Quote of the week – climate bookends and separations

I had planned to write about this, and specifically that Joe Romm’s blog “Climate Progress” appears to have died a quiet death of assimilation by the borg greens, saying:

We are now merging with ThinkProgress Green, and that means we’ll be adding two new regular bloggers, Jessica Goad, manager of research and outreach for CAP’s Public Lands Project, and Rebecca Leber, a ThinkProgress blogger and research assistant. They join Stephen, me, and all the regular Climate Progress contributors from the CAP energy team and blogging news room.

But Tom Fuller beat me to it in a guest post over at Jeff Condon’s place called Bookends and Separations. The assimilation of Climate Progress (which once had its own domain name) is just a symptom of a larger trend, and such assimilation must be a bitter pill for “Hero of the Environment″ Romm to swallow, as Fuller writes:

But people have pretty much stopped listening. They’ve even stopped writing. Joe Romm has folded his Climate Progress blog into the rubric of Think Progress’ larger efforts and now interns do much of his writing for him. Deltoid is down to one post a month, and it’s an open thread. Michael Tobis has fled Only In It For The Gold and is now writing at Planet 3–and complaining about a lack of traffic.

In a Republican primary with nine initial contestants, the amount of conversation about climate change was effectively zero. Over on the other side of the aisle, President Obama has almost abandoned the issue. The IPCC’s upcoming AR5 is, by all appearances, going to be much more subdued in its claims and much more reasonable as a result.

And this is the way it should be.

It’s the way it should be because climate change will return as an issue. Especially in America, where we love a second act to every story, anthropogenic climate change will return. Temperatures have plateaued at a high level and may even dip during this decade due to the muting effect of several natural cycles. But those cycles will end. And a new generation of scientists is readying itself to take up the argument again, untainted by the past disasters and mistakes of those currently sagging against the ropes.

The next generation of discussion may be calmer and more grounded in facts–looking at all the things humans do to influence climate and not just the CO2 we emit. It may not.

Read the whole post: Bookends and Separations.

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Meanwhile, WUWT traffic remains strong:

A lower number is better, for example Google is #1. Note the traffic blip on Feb 14th of Peter Gleick’s “Fakegate” didn’t last for DeSmog blog, as I’ve previously reported. My competition can’t seem to get out of the >100,000 “we don’t bother to track them” zone. You can run your own comparisons here.

I can’t compare Climate Progress or Deltoid, since they are subdomains of larger blogging aggregators, but before CP lost its domain name we were beating the pants off it traffic rank wise. With one post a month, Deltoid can’t have much in the way of traffic.

UPDATE: in related news, the Orange County Register seems to agree (h/t to Climate Depot)

Global warming alarmism becoming much less alarming: ‘Maybe it’s the Cry Wolf syndrome. Maybe it’s just taking notice of reality. Maybe it’s only a fad that’s run its course’

On a related note.

Many of you have written to me expressing concern for Steve McIntyre because he hasn’t posted anything since March 20th. I called him Friday and spoke with his wife. He’s fine, but engaged in a work project outside of blogging and is focusing on it. I can’t say that I blame him. Blogging, especially climate blogging with so many technical details,  is a huge time sink. My own business has suffered due to WUWT and I know Steve’s has. Where’s those big oil checks when we need it most?

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Tim Minchin

The treehugger forums that moved to altenergyshift have also failed spectacularly

Adam

Anthony,
I’ve asked before but I’ll ask again: I would love if you could post any tips you have learned about how to write a successful blog. Clearly you know how, and clearly the greens need the lesson.
-Adam
REPLY: I doubt I could coalesce it. For me it just a continuation of my 25 years of being a broadcaster. – Anthony

David Ball

The idea that the skeptics are a “well funded denier machine” is infuriating. So sick of reading warmists lies.

