Saturday Silliness – Concerned Cartoon Contest

People send me things. The story a couple of days ago about Union of Concerned Scientists (Be a concerned scientist – valid credit card required) has prompted some interest in their cartoon contest.

Hi Anthony,

Seems the UCS are having a cartoon contest. The 12 entries are shown at the following website:

I have attached MY version of entry number 8. Feel free to use it.


Marc Hendrickx

And here it is: 

The only thing missing is the hotline red phone to the “Climate Rapid Response Team”.

Do we have enough cartoonists and artists in the WUWT audience to counter with our own cartoon contest?

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Gary Swift
August 20, 2011 8:51 am

I like #9, but it should have the scientist saying that it’s just barely more likely than random chance, and the other guy should be saying that scientists say it’s highly likely.

August 20, 2011 9:04 am

The level of activism by UCS reaches a new low…

August 20, 2011 9:18 am

That should be Climate Rapid Alarm People.

August 20, 2011 9:20 am

Nice job on number eight!

August 20, 2011 9:28 am

Yea, what utter kaka those original cartoons are, they do deserve parody treatment.

August 20, 2011 9:29 am

A contest would be fun, but “..We don’t need any stinking consensus!” … We’ve got Josh!
..And I can’t imagine what he could come up with faced with a global warming caused alien invasion, and the discovery that they take credit cards…
Visions of Al Gore in his coal-powered jet chair flying to meet them, or the image of the Team sitting in front of the tube watching Buckaroo Banzai to formulate their next plan to thwart the invasion….and in the panel next to it the aliens watching an intercepted broadcast of Buckaroo Banzai to see where the attempted invasion of the other aliens went wrong….

August 20, 2011 9:30 am

Yea, what utter kaka those original cartoons are, they do deserve parody treatment.
see the following amended image……. Union of Conned Scientists Entry,

Julian in Wales
August 20, 2011 9:35 am

where do we send them?

August 20, 2011 9:50 am

Is it just me or are #2,#6 and #10 ambiguous, and could apply to the way the warmists attack proper science?

Jeff Mitchell
August 20, 2011 9:50 am

Always nice to see a reference to Heidi de Klien.

Ted Swart
August 20, 2011 10:11 am

UCS is so utterly sick and dishonest that it is hard to stomach their asininity.

Adam Gallon
August 20, 2011 10:18 am

I’m sure Josh can (& possibly will) produce something suitable!

August 20, 2011 10:26 am

I’d have a go at #6 – just replace Denier with Alarmist and you’re done.

August 20, 2011 10:30 am

embedded image of cartoon
didn’t show up in my last post……
Here is a link ……..

Steve C
August 20, 2011 10:55 am

The “Hendrickxised” No.8 beats all of the originals hands down. OTOH, some of the originals do give an unsettling glimpse of the head spaces apparently resulting from their “concern”; No.10, for instance, appears to be a self-portrait for AGWers. Weird.

Mark Hladik
August 20, 2011 11:03 am

At the risk of rebuke, I would consider myself to be a ‘concerned scientist’.
I am concerned about the degradation of scientific integrity, the overall politicization of the sciences, the flagrant ignorance of the scientific method, in part by the “man on the street” (who has, at least, SOME excuse), but mostly by the “scientific community” (which has ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE WHATSOEVER!!!). I am concerned (and appalled) by the unbridled proliferation of blatant junk science as the real thing, and the increasing sophistication of the charlatans who practice their pseudo-pop-science-du-jour.
But mostly, I am concerned about what happens once we have slayed the CAGW-sky-monster-people (sorry, couldn’t resist a dig at J. Cameron). What will they come with next, to terrorize humanity, once their house of cards has collapsed under its own weight?
Or, have they already initiated their new hob-goblin scare?
“Prepare to die, Earth scum!”

Christian Bultmann
August 20, 2011 11:10 am

#3 is what it’s all about, if the public and politician aren’t frightened the funding gravy train will end and there isn’t a big market for people who’s only skill is making up scary stories.

shortie of Greenbank
August 20, 2011 11:12 am

#2 fits quite well with the aliens are going to kill us if we don’t look after the planet theme. The guy would certainly fit the ideal look of one of the crackpots working on that report in a comic sense.

Bruce Cobb
August 20, 2011 11:23 am

When I first saw them (I am on the UCS mailing list because I did one of their petitions, completely re-wording everything so as to say exactly the opposite) one thing that struck me was the lack of humor in them. Ideologues are humorless and it’s hard to say why. They actually thought that the “no pressure” ad was funny. It isn’t just that we sit on opposite sides of the CAGW eco-greenie fence, either. Entry #8 was a good one to parody, because it at least shows some imagination.
So, good cartoons have to start with a good idea, but the execution has to be well-crafted as well.
Josh’s cartoons are great, and should serve as a model. They get the message accross without bopping you on the head with it.

