Associated Press gone wild: 2010 disaster article is unadulterated trash

2010’s world gone wild: Quakes, floods, blizzards: The Associated Press has published one of the most biased pieces of environmental science journalism in a long time,  and that’s quite a feat in itself. Indeed, there are some serious journalistic integrity issues with this clearly biased piece: the authors intersperse anecdotes with specific scientists’ quotations while playing fast and loose with the facts in order to push an agenda.  Undoubtedly, there is a considerable amount of scientific ignorance on the part of the authors, but using the human suffering associated with 2010’s natural disasters as talking points in this narrative is a new low for the Associated Press.

This article by Seth Borenstein and Julie Reed Bell deserves a thorough fact-checking and deconstruction. Keep your vomit bags and pitchforks at the ready, and hold onto your seats on this Pulitzer-prize winning fictional roller coaster…

This is an absolute masterpiece: quotations are in the boxes, comments are mine.

This was the year that the Earth struck back.   Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed at least a quarter million people in 2010 – the deadliest year in more than a generation. More people were killed worldwide by natural disasters this year than have been killed in terrorism attacks in the past 40 years combined.

What purpose does this statement serve? Is there a moral equivalence between suicide bombers and the heartbreaking suffering associated with Haiti’s earthquake, the resulting mysteriously-caused cholera epidemic, or the devastation associated with the Pakistani floods? Apparently there is, as the authors make that case that it is either human-caused or exacerbated.

And we have ourselves to blame most of the time, scientists and disaster experts say.

That didn’t take long.

Even though many catastrophes have the ring of random chance, the hand of man made this a particularly deadly, costly, extreme and weird year for everything from wild weather to earthquakes.

There is no doubt that the impoverished around the world suffer disproportionately from natural disasters: their ability to mitigate is very limited with poorly constructed buildings and standards of living that could further unravel by nature’s tragic pulling on the threads of survival. Earthquakes occur without regard to the dwellers above the ground. Tropical cyclones occur without regard to the topography in their path. Weather and seismic activity cannot be controlled; it can only be adapted to with the best possible disaster prevention. This fact is not ground breaking or in any way controversial, yet it is seemingly brought up, acknowledged, and summarily dismissed while Borenstein and Bell get to work on blaming humanity for the ills of the Earth.

Climate scientists say Earth’s climate also is changing thanks to man-made global warming, bringing extreme weather, such as heat waves and flooding.

Some climate scientists perhaps, but there is current NO peer reviewed literature that DIRECTLY connects the floods in Pakistan or the heat wave in Russia definitively to anthropogenic global warming. Indeed, there are scant scientifically diligent explanations available for the weather/climate events of 2010, but here’s one from the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory Climate Attribution or CSI outfit on the Russian heat wave. Note, this is also a draft document, and not peer reviewed (yet), but with the extent of the data analysis from inside, it has a helluva lot more weight than the word of scientists who have not demonstrated or presented similar data analysis on the Russian heat waves or the floods. Instead, as Borenstein and Bell helpfully intersperse in the article, scientists are giving expert testimony on the events without tangible evidence, but perhaps intuition, feelings, or political motivations, which are superfluous anyways to the situation at hand.

Here is NOAA’s explanation by Dr. Martin Hoerling, which has received almost no media mention anywhere, and definitely not a press-release from NOAA.

Despite this strong evidence for a warming planet, greenhouse gas forcing fails to explain the 2010 heat wave over western Russia. The natural process of atmospheric blocking, and the climate impacts induced by such blocking, are the principal cause for this heat wave. It is not known whether, or to what exent, greenhouse gas emissions may affect the frequency or intensity of blocking during summer.

AP continues:

In the summer, one weather system caused oppressive heat in Russia, while farther south it caused flooding in Pakistan that inundated 62,000 square miles, about the size of Wisconsin. That single heat-and-storm system killed almost 17,000 people, more people than all the worldwide airplane crashes in the past 15 years combined.

What in tarnation does the number of casualties associated with plane crashes have to do with anything? Simply making an academic comparison here for the readers? WUWT!

Expert Quote #1

“It’s a form of suicide, isn’t it?” Professor Roger Bilham, geological sciences University of Colorado.

