton says:

    I do not take his premise as being typical of the good people of Tennessee. Of some of their politicians maybe, but we all have to suffer these types. Even a few of them are having second thoughts:
    http://www.firehouse.com/news/10702774/tenn-firefighters-could-be-liable-for-pay-for-spray?utm_source=related_content_box&utm_medium=related_content&utm_campaign=10472820
    Some of the comments by real firefighters are worth reading….

  41. wwschmidt says:

    looking at the big picture, there’s one clear lesson that can be seen in this:

    We’re winning, and the other side knows it. That’s why they’re getting desperate and shrill; they’ve lost on the science, they’ve lost the public’s attention, and they don’t know what to do except to stomp their widdo foots and promise to hold their breath til they turn blue.

    But this is also why this fight is no longer scientific – that battle is over. The only real battle left is political, as they attempt to use political power to achieve what they couldn’t get the public to buy, and we must be vigilant and focused on defeating those efforts.

  42. Lark says:

    Fahrenheit 451 + No Pressure = Steve Zwick.

    He has a model – dialectical materialism? – that says we’re all going to Hell if we don’t give his church – Marxism with a Green rind – all our property. But we don’t want to, so therefore it’s our fault we’re all going to hell, so therefore his church should take all our property as punishment.

    Aren’t greedy millenarian religious fundamentalists just ever so nice?

  43. pat says:

    Sourcewatch: Steve Zwick
    He considers himself more of a conduit than an expert, but is capable of speaking on: derivatives, sustainable development, and environmental finance. The latter includes payments for ecosystem services, payments for watershed services, wetland mitigation banking, water footprinting, biodiversity banking, and REDD.
    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Steve_Zwick

    Zwick is vicious, cos derivatives are at stake. at least the Markit guy knows “carbon credits” are not a “real commodity”:

    2009: Ecosystemmarketplace: Steve Zwick: Markit: Gathering – and Mining – the Data for Tomorrow’s Ecosystem Marketplace
    Markit: The New Gorilla of Environmental FinanceBacked by a consortium of investment banks, Markit has spent most of the last decade culling prices and other carefully-selected details from complex transactions on the books of secretive trading houses and then identifying the sweet spots where knowledgeable buyers and sellers overlap…
    Zwick: Are you limiting this to carbon, or will you be moving into other ecosystem markets?
    Niall Cameron, Markit’s Executive Vice President of Commodities, Indices, Equities and Risk Management,: Our registries side will be capturing credits from all kinds of projects, including wetland mitigation banking…
    Obviously, carbon is the main market at the moment and will continue to be for a while, but going forward you can see many, many different types of environmental products being listed. That is when price is going to get very interesting, because there’s going to be a lack of knowledge about where some of these things should trade.
    Zwick: Which market do you see taking off first after carbon?
    Niall Cameron: We are interested in how the water market develops. Unlike carbon credits, water is a real commodity, and possibly the most important one in the world…
    http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=7133&section=home

  44. Jurgen says:

    If it is like he says and “we” skeptics do have the power to influence the climate, well, there is no real problem, is there? When “the team” will go after us for revenge, all we have to do is cause a little ice age to cool them down. Piece of cake.

  45. coyote says:

    If you want to have some fun, I encourage you to read this very short Wikipedia article on “the Summer of the Shark.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_of_the_Shark I am pretty sure you will recognize some parallels to current discussion of severe weather and the recent Yale study. I discuss the Summer of the Shark in my Forbes column response to Zwick linked above.

  46. Jimbo says:

    Whenever you look closely at people like Steve Zwick you tend to find:
    “Do as I say, don’t do as I do.”

  47. Sparks says:

    Okay… Steve Zwick, lets give him the benefit of doubt, he’s probably a very honest and a very nice person, a caring man who has the best intentions for everyone around him.

    Sometimes he likes to play.

  48. Curiousgeorge says:

    Gee. And some folks wonder why gun sales have gone thru the roof. Zwicky and the rest of that cult is one reason why.

  49. TG McCoy (Douglas DC) says:

    My opinion of Zwick:
    “Never interfere with the enemy while he is making a mistake,”
    Napoleon Bonaparte.
    They will and are beclowning themselves..

  50. Ally E. says:

    Brilliant rebuttal by Warren Meyer.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/warrenmeyer/2012/04/19/a-vivid-reminder-of-how-the-climate-debate-is-broken/

    Thanks for pointing it out, Anthony. A good read.

  51. Frankenstein says:

    “We are winning”; perhaps in the withered realm of rational human beings, however, torch wielding mobs and murderous zealots aren’t known for their highly developed rational qualities.

  52. john says:

    @juanslayton, I am a former Fire Chief and have very serious concerns regarding his comments about burning houses down. In fact, it would be wise to look into suspicious fire activity where he served as in some cases (unfortunately), firefighters are also arsonists. His comment raises deep concerns and may be considered unlawful (seriously so) under new laws.

  53. Willis Eschenbach says:

    I wrote to Forbes, and I encourage others to do the same:

    Dear Editors:

    I am well known in the climate world for discussing and researching climate science, or what Steven Zwick calls “creating the lies”. About me, he says:

    We know who the active denialists are – not the people who buy the lies, mind you, but the people who create the lies. Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay. Let’s let their houses burn. Let’s swap their safe land for submerged islands. Let’s force them to bear the cost of rising food prices.

    Is this what Forbes has come to, a platform for revenge on people that your writers might disagree with? Let my house burn? That is not freedom of speech, that is shouting “Fire” in a crowded theatre.

    For shame, Forbes. This call for mob vigilante action is a blot and a stain on your good name.

    Willis Eschenbach

    w.

  54. beng says:

    Well, isn’t that special? Zwick offers the “final solution” to the “denier” problem. Where have we heard that before………

  55. pat says:

    it’s only a prediction, it’s only the unreliable Met Office (tho with WeatherAction concurring), it’s only weather, it’s possibly further hyped by the Tele, but it’s the stuff that gives Zwick nightmares so i’ll post it!

    19 April: UK Telegraph: “Coldest May in 100 years”, forecasters predict
    Britain could be facing the coldest May for 100 years, with snow, bitter winds and freezing temperatures putting summer on hold
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/9213226/Coldest-May-in-100-years-forecasters-predict.html

  56. Severian says:

    Hmmmm…from looking at him and Mann and Hansen I had a revelation, baldness causes global warming. Seriously, seems like compensation for something.

    It is depressing how so many engage in these totalitarian fantasies. I know about Godwin’s law and such but jeez, the parallels are remarkable and unavoidable. Closet dictators fantasizing about shoving skeptics int the gulag.

  57. Smokey says:

    First Gleick, now Zwick. Can’t Forbes find a rational believer in mann-made climate catastrophe?

    But I suppose there are no rational believers in that nonsense.

    [As a long time Forbes subscriber, I wrote the editors a letter very similar to Willis'.]

  58. Sundance says:

    Zwick is just upset that he did not get the part of Larry in the new Stooges Movie and taking it out on climate realists.

  59. beesaman says:

    He really is a hater isn’t he?

  60. Peter Miller says:

    A tedious rant, but at least one point was correct:

    “Well that doesn’t wash, because the evidence is there right now for anyone who does their homework, and it has been for some time. What’s also there is a very public record of who has been lying to the public and who hasn’t – and it’s time to start using this information to make the liars and shirkers pay.”

    Describes the CAGW cult to a T.

  61. Anthony Watts is a wonderful man, I shall not sully his website by saying what I really think. Zwick is a {self snipped}, a {self snipped}. and a {self snipped}. There, I feel better.

  62. nevket240 says:

    First we had to endure Gleick head, now Zwick head. When may I ask does Richard come forth??
    regards

  63. TRE says:

    So, conversely, when I get to the point of choosing between feeding my kids or keeping them warm or doing their laundry or getting to work to pay for it all, because fuel is at “European levels” or my electric rates “are necessarily going to skyrocket”, I can go burn Steve’s house down???!!! What kind of sociopath is this guy??

  64. Johnny Terawatt says:

    One of the four horsemen of the cagwapocalypse?

  65. frozenohio says:

    What a loon.

  66. NikFromNYC says:

    The task now it to make the Left own these guys as historically documented officially sponsored spokesmen for their political party, period. To stay objective about it only two quirks of unbridled human nature need be considered: social bubbles and psychological projection, both infantile and worthy of rightfully condescending pity at first, then of sharp mockery and dismissal.

    That simple multi-century real thermometer records exist (along with a simple average if real tide gauges) that fully debunk AGW claims exist but have been sidelined by skeptics and warmists alike in favor of mutully emphasized arcane statistical nitpicking continues to mark this period as a mere bicker fest rather than a clear confrontation between fraud and common sense. Kids indoctrinated by Gore’s classroom movie will merely condem goofy old people rather than tell stories of heroes and villains, given that all the statistics involved offer an excuse that, well, things were uncertain, and at least one side cared enough to sound the alarm about dying polar bears.

    Principled pacifism and sissified whining are silent whispers, politically. Be Brietbart!

  67. Athelstan. says:

    Sounds to me, like Zwick was having a bad day, indeed we all do but then, when one is having a terrible day – one should stay well away from the keyboard.
    And BTW, Mr. Zwick – honestly you’re the lad in denial – in denial of the scientific reality: global man made CO2 emissions do not and will not cause ‘catastrophic warming’ of our planet. The only man made thing about human induced global warming, is that the basic premise is a total fabrication and throughout history, men, particularly politicians have been and are well practiced in such ‘black arts’.