August 20, 2011 11:28 am

The fact that these very much apply to the AGW faithful , passes them by of course . As those deep in any religion are always unable to understand just becasue a action is taken in that religions’ name does not make a bad action good.

August 20, 2011 11:31 am

I found them all quite sick making. They are not funny! No6 gets my vote as the sickest.

August 20, 2011 11:36 am

Heh, I’m concerned for these scientists.

Bob Barker
August 20, 2011 11:49 am

Waiting for Josh’s illustrated analysis.

t stone
August 20, 2011 11:54 am

Richard111 says:
August 20, 2011 at 11:31 am

I agree. I did not see one original submission that even came close to being slightly humorous. In fact they made my stomach turn.
The Hendrickx revision of #8, however, hit the nail on the head. It seems nearly all of them could simply be re-labeled with antonyms to more closely reflect reality.
What a shock to see “Denier” and “Deny” labels on the originals as well. Nothing like the old “Denier” tag to make something really funny, eh? /sarc

August 20, 2011 11:57 am

Well done, Marc.
As for the Union of Concerned Scientists website, all I can say is, WOW.
It is worse than I thought.

August 20, 2011 12:17 pm

How about a Chevy Volt with a tiny coal powered plant as its tail pipe? Me, I can’t draw a straight line.

August 20, 2011 12:48 pm

What I wonder, given this blossoming cartoon popularity, and just how appropriate it is to the AGW camp, I see something wonderful on the horizon….
IF the IPCC will include the most recent stunning scientific paper exploring ETI coming to earth to cure us of our CO2 sins…..and IF we can get the U.N. to release an illustrated AR5…..
Imagine…. an illustrated Statement For Policy Makers, cartoons by Josh!!!

August 20, 2011 1:01 pm

Bruce Cobb says: “Ideologues…actually thought that the “no pressure” ad was funny.”
The frightening thing is that of the dozen or two participants in that ad, not one said, “Hey, guys, this is just plain sick!”

August 20, 2011 1:30 pm

I clicked on the propaganda alongside the cartoons: Union of Concerned Scientists wanting to hang on to their jobs at the expense of the rest of us.

August 20, 2011 1:37 pm

So scientists, as defined as someone foolish enough to have paid this group, are showing that they are more serious than the average person by creating cartoons? It strikes me as exactly the wrong way to go about it.

Dave in Delawre
August 20, 2011 1:51 pm

I think #10 could be re-labeled as … Team Response to FOI requrests

Another Ian
August 20, 2011 2:10 pm

to your “Cartoons of Climate Interest” list

August 20, 2011 2:27 pm

Sad how members of UCS view the world and their place in it. Two main themes of the various entries are (1) things getting worse, and (2) feare of controlling commercial interests.
A potent mix of ignorance and defensiveness. The “Union of Hapless Victims” would seem more appropriate. But that’s not going to grow the membership – commercial interests win again eh!

August 20, 2011 2:32 pm

Perhaps the funniest thing I found about the original number 8, is the graph in the corner that shows temps raising from -0.75 C in 2008 to +0.75 in what would appear to be 2013.
So that’s where that missing warming ended up!
I know its a cartoon, but you’d think one being run by the “union of concerned scientists” would take the facts a little more seriously.
Thanks posting Anthony! Hope Josh is listening.

August 20, 2011 2:41 pm

For ‘Concerned’, read ‘Activist’ perhaps.
No. 10 has to be the winner, they just don’t realise why.

August 20, 2011 2:54 pm

Pfft, just put up a frame with a egg shell white canvas and one minute tiny little single red dot in the lower left corner and et voila: The Complete Dataset of CAGW Statistics.

August 20, 2011 3:05 pm

Pfft #2, how about an Al Mann dressed in helly Hansen directing the green communist’s tanks to run over everybody ala Chinese tactics?

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
August 20, 2011 3:15 pm

I love that UCS, in URL and section notation, has designated this contest “Science Idol.” Magnificently evokes the warnings about “false gods” and “graven images.”
#10 is truly a masterwork of scientific thought. The boulder is being restrained, albeit temporarily, it’s not moving. So just let it down slowly and it’ll rest at the bottom of the hill. Look carefully at the bottom of the cartoon, “Progress” isn’t a level path, it’s inclined upwards on the visible part. If the boulder overshoots the base of the hill without too much speed, it’ll tend to roll backwards to there anyway. “Science Truth #10” is a science FAIL.

