My local newspaper editor lowers the boom on "climate change" as a catch-all

Thank you, David Little of the Chico Enterprise Record. Readers please note: I had nothing to do with his Sunday column opinion piece, it is as much a surprise to me as I’m sure it will be to you.


David Little: It’s all the fault of climate change

I have a couple of flaws when it comes to believing anything I’m told.

First, I’m old. Second, I’m a journalist. Both of those unalterable traits make me worse than just a skeptic. I’m a skeptic squared.

I see things like Gov. Jerry Brown’s dog-and-pony show Monday in Sacramento and think more about his motivation than I do about his message. Brown spoke at a conference about climate change, and the media in attendance relayed his concern that global warming threatens our state.

He said California is at the “epicenter” of global climate change. He said the state must prepare for longer fire seasons, for rising oceans and for extended droughts. And he had charts and graphs to prove his points, so it must be true.

If I wasn’t on the downhill side of my journey up and over the hill, I’d be very worried — because while going up the hill, I remember a similar warning. I’m old enough to remember the ’70s, a truly forgettable decade. Growing up back then, there was talk about a “Mini Ice Age” that was coming. It scared the heck out of me. As an impressionable young lad with a love for swimming in creeks and running around in cutoffs during the hot Northern California summers, I didn’t want to give that up.

Here’s the problem I have with the global warming boogeyman: It gets blamed for everything. Only now it’s called climate change, because it needs to encompass more than just hot weather.


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May 25, 2014 1:20 am

“He said California is at the “epicenter” of global climate change.”
So climate change is going on deep underground?

May 25, 2014 1:22 am

No Chico Little, he

May 25, 2014 1:34 am

Very, very true, what an excellent article. Thanks for sharing that with us Anthony!

May 25, 2014 1:41 am

Summer heat waves? Climate change. Tornadoes in the Midwest and heretofore mostly untouched places like the north valley? Climate change. Last winter’s polar vortex? Climate change. Our current drought? Climate change? Floods in other parts of the country? Climate change.
And if torrential rains come next winter, courtesy of El Niño? That will be blamed on climate change too.

Gotta fine that down a bit more. For Governor Moonbeam and all the rest of these caterwauling catastrophists, it’s “climate change” due to man-made carbon dioxide, and therefore their efforts to tax and punish and suppress productive human activities involving the complete combustion of petrochemical fuels.
Got that? The alleged mechanism of these thieving, lying bastiches’ alleged “climate change” claims is the greenhouse gas effect of CO2, and therefore statistically significant adverse WARMING of the global climate.
Let’s never lose sight of that. Every friggin’ cure proposed for “climate change” rams down our throats all kinds of draconian government aggression aimed at treating carbon dioxide as a pollutant because it’s supposed to increase the greenhouse gas effect, and that WARMING is at the root of all this frabjous awful-bad-nasty-horrible-astonishing “climate change.”
I repeat: WARMING, as in “man-made global warming.”
Y’know. With global average temperatures going UP. Not down. Not staying more or less the same, the way we’ve been seeing things happening for close onto the past two decades now.
So how come we’ve let these sons of bitches get away from the word WARMING all of a sudden?

May 25, 2014 1:42 am

When the roadkill media says it, that says it all.

May 25, 2014 1:49 am

There’s the thing.
Just what are the catastrophists going to say when even THEY will be prepared to admit that their beloved models are simply not up to the task?
When all predictions (which cannot be wished away) do not come true?
Especially with such heartless individuals as “jimbo” are so willing to show them for the snake-oil salesmen that they are….(cruel….very very cruel…..)
I ask rhetorically really.
Should I put a sarc on the this?…..

May 25, 2014 1:50 am

typo….”on the END OF”……..

May 25, 2014 1:59 am

With folks like John Kohn Kerry representing us, who needs enemies?

May 25, 2014 2:02 am

He should say he’s old, and he’s an old-style journalist. I’m not convinced that new style journalists do anything but repeat the press releases they are handed by governments and powerful or fashionable groups.

David Chappell
May 25, 2014 2:52 am

If Mr Little was growing up in the 70s, he can’t be on the downhill slope yet, surely?

Peter Ellis
May 25, 2014 3:09 am

As an Australian who grew up in the 50s it’s nice to know there are younger blokes who are both journalists and rational.