    What would be good for you now Mr. Zwick is a self imposed long and glorious ‘omerta’ – silence is golden and remember; “when one finds oneself in a big hole, it’s best to cease forthwith further excavations”.

  68. freezeframe says:

    at what temperature do brain cells die?

  69. Gary Meyers says:

    wikeroy says:
    April 19, 2012 at 2:40 pm
    Maybe Steve Zwick could read this;
    http://www.crichton-official.com/essay-stateoffear-whypoliticizedscienceisdangerous.html
    and let it sink in…….
    Wikeroy, you assume that Steve Zwick is rational!

  70. Ray says:

    Willis, your comment in their comment section is pretty good and quite accurate. When will they pay their share of the economic damage they’ve caused? It is not just that woman that can’t heat her house but that other family that must put gas in their cars in order to go to work. That money could have provided some food or medicine for that poor little Timmy.

  71. Curiousgeorge says:

    @ Disko Troop says:
    April 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I am surprised he did not suggest that all his acolytes dress up in brown shirts and go round breaking our windows in the dead of night.

    /sarc.
    ***************************************************************************************************
    In my part of the country – and I mean Country – that would be a big mistake. We have a little thing called the Castle Doctrine around here that tends to discourage that kind of behavior – Permanently.

  72. Rhoda R says:

    Coyote: That was a good and balance article. However, I don’t think ‘warmist’ is particularily negative – more descriptive. If I want to go negative I generally use ‘eco-nazi’ or ‘eco-ayotolla’ (I term I read somewhere).

  73. JJB MKI says:

    This is hilarious! Make him do it again! Steve Zwick, I’m leaving an electric light on in my house tonight just for you.

  74. Chad Woodburn says:

    I believe that once they have consolidated power (raw political force) their words will be more than mere rhetoric; they will become reality. AGW is merely a microcosm for all the other ways in which the totalitarians want to vent their hatred against anyone who disagrees with them — against anyone who actually lives the way their conscience convicts them that they should live.

  75. Scott says:

    I’ll take the bet, my wealth against his, winner take all, based on whether the last IPCC temp predictions are correct.

  76. Konrad says:

    As I posted elsewhere at the time of the Gleick affair, we can expect many more of these embarrassing meltdowns. In the past those like Zwick who supported this hoax would be able to simply change their tune and move on to the next cause. We now live in the age of the Internet and I believe this to be a game changer. There will of course be new “Causes” involving words such as Bio-Justice, Social-Justice and Sustainability. However all the main players who would champion these causes are locked to their past involvement in the AGW hoax by the Internet. This in part explains the growing panic and desperation writ large in the recent Gleick and Zwick stupidity. Those involved in the hoax never considered the price of failure in the age of the Internet and they have no exit strategy. A fun Google game to play is to do a search for the language of vilification such as “denier”, “contrarian”, “big oil shill” or “flat earther” along with the name of any environmentalist, politician or journalist of the left or “High-Profile” climate scientist. The Internet will prevent a great many from simply moving on to the next “Cause”

    The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
    Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit,
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
    Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it

    For the all those who promoted the hoax there will be tears. Sceptics will never forgive and the Internet will never forget.

    PS. Folks should not worry about Zwick taking vigilante action as he is clearly armed with the Gleick 9mm. http://tinypic.com/r/20qyxsp/5

  77. Andrew30 says:

    When the evidence is on you side, plead the evidence.
    When the law is on you side, plead the law.
    When neither the evidence nor the law is on your side, bang on the table and yell obscene accusations at you opponent

    Most of all accuse your opponents of the things of which you are most guilty.

    Eco-fascism, like all socialist undertakings throughout history, will eventually eat its own.

  78. u.k.(us) says:

    The typical response of a cornered animal, get used to it.

  79. Ally E. says:

    nevket240 says:

    April 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    First we had to endure Gleick head, now Zwick head. When may I ask does Richard come forth??
    regards

    *

    LOL. Thanks for that! That gave me my first belly laugh of the day. :D

  80. Ally E. says:

    Johnny Terawatt says:

    April 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    One of the four horsemen of the cagwapocalypse?

    *

    And this gave me my second (belly laugh). Now I just have to learn how to say it… :D

  81. Jud says:

    Free speech is free speech folks.
    Don’t support or drive anything that restricts it – lest we will all regret it

  82. londo says:

    The religion of climate change has founds its “jews”. Prepare for the holocaust. I listened to a radio show this evening (“Ring P1 in Sweden). This woman argued that, since babies will eventually grow up and produce C02 (essentially), parents shouldn’t be allowed to have any UNLESS they could PROVE they were WORTHY. Can you imagine, climate Nazism is upon us. And now this Forbes piece. It is truly scary. I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets ugly, really ugly. The world is going crazy.

  83. sophocles says:

    Severian says:
    April 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm
    Hmmmm…from looking at him and Mann and Hansen I had a revelation, baldness causes global warming.
    ==============================================
    Whoa! Hold on there! Think this through! It’s like CO2 increases raising temperatures. One scientist here (on WUWT) commented about the last (slight) cooling phase of 1940 – 1975 as being “back when I had hair.”

    I had hair back then, too. There’s your evidence! Global warming causes baldness—not the other way round.

  84. D. King says:

    Wow, I hope Forbes gets this guy some help.

  85. John West says:

    Just like the 350.org people, he has no clue that most people identify with skeptics more than alarmists, so he just effectively insulted/alienated most of the population. He’s not helping “the Cause”! LOL

  86. tarpon says:

    first they killed the dinosaurs and now they broke the climat.

  87. R. Shearer says:

    “Burn the witches,” he says. Anything bad happens it’s their fault.

  88. Kat Phiche says:

    Let’s give Mr. Zwick a smart meter that turns off his power when the rolling blackouts come after the coal-fired power plants are shut down.

  89. Rich A. says:

    I guess I am too old at 65 as I was taught about CO2 in grade school… maybe I have not partied enough, but I still recall that CO2 is not evil BUT is actually required for life.

    Mr. Zwick, If we get behind all of the anti-CO2 crowd (shrinking), we will ultimately kill off all living things.

    Including you, and all your friends, everyone… no food – no life, very simple.

    Oh, sorry… I forgot you don’t recall the concepts of limits from calculus… too much partying?… or skipping too many classes.

    No critical thinking, no basic knowledge, where is Steve FORBES on this?

  90. Sean says:

    If Steve Zwick thinks that things are “bad” now wait until I finish building my climate control machine. I building it using all the same science used to build all those great IPCC predictive models so Steve should be very very worried cause you know its gotta work. Once its ready I am going to drop a tornado right on top of his house at 4 am. Just waiting for my check from Exxon to finish it.

  91. Gail Combs says:

    juanslayton says:
    April 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I do not take his premise as being typical of the good people of Tennessee. Of some of their politicians maybe, but we all have to suffer these types. Even a few of them are having second thoughts:
    http://www.firehouse.com/news/10702774/tenn-firefighters-could-be-liable-for-pay-for-spray?utm_source=related_content_box&utm_medium=related_content&utm_campaign=10472820
    Some of the comments by real firefighters are worth reading….
    ________________________________________
    And what happens if a child or baby is burned to death while the firefighters twittle their thumbs? A charge of murder seems quite acceptable to me.

  92. Physics Major says:

    Throughout history, despots (and would-be despots) are the same. If you cross them, you get a bullet or concentration camp and loose all of your possessions. Stalin, Hitler, Castro, Chavez, it’s all the same recipe. Zwick seems to fit the mold.

  93. jimash1 says:

    Guys like this zwick are disgusting.
    They want death and destruction, because it would prove them right. And if they are right, then that gives them license to enjoy their revenge fantasies and never notice how crazy and evil they sound.
    Zwick knows better than you.
    I suggest we beg for his wise consultation on every possible decision.
    Then maybe he won’t burn my house down.

  94. Betapug says:

    Good news! Steve Zwick believes he may be able to avoid the effort of writing attacks on
    the denier “zombie hordes…… armed with snippets of scientific-sounding gobbledygook”………. the “Mind-Weed Firewall.

    “We can, in theory, develop algorithms that identify and debunk these mind-weeds as soon as they pop up – something like anti-virus software. It’s doable because most of this junk has been around for years.”

  95. Betapug says:

    Steve Zwick is your tax dollars at work. The “non-profit” Forest Trends has big bucks behind it,

    http://www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/web.page.php?section=about_us&page_name=sponsors

    including the US Secretary of State’s USAID which “advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting……………… conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.” !!

    But I guess when, as Steve says,
    ” Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and droughts…They’re all on the increase, everywhere you look – just as climate models predict. ( 28 March 2012),
    you can not afford to waste time or be polite.

  96. michael hart says:

    Hmmm….haven’t we already seen Forbes columnists “apparently” going at each other in the Peter Gleick saga? I say “apparently” because it seems Forbes is onto a winner if they get more website traffic and hits from people that they assume to be representative of the extremes?

  97. Paul Westhaver says:

    Steve Zwick…. wow… what a hater he is.

    Assume he’s right…. I have enough rural arable land at 44degrees latitude to feed myself come the zombie apocalypse or should warmer times come. I also have rifles, shotguns and lots of ammunition and seeds.

    So it is more likely that Zwick will be kissing my denialist a$$ for my table scraps than me scavenging around in his urban clime.

    Since it won’t be warm enough for me to have any useful output from my land, I guess I’ll have to rely on K-Rations and UHT foods stored in a bunker if the zombie apocalypse comes in my lifetime.

    Steve, you are old, mean and stupid.

  98. David L says:

    Does he drive a car? Does he ever fly in a plane? Does he use electricity? Unless he lives like the Amish, he should realize he’s part of the problem!