August 20, 2011 3:44 pm

To Smokey at 2:14, cartoons
#11 is closer than we think, only what will be taxed is not the air we breathe in, but the CO2 we exhale.

John Trigge
August 20, 2011 3:57 pm

The UCS state:
Twelve talented artists have created editorial cartoons that poke fun at the not-so-humorous issue of political interference in science. This year, they focused on how special interests can manipulate, distort, and suppress the science used to make policy and undermine the public’s understanding of scientific issues—often leading to disastrous consequences for our health, safety and environment. (my emphasis).
Why is it alright for ‘science’ to interfere with politics but not vice versa?

August 20, 2011 3:59 pm

Are you throwing down a challenge mr Watts?

August 20, 2011 4:03 pm

Scientific integrity=oxymoron?

Brian H
August 20, 2011 4:19 pm

#1 needs little (big?) AlGore Carbon Credit tags attached to each of the saplings.

August 20, 2011 7:38 pm

And from our unbiased friends at the BBC more silliness dressed as ‘science’
take note of rubbish like this.
“They die,” said Dr Thomas. Take the polar bear, it does most of its hunting off the ice, and that ice is melting – this July was the lowest ever recorded Arctic ice cover – it has nowhere to go.
regards from sunny hot Thailand. warmth is actually good.

Mike from Canmore
August 20, 2011 10:07 pm

#8 makes me think of many climatologists today.
1. Ex math geek
2. sitting in front of computer,
3. generating catastrophic projections with their models
4. calling it science.
5. No windows to look outside at reality

Graeme No.3
August 21, 2011 12:00 am

I must say I liked their cartoon No.1. It isn’t often that you see a crocodile living in a jungle, nor a rhinoceros and a bird of paradise (let alone monkeys and elephants) living in the same jungle as a lemur. Obviously their geography (among other things) is a little confused.
And we won’t comment on who generated the demand for “biofuel” diesel, will we.

August 21, 2011 2:19 am

contest please. CO2NAN THE CONTRARIAN MEETS MOONBAT OF PLANET GRAUN is already on the drawingboard

August 21, 2011 3:35 am

“Why is it alright for ‘science’ to interfere with politics but not vice versa?”
Great question Mr Trigge. There are people in academia who want the political system to dance according to their latest theories. But they take great offence if the system asks them to justify their ideas or consider the consequences.
When they denounce you as a “denier” you know they have no better answer.

August 21, 2011 4:30 am

kadaka (KD Knoebel) says: August 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm
I love that UCS, in URL and section notation, has designated this contest “Science Idol.” Magnificently evokes the warnings about “false gods” and “graven images.”
Graeme No.3 says: August 21, 2011 at 12:00 am
I must say I liked their cartoon No.1. It isn’t often that you see a crocodile living in a jungle, nor a rhinoceros and a bird of paradise (let alone monkeys and elephants) living in the same jungle as a lemur. Obviously their geography (among other things) is a little confused.

Yep I liked #1 also for those reasons and the fact the animals are cooperating. Also Marc Hendrickx’ entry.
For anyone with children/grandchildren…….the penguins are very very funny…..
MIT/Dreamworks hit the nail on the head a while ago….. after Feynman, CIT had explained the importance of scientific integrity years before.
“Skipper! Look. [pointing]
It looks like a small incandescent bulb
This [I] indicate [is] something out the ordinary
Like a malfunction.

August 21, 2011 8:17 am

What we need is a picture of a chicken, squawking madly and running about among other chickens, shouting “The sky is warming! The sky is warming!”

Mike H.
August 21, 2011 10:51 am

From the UCS cartoon page.
The winner will grace the cover of our 2012 Scientific Integrity Calendar?

August 21, 2011 11:58 am

Ellen says:
August 21, 2011 at 8:17 am
I think it would be more appropriate if it were schoolkids as they are leaving school after one of Gores Movies!

Skeptical Cynic
August 22, 2011 8:11 am

My favorite was the 10th cartoon ( in which Scientific Truth is the evidence against AGW.

August 22, 2011 5:41 pm

Here’s my take on UCS. They started out as an outfit dedicated to unilateral disarmament. Naive fools infiltrated enemy agents of influence. Any questions?

August 27, 2011 5:36 am

Late to the party, I can’t fail noticing how unwittingly ironic #2 has become, now that we’ve got NASA-paid researchers dreaming up alien attacks against humanity…

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