350.org follows the Mooney directive, but will anyone care?

Hilarity from 350.org, they are following Mooney’s rant: time to act is now right now.

I guess they’ll be known as Mooneys now. Expect weepy Bill McKibben to give a melting oratory.

July 6, 2012
PHOTO CALL/MEDIA ADVISORY

Giant Ice Sculpture On National Mall to Symbolize the Melting Away of Climate Denialism

WASHINGTON–On Saturday morning, 350.org will unveil a giant sculpture on the National Mall—the word “HOAX?” carved in ice. Given the forecast for highs in the 100s, it will not last long, but organizers say that is the point: it will disappear like the arguments have from climate deniers.

For years, scientists have predicted that increased concentrations of CO2 and other greenhouse gases would lead to more intense heat waves, increased drought, massive wildfires, and more powerful storms. In June, 3,215 daily high temperature records were set; and so far this year, more than 2.1 million acres have burned in wildfires. Today was the 9th straight day in the nation’s capital that has met or exceeded 95 degrees.

News accounts estimated that half of the incoming Republican House class in 2010 denied the existence of man-made climate change. In 2010, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) mocked climate activist with an igloo display not far from the ice sculpture that will be unveiled tomorrow. Recent events–as well as the findings of every major scientific academy in the world–disprove the viewpoint of climate deniers in Congress.

WHAT: A 6-by-12 foot ice sculpture spelling out “HOAX?,” with the Capitol Dome in the background.

WHERE: East side of 3rd St NW, by the Capitol Reflecting Pool.

WHEN: 11AM Saturday, until the sculpture melts. (Set up time is from 10-11am)

WHO: 350.org is displaying the installation. 350.org policy director Jason Kowalski will be availalble to answer questions and do interviews.

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Photos will be available shortly after the unveiling at www.flickr.com/350org

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Let’s see, a 6×12 foot ice sculpture….that’s a lot of ice. Care to take bets on how long it will last? I’m thinking at least until sunset. Forecast for Washington DC tomorrow says:

High 106° Low 84° – this isn’t much different than Dr. Jim Hansen picking a hot Washington day in June 1988 to disable the air conditioning while he addressed the Senate over his global warming concerns. Props…gotta have props.

Dr. James Hansen is getting ready to testify before the Senate on what he thinks is a serious problem, global warming. The sponsor for Dr. Hansen? Senator Tim Wirth.

http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/hansen_1988_congress.jpg?w=348&h=242

Dr. James Hansen testifies on global warming, June 1988

If any of you have ever been in Washington DC during the summertime, you’ll be able to relate to this. Senator Timothy Wirth made sure that room was “steamy”. This transcript excerpt is from PBS series Frontline which aired a special in April 2007.

So it goes without saying, that if the case Dr. Hansen was to make before the Senate was so strong, why did Senator Wirth need to make use of cheap stage tricks?

Here he admits his stagecraft in his own words:

TIMOTHY WIRTH: We called the Weather Bureau and found out what historically was the hottest day of the summer. Well, it was June 6th or June 9th or whatever it was. So we scheduled the hearing that day, and bingo, it was the hottest day on record in Washington, or close to it.

DEBORAH AMOS: [on camera] Did you also alter the temperature in the hearing room that day?

TIMOTHY WIRTH: What we did is that we went in the night before and opened all the windows, I will admit, right, so that the air conditioning wasn’t working inside the room. And so when the- when the hearing occurred, there was not only bliss, which is television cameras and double figures, but it was really hot.[Shot of witnesses at hearing]

Watch the Frontline video:

UPDATE: Joe Bastardi suggests this graphic is relevant to Hansen’s 1988 testimony to illustrate how warming has stalled:

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Pull My Finger

I’m pretty sure it would have melted in July 1850 too.

Edohiguma

So their proof is an ice sculpture, set up in Washington DC, in the middle of July….
My brain hurts.

Kit

So we should expect mass marriages of random people?

Dell from Michigan

Interestingly, while the media blames the current heatwave on Global Warming, we are seeing some of the most active solar flares in quite some time happening this week.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57466468/sun-fires-off-fourth-of-july-solar-flares/
CO2 hasn’t dramitically gone up this past week, has it????
The Sun Heats up at the same time as the Earth Heats up.
Coincidence????
Hopefully somebody out there is watching the Sun instead of just CO2.