b24clark

My mother, a mother of 8, used to say, “… you’ll get your reward in heaven.”
But on a serious note, your work is of great import, you are a touchstone, a weapons depot, of where we go to get the arguments & facts we each will use tomorrow as we, the Denier Foot Soldiers, fight the trench warfare.
Thanks for your dedication, intelligence & hard work.

polistra

“Temperatures have plateaued at a high level and may even dip during this decade due to the muting effect of several natural cycles. But those cycles will end. ”
Same thing you hear after every prophecy fizzles out. Always the hidden influence of a supernatural force that has chosen to mute its effects for the time being. You can’t see the force, and you can’t measure its reluctance, but the Chosen Ones have Secret Knowledge.
Rather sad, but it’s a highly enjoyable sadness.
Incidentally, cycles don’t end. That’s why they’re called cycles.

Gail Combs

Anthony, Your site is very appreciated. The amount of science you can learn here, and not just climate science, is awesome.
I read some of the ad homs your site gets at places like the Huff & Puff and wonder if the idiots making the snarky comment ever even visited and read anything here.

TomRude

David Ball, your father is an example of heavily funded skeptic: he has a pension! /sarc

Lew Skannen

Oh well they will get a little boost today because of this thread. Tomorrow back to the steady decline…

cuibono1969

It’s so sad that you have had to make many sacrifices to keep the blog rolling when all sceptics are supposed to be part of MegaCorpDenialIncorporated.
As for Romm, it’s a pity that it had to happen to such a charming, reasonable fella. (sarc).

I don’t know it is because I am old and failing, or what but the “>? in this article seems backward….

never mind, I just wrked it out.

The downside of having very high site traffic, plus the fact that the alarmist blogs are failing, is the increase in trolls who have only heard the sanitized and censored side of the debate.
That’s OK, we can handle them. But it’s irritating reading some of the nonsense coming from those folks. On another thread a pal reviewed author commented that the troposphere was warming as predicted. I had to correct him. And that guy should know better. But he lives in a model world, and apparently believes only the models. Reality disagrees.
Anyway, the warmist crowd helps the numbers: more than 111 million unique hits, and counting. Also approaching a million reader comments; a more interesting metric. Maybe those Big Oil checks will start flowing after all.☺

RockyRoad

I’ve learned more about cows on this blog than they learn about climate science on theirs.
And that’s all one needs to say.

William Astley

The AGW crisis is not a climate crisis. The late 20th century warming is over. It will be interesting to hear the back pedalling as the planet cools due to the solar cycle 24 magnetic cycle change.
The AGW fear mongering is the true crisis. Massive deficit government spending on dot.com green scam projects is the true crisis. Reality is reailty. Greece will declare bankrupcy. Spain will follow.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/0,1518,825490,00.html
Bankruptcies Have German Solar on the Ropes
The German solar industry is at a turning point. The bankruptcy of Q-Cells this week shows that the days of German solar cell production are numbered. Asian competitors took the lead years ago, and German government subsidies were part of the problem.
A String of Bankruptcies
In December 2011, two major solar companies slid into bankruptcy: Berlin-based Solon and Erlangen-based Solar Millennium. In the case of Solon, Indian firm Microsol acquired the core business; but of the company’s 1,000 employees, only 400 remain employed today. Solar Millennium’s bankruptcy came as a major blow to thousands of small investors who had lent the firm money.
In March 2012, Freiburg-based Scheuten Solar, the firm that presented what was the world’s largest solar module at the time eight years ago, declared bankruptcy. The same month, power plant producer Solarhybrid and the Frankfurt an der Oder-based Odersun, which had been prestige projects supported by political leaders in the eastern state of Brandenburg, also filed for insolvency proceedings. Other bankruptcies are likely to follow.
The worst hit in the German solar crisis are companies that made bad business decisions. Most of the companies effected failed to wean themselves from reliance on government subsidies. The companies had all been aware that the market was rapidly changing, but they reacted too late or too slowly. Solar subsidies had been a highly effective political means of promoting the environmentally friendly technology, but in a rapidly maturing market, they are quickly losing their impact.
And the problem isn’t the recent cuts to solar subsidies. The problem has been mismanagement across the industry in Germany.