May 25, 2014 3:10 am

Ah, those Californians! Does their place HAVE to be at the ‘epicentre’ of everything? Sigh.

May 25, 2014 3:32 am

Soon after I changed my avatar picture – on a forum I regularly contribute – to a picture of the 1976 PNE Prize Home and added the caption “1976 PNE Prize home during the Global Cooling, Energy Crisis Era”, I started to notice a lot of references to the global cooling of the 1970s, such as this Chico article. Coincidence ?
– – –
On the forum I changed my original avatar picture temporarily for a joke that got a lot of laughs (I’m Proton2 there) :

May 25, 2014 3:33 am

I grew up in the sixties when we had lost of weather and it was always changing. Even in the UK we had heatwaves and droughts and floods and snow and ice and gales and storms. I’ve not noticed anything different in the following 40+ years. Just more of the same old same old.

May 25, 2014 3:37 am

Only now it’s called climate change, because it needs to encompass more than just hot weather.

Not only just hot weather, It doesn’t have to be global either. Any local weather change can be labeled as climante change, and CO2 can be blamed for it. It is far more ambiguous than global warming. It cannot be measured (you can measure warming with a thermometer but is there an unique way of measuring change?) It is the perfect straw man.

Sceptical Sam
May 25, 2014 3:56 am

As another Australian who grew up in the 1950s I’d say that guy from Chico is on a roll.
The old ’54!

May 25, 2014 4:16 am

Really good read!
I tweeted it, and although I shy away from posting politics on FB, I shared it on Facebook. But this is journalism and “science”, isn’t it? So I stated that on my Facebook entry.

May 25, 2014 4:28 am

quote: “I guess there’s one bright side to fewer kids reading newspapers today — they won’t get frightened by the story talking about raging fire, rising seas and widespread death of many living things.”
Unfortunately they’re getting it rammed down their throats in government schools (and some “private” ones too, no doubt). The indoctrination is continuing apace.

Onlooker from Troy
May 25, 2014 4:31 am

A great post regarding the alarmist nonsense from Acting Man: There is Nothing Global Warming Cannot Do – S&P Becomes ‘Climate Change’ Expert

May 25, 2014 4:37 am

He’s not that old, if he grew up in the 1970’s. But he is doing a good job of reaping one of the benefits of being old: You are allowed to be grumpy. And Governor Moonbeam does give one much to be grumpy about.

May 25, 2014 4:53 am

“David Little of the Chico Enterprise Record” Who? Sadly unless the MSM in most countries follow his lead this will fall on deaf ears. Andrew Bolt is about as far as you can get with “anti-agw” propaganda in Australia. No point wasting your time with any other media outlet here IMO.

May 25, 2014 5:31 am

Don’t forget the recent Failed Meteor Shower was due to Global Warming!!!!

Jeff L
May 25, 2014 5:31 am

Great to see someone in MSM state the obvious. Perhaps more of the general population will also see the obvious, further leading to the decline of climate alarmism.

Bill Illis
May 25, 2014 5:40 am

Given some of the other stories we have read from our adopted-home town Chico, this is a significant development. He’s obviously been listening to Anthony and reading WUWT. Mr. Little could be in some trouble however, because this will get the green syndicate going.

Mike Maguire
May 25, 2014 5:47 am

I still think that this video and statement provided a wake up call to many of the brainwashed.
“A growing body of evidence suggests that the kind of extreme cold being experienced by much of the United States as we speak is a pattern that we can expect to see with increasing frequency as global warming continues,” Holdren asserts.
From the moment I heard those words, it became the post powerful evidence of going way too far with blaming everything on global warming/climate change.
It would be one thing if Holdren didn’t mean to say it exactly that way and it came out wrong but this was entirely scripted and part of a special science video created by the White House climate change expert.
I’m well aware of the “theory” of Arctic amplification behind this explanation and though I disagree regarding their science on that, am commenting with regards to the counterproductive marketing strategy involved with this desperate attempt at damage control because of extreme and sustained cold occurring in the highly populated areas of the United States.
People can believe a lot of stuff about greenhouse gas warming but warning about the increasing frequency of extreme cold is like warning somebody to protect themselves with sunblock……………in a flash flood.
They should have just chocked it up to bad luck that the epicenter of numerous months of the coldest Winter temperature anomalies on the planet continued to freeze the behinds off of people in these key locations, instead of spinning what appeared to be a big fairytale to cover their behinds.
I usually don’t predict seasonal forecasts but will predict with moderate confidence that if the Us has another cool Summer(even if its hot out West) especially like 2009, we can start driving some big political nails in the coffin of this issue.
2 decades of scary predictions about future weather and climate got old. Now, the tactic is to convince people that scary weather and climate is the right here and now. This can only work if we actually have something extreme and widespread enough that people can be convinced to connect it with climate change(even though that will have nothing to do with it).
It has to happen this year because the world is noticing that all the gloom and doom forecasts the last 20 years are not happening. In fact, they are not happening because they probably never will happen, other than with strokes of bad luck(or good luck if your an alarmist). That’s what us meteorologist’s call WEATHER!
Having the highest heating bills of their life(like I did last Winter) ain’t gonna cut it to convince people that climate change is for real.

