Newsbytes: For Global Warming Campaigners, 2013 Was The Year From Hell

From the GWPF and Dr. Benny Peiser

News Media No Longer Interested In Climate Hysteria

2013 marks the 17th year of no warming on the planet. Almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the cause of global warming. 2013 was the best of years for climate skeptics; the worst of years for climate change enthusiasts for whom any change – or absence of change — in the weather served as irrefutable proof of climate change. That governments and the public would abandon the duty to stop climate change was in their minds no more thinkable than Hell freezing over. Which the way things are going for them, may happen in 2014. –Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post, 20 December 2013

As the Anthropogenic Global Warming boondoggle continues to collapse, the Greens and others complicit in the warming alarmist industry are busily looking for reasons for their failure to convince people of the validity of their message. It’s called crying Wolf, repeatedly, the Greens simply don’t comprehend that after decades of failed predictions of looming environmental holocaust, people are bored of the CO2 wolf that never comes. Like all good scams and totalitarian ideologies the suppression of dissent and discussion was of a paramount importance to keep the public with the Green message. The Greens and warmists always knew that their story would never stand up to public scrutiny and debate which is why they worked so hard to suppress dissent and smear the opponents with labels like “Denier”. —Tory Aardvark, 17 December 2013

Global sea ice area is the second highest on record for Dec 16th, and the highest since 1988. For most of this year, it has been above the 1979-2008 mean. –Paul Homewood, Not A Lot Of People Know That, 19 December 2013


OK, this is probably going to be the most boring interview I’ve ever done. And I probably shouldn’t even do it because it’s kind of a losing proposition, but I will because I think this issue of climate change is truly important, and that it is a major tragedy how poorly it’s been handled. The boredom [is] so purified and crystalized it’s in an unadulterated form that could make even a robot want to commit suicide. –Randy Olson, Spiegel Online, 20 December 2013

Last month we told you about John Beale, the Environmental Protection Agency employee who bilked taxpayers out of almost $900,000 by pretending to be a secret agent. Telling EPA colleagues that he was a CIA operative, Beale was paid for long absences while on imaginary missions for “Langley.” Now there is a disturbing new question about John Beale that goes to the heart of the EPA’s mission. Are we now supposed to believe that in contrast to his other lies, the work Beale chose to perform at EPA is the product of careful and honest analysis? What Congress needs to examine is whether the policies that the head of EPA says were shaped to a large degree by Beale were also based on fraud. —The Wall Street Journal, 19 December 2013

Surprise! The media still doesn’t want to discuss climate change that much. A new FAIR survey looking at top national news networks found that while reports of extreme weather dominated the media in 2013, networks failed to include hardly any mention of human influence. A study in August revealed that the more time viewers spend consuming conservative news, the more likely they are to become skeptical of climate science. –Catherine Taibi, Huffington Post, 18 December 2013

Critics are slamming Reddit over a single moderator’s decision to ban climate-change skeptics from contributing to its science forum, attacking the move as “political censorship.” In an op-ed titled “Reddit’s science forum banned climate deniers. Why don’t all newspapers do the same?” Nathan Allen explained his decision to wipe comments from some users he dismissed as “problematic.” Allen called for other news outlets to follow his example, asking “if a half-dozen volunteers can keep a page with more than 4 million users from being a microphone for the antiscientific, is it too much to ask for newspapers to police their own editorial pages as proficiently?” –Adam Shaw, Fox News, 19 December 2013

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December 20, 2013 9:27 am

I suspect 2014 will commence with the greatest sea ice extent and mass since 1974 as well as the greatest continental ice mass since the same year.

December 20, 2013 9:38 am

I believe your suspicion will be realized. I think that 2014 is a threshold year, and the trends for the next few decades will be growing ice, and dropping global temperatures – in spite of the attempts to “adjust” the figures.

December 20, 2013 9:39 am

Wow, the Redit issue supprises me. I thought Redit was suposed to be a place where people can discuss anything without having totalitarian overloards monitoring their every word.

December 20, 2013 9:47 am

Like all totalitarians, those at Reddit seem benign as long as you agree with them. Once you disagree with them you will see their other side.

Frank K.
December 20, 2013 10:02 am

tadchem says:
December 20, 2013 at 9:47 am
“Like all totalitarians, those at Reddit seem benign as long as you agree with them. Once you disagree with them you will see their other side.”
Frankly, I had never heard of “Reddit” until this incident, and I’ll probably never, ever bother to investigate them (or their sponsors).
But this points to something I think we should all do in 2014. The CAGW climate meme has gotten so utterly ridiculous, and its proponents so deluded and dysfunctional, that we need to start eliminating (from our daily lives) media that support this nonsense. For example, I’ll never use “Weather Underground” again – let Jeff Masters make his money from someone else. And, besides, there are MUCH better weather information sites on the internet. Likewise, the Weather Channel, ABCNBCCBSPBS, CNN, New York TImes, Wapo, USA Today… Choose NOT to buy their products and let their sponsors know you do not use these media outlets. Among friends and family, let your opinions be known. It won’t be long before these (media) people become even more unpopular (and laughed at) than they already are.

December 20, 2013 10:17 am

it’s part of the gene pool, a percentage of self elevated so called elite intellects that are hell bent on demonizing anyone who dares profess any idea or thought outside their narrowed dictates. In fact, that gene pool continuously resurfaces by snakingly backstabbing their way into positions of power. They eat their own on the way up; their evilness has no boundary. First the unconscionable thought, then the speech, then the act. History is rife with their examples to which we can learn from, yet their followers embolden them.

December 20, 2013 10:26 am

The pause before the storm. If any of us mistakenly believe they are going to give up, we are sadly delusional. I am sure they will try to now start proving the oceans ate their homework with gusto and vigor.

December 20, 2013 10:51 am

Perhaps as a result, the stridency of climate alarmists seems to have stepped up.
I hear more calls for “climate denial” (what variety is rarely made clear) to be barred outright from publications, since the science is apparently becoming ever more certain even as the global temperature goes sidewise. This is almost certainly a sign of desperation. Failing to win the public debate, the alarmist now simply want to shut their opponents up.
It’s not likely going to work. This “interweb” thingy is hard to control. Censorship is considered damage, and routed around.

James Strom
December 20, 2013 11:02 am

philjourdan, you may be too pessimistic. Sure, among activist scientists and the news media and many dispensers of research grants 97% are probably still adamant. The key question is what do national governments believe. Canada and Australia have fallen off the wagon, Japan is teetering, and China and Russia continue to stay aboard as long as belief could bring them donations from the developed world. Consensus among countries is less than the mythical 97%, and it’s headed down.

Reply to  James Strom
December 20, 2013 11:45 am

@James Strom – yes, Oz and Canada are hopeful signs, but they are not completely free of the disease. And yes, I totally agree with you about China and the 3rd world. As long as they see a buck in it, they will be on board. But other than stacking the IPCC, they are not my real concern.
That is the West. Almost without exception, they still bow and curtsey to the AGW god. The science is overwhelmingly neutral! Yet they are overwhelmingly rabidly dogmatic.

John F. Hultquist
December 20, 2013 11:18 am

Making a transition from one thing to another smoothly and without interruption.
The movement segued from CAGW to catastrophic global (. . . . .).
Fill in the blank with your own best guess.
But watch for it.

December 20, 2013 11:22 am

My main concern is punishment for rejecting the AGW programming. Hundreds of billions have been spent and millions of MSM man hours have been exercised to train proles to believe in the manufactured con. In addition the big payoff, Trillions will not be made from the great carbon dioxide tax scheme. Our filthy rich overlords with their huge egos are steaming mad they aren’t getting what they want. I fear what those crazy people will do to us. Even Senator Barbara Boxer said rejecting the Cap & Trade Bill is what wars are made of.
There are so many agents that devoted so much of their lives getting for our global government overlords what they really wanted, a global carbon tax and one world government. I fear the useful idiots going crazy when they realize their bubble has burst, their efforts were in vein, and their life’s work has been rendered meaningless.
The NSA control grid for global planetary surveillance being torn down is not making our owners happy either. You know our overloads are going nuts not getting their way with full spectrum dominance. We’re talking hundreds of years of their work down the drain. I really fear they’ll start WW3 because they’re not happy with what the proles are giving them.

Janice Moore
December 20, 2013 11:29 am

Dear, Discouraged, Phil Jourdan,
In the hopes that this will encourage you a bit, here is part of my comment on the sunset photo thread yesterday:
” … {Watts and Monckton have} rallied the valiant but scattered warriors for truth making the difference between an enemy drooling in triumph over a cowering, tricked and utterly ignorant, public and an enemy held at bay, snarling and bellowing, unable to prevail.”
And they NEVER shall. For, in the end, truth wins.
— There will always and forever be l!ars; the key is shining the light of truth on those rats and slaying enough of them (with facts) to keep them on the margins, always fighting a defensive war.
Their mere existence is just like cow crap in the barn. You don’t get perturbed. You just scoop it up and go on with your day. And there will be more tomorrow, but, unless we stop scooping, it won’t amount to much. (stinks, though, huh? — THANK YOU ALL YOU SCIENCE GIANTS for continuing to get in there, day after day, with your mighty shovels to rescue us from a disgusting death!)
Re: the source of the bad news for AGWers — Au contraire, if I may say so… . It is correct that the AGWers will, since that is where their main source of power lies, attribute the cold bite of reality to He1l, but, they are mixed up — again. All that helps to promote truth comes from a place 180 degrees in the opposite direction.

December 20, 2013 11:47 am

And may 2014 start the prosecution of the “Profits” of fear mongering.
If the deep freeze begins, they will look back to 2013 as their golden years.
I have zero sympathy for any involved, they attempted to mug me and mine.
Because of true belief or for personal wealth, I do not care, a stupid person can be just as lethal as a bandit.
We need to make examples of all of our kleptocrats, who created, promoted and continue to protect the CAGW myth.

December 20, 2013 12:22 pm

Never get too optomistic. Some of the CAGW greens are rabid enough that, when they see they are losing, they are likely to resort to violence or terrorism. Never forget the 1010 commercials. These people will not go away just because they are obviously wrong. And don’t forget that President You-Can-Keep-Your-Health-Plan is a true believer, pledged to drive coal-fired power plants into bankruptcy and currently taking action through the EPA to do so.

December 20, 2013 12:23 pm

One thing that’s silently working in our favor, year by year, is the continuing failure of renewables to live up to their hype. This ever-growing gap, and the ever-growing cost of electricity, will pay dividends in rhetorical ammo in coming years.

more soylent green!
December 20, 2013 12:37 pm

From the Wall Street Journal
John Beale’s EPA — An amazing fraud by an architect of government climate policies.
The above article isn’t paywalled and it’s an eye-opener. We’ve previously covered the EPA’s John Beal, who claimed to be an undercover CIA agent while holding a senior post at the EPA. Beal wasn’t just some low- or mid-level staffer, he was a senior advisor to Gina McCarthy, who is now the EPA chief.

George Lawson
December 20, 2013 1:40 pm

I like the idea of giving quotes from all the publications who are now coming round to accepting what this site has been promoting for so long, that the global warming scam should be challenged. I don’t know how you have the time for doing so many excellent posts Mr Watts, but we would all like to see a lot more quotes from supportive publications in order to drive the collapse of the AGW cause, and for which WUWT must take so much credit. We all wish you and your family a very happy Christmas, and a new year in which you finally convince world governments and other bodies that they have been duped by a group of scientists whose only interest in life is to take advantage of their research funds..

Crispin in Waterloo
December 20, 2013 1:41 pm

“One thing that’s silently working in our favor, year by year, is the continuing failure of renewables to live up to their hype. This ever-growing gap, and the ever-growing cost of electricity, will pay dividends in rhetorical ammo in coming years.”
This is right on the money. The sheer cost of “renewables” – which does not really take into consideration the whole system cost – is going to break too many government coffers. Nuclear power is available and manageable and has been the target in inane (to say the least) fear-mongering largely in support of the CO2 tax agenda. All countries like Canada have to do is continue developing their hydro and nuclear systems. In 100 years, by the time the oil is only being tapped at the refresh rate from below, there will be a completely matured energy industry that can provide vast quantities of low cost power. Most vehicles will be electric. System efficiencies of most things will have been sharply improved. The future is benign, interesting and affordable with a sensible level of recycling. Nothing wrong with that.
Never underestimate mankind’s innovative power.

Brian H
December 20, 2013 1:46 pm

Olsen in Der Spiegel touts Montreal as a great success, and wishes it could have been repeated at Dopenhagen. Looking around Der Spiegel, it’s full-court press on trying to push the meme. I have no idea if it will make it through moderation, but I commented:

Newsflash: Warming moderates and reduces clashes of polar and tropical air, and reduces extreme weather. Pray for it to happen. Unfortunately, cooling and the droughts, tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes and mass death by hypothermia it brings are now in the cards for a few decades. Enjoy. Preparations for the opposite will make the situation far worse.
That’s the “Climate Emergency”.

December 20, 2013 1:51 pm

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

William Astley
December 20, 2013 3:19 pm

This is astonishing. The observations are screaming: The planet has started to cool in response to the most abrupt slowdown in the solar magnetic cycle in 8000 years and the warmists are still pushing their propaganda.
Dec 16th, 2013 Global Sea Ice Highest For 25 Years (William: No comment in the media?)
The AGU conference update on solar activity did not discuss the largest drop off in TSI (Total solar irradiation) in recorded history. That omission is mind boggling.

Gail Combs
December 20, 2013 3:47 pm

Crispin in Waterloo says: @ December 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm
….Never underestimate mankind’s innovative power.
That should be the quote of the year.
It is what the whiny bedwetters and chicken littles always forget.
In her lifetime my Grandma went from horse and buggy to seeing a man walk on the moon. When you think about it, that is truly amazing.
Now the Luddites in control of our governments are using CAGW and their idea of ‘Sustainability’ to push the world back to the horse and buggy era and universal poverty. (For us of course not them)

Janice Moore
December 20, 2013 3:59 pm

Gail Combs (glad you’ve time to post again), great point. So, here it is again (with my edit),
“….Never underestimate {humanity’s} innovative power.” (Crispin in Waterloo)
…. and a video and a comment from another thread that, I think, nicely underscores that message:

“Note: per my anonymous source (and me)…
‘There is actually a very useful lesson to be learned from the above:
… given the technological changes in only 45 years (from
the Wright brothers’ first passenger flights in 1908 to the B-52 in
1952) {to presume that humanity will not develop the technology
necessary to adapt to climate change (no matter what causes it)
demonstrates a laughable ignorance of history.}'”
(Dec. 17, 10:36pm, U.S. Snow thread)

December 20, 2013 4:29 pm

Today’s Denver Post editorial was titled “Wind Power – YES; Killing Eagles – NO”
The Left, the sustainability crowd, the renewables-deserve-subsidies crowd, the “Progressives”, the save-the-planet weepers, and all fellow travelers have completely painted themselves into a deep, dark corner – with no escape.
Windmills kill things that fly. Period. Just because the Obama Interior Dept gives wind-energy companies a 30-year “pass” does not change facts on the ground.
That’s a lot of dead eagles, bats, condors, and such
And windmills still suck at generating reliable power, especially when it is needed
The entire “renewable energy” cabal is corrupt. Treat it like a black-widow spider in the bedroom.

December 20, 2013 6:40 pm

Not truly surprising. Everybody with a political agenda lies.
I found this on NOAA, where their own ice cover page shows significant recovery. They still claim, in every word, that the ice is melting:

December 20, 2013 10:09 pm

@Francisco, and other WUWT folks –
Let’s not forget that the NOAA has started trying to rewrite the history of the most recent highest temps period (the 1930s), in true Orwellian fashion, by “adjusting” and “recalculating”. What with other indications that raw data is being destroyed in other disciplines where there is disagreement on fundamentals, we’d better hope that somewhere, someone trustworthy has archived all the real data where der Fuehrer and his AGW satraps can’t get to it.. NOAA has already been caught falsifying recent temp data, so it would follow that they will try to “revise” older data to make it fit the hockey stick. It’s a good thing there is as much anecdotal evidence and data squirreled away in such things as local newspapers – that makes it a lot harder for them to do their Orwell shtick, and there’s no way they could ever undo the historical records of prior warming periods without destroying an awful lot of library collections. However, whatever is in the Library of Congress in the way of original documents might well be vulnerable, so long as the Chief Alarmist is president. Vigilance is most definitely required!

December 20, 2013 10:12 pm

@geologyjim –
Couldn’t say it better myself – “renewable” energy is an environmental as well as economic disaster. Frankly, I’d like to see the investors in them required to pay for removing them, disposing of the various hazmats in them, and restoring the landscapes and habitats they have destroyed.

nick kermode
December 21, 2013 1:50 am

That graph does not show tenths of a degree above and below 14.5C

December 21, 2013 2:14 am

Isn’t that the graph of surface temperature?

December 21, 2013 2:44 am

The CAGW hypothesis can’t take many more years of no increasing trends in: global land/sea temps, lower troposphere temps, top 700 meters of ocean temps, Accumulated Cyclone Energy, global ice extents, droughts, global snow cover, etc. To the contrary, all of these observed climate indicators are completely the opposite of CAGW hypothetical projections.
CAGW polling data shows people are losing faith in THE CAUSE, with growing numbers thinking its a complete joke. Even the MSM is becoming more open to the idea that perhaps CAGW isn’t the settled science they were lead to believe and helped propagandize.
Doubt leads to skepticism, which, hopefully, leads to CAGW finally ending up on the trash heap of failed ideas within the not too distant future.
Warmunist scientists and politicians are running out of excuses and time, while taxpayers are running out of money, patience and faith for CAGW.
I think we’re quickly reaching the beginning of the end on this scam.

December 21, 2013 5:54 am

Read an article that stated the USA had bumper crops of most grains this last growing season due to almost perfect weather and climate conditions.
I doubt it will be widely announced thru most media .
I have forgot the link to .

December 21, 2013 6:09 am

Lying about CO2AGW was the Pandora’s box for journalists. They got away with it and now they lie about everything. It will also be their downfall.

December 21, 2013 7:03 am

Chad Wozniak says: “Frankly, I’d like to see the investors in them required to pay for removing them, disposing of the various hazmats in them, and restoring the landscapes and habitats they have destroyed.”
Agree totally, there are 100’s of the things blighting our NE England landscape. To add insult to injury, they either spin slowly or not at all, generating negligible amounts of electricity, certainly not enough to offset the CO2 needed to build them, the roads to service them and the 800 tons of concrete needed to prevent them from toppling over.

December 21, 2013 9:07 am

If the natural climate variations of Earth had not stemmed the warming evident in the ’90s. We free humans would be majorly screwed. We would be guilt ridden tax mules. Thank you God, Thank you.

December 21, 2013 9:25 am

“Today’s Denver Post editorial was titled “Wind Power – YES; Killing Eagles – NO””
Killing avian wildlife goes with the territory when it comes to idiotic wind turbines. With that said, allow me to rewrite the Denver Post’s editorial title for them…..

December 21, 2013 11:14 am

Annus Horribilis (don’t forget that second ‘n’)

Beta Blocker
December 21, 2013 12:40 pm

philjourdan says: December 20, 2013 at 10:26 am ” The pause before the storm. If any of us mistakenly believe they are going to give up, we are sadly delusional. I am sure they will try to now start proving the oceans ate their homework with gusto and vigor.

A period of continuously falling global global mean temperatures lasting thirty to fifty years or longer will be necessary before the climate science community ever begins to question its basic narrative that greenhouse gases are the primary regulating mechanism of the earth’s climate system.
The AGW alarmists will never give up, not within the lifetimes of most of the people who follow WUWT, anyway. What happens next with GHG regulation and control will depend upon what happens next with future socioeconomic, political, and popular culture trends.
If GMT either stays flat or climbs at a slow rate which is inconsistent with model predictions, the actual trend of global mean temperature will have little or no effect in changing the climate science community’s basic AGW narrative. What will change will be the variety and complexity of the explanations given for why measured GMT in the atmosphere doesn’t reflect the supposed radiative imbalance.
The extent to which the popular media pays attention to what the climate science community says will also depend upon what happens next with future socioeconomic, political, and popular culture trends. AGW will ebb and flow as other popular trends ebb and flow, but it will never disappear as an agendized social-political movement.

December 22, 2013 12:07 pm

“News Media No Longer Interested In Climate Hysteria”–well, except for the PBS Newshour. I seldom see it but every time that I have when at my parents house, there has been some misleading hype about climate change. Maybe I am just lucky.

Kevin Kilty
December 22, 2013 1:07 pm

When anyone wishes to illustrate the radiative balance of the Earth in simple form, and this is where all discussion of AGW begins, they employ an average surface temperature of 288K. That the measured value begins and ends in this particular record at 14.5C then suggests not only is its temperature not increasing, our planet is even cooler than the hysterics claim.

December 23, 2013 2:36 am

[While perhaps accurate, this was trimmed per site policy. Mod]

December 23, 2013 1:05 pm

Frank K. says:
But this points to something I think we should all do in 2014. The CAGW climate meme has gotten so utterly ridiculous, and its proponents so deluded and dysfunctional, that we need to start eliminating (from our daily lives) media that support this nonsense. For example, I’ll never use “Weather Underground” again – let Jeff Masters make his money from someone else. And, besides, there are MUCH better weather information sites on the internet.
LIke what? Every place I have found to get weather information from supports the CAGW meme completely. Can anyone suggest any that aren’t always trying to serve the koolaid?

December 24, 2013 10:46 pm

So tell me what will the Global Warmistas do as the climate grows constantly and inexorably COLDER? As the tree line marches ever toward the equator? As one city after another is abandoned due to unmanageable snow accumulation?
1) Keep shouting Climate Change
2) Demand the speedy trial and execution of Global Warming Deniers
3) Change the topic to something more sexy such as porn

December 24, 2013 10:51 pm

“We need to start eliminating (from our daily lives) media that support this nonsense.”
Yes I have. I do view a little just to keep my hand in propaganda recoginization and techniques; not a bad skill to have these days..

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