A call to action – give #ClimateThanks

Another Internet campaign that could go horribly wrong…

Tom Nelson advises me that the Yale Project on Climate Change Communications decided to prod readers into giving “Climate Thanks” this Thanksgiving on Twitter. A silly idea for sure, but certainly better than advocating eating “tofurkey” to lessen climate change. I’m sure WUWT readers have lots to be thankful for about our current climate and the people who fight the good fight against climate numptys like the Sks Kidz.

Here’s your chance to give climate thanks, though maybe not in the way intended. Read on.


From the Yale Project on Climate Change Communications:

Giving Climate Thanks, a thousand strong and still growing

This Thanksgiving, we’re giving #ClimateThanks. With friends and colleagues across the climate community, we are taking a moment to tweet or post who or what we are thankful for in the fight for a safe climate. Please Tweet #ClimateThanks and help us raise awareness about the amazing things people are doing and build a stronger sense of solidarity among the far-flung climate community.

More than 1,000 people and organizations have lent their voices to the #ClimateThanks chorus so far, reaching millions.  As the pies bake and families start to gather, we encourage you to join in.

To participate, simply go to Twitter and post your #ClimateThanks messages (remember the # – you can also use this on Facebook).  The more the better! If you’re thanking an organization or a person with a social media presence, let them know about your gratitude by including their twitter handle (@ipcc_ch, for example).  If you’d like to highlight an example of their great work, include a shortened url to their website, recent article etc.

– See more at: http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication/article/giving-climate-thanks/#sthash.6VYMgpxB.dpuf


For those not familiar with Twitter, the way this works is that any tweet with the hashtag #ClimateThanks will become part of that stream, which can be viewed here.

Yesterday, I put the concept to the test on my Twitter feed:

I also have plans to give #ClimateThanks to Steve McIntyre, Michael Mann, electricity, agricultural production and a whole list of other climate related people and things I’m thankful for in today’s climate. You can too. Use your imagination #norules. But be civil, humor and irony works best.

I’m sure WUWT can help in this effort. If you don’t have a Twitter account, get one here.

If you already have a Twitter account, follow this link to post a Tweet with the #ClimateThanks hashtag already inserted.

And when you do Tweet your #ClimateThanks, then be sure to follow WUWT on Twitter. If you don’t have any ideas, there’s no rules against retweeting some gems Tweeted by others.

I’ll retweet some of the most creative ones. You can copy your tweet into comments below to draw attention here as well to give others ideas.

Thanks and happy Tweeting!


UPDATE: Well, THAT didn’t take long….just 5 minutes.



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“we are taking a moment to tweet or post who or what we are thankful for in the fight for a safe climate.” — Mouthpiece
Are they serving everything raw and at room temperature? Otherwise it’s as meaningful as an adultering preacher that pounds the pulpit about infidelity.

Clovis Marcus

Done 😉


Right after I give thanks for Obama and suggest to my family members that they enroll in “Obamacare”.


Climate community?
If this isn’t the genesis for a series of related ‘climate community’ cartoons by Josh, I don’t know what is.

Pamela Gray

I just learned what a widget was and still don’t get what a tweet is or its purpose. My previous experience tells me that a tweet is a noise a bird makes. I have neither a facebook or a tweet account.
So let me just “tweet” this: Hashtag. I am thankful for the extreme blizzard in 1878 over the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon that prevented my great-grandfather from continuing his route into the Willamette Valley over the Oregon Trail. He decided to stay in Wallowa County and homestead there. It is the home of my river, The Wallowa. Best fast-stream unregulated trout river there is. Unhashtag.

Tom J

I’d like to give them thanks but I can buy a much better turkey at the grocery store. Heck, I can get a much better turkey at Obamacare. Or, if I really wanted a plump, fattened up turkey I could get Al Gore. Or, I could go to the EPA for truckloads of turkeys. The UN could supply me with trainloads, maybe even supertankers full of turkeys.
And, guess what, I’m not going to give them thanks this thanksgiving either. I might thank them for an apology though, but I don’t think that’ll be forthcoming.
To everybody else on this site; to Mr. Anthony Watts; to Mr. Willis Eschenbach; to all the collaborators; the moderators; and to all the posters – Thank you very much, and…
Happy Thanksgiving


Andrew Winston;
#climatethanks to all those fighting for EVERYONE’S prosperity
Yes Winston. you’ve nailed it. The climate community is fighting for everyone’s prosperity. Prosperity has to be protected you know. So all of us should give you our prosperity so you can put it somewhere for safe keeping. Like your bank account.


