The World is Wearying of Climate Catastrophism

Maurice Newman, an influential Australian Government Advisor, attacks Climate Alarmism

Maurice Newman, Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council, has published a scathing attack on climate alarmism in “The Australian”, a prominent Aussie daily newspaper.

According to Newman, the world is wearying of constant catastrophism.

“The world is also suspicious of the constant politicisation of science and the attacks meted out to anyone who dares to question the official line. It is asking how personal abuse and the resort to authority and slogans can substitute for reasoned scientific debate.”

Newman cites several examples of bullying, and asks “How many lesser careers have been derailed and projects unfunded because they deviated from the authorised narrative?”

“… as the proof of human-induce­d global warming evaporates, an orchestrated push for more extreme policy action continues. The celebration of Australia’s 0.8 per cent drop in CO2 “pollution”, the biggest reduction in 24 years (subject to revision), didn’t satisfy the abatement zealots. They want higher taxes and more challenging targets.”

The influence of Maurice Newman on Australian Government policy should not be underestimated.

Maurice Newman has had a distinguished career, and has served as chairman of prominent Australian institutions, such as the Australian Stock Exchange and the ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

One of the first actions of the current Australian government, upon winning the last election, was to appoint Maurice Newman to his current advisory position.


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June 23, 2014 7:19 am

It’s wearying unless your bi-weekly paycheck originates from alarmism.

June 23, 2014 7:31 am

Thanks Bob. As always clear, easy to understand for us novices. And with lots of links for more info.

June 23, 2014 7:33 am

Oops! The above was meant for Bob Tisdale’s The 2014/15 El Niño – Part 11 – Is the El Niño Dying?

June 23, 2014 7:36 am

Aussie has really become the come back wonder from down under. The roll back had to start somewhere, but you’d have got long odds a year ago that it’d be Oz.

Tom J
June 23, 2014 7:48 am

Right now the NSA is probably researching every phone conversation Maurice Newman has ever made.
Right now the DEA is probably checking their files for any possible youthful indiscretions Maurice Newman engaged in with controlled substances.
Right now the DOJ is probably checking sealed court records to determine if Maurice Newman was involved in a contentious divorce.
Right now the FBI is probably checking their surveillance notes to discover whether Maurice Newman ever had an extramarital affair.
Right now the IRS is scrupulously scrutinizing any possible tax returns that may exist with the name Maurice Newman on them.
Right now the VA is probably looking for a Maurice Newman in their management files so they can pin VA mismanagement on him.
Right now the DNC is probably using their opposition research teams to check for any Republican Party affiliations of Maurice Newman.
Right now Harry Reid is probably preparing a speech for the Senate floor wherein he’ll claim that Maurice Newman is affiliated with the Koch brothers.
Maurice Newman is an Australian and not an American, you say? “What difference does it make?”

June 23, 2014 7:49 am

How about “The Climate Nazis” or “Science by Govt proclamation”

June 23, 2014 7:50 am

“The Science Nazis” – we tell you what you need to know, when you need to know it, and how much it will cost you.

June 23, 2014 8:01 am

I’ll believe it when the rollback reaches and includes the Chicago Way steamroller of science process and fact checking. Until then it looks like teetering Ukrainian sovereignty at the whim of Putin.

Mark and two Cats
June 23, 2014 8:11 am

The World is Wearying of Climate Catastrophism
Don’t worry – they will come up with something else.
…but it will have the same culprits: Capitalism, Industrialism, America.
…and the same remedies: socialism, de-industrialisation, a world-wide tax on America for everything, and the UN in charge of all.

Tom J
June 23, 2014 8:18 am

June 23, 2014 at 8:01 am
“I’ll believe it when the rollback reaches and includes the Chicago Way steamroller of science process and fact checking.”
You’ve deeply offended me. Chicago is not both so pathetically wimpy and so grandiose that it brings a steamroller to a fight. As Sean Connery informed us in the ‘Untouchables,’ Chicago brings a gun. And Barack Obama actually repeated his quote: “If they bring a knife to a fight, you bring a gun. It’s the Chicago way.”
Comforting thought, eh?

rod zeman
June 23, 2014 8:33 am

The earth is still warming. The oceans are still warming. The ice is still melting.
Mother Nature does not care about our politics. Humans are provoking her, If we don’t stop and make amends – she will punish us.