Tom J

I wonder how they carved it. Chainsaw? Gas powered or electric? Or did they daintily chip away at it with stone cutting tools and rock hammers? And, by the way, where precisely did they get that ice. I’d be surprised if they used any form of refrigeration – how very unecological. They must’ve acquired it from an iceberg in the North Sea, sailed it on a log water raft oars a rowing, and then wheeled it pushed and pulled by sturdy volunteers all the while keeping that ice from melting by…

“…every major scientific academy in the world.”
Definition of ‘major”: Lots of tax dollars involved.
Definition of ‘scientific’: A Belief System where Heretics are are called ‘Skeptics’ and ‘Believers’ spew malarkey called “Climate Change”.
Definition of ‘academy’: Lots of members receiving tax dollars.

Keith Pearson, formerly bikermailman, Anonymous no longer

“Symbolize the Melting Away of Climate Denialism”
Are they really this ignorant? (I know, it’s rhetorical) The ranks of us D-worders are rather the opposite of melting away. Just like Antarctic ice, we’re growing every year. Had already had enough of arrogant little twirps today, and I come home to this. SIgh.

What exactly are they claiming deniers deny? This language is such a smokescreen. We need to put that straight and get the whole debate re-framed per the genuine one going on away from the media’s absurd oversimplification: There is, as I understand it, little controversy about a 1C uptick in temp from a doubling of C02; no controversy that we will have done that by 2100, and no controversy that this is not a threat. The ‘deniers’ are only asking for proof that this 1C will trigger runaway positive feedbacks, and the is PLENTY of controversy about whether that is likely. Can’t the ‘denier’ spokespeople get this message across plainly? So much wasted hot air, as it were, over this straw man thing about people denying warming or denying C02 causes it or denying we are adding C02… let’s cut to the chase.

Just a quick correction. Hansen’s Washington scam presentation was June 1988, not 1998.
[REPLY: Fixed. Thanks. -REP]

James Allison

Nice to see our friends the green warmies doing some serious science.

Been there, done that, ship has sailed.
Here is a great Senator James Inhofe family igloo built in honor of the former Vice President. Think Progress wrote a wonderful story and included an image from Inhofe’s Facebook.

Edohiguma

Hmm, how long will it last Mr Watts? Hmm, well, it’s DC, it’s hot, it will probably have a direct hit from the sun, then the asphalt it will be parked on will also store some nice heat. Taking summers I’ve experienced in many cities on different continents into account… I’d say gone within a week, easily.

Fred Allen

Facts don’t matter. It’s public opinion and perceptions that matter. Who’s funding this malarky…big banking, big non-profits?

davidmhoffer

Could someone blow up a picture of, say, the UAH temperature record since 1998, stick it on a sign mounted next to the ice sculpture with a caption below that says “Warming? What warming?”

intrepid_wanders

The best part is after this little weekend of heat, the highs drop to the mid 80s (with fog on Tuesday?). Sen. Inhofe just needs to step out on Tuesday and make his comment. Not shocking, but, wow… all that money to 350.org and not a competent one in the lot.

It’s important to keep perspective on temperatures. Temps have stalled over the last decade +, but we still are in theory recovering from the Little Ice Age, so it is natural for temps to rise. Rising temps are not a sign of AGW!
What is important is that, with the hockey stick debunked, current temps are not unusual. There is nothing wrong with the climate, it’s that simple. Further, the climate is arguably not affected by CO2. AGW theory was founded by the false ipcc claim of a causal correlation between CO2 & temps; that has been debunked. But maybe 98% of the public doesn’t know that the ipcc duped all of us on CO2; this 3 minute video makes that clear, spread the word: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg

Gail Combs

Fred Allen says:
July 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm
Facts don’t matter. It’s public opinion and perceptions that matter. Who’s funding this malarky…big banking, big non-profits?
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Aren’t those pretty much the same thing these days?

Skiphil

When the ice “hoax” photos emerge, WUWT readers with blogs should consider “counter-branding” this PR event by saying the “hoax” that is melting is CAGW fanaticism.
Folks could have a lot of fun with alternate messaging slogans, photo-shopping in polar bears, Michael Mann and climate scientologists (sic) on the Washington Mall, etc. I’m sure some here can think of really juicy ways to make this backfire on the CAGW propagandists….

kakatoa

As the event is in DC how about we reduce the urban heat effect and create shovel ready jobs all in one- remove all the asphalt around DC and put in concrete instead. In order to provide jobs for Florida we could even require that some crushed sea shells to be added into the concrete to increase the reflectivity of the new road surfaces.

Keith Pearson, formerly bikermailman, Anonymous no longer

Fred Allen says: July 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm
Facts don’t matter. It’s public opinion and perceptions that matter. Who’s funding this malarky…big banking, big non-profits?
Soros, Heinz, Peter Lewis (Progressive – the insurance company, not the movement. Well, that too), and yes, the dreaded EEEEvile Big Oil.
Gail, they are indeed the same these days.

