A few first impressions of the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting

A photo essay. What follows are a series of photos and comments that catalog my impressions of today.

As you may know, I’m attending the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting. After some hassle a couple of months ago, I was able to finally get a press pass:


It took me three weeks, but I persevered.

First, my video gear case and tripod:


During registration while waiting in line, some people recognized “WUWT” and I got a couple of dirty looks.

On my way to my first exhibit hall, I encountered this fellow:


I suppose his method works just as well as some of the geoengineering ideas to stop climate change being floated here.

This was the first sign I saw walking into Moscone West:


Sometimes climate scientist Richard Alley and an Open Mic at a Bar? I’d call that an Alley Ooops.

Photo of Richard Alley

Photo of Richard Alley Image: NASA

I assume he’ll be studying tipping points with James Hansen there? Maybe there will be dancing too.

Signs are big at this show, so is blogging apparently, though I’ve never heard of any of these.


Apparently they need sign ups.


My first session was the Ethics Workshop.


It addressed the lack of ethics in several hypothetical situations. But addressing the lack of people interested in ethical issues of science research might have been a better topic:wpid-wp-1386622674755.jpg

WUWT regular John Whitman was there and reports:

I was at this ethics session. The audience was divided into 4 groups. Each group was given Mickey Mouse (in my view) ethicaly hypothetical scenarios to evaluate and present to the other groups. My group had a plagiarism case.

Overall, it did give me the opportunity to see that the audience was not generally subjective in ethics.

If there is another ethics workshop like this one, I would decline attending on the basis that it did not deal with actual critique of ethic controversies in climate science.

Right after the ethics session, I ran into Kevin Trenberth in the hall, but he was too busy to talk, he ran off to the authors prep room to prep for his presentation. No chance for an interview.

Both Hansen and Trenberth are big this year:

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Trenberth gets an award for climate communications? Nobody can explain this and it is a travesty that we can’t.

I hear plain English works best for communicating science.


This looks like a billboard that you’d see for ambulance chasing attorneys along the highway:


Some people protest against fossil fuels with their electric fossil fuel powered laptops. Irony impaired I suppose.


The thing that struck me most was the sheer size of this convention and the number of people attending…and almost everyone of them is doing it on the taxpayer’s dime.

Up next, the descent into poster normal science.


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“Facing Legal Attack About Your Science? Concerned You Might Be?”
Was Yoda giving the talk?

TalentKeyHole Mole

Nazi extremist-tippers movement hijacked the AGU I’d say. Only difference in the fellow with the “Repent” sign outside and the President on the sign inside is … location. Ha!


You are going to use lye soap to feel clean again.

Chip Javert

Oh, man (no pun intended).
Gas sucks…ride a bus.
Nothing sums up the low-knowledge acolyte’s evangelical data-free belief.
Maybe some twisted version of this applies to Al Gores private jet usage: commercial airline CO2 sucks, use private jets.


“One-on-one Availability with An Attorney”
Words fail me… ;->


Oh, and note the wall mounted video surveillance camera aimed directly at “gas sucks” lady’s laptop. I wonder which three-letter organization is monitoring her online activities. Come to think of it, there must have been many such cameras scattered throughout the convention centre, eh?


You have my admiration Anthony, don’t thing I could stand being in a den of thieves.


Kumbaya, Esalen lives on in preparation of the fossil hippie Eucharist. You need a big phat gold chain, Tony. Lord knows, you deserve it.

Keith W

Anthony: It sounds like many of the usual culprits are there. Borenstein put this cold record article out on the AP. I guess if it is not measured next to a heat exhaust it cannot be an oficial record.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Feeling chilly? Here’s cold comfort: You could be in East Antarctica which new data says set a record for “soul-crushing” cold.
Try 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit below zero; that’s 93.2 degrees below zero Celsius, which sounds only slightly toastier. Better yet, don’t try it. That’s so cold scientists say it hurts to breathe. A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when it hit -135.8 degrees. Then on July 31 of this year, it came close again: -135.3 degrees. The old record had been -128.6 degrees, which is -89.2 degrees Celsius.
Ice scientist Ted Scambos at the National Snow and Ice Data Center said the new record is “50 degrees colder than anything that has ever been seen in Alaska or Siberia or certainly North Dakota.”
“It’s more like you’d see on Mars on a nice summer day in the poles,” Scambos said, from the American Geophysical Union scientific meeting in San Francisco Monday, where he announced the data. “I’m confident that these pockets are the coldest places on Earth.” However, it won’t be in the Guinness Book of World Records because these were satellite measured, not from thermometers, Scambos said.
“Thank God, I don’t know how exactly it feels,” Scambos said. But he said scientists do routinely make naked 100 degree below zero dashes outside in the South Pole, so people can survive that temperature for about three minutes.
Most of the time researchers need to breathe through a snorkel that brings air into the coat through a sleeve and warms it up “so you don’t inhale by accident” the cold air, Scambos said.
On Monday, the coldest U.S. temperature was a relatively balmy 27 degrees below zero Fahrenheit in Yellowstone, Wyo., said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the private firm Weather Underground.
“If you want soul-crushing cold, you really have to go overseas,” Scambos said in a phone interview. “It’s just a whole other level of cold because on that cold plateau, conditions are perfect.”
Scambos said the air is dry, the ground chilly, the skies cloudless and cold air swoops down off a dome and gets trapped in a chilly lower spot “hugging the surface and sliding around.”
Just because one spot on Earth has set records for cold that has little to do with global warming because it is one spot in one place, said Waleed Abdalati, an ice scientist at the University of Colorado and NASA’s former chief scientist. Both Abdalati, who wasn’t part of the measurement team, and Scambos said this is likely an unusual random reading in a place that hasn’t been measured much before and could have been colder or hotter in the past and we wouldn’t know.
“It does speak to the range of conditions on this Earth, some of which we haven’t been able to observe,” Abdalati said.