“This Thanksgiving, we’re giving #ClimateThanks.”
That dolt is simply breathtakingly amazing.He should thank himself for the moment the oceans began to recede and the planet began to heal.


Happy Thanksgiving to all of you on the other side of the Atlantic!
Is there nothing that the warmists won’t turn to propaganda?

Werner Brozek

I am thankful for all of the CO2 in the air which helped to have record harvests this year. It almost seems as if God intended that we burn fossil fuels to raise the CO2 levels to feed more people than ever before.

Ralph Kramden

I’m thankful for unproven climate models and wild speculation without which we wouldn’t have anthropogenic global warming. #ClimateThanks

Richard M

Religious folks normally give thanks to their favorite deity on Thanksgiving. No reason why those who worship the Clientology religion should be any different.


Pamela Gray: “My previous experience tells me that a tweet is a noise a bird makes. ”
Indeed. The tweet is the birdsong of the Great Twit. A yellow bellied bird common throughout Europe.

John West

Pamela Gray says:
” Best fast-stream unregulated trout river there is.”
What do you mean by “unregulated”?

Michael S-H

I give #ClimateThanks for living in a warm period; the Little Ice Age froze the Pilgrim’s cranberries!
I don’t twitter but would someone please tweet this for me.
REPLY: Done. – Anthony


This also gives an insight into the ‘minds’ of these people? They actually seriously believe they are saving us, the planet and the climate with their actions, political machinations, fuel oppressive policies and pseudo/wrong ‘science’? Simply dillusionary, egomanical individuals…..
Sad, very, very sad!
Still not really sure what this thanksgiving thing is all about – but Happy for our American cousins all the same!


Werner Brozek says:
November 27, 2013 at 9:55 am
I am thankful for all of the CO2 in the air which helped to have record harvests this year. It almost seems as if God intended that we burn fossil fuels to raise the CO2 levels to feed more people than ever before.


#ClimateThanks to @TonyAbbottMHR for steering Australia away from the cliff.

Frank K.

tonyb says:
November 27, 2013 at 9:39 am
Climate community?

My thought exactly – “Climate Community”??? What the heck are these people smoking (perhaps they all have relatives in Colorado – heh)??? It’s laughably (and childishly) inane.
“#climatethanks to all those fighting for EVERYONE’S prosperity…”
Ehhhh – what??? What did he do to increase anyone’s prosperity? [sigh]
Well, happy and joyful Thanksgiving to all, even the insane, delusional people in the “climate community”…

Bruce Cobb

Here’s one (but I don’t tweet):
#ClimateThanks to WUWT, for helping to disseminate the actual facts and science about climate, and unmasking the charlatans and rent-seekers.


With not being American I don’t celebrate thanks giving. But I will give thanks nonetheless:
#climatethanks to all you radical Eco nut jobs who are tirelessly working around the clock to strip us of our freedoms and damaging the planet for future generations with your ‘cure worse than the disease’ policies and your bank accounts brimming with taxpayers money. I am also giving thanks for the hours of entertainment you give back to the rational people left in the world. Thank you for ALWAYS leading by example and showing us the light and driving us away from our evil, fossil fuelled orgies, that we call day to day living.
But above all happy thanksgiving to all our American Cousins. Have a brilliant time and crank up that fire 😀

Bruce Cobb

They are hoist by their own petard on this one.

Steve E

#climatethanks to the oil sands workers in Alberta for cleaning up the world’s largest natural oil spill.

Peter Miller

So, anyone not think Climate Alarmism is some form of dodgy, happy clappy cult?

clovis marcus

I reckon it’s about 97% hateful denialists using Cook & Nuccitelli metrics.

Pamela Gray

Unregulated is that I refer to as the common trout regulations listed at the front of the regulations booklet. You can use whatever bait (live, dead, soft, hard…) and hook size you want. In the same county we have another fork commonly referred to as the Lostine River. This river is designated wild and has all kinds of fishing regulations attached to it. I have a separate bait box labeled “Lostine River” just for it. But when I am on the Wallowa, I am free to fish my limit without someone coming up to me to measure my hook span and artificial bait hardness. The thing about the Wallowa is that the fish bite! So even if I don’t catch anything, the action is frequent all day long! Hell, I’ve been known to fish for 8 hours straight without food or water.