The problem is that average joe is thick. They won’t look for facts, they just get hot, someone says it’s global warming and they accept it.
Bbbaaahhhhh.

clipe

How was the ice carved? Where did you get it? How was it transported and stored? Do you really expect the “hoax” to withstand the light of day?

So this is what Wirth is up to now. Not only is he heading a UN Foundation involved in pushing sustainable energy, he is on board with the New Economics Institute. NEI is the renamed Schumacher Society in honor of Mr Small is Beautiful.
https://neweconomicsinstitute.org/people/timothy-e-wirth
I am just shocked to see he was a senior Ed Secretary under Nixon. What a good place to hatch an ideological agenda and get it implemented without detection.
NEI is allied with the new economics foundation that is causing so much mischief in the UK.
Melting ice does appeal to the generation being educated to feel and see instead of think.
Or worse that they are all the same.

Skiphil

From a PR perspective this could really be made to backfire upon them, with the right “messaging” in response. Getting millions of people to associate the word “hoax” with climate and hot weather themes can be turned against the CAGWarmists. They can be ridiculed, cartooned and lampooned, shown as Algore-like in their alarmism and exaggerations etc.
C’mon folks, if we start “crowd sourcing” good responses here I’ll bet we can really make this propaganda event backfire on them….. I’m working on it (ideas I mean).

James Ard

Could this be the last gasps?

These AGW alarmists-turned-activists are putting their foolishness on display. They’ve obviously fallen head-over-heels in love with the global warming fairy tale. When the climate finally turns cold — and we’re seeing evidence that earth may be moving towards a long-term cool-down — the love affair is going to end in a bitter divorce. By then, will we have enough coal-fired power-generating capacity to keep us warm?
I don’t know whether to fear or feel sorry for the people promoting the global warming insanity. How does one respond to AGW Disciples who willing refuse to acknowledge any scientific fact that runs counter to their deeply held beliefs? It’s impossible to reason with such close-mindedness.

Jim

“I guess they’ll be known as Mooneys now.”
Personally, I prefer Mooninites. No Aqua Teen Hunger Force copyright infringement intended.

TonyK

They should bring it over to the UK – middle of July, cold and rain and the heating’s on in my house. It would last weeks over here, but I don’t suppose that would be ‘on message’ would it?

clipe

clipe says:
July 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm
How was it transported and stored?
349.231 General
“Dry ice is primarily used to keep other items cool. The items being cooled can be either mailable hazardous materials or nonhazardous items, such as medical specimens or foods.
349.232 Characteristics and Precautions
Dry ice (carbon dioxide solid) is produced by expanding liquid carbon dioxide to vapor and compacting the material into blocks. When dry ice converts (dissipates) to a gaseous form, it takes in heat from its surroundings. The resulting gas is heavier than air and can cause suffocation in confined areas as air is displaced. When dry ice is enclosed in a thick metal or other restrictive type of container, internal pressure builds up and could cause the container to rupture or explode. Mailpieces containing dry ice must be handled with care because its very low temperature (about –110° F
or –79° C) can cause severe burns to skin upon direct contact.

http://pe.usps.com/text/pub52/pub52c3_024.htm
If this is the case, then I hope all the HAZ Placards were in place.

Gunga Din

Ice melts and it’s our fault. I’m convinced.

Not until people all over the West get a better sense of how much UN officials, politicians, and hangers on like Wirth think they can use education and UNESCO cultural initiatives to try to change the filtering mindset of the Typical student while they are still malleable. By the way, that’s about 15 as their reports and research mention endlessly. It’s in fact why the IB Middle Years Programme was developed. Get at the affective orientation in those key years.
Here’s a quote from something I was working on today that is getting pushed subtly all over the world with endorsements from figures like the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu and Jane Goodall that kids and teens admire.
“By highlighting our interconnection with our Mother Earth, partnership education fosters ecological consciousness.”
It is really hard to see a values and social and emotional reorientation unless you know it is there. But it has been ratcheting into education all over the world in order to try to be the guiding light that drives behavior. These are kids who are being trained to weep for Gaia. They are also being taught it is their obligation to take action.
And it is not just the nonsense they have been taught. It is creating the habit that the engrained reflexive response is from emotion.