Anecdote #1

“I think it is the end of the world,” she said. “Our planet warns us against what would happen if we don’t care about nature.” Mask wearing Vera Savinova, a 52-year-old administrator in a dental clinic who in August took refuge from Moscow’s record heat, smog and wildfires.

Expert Quote #2

“These (weather) events would not have happened without global warming,” said Kevin Trenberth, chief of climate analysis for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.

Where’s that missing heat? It’s a travesty

How Extreme?

The article lists a series of weather events which seemingly are examples of events contemporaneously associated with the “season”, aka winter or summer aka cold/snowy, hot/dry, and some comments in parentheses.  Here’s the rundown of extreme events: blizzards over the eastern-US, Russia, and China ( always happened, still happening, and will happen again & again ) | record heat in Los Angeles on one day (Urban Heat Island effects?) | freezes in Florida (yup, happened in January 2010 and December 2010) | tropical floods in tropical Australia, and desert droughts in desert Australia | Amazon drought (though flooding in nearby Venezuela must have been missed).

Anecdote #2 (How costly?)

Ghulam Ali’s three-bedroom, one-story house in northwestern Pakistan collapsed during the floods. To rebuild, he had to borrow 50,000 rupees ($583) from friends and family.

An attempt at scientific knowledge:

Even the extremes were extreme. This year started with a good sized El Nino weather oscillation that causes all sorts of extremes worldwide. Then later in the year, the world got the mirror image weather system with a strong La Nina, which causes a different set of extremes. Having a year with both a strong El Nino and La Nina is unusual.

Almost, but not quite. Okay, it’s just untrue. La Nina is NOT the mirror image weather system of El Nino. El Nino is one mode of the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO), which is a 2-7 year period coupled atmosphere-ocean phenomena — it modulates the world’s weather — it is NOT weather. It is the number one mode of variability in the tropics. Someone please get these folks at the AP Wikipedia or Google or perhaps one of the experts can help them understand this. It’s like the fact checking / preparation that Larry King is known for! Here, Jerry Seinfeld talks to King who seriously thought Seinfeld’s show was canceled.  Anyways, look at the graphic from that pesky government-run NOAA website again:  when the red switches to blue, that’s when El Nino goes to La Nina, happens a lot — and if we had more than a hundred years of data, we’d see it goes back and forth, without any concern for the “human hand”.

MEI (ENSO index): El Nino red, La Nina blue

Another attempt at scientific knowledge:

The excessive amount of extreme weather that dominated 2010 is a classic sign of man-made global warming that climate scientists have long warned about. They calculate that the killer Russian heat wave – setting a national record of 111 degrees – would happen once every 100,000 years without global warming.

This one is a a steaming-pile of who know what. Borenstein and Bell really screw the pooch in the facts department on this one: the climate scientists he is referring to is ONE blogger at Jeff Master’s Weather Underground (no, not Bill Ayers’), Rob Carver. You’ll see from my comment #13 (RyanFSU), which is not responded to, that his interpretation of the “normalized anomaly” is woefully inadequate and should be removed as it is, uh, statistical rubbish. But, Carver is cited as “climate scientists” — the AP and the drive-by media is known for these mystery quotations of plural groups: “some people say“.

Expert Quote #3

“The extremes are changed in an extreme fashion,” said Greg Holland, director of the Earth System Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Please, someone publish a peer-reviewed transliteration of that statement, using the evidence contained in this article.

Expert Quote #4

“The science is clear that we can expect more and more of these kinds of damaging events unless and until society’s emissions of heat-trapping gases and particles are sharply reduced.” Ecoscience author, and Science Czar John Holdren.

And, almost a the end, the AP writers manage to throw in the BP oil spill, and declare the Chilean mining crew’s 69-day ordeal as the “feel good story of the year.” WUWT!

Here’s a clue AP: if you really want to understand the world’s weather and climate, don’t look to global warming. It is an absolute pittance compared to the global reorganziation of the world’s weather due to El Nino, and it will be for the foreseeable future. So, if you want the easiest, best, and most correct expert explanation for what happened in 2010 here it is:

The transition from a strong El Nino to a strong La Nina (ENSO), hardly unprecedented, dramatically changes the tropical Pacific ocean temperatures. The atmosphere and ocean, acting together in a coupled fashion, teleconnect these tropical changes to the rest of the globe — both hemispheres. Storm tracks including tropical and extratropical cyclones, large-scale weather regimes such as blocks and Rossby-wave breaking cut-off lows, and shorter-time scale oscillations such as the PNA, NAO, and AO are all NON-LINEARLY associated with ENSO.