David Ball

TomRude, that is the extent of it. They are trying to crush his spirit as well as his pocketbook.
Immense pressures at the moment. People (both sides) should wonder why such a concerted effort to marginalize him.

orson2

My quick summary of what this means: before climategate (Nov, 2009), AGW-skeptics couldn’t get a story, much less a headline — dead-tree or online. But afterwords, much changed. A lot of effort went into message control, AGW CYA, occasional pushback or coverup denials, or diversions like “no problems to see.” Critics got noticed, even if the news stories were biased – especially in Great Britain, less so in North America.
Somehow, between the failure of COP-14 and later AGW-wacko events and Deniergate turned Fakegate (la affaire Gleick), and after the turn of House of Representatives to Republican control, AGW went on the back burner politically. In terms of science, there has been a turn to churnalism – repeating old phony ‘methods’ of weak analysis that get crowded out in the news by activist caterwauling about catastrophic weather.
Climategate 2.0 followed by Gleick in 2012 and the looming all political campaign in the US seems to have sucked out all the air and activism out of the room, as a lazy, brain-dead zombie trope of ‘Global Weirding’ in the MSM appears to be all that remains, until the forces of AGW-alarm regroup.
Meanwhile, a blogospheric restructuring seems to be taking place (as told above), reflecting a scientific collapse and parallel activist re-prioritization. Are you with me, folks?
I don’t follow Tom Fuller’s line here: “The IPCC’s upcoming AR5 is, by all appearances, going to be much more subdued in its claims and much more reasonable as a result.” REALLY? Based on exactly what evidence?

Bennett

When our Prez visited Vermont a few weeks ago and gave a speech at UVM, it was too surreal to bear. He never really said anything, other than reciting a list of “things Vermonters want to hear” (to the cheering of several hundred invitation-only college students), “green energy!”, “renewable!”, “environment!”, and “scientific consensus!”. I had to turn off the radio, such was my disgust at having voted for the maroon in 2008.
The issue may have died on the national scene, but it’s alive and well on a local level when the pols think it will score them points. I may not vote this year, given that a win for the Dems is all but guaranteed in my state.
Our political system needs fixing, ever so much.

Adam said @ April 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Anthony,
I’ve asked before but I’ll ask again: I would love if you could post any tips you have learned about how to write a successful blog. Clearly you know how, and clearly the greens need the lesson.
-Adam
REPLY: I doubt I could coalesce it. For me it just a continuation of my 25 years of being a broadcaster. – Anthony

1. Write clearly about what you are passionate about.
2. Identify key words and phrases used by people searching for what you have to tell them.
3. Get linked to by bloggers with as high a Google Rank as you can manage.
4. Write regular updates.
5. Pay close attention to comments your readers make; they will keep you on track.
There. That should get you started 🙂

Evan Jones

I write from what I call a climate realist perspective — the emerging scientific view that on our current greenhouse gas emissions path we are poised to destroy the livability of the climate for centuries to come. The most important post that lays out that case is:
An Illustrated Guide to the Science of Global Warming Impacts: How We Know Inaction Is the Gravest Threat Humanity Faces

TOO FUNNY!

Anthony, you and those that write here on this site with you and Mr. McIntyre and a host of other scientist types that fight the battle for truth in science are gladiators for the environment , and we who come here to learn are so thankful for your efforts.

RockyRoad

I write from what I call a climate realist perspective —
They have stolen earth’s modus operandi (climate change) and now they’ve stollen the term “climate realist”.
Is nothing off limits to these people?

