Sunday Satire – The Skepticism Time Series

I stumbled across this looking for something else. Worth a look just for the chuckle. The only thing missing is the marker for Jim Hansens’s 1988 senate speech  where he and Senator Tim Wirth made the room extra hot for “theatrical effect”.

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Image from Flickr, user wstera2

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25 thoughts on “Sunday Satire – The Skepticism Time Series

  1. Cut off the early part (pre-1980) and it looks suspiciously like a “Hockey Stick” to me.

  2. and another marker around 1980….
    …when Hansen started retroactively dropping past temperatures to increase the slope

  3. It seems to me that there is a faily close correlation between the shape of this graph and the seat of my arm chair which is average for 30 years although there may be some local warming involved.

  4. Extremely well done, my compliments to wstera2, whoever he/she/it is. Even the obsessive geek line is good, with the dashed line portion on the left being the heyday of USENET and other services before the Internet really got going and getting supplanted with the World Wide Web. (Not necessarily improved, just supplanted.)
    And I don’t obsessively scan the net 18 hours a day. I walk the dog on weekend morning and have a long commute on weekdays. 16 hours, tops!

  5. Ric Werme says:
    April 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm
    “And I don’t obsessively scan the net 18 hours a day. I walk the dog on weekend morning and have a long commute on weekdays. 16 hours, tops!”
    16 for me as well. I need my 8 hours of sleep.

  6. Global warming alarmists will (almost, but not quite yet..) go extinct as their species evolves into new forms…
    [1] Man Made Global Cooling Alarmists (Take #2… (hey it almost worked in the early seventies))
    [2] Peak Everything Alarmists
    [3] World Overpopulation Alarmists (Take #28…)
    [4] Fukushima Will Kill Us All Alarmists.
    There will still be a few rogue Global Warming Alarmists living in a hard to reach warren at the University (that time forgot) of East Anglia where they will eke out their existence on the slim pickings of tenure.
    At some point a small mixed party of intrepid rationalists/realists will stumble onto the warren and inadvertantly breach it’s hyperactive air conditioning unit, letting out the warren’s warm air and bringing in the cold blasts of the 21st century “New Dalton” minimum. Possibly a Volcano may explode…, and the small band of remaining Global Warming Alarmists will then expire as they are not adapted to the new reality.

  7. Need to add in at the end something along the lines of “dream up next phantom menace and repeat”. It really is an endless loop that has been going on since the dawn of humans.

  8. Graeme says:
    April 10, 2011 at 7:33 pm
    “Global warming alarmists will (almost, but not quite yet..) go extinct as their species evolves into new forms…
    [1] Man Made Global Cooling Alarmists (Take #2… (hey it almost worked in the early seventies))
    [2] Peak Everything Alarmists
    [3] World Overpopulation Alarmists (Take #28…)
    [4] Fukushima Will Kill Us All Alarmists.”
    These ecological niches are already occupied (probably by well-adapted life forms so mutated warmists will not be able to compete).

  9. CRU emails hacked? That’s how they came out? I didn’t know it was released to the public yet how it happened. They sure are taking their time in letting us know.
    Speaking of the James Hansen 1988 heated room:

  10. John Bosworth says:
    April 11, 2011 at 2:20 am
    And when will the mug be available?
    ===========
    too intricate for a mug, T shirt and towels:-)
    very very good:-)

  11. It’s good satire, but “Anti-science kooks who disbelieve any scientific theory just on general principles” belongs to the Warmist viewpoint.
    Ideally, “people who disbelieve any scientific theory just on general principles” should be the precise definition of a scientist.

  12. They missed one for snowfalls return, people’s heating bills rise and El Nina kicks in.
    [R. Gates, I know that a warmer climate causes more snow and I also know that the previous lack of snow was caused by a warmer climate.]

  13. Hal says:
    “They say that Skepticism is the new Alarmism.”
    ‘They’ are wrong. Skepticism is the old, honest scientific method.

  14. I’m not an “anti-science kook”, but I never bought in to the whole idea from the get-go. As the son of a weather man, I heard far too many people over the years say, “it has never been so hot, or so cold, or so rainy, etc before”. Since I had access to the records, it never ceased to amaze me how people were almost always wrong, and they basically had very poor recollections regarding weather. Once the AGW proponents started bleating the same message about climate, the same thinking came to mind: How do they know this? What does the data say? How much data do we really have? Is it really unprecedented?

  15. Here is a comparison folks mightfind interesting.
    I took two graphs from wikipedia, comparing solar activity with temperature:
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2000_Year_Temperature_Comparison.png
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Carbon14_with_activity_labels.svg
    I flipped the graphs and rescaled so they matched and them plotted them together. It is a bit hard to pick out, but solar activity appears in purple. What it shows is that climate appears to track solar activity for the past 1000 years very closely, and matches many of the details in the proxy records, including where the proxies turn up and down.
    This would appear to indicate that solar variability is a strong driver of average global temperature.

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