June 23, 2014 8:34 am

You can keep a population at Code Red only so long before red becomes green.

June 23, 2014 8:37 am

Anyone have a link to the article thats not behind a paywall?

June 23, 2014 8:42 am

The world is wearying of climate catastrophism – but the politicians & NGOs are not.

June 23, 2014 8:42 am

The world needs to get a little more street wise on the games and pranks that periodically come out of cloistered campus unions. The reason for this is the 97% agreement that the 80-20 rule does not apply there. It is more like a 90-10 subrule where real science and real research is only conducted by about 10 percent of the faculty and the rest are a mix blowhards and or time wasters.

June 23, 2014 8:46 am

rod zeman says:
The earth is still warming. The oceans are still warming. The ice is still melting. Mother Nature does not care about our politics. Humans are provoking her, If we don’t stop and make amends – she will punish us.
You forgot the “/sarc” tag.

more soylent green.
June 23, 2014 9:13 am

Maybe if the disasters were actually happening it would help the cause? Maybe if the globe was actually warming, if flooding was getting worse, if hurricanes were becoming stronger and more frequent, maybe if the winters weren’t producing this bone-chilling polar vortexes people might be less burned out?
Perhaps if the extremists would quit using unprecedented to describe weather events that have happened previously in our lifetimes?

Bruce Cobb
June 23, 2014 9:13 am

More importantly; have they noticed what it has done to their wallets, and do they realize what it will do?

DD More
June 23, 2014 9:20 am

A lot better than our past government leader –
Henry M. Paulson Jr. is the chairman of the Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago and served as secretary of the Treasury from July 2006 to January 2009.
I was secretary of the Treasury when the credit bubble burst, so I think it’s fair to say that I know a little bit about risk, assessing outcomes and problem-solving. Looking back at the dark days of the financial crisis in 2008, it is easy to see the similarities between the financial crisis and the climate challenge we now face.
We are building up excesses (debt in 2008, greenhouse gas emissions that are trapping heat now). Our government policies are flawed (incentivizing us to borrow too much to finance homes then, and encouraging the overuse of carbon-based fuels now). Our experts (financial experts then, climate scientists now) try to understand what they see and to model possible futures. And the outsize risks have the potential to be tremendously damaging (to a globalized economy then, and the global climate now).

I’m a businessman, not a climatologist. But I’ve spent a considerable amount of time with climate scientists and economists who have devoted their careers to this issue. There is virtually no debate among them that the planet is warming and that the burning of fossil fuels is largely responsible.
Farseeing business leaders are already involved in this issue. It’s time for more to weigh in. To add reliable financial data to the science, I’ve joined with the former mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg, and the retired hedge fund manager Tom Steyer on an economic analysis of the costs of inaction across key regions and economic sectors. Our goal for the Risky Business project — starting with a new study that will be released this week — is to influence business and investor decision making worldwide.

Since his effort did nothing to slow / stop the bubble, except pay back the banks and he obviously cannot differentiate good / bad advice from experts why should we listing to his ranting. So listening to the climate experts seems to me to be the same as listening to Goldman Sacs on the economic future.
Please note he is now in Chicago.

June 23, 2014 9:28 am

Paulson forgot that extraordinary claims require extraordinary proofs. Not just a hacked up set of computer programs THAT HAVE FAILED TO PREDICT A DAMN THING.

June 23, 2014 9:35 am

You can only shout “wolf” so many times, before people start to ignore you (and the wolf eats you).
Honestly, how anyone in the USA can still believe this cr@p after the brutal winter you have just had, I really don’t know. The fact that Hussain Obama can stand up and say your are a flat-Earther if you don’t believe in AGW — after the worst winter on record — says everything you need to know about this charlatan. You know that Hussain Obama is being manipulated from behind, by the way he half-smiles – the very same half-smile a dummy has, when the ventriloquist inserts his arm up his backside.

June 23, 2014 10:43 am

Good on ya mate, looking forward to the day we get something similar said in the UK.
But will it ever happen in Europe, with its coalition govts, with “Greens” required to keep the govt going, and often put in charge of Environment because they insist on it.
If Greens have only 5% of the vote they should only get 5% of Environment.

June 23, 2014 10:52 am

@Rod Zeman
Translation: Repent!! ….and give me all your money.