  99. SteveSadlov says:

    If they are going to play rough, then, here is the riposte. When the inevitable next mini (or not so mini) ice age comes, those who promoted the fallacy that the only type of climate change is warming, need to pay. I’d even take it a step further. Those negligent enough to spend civic monies on warming scenario contingency plans whilst neglecting cooling scenario contingency plans shall also have to pay. How they pay will of course be determined by the political systems and social conventions in place at such future dates.

  100. Don Wagner says:

    [SNIP: Anthony has already stated that baiting like this is not appropriate. -REP]

  101. My comment, added to Meyer’s article:

    Steve Zwick says that extreme weather events are related to climate change.
    Denier-central’s, peak sceptics at the IPCC beg to differ:

    IPCC Special Report
    Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)
    http://www.ipcc-wg2.gov/SREX/images/uploads/SREX-All_FINAL.pdf

    Quoting:
    ———————-
    4.5.3.3. Attribution of Impacts to Climate Change: Observations and Limitations

    There is high confidence, based on high agreement and medium evidence, that economic losses from weather- and climate-related disasters have increased. A key question concerns whether trends in such losses, or losses from specific events, can be attributed to climate change. In this context, changes in losses over time need to be controlled for exposure and vulnerability. Most studies of long-term disaster loss records attribute these increases in losses to increasing exposure of people and assets in at-risk areas, and to underlying societal trends – demographic economic, political, and social – that shape vulnerability to impacts. Some authors suggest that a (natural or anthropogenic) climate change signal can be found in the records of disaster losses, but their work is in the nature of reviews and commentary rather than empirical research.
    ———–
    In plain language; there is no physical evidence that climate change has anything to do with losses from natural disasters; the so-called “extreme events”.

  102. SteveSadlov says:

    @ MrX says:
    April 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    The scenario I fear the most is a crash in photosynthesis. Many things can cause it however, at the current low CO2 level, any such thing or combination of things thereof does not have to be very extreme to cause it. For example, a sudden reduction in incoming solar flux in the middle frequency band. The biosphere can tolerate such a reduction a lot better at 1000 ppm than at 3 or 400 PPM. This is basic ecology.

  103. mpaul says:

    This seems to be a new tactic among the climate extremists: incite violence against the skeptics. NASA employee James Hansen has been doing a lot of this lately. Here’s an article from ABC News where Bill Blakemore sets out his case for skeptics being guilty of “crimes against humanity”. Blakemore goes so far as to say that his equating climate skepticism with the Nazi Holocaust is not something he does lightly but rather results from his ” extensive study and forethought”.

    These people have lost all sense of proportion.

  104. Latitude says:

    This isn’t playing to well in the comments on his column either………….

  105. philincalifornia says:

    londo says:
    April 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm
    The religion of climate change has founds its “jews”. Prepare for the holocaust.
    ==========================
    … with the difference being that they know who we are and where we live, and we know who they are and where they live, and we have more ammo.

  106. Andrew says:

    I wonder if Zwick and fellow CAGW cultists gather round a giant burning hockey stick dressed-up in white robes and pointy hats (to accommodate their pointy heads) chanting their cultist hate slogans: burn the skeptics! burn the skeptics! ??

    Whatever their favoured rituals might be, these CAGW cultists are most definitely whacko. No doubt about it.

  107. Jeef says:

    It saddens me that there’s no reasoning with frothing greenies who have closed minds. Politics (not religion) is killing the debate. We have to keep on and be reasonable, but it is hard in the face of naked, blind hatred.

    Truth will out. I have 18 months before I collect a substantial global warming bet made with a greenie friend at the time of COP17 regarding an ice free Arctic and I suspect the double or quits option I am going to propose will be declined, unlike the ice.

  108. Firey says:

    In Australia a warmist and Government advisor Prof Tim Flannery made a number of statements regarding Global Warming/Climate Change. These follow:
    In 2005, Flannery predicted Sydney’s dams could be dry in as little as two years because global warming was drying up the rains, leaving the city “facing extreme difficulties with water”.

    Check Sydney’s dam levels today: 73 per cent. Hmm. Not a good start.

    In 2008, Flannery said: “The water problem is so severe for Adelaide that it may run out of water by early 2009.”

    Check Adelaide’s water storage levels today: 77 per cent.

    In 2007, Flannery predicted cities such as Brisbane would never again have dam-filling rains, as global warming had caused “a 20 per cent decrease in rainfall in some areas” and made the soil too hot, “so even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and river systems … “.

    Check the Murray-Darling system today: in flood. Check Brisbane’s dam levels: 100 per cent full.

    All this may seem funny, but some politicians, voters and investors have taken this kind of warming alarmism very seriously and made expensive decisions in the belief it was sound.

    The problem is the climate steadfastly refuses to cooperate with Prof Flannery. Both Queensland and NSW State Governments built water delsalination plants costing billions of dollars on the strength of these pronouncements, neither has been used to any extent. The Queensland floods received worldwide news coverage.

    Perhaps Mr Zwick you would consider a refund of scarce taxpayer funds for the cost of these white elephants.

  109. tango says:

    the houses will not burn too much C02 will not support combustion dam,t

  110. RockyRoad says:

    If I’m guilty of a warmer earth and a more resplendent biosphere due to more CO2 plant food, then so be it! I’ll take my lumps:

    Send me to the throne–cover me with roses; fan me with oversized palm fronds; may abundant rains house our fish and grow our crops.

    Trash me with the proceeds!

    /silly

  111. Pamela Gray says:

    Now I ask you, who could get mad at me, or want me dead. You shouldn’t wish that on elfs, gnomes, or leprechauns. Bad luck.

  112. Eugene WR Gallun says:

    It is the same old story — data manipulation. Zwick has added the storm in his brain to the actual weather data to create this extreme event.

    Eugene WR Gallun

  113. Paul Westhaver says:

    I love the sound of hate from liberals in the morning…. it sounds like…………. victory.

  114. Mac the Knife says:

    Andrew says:
    April 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm
    “I wonder if Zwick and fellow CAGW cultists gather round a giant burning hockey stick dressed-up in white robes and pointy hats (to accommodate their pointy heads) chanting their cultist hate slogans: burn the skeptics! burn the skeptics! ??”

    Andrew,
    You are accurately descibing the new “Burning Mann” celebration of the ‘Green’ counter culture!
    MtK

  115. Merovign says:

    It should have been a scientific discussion – but it never was, not since before I was born. Oh, some people treat it that way, but not those who drive it.

    I’m sure it even started before the original “Earth Day,” full of wild predictions and hatred for good old Western Civilization, but that’s a good enough starting point.

    It was political from the beginning. Heck, Zwick’s behavior isn’t even new, look back through the behavior of the “Malthusians” all along.

    Sad but predictable.

  116. Claude Harvey says:

    In his frustration at not having been able to seize control of government power and policy as he had supposed his AGW agenda should have enabled, Mr. Zwick betrays what he would have done if he and his fellow travelers HAD managed to seize political power and control. He would have launched a vendictive campaign of punishment and retribution against his “enemies”. (We know who you are and we know where you live.) Anyone who suspected “ulterior motive” in Mr. Zwick’s irrational promotion of the AGW agenda should now be satisfied the man has, in his agonnized state, unwittingly provided the answer.

  117. atheok says:

    I don’t buy into supporting hate rants. I sent this to the Forbes staff:

    This is one of the most frightening articles I have ever read!

    Surely Forbes Magazine does not support authors using the pages of Forbes to preach hate and acts of violence against people?

    Mr. Zwick justifies his rationale on a number of false pretenses. Let’s take his statement “A recent poll by Yale and George Mason Universities shows that most Americans are at or near that point on climate change, with 72% of us seeing a link between extreme weather and our own actions. It’s a link that climate models have long predicted, and with the benefit of hindsight we see that even the earliest models have proven accurate over time.”

    There is not one single accurate statement in that paragraph, none! His so called recent poll by Yale and George surveyed a grand total of 1008 adults. From this miniscule sampling Mr. Zwick uses impressive statements like “…most Americans…, with 72% of us seeing a link…”

    Yet Mr. Zwick uses his imaginary justifications to state things like “We know who the active denialists are – not the people who buy the lies, mind you, but the people who create the lies. Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay. Let’s let their houses burn. Let’s swap their safe land for submerged islands. Let’s force them to bear the cost of rising food prices”

    Will Forbes support the issuance of official green uniforms to people who Mr. Zwick believes are properly supporting his program of horror against innocent people? Germany started their fascism campaign by making the brown shirt volunteers their initial enforcers. Kristallnacht or night of the broken glass was a pogrom against the Jewish in Germany and Austria conducted by the SA Stormtroopers, also known as the brown shirts.

    Freedom of speech is a mighty weapon of America in keeping our people free. There are few occasions when freedom of speech should be curtailed, but there are more occasions when our press should not support certain expressions of speech. Advocation of hate, hurt, or vicious retribution are expressions that Forbes should never support or allow under a Forbes header.

    I believe that if people like Mr. Zwick want to preach about the end of days, they can make their own placards and wander up and down the street wearing their placards calling out “The end is coming!”. I wouldn’t be surprised that given fair warning, most Americans will cross to the other side of the street and avoid eye contact.

    Disappointed,

  118. J.Hansford says:

    Well if he wants retribution against Deni*lists…. Then the same can be held true for Warmists.

    If it all turns out to be wrong and there is no catastrophe….. All those people who put their names to AGW policy that attacked CO2 and Fossil fuel use, can pay for the damages they caused. Zwick endorses the position.