Academically, we have only begun to scratch the surface in understanding atmospheric/climate variability — and no matter what the experts on 2010 quoted in this article purport to understand about this year’s weather, it is only hand-wavy testimony that is actually at odds with some researchers at their own government labs!

The Associated Press and agenda-driven journalists without much evidence of scientific knowledge (especially in terms of climate variability) do the entire planet a disservice by conflating anecdotes, expert testimony, political appointees’ nonsense, and real-world suffering by those afflicted by natural disasters into a self-serving, blame humanity, anti-progress screed.

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TomRude

Seth Borenstein? This was the guy who stayed in Copenhagen’s cold waiting outside experiencing global warming first hand… LOL
Trash.

FergalR

Sickening.
CAWG is like a zombie now. It’s dead but it can still make meaningless loud noises and stink up the place.

John R. Walker

Said it before and I need to say it again – why give this scum the oxygen of publicity?

Ralph

A very basic point, apparently not addressed, is that if you have more people on the planet, there will obviously be more people killed by each natural disaster.
If we ‘rebase’ and ‘homogenize’ the figures, like they do with temperatures, I am sure that any increase in deaths (if there is any) will be sharply reversed.
.

incervisiaveritas

“killed almost 17,000 people, more people than all the worldwide airplane crashes in the past 15 years combined”
This has about as much to do with anything as the statement which (lazy) reporters use when trying to talk about a lot of water. viz. “As much water as (use any number you like) ‘Olympic Swimming Pools’ “. I have NO idea how much water is in an Olympic Swimming Pool (nor do I particularly care how much there is).
So, as is becoming normal with the lazy, ineffectual MSM, it doesn’t mean a thing.

John F. Hultquist

The AP should have included this story from the BBC Caracas feed:
Venezuelan squatters bank on the future in office tower
Isabel Morales is still haunted by the latest tragedy to happen here.
“A little girl fell 18 storeys to her death,” she recalls, shuddering slightly.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11942501
There must be some way of linking it to CO2 !

Jimash

There really does not seem to be any random event that these fraud catastrophists will not blame on civilization in general.
Then they capitalize on the ignorance of their readers with leading questions
and ridiculous hypotheses about AGW causing everything from snowstorms to monsoons to earthquakes to volcanic activity. Can meteors, Comets, portents in the heavens and human sacrifice
be far behind ?

R. Gates

While I think you’re right…the article is a piece of end of the year journalistic trash, I think the quote by Kevin Trenberth that you used from the piece should be used in full context. The article says:
“Preliminary data show that 18 countries broke their records for the hottest day ever.
“These (weather) events would not have happened without global warming,” said Kevin Trenberth, chief of climate analysis for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.”
To be fair, Dr. Trenberth seems to be commenting on the 18 countries that broke their records for the hottest day ever and the not the rest of the natural disasters mentioned in the arcticle, but because the article is better suited for the front page of the National Equirer, it is hard to say what Dr. Trenberth was really commenting on or what he might have actually said.
Regardless. the article is a piece of trash and it’s sad to see the AP fall so low.

John Cooper

Unfortunately, Drudge made this article his top headline.

FergalR says:
December 19, 2010 at 11:38 am
Sickening.
CAWG is like a zombie now. It’s dead but it can still make meaningless loud noises and stink up the place.

And eats brains, as is evident from the AP article.

John F. Hultquist

Ralph says:
December 19, 2010 at 11:40 am
A very basic point, apparently not addressed, is that if you have more people on the planet, there will obviously be more people killed by each natural disaster.

This need not be the case. But, unfortunately it is more true than not. Some of the climate science (sic) funding could do wonders if re-directed toward such problems.

Joe Haberman

Earthquakes? What’s next Anthropogenic Continental Drift (ACD).

Mike D in AB

Don’t forget how anthropogenic continental drift caused all those deaths with the tsunami several years ago. Life is a comedy to those who think and a tragedy to those who feel (from a particularly good fortune cookie).