Tom in Florida
May 25, 2014 5:59 am

It looks like Mo, Larry and Curly have been replaced by Barry, Kerry and Jerry.

John McClure
May 25, 2014 6:08 am

Good for David Little!
Brown has no choice. He has to plug the Climate bandwagon to shore up the California Air Resources Board (CARB) mess. Note: a survey done by the AB32 implementation group found a majority of California residents do Not support a Carbon Tax in any form. CARB et al. ignored the survey results.
Slow site but lots of articles about CARB:

Dick of Utah
May 25, 2014 6:11 am

Now I’ve got major Mayor Envy. The Mayor of Salt Lake City recently hosted an “eminent climatologist” in our fair city. One local newspaper covered it this way:
“Michael Mann, professor of meteorology and director of the Earth Systems Science Center at Penn State University, spoke at a Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah’s annual spring breakfast about the big money behind the effort to squelch climate science.”
So far, neither the Honorable Mayor or my City Council representative will tell me how many tax dollars were spent on Mann’s pearls of wisdom.

Dick of Utah
May 25, 2014 6:14 am

Make that “major local newspaper editor envy”!

May 25, 2014 6:19 am

So far, the comments at seem to be quite sympathetic. I hope it stays that way. A person can get crucified for writing an editorial like that these days.

Mike Maguire
May 25, 2014 6:23 am

“Unfortunately they’re getting it rammed down their throats in government schools (and some “private” ones too, no doubt). The indoctrination is continuing apace”
I’m the chess coach for 4 local schools here in Indiana and this is true.
I gave a talk related to this to a couple of groups of children in grades 4 and 5 at one of the schools earlier this year.
They had been studying glaciers in science class and the teacher thought it would be cool to have a meteorologist talk to them. I discussed climate and how it effected glaciers and brought them up to 2014.
Already aware of what they’ve been taught about the environment and carbon pollution, I tried to just present some stuff that showed that our climate changed naturally too and that carbon dioxide was actually good for plants even if it is a greenhouse gas.
This one little boy got pretty upset. He kept raising his hand and saying “but isn’t it a good thing to plant a tree???”
When you’re in 5th grade and your entire life, been taught that CO2=pollution and is ruining the planet, hearing something different for the first time was probably like the first time you found out there was no Santa Claus (:
Only thing, is that after finding out that there is no Santa Claus, the “cat was out of the bag” and adults didn’t try to get you to believe anymore.

Onlooker from Troy
Reply to  Mike Maguire
May 25, 2014 6:29 am

Yep, I cringe to think about what they’re being taught these days. And that kind of indoctrination is very powerful at that age, as we all know. And the nature of this in particular is a lot of religion (some would say exactly like it; and I’d agree), making it all the more powerful.

May 25, 2014 6:24 am

Growing up back then, there was talk about a “Mini Ice Ace” . . .
Make that “Mini Ice Age” . . .
[Done, thank you. .mod]

May 25, 2014 6:40 am

I actually voted for Jerry Brown once: for mayor of Oakland when he was the most conservative one on the ballot by a long shot. And to be honest, he did a pretty good job when you compare him to all the ones before and after. Ron Dellums, for example . . .
“Dog and pony show . . . ” sums it up nicely, particularly when you extend it to the worldwide stage.
As Tony Soprano might say, “California is dead to me now.”
I’ll be gone within the year.

