Oh Noes! The clock of doom is stuck again, global warming blamed

doomsday_clock-296x300[1]One has to wonder about the relevancy of this non-working prop clock in this day and age. Maybe they should update it to an iPad play list that is about to end for it to be more relevant to the younger generation? /sarc. On the plus side, it makes sense that the clock is stuck in time, since there hasn’t been any global warming in 16 years. Of course, the laughable Richard Somerville doesn’t see it that way, indicating in the PR that “climate disruption” is “now unavoidable”. Well then, if it is “unavoidable” why is it that we need to do something about it again? Do they even read their own press releases?

Doomsday Clock remains at five minutes to midnight

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: It is Now 5 Minutes to Midnight

CHICAGO — January 14, 2013 – The politics of economic recovery have distracted world leaders from the long-term threats that face humanity, specifically the dangers presented by climate change and nuclear weapons, observed the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, as it announced today that the minute hand of its Doomsday Clock will remain at five minutes to midnight. “2012 was a year in which global problems pressed forward, but too many of its citizens stood back.”

The last time the Doomsday Clock minute hand moved was in January 2012, when the Clock’s hand was moved forward one minute, from six to five minutes before midnight.


In an unusual move, Board members directly addressed US President Barack Obama in an open letter published today by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. In that letter they applaud the president’s recent actions to gain ratification of New START and to strengthen the nuclear security regime. They also acknowledge the steps the president took to “nudge the country along a more rational energy path,” providing support for wind and other renewable energy sources and strengthening fuel-efficiency standards.

And yet, the letter continues, “2012 was the hottest year on record in the contiguous United States, marked by devastating drought and brutal storms. These extreme events are exactly what climate models predict for an atmosphere laden with greenhouse gases. 2012 was a year of unrealized opportunity to reduce nuclear stockpiles, to lower the immediacy of destruction from weapons on alert, and to control the spread of fissile materials and keep nuclear terrorism at bay. 2012 was a year in which — one year after the partial meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station — the Japanese nation continued to be at the earliest stages of what will be a costly and long recovery.”

Robert Socolow, Chair of the Science and Security Board, noted, “We have as much hope for Obama’s second term in office as we did in 2010, when we moved back the hand of the Clock after his first year in office. This is the year for U.S. leadership in slowing climate change and setting a path toward a world without nuclear weapons.”
“Among the recommendations for meeting the challenges,” said board member Lynn Eden of Stanford University, “are to diminish the role of nuclear weapons by explicitly aiming to cut US deployed nuclear warheads to under 1,000.”

Nuclear expert Alexander Glaser, of Princeton University, focused on the need “to stop all new production and eliminate existing stocks of separated fissile material, both civilian and military, worldwide. It is the ultimate protection against nuclear terrorism and supports nuclear disarmament.”

Board member Richard Somerville, of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, called on President Obama to make a priority of climate change in recognition of the gravity of the climate threat. He noted, “You have the ability to educate and inspire the United States to launch an ambitious response that will achieve progress on an energy strategy for the nation. You can introduce reforms to the patchwork of federal subsidies, taxes, and other incentives, to encourage reductions in US greenhouse gas emissions.”

Recognizing that global warming is a worldwide challenge, the board encouraged President Obama to “partner with other world leaders to forge the comprehensive global response that the climate threat demands, based on equity and cooperation across countries. A global solution will only be within reach if the United States commits to doing its fair share, investing at home and globally to reduce climate change by curbing greenhouse gas emissions while building resilience in the face of the climate disruption that is now unavoidable.”

HOW THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK DECISION WAS MADE

The January 14, 2013 Doomsday Clock decision followed an international symposium held November 29, 2012, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 100 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC. The Science and Security Board of the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, in consultation with the Governing Board and the Board of Sponsors, which includes 18 Nobel Laureates, reviewed the implications of recent events and trends for the future of humanity with input from other experts on nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change, and emerging threats. The Clock hand has been moved 20 times over the past 65 years, since its appearance in 1947 on the first cover of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Click HERE for the Science and Security Board’s announcement and letter to President Obama.

Click HERE for the full program for the November 29th symposium.

59 thoughts on “Oh Noes! The clock of doom is stuck again, global warming blamed

  1. They will be in a right pickle once the clock is moved to one minute to midnight. I wonder if they have thought of that?

