The morphology of "global warming"

Obama’s science Czar John Holdren has decided the new name for global warming, er, climate change shall be:

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Because the first two didn’t work apparently.

( John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, says that the term “global warming” is “a dangerous misnomer” that should be replaced with “global climate disruption.”

I have a new name for Mr. Holdren, sort of like a superhero name: “Johnny Desperate”.

From CNS news and the American Thinker, barf bag optional.

WH Science Czar ‘Global Warming’ is ‘Dangerous Misnomer’

By James Lewis, American Thinker

John Holdren, our official fraudulent “Science Czar” for our  equally mendacious President, has dumped “global warming” as a “dangerous misnomer.” Ah, yes, that would be it then. It’s not the facts but the words that are wrong, says America’s official Doctor Science.

In scientific terms this means John Holdren has run up the white flag and is begging for mercy. “Warming” is something we can measure scientifically. “Global Warming” is a lot more speculative, but with satellites, weather balloons, and plenty of ocean buoys, we now know that it’s just wrong. Global Warming has been shot down in flames by scientific skeptics who resorted to an unfair tactic called “facts and observations.”

The wild hypothesis of “catastrophic anthropogenic global warming a 100 years from now,” is so obviously harebrained sci fi that no sane person can believe in it.

Dr. Holdren’s newest brainstorm? Forget all that warming stuff. No, we are now supposed to believe in something called “global climate disruption.”

That way some wildly overpaid “internationally respected” climate modeler can predict that in a hundred years things will get two degrees warmer, colder, or neither one or the other, and still predict the end of the earth. That’ll be a couple of hundred million dollars for more life-saving “research,” if you please.

The media are banging on “scientific” doors for another cataclysmic headline, right now, to feed their hunger for the Scare of the Day.  Their whole business model depends on it. The New York Times is talking about giving up their paper edition entirely. ABC has fired its “News” chief. They desperately need another Scary Hobgoblin to goose up the ignorant masses, or they might go belly-up tomorrow. Let’s hope they do go down tomorrow, because it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch. That why free markets have losers, and boy, are these people ever losers.

I suppose that’s why Dr. Holdren thinks that old and toxic phrase “Global Warming” is now “dangerous.” But dangerous for whom? Not dangerous for the real world, that’s for sure. Not dangerous for developing countries that build another coal-fired power plant every day to feed their billions of hungry people. They can see people dying on the streets in Calcutta, but they can’t see two degrees warmer in a hundred years being such a big deal. Maybe Dr. Holdren thinks that “Global Warming” is now “dangerous” for the corrupt politicized faux-scientists who have built their careers on ecological hobgoblins? That sounds more like it.

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WH Science Czar ‘Global Warming’ is ‘Dangerous Misnomer’

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Pull My Finger

“global climate disruption” = weather

Is it still anthropogenic CO2 we’re supposed to fear, though?


REPLY: finally, we agree on something. – Anthony

Ian Mc Vindicated

I thought the new name for ( A) Global Warming ( B) Climate Change or (C) Global Climate Disruption, was reduced to one word which everyone can relate to, but is not controversial , and says nothing about climate or weather or global or warming..I heard the new buzzword was ” sustainability ” …….get ready, you are about to hear a lot about sustainability in the near future……


…That’s a forecast 60 days ahead!


If it walks like a duck………


Well, “High Fructose Corn Syrup” just became available.


It’s the climate “Going rogue”


If it warms like a duck and cools like a duck, it’s…
Global Climate Disruption! Watch Global Climate Disruption destroy a city near you!
I rather like it. Has a certain Emmerich ring to it.

Bob Dole

The problem is, global temperatures are not rising up to match the predicted hockey stick. So let Bob Dole suggest a better name. Instead of GCD, call it GED (Global Erectile Dysfunction).


And yet another Orwellian story 🙁


What will be the next headline then? “Insert weasely-worded euphemism here”
You can’t have “climate disruption” as they operate on two completely different time scales. It’s like having a “long-term acute illness”, or a “gradual impulse”.

Chaos theory?

Gary Hladik

Whoa! Gave ’em both barrels didn’t he?
Personally, I prefer the old “climate chaos” term to “climate disruption”. It’s short, it’s zippy, it’s alliterative (CACC vs CAGD or CAGW; or better yet, CCC), and reminds at least some people of Agent Maxwell Smart’s evil foe, CHAOS. Hah, take that, evil!
Of course more than a few politicians and climate scientists also remind us of Agent Smart himself and his organization, CONTROL…which, come to think of it, may explain why Holdren prefers “climate disruption”.
Never mind.


Don’t forget about “Global Weirding”. Not sure who coined that one but it got a lot of play for a little while.


OhhhKaaay, so, Mr. Holdren, what is the link between man and global climate disruption? The same old same old or something new?


GeoFlynx says:
September 16, 2010 at 1:48 pm
REPLY: finally, we agree on something. – Anthony
GeoFlynx – Yes, this time we do.

Gary Hladik

Dammit, my “CAGD” above should be “CACD”. Climate disruption is obviously causing catastrophic calligraphic chaos.