Jimash

I just googled ” plane crash global warming”.
Incredible.
473,000 articles, mostly like this one
http://announcexpress.com/mp/?p=2048
I wonder what stopped them from going there in the AP article ?

Jimash

““As much water as (use any number you like) ‘Olympic Swimming Pools’ “”
outdated.
You must convert the water to snow and the swimming pools to metrodomes, to derive an accurate amount of water for a given watery disaster.

Anton

So Seth Borenstein, a well-known, much-ridiculed AGW fanatic with a long history of writing erroneous drama queen articles, quotes Kevin Trenberth, another AGW fanatic exposed in the Climategate e-mails. Haven’t both of them been discredited? Why does AP continue to let him–actually THEM–use its network to promote their extremely political, extremely religious, fictitious, self-serving hysteria? Talk about a complicit Press . . . .
If it says AP near the byline, you can pretty much assume it isn’t true.

Mooloo

“This was the year that the Earth struck back. Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed at least a quarter million people in 2010 – the deadliest year in more than a generation. Less people were killed than in a single month of the Holodomor (Stalin’s enforced Ukrainian famine).”
See, that’s much better!
“In the summer, one weather system caused oppressive heat in Russia, while farther south it caused flooding in Pakistan that inundated 62,000 square miles, about the size of Wisconsin. That single heat-and-storm system killed almost 17,000 people, less people than were killed in a single day at the peak of Mao’s “Great Leap Forward”.
This is easy stuff!

Ulric Lyons
MillionAngryPeople

“This was the year that the Earth struck back. Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed at least a quarter million people in 2010 – the deadliest year in more than a generation. More people were killed worldwide by natural disasters this year than have been killed in terrorism attacks in the past 40 years combined.”
What a load of complete rubbish!
I’m sure that 2004 must have been significantly higher than 2010 because of the Indian Ocean earthquake and subsequent tsunami that claimed 230,000 lives alone.

Garry

“freezes in Florida (yup, happened in January 2010 and December 2010)”
I was a student at the Univ. of South Florida in Tampa in 1976/77 and there was a minor snowstorm in Tampa accompanied by freezing orange crops all around South Florida. To this day, I vividly recall looking out of my dorm window and seeing snow covering the grass (admittedly it was less than one inch).
I guess “climate change” started in the 1970’s???

Gareth Phillips

This is on a par with the Mullah who claimed that Tsunamis and Earthquakes were cause by women behaving with a lack of modesty. Mumbo Jumbo rules the world!

Pat Frank

From the article: “Preliminary data show that 18 countries broke their records for the hottest day ever.
“”These (weather) events would not have happened without global warming,” said Kevin Trenberth, chief of climate analysis for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.

Kevin Trenberth knows for a fact that his statement is scientifically insupportable. No one knows what specific weather events would happen under any climate circumstances. So, no one knows what specific weather events would not happen under any climate circumstances, either.
But his wording has some apparently inadvertent plausible deniability: ‘All I meant was that under different climate trends, the weather events would be different.’
Of course, if the 21st century could be rolled back to January 1, 2001, there’s no guarantee whatever that subsequent weather events would be distributed in the same way again. That is, under the same climate trends, the specific weather events would be different.
Somehow Kevin Trenberth worded his comment in a way that was useful to reporters intent to cry out about human culpability. But he’s highly trained in climate science, so the ambiguous wording must have been accidental.
[ryan: Trenberth is one of the most prolific publishers in the climate arena, and is one of the top-hard science climate variability academics out there. He knows exactly what he is saying.]

DocattheAutopsy

I’m glad you noticed that, Ryan. When I head that death like this hasn’t been seen in a generation (250,000 deaths from disasters), I couldn’t help think back to 2004 because of the tsunami and the estimated 200,000 deaths from the giant wave alone. Bear in mind both of these were earthquake related, something that global warming has absolutely no connection to (other than, people live on the coast because it’s a great place to make a living).
So I’m think we should approve the choking of all economies, thrust the world into economic poverty, and increase the amount of people who are suffering from weather-related disasters.

netdr2

The reason liberal Democrats tend to be pro Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming [CAGW] and conservatives don’t buy it has as much to do with politics as science.
The “solutions” to the “problem” are everything the liberal Democrats want anyway.
1) World government. [CO2 doesn’t respect borders]
2) Redistributing of wealth [poor folks deserve reparations]
3) Massive government intervention into the marketplace. [CO2 taxes which can be spent for anything.]
What’s not to love ?
The conservatives and Republicans don’t believe in CAGW for the same reasons the Democrats do believe in it.
The science backing CAGW is so shaky and full of uncertainty that it is the easiest place to attack.
Who is going to change their view of redistribution of wealth ?
I tend to be a conservative but I know far more about climate than the average alarmist. They seem to me to be almost totally ill informed.