Ralph Cramden

Next time, don’t persevere. Your presence is not helpful.
[Reply: Actually, it was very helpful, “Ralph”. ~ mod.]


Hey lady in the last photo. I ride a bike. It runs on ‘gas’ and only gets around 70 miles on a full tank. I’m not losing sleep over it.


I am surprised you did not get a red strobe light ID in addtion to the “GISS map red” badge. I am certain some folks would have lobbied for that to more easily avoid you. LOL
Have fun Anthony !

Good for Anthony! He wasn’t afraid to step into the lion’s den.
I had to laugh at the pitiful appeal for eyeballs for their blogs [pic #6]. I’ve been following this debate since the 1990’s, and I didn’t recognize a single one of them.
They could add all those blogs together, and even if they doubled and squared their traffic, they wouldn’t reach nearly as many readers as WUWT.
Cut off the attendees’ taxpayer funding, and Anthony & John Whitman might be the only ones there! Those other folks need real jobs.

charles nelson

NBC, ABC, CNN, BBC….DBC (Deer Creek Broadcasting) puts them all to shame!

Pippen Kool

“Some people protest against fossil fuels with their electric fossil fuel powered laptops. Irony impaired I suppose.”
The student had a sign that promoted alternative transportation. “gas sucks; ride a bike”.
If you bike to school or work 5 miles on way, which is about what most people would think is not overdoing it, you would save 2/5 of a gallon of gas (assuming your normal car gets 25 mpg in the city). Converting gas to kwatt-h (x 34) and assuming your computer uses about 50 watts when its on, I figured that biking one day is worth 34 days of using your computer 8 h/day.
My macBook air uses about half of that, so I’m good for about 2 months…
By the way, do you have to get the permission of people when you take pictures and post that way? I’m just wondering.
REPLY: This woman was sitting in a commons area in the basement of Moscone south with a bunch of other people using laptops. This is a public place, no permission needed. Besides, she’s flaunting, she WANTS to be noticed. Besides, she’s already being photographed by the camera in the background.- Anthony


Those who are doing God’s work (of damning or saving) are beyond ethics.
We need to save the planet even if it means a religious war.
(My tongue is starting to spasm from being in my cheek)

David Riser

Well I guess I am covered then, in my 20’s I rode 10miles one way to work and back each day for 2.5 years.

Pippen Kool says:
December 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm
But you missed out on her fossil fuel fridge and fossil fuel lighting and fossil fuel hot water system and fossil fuel washing machine, TV, oven,cooktop.central heating etc etc. I bet she doesn’t bike on a freezing cold day either.

Box of Rocks

Gas Sucks Ride a bike??
R U 4 Real?
I have run across idiots like that before. Ride a bike all week then drive a car to go skiing for one day in the mountains west of Denver….


with respect to the permissions issue. I’m a professional photog and although laws differ across borders the basic rule is that if you are in a public place, on public land than you are fair game. but if the photog is on public land and you are not, say in the privacy of your garden? You are still fair game.
The blurred lines come if you are both on private property, whoever owns it, then the individual being photographed, has the right to withhold their image providing that they are recognisable in the photograph.
I don’t know this Moscone place but I’m guessing that it’s a private place of business even if it has public areas. As such an individual could expect to be afforded certain privacy rights. I’d hate to give any crackpot greenie ideas but I’d think that they have a legal right to ask for an image which identifies them to be removed. ( that does not extend to an image of images which identify individuals ). There is no legal recourse unless there is a refusal to remove images which may or may not infringe someone’s rights.
REPLY: Moscone Center is the city’s convention center. It is a public facility. Thus, photos of anyone on the public city owned property is fair game. – Anthony

Sweet Old Bob

I bet that many of them think you are “just a child” while they are “emperors”….
We might agree! Because you have clear vision…

“Gas sucks, ride a bike”
One wonders how the out-of-towners arrived at the convention. I don’t think James Hansen and Kevin Trenberth came in on a flying unicorn and fairy dust.

Janice Moore

@ Pippen — not ONE of those people in Anth-ny’s photos has a reasonable expectation of privacy in the locations they were in when photographed. You only reveal your ignorance by asking that question.
Anthony! YOU ARE MY HERO. What a guy. When I saw that case with “WUWT” boldly proclaimed on the side, I felt SO PROUD OF YOU.
Re: Alley — LAUGH — OUT — LOUD. His “dance” reminds me of Dickens’ description of that ultra-scumbag Uriah Heep’s slimy twisting and gyrating in David Copperfield. Heh, I think he was attempting a weird combination of The Hustle and The Macarena… . He should just sit down and shut up. His voice doesn’t sound like he’s a vocalist, either…. “Open mike… .” I think you’d better stay far away from that place, sounds veeerrry creepy.
And, ho, ho, ho, union man Hansen is going to promote, like, what — the Teamsters? A.F.C.I.O.?
Widdo Trenberth (Mr. Liar of the Year Award — “Climate Communication Prize” my eye) — wan awaaaaay. Hiding out. COWARD (that is, btw, what ALL liars are, at bottom).
Anthony, YOU ARE SO COOL to walk in there so manfully, head held high, making NO apologies for standing up for the truth.
(at the risk of people equating me with the man with the sign, head shake, Imprayingforyou.)
Take care, O Hero for Science Truth,
P.S. @ Bike Girl — and on your metal rims, no doubt? Wearing a steel helmet, too, hm? Your hat looks like it’s made out of polyester… .


addendum to my previous post. if you simply ask someone politely if you may take their photo and they give permission? That image is your in perpetuity.

Janice Moore

A.F.L.C.I.O. (as if I really care)


And sorry Anthony ( this is where WordPress’ lack of edit shows up ) I didn’t mean to suggest any impropriety as I have no idea of the ownership / public land situation here. I just wanted to offer my observation to the issue as it was brought up.
Give ’em hell fella, even your presence must be ruffling feathers and personally I’m all for that.

Owen in GA

The problem I always had with riding my bike to work was there was nowhere to shower when I got there. Believe me, you wouldn’t want to share an office with me if I rode 5 miles on a typical Georgia summer day. PU!


Just in time for the AGU conference, and further proof the Gore Effect is alive and well, the Antarctic just sets a new (unofficial) world record low temperature:
-135.8C…. Brrrrrr.
Read ’em and weep.


The money quote for me …
“Trenberth gets an award for climate communications? Nobody can explain this and it is a travesty that we can’t.”
(you may want to fix the “am” in the question).


The record temperature was reported as -135.8F which is -93.2C. Just being a pendant.

It should be called American Rentseekers Union.
Perhaps Anthony can teach them how to speak in proper English instead of metaphors for deception.
The correct scientific language is Carbon Dioxide as in Tax, Carbon Tax is something completely different than what they actually want.

Jeff L

Box of Rocks says:
December 9, 2013 at 6:49 pm
“Ride a bike all week then drive a car to go skiing for one day in the mountains west of Denver….”
Not much riding in Denver over the last week with temps below zero at night & highs in single digits & teens.
… on the other hand I did ride my bike one warm day in the spring from Denver to A-basin to go skiing :)) That’s Colorado living !
Anthony, love the humor ! Looking forward to more …

Pippen Kool says December 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

assuming your computer uses about 50 watts when its on,

Mining for primes (for bitcoins)? Not everybody is into that in which case the ‘draw’ by most laptops will be on a par with yours (still an Intel-based CPU and chipset right?)

Pippen Kool

Box of Rocks says: ” a bike all week then drive a car to go skiing for one day in the mountains west of Denver….”
Box of Rocks says: “bike all week then drive a car to go skiing for one day in the mountains west of Denver….”
I don’t get your problem. The whole point of biking routinely is to save gasoline, not give it up entirely.
When I was a student (in Oregon; the mts were east not west) we biked all week and rode up with friends to the mts to ski and back, on the weekend like you say.
Using three students biking 2 miles to school and back, thats 6 (days) x 2 (miles to school) x 2 (and back) x 3 (students) = 72 miles of city driving avoided.
The trip up the mountain was about 35 or 40 miles, so 70 or 80 miles total of highway driving.
So the students used half of the gas they would have had they been driving cars. And, in general, we didn’t go up to the mts every week anyway.
But we did use the car to get the beer and groceries…


But we did use the car to get the beer

It’s good you had your priorities in the proper order.


Go down the list of what the global warming enthusiasts claim is going to happen in the near future.
Then, go read about the seven bowls of God’s wrath, in Revelation, Ch 16
Diseases from sun exposure, the death of all se life, unbearable heat, rivers drying up, etc.
I trust the author who jotted this down via divine revelation 2,000 years ago versus the God Complex scientists – they are so unoriginal when trying to make up their own apocalypse.

juan slayton

Truthseeker: The record temperature was reported as -135.8F which is -93.2C. Just being a pendant.
Hang in there, Truthseeker. : > )

REPLY: This woman was sitting in a commons area in the basement of Moscone south with a bunch of other people using laptops. This is a public place, no permission needed. Besides, she’s flaunting, she WANTS to be noticed. Besides, she’s already being photographed by the camera in the background.- Anthony
Anthony: I pride myself in being “near Sherlok” when it comes to misc. observations. Thus I went back to see what you meant. THE LOCAL SURVEILANCE CAMERA ALMOST JUMPED OUT AND BIT ME the second time I looked at the Photo. A lesson in “directed observation” (i.e., the directions were to look at the gal and the posting on the PC, DANG I fell for it, and SAW but did not “precieve” the totality of the image. OK, I pledge, in the future…I will be more observant. GOOD CATCH ON YOUR PART! Primo…

Anthony, why don’t you ask Hansen to share a platform calling for more research into next generation nuclear power? You never know – he might accept. That would set the cat among the pigeons!

Anthony, why don’t you ask Hansen to share a platform with you calling for more regulatory support for the adoption of passive safe nuclear power? It seems to be a big deal to him these days – he might accept. If he does, that will set the cat among the pigeons! 🙂

Pamela Gray

In my college days I used the ski lodge to stay out of the cold weather. The undergrads thought that skiing was sexy. After the third hot toddy, I thought their skiing was funny!

john robertson

Who knew that a blog would replace a proper use for a high intensity spotlight.
Or burning torches, pitchforks and angry peasants.
Now that is eco-friendly.
Thank you for your courage and great reporting.
Donation to follow.

Mario Lento

Go Anthony: I look forward to your findings oh great one…!

Steve Oregon

Ask many people one question.
If there is no warming for years to come when should the global warming theory be terminated?

Tommy E

As long as you are in San Francisco, you might as well walk or ride over to Ghirardelli Square near Fisherman’s Warf and “sequester” some carbon (H8N4C7O2 + C8H11N) fresh from the bubbling chocolate fountain. (^_^)

Mario Lento

Pippen Kool says:
December 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm
As is typical you missed the point. The girl said gas sucks, but then she can not live without it. If gas sucks so badly why not just plug her laptop into her bike and pedal to keep it charged? She’s not using wood chips or natural wood to keep warm unless she’s breaking the law (spare the air day again today prevents that). Why not get the hell out of the developed country which gave her the freedom to loathe the wonders of what have been afforded to her by that miraculous fossil based resource. Do you get it now?

Box of Rocks

The commute from Broomfield to Downtown Denver is roughly 45 min.
On my bike through Westminster and Arvada it take me 1hr 15 and I have a shower at work.
I take the long way to get the extra miles plus going down hill is fun.
Going home and uphill, well that is another story.
I would not burn any less gas on the weeks I rode a few days to work. I merely moved my miles around.
Personally I find the people like her and a lot of the folks in Boulder to be intellectual frauds.
Look at me – I ride my bike. Just don’t watch blow my savings in gas on other stuff.
Just look at 36 going into Boulder on a given day.
Too many cars because the Boulder has too many jobs. (Gotta luv the tax money though…)

Box of Rocks

Chris4692 says:
December 9, 2013 at 7:29 pm
But we did use the car to get the beer
It’s good you had your priorities in the proper order.
Ha – I use my pick up truck to get the ingredients to make beer.
At $35.00/ 5gallons and the beer taste better why drive to get beer?

HGW xx/7

At least Pippen can enjoy beer. Maybe we all just need to sit around, split a case and hash all this fussin’ and a-feudin’ out once and for all, slappin’ each other on the back and all. And just as an observation, Mr. Kool, I had to laugh when I heard you were in Oregon for school (Eugene, I assume?), the very state I ran screaming from at 18. Just goes to prove that it takes all kinds. 🙂
As for Ralph, you taking the time to come on here to grace us with your open-mindedness and scientific curiosity, thank you. You exactly have shown how desperately you want us out and how much just might be hiding around the door. May you wake up with a throbbing hangover and have a vulgar word written across your wrinkly, surely-aging, Pachauri-olied hippie brow.

Pippen Kool

Box of Rocks:
“It’s good you had your priorities in the proper order.
Ha – I use my pick up truck to get the ingredients to make beer.”
Wow, me too. Have some IPA carbonating right now should be ready for Xmas. I may give up some of my fossil carbon but I’m all for that made with yeast.