  119. DirkH says:

    sophocles says:
    April 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm
    “… futures trading is basically a casino. It’s the money sponge which has helped create the modern economic meltdowns and contributed heavily to the high rates of inflation we suffer. ”

    sophocles, stop getting your economic education from Kalle Lasn’s adbusters.

  120. philincalifornia says:

    I can’t quantify this myself, but I wonder if he can, after the comments on there – does he think himself a useful idiot or a useless idiot ??

  121. Hot under the collar says:

    Dear Forbes,
    Thank you for allowing the rant of Steve Zwick on your website, it is very enlightening.
    It is useful to read debates on climate change from level headed proponents pointing out undeniable poll evidence of the catastrophe ahead if we do not ‘make the denialists who create the lies pay by letting their houses burn, swapping their safe houses for submerged islands and forcing them to bear the cost of

  122. Jeff Alberts says:

    The Medieval Warming produced crop surpluses which financed the building of cathedrals across Europe and paid for the Crusades.

    Now THAT was money well spent, eh? /sarc

  123. Kay B. Day says:

    I can’t locate any field of expertise Zwick can claim. Does anyone know if he has a physics or climate science degree–any kind of expertise? I want to write about this. If anyone can help–I did search for info and found some of what’s in the comments above. I don’t think this guy is well, to be honest. (my email is kaydayed (at) theusreport.com)

  124. Hot under the collar says:

    Sorry, hit the post comment button by accident well before I finished and added / sarc.
    I’m sure you all get the gist.

  125. Hot under the collar says:

    Kay B Day,
    I think he is an expert at being ‘level headed’.
    You can tell this is so from his comments because he obviously dribbles from both sides of his mouth at the same.

  126. Allen says:

    Here in Alberta a provincial election is days away. The leader of the frontrunning political party had the balls to say in a CBC-sponsored leaders’ debate that the debate on climate science is not conclusive. The jeers rained down on her from the audience. The leaders of the other parties called her a denier. Not a good sign for my province.

  127. Paul Westhaver says:

    Here is a video of Anthony Watts the denier being dragged to his doom by Steve Zwick …
    An officiating the sacrifice is Peter Gleick.

    And you think this is a joke?

  128. Thomas says:

    And here I thought Forbes was “reliably anti-climate”….

  129. Goldie says:

    Must be coming up for a full moon. What a loony!

  130. Goldie says:

    Oh I get it now …. He’s blaming big oil for climate change. Just two things 1) not sure I need big oil to tell me that something’s very wrong with the AGW position and 2) I a sill waiting for my cheque!

  131. David Ball says:

    [SNIP: Too many ways to interpret that one, not many of them good. Sorry. -REP]

  132. tango says:

    FIREY CORRECTION Waragamba dam is 100% full flood gates my open today 20th the avg on all sydney dams is 95% full as for Tim Flannery if he had a 2nd brain it would be lonely

  133. TRM says:

    And if none of that happens …. do Mr Watts, M&M, etc etc get to keep all the money not spent?

    I would put my resource efficiency up against his any day and I’d come out way better. No I’m not a “save the planet” type (George Carlin covered that well) but I just don’t like to give money away needlessly. If I can stay warm/cool and enjoy life while spending half of what others do to do the same things I win :)

  134. Bill Sticker says:

    “They broke the climate” ?
    Does that mean it’s not working any morel? OMG! We really are all doomed!
    No. hold on. If the climate is broken and isn’t working….. then it can’t be cooling, and by the same token it can’t be warming any more….. Hurrah! We’re all saved! Thank goodness and SUV’s for that.

    / doireallyneedanendsarctagehere

    Thank Mr Zwick for the best laugh I’ve had all week. He should be doing stand up with material like that.

  135. Stephanie Clague says:

    “They broke the climate. Why should the rest of us have to pay for it?”

    The CAGW cult fraudsters have broken the economy Why should the rest of us have to pay for it?

    “Let’s force them to bear the cost of rising food prices.”

    Talk about projecting, energy and food prices are rising as a direct result of the CAGW fraud.

    If these hypocrites lived in sustainable mud huts and rode to work on horse driven carts and made their own clothes and used the services of the local witch doctor or the power of prayer when illness strikes, if they shunned all the luxuries of the industrial world then I might listen. But they dont do they? Almost without exception these hypocrites are wealthy, are insulated from the consequences of their CAGW political fraud and its always the poorest who have to carry the burden of their politically inspired fantasies. These rich hypocrites do have something to teach us, and we would do well to heed and act on the lessons learned. We must not listen to these deluded dangerous fools, they are false prophets, everything they say or claim should be treated with the scorn and derision they fully deserve. If this cultist gave away his fridge/ipad/microwave/ipod/TV/HiFi/central heating/car/jet travel/money/luxury house/top of the range healthcare then I might listen.

  136. theduke says:

    When you go to his profile at Forbes you find that he is a “follower” of Peter Gleick. Quelle Surprise!

  137. David Ball says:

    No worries on the snip. I defer to the wisdom of the mods.

    [REPLY: Knew you were a good sport. -REP]

  138. David Ball says:

    ” Broke the climate” . I told you we should have bought the extended warrantee.

  139. MangoChutney says:

    ~ points finger at Zwick ~

    “He breathes!!!

    Evil CO2 escapes his body!!!

    He caused climate change!!!

    He’s a denialist denier denying … ermmm, denialist stuff. He sleeps with the devil!!

    Tar and feather him!!!”

    ~ scurries off self flagilating ~

  140. Eric Simpson says:

    “His hypocrisy is beyond description.” And the specific profanities I would like to use to decribe the mother hefer Zwick is beyond description. You talk about hate, and inspiring counter-hate, this man takes the cake. Forbes needs to step up to the plate and can this @#&* expletive deleted!

    There day will come, retribution for the worst of the Chicken Little Brigade that have perpetrated this climate change bulloney. People like the geek Gleick that this Zwick reminds me of. And Zwick himself. There’s going to be a conservative avalanche soon, politically, and the temperatures are going to continue to drop, and the agw nonsense is going to be seen more and more as little more than puffed up malarkey, born of criminal and ideologically driven deception. Itz coming for these leftist “gentlemen.”
    See algor repeat the key ipcc deception (on Co2) that the public bought hook, line, and sinker (and still buys!), a ~3 minute video that every Americans needs to see (please push it!):

  141. wermet says:

    Stephanie Clague says: April 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    “If these hypocrites lived in sustainable mud huts and rode to work on horse driven carts and made their own clothes and used the services of the local witch doctor or the power of prayer when illness strikes, if they shunned all the luxuries of the industrial world then I might listen…

    If they really did live that type of “sustainable” lifestyle, we wouldn’t have to listen to them for long. They would be living a stone age existence that typically ended before age 35! Plus, they would have no electronic communications, which means no more television or internet rants from them.

    One can only hope that these hypocrites would really embrace the “simple” lifestyle. The rest of us could have some peace and quiet for awhile. While they would be learning (through deprivation) the true value of living in an industrialized world!

    (Just in case I was not clear, I do not want them to die early. I only want them to learn that living their supposedly preferred, sustainable lifestyle would be painful, brutal, disease plagued, short, monotonous and no fun.)

  142. Luther Wu says:

    That’s some funny stuff, Zwick. I’ll go ahead and renew my subscription to Forbes if they’ll keep publishing more of these rib ticklers.

  143. Richard111 says:

    This is damage limitation. Starvation is coming but not from climate effects. It will be from lack of access to affordable energy which will severly limit food production and distribution alied to vast areas of food producing land diverted to biofuel production. They will also blame reduced crops on global warming caused by excess CO2 when the true picture is climate change due to perfectly natural GLOBAL COOLING. To my mind THEY are preparing for the riots to come and are directing the focus for the resulting anger.

  144. The problem is that vicious, extremist outbursts like that seep into the weak minded. How long before one of them goes on a “crusade” as per the nutjob in Norway?

  145. Jack Cowper says:

    Zwick is another of the ugly and unacceptable face of AGW advocacy. Anthony is right not to react to him, it is not worth reducing ourselves down to this level. In a few years time I hope he feels deeply ashamed.

  146. 3x2 says:

    Not really a surprise that such people emerge after a couple of decades of doom mongering. Zwick just confirms my view that, if you bombard them with scare stories for long enough, a significant number of people just crack and start to see commies under every bed and terrorists on every street corner.

    Much more of this to come I suspect.

  147. James Bull says:

    Is it a requirement that these people all have similar hair and beard styles, A Mannian gene perchance. By their ranting they maybe up for getting on http://www.darwinawards.com/
    Darwin’s beard was much bigger but similar hair (case proven)
    James Bull

  148. greg holmes says:

    If you changed the topic, this could be a diatribe against the jews in Germany pre 1939 and again could be the theme for the anti communist propaganda in the States after WW2. Dangerous that such a nutter has a soap box like Forbes to vent his spleen. Perhaps anger management would help here. Scary. What is going on in the editiorial dept at Forbes? Fascists? Greeny Fascists? Oh Dear.

  149. dogstar060763 says:

    Time and again we find CAGW evangelists unable to recognise their own totalitarian tendencies and Mr Zwick is just another sad example of that species. It’s outrageous that he should, in effect, incite hate-crimes against those who’s opinions he does not share, but as climate sceptics we should pity him and forgive him his bad judgement and basest instincts. After all, we can rise above this and hopefully keep setting a good example. And as others here have said, we should most definitely make no attempt to silence him or his evangelical peers – as true believers in free speech, we need these people to be heard by as many as possible. Only then can the moral and intellectual poverty of their arguments be exposed for the dangerous propaganda that it so clearly is.

