Ridiculous loaded gun analogy: '…staring down the barrel of climate change'

From Stanford’s News Service, comes this hyper PR. Red mine. In case anybody wants to go or watch, there will be a live feed.

Stanford climate scientist to discuss state of climate science, coming risks

WHO: Chris Field, professor of interdisciplinary environmental studies at Stanford University and co-chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Working Group II.

 WHAT: The world is staring down the barrel of climate change that is faster than at any time in the last 65 million years, says climate expert Chris Field. He will speak on the topic. 

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 14, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. CST.

WHERE: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency, Grand Ballroom B, 151 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago.

Field will discuss “Research Challenges in Managed and Natural Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change” as part of the “Research Challenges in Climate Change: What’s New and Where Are We Going?” symposium.

Field will also take part in a related news briefing on Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. CST in the Vevey 3 Room of AAAS Newsroom Headquarters in the Swissôtel, 323 East Upper Wacker Dr. The briefing will be streamed live on EurekAlert.org.

In a talk based on a paper he co-authored with Stanford Associate Professor of Environmental Earth System Science Noah Diffenbaugh, Field will describe what analysis of 27 climate models revealed about the pace of climate change and what risks and emerging challenges we should expect.

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More like: So-called Man-made Global Warming is “shooting blanks.”

Bloke down the pub

The barrel of climate change is empty.

Bloke down the pub

Is that connected to pork-barrel politics?

outdoorrink

Wouldn’t a flamethrower have been a better metaphor? A gun seems so boring when compared to the usual level of hysteria that The Cause evokes.

Rob aka Flatlander

This is the equivalent of Russian Roulette with one blank in one of the chambers. Chances are it’s just gonna go “click” but even if it fires the shot is insignificant. (as in woah the global temp fluctuated 0.4 degrees or .8 degrees in 34 years)

AnonyMoose

Hey, that thing needs cleaning. I can tell by counting the rings.

Gary

Field will also take part in a related news briefing on Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. CST in the Vevey 3 Room of AAAS Newsroom Headquarters in the Swissôtel, 323 East Upper Wacker Dr.

East Upper Wacker Dr.
*snort*

Rob Dawg

The world is staring down the barrel of climate change that is faster than at any time in the last 65 million years, says climate expert Chris Field. He will speak on the topic.
The dinosaurs would likely disagree.

Professors of what…oh my…

Alan the Brit

He has told bear faced lies already. The ice-core data show that the rate of warming over the last 150 years is nothing compared to the last 4 inter-glacials were warmer than today by between 2-4 degrees Celcius. The peaks at the inter-glacials shows higher temperatures at the start, then general cooling interrupted by mini-peaks of low level warming before descending into the next ice-age. I believe it’s referred to in scientific & technical terminology as bullshit! Yet another weird study to arising from that illustrious education facility!

Fred

“Bloke down the pub says:
February 13, 2014 at 9:19 am
Is that connected to pork-barrel politics?”
More like pork-barrel science, the kind of hyperbolic, sensationalistic fear mongering the truly desperate and self serving believe will keep them sitting in their 1st Class Seat on the Glowball Warming Gravy Train.

Steve Keohane

What a waste of resources.

Dodgy Geezer

…The world is staring down the barrel of climate change …
It’s not so bad. The first time I heard about Global Warming it was going to fry the Earth’s surface like Venus. The last time I heard about it it was only 4 Hiroshima bombs. And now it’s down to a rifle.
Looks to me like it’s travelling in the right direction…

Latitude

climate change…and gun control
“professor of interdisciplinary environmental studies”

Richard Day

“27 climate models” And they all suck at hindcasting and forecasting. Brought to you by central casting.

timothy sorenson

…analysis of 27 models…
I think Dr. Spencer’s analysis of those models will be better: They are 95% wrong.

tmitsss

Someone is sticking a finger in my back and demanding my wallet. It’s not a gun and it has no bullets.

