Be careful today and tonight, billions may die

UPDATE: January 1st, 2012 – still here, no reports of mass deaths at the last minute. – Anthony

Global warming may go on a last minute rampage. Maybe best to just stay at home and lock your doors, bar your windows, and turn your air conditioner on. If you live near the coast, head for high ground. Deaths due to drinking and  driving will be nothing compared to this.

This story appeared in The Canadian January 8th, 2007, it’s been a countdown example of stupidity ever since. Unbelievably, it is still on their website. Note today’s date.

Over at the Daily Bayonet, where they’ve been following for this for years, they have encouraging news:

Assuming there is no last minute surprise attack by pesky methane clathrates, the Daily Bayonet wishes you a safe and happy 2012.

If it happens, it will be the gaia fart heard round the world.

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Cut them some slack. They did say “could.”
Starting tomorrow they’ll just change the year.

A Lovell

Don’t you love these predictions coming back to bite them in the a**e?
Happy New Year to one and all.

Otter

Pfffffffffrt!

Otter

Oh yes, and Happy New Year!
May it be the Year of the Climate Realist!

ferdberple

“Runaway Global Warming promises to literally burn-up agricultural areas into dust worldwide by 2012, causing global famine, anarchy, diseases, and war on a global scale as military powers including the U.S., Russia, and China, fight for control of the Earth’s remaining resources.
Over 4.5 billion people could die from Global Warming related causes by 2012, as planet Earth accelarates into a greed-driven horrific catastrophe.”
Fanforkingtastic! Look on the bright side. Over 4.5 billion people will no longer have to worry about global warming, er climate change, er climate disruption, er climate Armageddon, er the weather.

Al Gored

Gotta love that little blurb to the right which says “Help support investigative Journalism, and Democracy.”
Yes. Journalism this excellent really helps voters make such well informed decisions in a democracy.
Or as Chomsky called it, manufactured consent.
Anyhow, this is going to be quite something. Unless i just screwed up my mental arithmetic it looks like it will take about 13 million AGW related deaths per day to hit that prediction by the end of next year.
Not to mention the terrible toll on polar bears and lizards.

Mohatdebos

Happy New Year to all.

Paul Westhaver

John Stokes is [SNIP: Language. But I think everyone gets your point. REP]. 5 Years ago I said these hyperbolic abusers of science for political purposes were inflating a theory…for money…tax money.
We have a conservative government now and all the lies are being undone.
In January 2007 you lied. Why don’t you just shut your you lying mouth. The grown-ups are in charge now and you are just freaked-out left wing noise.

kwik

Aha, so that’s what they mean with “Tipping Point”? The Great Gaia Fart? (GGF)

ShrNfr

I guess you have to go fart and wide to find sanity out there. Barrie Harrop is still bleating about the courts putting Lisa Jackson on hold.

Robert Austin

Why does “socially progressive” almost invariably coorelate with profound gullibility married to willful ignorance. Even the scientifically ignorant amongst us
should recognize that predictions like this are preposterous.

Babsy

Oh, the HUMANITY!!!!

Mailman

BUT…this was all supposed to happen BY 2012.
So given that we are 30 seconds away from 2011 being over this is just another example of Mann Made Global Warming ™ prophesy that hasnt come to pass!
Mailman

Marian

Well you know what they say. We often get the claim their ‘figures’ were on the conservative side.
They really wanted to say 6 billion could die.
Anyway Happy New Year to One and All.
Let’s hope 2012 will bring an end to this Utter Hyberbole of AGW/CC Doomsday nonsense. (OH I just remembered. 2012 is suppossed to be the end of the World according to some. 🙂 )

pat

Its the old and completely stupid permafrost scenario.

Dr. Dave

Paul Westhaver,
Read this and chortle…a chortle is well deserved.
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/12/canada_soars.html

clipe

Yes be careful. I clicked on their comments link which Firefpx blocked.
“Reported Attack Page!”
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/kevster1346/attack.png

crosspatch

Then how come everyone didn’t die during the Holocene Climate Optimum? That’s when we were discovering agriculture and inventing beer.

clipe

Firefox. grrr…

Danny V

“The Canadian” seems to have died. The last articles are from 2009. Skimming the Environmental section shows it to be a left wing publication. RIP or something like that

David, UK

The Canadian describes itself as “socially progressive.” Need I really say more?

Curiousgeorge

Yawn. Twitter me when this actually happens.

ntesdorf

Listen out for that Great Gaia Fart. Should be good! Love the new WUWT Heading too.

hawkwood

The Canadian is a left wing nut job newspaper. There latest has our Prime minister connected to Nazis intellectuals. Jeesh
Happy New Year everyone!

Steve in SC

Best to stay home anyway.
Primary danger is amateur drunks though.