Dr. Dave

At the core of this claim is a fundamental political necessity – it’s the fault of mankind. They have chipped away at the periphery and implicated other gases (e.g. CFCs, methane, NOx and SOx) but their primary target remains CO2. If you control CO2 you control energy and if you control energy you control the world’s economies. Control of economies is the ultimate measure of control (right up there with food and water).
Trouble is…CO2 (in theory) can only do ONE thing – make the planet slightly warmer many, many decades in the future. How does one extrapolate this into “global climate disruption”? They used “climate change” as they thought it might cover their butts in the event that it became cooler or didn’t change. Most sentient individuals now see “climate change” for the gigantic fraud that it is. Honestly, even if the IPCC’s wildly inflated claims were true, who in their right mind is going to get upset about the planet becoming 1-2 deg warmer in their lifetime? Man, it’s a tough sell! Time to go back to the ol’ playbook and start blaming every untoward weather event on humans.
Holdren doesn’t even have a tattered theory to hand his hat on this time.

George E. Smith

I’d suggest that the only thing Dangerous in that announcement is that one John Holdren. Notice it is the White House Office of Science and Energy POLICY ! Not the White House Office Of Science and Technology.

Back to facts and observations:
The WSO is reporting new facts on the sun’s magnetic polar fields observations, showing sudden steep decline
it appears that the SC24 maximum is not far off.

Steve from Rockwood

This one will be easier to shoot down that Global Warming because there is more variation in climate than trend over a short period of time. Let them try and define “normal variation”. I sense another shot in the foot coming on for AGW.

Justa Joe

Talk about planned obsolescence. This term will be short lived as soon as people start figuring out that the climate is the same as it ever was, which shouldn’t take too long.
Since terms for what we formerly knew as Global warming are having shorter lifespans with each succeeding rename it could be said that the rapidity at which this climate related phenomenon is renamed is increasing at a rate, which is worse than we thought.


Disruption is the art of he who disrupts.

frederik wisse

He is trying to scare the hell out of us. The climate in the white house is probably badly disrupted and mr holdren no longer is wishing to hide the truth . Kudos for mr Holdren , may his confessions bring him fortune .

Here’s another term: double-plus-ungood.


Oceania has always been at war with Global Warming.
Oceania has never been at war with Global Warming, Oceania has always been at war with Climate Change.
Oceania has never been at war with Climate Change, Oceania has always been at war with Global Climate Disruption.
Man, Orwell was an optimist.


Our country is slipping into a Great Depression. We are dependent on foreign energy sources for our lives. Our military is bogged down in two wars that will never end. The Federal government is obviously bankrupt. True unemployment is heading for 20% while the home foreclosure and poverty levels skyrocket. Our industrial capacity has been decimated by foreign competition. We cannot fulfill our Social Security, Medicare, or pension obligations long term.
And the Obama administration is spending time, money, and resources…coming up with new, more effective propaganda for the theory of anthropogenic global warming.
Stick a fork in the Obama administration and in the Democrat controlled Congress. They are done.


How about “Wrath of Cthulhu ” ?
That has a nice ring , and doesn’t commit to anything but the worship and veneration of Cthulhu.

New paper from L&P gives following prediction :
The magnetic probability distribution function (PDF) is show for the IR measurements of sunspots during Cycle 23. With the assumption discussed in the text, we can produce PDFs for Cycles 24 and 25. A simple scaling using the total number of spots suggests Cycle 24 will peak with a SSN of 66, and Cycle 25 will peak with a SSN of 7.


I propose Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Anomalies, or CACA for short.
This wouldn’t be the same John Holdren who wrote these gems, would it?
“The development of a long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin and removed when pregnancy is desired opens additional possibilities for coercive fertility control. The capsule could be implanted at puberty and might be removable, with official permission, for a limited number of births.”
And this:
“The law regulates other highly personal matters. For example, no one may lawfully have more than one spouse at a time. Why should the law not be able to prevent a person from having more than two children?”
And this:
“Indeed, it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.”
And this:
“One way to carry out this disapproval might be to insist that all illegitimate babies be put up for adoption-especially those born to minors, who generally are not capable of caring properly for a child alone. If a single mother really wished to keep her baby, she might be obliged to go through adoption proceedings and demonstrate her ability to support and care for it. Adoption proceedings probably should remain more difficult for single people than for married couples, in recognition of the relative difficulty of raising children alone. It would even be possible to require pregnant single women to marry or have abortions, perhaps as an alternative to placement for adoption, depending on the society.”
And this:
“Perhaps those agencies, combined with UNEP and the United Nations population agencies, might eventually be developed into a Planetary Regime-sort of an international superagency for population, resources, and environment. Such a comprehensive Planetary Regime could control the development, administration, conservation, and distribution of all natural resources, renewable or nonrenewable, at least insofar as international implications exist. Thus the Regime could have the power to control pollution not only in the atmosphere and oceans, but also in such freshwater bodies as rivers and lakes that cross international boundaries or that discharge into the oceans. The Regime might also be a logical central agency for regulating all international trade, perhaps including assistance from DCs to LDCs, and including all food on the international market. The Planetary Regime might be given responsibility for determining the optimum population for the world and for each region and for arbitrating various countries’ shares within their regional limits. Control of population size might remain the responsibility of each government, but the Regime would have some power to enforce the agreed limits.”
Those were just thought experiments though, of course. Just harmless brainstorming. Yikes!