Vince Causey

Some articles are so bad, you can’t wait to wade in and refute them, point by point. Such articles, however, are on a plane far above this latest AP enigma. It is not just bad on factual levels, but on every criteria that written works are judged, it is an affront to the intelligence. So bad, in fact, that any attempt at a reply will only dignify it. Some things are best left unsaid.

Alexander K

These idiot journos are lucky they don’t work in Australia, as Jo Nova would deconstruct their nonsense and hold their rubbish up to ridicule very quickly indeed.

Borenstein has form for this kind of nonsense – it’s not surprising he’s at it again.
See Seth Borenstein: catalogue of alarmism

FergalR

“Expert Quote #4
[…]Population Bomb author, and Science Czar John Holdren. ”
Ehrlich wrote that particular fantasy book. Holdren co-wrote the hard-core population control manual “Ecoscience” with Ehrlich though.

pat

None of the weather events cited are unique. Most are aggravated by mankind and not the climate. In fact cold weather produces far more deadlier results. The Moscow fires were bad. But Moscow has no forestry fire control. Not even fire fighters. That trade, which goes back to the Czars , was virtually eliminated by Putin and gang. As for Pakistan, 1,000 years ago the Punjab was a heavily forested area complete with lions and tigers and everything in between. The waters were cool and ran clear.
The forests have been chopped down and not replanted. Combine the loss of watershed and continual erosion with the fatalism of Islam , the burgeoning population , mud hovels, lack of governmental concern, the theft and destruction by religious vandals and organized crime of what little efforts are made to ameliorate things, and you have a disaster. One that will repeat itself in parts every year for the foreseeable future.

I’ve written to the AP before and told them they should fire Borenstein for being a liar and a propagandist. IIRC this is the same punk in the climategate emails coordinating with the Mann team behind-the-scenes to “get the message out” properly – it is obvious from the other climategate guys quoted in the article (Holdren, Trenberth) that he is still up to his old tricks.
As for his silly death comparison figures – it would be easy to beat him at that game. For example, I could say that omega-3 deficiency causes 96,000 deaths annually in the US – that would blow any “heat wave” death figures out of the water.
His implication that man is causing earthquakes due to “retaliation” from the Earth is ridiculous but not unprecedented.

Dave Andrews

Ryan,
I think Pat Frank was being sarcastic in his last comment.
[yup, just furthering the logic…]

UK John

The scientific method is to test your hypothesis by predicting results. If the results are not what was predicted then the hypothesis is wrong.
Climate Science predicts, gets results that are not predicted, but does not question the hypothesis.
Climate Science does not use the scientific method.

INGSOC

I get the feeling Professor Maue is a little ticked with this article! Can’t say I blame him. To see such garbage being promoted as fact by people who clearly know better must be infuriating. Perhaps Ryan might pen an appropriate rebuttal for Drudge to post above the (cr)AP story that is up in the marquee spot? I sent a link to this article to Drudge, but I doubt it will make the grade as is.
[ryanm: i don’t expect matt to link my opinion pieces, but my hard science pages, sure — not a professor, yet]

henrythethird

“…More people were killed worldwide by natural disasters this year than have been killed in terrorism attacks in the past 40 years combined.
And we have ourselves to blame most of the time, scientists and disaster experts say…”
True. Because ALL of the terrorist attacks in the past 40 years HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY MAN.
So where’s the call against Terrorist Induced Global Murder (TIGM)?
Controlling CO2 wont have an effect on that.