Promote it over at Twitchy.com They have some of the BEST tweeters in the world.

Man Bearpig

I just thanked Poptech for his contribution, in particular the 1100 papers supporting skeptical arguments. http://www.populartechnology.net/2009/10/peer-reviewed-papers-supporting.html

Mike Bromley the Kurd

“As the pies bake…..”
In a carbon-neutral and/or carbon-free-powered oven, of course. As the families gather….but as long as they use public transportation powered by gerbils. Give me a break…..!


Steve E, Nice!


Thank the electorate for voting the moment in that slowed the rise of the seas!


As a Canadian I would like to say Happy Thanksgiving to the only climate community in the world here at WUWT based on science, and especially to you Anthony! The true believers hate this site, and everyone who utilizes the science here. That there is worth thanks in my world!

Janice Moore

I don’t “tweet” either, but, FWIW (if someone would tweet this, I’d be grateful):
1. “Thank you, God, for Al “millions of degrees” Gore — the gift that keeps on giving.”
2. “Thank you, God, for WUWT’s facts!”
3. Bruce Cobb’s at 10:49am — good one!


Anthony – please add info about the length limit for all the novice tweeters composing essays.


On this day is worth remember that turkeys no more vote for thanksgiving than AGW proponents would votes for reality based science over a model based on.

tom s

What exactly is a ‘safe climate’? Numbskulls.


I posted two tweets in the last hour. One lasted about 20 minutes then disappeared from the stream. The other never made it in. No swear words, just giving climatethanks for the recent IPCC video referring to it as a tutorial for naughty graphing techniques.
Other comments seem to be disappearing too. I didn’t think anyone was allowed to delete.

Bruce Cobb

I see Mikey gave thanks to the Heartland Institute, which was a nice gesture…


Mike Bromley the Kurd says:
November 27, 2013 at 11:14 am
Kat says:
November 27, 2013 at 10:51 am
Verry sound comments [BBC – it is NOT the Brezhnev Bull*u*t Commune] are giving us our fill of the Brezhnevian Salmond’s aspirations for a free independent Scotland [you know – Free Scotland, get one free with every twenty litres of petrol], so the Caledonian emphasis on the ‘rr’s seems appropriate….]
Bruce Cobb says:
November 27, 2013 at 10:49 am
My Thanks. I’ve added a bit.
Here’s one (but I, too. don’t tweet):
#ClimateThanks to WUWT, for helping to disseminate the actual facts and science about climate, and unmasking the charlatans and rent-seekers. For the CO2 for making record harvests. And for the delightful folk at the BBC and other deny-the-truth websites, masquerading as news, for the weekly – sometimes daily – amusement I get from reading your – politely, now, please – carp.
Moderator, if you do tweet – please be good enough to tweet this for me; it’s not all carp. H/T, Auto


Disappearing Tweets.
If a tree falls, and there is no-one to hear it, does it make a noise?
If a tweet displeases an Archimandrite of the COOian cult, is it a tweet really?
Might it be a virtual tweet in some form of private n-dimensional space?
Of course
/sarc [even if I don’t tweet].

Pamela Gray says November 27, 2013 at 9:41 am
I just learned what a widget was and still don’t get what a tweet is or its purpose.