Jimash says:
September 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm
If you revise the WUWT I said it long ago. THE OTHER GODS ARE HERE!

Evan Jones

Adding syllables won’t work. Maybe give “Climate Doom” a spin?


Is this an admission that the predicted troposheric hot spot doesn’t exist and the prediction was a failure? I kinda think it us – and that the theory is falsified.
“radiative forcing” was supposed to cause warming. Everything else was a consequence of warming. No warming, no catastrophe.
And to Dr Dave (“me ‘ole mucker”) – SOx keep your feet warm in these cold British winters we seem to be getting again 😉


Is that Global Climate Disruption or Catastrophic Global Climate Disruption? Or maybe Super Deep Dark Climate Disruption with Shivers Up the Spine and Mild Disorientation?

Another unfalsifiable term. The difference between this term and the others is this one can always be blamed on humans. Well, since they seem to want to rename their religion, I have a few ideas.
* Unnatural Climate Anomalies
* International Climate Alteration
* Abnormal Climate Variations


Correction “tropospheric hot spot” (not easy to post from phone)

Alex Buddery

I am for this new term. When the term global warming is used to describe anthropogenic influences on the climate then it implies that if the globe is warming that humans must be responsible for the majority of that warming. Climate change is even worse because it implies that if the climate is changing then humans are responsible. Global climate disruption is a little better but I would prefer Anthropogenic climate disruption.

“Overseas contingency operation” …
I think the new face for this propaganda mission should be Janet Napolitano, who is clearly the most competent administration official to continually “deny the obvious”.


latitude says:
September 16, 2010 at 1:55 pm
If it walks like a duck………

…then it probably has been sitting on a horse too long…
Is it just me, or are these recent events starting to taste a little of desperation? Or is there some other theme here that I’m missing?
We’ve had the “chicks dig global warming” report, the “disagree with global warming and you’re a fruitcake” report and finally the “calling global warming ‘global warming’ is dangerous” report.
It is a bit 1984, but also a bit Alice in Wonderland.


He probably considered “Climategate” but found it was already taken.


Enneagram says:
” a Planetary Regime-sort of an international superagency for population, resources, and environment. Such a comprehensive Planetary Regime could control the development, administration, conservation, and distribution of all natural resources,If you revise the WUWT I said it long ago. THE OTHER GODS ARE HERE!

I think I do remember that.
galileonardo says:
John Holdem (sic)says
” a Planetary Regime-sort of an international superagency for population, resources, and environment. Such a comprehensive Planetary Regime could control the development, administration, conservation, and distribution of all natural resources,”
Who knew that the Presidents advisor on matters scientific fancied himself a comic book villain ? That sounds a lot like a Lex Luthor plan to me.
Only the demonic chortle os missing.


More of this is going on elsewhere. The Guardian has now started to refer to warmists as climate realists.
“Only one of the 48 Republicans seeking a seat in the Senate has dared to stand on the side of climate science or support climate change legislation – and he was knocked out of the running yesterday. The losing climate realist, Mike Castle, served nearly two decades as the state’s lone member of Congress…” (my emphasis)


Wow, put me down as a Disrupter! I like that Climate CHAOS.


Damn my paste button !
It’s Global Keyboard Disruption

So, the “global climate” is postulated to be unchanging?
And if it does change, then it is our fault because we control it?
Think, then vote, while you still can.
Thanks James!


I had just got started reading this when I was seized by a local colon disruption. Back in a jiffy!

John Holdren is quite correct it is a dangerous misnomer. All misnomers are ultimately dangerous. Danger lurks in all corner and re-branding is one that can be even more dangerous then redefining. Someone needs to send these boys and girls back to school for a refresher course in marketing and advertising. My consulting firm will be glad to organize it for them. Of course I will need a big retainer up front. In Canadian dollars too.

Alan Simpson not from Friends of the Earth

Can’t we change it to Quisling? That has surely worth more points at scrabble 😉

James Sexton

From the rest of the story not posted here, but well worth repeating.
“John Holdren is the guy whose stellar career started with Global Cooling in the 70s, and who has managed to surf the wild waves of ecological hysteria for decades, making a damned good living at it. ”
Just like the rest of the snake oil salesmen. I’m so absolutely sure of it this time, I’m willing to bet your entire socio-economic future on it! Just like last time!
For those pinheads wanting to save the future generations of horrible hardships, deaths, diseases and conflict, LOOK OUT THE WINDOW, YOU TWITS!!! Why don’t you try fixing some of those before you worry about a tomorrow that exists on in the fantasies of Luddites and Malthusians.