Onion

“CAWG is like a zombie now. It’s dead but it can still make meaningless loud noises and stink up the place.”
Eventually you will realize it isn’t dead. That was just a load of junk you fooled yourselves into believing. In 2020 CO2 and global warming will still be an issue.
The question is will you still be around saying “CAGW is like a zombie now”

Curiousgeorge

Emerging science suggests that increasing CO2 /AGW leads to an increase in nips and tucks and skimpier bikinis. What’s not to like? 🙂

latitude

“That single heat-and-storm system killed almost 17,000 people,”
===============================================
In Russia and Pakistan….
But they didn’t die because some glorified weathermen predicted a cool dry summer.
The English news reported that there were over 30,000 “extra” deaths last year because of the cold winter. Just in England.
A winter that the glorified weathermen had predicted to be mild and snow free.
A winter when heating bills doubled because of “green” energy.
People are being forced to choose between heating their homes and eating.
Governments are not prepared with enough salt, grit, and even fuel, because they are taking the advice of another government agency that’s it’s not going to be a bad winter.
They are having to leave people stranded……….
People are dying because of some glorified weathermen, not in the future, but right now…………

Jimash

“. In 2020 CO2 and global warming will still be an issue. ”
The difference being that the frozen NH masses will be pining for the phony phenomenon rather than searching for fictional mitigation.
So ummmm… call back in 2012 and let us know how that Solar maximum is coming along, and don’t forget to wear some warm socks.

Kev-in-UK

The Trenberth statement is nothing short of downright disgusting. One day, I will perhaps have the chance to see him eat his words! – In a way, I suppose that could be an ironic benefit of being such a prolific producer of rubbish! Expect to be obese very soon, Mr Trenberth! LOL!

Cassandra King

Aaah I see now, the earth mother goddess is very angry and filled with rage at her childrens lack of respect for her?
What should we do then I wonder? Maybe burn some witches or sacrifice a few first borns? Maybe we should worship and believe and sin no more against the mother earth and that will make her less likely to kill us by way of disasters, think of it, no more earthquakes and floods and droughts!
Anti reason is taking over the minds of the authors, its a collective cognitive regression back to the days when the little old lady(midwife/herbalist) would have a secret life of souring the cows milk and making the mayors son fall in love with the lowly millers daughter. Burn the witch! It must be the witch what else could it be?
Back to the days when the tribe thought they could bring the rains and make the fields fertile by murdering a few children, hey thatll work.
Are you afraid and frightened enough yet? let the old superstitions reign once more, back to the days of old, who needs rational thought and reason anyway? What has science and advanced civilised values ever done for us anyway? Thunder and lightning is not the product of electricity, its the gods of the earth that are angry at our lack of faith and of course the lack of murdered kiddies and not forgetting the unburned witches, so what are ye waiting for, go ye forth and doeth the good work, dont stop to think and be rational because that is just the devil leading you astray.

DirkH

Onion says:
December 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm
“Eventually you will realize it isn’t dead. That was just a load of junk you fooled yourselves into believing. In 2020 CO2 and global warming will still be an issue.
The question is will you still be around saying “CAGW is like a zombie now”
You mean it will snow even more?

Apparently the hurricanes didn’t cooperate, too cold, so got to drum up something to go along with the Obama science department rewrite of the climate records. Lying is unbecoming, regardless who is doing it.

How in the world do they equate crappy / no building codes in Haiti (along with subsequent poor public health and water systems) causing death at the hands of an earthquake with anything having to do with weather?
I think someone was desperate for a story and had to make something up fast for a deadline…

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pesadia

Just read “State of Fear” for the second time.
This and other similar articles are captured in the narrative with frightening accuracy. I wonder how many times the word catastrophy has been used in the MSM this year.

“This was the year that the Earth struck back”.
Ooooohhhhhhh Nooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!

WTF

Don’t these people want to see a de-population of the earth in order to save it??? It would seem to me that if what they say in this article is actually true then it would be a win-win for them. F’n hypocrites!

Seth Borenstein
That name, to me, considering the crap he regularly churns out, indicates there’s no real point in reading any further.
Wonder if he considers Walter Duranty a role model. . .

The press did the same in the 1970s, using the same words and expressions. Do we have to bring these old stories back out to remind them? It’s a story for the yellow media.

Baa Humbug

Did anyone else notice Trenberth used the term ‘global warming’ and not ‘anthropogenic global warming’?
There is a world of difference between the two terms. Me thinks Trenberth is cleverly stoking the fire all the while giving himself an out if called on it in the future.
If tar n feathering was still in vogue, he’d be near the head of the que in my book.