“…If it happens, it will be the gaia fart heard round the world…”
Nobody light a match – the thrust may move us into a new orbit, farther away from the sun.
Sure would make it cooler.

brian lemon

If you don’t read newspapers then you will probably be uninformed.
If you do read newspapers, then you will probably be misinformed..
Twain

ChE

Who cut the cheese?

Evan Jones

He who smelt it delta it.

Viv Evans

Happy New Year, everybody!
I’ll check in tomorrow to see if we’ve all survived this gaia fart …

Sparks

Hi Anthony, Mods and readers. Have a Happy New Year!
I can’t access the tips and notes page for some reason, just wanted to point out that Prof. Nir J. Shaviv has a pole up on his site.
The results are encouraging 🙂
What is your expertise, and what is the cause of 20th century climate change?
http://www.sciencebits.com/ClimateChangePoll

Leon Brozyna

Global warming causes everything … by this point in the season, we should have had nearly 37″ of snow but this year we’ve only had 3.8″ … it’s global warming, fer sure.
And tomorrow, climate change kicks in and delivers 4″ to 8″ of global warming over the course of a day and a half.

clipe
Gordon Oehler

Anthony, didn’t you solicit comments of doom some time ago? You said you were going to do a report with them? Is it still on your schedule?
Thanks. Love your site.

u.k.(us)

I just hope I don’t get one of those hangovers, that start out with the feeling you are going to die, and progress into the stage where death would be a blessing 🙂
Happy New Year everyone.

Sean Peake

So now do I do with all the cases of canned food in my bomb shelt… er basement?

P. Hanely

If methane clathrates present that much of a threat, the proper thing to do is harvest them as the energy resource they are.

Thanks God…Al Baby is not in charge..so the world is OK. ! Happy New Year!

jorgekafkazar

Al Gored says: “…Yes. Journalism this excellent really helps voters make such well informed decisions in a democracy. Or as Chomsky called it, manufactured consent.”
You may enjoy the following “Chomskybot:”
http://rubberducky.org/cgi-bin/chomsky.pl

Dave

Funny there are people (Socialist/ warmers) and the rest of us. Canada is well represented with both. Thank god for the rest of us!
December 31, 2011
Canada Soars
A.M. Mora y Leon
As America’s economy struggles, a funny thing happened on the way to the next-door neighbor nation that has up until now always been considered a dogleg off our economy. Canada’s economy is soaring.
It’s that they did anything particularly unusual. And it’s definitely not that they are what economists casually dismiss as “a commodity economy” experiencing a temporary boom.
In reality, Canada has genuinely gone its own way, getting itself out from the shadow of the US economic picture at just the right time. The government of conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has embraced free markets, not just one or two things, but a whole banquet of all the things that make economies grow – smaller government, free trade, one tax cut after another, and energy development and security. Net result? Same as what Chile got when it tried the same kinds of reforms – a booming economy.
IBD wonders what the heck the U.S. would look like if it just followed the tax-cutting, government slashing model that has made even the dullest nation turn into the Canadian puma state. What really would it look like?
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/12/canada_soars.html

Dave N

Remember that 2012 doesn’t end for a year. It could still happen… and I also have some swamp land for sale

AndrewR

His Lordship may be having a word with them.
Monckton: ‘I have begun drafting a memorandum for prosecuting authorities…to establish…the existence of numerous specific instances of scientific or economic fraud in relation to the official ‘global warming’ storyline…they will act, for that is what the law requires them to do’
http://www.climatedepot.com/a/14156/Fmr-Thatcher-advisor-Lord-Monckton-to-pursue-fraud-charges-against-Climategate-scientists-Will-present-to-police-the-case-for-numerous-specific-instances-of-scientific-or-economic-fraud#.Tur1pAOVr7Z
Happy New Year all.

clipe

“Ages 3-6. Not intended for use except on pre-schoolers, kindergarteners, and Hollywood actors and actresses.”

Rosco

Well its 2012 here and I haven’t noticed anything other than a need for an aspirin – maybe that’s it ?

cui bono

Farewell CAGW! Now for the Mayan apocalypse! Is it possible that we genetically programmed to groove on doom?
Mr Watts, can I suggest a post sometime by a psychologist on the endless appeal of ‘apres moi le deluge’,
Happy New Year to you and all.

Frank Lee MeiDere says:
December 31, 2011 at 1:36 pm
Cut them some slack. They did say “could.”
But that wasn’t true. Somethings are so unlikely that they really couldn’t happen, and this was one of the things that simply could not have happend.

oeman50

Dave N says:
December 31, 2011 at 3:14 pm
Remember that 2012 doesn’t end for a year. It could still happen… and I also have some swamp land for sale
I second what Dave says. You all are celebrating too early, we have a year left for the whole planet to die. Bwahahaha! Or the Mayan thing could kick in just before then. I recommend drinking to excess tonight to kill the pain of thinking about our potential demise. Wait, that happens every year!

RoHa

We are so doomed!

cui bono

It says ‘by 2012’. That’s ‘prior to’. No need to mangle the English language just because some of us are pished!