Tom J

How about, ‘staring down the barrel of Joe Biden’s shotgun in his backyard.’

hunter

What is annoying is that he is blatantly claiming something that is easily shown to be untrue. Temperature changes coming out of the last ice age, according to studies based on historical changes, were increasing by multiple degrees of temperature in the 100 year range.
That change was much higher than current changes. Even the IPCC admits that climate sensitivities are likely on the low side of the range promoted over the last few years. This raises questions about just what this academic is trying to accomplish.

UK Marcus

If all the experts are so clever, how come the world’s in such a mess?

At least a gun’s trigger is an example of a “tipping point”.
> WHERE: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency, Grand Ballroom B, 151 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago.
Is that close to Heartland? Hmm, they’re at One South Wacker Drive #2740. I wonder if there’s an east and west.

hunter

and now we have a government whose stated goal is to deny the rights of skeptics to even point out that the AGW hypesters are not being honest.

Box of Rocks

I am sure some voter that is at best ill informed will wet their pants and bring up the idea of AGW with a clue of what is going on.
Got to counter the hype and the lies somehow.

twil

WHERE? Perhaps his lecture should be given on Wacko Drive ….

Louis

Who plays Russian Roulette and gets disappointed when there is no bullet in the chamber? It isn’t normal.

Well, faster than at any time in 65 million years ONLY IF you take the runaway models as actual evidence, which apparently they have. The reality is that there is nothing exceptional of our current minor increase in temps since the end of the last ice age and our little increase isn’t even the largest or the fastest that’s occurred in 10000 years, much less 65 million years.
Very sad.

BioBob

climate change that is faster than at any time in the last 65 million years, says climate expert Chris Field …
as he knows from 1st person experience since he was there for the entire period and had both his handi-dandi data logger and the perspicacity to record it for future use

outtheback

“Field will describe what analysis of 27 climate models revealed about the pace of climate change”
27 Photo models may be able to reveal something that can send room temps soaring if the room is packed with suitably interested people and 27 building models may send the heart rate of developers soaring but climate models being projections based on some historical and lots of futuristic data inputs (real and imagined) can not reveal anything, only observational data over a suitably long time period can. Even then, the “revealing” can only happen after the events and this has now revealed that the “pace” has gone on holiday for the last 16 odd years. As such the above statement is a load of crock.

Anoneumouse

1 Imperial barrel = 136.274824 litres
hic

Don Easterbrook

“The world is staring down the barrel of climate change that is faster than at any time in the last 65 million years, says climate expert Chris Field.”
This is beyond absurd–it’s an outright lie. See data on rates in
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/06/02/multiple-intense-abrupt-late-pleisitocene-warming-and-cooling-implications-for-understanding-the-cause-of-global-climate-change/

Is it not time to just say these doom-mongers are pathological liars and be done with it? It is horribly cold here in Daytona Beach, Florida today and we have had no temperature rise globally for 17+ years. Where is any evidence of what this turkey was whining about?

Paul Coppin

“Professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies”? What, he’s a librarian? How is that anything but a weak sociology position? As it is, “Environmental Studies” is pretty weak on the ground in most areas. That kind of suggests he’s a “knows jack, master of none” sort of academic, or am I just being too harsh…? /boohoo. Soon we’ll have a new kind of IT discipline: Intellectual Trolling. Hrrmmph.

Russ R.

Forecast is for 20*F Windchill 8*F.
Average High / low temps for this date : 35*F 18*F
From Stanford and visiting Chicago. Here is a little background for showing how the Chicago area is “staring down the barrel of climate change:
“This winter, the coldest in decades, has been a long, cold haul for Chicagoans. The area is in the midst of its fourth consecutive month of below normal temps. And NOT just modestly colder than normal—- February is running an eye-catching 14.5-degrees below normal and 8 of the month’s first 11 days—73% of them— have produced double-digit daily temp deficits.
This winter now ranks among the coldest 5% since 1871. It’s the 3rd snowiest on the books to date with more than 62 inches of snow to its credit, and has produced more 0 and sub-zero days through Feb. 11 of any over the past 143 years.”
I sure he will get a warm reception, from the true believers. But at least reality will smack them up-side the head, when they go outside.

tgmccoy

Didn’t Steven Chu use the same ah, metaphor at a recent meeting?
As the recent winter blast in most of the US is now a factor it is a matter of time
before someone says :”Who are you gonna believe, Me or your lyin’ eyes?”