Dave Dodd

As referred to above, much learning and insight comes from WUWT. Even the trolls are welcome; their snarky comments result in much science being fired back at them–us mortals learn much from the barrage…

OssQss

Anthony, I have been a successful entrepreneur for decades. The time is right for you to grow. I am an interested investor, as passed on in emails.
Could the time ever be better to ingnite, and grow a business in this environment (no pun intended)?
REPLY: Haven’t seen an email from you, but then again I get hundreds a day…might want to send again – Anthony

wayne

Following the Daily Blog Traffic Report on and off over the last few years, I have never seen any of the warmist sites exceed WUWTs traffic. Seems the why is those rare peaks in their ratings coincides when almost everyone at WUWT goes to their site to view some cocky statement or action they have made. Seems with no WUWT, they would all completely flat-line.

Allan MacRae

Most Western governments (including Canada’s) are still “paying lip service” to the fraud of global warming, and spending billions in public money to subsidize worthless corn ethanol, and less-than-worthless grid-connected wind and solar power.
These scoundrels and imbeciles have wasted a trillion dollars, and counting.
When our money stops disappearing down the CAGW sewer, we will have achieved something.
“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. “
Sir Winston Churchill, November 1942

George E. Smith

“”””” Bennett says:
April 14, 2012 at 6:25 pm
When our Prez visited Vermont a few weeks ago and gave a speech at UVM, it was too surreal to bear. He never really said anything, other than reciting a list of “things Vermonters want to hear” (to the cheering of several hundred invitation-only college students), “green energy!”, “renewable!”, “environment!”, and “scientific consensus!”. I had to turn off the radio, such was my disgust at having voted for the maroon in 2008. ……………………. “””””
How many times have we heard THAT lament ?
What I wonder Bennett, is just what exactly did YOU think you were going to get for your 2008 vote.
Please, please, Bennett, do NOT vote in 2012; leave that responsibility to responsible adults.
As for YOUR state; I’ll pay some heed to their “Greenness” when your State votes to outlaw the vandalism to trees to satisfy the juvenile craving for sugar. The corn belt of the USA can make all the sweet stuff anybody needs; the quaint habit in your locale belongs in the history books, along with living in caves.

Bennett

“.I have been a successful entrepreneur for decades. ”
Caveat Emptor

gnomish

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/554479_10151492267140471_435917560470_23695707_2088229155_n.jpg
from hometown tragedy to international catastrophe, all the gloom you crave, 24/7.
you keep buying it and it will be delivered. handling fees and taxes apply.

Bennett

Dave Dodd says:
“…their snarky comments result in much science being fired back at them–us mortals learn much from the barrage.”
Truth!

““The IPCC’s upcoming AR5 is, by all appearances, going to be much more subdued in its claims and much more reasonable as a result.” REALLY? Based on exactly what evidence?”
The ZOD is most;y public. The FOD, I can report, is way better than AR4. For the chapters I feel competent to comment on.

George E. Smith says: April 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Aw, George, cut Bennett some slack: he’s admitted his mistake. More importantly, however, don’t encourage them to cut back on the syrup supply. That stuff made with corn syrup and natural and artificial flavors and coloring just doesn’t cut it. Drill, Vermonters, Drill!

Off thread, but I can’t resist.
“Consensus, Titanic unsinkable…”
If anyone else has already posted, my deepest apologies.
TRE

Bennett

@ George E. Smith
Wow, you really do take yourself seriously, don’t you?
Have a nice life, where ever you live, in total blessed haromony with your eigth of an acre.

Chris B

b24clark says:
April 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm
My mother, a mother of 8, used to say, “… you’ll get your reward in heaven.”
__________________________
I’ve heard it with the ending……..”cause nobody gives a _____ here.”
LOL

Bennett

@Robert E. Phelan
Thanks man, I appreciate the slack.
I’ve learned and grown since ’08, and frankly, McCain and what’s-her-name still seem like a bad option, but then so did Obama.

