Livetooning the ICCC

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

Well, I’m at the International Conference on Climate Change in Chicago, where I’m one of the speakers. Since I’m a cartoonist, rather than liveblogging the conferenceI figured I’d livetoon it instead … these are my summaries of the main points that each scientist made in their presentation:

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kim
May 17, 2010 4:07 pm

I’m jealous; Willis has so many ways of having fun.
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Editor
May 17, 2010 4:25 pm

HILARIOUS…..
Looks like you are working on a Skeptics Trading Card collection…

Rick K
May 17, 2010 4:25 pm

Great stuff, Willis! Thanks!

H.R.
May 17, 2010 4:30 pm

Excellent, Willis!

joshua corning
May 17, 2010 4:31 pm

You should list powers and bonuses on the side and we can make a Pokemon style card game out of them.

kuhnkat
May 17, 2010 4:43 pm

Willis,
thank you for bringing some reality to a virtual Climate Science!!

P Walker
May 17, 2010 4:43 pm

Anthony – That was funny . Kudos to Willis , I’m drinking a toast to you all .

David Jay
May 17, 2010 4:43 pm

joshua corning says:
May 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm
You should list powers and bonuses on the side and we can make a Pokemon style card game out of them.

Now THAT would get my teenage son interested in the AGW discussion…

timetochooseagain
May 17, 2010 4:46 pm

“…Because in Big-time science, if you don’t have acronyms…you’re FUBAR…”
Okay, that wins.

Steve in SC
May 17, 2010 4:53 pm

Most highly excellent Willis!
I commend you.

jack morrow
May 17, 2010 4:55 pm

And you can play the piano too? Wow!

Denny
May 17, 2010 5:03 pm

Mr. Eschenbach,
You are a man of many talents…You give “Josh” a run for his money…Great job and thanks! Hope everyone there is having “fun”. 😉

Gary
May 17, 2010 5:04 pm

What’s the difference between climate alarmists and sceptics?
The sceptics have a sense of humor.

Mike McMillan
May 17, 2010 5:11 pm

Using your proxy evidence and applying principal component analysis, I find for PC 1 that everyone but Gary Sharp wore ties.
What cartoon font are you using?

DCC
May 17, 2010 5:12 pm

OT, perhaps, but someone need to take a look at the insanity surrounding the BP oil spill. Insanity like Climatewire needs a swift kick in the backside.
Take a look at http://tinyurl.com/2a5sagy. See any mention of the effect of hurricanes on BP’s attempt to contain the spill? That seems like something more important to worry about. Anybody bother to mention that if the spill were near land when a hurricane hit, it would spread that limited amount of oil that is near the coast over a huge area, making it far less evil and burying a great deal of it under tons of mud? We know from experience that hurricanes tend to clean up the beaches, not make things worse. To be fair, they do mention that a hurricane might mix surface oil into the water column.
As for the “plume” that is the panic de jour, nobody even knows the concentration of oil within the plume or its extent, much less do they remember that the reason the plume exists is because the powers that be decided to use dispersants so the residue would be less likely to float and wash on shore. Dispersing and diluting it through the Gulf stream should give bacteria more time and more oxygen to help digest the oil.
Bottom line is that these people always seem to be trying to find the worst case scenario in situations where that scenario is absurd. Worse, they seldom look at mitigating factors. About the only important statement in this entire article is that the marshes will recover. Provided, of course, that some hastily created models with very poor initial data don’t tell us this spill will cause a tipping point in climate change.
The economic damage being caused so far is entirely due to the response of authorities and people in panic modes fueled by the press. There is absolutely no reason for people to cancel their vacations on the Gulf coast. The fishing bans are probably causing more problems than they solve. Boats out looking for the oil slick report that it’s mostly clear water between distant occurrences of oil. What ever happened to common sense?

dr.bill
May 17, 2010 5:13 pm

Willis: If your cartoons are any indication of the mood of the conference, I’d say that we’re all missing out on a good thing by not being there. Somehow, I can’t quite picture (insert your own list of climate hucksters here) taking themselves so ‘un-seriously’ while being completely serious. It’s a good sign.
/dr.bill

Gary Hladik
May 17, 2010 5:19 pm

I find it scary that I actually understood the Watts cartoon…

jeef
May 17, 2010 5:24 pm

Quality stuff. Well done.