  2. I would think that anything that keeps us from moving closer to “the end” is a good thing.

    Recognizing that global warming is a worldwide challenge, the board encouraged President Obama to “partner with other world leaders to forge the comprehensive global response that the climate threat demands, based on equity and cooperation across countries. A global solution will only be within reach if the United States commits to doing its fair share, investing at home and globally to reduce climate change by curbing greenhouse gas emissions while building resilience in the face of the climate disruption that is now unavoidable.”

    Yeah, but, if doing nothing kept us from moving closer to “the end”, I’m certainly supportive of continuing to do nothing.

    *grin*

  3. Steve Jones, I was wondering what they are going to do when they have to move it beyond 11:59:59? They will look even more stupid once the doomsday clock has struck midnight and we are all still here smiling in our comfortable, western lifestyles, living largely in peace, getting on with our peaceful everyday lives, healthily and relatively prosperously.

  4. Culturally there are good feelings surrounding the clock hitting midnight. Midnight is when the ball drops and we all drink champagne!

  5. So now they take a radical environmental posture and somehow connect five minutes to midnight with 100 years of possible warming. Shark jumped.

  6. Hit the snooze button for another decade. When the alarm goes off again, if there’s any evidence of acceleration (resumption, even?) of warming, or evidence of more than microscopic acceleration in the rise in sea level, wake me up then.
    I don’t mind that the Doomsday Clock is a joke, but I wish it was at least an amusing one.

  7. I remember seeing a universal geological time clock from the big bang putting the Earth at I minute to midnight life at five seconds and human life at one tenth of a second. So five minutes seems like a good deal to me.

  8. Yet nothing on rampant socialist policy which will likely start global genocide on a scale not seen since the start of the 1920… or the economic collapse thats coming from socialists victory or really any major or important event… instead fictional future hype that at best is completely unknown at worst has already been proven wrong.

  9. So doomsday is allegedly nearer now as a result of global warming or whatever they call it these days than it was at the time of the Bay of Pigs. Who needs neo-Mayans when you have this shower?
    Good to know the clock stopped this year, although it is easy to see why. “It’s 4 minutes to midnight” doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  10. Amazing how the existence of the Doomsday Clock for 65+ years has had no discernible effect or impact on the crises it proclaims to span. For all practical purposes, it’s the appendix of the scientific community – weird and useless but tolerated.

  11. “We have as much hope for Obama’s second term in office as we did in 2010, when we moved back the hand of the Clock after his first year in office.”

    Obama, “the one we have been waiting for,” is now the man who made time stop.

  12. It is obvious what they will do when they reach 11:59:59, they will invent a 26 hour day. After all this is what climate scientists do – you need 10 years to make sure about a temperature trend, eh no 15, eh no 16, eh no 17,…….. eh no 25,……… eh no 100,……..

  13. I am sure that anyone who lived within the Gravettian culture would agree that Climate Disruption is inevitable. Fortunately, mankind’s modern cultures have advanced enough that we have other options besides moving south of the glaciers. Unfortunately the Marxist are hell bent on destroying civilization, and returning us to the lifestyle of the Graettian ( sans meat though. eating animals is bad for the Earrrrth, you know!)

  14. From 7 to 17 and back even further to 5:

    IT IS 7 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
    1947: As the Bulletin evolves from a newsletter into a magazine, the Clock appears on the cover for the first time. It symbolizes the urgency of the nuclear dangers that the magazine’s founders–and the broader scientific community–are trying to convey to the public and political leaders around the world.

    IT IS 17 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
    1991: With the Cold War officially over, the United States and Russia begin making deep cuts to their nuclear arsenals. The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty greatly reduces the number of strategic nuclear weapons deployed by the two former adversaries. Better still, a series of unilateral initiatives remove most of the intercontinental ballistic missiles and bombers in both countries from hair-trigger alert. “The illusion that tens of thousands of nuclear weapons are a guarantor of national security has been stripped away,” the Bulletin declares.