Alan Robertson
May 25, 2014 6:44 am

“I see things like Gov. Jerry Brown’s dog-and-pony show Monday in Sacramento and think more about his motivation than I do about his message.”
nailed it

Alan Robertson
May 25, 2014 6:53 am

pottereaton says:
May 25, 2014 at 6:40 am
Tell me I misunderstand your ominous prediction. Please.

May 25, 2014 6:59 am

excellent! breath of fresh air co2 included:-)

May 25, 2014 7:03 am

Excellent common sense wisdom from David Little. Hopefully he has a thick skin to deal with the ugly creepy attacks which will now come his way.

Tom J
May 25, 2014 7:20 am

They may look a little alike and be pronounced a wee bit alike but ‘epicenter’and ‘eccentric’ do not mean the same thing Jerry.

May 25, 2014 8:06 am

Sent David an email thanking him for his article. Everyone should…his email is available in the article.

May 25, 2014 8:57 am

I was in my 20s in the 70s, so yes, Mr. Little is probably over 50. Definitely on the down slope, if not so terribly old. I am in my mid-sixties, now. I lived in California when Governor Moonbeam was governor the first time, and I couldn’t believe it when people were stupid enough to elect him again. Fortunately, I left the Golden State last month for Texas, never to return.
I am impressed that Mr. Little had the guts to call attention to the climate idiocy espoused by Brown and the rest of his ilk. I hope the rest of the “panic now and avoid the rush” crowd doesn’t bludgeon him into a retraction. It does make one wonder what will happen when it becomes painfully obvious that they were running a scam on the rest of us and bilking us out of anything and everything valuable to us (life, liberty, sanity, money, etc) to protect reputations and keep the grant money flowing, but that is a subject for another time.
In the meantime, kudos to Mr. Little. And thanks for bringing his article to our attention, Anthony.

Michael D
May 25, 2014 9:18 am

Nice little article. Interesting grammar note: he (correctly) says “couple of flaws” in the opening sentence and then incorrectly says “couple hundred” in the last paragraph (rather than “couple of hundred”). Sort of illustrates English grammar evolving, from the top to the bottom of one article.

Steve Lohr
May 25, 2014 9:21 am

I think if I were still living in California I would be so depressed. There was a time when I thought living in California was really the coolest thing, and then I grew up. I was there for Jerry’s first governor gig, all I can remember now are the flies and night time helicopter assaults. It was a foggy time in my life but this too passed. Just like the droughts, it came to an end. I remember when the mid 80’s drought broke there was so much water coming off the Berkeley hills that it blew the storm drain covers off the manholes at the bottom of Solano Avenue. The water running under the house where I was living looked like a Colorado trout stream. That was when they were saying: “whoever is still praying for rain, please stop.” Thank God there are people still in California like David Little. If I recall correctly, there was a lot more sanity as you track more to the east and north so there may be hope in some parts of the state, but for the Bay Area, it will remain a disappointing struggle. Unfortunately, and as a cultural defect, those who believe they are at the epicenter of everything tend to do things ’till they hurt, and even then they have difficulty stopping. So, even with the glimmer of insight from David Little, I don’t see much relief for poor ol’ California both from the climate change insanity and their political “rock stars”. Like an addled divorce, you hope she finds someone who can help her get on with life, but she just keeps finding the same old losers.

Bernie McCune
May 25, 2014 9:32 am

@ Tom in Florida
I love the Three Stooges but unlike Barry, Kerry and Jerry they were creating lots of fun, not making Stoopid policies. Thanks Tom.

Teddy Knoetze
May 25, 2014 9:39 am

David Little is a youngster! I grew up in the Fifties in South Africa and have been a journalist for the past 40-odd years – and I’m still going strong. One thing I’ve learned in all this time is never to trust the written word as it appears in newspapers and magazines (and these days, in blogs and other electornic media). The main purpose of these publications – without exception – is to hype bad news to present the world as a dangerous place – which, in fact, it is not!