June 23, 2014 10:56 am

Google – Australia in danger of being left out in cold over global warming

Mac the Knife
June 23, 2014 11:21 am

More ‘good news’ extolled in The Telegraph today:
The scandal of fiddled global warming data
The US has actually been cooling since the Thirties, the hottest decade on record

Mac the Knife
June 23, 2014 11:25 am

And here:
Australian PM introduces bill to repeal carbon tax
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Tony Abbott reintroduced legislation to the Australian Parliament on Monday that would repeal a carbon tax that the nation’s worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay.

Chuck Nolan
June 23, 2014 11:26 am

rod zeman says:
June 23, 2014 at 8:33 am
The earth is still warming. The oceans are still warming. The ice is still melting.
Mother Nature does not care about our politics. Humans are provoking her, If we don’t stop and make amends – she will punish us.
Weather is still weatherizing and climate is still climaxing (or whatever it is climate does).
I’d like to know, did Mother Nature send a fairy riding a unicorn to warn you so you may somehow spread the word and save the rest of us.
The earth is warming, the sky is falling, the earth is warming.
We’re all gonna drown and burn up…oh noes!
She never says anything to me.

June 23, 2014 11:37 am

‘rod zeman says:
June 23, 2014 at 8:33 am
The earth is still warming. The oceans are still warming. The ice is still melting.
Mother Nature does not care about our politics. Humans are provoking her, If we don’t stop and make amends – she will punish us.’
Amen, brother. Gimme that old time religion! It’s good enough for me.

June 23, 2014 12:00 pm

A special broadcast from the Church of Climatology …
” … it’s not quite the conflagration we’ve been banking on.”

June 23, 2014 12:56 pm

DD More says:
June 23, 2014 at 9:20 am
A lot better than our past government leader (etc.)
Wow, it seems like every empty suit in the Western World thinks that he has to get on the global warming bandwagon – if only to reveal that that’s just what he is.
Thanks for the pointer.

June 23, 2014 2:18 pm

Rod Zeman
A little round up of cold news worldwide for June 2014
Record low temperature in Seattle
Coldest June day in Finland in 50 years
Russia – First snowfall ever reported at this time of year in Tver region
Uncharacteristically cold for mid-June
Wintry blast to hit South Island, New Zealand
“Snowfall on both sides of the globe at the same time,
June snow in Estonia raises eyebrows
First June snow in Estonia
WINTER Storm in Montana, Utah and Wyoming – On June 18th!
Jun 18 and still snowing in Wyoming
Snowing on Idaho border
Romania – Coldest June 16th in 50 years
Cool spring delays summer – Enduring October temperatures until July
Wyoming forecast upped to 15 inches snow – mid June!
WINTER weather advisory for wind and blowing snow
Norway sees freak June snowfall
First June snowfall in Tromsø in living memory.
Snowing in Norway – On the 16th of June
Surprise snowfall in Finland
Snowfall surprised residents on Monday as white flakes floated down in Kerässiepissä.
Snowing in Sweden
Cold air mass plaguing Norrbotten – and snowing in Kiruna!
Snow in Russia – In mid-June
More snow for Utah
WINTER weather advisory – “Unseasonably cold” Pacific storm
Heavy mountain snowfall for Montana – Up to 2 ft (60 cm)
Up to 10 inches snow by Wednesday in Wyoming
Snow in the middle of June in Turkey
At higher altitudes, snow thickness reached 20 cm (8 inches) in Rize, Turkey.
Freeze warning and snow for Wyoming
“Not only did the week start with snow, more snow is possible this weekend
Freeze warning for southern Oregon In mid-June.
Temperatures plummet to record lows in South Africa as low as MINUS 18.3 degrees.
Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is 1,157,000 sq km Above ‘Normal’
Global Sea Ice Extent is 678,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean.
Heaviest snowfall in Argentina since 2005
15 degrees below zero in most of the province of Neuquén.
Intense snowfall isolates 10,000 people in Araucanía, Chile
Snow more than five feet (1½ m) deep in some areas. Continue Reading →
Snow persisting in Italy “Snow is still persisting in the low north eastern Italian Alps,” says Italian geologist
Ground Refreezing around Alaska’s Shrinking Lakes
(Volcanoes melting Antarctic glaciers from below- oops warming news)
Icebergs spotted on Lake Superior – In June!
A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden has discovered large ice floes near Madeline Island.
Arctic sea-ice extent to increase this year, says meteorologist
Cooling in the USA
It’s not just a “pause” in global warming: According to NOAA, temperatures have been going down for nearly a decade. Down!
“Unexpected” snowfall in Chile
Record cold morning on the Canadian Prairies
Chilean Meteorological Office “surprised” by coastal snowstorm
Snow for Canadian prairies – 30 cm (12 inches) or MORE
Snowfall “drifting uncomfortably south.
Wyoming could see snow this weekend
Snowfall warnings for northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan
As well, the snowfall warning for Clyde River continues. There are also several frost advisories for central Alberta.
Thursday 05 June 2014 – Snowfall warning for Brochet, Churchill, Leaf Rapids, Lynn Lake, Pukatawagan and Tadoule Lake regions
Snowfall – evening to early afternoon Saturday – 10 to 20 cm (3.9″ to 7.9″) expected.
Snow surprise for B.C. communities
Residents of Chetwynd, British Columbia, awoke to a surprise this morning.
Manitoba to be cooler than normal this summer
Snowfall warning for Churchill, Manitoba
Snowfall – Total amounts of 10 to 20 cm (4 to 8 inches)
Turkey – Residents astonished by snow
White blanket covers Palandöken Mountains in early days of summer.Kishtwar-Islamabad road remains closed too much snow.
Heavy snowfall is expected in Northern KZN (Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa)
Snow in June in Nunavut
Snowfall … total amounts of 15 to 25 cm (5.9″ to 9.8″) expected
Summer ice on the Great Lakes – No big deal It also happened a few years back.
Cold wave kills 60,000 cattle in Bolivia
Sixty-thousand head of cattle killed by the cold, and no mention in the mainstream media?
Lake Superior Ice Coverage Breaking Records
Plus, there’s still snow on the ground in Michigan — in freakin’ June.
Record cold in New Brunswick

