The Tuesday Tittering: The big knobs of climate control

Josh writes:

The latest posts on ENSO influence made me think of a cartoon.



Another paper blames ENSO for global warming pause, calling it ‘… a major control knob governing Earth’s temperature.’

‘Mind blowing paper’ blames ENSO for Global Warming Hiatus

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70 Responses to The Tuesday Tittering: The big knobs of climate control

  1. Jimmy Haigh says:

    “Climate scientists”. Definitely not the sharpest tools in the drawer…

  2. David Ball says:

    Love the “Spinal Tap” reference Josh !!

  3. Anthony Watts says:

    I like that the water vapor knob goes to 11.

  4. Lance Wallace says:

    The other unknown climate control computers fading into infinity (beyond the Sun) is a stroke of comedic genius.

  5. Thanks, Josh.
    A picture worht a thousand words!

  6. Merrick says:

    That’s the Spinal Tap reference…

  7. Eric in SDCA says:

    Is this the reason EPA has announced controls on water vapour emissions?

  8. Janice Moore says:

    Control Freaks. NICE JOB! You say so much with just a little ink and a few lines.

    Love the body language of each pitiful little freak. I can just hear them, “Hmmmm….. the Sun….. .”

    “Uuuuuuuuuuh, hm.”
    “Ooooooh, well, hm.”
    “Now, (ahem). What’s this do?”

    etc, etc….. #(:))

  9. Resourceguy says:

    Nice! Will they add a Late Breaking News section to the IPCC report?

  10. Louis Hooffstetter says:

    “Climate scientist” is my new favorite oxymoron.

  11. MattN says:

    Water vapor goes to 11. Well done…

  12. Auto says:

    Looked, and laughed.
    Read comments, re-looked, and laughed again.
    More comments – another look – and another laugh!

    A lovely – and deep – artwork.

    Many thanks indeed for brightening my evening here in England. Greatly appreciated.

  13. Timothy Free says:

    Love it! One of your best cartoons ever! I also like the several sun controls on the side.

  14. Auto says:

    And, because it’s so good, have added it to the pictures that appear on my desktop.


  15. MJBinNM says:

    I also like the fact that the CO2 knob is the smallest, but is getting the most attention…

  16. MJBinNM says:

    …and the CO2 knob appears to only adjust in one direction…

  17. Kevin Lohse says:

    One sketch shows that Josh has a better understanding of the warmists than any psychologist, I for one am glad to be on his side.

  18. Pamela Gray says:

    My mind went completely in another direction and my first thought was, “Oh Josh you didn’t!” He didn’t.

  19. chris y says:

    Speaking of amusing connecting of the dots, this just in-

    Seth Borenstein reports on Sept 3, 2013 that a new study finds that financial stress monopolizes thinking, resulting in a temporary loss of 13 IQ points. Someone from Harvard is involved, so it is not to be questioned.

    This is a stunning result. Think of the IQ loss when people are stressed about something much more dire, like catastrophic climate change and dirty weather and flaming faucets and 400 ppm and an underwater west side highway!!!!! I suspect there may be a ‘tipping point’, where runaway IQ loss takes over, and otherwise smart people start chaining themselves to gates and fences.

    This helps to explain the empirical observations of David Roberts who wrote, back in October 2011, that “those who strongly support climate action do not do so because they’ve been rationally persuaded; in fact, they tend to be quite ignorant of the scientific details.”


  20. Tom G(ologist) says:

    Personally I like this one:

  21. Richards in Vancouver says:

    But shouldn’t there be a control knob for hurricanes?
    Going up to 6, of course?

  22. GlynnMhor says:

    Would James Hansen be one of the ‘knobs’?

  23. Auto says:

    Tom G(ologist) says:
    September 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm



  24. Fred says:

    The Great Glowball Warming Scam & Scheme Walk Back has begun.

    Gore, Suzuki, Mann, Trenberth, Hansen and the all the rest . . . there is still time if you begin you own personal “Do the Walk Back” to attempt to salvage something of a decent reputation, a step in the right direction to salvaging your damaged and lost careers.

    But you have to get on the Walk Back Train now.

    Just admit you were wrong, apologize for the $$$$$Trillions wasted around the globe on useless greenie CO2 scams and beg for forgiveness.

  25. Kevin Kilty says:

    A knob that goes to eleven. Recycled from some old rocker’s sound board.

  26. noaaprogrammer says:

    One more item is needed in the cartoon: As a contrast to the befuddled warmists pondering the large, outdated mainframes, the cartoon needs to include Anthony, sitting in the foreground, typing away on his laptop, updating his blog!

  27. Pamela Gray says:

    Tom, that is FUNNY!!!! The vaporous mechanism. In a nut shell. Lines one (CO2 folks) and two (solar folks), please read.

  28. John West says:

    I especially like that the sun has multiple components.

    Well done!

  29. manfredkintop says:

    “Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten”

  30. D Matteson says:

    The CO2 knob reminds me of the heater control knob on an early 1950’s VW.
    You could turn it all the way on but still get very little heat.

  31. Gunga Din says:

    Maybe it needs a PR knob? Its gauge should be red-lined. 8-)

  32. Lewis P Buckingham says:

    Anthony Watts says:
    September 3, 2013 at 11:36 am
    Using the mark one eyeball it goes to thirteen if the dial goes all the way round.

  33. Jeff says:

    Who’s the scientist on the right?

  34. Follow the Money says:

    I think some of our US govt. “climate scientists” are behind the “evidence” of the mysteriously very under-evidenced chem “attack.” They implicitly sound like this cartoon above. No security agency is lending its name to the “evidence.” The “evidence” is based on gut feelings, and a viewing of videos on youtube. It’s “meta-anaylsis!” Meta-analysis for war! Oh, and maybe some detections of chemicals from chemical fertilizers and food nitrites.

    I think it’s really about something personal…maybe the govt. doesn’t want another loss from the Syr. rebels after we failed to save our MB allies in Egypt. Or Team America just can’t figure out when the next info dump on Benghazi is coming out…maybe they thought it was going to come out last week, and when it didn’t…delay. But the science behind their presentations is such a joke. It is so bad, an insecure CNN is overheating its calls for war. “We are beyond the facts that there was a chemical attack.” That sounds just like the “the science is settled” b.s. line in climate science.

  35. D Matteson says:

    “Who’s the scientist on the right?”
    I think it’s Roy Spencer.

  36. clipe says:

    Va Pour = Will Pour.

    The scientist to the right is peering at the sunny side.

  37. John F. Hultquist says:

    Josh is perceptive and talented. Thanks.

    D Matteson says:
    September 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm
    “The CO2 knob reminds me of the heater control knob on an early 1950′s VW.
    You could turn it all the way on but still get very little heat.

    You got heat ? !

  38. Peter says:

    The ‘face” of Earth Climate machine is a big “Face”. The gauges at top are the eyes and the water vapor dial is a giant mouth ready to gobble those naive little climate scientists up!

  39. jackmorrow says:

    On my ’74 TR 6 when I turned the heater on, all the radiator fluid would leak out around the heater control valve. LOL Too bad the money to support the AGW folks doesn’t” leak out” when we expose them.

  40. Pedantic old Fart says:

    The top dial reading should be “unprecedented”.

  41. GeoLurking says:

    Jimmy Haigh says:
    September 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

    “Climate scientists”. Definitely not the sharpest tools in the drawer…

    Apparently, neither are some building designers…

    EXPERTS yesterday said the hot ray of light reflected by the Walkie Talkie is on an “unprecedented” scale – as City A.M. found the heat on Eastcheap in mid-afternoon is hitting 70°C.

    “I’m flabbergasted,” said Dr Philip Oldfield, an expert in tall buildings at the University of Nottingham’s Department of Architecture, who warned other parts of London could be hit by the light beam.

    “At street level it’s unprecedented. The scary thing is that the light won’t always be on that part of the street. The sun angle will change through the next weeks and months – and in the winter the localised hotspot will have moved substantially.”

    The Walkie Talkie casts an unnatural light on the street belowThe Walkie Talkie casts an unnatural light on the street belowThe Walkie Talkie casts an unnatural light on the street belowCity workers shield themselves from the ray of light
    ©City A.M. / Laura Lean

    Yesterday City A.M. revealed how the curved shape of the building at 20 Fenchurch Street – now dubbed the Walkie Scorchie – is focussing an ultra-bright ray of light that has even melted parts of parked cars.

  42. John Trigge says:

    I want the t-shirt.

  43. Ted Clayton says:

    John West @ September 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    “I especially like that the sun has multiple components.”

    Those are vertical sliders, set progressively lower, like an audio-fade. ‘Down, down, down’.

  44. markstoval says:

    “Love the “Spinal Tap” reference Josh !!”

    Could someone explain that to me please?

  45. CRS, DrPH says:

    I see that they still haven’t found the “Sun Control” yet!

  46. NothernEye says:

    Excellent! A highlight of grad school at Stanford was the annual Xmas bash, where the students wreaked anonymous revenge on their advisors. One year, for a petrology prof a bit-too-fond of models, the students built a “datas” machine that was all levers and dials and knobs, and produced endless rolls of narrow paper filled with numbers…….. Thanks Josh for the memories!

  47. Climate “nobs” fiddling with climate control knobs.

  48. Owen in GA says:

    markstoval says:
    September 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    “Love the “Spinal Tap” reference Josh !!”

    Could someone explain that to me please?

    Look up “This is Spinal Tap” on IMDB, a cult classic mockumentary about the lives of a made up rock band called Spinal Tap. More would be saying too much.

  49. Niff says:

    The layers of satire, innuendo, and crushing reality are divinely inspired. Coming from an atheist I think I have had a conversion.

    Priceless clarity.

  50. Txomin says:

    Josh, my friend, you are good, very good.

  51. TalentKeyHole Mole says:

    Love it! A masterpiece! Par Excellence. Sums it up.

    LOL :)

  52. Ill Tempered Klavier says:

    GlynnMhor says:
    September 3, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Would James Hansen be one of the ‘knobs’?

    More like a locking screw (ball) ;) ;)

  53. topcu says:

    And now Deutsche Welle is airing Hans von Storch’s doubts: .

    Serious hedging of bets must be going on.

  54. Ric Werme says:

    markstoval says:
    September 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    “Love the “Spinal Tap” reference Josh !!”

    Could someone explain that to me please?

    The YouTube refs I found have been taken down due to copyright issues. One was posted on WUWT a few days ago. The reference is to music amps that have controls that go to 11 are better than those that only go to 10. Obviously.

    See for the full analysis.

  55. Bertram Felden says:

    This is one of the best cartoons you’ve ever done – the Spinal Tap 11, and especially the guy leaning over looking around the corner at the equaliser for the sun.

  56. rogerknights says:

    markstoval says:
    September 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    “Love the “Spinal Tap” reference Josh !!”

    Could someone explain that to me please?

    BTW, technically, it was an allusion, not a reference, because Spinal Tap wasn’t named.

  57. Brad says:

    I’ll second the request for a t-shirt, willing to order a dozen.
    It could have date(s) of “discovery” on the back in chronological order and by “who”? Or that could be another cartoon altogether?

  58. James Bull says:

    Now the big questions.
    Is this cartoon going to be in “big oil” funded 2014 calender?
    Can I place my order now? (already working out who to give one to)
    and last but not least.
    Is Anthony going to sent one to his friend Micky Mann? (as he appreciated the last one so much)

    James Bull

  59. Björn says:

    Ahemm “…..the hotspot will have moved substantially.”
    Suggest it be named Kevin , after the scientist who recently discovered the phenomena of the “world wandering hotspot” (:-})

  60. Patrick says:

    “D Matteson says:

    September 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    The CO2 knob reminds me of the heater control knob on an early 1950′s VW. You could turn it all the way on but still get very little heat.”

    Reminds me of Land Rovers from the 1950’s too. No matter what you did with the heater, if one was fitted, it made no difference at all to cabin warmth. The trick was to wait for the engine and gearboxes to warm up.

  61. Josh says:

    Hi, many thanks for the kind comments.

    Yes, I am sure this will make the 2014 Calendar. In the UK you can order a T Shirt here I will see about Tshirts in the US via Cafe Press or Anthony ;-)

  62. cartoonsbyjosh says:

    T shirt available at Cafe Press

  63. cartoonsbyjosh says:

    I think my earlier comment got lost! Here it is again (from memory)

    Many thanks for the kind comments. I am sure the cartoon will make the 2014 Calendar. You can buy a Tshirt in the UK here

    You can also now buy one in the US from Cafe Press I think, see above, and Anthony also now has the artwork so you may be able to buy through him if you prefer.

    Thanks again ;-)

  64. Snotrocket says:

    I vote this as Cartoon Of The Year!! Every time I look at it I find something else: some more irony. Brilliant (and, with permission, distributed to my sceptic mailing list).

  65. Snotrocket says:

    Actually….just had a thought….somewhere on that machine there must be a model number. May I suggest – 42?

  66. Janice Moore says:

    “Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it?”

  67. Niff says:

    Janice….I think I wet myself….

  68. Janice Moore says:

    Niff …. I hope it was worth it….. #(:))

    I get a kick out of the British-American sub-theme, too. Primped, effeminate, British guy (East Anglia) with the super control knob; down-to-earth, manly, American guy (A-th-y W.) quietly pointing out the problem… .

    Of course, we could have a reverse, American-British effect, too if we had a borderline psychotic, heavy featured, American (James Hansen) with a witty, cultured, Brit (Monckton or MANY of the guys who comment on WUWT).

    JH: Duuuuuh………….. uh, dis thing, uh,…. it goes to, uh, ELEVEN (hyuck, hyuck).
    Brit: My dear sir, you seem to have overlooked something…

  69. ntesdorf says:

    This is Josh’s best cartoon ever! I loved the tiny CO2 knob, the giant Water Vapour knob, the several sliding Sun controls on the yet to be discovered side, the long line of other computers fading into the distance….. The cartoon is a masterpiece!

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