  150. jaymam says:

    Does Zwick have any kind of science knowledge? I don’t think so.

    http://marketswiki.com/mwiki/Steve_Zwick

    Education
    Zwick attended Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern Unversity. Additionally, he has studied various courses at Loyola University and University of Illinois at Chicago.

  151. John Shade says:

    Gleick was so disturbed by his alarm over CO2 that he was driven to criminal actions. Zwick is also disturbed by alarm over CO2 and has been driven to encouraging criminal actions (albeit sneakily worded in a passive sense of ‘let them burn’ – a distinction that may well be lost on any sociopath inspired by him).

    Yet there is virtually no evidence that CO2 deserves any alarm at all. We know past levels were relatively low compared to what plants thrive on. We know levels rise in a lagged response to warmer spells. We know we have had such a warmer spell in the MWP. We know we have probably had a modest overall warming over the past 150 years.

    We can even admit that human emissions of CO2 could account for much of the observed rise in ambient levels at Mauna Loa, and we can even admit that this rise may lead to a modest warming – 1C of less per doubling. No cause for alarm there, only rejoicing that we may see easier times ahead with less climatic stress (compare and contrast MWP with LIA – which would you rather have lived in from that point of view?).

    Only in the computer models do we find displayed a positive feedback which gives cause for alarm to some: those who want to be alarmed, those who find it advantageous to be alarmed, and those who think that these models deserve to be taken very seriously indeed. Mother Nature does not seem to be in that last category. There is a fourth category – those so affected by the alarm of others that they get driven to crazy thoughts and actions.

  152. Kelvin Vaughan says:

    He would be arrested in Europe for inciting a riot and then get let off with a warming!

  153. mikelorrey says:

    Mr. Zwick,
    You are welcome to add me to your little list. Please spell my name right.

    Sincerely

  154. RB says:

    By all means ciritcise what he said. Not that he said it or was allowed to. Free speech applies to everyone, doesn’t it?

  155. Ryan says:

    This is a great idea. Can we make the people that propagate Marxism pay too?

  156. wayne Job says:

    I looked at the photo of this man then read his utterances. The colour of the pate is a dead give away, he has been subjected to incoming radiation from the solar system and the universe,

    If there was ever a need for a portable Faraday cage, this man is an advertisement.
    Alternate layers of foil and insulation can easily be fashioned in to a stylish beenie.

  157. Andrew says:

    You know, the more I think about this latest outburst the more I think it had the prior endorsement of officialdom – at some level. I just can’t see Forbes magazine running with this as a marketing ploy. Maybe even official arm twisting…?

    And that bizzare outburst from the sociologist crank from the University of Oregon in London a few weeks ago: calling for “deniers” to be “treated”. That had a strangely official ‘odour’ about it too…it seemed pre-meditated, planned.

    What do others think?

  158. sophocles says:

    DirkH says:
    April 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm
    sophocles, stop getting your economic education from Kalle Lasn’s adbusters.
    ==================================================================
    Never read it, and until now, hadn’t even heard of it.
    I do follow Michael Hudson’s blog (at http://www.michael-hudson.com)

  159. Otter says:

    3×2 says:
    April 20, 2012 at 12:37 am
    Not really a surprise that such people emerge after a couple of decades of doom mongering.

    —-
    A few weeks ago I posted a comment on another site, pointing out how much warmer the Arctic / Earth was, during the Holocene Climate Optimum… the person wrote back that they ‘did not want politics on their page.

    The stupidity of that person is appalling. It only served to point up why I believe this is going to take a VERY long time for this idiocy to end- they’ve poisoned the minds of at least one entire generation, and we’ll be paying the consequences of that for decades.

  160. theowolfe says:

    As a regular visitor to this site I am surprised and disappointed to see you encouraging people to complain about Zwick in an effort to curtail free speech. I think that is more disgraceful than anything Zwick said.

    REPLY – That’s rich. It’s “more disgraceful” for Anthony to complain about Z than it is for Z to call for “retribution” on Anthony, et al. And since when is being surprised that a magazine publishes something “an attempt to curtail free speech”? It is Z who is frantically attempting to “curtail” A’s free speech, not the other way around. ~ Evan

  161. LevelGaze says:

    I don’t think we should get too excited by this, he’s just one of the many nutters on their side.
    We have plenty nutters on our side too, just read the blogs.
    Storm in a teacup.

  162. Scottish Sceptic says:

    A cure for slugs.

    Get an old newspaper, pick them up, pour salt over the slug and scrunch up the newspaper and throw them away in a bin.

  163. Quid pro quo………same to him when they are exposed and have cost humanity an untold fortune in windmills and wavewobblers.

  164. Adam N says:

    Open Letter to Mr Steve Zwick.
    Dear Sir,
    I read your essay with considerable interest. However, it seems to me to be rather one-sided.
    On the basis of quid pro quo and so forth, how about (by way of suggestion only) we even things up a bit.
    How about we start by setting a time-scale: say up to 2020. This gives you another 8 years for the catastrophic predictions you seem to be so fond of to be verified. If these occur, you win.
    The return bet though is that every research cent which has ever been spent on published catastrophic modelling, where the model has proven to be invalid/inadequate/misleading is to be repaid. Every single cent of it. Which means you lose the bet.
    And to make things a little more interesting, how about (in poker terminology) a raise – interest on those research £/$/A$/Can$ etc from the date the funding was allocated to the end date for the bet. You can fund that part, that’s your stake. It’s good to keep an interest – and you seem very sure of your ground, so how could you refuse?
    Let me state unequivocally that as I am a salaried employee in a financial services company which has no involvement in any aspect of “Big Oil” etc, and am in receipt of precisely Zero “Big Whatever” funds, I am (was) an entirely detached observer. I have read a considerable amount on both sides of the debate – I have a chemistry degree, and therefore have been thoroughly trained in the scientific method.
    Until such time as any of the teams developing these wonderfully complex climate “models” are able to demonstrate:
    a) the model runs on data – unadjusted, untampered, and most of all published
    b) the modelling programs’ code is published and subjected to INDEPENDENT validation
    the alarming conclusions must be treated with a pinch of salt.
    There is so much contradictory information, that simply insulting everybody who raises the finger of innocent enquiry utterly destroys both your integrity and your reputation.
    As a further and completely radical suggestion, how about a full, open and honest debate – or would this worry you too much?
    Yours
    Adam Nottage

  165. Adam N says:

    Apologies to Ministry of Safety – I didn’t pinch your idea, honest!
    Adam

  166. RichieP says:

    theowolfe says:
    April 20, 2012 at 2:16 am

    “As a regular visitor to this site I am surprised and disappointed to see you encouraging people to complain about Zwick in an effort to curtail free speech. I think that is more disgraceful than anything Zwick said.”

    Get back under your bridge, o ‘regular visitor’.

  167. Bill Tuttle says:

    coyote says:
    April 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm
    Forbes is just offering the platform, and is obviously seeking writers from all sides of the political spectrum.

    Zwick deserves to be spanked for incitement, but put me on the side of allowing both sides to be heard — it’s one of the things that makes WUWT such a lively place. It’s especially fun when the Warmies go into tantrum mode — all that ranting produces more CO2, which makes the plants happy…

  168. Bill Tuttle says:

    theowolfe says:
    April 20, 2012 at 2:16 am
    As a regular visitor to this site I am surprised and disappointed to see you encouraging people to complain about Zwick in an effort to curtail free speech.

    Why are you disappointed to see that Anthony encourages people to exercise their right to free speech?

  169. David Jones says:

    Gunga Din says:
    April 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm
    “Science fiction is full of stories about a lone hero, or group of heros, detecting some danger and running around trying to convince others to take the proper course of action to prevent the disaster or, at least, try to save people from it. Often they meet with resistance, usually from those who have something to gain from the disaster or what led to the disaster. The heros do not wish evil on the resisters. They try to help them. Often the resisters do wish evil on the heros. So, who fits which role in this SciFi story of Catastrophic Man Made Global Warming … er … Climate Change?”

    Science Fiction?? What about Norway, today, a person named Brevick? Those first three lines encapsulate EXACTLY his defence. Does Forbes really want some other nutter to do a Brevick on Lindzen, Singer, or other, unnamed climate scientists?

  170. Pete in Cumbria UK says:

    OK Zwick, lets have it your way and cut the emissions. What’s going to happen?
    Well, the lights are gonna go out, followed by your heating/air-con. Your desktop PC is gonna stop straight away followed by your lappy 2 or 3 hours later. Your cell phone is going to tell you ‘No Network’ for a day or 2 before it dies. Landline will die about the same time. After a couple of days your fridge and freezers are going to stink to high heaven. You and the kids are going to be hungry. Your car wont start. There’ll be nothing in the shops when you do walk there and besides, your credit/debit cards wont work. After just 3 days you will be living below the level of a hobo.
    But, hey, at least the polar bears will be safe.
    Or will they?, Just like Schroedinger’s Cat, there will be no way to check on them without releasing some of those dreadful emissions and killing them. So you will have to exist in a state of ignorance regards the polar bears.
    So why bother going to all that grief as its obvious you already in that happy state.

  171. Eric says:

    You know you have won an argument with a fanatic liberal when they start yelling liar! liar!
    Well Mr. Zwick, your article was nothing more than a tap out in the climate change octagon.
    (My apologies to any rational liberals with an intelligent opinion that may read this)

  172. Johnnythelowery says:

    Sarc/
    I totally agree. Lets start bombing China right away!!
    Sarc\

  173. Thatguyoverthere says:

    That guy needs to calm down and stop being such a hater. I mean, really, who would want to kill someone who didn’t agree with them? /sarc

  174. polistra says:

    This is the first widely published admission by the Cultists that their Cult is purely religious.