Gunga Din

That picture of Hansen. He looks just like an actor who’s name I can’t think of but I think he’s done stuff on the SyFy Channel. Maybe Hansen has been mooney-lighting?

barryjo

Any chance I could get some of that ice to chill my adult beverages? It has been hot out here on the plains. (South Dakota)

Yes, Skiphil, “Hoax” cuts two ways.
They probably could not spell “denier” and certainly fell out over the “sk” “sc” issue in skeptic.

Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings and commented:
SAYS IT ALL:
““HOAX?,” with the Capitol Dome in the background.” Ha ha ha ha

mikemUK

It would be amusing (and ironic) if this sculpture turns out to be made of ‘dry ice’.
There again, maybe Pachauri has had it chipped off one of his glaciers and had it flown over as part of his new “best science” initiative for direct action.
I’m puzzled by the stated size – generally speaking I call a 2 dimensional presentation a Picture, not a sculpture.

kim2ooo

Gunga Din says:
July 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm
That picture of Hansen. He looks just like an actor who’s name I can’t think of.
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Homer Simpson?

Well, I marked my calendar to make sure I don’t go anywhere near…
Then I was thinking. With all of that heat and those poor tourists struggling from museum to museum, maybe I should hand out ice picks. So much ice going to waste and so many people needing a chunk to slurp.
Maybe the gleick water con guy will also show up to protest wasting water?
If ice picks are available, I’d give the ice a couple of hours. No picks and the ice will likely last into the night. Large chunks of ice take time to melt. Of course, there is always a chance of a thunderstorm, a lot of water could make the process quicker.
It’s a shame the Minnesotans foor global warming silliness aren’t making an appearance (and film) for more of their wonderful satire. Maybe set up a snow cone ice shaver?

SteveSadlov

Given the sure death of billions at the end of the interglacial, we must embark immediately on geoengineering / atmospheric tweaking. I hereby announce 1000.org.
(Tongue only ever so slightly in cheek … 🙂 )

Paul Carter

The counter-symbol is a winter-time YES ice sculpture.

Gary Hladik

Gunga Din says (July 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm): “That picture of Hansen. He looks just like an actor who’s name I can’t think of but I think he’s done stuff on the SyFy Channel.”
With sunglasses, I think 1988 Hansen would look like “Agent Smith” (Hugo Weaving) of “The Matrix”. Coincidentally, Agent Smith likens humanity to a virus.
I wonder how Agent Hansen likes getting his paycheck from viruses? 🙂

DJ

This is a great idea. So great, in fact, I think they should do it again in January. How about January 20th????
It’d be fitting in more ways than one…

AndyG55

I find it quite funny that even the 350 are now advertising AGW as a HOAX !!
Go for it guys !!!

Make an identical sculpture from crystal glass, and substitute the ice one at night.

Ed Dahlgren

Gaia, my Gaia! How many polar bears drowned for this ice? Oh, the inhumanity!
If the facts are inconvenient, pull a stunt. It’s worked time and again for the self-described “media whores” of PETA.

Gunga Din

kim2ooo says:
July 6, 2012 at 3:36 pm
Gunga Din says:
July 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm
That picture of Hansen. He looks just like an actor who’s name I can’t think of.
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Homer Simpson?
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DOH!!
That’s not who I was thinking of but it’s a better fit.

Greg House

TIMOTHY WIRTH: We called the Weather Bureau and found out what historically was the hottest day of the summer. Well, it was June 6th or June 9th or whatever it was. So we scheduled the hearing that day…What we did is that we went in the night before and opened all the windows, I will admit, right, so that the air conditioning wasn’t working inside the room. And so when the- when the hearing occurred, …it was really hot.
WASHINGTON–On Saturday morning, 350.org will unveil a giant sculpture on the National Mall—the word “HOAX?” carved in ice.
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So, why the question mark then? It should be “HOAX!!!“.

Greg House

John Dunton-Downer says:
July 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm
What exactly are they claiming deniers deny? This language is such a smokescreen. We need to put that straight and get the whole debate re-framed per the genuine one going on away from the media’s absurd oversimplification: There is, as I understand it, little controversy about a 1C uptick in temp from a doubling of C02; no controversy that we will have done that by 2100,
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Well, at the risk of disappointing you, this controversy is not little at all in scientific terms, it is a very big and very important one. Moderate warmism based on belief in the radical warmists’ (unproven) claims with a small exception about the consequences is in fact a very weak position, because the opposite claims like “but it is not dangerous” can hardly improve the situation.

what happens when fresh “hoax water” gets splashed on a warmist witch ?
hoaxsmelt….i guess….

John Norris

Apparently this will not be the first global warming ice sculpture stunt in DC: