The White House gets into the 'polar vortex' climate change blame business

Watch John Holdren struggle to explain  the “waviness” of the circumpolar vortex aka the ‘polar vortex’ in today’s news cycle. Also, he says:

“If you’ve been hearing that extreme cold spells like the one we’re having in the United States now disprove global warming, don’t believe it,”

“The fact is that no single weather episode can either prove or disprove global climate change.”

From the video description:

President Obama’s Science and Technology Advisor, Dr. John Holdren, explains the polar vortex in 2 minutes—and why climate change makes extreme weather more likely going forward. Learn more at

Seems they had to rush this to press so as to not to miss the news cycle before the cold air went away. Watch, and be sure to have your air sickness bag handy.

I’m too busy at work right now, so I’ll leave readers to point out the weaknesses.

h/t to Steve Milloy


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James Delingpole has a delightful rebuttal to the White House’s “claims” regarding the Polar Vortex here:


These people are idiots. I’ve had THREE people who use to believe in global warming tell me they can’t believe people are trying to convince everyone that global warming causes cooling. No one but the true believer is buying this at all. Most supporters don’t even seem to be buying this.


Senator Tim Wirth please call your office

Fire the bums. In my view, this is all about control of the populous.

Kyle M

It seems that the home of global warming just became an igloo!


what a load of BS how dose he sleep at night

Jon Kassaw MA LPC

Talk about the stupidity of this white house and since we can keep our coverage then let us keep our sanity too! In alcoholics anonymous in step 2 says, “the difinition of insanity is doing the same things over and over expecting DIFFERENT results” and that my friend is what global warmist continue to do. Don’t worry Washington, the Wave is coming!


Now we know it: Global warming means more freezing.
Shouldn’t we wish for Global cooling then?


Excellent post. Maybe we should ask – does the global warming theory predict the brutal cold? H-h-m-m let me guess – no? But its warming? Oh? U-u-m-m is anyone down there hanging on to Obama’s global warming message for liberals?


Look at the good Doctors resume – and this guy is Obumbles ‘Science & Technology’ adviser? No wonder this country is so screwed up.


“The fact is that no single weather episode can either prove or disprove global climate change.”
At least he has that part right; perhaps he’d like to drill that into all alarmists?

Doug S

These guys are something else. No matter what happens with the sea, the ice, the rain, the sun, the snow, the heat, the cold it’s always due to global warming.
Note how Holdren says there is “debate” in the climate community? I thought these clowns told us the debate was over! My god, get it together progressives. get your story straight and get back to us with your latest coordinated propaganda line.


The Polar vortex is something completely new to us and will be made much, much worse by man’s co2. It really is as bad as that and much worse than we thought! We must act now! We must act then! We must act now and then!!!

“In 1974, Time Magazine blamed the cold polar vortex on global cooling.”,9171,944914,00.html
“Forty years later, Time Magazine blames the cold polar vortex on global warming”

Thanks A, but I cannot do this to myself. Watching this video would let my insurance company claim it was suicide!
Also, consuming or even touching anthropogenic excrement is in bad taste.
All this cold in north America was compensated by a killer heat wave in Serbia? Which towns? The whole country? Wow! Really?
Watch the northern polar vortex at,80 (earth wind map, Cameron Beccario).


Its a theory still and the problem is the observable climate has not matched their dire predictions. Scientifically, that means we need a new theory. I vote for its normal…not man made!

it is, at best, a hypothesis; theories are supported by evidence, reproducible, and predictive.

Kit Blanke

Now we know: “Decreased temperature difference between the tropics and the poles results in stronger storms” Where did he learn this stuff, a ceral box!!!!!
This defines the Obama folks, a general insult to a box of rocks!!
It’s an election year, remember this.


President Obama and his disciples aren’t stupid. They don’t believe a word they are saying. Instead, they believe WE are stupid, and they have some evidence to back up their belief. After all, we did elect him….twice.

Chuck L

-50’s to -60’sF in Siberia. Return engagement of “polar vortex” in 10 days.
Frigid temperatures no doubt the result of global warming which melted the Arctic, kinked the jet stream and pushed the cold air south or maybe the result of excessive hot air emanating from Washington DC and certain “reknowned” climate scientists.


So, he means weather events such as SUPER storm sandy, or other events except events he wants to use to blame global climate warming/cooling CO2 is bad, coal bad, etc?
Or maybe they can explain why the “warming November since records began” is relevant, but the coldest December will not be? I get it, everything is to blame, provided you live in a rich Western economy…..

What I do believe is current grand solar minimum effects disproves man-made global warming.

Gail Combs

frozenohio says: @ January 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Look at the good Doctors resume…
OH, do you mean like his recommendations for:

“A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States…
– John Holdren, Anne Ehrlich, and Paul Ehrlich, Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions (San Francisco; W.H. Freeman and Company, 1973), p. 279.


…simultaneous de-development of the [overdeveloped countries] and semi-development of the underdeveloped countries (UDC’s), in order to approach a decent and ecologically sustainable standard of living for all in between. By de-development we mean lower per-capita energy consumption, fewer gadgets, and the abolition of planned obsolescence.”
– John Holdren and Paul Ehrlich, “Introduction,” in Holdren and Ehrlich, eds., Global Ecology, 1971, p. 3.


….limitation of material consumption, redistribution of wealth, transitions to technologies that are environmentally and socially less disruptive than today’s, and movement toward some kind of world government”
– Paul Ehrlich, Anne Ehrlich, and John Holdren, Ecoscience: Population, Resources, and Environment (San Francisco: W. H. Freeman and Company, 1977) ( p. 5).

Toward a Planetary Regime

Perhaps those agencies, combined with UNEP and the United Nations population agencies, might eventually be developed into a Planetary Regime—sort of an international superagency for population, resources, and environment. Such a comprehensive Planetary Regime could control the development, administration, conservation, and distribution of all natural resources, renewable or nonrenewable,…
– Paul Ehrlich, Anne Ehrlich, and John Holdren, Ecoscience: Population, Resources, and Environment (San Francisco: W. H. Freeman and Company, 1977) Page 942-3

More at:

Leon Brozyna

But at its root, the first cause is CO₂ (carbon dioxide) … the most powerful element in the known universe, it causes everything.


From the same douchebags that keep alluding to some type of relationship between Tropical “Super” Storm Sandy and global warming.


The man is correct – it doesn’t prove or disprove “global climate change”. Of course what he really means is ‘human caused global warming’. But what it does prove is that weather events and the temperature ranges that can occur (-50 deg C and +50 deg C, i.e. a temperature difference of 100 deg C) swamps the 1 deg C (to be generous) of “global warming” over the next 100 years that is in all probability not likely to be due to CO2 emissions. And proves the utter stupidity of attempting to “tackle” such a rise.

I see, the next little ice age is caused by us.
Where is the promised warm temperatur? I think it’s in the deep sea and is scared to come out.

M Courtney

The cooling is a challenge to belief in warming from the release of CO2.
A challenge to faith needs to be resisted.
Steadfastness provides the strength to hold on to the truth.
Thus, this event is proof that Gaia is fortifying the Greens.
The science is settled.

Leon Brozyna

But at its root, the first cause is CO₂ … the most powerful element in the known universe, even more powerful than Kryptonite, it causes everything.
(there, that’s what I meant to say)


Just out of interest the polar vortex described as early as 1853.

Glaciochemical time series developed from Summit, Greenland, indicate that the chemical composition of the atmosphere was dynamic during the Holocene epoch. Concentrations of sea salt and terrestrial dusts increased in Summit snow during the periods 0 to 600, 2400 to 3100, 5000 to 6100, 7800 to 8800, and more than 11,300 years ago. The most recent increase, and also the most abrupt, coincides with the Little Ice Age. These changes imply that either the north polar vortex expanded or the meridional air flow intensified during these periods, and that temperatures in the mid to high northern latitudes were potentially the coldest since the Younger Dryas event.…270.1962O


“I’m too busy at work right now, so I’ll leave readers to point out the weaknesses.”
Beat me to it.

Curious George

John Holdren and Paul Ehrlich famously lost a bet with Julian Simon (a bet that the price of five key metals would be higher in 1990 than in 1980.) I fully expect his predictions to follow that illustrious tradition. Unfortunately, I am riding a wagon he helps to steer.

Gail Combs

Arninetyes says: @ January 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm
….. They don’t believe a word they are saying. Instead, they believe WE are stupid….
It is not just Obama but the entire bureaucracy and political class.
This is from 2007:

USDA Internal Handbook Advises Animal-Identification Staff to Address Farmers “at the Sixth Grade Level”
The USDA’s confidential “NAIS How-To Handbook,” intended for non-public distribution to Federal and State NAIS personnel, reveals an aggressive campaign to implement NAIS in the face of farmer opposition by strictly controlling communications, manipulating media coverage, concealing the original NAIS program documents, and discrediting opponents.
Mary Zanoni, Ph.D., J.D.

(Mary had a lot to do with my ditching the rose colored glasses when viewing the US government.)

I looked up quack scientist in the dictionary and John Holdren’s picture popped up.

Mr. Lion

“The fact is that no single weather episode can either prove or disprove global climate change.”
Funny how they forgot all about that not two months ago.

Gail Combs

Leon Brozyna says:
January 8, 2014 at 3:27 pm
But at its root, the first cause is CO₂ (carbon dioxide) … the most powerful element in the known universe, it causes everything.
CRINGE, it is a molecule. Carbon is an element. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Coal is a tree’s best friend. And CO2 is a magic gas straight from a unicorn’s rear end.


You deniers just don’t understand the science. You’re probably creationists. Let me explain this to you. I’ll use small words so that you can understand. All bad weather is caused by global warming, whether that weather is warm or cold. If rainfall causes a flood, it’s caused by global warming. If rainfall causes bumper crops it’s a random weather event. This is because western culture values profits over people. People in the west have become alienated from nature and consumerism has put the earth out of BALANCE. Global warming is mother nature fighting back against corporate greed. And you don’t fight back with pleasant weather, therefore good weather can’t be caused by global warming and bad weather must be. QED

David Ball

Washington D.C. (Damage Control)

Russ R.

So a shallower pressure gradient, now has the magical property of pushing a heavy, dense air mass, further than a steeper pressure gradient would.
Must be similar to the magical property of CO2, that amplifies its IR properties.
Good thing the globe stopped warming quite a while ago, so we don’t have to worry about magical properties, that only the “experts” truly understand.

Gail Combs

Jimbo says: @ January 8, 2014 at 3:33 pm
Boy, they sure don’t want you to find that paper!
It is
“Complexity of Holocene Climate as Reconstructed from a Greenland Ice Core”‎
And seems to have been removed.
There is also a newer version
(your link did not work so I went looking)

V. Uil

MoveOn.Org the left wing activist group that supports all things left is getting in on the rebuttal act too. Obviously the NA frigid weather has all the warmists mobilizing to fight the increasing doubt of the populace.
Here’s an email they are circulating to their followers:
Dear MoveOn member,
It’s freezing out! Literally. And the frigid weather most of the country is facing—with windchills still as low as minus 50 degrees F in some places—has brought out the climate deniers yet again.
The cold weather we’re experiencing is originating in the polar vortex—a whirlwind of Arctic air in which temperatures drop when the North Pole is pointed away from the sun.(1) The Arctic is actually warming twice as fast as much of the Earth, and the jet streams that trap its frigid air are weakening. Cold snaps like the one we’re experiencing are a normal part of winter weather—and some climate scientists think the melting Arctic is actually making this sort of “polar vortex” event more likely.(2)
But while the vortex science may sound complicated, one thing is crystal clear: global warming is very real—and hugely dangerous. That’s why we’ve partnered with our friends at Forecast the Facts to give members the proof they need to counter Fox News’ climate change-denying talking points.
Can you share our graphic today so your friends know how climate change deniers’ claims are full of hot air?
After you share the graphic, sign Forecast the Facts’ petition demanding that The New York Times follow the lead of The Los Angeles Times and stop publishing the letters of climate deniers.
Click here to share the image with your friends (or just forward this email).
Thanks for all you do.
–Victoria, Nick, Bobby, Mariana, and the rest of the team
1. “Arctic Amplification,” NASA Earth Observatory, May 26, 2013
2. “Record Highs vs. Record Lows,” Climate Central, July 10, 2013
“‘Highly significant’ heatwave smashes Australian records,” The Sydney Morning Herald, January 6, 2014
Want to support our work? MoveOn Civic Action is entirely funded by our 8 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.

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It’s worse than we thought.
The propaganda, I mean.

“There is a flip side to the cold wave. Serbia is hot.”
Less freezing cold than usual is not quite the same thing as “hot”. 😉

“The fact is that no single weather episode can either prove or disprove global climate change.”
Nothing can prove or disprove global climate change warming just as the existence of god can be neither proved or disproved. Global warming exists beyond the ken of science – that is why we need the AGW priesthood to read the signs and wonders and inform us lowly mortals how we may be ab$olved of our climate sins.

Steve from Rockwood

New definition of an “ice-age”: a counterintuitive example of an interglacial in action.


So let’s keep it simple John (BTW love the wavey colour vortex, quite the animator aren’t we?) in line with your patently deficient intellect (the beard and circus clown tie didn’t seduce me, but by all means).
Now John, please understand computer models don’t “tell” us anything but if you do think they are such great predictors, then please understand you need another model, ’cause the current crop endorsed by the IPCC get it all wrong.

Steve from Rockwood

If this is their “A” team then the deniers have won hands-down. Time to circle round to the pub.


I watched the video 4 times.
My takeaway was that Dr. John Holdren has a belief.
It sickens my stomach that this comes from my White House.
Yet, here we are.
Onward !


Questions for Dr John Holdren or anyone who agrees with him
Were the previous record low temperatures across the US due to a Polar Vortex? How far back do we have to go to find the last Polar Vortex that was not due to global warming?
When were all the earlier Polar Vortex incidents against which we can measure the claim of growing frequency of such events? One cannot be the basis for saying we’re seeing increased frequency.
Holdren could have stopped at saying that the current episode is weather, not climate. So why didn’t he? Could it be a decade and a half of no increase made this difficult?

Hmmmm here’s the current temperatures in Siberia (North Asia):
I wouldn’t want to be there…


out-of-date because the writer still thinks the Polar Star is off to rescue the Shokalskiy & Xue Long. seems he wrote it earlier than the date published. however, very interesting detail:
9 Jan: Australian: Anthony Bergin: Saga of Shokalskiy breaks ice on much-needed polar conversation
(Anthony Bergin is deputy director, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and honorary fellow, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-operative Research Centre)
It’s interesting that the voyage isn’t part of the official Australian Antarctic Science Program, and was taking paying passengers. The cruise is badged by its operators as the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, appropriating the name of the Australasian scientific team that explored part of the cold continent between 1911 and 1914, led by Douglas Mawson. It’s a bit like stealing the term Anzac for a tourist visit to Gallipoli…