May 25, 2014 9:43 am

Gov. Moonbeam was channeling the ABC TV movie in the 70s about the “Big One” that everyone in LA was afraid of but never happened – the Northridge earthquake in 1994 was not the “Big One” in the TV movie !
Ha ha

May 25, 2014 9:45 am

Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah’s annual spring breakfast about the big money behind the effort to squelch climate science.”
Mann, the science is settled. Why spend a penny more on a question that has already been answered? It makes no sense.
Spending research dollars on a settled question is a pure waste of money. Once the science is settled it is time to spend the money on engineering to solve problem.
The time has come to stop spending money on climate research and spend it on engineering. Fix the roads, bridges, sea-walls, electrical grid, etc. etc., to deal with all this extreme weather we keep hearing about. Insulate houses, cut the cost of heating and air-conditioning. Stop studying and start doing.
Because unless you can get the people in China and India to agree to return to a lifestyle of poverty and starvation, and convince the rest of the world to join them, there is no way in the world you are going to be able stop CO2.

May 25, 2014 9:51 am

One thing I’ve learned in all this time is never to trust the written word as it appears in newspapers and magazines
“Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.”
― Benjamin Franklin

Steve in SC
May 25, 2014 10:07 am

My favorite is the shortage of Bulgarian prostitutes and the over abundance of cats in Germany.
Number watch has a whole section devoted to the idiotic things attributed to climate change.

John F. Hultquist
May 25, 2014 10:23 am

David Little says “I’m old enough to remember the ’70s, . . .
Just a youngster, then! Hope he sees 2050 and reports back.
Allan Stellar commented on the news site “Global warming has been studied for 40 years, always with the same conclusion: the earth is warming and the consequences of that are profound.”
The last major glacial advance, peaking about +/- 17,000 years ago, gave way to a somewhat warmer World. Long studied. Even in basic school textbooks from the early 1900s. Things have cooled and warmed (repeat) since then. Try a little history, Allan. If the meaning is CO2 warming – that’s a joke or scam or fraud – designed by others to control your life and make everybody equally poor.
But the really funny part of Mr. Stellar’s comment is that the “40 years” of study he means has lasted longer than the 25, or so, years of the temperature rise (manipulation?) he is so worried about. Also, studies have not arrived at the “same conclusion.” And, insofar as a warmer climate is better, one could argue that will be consequential.
[I will try to post on the newspaper site.]

May 25, 2014 10:28 am

An excellent article. The comments were mostly positive, too.

May 25, 2014 10:30 am

As of 10:30 am 5/25
This article is the:
#1 most-clicked of the hour
#1 most-clicked of the day
#1 most-clicked among opinion articles today

Paul Vaughan
May 25, 2014 10:35 am

At interdecadal timescale:
California rainfall relates to the IPO.
Could it stay negative for another decade?
I’ve tried a lot of forecasts and most of them suggest it certainly could.
I don’t show the forecasts in this new article (that would be irresponsible at the current stage of exploration), but I do concisely introduce some multivariate background that can help community leaders here understand Mann’s recent push to artificially realign the US Pacific & Atlantic coasts with Trenberth’s deep ocean “missing heat” theory:
Regarding California rainfall: Follow the link I give to Dai (2013). Quantitatively advanced readers can compare the EOFs I present in the appendix with Dai’s and figure out the (amusing) trickery that’s going on with his EOF1 start date.

Brian H
May 25, 2014 10:41 am

Beat me to it.
How do you get to see the comments? Do you have to be a subscriber?

May 25, 2014 10:44 am

It’s one heck of a scapegoat, an explanation for anything unpredictable. But that’s the thing — the weather is unpredictable.

All over the world there are people just like this, but dare not speak in case they are hounded, lose jobs and sent nasty emails.
It’s always been just the weather and not the climate. Well, that’s what Warmists USED to tell me until the surface standstill became too obvious to ignore. Then they forgot what they said and point to every bad weather event ans positive proof of man’s eeeeeevil, satanic gasses.

May 25, 2014 10:47 am

The bottom of the article says now.

This article is the:
#1 most-clicked of the hour
#1 most-clicked of the day
#1 most-clicked among opinion articles today

I hope the author, David Little, has a job to go to tomorrow. I’m not joking.