Alan Robertson

With the likes of Ehrlich and this clown, Field, it’s a good thing Stanford has Svalgaard and Pande as a balance.

negrum

timothy sorenson says:
February 13, 2014 at 9:33 am
” … They are 95% wrong.”
—-l
You are being far too generous 🙂

JimS

Well, 65 million years ago, CO2 atmospheric concentration was about 1000 ppm, versus today’s 390 ppm, and the world did not end way back then. It was a whole lot more further back, and still the world did not end.
http://www.americanthinker.com/%231%20CO2EarthHistory.gif

more soylent green!

If your kids are majoring in anything that ends with the word “studies,” I hope they have the social skills to get a job at Starbucks after they waste your money on college.

MarkW

The resolution for paleo-climate indicators is less than a decade? 65 million years ago?

cnxtim

It should be renamed AARS

mpainter

This alarmist hype is the panicky reaction to the loss of their credibility in the public eye. It is the none-to-bright fishing for the none-too-bright.

Greg Goodman

Staring down the barrel of a loaded argument , more like.

LT

Temperatures have been flat for over a decade, no increase in hurricane activity, no increase in tornadoes, no accelerated sea level increase and no accelerated increase in atmospheric CO2. I want to see some climate change, where is it?

Chad Wozniak

No matter what this guy’s credentials are, he’s not an expert – except, perhaps at lying and fearmongering.
He gives himself away by talking of analyzing models – well, we know models are worthless constructs that prove only the incompetence, dishonesty ad amorality of their creators. Where’s the EVIDENCE? Obviously he ain’t got any.

Chad Wozniak

@LT –
Here’s your climate change – cooling since 2002.

Louis Hooffstetter

I second what Russ R says @ 10:14. With the vicious winter Chicagoans have suffered through, I will be surprised if more than 1/2 dozen people show up.
Someone should turn off the heat and open the windows to let the audience feel “climate change” for themselves. They’ll think they’re staring down the barrel of a snow cannon.

Carbon500

“In a talk based on a paper he co-authored with Stanford Associate Professor of Environmental Earth System Science Noah Diffenbaugh, Field will describe what analysis of 27 climate models revealed about the pace of climate change and what risks and emerging challenges we should expect.”
It’s supposed to be science Jim, but it’s not as we knew it.

Keith Willshaw

Current conditions don’t even come close to being unprecedented in the last 1000 years let alone 65 million. The Great Famine of 1315-17 came about at the end of the Mediaeval Warming period when the climate suddenly become colder.
Basically Spring didn’t arrive in 1315 and weather remained wet and cold all year leading to greatly reduced crop yields. This was bad enough to cause a famine but things went from bad to worse when the cold weather persisted through 1316 and the crops failed again. This was a disaster, with no reserves left people were forced to eat their seed crops and their animals. When spring finally arrived in 1317 there was little seed corn to plant and few peasants strong enough. The weather didn’t really settle down until 1330 and the new climate was markedly cooler so areas where wheat could be grown had to switch to barley while upland arable farming become impossible in much of Northern Europe.
Millions died of starvation with the population decreasing by as much as 25% in Northern Europe
THATS a loaded gun.
Keith

Glenn

more soylent green! says:
February 13, 2014 at 10:26 am
“If your kids are majoring in anything that ends with the word “studies,” I hope they have the social skills to get a job at Starbucks after they waste your money on college.”
At the very least, the ones that major in social studies.
I took an Internet course in interpersonal communication at a state community college for credit towards an associate degree in IT.
Never spoke with the instructor or any students once during the course, and the course
did not require any such interaction, other than than the examiner at the physical location where mid-term and final exams were held. I got an “A”.

Jim Brock

Reminds me of the fusion power constant: Always 20 years from now. Or, in this case, a hundred years.