George E Smith 4/14 7:30 pm hey George lay off the maple syrup would you , I’ve been eating that stuff since I was a kid and the trees do fine because the harvesters don’t want to destroy the goose you know? I agree with Robert E Phelan at 7:47 drill baby drill!

HaroldW

Anthony, thanks for the update about Steve McIntyre. Good to hear that all is well there.

Jim

“Many of you have written to me expressing concern for Steve McIntyre because he hasn’t posted anything since March 20th.”
Are you sure Steve isn’t suffering the adverse psychological effects of fossil fuels?
See http://judithcurry.com/2012/04/13/psychological-effects-of-global-warming/

Allan MacRae

George E. Smith says: April 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm
“As for YOUR state; I’ll pay some heed to their “Greenness” when your State votes to outlaw the vandalism to trees to satisfy the juvenile craving for sugar. The corn belt of the USA can make all the sweet stuff anybody needs; the quaint habit in your locale belongs in the history books, along with living in caves.”
______________
Please George. Production of maple syrup is “vandalism to trees” and should be outlawed? And what about cruelty to corn?
George, we live in a world where millions of children die every year from contaminated drinking water and preventable diseases, where slavery is still practiced, where over a hundred million people were killed in the last century by Stalin, Hitler and Mao.
We are not doing much better this century. We are teetering on the edge of a global economic crisis, We are also shadow-boxing with forces that apparently seek to extinguish the few remaining democracies of the world through the fraud of global warming – and history tells us that these zealots could, in time, equal the monstrous excesses of their 20th Century predecessors.
P.S. On a brighter note, please give my fond regards to Tom Bombadil, the Ents and the Huorns.

Jim

I, for one, love Maple Syrup. It is one of the really good things in life. Keep it coming you guys!

John Blake

Twenty minutes to go before the to-the-minute centennial of RMS Titanic’s introduction to sea-borne
reality vs. her “unsinkable” myth. Rest that great ship’s soul, with all aboard who perished that still night.
On this late evening c. AD 2112, circumspectors will look back in appalled chagrin at MS Global Warming’s headlong rush to meet the iceberg of her own creation. To such as those, we prefer the classic pirate sendoff: Damn their eyes!

EW-3

Adam says:
April 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm
“Anthony,
I’ve asked before but I’ll ask again: I would love if you could post any tips you have learned about how to write a successful blog. Clearly you know how, and clearly the greens need the lesson.
-Adam
REPLY: I doubt I could coalesce it. For me it just a continuation of my 25 years of being a broadcaster. – Anthony”
Adam, Not difficult –
integrity, honesty, consistency, open mindedness, character and be willing to suffer the slings and arrows of those that do not have these characteristics.

OssQss says:
April 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm
Anthony, I have been a successful entrepreneur for decades. The time is right for you to grow. I am an interested investor, as passed on in emails.
—————-
A publication devoted to science to take the place of those propaganda outlets Nature, Scientific American, New Scientist, and the like, with Anthony at the helm looks good to me…a big market with all the moderators, commenters, readers and lurkers here for a start.

Bill Tuttle

And a new generation of scientists is readying itself to take up the argument again, untainted by the past disasters and mistakes of those currently sagging against the ropes.
And stuck on the idea that models are a true mirror of reality. My neighbor’s kid goes to Rutgers and was unaware that you could take *direct* measurements of temperature and atmospheric composition by sending radiosondes ‘waaaay up in the sky…