pat
May 17, 2010 5:32 pm

a couple of bad jokes to go with willis’ funnies…
17 May: CalgaryHerald,Canada: Reuters: Europe’s top polluters earn billions from passing carbon costs to consumers
Europe’s most polluting industries have reaped billions of euros from carbon markets by passing on to consumers the cost of carbon permits they were given for free, consultancy CE Delft said on Monday…
It (the report) was commissioned by environment group the European Climate Foundation…
“Substantial windfall profits have been made by energy intensive companies that obtained allowances for free, but calculated their market value in the prices of the products,” it added…
http://www.calgaryherald.com/technology/Europe+polluters+earn+billions+from+passing+carbon+costs+consumers/3037547/story.html
17 May: WSJ: UPDATE: EU Climate Chief: Need A Higher Price On Carbon
“We need a higher carbon price in order really to get things going,” Hedegaard said during a press conference, after meeting business leaders in Brussels.
The EU has a market, the Emission Trading System, which puts a price on CO2 allowances by capping their amount. Companies that need to emit more greenhouse gases have to buy permits on the market, or sell them if they emit less. But the recent economic downturn has disrupted the EU’s economy and consequently lowered companies’ need to emit CO2, as production has slowed down…
One way to increase the price of allowances could be to increase the EU’s 2020 target of cutting CO2 emissions by 20% from 1990 levels to 30%..
A tax on CO2 could also be an instrument to push up the CO2 price, said Jose Manuel Entrecanales, chairman of Spanish energy and infrastructure company Acciona SA (ANA.MC), who participated in the meeting and the press conference with Hedegaard.
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100517-710510.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines

May 17, 2010 5:42 pm

Willis –
Most excellent!
Thank you for sharing.

Amino Acids in Meteorites
May 17, 2010 5:44 pm

humor + the science = pleasant feeling 🙂

Capn Jack
May 17, 2010 5:47 pm

Watch it Willis that could be turned into a warmers deck of cards.,And you might final yourself as a Royal.

wayne
May 17, 2010 5:50 pm

Willis comes blazing through again! Willis, that’s worth at least 8000 words.

May 17, 2010 5:54 pm

“Boats out looking for the oil slick report that it’s mostly clear water between distant occurrences of oil. What ever happened to common sense?”
Sounds a lot like what happened with the Icelandic volcano. Airports shut down based on the theory that maybe there was a possibility that engines could be damaged. The system is skewed in favor of such over-reacting too cautiously. No one ever gets fired for shutting down unnecessarily, but if you fail to DO SOMETHING and Something Bad happens, it’s your fault.

Lady in Red
May 17, 2010 6:00 pm

These cartoons need to be reproduced and sold…. postcards, a box of writing cards, posters… dunno. But the collection would be a wonderful remembrance of the affair for attendees — and those who did not make it…
To raise funds for …?
….Anthony’s tip jar? dunno. ….Lady in Red
PS: You could do a new set each year, so they become a series.

Editor
May 17, 2010 6:01 pm

Willis Eschenbach says:
May 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm
Lots of interesting folks, it is a privilege to be here. For me, I feel like a starry-eyed kid at a rock star convention, I’ve gotten to meet a lot of folks who are my scientific heroes.
Me too – I reminded myself several times on the way to not act like some fool starry-eyed kid, and I think think I’ve done a good job of not hanging on to anyone. (It helps that there are so many people to hang onto.) I’m 59, so just being able to shake hands with the only geologist who has walked on the Moon is a remarkable privilege. Bill Gray too – I’ve read his hurricane predictions (and flops) for wow, something like 20 years, the next one is due I think on June 4, I’ve learned a huge amount from them. My first web page (click above) after deciding to become active in this sorry field was inspired in part by a Bob Carter talk I saw on the web, it was nice to be able to thank him in person. And Lord Monckton, E.M. Smith, and Anthony, but I haven’t found Willis yet.

CRS, Dr.P.H.
May 17, 2010 6:07 pm

Well done, Willis! I think Anthony owes you a nice steak dinner from Gene & Georgetti’s!

R. de Haan
May 17, 2010 6:29 pm

Just for the record, the UN has a new climate change chief replacing Mr. de Boer.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10119753.stm

maz2
May 17, 2010 6:35 pm

Al Gore’s AGW: It’s not funny.
…-
“Cold, rainy weather coming to Bay Area”
“Expect a quarter-inch of rain throughout the day as late-season showers and cold weather hit the Bay Area. Temperatures will drop to the mid-50s, said Ryan Wallbrun, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
By Tuesday, rain is expected to let up and it will be dry but cold till Wednesday, when another storm front is predicted to move through the Bay Area. Rain is expected in the North Bay, with possible showers to the south, Wallbrun said.
Thursday and Friday will be “quite cool” for this time of the year, with temperatures in the 50s and high, strong winds, he said.”
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Cold-rainy-weather-coming-to-Bay-Area-93909879.html

DoctorJJ
May 17, 2010 6:50 pm

How about “showed that the NWS and USHCN and NOAA and CRU and GHCN were basically… FOS”

mack28
May 17, 2010 6:50 pm

Meantime, when you’ve finished cheering, take a look at the Met Office’s latest computer modelling clanger:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1279221/The-ash-cloud-Inaccurate-Met-Office-forecast-causes-airport-chaos-50-000.html

Tom Bakewell
May 17, 2010 7:02 pm

Wahoo! try taking a turn in the pfun seat RC and others. Oops, some stiff egos can’t take even the mildest of critisisms, real or just perceived.

