Climate Schlock: Joe Romm goes for the Herb Tarleck pitch

herb-tarlek[1]Being a broadcaster, one of my favorite TV shows ever was WKRP in Cincinnati. Readers may recall some of the highest forms of stereotypical comedy that came from the sales manager, Herb Tarleck, seen at right, who had the schtick of a used car salesman down pat.

So, when I saw this latest headline sales pitch from Joe Romm over at Climate Progress, with the key words “act now” and “super cheap”  I couldn’t help but think of Joe Romm channeling Herb Tarleck.

Here’s the pitch (with my embellishment added):


Problem is, Joe is pushing a product few people seem interested in. The latest sales figures show a significant decline.

Pretty soon, Joe won’t even be able to give it away.

As Paul H notes in comments (with apologies to WKRP’s “Big Guy”):

“As God is my witness, I thought CAGW could fly.”





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Yes, but if you throw it from a helicopter.. will it fly?


“As God is my witness, I thought CAGW could fly.”

Romm could get more click if he updated to more modern internet tactics like “Save the Earth with this one weird trick!” The accompanying thumbnail could feature a beautiful model or perhaps some bizarre-looking food.

R. Shearer

But wait, there’s more…

Alan Robertson

In case some readers don’t get the references made in the first 3 comments…

Michael Jankowski

Throw in some Joe Isuzu for good measure


Fire sale…


Which English town is it which is alleged to have been inundated by “sea level rise”? If he’s referring to somewhere in Somerset then the failure of government is to blame in abandoning river dredging, resulting in floods caused by rain (from above, you know) not the sea (lower down, big wet thing). Just wanted to make the point. Conclusion – he’s an idiot. Thank you.


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Gotta love the “only 0.06%” of annual growth. By 2100, that’s “only” about 5% of the global economy. Didn’t WGII say that the high end of negative impacts was only in the range of 2%?

Mickey Reno

I’d love to save the world, but I’m too busy buying a Sham-WOW.

Paul Coppin

“And for a limited time, if you act right away, you can save the planet TWICE!. That’s right – we are including a second opportunity to save the planet AT NO EXTRA CHARGE! Just pay separate shipping and handling.
Offer void where prohibited. Only 97% of respondents will receive this DOUBLE OFFER, so act now!”

I had a crush on Bailey Quarters.

Gail Combs

As the used car salesmen climate scientists wind-up to a fevered pitch trying to save their cushy jobs, Al Gore has cashed in and left ‘Greentown’ to join in financing the natural gas pipelines. (I wonder if his kiddies protesting Keystone know that.)
Al Gore Walks Away From Green Energy

l like it

Gail Combs

As the used care salesmen climate scientists disparately try to save their jobs. Al Gore has already abandoned Green Energy for natural gas pipelines. I wonder if his keystone-kiddies know that.

Gail Combs

(sorry for the double comment, first did not show for about 10 min.)

Paul Coppin

@Mark and two cats, me too…:)

Lonnie Anderson got the headlines, but Bailey Quarters was HAWT. She (Jan Smithers) ended up marrying James Brolin.
some guys have all the luck.

Bruce Cobb

One would expect their economic analysis of the cost of avoiding “climate catastrophe” to be every bit as honest and rigorous as the “science” underpinning said catastrophe. The gambit is to vastly understate the true costs in order to sucker in the “mark”, and then use the bogus idea that what we are buying, for such a “paltry” sum is “climate insurance”, whose price will only go up tomorrow, and each day thereafter. In other words, we can buy now, or fry later. Our choice.

John M


She (Jan Smithers) ended up marrying James Brolin.

That must have been when he when he was more discerning.


50% off on all Hockey Sticks and Climate Models.
Lost Our Hold On Public Opinion. Everything must go.
Science NOT Settled. Going out of Business Sale!

Crispin in Waterloo

Given that the forecast of a rise, following the only information available to date, means that the warming will be entirely in winter. This reality, derived from the temperature data available, seems to more than slightly undermine the claimed disaster which boils down to roasting summers. There is no trend upwards we can count on to predict warmer summers. I find that at least slightly inconvenient when I don my CAGW-testing hat.
“Act now to prevent warming in winter.” Gee – that is going to be easy to sell in Minnesota.


Well at least it’s out in the open now.
I’ve been saying for some time in comments that all this “we must act now” crap is just basic sales technique: create urgency.
It’s even more urgent because the longer pause continues and the more the models diverge from reality the less credible the whole game becomes.
So thanks to Joe Romm for making it even clearer what a bunch used car salesmen they all are.

Leon Brozyna

The schlock stays while class leaves (John Coleman retires from TV).

Rob Dawg

So then. Who plays Les Nessman doing the Climate Report?


Which English town was flooded? In the 1830s, the town of Dunwich in Suffolk had been inundated by rising sea levels to the extent there were only about 40 inhabitants left. They still, had an MP however. It was known at the time as a Rotten Burrough. This clearly was an early example of man-made global warming aided by excessive horse farting! The latter being a worthy response to the above item.


Careful of trashing Herb Tarleck! He is almost single-handedly responsible for adding “No Problemo” into the American vernacular…


Burrough should, of course read ‘borough’.