May 25, 2014 11:31 am

In California we have the best representation that hedgefund conmen/windmill merchants/bullet train pushers could buy.
In that article it says Tom Steyer became obscenely wealthy by managing hedge funds.
I had just a vague idea what a hedgefund is, so …
Wikipedia – “Hedge fund” :
A hedge fund is a pooled investment vehicle administered by a professional management firm, and often structured as a limited partnership, limited liability company, or similar vehicle.[1][2]
distinct from mutual funds as their use of leverage is not capped by regulators[3]
and from private equity funds as the majority of hedge funds invest in relatively liquid assets.[4]

Hedge funds invest in a diverse range of markets and use a wide variety of investment styles and financial instruments.[2]
The name “hedge fund” refers to the hedging techniques traditionally used by hedge funds, but hedge funds today do not necessarily hedge.[5]
Hedge funds are made available only to certain sophisticated or accredited investors and cannot be offered or sold to the general public.[5]

As such, they generally avoid direct regulatory oversight, bypass licensing requirements applicable to investment companies, and operate with greater flexibility than mutual funds and other investment funds outside the law.[6] (note – I added “outside the law” to clarify the situation.)
Hedge funds have existed for many decades, but have become increasingly popular in recent years, growing to be one of the world’s major investment vehicles and sources of capital.[7]
Many hedge fund investment strategies aim to achieve a positive return on investment regardless of whether markets are rising or falling (“absolute return”). Hedge fund managers often invest money of their own in the fund they manage, which serves to align their own interests with those of the investors in the fund.[8]
As of June 2013, the estimated size of the global hedge fund industry was US$2.4 trillion.
Because hedge funds are not sold to the general public or retail investors, the funds and their managers have historically been exempt from regulation that governs other funds and investment managers with regard to how the fund may be structured and how strategies and techniques are employed. Regulations passed in the United States and Europe after the 2008 credit crisis were intended to increase government oversight of hedge funds and eliminate certain regulatory gaps.[11]
In 2008, Tom Steyer “retired” from hedge fund management, rather than submit to government oversight. Same time he became a “progressive” environmentalist , using pocket change [for him] to buy elections and push the global warming scam.

leo danze
May 25, 2014 11:39 am

It should be stated over and over that “climate change is normal”. By their exaggerations, Alarmists are denying natural climate change.

May 25, 2014 11:44 am

One should always remember that the obligation of the media–as one candid editor let slip after a couple of cocktails–is not to report the truth, but to report liars, accurately.

Joel O'Bryan
May 25, 2014 12:07 pm

Climate Change is seen as vehicle to justify new taxes. Democrats and the public unions who buy them, are salivating at the thought carbon tax revenues from businesses and industry.
yes, the eco-nuts truly believe, but for the Dems like Moonbeam and Obama, it is the taxes that animates their Climate Change claptrap.

May 25, 2014 12:20 pm

After 17 years of a surface temperature standstill and global sea ice at ‘normal’ – IT’S WORSE THAN WE THOUGH!

AlJazeera America – March 30, 2014
IPCC: effects of climate change ‘worse than we had predicted’
…”Things are worse than we had predicted” in 2007, when the group of scientists last issued this type of report, said report co-author Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development at Independent University in Bangladesh.
“We are going to see more and more impacts, faster and sooner than we had anticipated.”….
The Conversation – 8 January 2014
How clouds can make climate change worse than we thought
…Perhaps our result can serve as a reminder that not knowing everything does not justify complacency. Uncertainty may mean the problem is worse than you thought.
[Steve Sherwood – Director, Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW Australia]
Think Progress – November 26, 2012
Nearly 3 years ago, the late William R. Freudenburg discussed in a AAAS presentation how new scientific findings since the 2007 IPCC report are found to be more than twenty times as likely to indicate that global climate disruption is “worse than previously expected,” rather than “not as bad as previously expected.”
[William R. Freudenburg , University of California, Santa Barbara, CA]
Guardian – 26 January 2013
Nicholas Stern: ‘I got it wrong on climate change – it’s far, far worse’
Author of 2006 review speaks out on danger to economies as planet absorbs less carbon and is ‘on track’ for 4C rise
[Nicholas Stern – Economist]
Science Blogs – May 20, 2013
Why Global Warming’s Effects Will Be Worse Than You Were Thinking
The story of climate change has always been more of worst-case, or at least, worser-case scenarios developing and less about good news showing up out of nowhere and making us unexpectedly happy….
[Greg Laden]
Independent – 21 March 2014
Letters: Climate change: it’s worse than we thought
Contrary to your headline “Climate change: the official prophecy of doom” (18 March), it would appear that the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is a masterclass in understatement.
[Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director, Grantham]
Guardian – 3 February 2007
Worse than we thought
· Report warns of 4C rise by 2100
· Floods and food and water shortages likely
Average temperatures could increase by as much as 6.4C by the end of the century if emissions continue to rise, with a rise of 4C most likely, according to the final report of an expert panel set up by the UN to study the problem.
[David Adam – Environment Correspondent for the Guardian between 2005 and 2010]
WWF – September 2009
The Arctic in your back yard
Arctic warming affects us all – it can cause extreme global weather changes, widespread flooding and big increases in greenhouse gas emission that will in turn make global warming even worse.
We’ve also just published a new report called Arctic Climate Feedbacks: Global Implications, which lists dire global consequences of a warming Arctic – far worse than previous projections.
Metro – 31 Mar 2014
War, hunger, disease… and worse to come: The impact of climate change all over the world
…Friends of the Earth said: ‘Droughts, floods and famines are just some of the devastating effects people are suffering as a result of extreme weather. Unless we take urgent measures, they will get far worse.’….
[Friends of the Earth]
Guardian – 31 March 2014
Climate change report: ‘The worst is yet to come’ – as it happened
• Climate change ‘already affecting food supply
• Great Barrier reef, native Australian species in danger
• The poor will suffer most from climate change
• Hellish monotony‘ of climate change report
[Helen Davidson – reporter and Adam Vaughan – editor]
Science Daily – February 15, 2009
Climate Change Likely To Be More Devastating Than Experts Predicted, Warns Top IPCC Scientist
…”There is a real risk that human-caused climate change will accelerate the release of carbon dioxide from forest and tundra ecosystems, which have been storing a lot of carbon for thousands of years,” said Field, a professor of biology and of environmental Earth system science at Stanford, and a senior fellow at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment. “We don’t want to cross a critical threshold where this massive release of carbon starts to run on autopilot.”
[IPCC scientist Chris Field of Stanford University and the Carnegie Institution for Science]
Dallas Observer Blogs – Oct. 14 2013
Climate Scientists Predict a Texas Drought “Worse Than We Imagined” And a Changing Coast
….state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon told TCN. “The latest IPCC report is mostly just an incremental update of something we already knew. The [continuing] drought of 2011-20xx has taught us something we didn’t know: Rather than being a thing of the past, Texas drought can be worse than we imagined.”
[John Nielsen-Gammon – climatologist]
Columbus Dispatch – April 1, 2014
Global warming heads ‘out of control’
…Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which issued the 32-volume, 2,610-page report here early yesterday, said: “It is a call for action.” Without reductions in emissions, he said, the effects of warming “could get out of control.”…
[Dr. Rajendra Pachauri – Head of the IPCC]

May 25, 2014 12:38 pm

the fix for global cooling was the same as the fix for global warming its all about energy and culling the masses.

May 25, 2014 12:50 pm

From the “let’s blame climate change for everything” school of journalism.
Bogus on two counts. First they compare today’s tule fog to fog in the eighties. The 80’s were exceptional with regard to rainfall in California. So much so that the newspaper has taken to using the “last thirty” years only, as the “average” in their rainfall annual average. Climate science itself says clearly and often that thirty year is the barest minimum length of time to judge climatology. Absolutely under no circumstance are you to truncate a hundred and fifty year record down to the last thirty to show average climatology.
And yet that is what the Bee did on their weather page.
They are all in on the global warming bandwagon. Cheat, con, lie, steal, it’s all fairgame in service to the fraud at the Sacramento newspaper.
They actually canceled the comment feature in their online version, because their position is hopeless to defend any other way.

John F. Hultquist
May 25, 2014 12:54 pm

Jimbo at 12:20 provides a Think Progress link that says, in part, about global climate disruption (GCD):
more than twenty times as likely”
The 2007 AR4 was classed as “very likely” (VL) so we now need to interpret this:
GCD = VL x 20+
That is beyond my pay scale.

Billy Liar
May 25, 2014 1:00 pm

Hellish monotony‘ of climate change report
You made that one up, didn’t you – just to see if anyone would notice! 🙂

May 25, 2014 1:02 pm

Be sure to read the comments to the story as well! I found this gem:

This is one of the worst pieces I’ve ever read regarding climate change. David Little doesn’t even muster the courage to quote our local skeptic guru (Anthony Watts) or any of the other laughable skeptics.

May 25, 2014 1:40 pm

@ Alan Robertson:
May 25, 2014 at 6:53 am
You do misunderstand. I’ll be moving from California. Thanks for you concern.