This goes way, way, waaaaay back (in wireless telecom years anyway) … bear with me for a bit of a trip down technology lane.
Once upon a time (1970’s era) one of the regional Bell (Telephone) operating companies decided the time was ‘ripe’ for a mobile ‘subscriber’ (mobile phone) .. they endeavored to field and prove an analog-based service (1980’s) which eventually evolved in the standards (1990’s) to become EIA/TIA-553 “AMPS” or Advanced Mobile Phone Service. The first ‘portable’ cell phones in the mid/early 90’s used this standard.
Then along came the digitally-coded over-the-air protocols (we will ignore CDMA, NAMPS and GSM at this point and speak of the dominant technology deployed in NA), beginning with EIA/TIA IS-54 then advancing to IS-136.
IS-54 was good for ‘providers’ (cell phone carriers) as it allowed a 3X increase in capacity (for a given amount of spectrum). For every digital “voice channel” radio put into service at a cell site 3 phone calls could take place versus only *one* voice channel/conversation for an analog radio. This was an important first step in increasing system ‘capacity’ (ability for the cell phone company to ‘carry’ more calls and not give ‘busies’ to customers when they dialed.)
The upgrade from the IS-54 to the IS-136 standard changed the analog *control* channel to a *digital* control channel. This allowed something called SMS – Short Message Service – to be added to the capabilities of an IS-136 compliant cell phone. This occurred in the late 90’s time frame – note here that the internet was arriving about this time! Also of note the SMS feature makes use of the DCCH (digital control channel) without needing to assign a DTC (digital traffic or ‘voice’ channel) to transfer the short “message” to the subscriber.
Now, the format of SMS over an IS-136 compliant system is about 140 characters – and initially would *only* work between phones on the *same* cellular system … enter “Twitter” and the ability to take a single, one-way SMS message with embedded ‘special’ characters (not normally used, but still present in the ASCII char set) and address a ‘list’ (or group) of (like: “many”) recipients and viola – a viable service is born!
Nowadays, iPhones et al are smart enough to integrate the SMS and web-browsing functions so links sent via ‘SMS” integrate seamlessly with the web browser, so links can be easily shared in a “Tweet”.
EIA/TIA wireless standards – http://www.cnp-wireless.com/amps.html

Roy UK

#climatethanks That we have had no global warming in the last 17 years! Less hurricanes, typhoons and NP ice is recovering! #greensgobyair
H/T to Bishop Hill for the second hashtag…


In a lot of ways, this social media gift is the gift which will keep giving, on both sides of the debate. I can’t imagine how busy their mods/admins/tweet handle owners are filtering out what they don’t agree with. Too bad they’ll never publish the stats which identify percent blocked vs. allowed. Or how many users were added to their black list. Point being, it’s easy to have a consensus when you only listen to the folks who have the same opinion!

I’m #climatethanks that the sun is slowly, and not quickly, declining its sunspot activity. I’m also thankful that the next Ice Age is not yet upon us.
It’s debatable how many warm years we have left, though.
I’m thankful that Nature bats last, and Nature could not care less what the IPCC nor their useless models have to say about climate, not the past, the present, nor the future.
I’m especially thankful that gas drilling engineers have made natural gas so abundant that the gas price has decreased to production parity with nuclear power. Atta boy, fellas.
I’m even more thankful that the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission had and still has the good sense to publish and enforce rigorous safety and design conditions for nuclear power plants, so that building a new nuclear power plant will bankrupt any public utility that has been duped into such a project. Atta boy, fellas at the NRC.

Pamela Gray

Well I’ll be dog-gone. Who would have thought that twitter-ing had such a rich history? So now what do we do with old words like “twitter-pated”? Can’t remember what it means but I think I used to be that.

John West

@ Pamela Gray
Gotcha. The Watauga River and it’s tributaries varies in regulations similarly. There are places that can be pretty much be fished by any method and others have various limitations like barbless hooks and catch and release only.
Y’alls trout might be bigger but for sheer fun and pounds of meat (i.e.: lots of smaller fish) it’d be hard to beat the Watauga from Wilbur Dam to the bee cliffs. (At least the last time I was able to get away and go trout fishing it was anyway.)

charles nelson

You talk about SkS so much that I decided to visit it just now.
Guess what I read on the very first page?
“I pulled up the UAH and RSS lower tropospheric anomalies through WoodForTrees.org and did the calculations myself. Sure enough, the average of UAH and RSS for the 2001-2010 decade comes out at 0.226C. The current 2011-present decade is running at 0.173C. That’s 0.053C below the last decade, based on, yes, three years of data. So, they actually do have this much correct.”
Wow! Even SkS have finally admitted there is no warming.

Tom in Florida

I don’t twitter ( I also don’t tweeter, twotter, flitter or flatter), but if I did, I would certainly give thanks to the improvements in human society made possible by use of fossil fuels that enable those of us in modern nations to no longer worry about daily survival. We all expect to survive without taking any action to do so thus allowing us to pursue whatever else our hearts desire. (h/t to a certain radio host on the EIB network). Unfortunately there are still areas of the world where daily survival is the only focus for people and it is a shame that they are doomed to stay that way because of the false nobility of saving the climate.