    Previously, at least in public, they tried to pretend that they were arguing against ACTIONS. Zwick comes right out and says that heretical THOUGHTS are sinful and need to be wiped from the earth.

  175. techgm says:

    Forbes was once a serious publication.

  176. P Wilson says:

    “but the people who create the lies. Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay. Let’s let their houses burn. ”

    Whilst Jones, Mann, Hansen, Briffa, et al have sold their integrity to the highest bidder, I certainly think this is going too far as an act of retribution

  177. RobRoy says:

    Pity this tool. He’s lost his soul.The indoctrination is complete. I want to ask him when his wife, daughters and or nieces have scheduled their sterilization procedures . Him and his sons and nephews will need vasectomies. Are these procedures in the works or is this man just a programmed hippocrat?

  178. P. Solar says:

    ” Let’s swap their safe land for submerged islands. Let’s force them to bear the cost of rising food prices.”

    OK, I can live with that so long as he is prepared to take on my part of the $100bn PER YEAR climate fund taxation and increasing food, fuel, energy (and everything) costs in the years while I’m waiting for a submerged island to come up for swaps.

    Let the warmists “bear the cost” of their stupidity rather than the rest of us. That may sober up their thought processes a bit.

  179. DirkH says:

    theowolfe says:
    April 20, 2012 at 2:16 am
    “As a regular visitor to this site I am surprised and disappointed to see you encouraging people to complain about Zwick in an effort to curtail free speech.”

    As a regular visitor to this site I’d like to encourage all warmists to become as openly lunatic as Zwick. Zwick, Gleick, Franny Armstrong’s 10:10 campaign, all of that works in our favor. And I’d like to have more wacked-out ethicists like Liao. Priceless.

    “I think that is more disgraceful than anything Zwick said.”

    Oh, I think your sense of proportion is so damaged you might be the next one going on an apocalyptic tirade. Just go ahead.

  180. RobRoy says:

    “Environmentalism has become a global ideology that covers all of existence—not merely modes of production but ways of life as well. We rediscover in it the whole range of Marxist rhetoric, now applied to the environment: ubiquitous scientism, horrifying visions of reality, even admonitions to the guilty parties who misunderstand those who wish them well. Authors, journalists, politicians, and scientists compete in the portrayal of abomination and claim for themselves a hyper-lucidity: they alone see clearly while others vegetate in the darkness….One consequence of this certainty is that we begin to suspect that the numberless Cassandras who prophesy all around us do not intend to warn us so much as to condemn us. In classical Judaism, the prophet sought to give new life to God’s cause against kings and the powerful. In Christianity, millenarian movements embodied a hope for justice against a Church wallowing in luxury and vice. But in a secular society, a prophet has no function other than indignation. So it happens that he becomes intoxicated with his own words and claims a legitimacy with no basis, calling down the destruction that he pretends to warn against. You’ll get what you’ve got coming!—that is the death wish that our misanthropes address to us. These are not great souls who alert us to troubles but tiny minds who wish us suffering if we have the presumption to refuse to listen to them. Catastrophe is not their fear but their joy. It is a short distance from lucidity to bitterness, from prediction to anathema.”

    Full article here: http://www.city-journal.org/2012/22_2_apocalyptic-daze.html
    This article is written from a sociological perspective.
    It opened my eyes.

  181. David S says:

    Quote from Anthony:
    “I suppose then that Mr. Zwick has never driven a car, never taken an airplane trip, never heated or cooled his home, never bought products produced overseas and shipped here, never grilled at a BBQ, or never used electricity to power his computer…”

    Anthony you left out one other human activity that creates CO2… [SNIP: We are not going there. Leave that sort of fantasy to Zwick, et al. -REP]

  182. hunter says:

    Zweick is simply showing the irrational face of AGW extremists. And there are many, many extremists.

  183. cgh says:

    Rob Roy, your classical reference is backward. Cassandra was a seeress whose prophecies were never believed but always turned out to be correct, to the ruin of the disbelievers. The global warmers are prophets whose prophecies are always believed and always wrong.

    Dirk, there’s no need to encourage them. As a religious cause fails, its defenders always become more shrill and hysterical. It usually comes to a bad end. Look up Savonarola.

  184. Steve from Rockwood says:

    Politicians can’t even question climate science so we are a long way off from a meaningful debate on this issue. Leaving people like Zwick alone only helps the cause.
    http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/04/19/wildrose-leader-booed-during-alberta-leaders-debate-for-doubting-climate-change-science/

  185. Bruce Cobb says:

    Poor, poor Zwick. Climate hysteria has apparently broken his brain. Perhaps he can sue those pushing the CAGW propaganda for the psychiatric treatment and drug therapy he will inevitably require.

  186. bwanajohn says:

    I broke the climate? OH MY GOD!!! I BROKE THE CLIMATE!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH….

  187. Thanks Anthony for tracking such abuses. I mean, really thanks. By using WUWT and your freedom in this way you’re making a major contribution to preserving it for all.

  188. Todd says:

    Ironic it’s “they” who broke the climate, not the man who’s own bio points out that he jets back and forth between homes in Germany and the US.

    But then, we all knew without looking that Steve Zwick would be a world class hypocrite. They ALL are.

  189. Kay B. Day says:

    Thanks so much for info. And for the humor.

    I’m not a scientist, but I like to read here, even when I don’t completely understand the technical data. A major problem, in my opinion, is what someone called Zwick–the “conduit.” Americans are getting some of the messaging from the realist camp, but frankly, when you write about climate change for a general news site, you learn a few things. Even if you write a balanced, non-polemic, it’s not likely news aggregators will pick up the story. The lid is so tight on the messaging that I’ve often wondered if some of the reporters and editors are (as in the 1970s when government placed individuals at certain mags, etc.) being paid to advocate.

    The other thing you learn is that while Main Street may fume about the taxes and the “skyrocketing” electricity rates, Main Street has yet to fully connect the CAGW policies to the negative financial impact.

    The other thing you learn is that we’ve come full circle.A sizable segment of the academic world (not just in physical science) is returning to animism based on consensus science. As a poet, I may infer the soul of the tree. As a realist who grew up in a rural area where people grew what we ate (in spite of an often wicked Mother Nature), I saw a wide range of fluctuations in weather. I think there’s a serious disconnect between many of these academics and the real natural world. best to all, KBD

  190. Andrew says:

    Something smellsa. A fireman writing a column for Forbes Magazine? I don’t mean that in an elitist way – but it does seem a bit out of place… doesn’t it? But then no – what better role model in post- 911 America to build a sense of trust with his audience? For a propagandist wishing to push a “cause” – might be a very useful mouthpiece. It all seems just a little contrived. Thing is, if Steve Zwick is just the mouthpiece, who’s writing the script?

  191. Pamela Gray says:

    Hmmm. I thought that magazine was all about the people who create jobs. Apparently not anymore. This Forbes “journalist” wants all the jobs to go away. I’m sure advertisers will like that.

  192. RobRoy says:

    Severian says:
    April 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm
    Hmmmm…from looking at him and Mann and Hansen I had a revelation, baldness causes global warming.
    ==============================================
    Whoa! Hold on there! Think this through! It’s like CO2 increases raising temperatures. One scientist here (on WUWT) commented about the last (slight) cooling phase of 1940 – 1975 as being “back when I had hair.”

    I had hair back then, too. There’s your evidence! Global warming causes baldness—not the other way round.
    =========================================================
    Clearly, shining craniums increase the Earth’s albedo. This may cause a negative feedback to CO2 forcings. This may have caused the temperature to remain constant over the last decade.This feedback was not included in the IPCC models. It’s absence explains why the IPCC temperature forecasts are consistently higher than reality.
    (Man, has this website made me smart or what?)

  193. mark says:

    Zwick is insane, he should bne arrested for inciting murder.

  194. RobRoy says:

    CSG, It’s a quote, can’t change it. I see your point though. “Would-be Cassandras” perhaps.
    Do read the article . He nails down this ilk of doomsday prophesisors.

  195. Alix James says:

    Last year, we had an election here in Ontario, Canada. Our Liberal premier (like a state govenor) has drank the green koolaid and pretty much everything out of his mouth is something to do with green: power, jobs, etc. He closed our coal-fired plants, and sure enough, our power rates are going up in May. Oh well.

    One of the most craven political things he did during the election was cancel a gas-powered plant (see above re: closing coal) in a riding (i.e., electoral district) that he needed to win. He did pick up those seats, so it must have worked.

    At the time, I asked one of his supporters: “should we just route the brown- and blackouts through these towns now? Seems fair, they should pay first…”. No response, obviously. There never is.

    BTW, I grew up in Northern Ontario, and a company wants to put a new hydro-electric dam in a pretty, touristy area. I don’t have to tell you the opposition has been fierce. But, as with the Kennedys fighting wind turbines off Kennebunkport, the fight is being led by the same people who demand clean energy. Do they EVER smell the hypocrisy?

  196. AlexS says:

    “If these hypocrites lived in sustainable mud huts and rode to work on horse driven carts and made their own clothes and used the services of the local witch doctor or the power of prayer when illness strikes, if they shunned all the luxuries of the industrial world then I might listen…”

    If they lived like that they wouldn’t have prosperity and time in theirs lives to even thinking about anything other than survival. It is the prosperity, polution, industry, technology that makes possible for them to indulge in this fraudulent scheme.