May 25, 2014 2:14 pm

Jimbo, bloody hell mate, we can’t take you anywhere can we?!!!
I’ve said before, this lot are just trying to get by in a cut-throat world.
On your coin of course.
Alms for the poor, alms for the poor…………………………………

M Seward
May 25, 2014 3:40 pm

“He said California is at the “epicenter” of global climate change.” I am from the great big State of Western Australia ( referred to as “WA” in Oz), about one third of the Australian continent, a bit under 1,000,000 square miles of it. As a WA buddy of mine once said to me on his return from the US, that the WA capital Perth has the weather LA thinks it has so there is no lack of self confidence, hubris and even chutzpah in WA.
If anywhere should be at the “epicenter” of global climate change, its WA because much of the iron ore and bauxite driving Chinese industrialisation comes from there. I have never heard such a loony claim as that made about WA (or Queensland for that matter which exports vast amounts of coal and gas to China – and if you want pure, hillbilly chutzpah, go to Queensland).
It seems to me that Jerry Brown thinks he is the epicentre of California. Better check the wax on Icarus Brown’s wings folks, methinks the sun is getting to his head. Either that or its just Beverly Hillbilly chutzpah.

May 25, 2014 3:49 pm

GCD, Global Climate Disruption, could possibly be the worst calamity ever to befall humanity – IF we consider GCD is the disruption to modern society caused by lunatic climate alarmists from the Carbon Cult. OTHERWISE, one is faced with merely a slight improvement in conditions if one defines GCD as effects associated man’s creation of carbon dioxide.

May 25, 2014 4:12 pm

RoHa says:
May 25, 2014 at 2:02 am
He should say he’s old, and he’s an old-style journalist. I’m not convinced that new style journalists do anything but repeat the press releases they are handed by governments and powerful or fashionable groups.
That is why they are no longer journalists, but churnalists …

May 25, 2014 4:26 pm

Billy Liar says:
May 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Hellish monotony‘ of climate change report
You made that one up, didn’t you – just to see if anyone would notice! 🙂

I wish I did make it up but it really is worse than we thought! 😉

Guardian – Monday 31 March 2014
• Climate change ‘already affecting food supply’
• Great Barrier reef, native Australian species in danger
• The poor will suffer most from climate change
• ‘Hellish monotony’ of climate change report

Remember Billy, it’s always worse than you can possibly imagine. Trust me.

May 25, 2014 5:03 pm

Tom in Florida says:
May 25, 2014 at 5:59 am
It looks like Mo, Larry and Curly have been replaced by Barry, Kerry and Jerry.

Utter hilarity!!
Begs the question: Are they the “epicenter” of buffoonery?

Neil Dunn
May 25, 2014 5:24 pm

I ran across this link in which the House has voted that the Defense Dept can not use Climate Change as reason to fund “National Security Threats”:

Eamon Butler
May 25, 2014 6:14 pm

Sent him an email of support, and encouragement.

May 25, 2014 8:04 pm

The Chico ER puts the LA Times to shame.

May 26, 2014 6:22 am

Excellent article David Little. I hope you continue to bring sanity to the mainstream media where they seem to live on another planet when it comes to reporting truthful climate news

May 26, 2014 4:17 pm

AW one of the best videos by Coleman which everybody can understand.

May 26, 2014 5:12 pm

A seasoned journalist would see Gov. Brown’s use of climate change alarm to funnel money to the labor union pet project called high speed rail and start looking at the two political interest groups involved as both drivers and recipients of large amounts of money. Follow the money or retire from thinking.

Brian H
May 27, 2014 2:40 am

RobRoy says:
May 25, 2014 at 5:03 pm

” Tom in Florida says:
May 25, 2014 at 5:59 am
It looks like Mo, Larry and Curly have been replaced by Barry, Kerry and Jerry.”

Utter hilarity!!
Begs the question: Are they the “epicenter” of buffoonery?

Silly. L, M, & C were deliberately acted-out humorous foolishness. B, K and J are the real thing.

Brian H
May 27, 2014 2:42 am

“Begs the question” does not mean what you think it does. It’s a circular argument, in which the question’s form pre-determines the answer.

May 27, 2014 11:05 pm

“He said California is at the ‘epicenter’ of global climate change.”
Um, I think Governor Moonbeam really meant ‘sphincter’.

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