“The next generation of discussion may be calmer and more grounded in facts–looking at all the things humans do to influence climate and not just the CO2 we emit. It may not.”
================================================================
It will not would be more appropriate. Here’s why….. http://suyts.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/education-why-were-at-the-point-we-are/
We’ve a dysfunctional ecucation system and no one is putting it right. We give lip service
to teaching the hard sciences, but we don’t monitor what and how they are being taught. There is no “critical thinking” class. And, our children are never taught to engage in such. They are taught what to think, not how. The ideological indoctrination of our children is manifested by idiotic subjects such as CAGW.
The question isn’t whether this topic will come up again or not, the question is, what’s the next one? Water is a prime suspect. Our children don’t seem to understand one can’t use all of it up. If the earth starts to significantly cool, you can bet your a$$ global cooling will raise it’s head again. Schnieder will be a visionary. Of course, by then, most of us will be dead or dying, incapable of relating the lessons learned.
The internet isn’t where the fight begins nor ends. It is just the medium we are allowed to carry on the fight. In the end, if we don’t move beyond these boundaries, it is a losing proposition. Teach your children well, they’ll have a much harder row.

Mike McMillan

Recycling. In this case, GIGO.

wermet

George E. Smith says: April 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

“”””” Bennett says:
April 14, 2012 at 6:25 pm
When our Prez visited Vermont a few weeks ago and gave a speech at UVM, it was too surreal to bear. He never really said anything, other than reciting a list of “things Vermonters want to hear” (to the kkshfdkgcheering of several hundred invitation-only college students), “green energy!”, “renewable!”, “environment!”, and “scientific consensus!”. I had to turn off the radio, such was my disgust at having voted for the maroon in 2008. ……………………. “””””
How many times have we heard THAT lament ?
What I wonder Bennett, is just what exactly did YOU think you were going to get for your 2008 vote.
Please, please, Bennett, do NOT vote in 2012; leave that responsibility to responsible adults.

That’s the wrong attitude George! If Bennett has learned his lesson, then we should be glad to have him vote against the current administration with their industry hating EPA, lack on respect for real science, and attempted intimidation of the Supreme Court.
And even if someone still want to vote for Obama — Don’t discourage them to not vote, iIt is still their right as citizens of the USA. Just try to convince them that they should vote differently this time! That’s all we can strive for.

About the amount of conversation about climate change being effectively zero.
I have my doubts that many CAGW beliefs have dramatically changed. More like realization has set in that with reckless spending they’ve essentially burned down our house and continue torching it, that is making spending talk difficult. That is bipartisan, btw.

Allan MacRae

OssQss says: April 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm
Anthony, I have been a successful entrepreneur for decades. The time is right for you to grow. I am an interested investor, as passed on in emails.
Could the time ever be better to ignite, and grow a business in this environment (no pun intended)?
__________________________
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/30/spencer-shows-compelling-evidence-of-uhi-in-crutem3-data/#comment-940075
Roy Spencer said:
“I would love to write this work up and submit it for publication, but I am growing weary of the IPCC gatekeepers killing my papers; the more damaging any conclusions are to the IPCC narrative, the less likely they are to be published. That’s the world we live in.”
___________________________
A proposed new procedure to publish scientific papers and conduct peer review:
Roy, you may recall that in early 2008 I asked Joe d’Aleo to published a paper for me on icecap.us and he kindly did so. I published all my data and calculations and my paper was critiqued in ClimateAudit.org by Willis and others. I believe this ad-hoc process constituted a far more rigorous peer review than the typical “pal review” that the hockey team and other global warming acolytes apply to their friends’ papers in the major journals.
Technology has made these journals and their review methods obsolete anyway. Why don’t you, or Anthony or Joe, etc. establish a website specifically for parties to publish their climate research papers and have them critiqued – the rules could be simple – publish your paper with all data and all supporting calculations. Anyone can critique your paper provided they mind their manners, dot their i’s and cross their t’s. No gates and no gatekeepers. I expect that you would soon leave these once-prestigious journals and their gatekeepers in the dust.

Michael Larkin

In the end, those with a good sense of humour tend to win. This blog is good fun. I’ve yet to come across an alarmist blog where fun is readily to be had. Such “humour” as there is tends to be mere mockery of those who disagree. I think Anthony has been successful because of his good humour, which has kept him sane and stopped him becoming embittered and twisted like the opposition–he’s retained his humanity.