  197. mkelly says:

    Smokey says:
    April 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    First Gleick, now Zwick. Can’t Forbes find a rational believer in mann-made climate catastrophe?

    Smokey maybe it is the “ick” at the end of their names. A common theme so to speak. “Ick” says something don’t it.

  198. RockyRoad says:

    “…but the people who create the lies. Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay. Let’s let their houses burn.

    Zwick apparently hasn’t come to grips with the tremendous benefit amospheric CO2 has on the biosphere, including the increase in grain production world-wide. Maybe he’s a closet population controller who worries there won’t be enough of earth’s riches for his greedy self. Sad, sad little man.

  199. John from CA says:

    “Warren Meyer offers a thoughtful rebuttal”

    It was an excellent rebuttal. I’m very surprised Forbes allows Zwick to post slanted articles. Free Speech aside, why publicize foolishness?

  200. Tom Stone says:

    His short bio on the article says:

    I edit Ecosystem Marketplace, an online news service that reports on market-based solutions to environmental problems.

    Sounds like son of Enron. Follow the money.

  201. Terry says:

    When the auther calls ‘ overwhelming consensus’ a fact (in response to Willis Eschenbach’s comment) you know you are dealing with a real lightweight that has bought into the brainwashing entirely. There is no presentation of real facts that will penetrate this kind of stupidity.

  202. higley7 says:

    Of course, it is meaningless to hold honest people accountable for supporting honest science and descriptions of reality. The threats Zwick makes are vacuous and could not stand, unless anarchy ruled.

    But, taking Zwick’s lead, we SHOULD track the frauds and dishonest “climate scientists” for their lies and complicity in supporting a multi-trillion dollar scam. When the IPCC and AGW scam collapses, they should all be prosecuted and stripped of their credentials. That’s not an attack, it’s not being mean, it’s what we do when people are dishonest, malicious, fraudulent, and just plain stealing people’s money and damaging economies. Furthermore, they are killing people in the process. The increased cost of food due to biofuels is killing people—all warmist scientists support the junk science that supports this stupid enterprise—they are all complicit.

  203. Jimmy Haigh says:

    How much nasty horrible Gaia killing CO2 will be released into the atmosphere when they burn all our houses?

  204. [SNIP: Language, OTT, and no valid e-mail address. You can resubmit a somewhat more restrained comment with a valid e-mail address. OK? -REP

  205. Ulrich Elkmann says:

    Hate speech is putting it mildly, or “politcally correct”, if you prefer. Just replace the term “deniers” with “Jews” and see what results.This is a clear-cut incitement of pogroms.

  206. Rob Crawford says:

    I will take up his offer to swap my condo for a tropical island somewhere.

  207. Rob Crawford says:

    “Okay… Steve Zwick, lets give him the benefit of doubt, he’s probably a very honest and a very nice person, a caring man who has the best intentions for everyone around him.”

    Just an Excitable Boy?

  208. Ulrich Elkmann says:

    Gunga Din says, April 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm
    …this SciFi story of Catastrophic Man Made Global Warming …

    Definitions, please. It’s SF when both the authors and the readers/viewers know that there are no Little Green Men on Mars and no timelords doctoring the TARDIS. Then you get Asimov and Heinlein. It’s snake oil showtime when they pretend that the ETs are really bending your spoons; then you get Uri Geller and Erich von Daniken. And when the authors have to believe in the charade (or at the least pretend to believe), you get things like communism. Or AGW.

  209. Jim Peden says:

    Please bear in mind that Steve Zwick is a science illiterate. He knows as much about “climate science” as I do about Egyptian Hieroglyphics. There’s a generic term now in common use for the Steve Zwicks of the world: Global Warming Morons.

  210. Jimmy Haigh says:

    Ulrich Elkmann says:
    April 20, 2012 at 8:28 am

    “Hate speech is putting it mildly, or “politcally correct”, if you prefer. Just replace the term “deniers” with “Jews”…”

    Or Muslims, gypsies , gays, lesbians, Aussie Aborigines,…. rich white guys…

    OK – scratch the last one- but youknow what I mean…

  211. Josiah says:

    [SNIP: OK, this is a bit over-the-top and you are starting to become a thread-bomber. If you wish to make a substantive comment here at WUWT, you are welcome, but quit trying to promote your site. -REP]

  212. “98% of all climate scientists are right. (And what are the odds of that happening)”

    I see he has upped the percentage, and confined it to “Climate Scientists”…so let’s see. That’s about ten or so, or maybe twelve if you add folksy oddballs like Norgaard & Suzuki. So he’s dealing with a fraction of a person somewhere…..

    …the language and typo content of this piece are brimming with shrill anger and factual error; did anyone from Forbes even proofread it? Holy Cow!

  213. Paul Westhaver says:

    This is what crazy people do:

    I place the greens smack dab in the middle of this loony crowd.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bd/Burning_Man_aerial.jpg

    This is an image of a pagan immolation of an effigy of man. Look at how many 21st century people are in attendance! Real people, in this day and age, are participating in such witchy activity, in my view, practicing for and preparing themselves to be, putting living people in the inferno….as a sacrifice to the green god.

    Sounds extreme? I think the burning man green language from Steve Zwick in Forbes is extreme. And he claims to be rational?

    People…. the whole AGW Al Gore pagan green religion is invested in this and they will not be satisfied until human blood is spilled in the name of their god. If you doubt that, what makes these green god people any different that the pagans of old. They have clearly walked away from reason and abandoned science for politics and mob rule.

    Just read Zwick… he is trying to incite violence.

  214. Peter in MD says:

    Rich A. says:
    April 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm
    “I guess I am too old at 65 as I was taught about CO2 in grade school… maybe I have not partied enough, but I still recall that CO2 is not evil BUT is actually required for life.

    Mr. Zwick, If we get behind all of the anti-CO2 crowd (shrinking), we will ultimately kill off all living things.

    Including you, and all your friends, everyone… no food – no life, very simple. ”

    No RIch you have it all wrong, it’s all part the grand scheme you see. After the first couple million deaths from starvation, or the looting and rioting that will take place they will finally be able to start mass prodcuing soylent green, after we all now…… It’s People!!!!
    /sarc

  215. North of 43 and south of 44 says:

    [SNIP: Please, no baiting. -REP]

  216. ThePhysicsGuy says:

    I’ve been at Forbes for awhile, and Steve would rarely receive much traffic, because he’s basically a science illiterate and buffoon.

    But now with the WUWT publicity, he has some 12 pages of comments. Steve is the equivalent of a radio “shock jock”. While his statements are outrageous, and downright scary, I think in the long run it is better to ignore him. Nothing we say will change his mind. And the more “traffic” he receives at Forbes, the better for him. I’m sure he loves all the attention he is receiving.

  217. WetMan says:

    But the famines have already come and many have already connected the dots.

    Only its Zwick and his ilk that have caused the appearance of those famines by driving up the food prices because of their blind hatred of petroleum.

  218. Dr. Jay Cadbury, phd. says:

    @Anthony Watts

    Anthony, c’mon don’t be a coward. Reporting the author is the tactics I would expect at Gambino’s Closed Mind, Skeptical Science or Desmock the Frock. I say bring it on! It’s personal now and Michael Mann and co started it. I say insult them and denigrate them. Being a denier is anti-science? Pfft. Believing in the magical 300% positive feedback is antiscience.

    We have all of the ammunition we need. For crying out loud, when Hansen gave the 1988 testimony, they opened with windows and turned the a/c off. None of them have anything to say about this point.

  219. John Whitman says:

    To me it appears James Hansen is professionally responsible for some fundamental ideas that instigate the hatemongering of people like Mr. Zwick. Hansen, as head of NASA’s GISS, has promoted consistently in public the idea his critics have committed radical immoral actions (against mankind) by their open critical discourse on Hansen’s version of climate science; where Hansen’s version of climate science is consistent with the ideologically/politically motivated CAGW science that is the basis of the problematic IPCC. Hansen has implied a sanction for physical punishment on critics of his science by his explicit public statements that those critics made (by their criticism) profound and radical immoral acts against all mankind. The Zwicks of the world have used Hansen’s ideas of the profound moral guilt of CAGW climate science critics as a basis to clearly and openly advocate violence against such critics. Zwick is just being a faithful Hansen indoctrinated minion.

    I suggest more discussion about whether the disturbing ideas of James Hansen (head of NASA’s GISS), which attribute profoundly radical immoral acts to his critics, are the ideas that form the fundamental basis of the violent ideas being shouted by Zwick (and those like him).

    John

  220. Eric Simpson says:

    @James Bull. “Is it a requirement that these people all have similar hair and beard styles…”

    James, you’ve hit on something that is bigger than meets the eye. Take the geek Gleick and over-emotive Zwick. The superficial outward similarity of appearance is weird, they certainly are conformists to some sort of unkempt “eccentric leftist intellectual” standard. They make a big huff about how they strive to lead the “simple” life, just as the hippies and econuts have dreamed of for decades.
    Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren, as far back as 1973, expressed the rational front for the dream of these eccentric “simple life leftists” that dominate the Chicken Little Brigade. Holdren wrote that we need to create “a low consumption economy… with an equitable distribution of wealth.” There’s something a bit sterile about this dim vision. Yet, there is in fact, though infrequently expressed, a passion behind … it all. As Stewart Brand of the Whole Earth Catalogue put it, “We have wished, we ecofreaks, for a disaster… to bomb us into the stone age, where we might live like [American] Indians, with our localism, our appropriate technology, our gardens, our homemade religion.”