Those buyers who bought in early to the act now on this limited time urgent ‘save the earth’ offer advertised in the ‘exaggerationist’ CAGW assessments of the IPCC now have some buyer’s remorse.
The early urgent buyer’s remorse is possibly worse than they might think.
/sarc on
Sorry, early urgent buyers of the IPCC CAGW promotional get no refunds and all guarantees are void except if you have the pen ultimately highest level of elite greenie status. (If you aren’t on the short list of drinking buddies with people like Holdren or Stern then you aren’t on the special greenie list for refunds and guarantees.)
The IPCC will not be responsible for any legal fees of any early urgent buyers resulting from people suing such buyers for: property confiscation / redistribution; developing nation fatal impoverishment; and developed nation energy poverty deaths.
But WAIT!!! There is good news too. See our next special very urgent limited time offer. That’s right; please look for the IPCC’s next recursive sensationalist promotion coming soon to formally respected science journals near you. Look for Global Cooling (redux & deja vu all over again)
{sorry Yogi}
/sarc off
Well, maybe not all of it is sarcasm.

Oscar Bajner

Let it Flood, by J.R.
And when the night is cloudy,
There is still a Watt that shines on me,
Radiate on until tomorrow, let it flood.
I wake up to the sound of mumbo
Mother Jones comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it flood.
Let it flood, let it flood.
(apologies to the animals, erm, crickets)
Cast out your nine’s
and bring out your dead
mighty J. R.’s
gone fracked in the Op-Ed.


The issue with Sandy in New York and Katrina in New Orleans were not that they were unexpectedly large. They were within the realm of climate events that were to be expected and should have been prepared for. The disasters experienced were caused by short term thinking and the refusal to take responsibility.
Much of CAGW alarm is pure hype and can be discounted. On the other hand, the refusal to make the necessary public investments to deal with completely expectable climatic events is unacceptable.

I was the Chief Engineer for WTAO around 1973. That show was so true to life it was scary.

Harry Passfield

I was struck by the screen-cap showing the ‘hybrid electric trains’ – which I take it refers to some fantastically modern facility that will allow trains to run in a more environmentally-friendly way.
Hmmm….In the 1960s we called them diesel-electrics. Delta or Deltic class, if (UK) memory serves.

Ron Clutz

As the used car salesman said:
“Let’s get one thing straight. I don’t want your money, I want your respect.”

Dodgy Geezer

…Being a broadcaster, one of my favorite TV shows ever was “WKRP in Cincinnati”. ..
Didn’t you ever get “Drop the Dead Donkey” over in USA-land? Or was that too English?

Herb!!!! LOL!
Planet’s got a fever … call Dr. Fever now! 😛

Steve from Rockwood

This is a limited time offer… (probably because the world hasn’t warmed in 17 years)

John F. Hultquist

I appreciate the screen capture as you have done above. I always hate to have to go to a site and puff up the traffic count when someone mentions an alarmist site.
Among many, one of the WKRP episodes I remember is when the “big guy” (Gordon Jump) gave over-the phone instructions to a young girl while tornadoes were in the area. The story is based on the outbreak in early April of 1974, I think.
A friend’s house disintegrated in that event.


But wait, there’s more!! Buy a carbon credit now and get one free!!

Dave N

Is it around $60 a bottle and promoted on Dr Oz?

Chuck Nolan

Yes it’s BOGO on Carbon Credits.
Don’t wait!
Get yours today.


Act now……and you will receive a free set of steak knives.

Evan Jones

So then. Who plays Les Nessman doing the Climate Report?
That’s my favorite one of the whole series.


It would appear that Joe Romm is suffering from end stage climate alarmism: A deterioration in cognitive skills.


Joe Romm also played a role in the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously.” I watched the first episode. Essentially it builds on a few actual facts, e.g., droughts in East Texas and Northern Syria, forest destruction in Sumatra, but repeatedly overstates, misstates and omits facts, For example, a quick look at GISSTemp data for small towns near Lubbock do not indicate any warming. Grain production around the world is going up, regardless of what the NASA “expert” tells Harrison Ford. What struck me was the close tracking of the movie script with the SPM WGII narrative. Coincidence?


It’s our 20th Annual Act Now Or We Will All Die Tomorrow Sale! Special Discounts for Mayans!

Harry Passfield says:

I was struck by the screen-cap showing the ‘hybrid electric trains’ – which I take it refers to some fantastically modern facility that will allow trains to run in a more environmentally-friendly way.
Hmmm….In the 1960s we called them diesel-electrics. Delta or Deltic class, if (UK) memory serves.

Agree the ref to ‘hybrid electric trains’ was confused. Re diesel-electrics: almost every “diesel” you ever see on a modern railway is actually a diesel-electric: the diesel engine generates power that drives electric motors on the locomotive’s axles. Alternatives such as diesel-hydraulic or diesel-mechanical have almost fallen into history due to their inefficiency or impracticality. I think you are remembering something called an “electro-diesel”, which was a standard electric loco with a diesel backup for when it had to run without the electric wires. They were rare (locos E6001-E6006 were AFAIK the only ones running in Britain in 1964). Deltic wasn’t one of them, it was a first-generation ordinary diesel-electric. But the “Westerns” were a prominent diesel-hydraulic.


I too was intrigued by the hybrid-train teaser, so I made the mistake of reading the story. As usual the lead was not only buried, it was the last line of penultimate graf:
“but trains are not always full, so the emissions per passenger can quickly rise. And most calculations don’t include the emission costs of actually constructing rail lines.”
Trains are never full, and any calculation that doesn’t include such “emission costs” have no application to the real world. In other words, another incredibly inefficient use of taxpayer dollars brought to you by CAGW hysteria.