    IT IS 5 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
    2007: The world stands at the brink of a second nuclear age. The United States and Russia remain ready to stage a nuclear attack within minutes, North Korea conducts a nuclear test, and many in the international community worry that Iran plans to acquire the Bomb. Climate change also presents a dire challenge to humanity. Damage to ecosystems is already taking place; flooding, destructive storms, increased drought, and polar ice melt are causing loss of life and property.

    http://thebulletin.org/content/doomsday-clock/timeline

    Over half a century of assessing the degree of global doom potential in hopes of affecting policy to avoid midnight. It doesn’t look as if the clock committee is really influencing anything at all. Political decisions are made by politicians based on politics. Economies boom and bust based on market forces. Empires crumble under the weight of cultural changes if they’re unable to adapt. The world turns and people live their lives. Nothing seems to me to have the “minutes to midnight” as determined by the Committee as a variable except for the few people willing to shell out a few bucks for their sci-fi horror stories and news media in need of a headline.

  15. It is the big lie at the heart of this agit-prop theatre . . . that CO2 leads to extreme weather, that really irritates me.

    They just say it. No backup no justification yet the idiotic left/liberal media just lap it up.

    Ask any warmista how CO2 will make weather go crazy when the planet isn’t warming. Ask ‘em and good luck if you get an answer. Hell they can’t even tell you how “warmer” will make for more bigger hurricanes and now they don’t even have that hot boogey man to fall back on.

    C’mon guys. We are being told that all this climate change malarky is real yet not one of us is experiencing it. It is only folk far away who are feeling it yet we are supposed to just accept that it’s real because some folk in white coats say we must.

    If you take any time at all to read up on the Black Death you will see that this current climate scare is the same in every way except one. No bodies.

    Everything else, the nosegays, the religious penances, the blame on human behaviour. The myriad of worthies who will tell you what to do avoid the disease. Power and money boys, that’s what this is about and it’s clever because you just have to accept one thing, that man made CO2 is going kill us all off. That one, strange, invisible “fact” just needs your money and obedience.

    I know men like these “clock” guys. I talk with them and I learn that they are naive and earnest and well meaning. It is the naive bit that makes it possible for them to be used for their qualities because they are acting with good and pure intentions. They are so clever they believe in a totally simple deception, that we can control the Earth’s climate. They think it reasonable that we constrain mankind to do this without thinking about the little guy.

    Just laugh at these people, that is the best way to bring them to their senses. They dislike ridicule and will go out of their way to avoid it. Let’s feed ourselves, and stay mobile, and live in a decent place. We can only do that with cheap and ubiquitous and reliable energy, everywhere.

  16. They will be in a right pickle once the clock is moved to one minute to midnight. I wonder if they have thought of that?

    Heh… uh, no. This silly clock started in 1947 at 11:53 and in 1953 went to 11:58. It has been all over that quarter hour. Apparently, for the Atomic Scientist and their goofy clock, AGW is the nuclear war tension that the Soviet Afghan conflict. That is the AAAS for you.

    One more “clock note”, the “clock” had moved from 11:58 to 11:53 (-5) in 1960 all the while the Soviets were moving missiles into Cuba. Of course, we had the missile crisis in 1962, and yet again the “clock” went backwards another five minutes in 1963 to 11:48. Even a broken clock is right twice a day ;)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_clock.

  17. Well what else can one expect of seriously underemployed atomic scientists?
    The ones that want real work have moved to China and India, all thats left are the activists and chair warmers.

  18. I thought the doomsday clock ran down on December 21, 2012? Wrong clock? Or did they just rewind it?

  19. Reminds me of the widespread belief that the Earth would end back in the late 19th Century in America. The accepted prognosticator even provided an exact time and day. So large numbers of believers went out to meet their fate at the appointed hour and were disappointed (?) to see
    that nothing happened. Still some continued to believe : doomsday had just been rescheduled, that’s all. Everything old (and stupid) is new again. New generation, new batch of gullible souls

  20. Doesn’t look like they’re bending over to kiss their butts goodbye; so they don’t believe their own cry of doom. Just another cry of wolf to frighten us peons and peasantry back to our hovels.

  21. The clock shall always hover a tick or two shy of doom as a reminder of Permanent Revolution.

    Trotsky would have loved AGW.

  22. H. L. Mencken said it best: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

    These “scientists” with their doomsday clock should be ashamed.

  23. Steve Jones said,
    “They will be in a right pickle once the clock is moved to one minute to midnight. I wonder if they have thought of that?”

    I suspect the previous times will be adjusted accordingly.

  24. oldfossil says:
    January 16, 2013 at 9:12 am
    When in danger or in doubt,
    Run in circles, scream and shout.

    As I learned it:

    “When in doubt,
    Scream and shout,
    Wave your arms,
    And run about.”

    A motto for sceptics: “Don’t just do something, stand there!” Actually, it probably should be imprinted on politicians using electro-shock therapy or whatever (A Clockwork Orange?). The first impulse to addressing public “concerns” shouldn’t be to empty the public purse. I think I’ll die of rapture if I ever hear some politico say “You know, this isn’t something the legislature/council/Congress needs to waste it’s time addressing.”

  25. Board member Richard Somerville, of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, called on President Obama to make a priority of climate change in recognition of the gravity of the climate threat. He noted, “You have the ability to educate and inspire the United States to launch an ambitious response that will achieve progress on an energy strategy for the nation. You can introduce reforms to the patchwork of federal subsidies, taxes, and other incentives, to encourage reductions in US greenhouse gas emissions.”

    He’s suggesting that we follow in the footsteps of pathfinders like Spain, Germany, and Britain. But those pioneers all have arrows in their backs.

  26. The Doomsday Clock is just an example of Zeno’s dichotomy paradox. It philosophically can never hit midnight.

  27. Nothing like presenting the scare as though it’s up close and personal. It will always be some small number just before midnight. Sooner or later the general public will get annoyed enough to chuck them AND their clock out the flippin’ window.

  28. The BAS-turds have been using the Doomsday Clock as a rhetorical device and a (not tired) theatrical gimmick since 1947 when the threat of global nuclear warfare was first dreamt up.
    Since the START treaty was signed (1991) the possibility of global annihilation has diminished, but the risk of regional atomic conflicts has increased (Israel/Iran, N. Korea/S. Korea, India/Pakistan).
    But the BAS is dedicated to scaring the whole world, not just one half of a continent.
    It seems the only global-scale alarm anyone can ring lately is the climate.

  29. The tick tock of the warmist Doomsday Clock is music to my ear – One tick closer to their unholy demise!

  30. If the climate disruption is “unavoidable”, the clock should be either set, running and counting down to our doom (i.e. 12/21/2012 oops that has already passed). Or it should be at High Noon and counting all of the bonus time that we have due to a delay of the inevitable destruction of all life as we know it. This worthless clock hasn’t been correct since its inception. Even a stopped 12 hour analog clock is right twice a day. It is time for this worthless endeavor to visit that other circular object the trash can.

  31. What an irrelevance. How can the glacial pace (excuse the pun) of climate change possibly compare to the threat of worldwide nuclear war as it existed in the Cold War?

    The ‘Atomic Scientists’ need to update their name too.

  32. These clowns need to keep the clock close to midnight to keep them in the press.

    Who’d be interested if the clock was at 7:30 PM?

  33. Are these `scientists’ for real, or is this some sort of university drama club joke? What an embarrassing ans ridiculous concept, from a scientific point of view. It is a crude and laughable PR prop, surely?

  34. They need to correct for Daylight Savings Time, recently changed to be from Nov to Mar.

    Perhaps it is merely a typo, “Crock”, which merely needs to be flushed.

  35. So when the Cold War ended a bunch of attention seekers found a new use for their clock.
    yawnarama.

  36. BAS Board Member Richard Somerville, of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego = retired (emeritus) climate scientist according to Scripps web site. Says it all. He’s still trying to milk the global warming cash cow via the BAS. Of course there are lots and lots of retired professors who refuse to give up their pet theories despite overwhelming evidence against. He could be in the latter category, but his inclusion on the BAS Board tells me otherwise.

  37. Bruce Cobb – you are so right with H L Mencken’s quote…!
    Or, as Ernest Benn – uncle of Tony Benn, UK labour politician told it:
    ‘The art of politics is looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it wrongly and applying unsuitable remedies..’

  38. 18 Nobel Laureates couldn’t possibly be wrong. Once you win one of those awards, you’re like a god!

    Of course there are gods, and then there are gods. I propose that Loki is the God of CAGW.

  39. Personally as a leftover Cold War baby boomer I think it should have been the High Noon Doom clock as most of us are in bed and asleep well before midnight.

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