Bill Parsons
May 17, 2010 7:16 pm

If these are “most-wanted” playing cards for the enemy, you have too many face cards.
Nice.

vigilantfish
May 17, 2010 7:35 pm

Willis, thanks for sharing your talents yet again. Wish I could be there too. I’d be starry-eyed if I had a chance to meet you and the other anti-hysteria heroes.

Almost Anonymous
May 17, 2010 8:14 pm

Does anyone have video of the talks that already happened? The PJTV link only has live stream.

Almost Anonymous
May 17, 2010 8:29 pm
Fred
May 17, 2010 8:45 pm

Wow! you guys are really, really nerdy… you should keep this kind of posts to a nerd-only mailing list. You’re scaring off the regular folks.

AnonyMoose
May 17, 2010 8:46 pm

Is Sharp suggesting going after sardines with a harpoon gun? I think there are problems with that. Or is he hunting refugee populations with it? There are different problems with that.

Mike McMillan
May 17, 2010 8:48 pm

Willis Eschenbach says:
Mike McMillan says: “Using your proxy evidence and applying principal component analysis, I find for PC 1 that everyone but Gary Sharp wore ties . . . ”
Yeah, Gary wore a great orange patterned shirt.

I think there’s a sobering lesson here for all of us.
We have long excoriated Dr Mann for using PCA on the Graybill tree-ring data to make the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age disappear in his “Hockey Stick” graph.
Yet here we have seen demonstrated that with conscious intent and no collusion between Willis and me, PCA may tease an orange shirt from a black and white line sketch.
Despite the ice-entombed Viking farms of Greenland, Brueghel’s frozen landscapes of temperate Holland, and megabytes of embarrassing emails, how can we continue to doubt Dr Mann and his methods?
I shall email an apology immediately.

anna v
May 17, 2010 8:56 pm

Thanks Willis.
It gives us a feeling for the fun you are all having.
BTW are you sure you are not a reincarnation of da Vinci 🙂
A real renaissance man.

Annabelle
May 17, 2010 10:03 pm

Renaissance man indeed. Is there anything Willis can’t do? Lucia tells us he also plays the piano rather well.
Great cartoons. Looking forward to more of them.

John Hooper
May 18, 2010 12:55 am

I found these cards somewhat alienating and not at all endearing. I wouldn’t expect to recruit any new followers through these tactics, nor take away any marketable points.

Zeke the Sneak
May 18, 2010 1:39 am

Sen. Harrison Schmidt, “Constitutional Restraints on Regulation Related to Climate and Energy” video, here!
http://www.globalwarmingheartland.org/
Kind of quiet out there for the mainstream meeja coverage!
That’s alright, they didn’t say a word about the leaked emails for weeks, either. 🙂

Editor
May 18, 2010 2:57 am

John Hooper says:
May 18, 2010 at 12:55 am
“I found these cards somewhat alienating and not at all endearing. I wouldn’t expect to recruit any new followers through these tactics, nor take away any marketable points.”
And we have a WINNER for first alarmist attempting a lame FUD post.

Tim Clark
May 18, 2010 5:55 am

John Hooper says: May 18, 2010 at 12:55 am
I found these cards somewhat alienating and not at all endearing. I wouldn’t expect to recruit any new followers through these tactics, nor take away any marketable points.

The success of WUWT in confronting alarmist AGW propaganda is unrelated to fluffy photo ops and psuedoscience journalism. It is essentially an award winning Science blog. If people can’t discern that, they are probably incapable of comprehending the discussion and are doubtless programmed to reject the science refuting CAGW.

Atomic Hairdryer
May 18, 2010 6:44 am

re: John Hooper says:
May 18, 2010 at 12:55 am
I found these cards somewhat alienating and not at all endearing. I wouldn’t expect to recruit any new followers through these tactics, nor take away any marketable points.

I don’t know, I think they’d make great t-shirts. Nicely done Willis!

1DandyTroll
May 18, 2010 8:45 am

@Willis Eschenbach
‘any revolution that you can’t laugh at’
is a kin to religion, if not religion itself.
In religion you are only allowed to laugh at hinduism, buddhism, and proper christianity. In politics you can laugh at pretty much everything except socialism and its extreme derivatives.
In science you can laugh at everything except apparently sociology and climatology.

Editor
May 18, 2010 10:29 am

Great stuff! I think this kind of visual listening is fun and informative – more power to your tooning elbow, Willis.

P.G. Sharrow
May 18, 2010 9:49 pm

Skeptics have way too much fun. Warmers are no fun at all. Willis you put a smile on my face 🙂 thank you. pg

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