    Eccentric bearded intellectual neurotic leftist nuts, not dedicated impartial non-partisan scientists.

    They have a bizarre dream, and 83% CO2 cuts by 2050 as passed in U.S. House in 2009 was meant to bring that dream to fruition. They’ll stop at nothing, even burning our houses down, to see their dream of the simple life imposed on everyone else.
    Of course, it wouldn’t be a “nice simple life” as the over-intellectual leftists freaks envision. No, wholesale cuts in economic production as dictated by the radical draconian cap & trades schemes would be a precursor to societal collapse on an apocalyptic scale. I’ll spare you the details this time. But feel free to imagine it.

  221. Gunga Din says:

    Ulrich Elkmann says:
    April 20, 2012 at 8:48 am
    Gunga Din says, April 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm
    …this SciFi story of Catastrophic Man Made Global Warming …

    Definitions, please. It’s SF when both the authors and the readers/viewers know that there are no Little Green Men on Mars and no timelords doctoring the TARDIS. Then you get Asimov and Heinlein. It’s snake oil showtime when they pretend that the ETs are really bending your spoons; then you get Uri Geller and Erich von Daniken. And when the authors have to believe in the charade (or at the least pretend to believe), you get things like communism. Or AGW.

    OK. You’ve expanded upon my analogy but point well taken. Looks like the last catagory you mentioned is what we’re really up against.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/04/20/tab-for-uns-rio-summit-trillions-per-year-in-taxes-transfers-and-price-hikes/?test=latestnews

    PS You mean there really arn’t little green men on Mars?! Next you’ll be telling me Who isn’t really a Doctor!

  222. Power Grab says:

    Is this what it was like to live in Russia around 100 years ago?

  223. theowolfe says:

    At some stage the climate catastrophists, alarmists or doomsayers, call them what you will, will be proved to be wrong and future generations will look back at this time with the same hilarity as the aliens in the Smash ads did at peeling potatoes and wonder how so many people could have been duped for so long at such expense. The edifice of AGW alarmism is crumbling with every passing day and the behaviour of Zwick will only hasten that day. However if we surrender freedom of speech in the pursuit of climate realism we will all lose. Allow Zwick, Mann, Hansen et al make fools of themselves as often as possible but let’s not take the road of censorship. It may be very difficult to regain free speech when it is lost.

  224. Paul says:

    Here’s a perfect description of Zwick and his ilk: “You’ll get what you’ve got coming! That is the death wish that our misanthropes address to us. These are not great souls who alert us to troubles but tiny minds who wish us suffering if we have the presumption to refuse to listen to them. Catastrophe is not their fear but their joy. It is a short distance from lucidity to bitterness, from prediction to anathema.”
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303815404577331651761806744.html

  225. timg56 says:

    Eric Simpson & James Bull,

    Seriously? Based on the photo of Steve Zwick at Forbes, he could be the twin of one of my brothers. He is neither leftist or a nutcase. For that matter I don’t think he gives a hoot about global warming.

  226. marco zonka says:

    Reblogged this on Marco Zonka "Portals of Portent" and commented:
    Forbes writer Steve Zwik wants to “burn down” the houses of “climate change” skeptics. “Hate speech” is now permissable for the high priests of so-called “human-caused” climate change.

  227. S.U.T. says:

    So this guy handles climate derivatives, huh? That would be a pretty cool derivative…at stike price +1C, all deniers houses blow up! I keep imagining this Zwick character as something like the anatagonist from Speed, or Saw.

  228. Robert of Ottawa says:

    Jeef @ April 19, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    [a] bet made with a greenie friend at the time of COP17 regarding an ice free Arctic and I suspect the double or quits option I am going to propose will be declined…

    Don’t hide the decline, Jeef, let us know right here :-)

  229. Can I please trade my current land for “sunken island property”? Right now my house is worth about 30% less than it was 5 years ago, while unimproved property on the Maldives is going for over $50 a square foot. And that’s for beachfront property less than half a meter above current sea level. Gosh, for land that’s about to be consumed by the sea, they’re making some awfully good money. I wonder how much Al Gore has purchased?

  230. u.k.(us) says:

    From:

    http://www.quotegarden.com/prosperity.html

    The human race has had long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adversity. But we now face a task for which we have little experience, the task of surviving prosperity. ~Alan Gregg
    —-
    Fate often puts all the material for happiness and prosperity into a man’s hands just to see how miserable he can make himself with them. ~Don Marquis
    —-
    Men can bear all things except good days. ~Dutch Proverb
    —-
    We’ve got the most prosperous culture in human history and we’ve also got the biggest spiritual hole in human history. ~Mark Victor Hansen

  231. Eric Simpson says:

    @timg56. “Based on the photo of Steve Zwick at Forbes, he could be the twin of one of my brothers. He is neither leftist or a nutcase. For that matter I don’t think he gives a hoot about global warming.”

    Zwick doesn’t believe in gwarming? Oh, is it “climate change?” I’m not sure really if your comment is sensical. But based simply on the crazy rant of his article he just penned, he’s a nutcase. At least you didn’t say that you yourself look like Zwick, but we can say there is a ‘consensus’ that he has the eccentric look like his radical chum from Berkeley, the geekish Gleick. Honestly, to suggest that he’s not a leftist strains credulity. A cursory google search finds no evidence that he isn’t. Virtually all the top members of the Chicken Little Brigade are hardened leftists. Point me to any evidence to the contrary on Zwick, please.

  232. pochas says:

    Reminds me of the Spanish Inquisition.

  233. Mike Smith says:

    There is good reason for normal folks to be alarmed.

    Do I have evidence to support that claim?

    Mann, Gleick, and Zwick. True climate Nazi’s spewing a totalitarian idealology of hatred. Yes, folks should be scared of the climate these people are creating.

  234. Sorry but I need a answer ??? Are they all this [SNIP: Language (one deleted letter is not enough in this case). -REP] CRAZEY

    Kerry R Jennings
    [SNIP: WUWT encourages openness, but we don't encourage posting your e-mail address. You may want to think that one over. -REP]

  235. Smokey says:

    Mike Smith,

    Zwick sems to be cut from the same hateful cloth as the fanatics demanding a kangaroo court. You are right to be scared.

  236. Michael Petterson says:

    One of the comments in the article http://www.forbes.com/sites/warrenmeyer/2012/04/19/a-vivid-reminder-of-how-the-climate-debate-is-broken/ reference the fact that his suggestions violate several aspects of DC law,as his business is run from the DC area,and seeing that they have a Virginia area code,I’d assume the same would apply there as well. There are also criminal penalties for making a terrorist threat, and for conspiracy to the same. Here’s a tip – calling for people in writing to take an action or omit an action that would result in the burning of private or public property IS conspiracy. It’s not commentary or opinion, it’s asking people to allow or cause the destruction by fire.

  237. Bobby_burk@yahoo.com says:

    I sent him an email and offered him my address and a map to meet me and my friends. I sure hope he pays me a visit.

  238. NikFromNYC says:

    This is now near the top of the DrudgeReport.com being viewed by millions of people.

  239. CRS, DrPH says:

    I’m with Bobby_burk on that one!

    Slightly off-topic….anyone else notice the Arctic Sea Ice Extent lately??
    http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/N_stddev_timeseries.png

    Ummm….looks rather healthy to my eyes….

  240. Man Bearpig says:

    Is this guy for real .. A fireman suggesting that people should let ‘deniers houses burn’ and he still keeps his job ?

  241. Firey says:

    Try this one from the Sydney Morning Hearald in June 2011.

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/the-dangers-of-boneheaded-beliefs-20110602-1fijg.html

    Excerpt: “Surely it’s time for climate-change deniers to have their opinions forcibly tattooed on their bodies.

    Not necessarily on the forehead; I’m a reasonable man. Just something along their arm or across their chest so their grandchildren could say, ”Really? You were one of the ones who tried to stop the world doing something? And why exactly was that, granddad?”

    Talk about boneheaded beliefs!!!!

    What is it with those who push the warming barrow? Is there something in the water? Too much Co2 making it fizzy for them.

  242. pochas says:

    Firey says:
    April 21, 2012 at 2:13 am

    “Excerpt: “Surely it’s time for climate-change deniers to have their opinions forcibly tattooed on their bodies.”

    and…

    “What is it with those who push the warming barrow?”

    IMHO, it is a sure sign that there income is being impaired.

  243. Shooter says:

    @Steve P

    Actually, Witch hunts were rare. Thousands upon thousands did not die. Most of those who were killed were men. Witch hunts are as big a myth as Global Warming.

  244. They broke the climate!

    Reminds me of Clem and Barney on the Funway, when they asked the animatronic President, “Why does the Porridge Bird lay its eggs in the air?”, which caused the computer to crash and the animatron to shut down. The other bozos freaked out, and one cried out:

    “Hey Pablo! He broke the President!”

  245. TurtleShroom says:

    Uhh, Zwick? Your hero, Al Gore, owns a mansion in Florida. Did you know that there is no place in Florida over sixty miles from the ocean? Did you know that if every polar ice cap and glacier on God’s green earth melted, Florida would be gone entirely?

    Why, then, is your Prophet snatching up big time real-estate in a doomed area? -and why does Al Gore fly in a huge private jet? -and why isn’t he answering these important questions?

    I have no problem about buying mansions in Florida or flying around in private jets that you earned. I DO, however, have SERIOUS PROBLEMS about someone that has earned and can afford such luxuries telling ME not to drive to some place or to buy mercury hazards instead of incandescent lamps.

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