June 23, 2014 3:22 pm

One day the heat will return, then you’ll be sorry!!! It’s just hiding. Probably right after the next ice age. I have noticed the number of articles how global warming have decreased. I guess they think the science is settled and everyone agrees with higher taxes, no industry (like Europe), and extremely high prices for fuel where without it, you will die.

Eamon Butler
June 23, 2014 4:20 pm

@ Rod Zeman.
Not so Hot, Rod, as you might think. You will find plenty of good science here, but please keep posting. It will be an education for you.

June 23, 2014 5:31 pm

“… as the proof of human-induce­d global warming evaporates, an orchestrated push for more extreme policy action continues. The celebration of Australia’s 0.8 per cent drop in CO2 “pollution”, the biggest reduction in 24 years (subject to revision), didn’t satisfy the abatement zealots. They want higher taxes and more challenging targets.”

It is not about the climate, it is about achieving their ‘hidden’ agenda – de-industrialization of the west (and other upstarts), and the mass deaths of billions of people in the developing world. They will never say it outright, (OK they do say it sometimes), but it’s all for the grandchildren – THEIRS.

June 23, 2014 6:08 pm

This evening from 8pm until 11.30ish pm I had no electricity. It has been mostly like this for the past 3 weeks. Yesterday was OK but today was bad. During the day electricity goes on and off about 5 times a day. Warmists have often asked me what is my motivation being a sceptic? Part of it is the above, but more importantly, I just want the truth. Warmists, I find, cannot be trusted to do honest, scientific work without being motivated by MONEY (further research is required to explain why it’s so warm in July in New York).

Mac the Knife
June 23, 2014 6:14 pm

And yet more positive attacks on the AGW myth, this one from Breitbart – London:
Global Warming ‘Fabricated’ by NASA and NOAA
Scientists at two of the world’s leading climate centres – NASA and NOAA – have been caught out manipulating temperature data to overstate the extent of the 20th century “global warming”.
The evidence of their tinkering can clearly be seen at Real Science, where blogger Steven Goddard has posted a series of graphs which show “climate change” before and after the adjustments.

Olaf Koenders
June 23, 2014 9:36 pm

Unfortunately the MSM have been very slow at picking up on the data manipulation by NASA GISS and NOAA, which Steve Goddard has been showing for years. On the other hand, the cat is finally out of the bag. Beware the ever shriller retorts of the CAGWists to come.

Santa Baby
June 23, 2014 11:37 pm

Politicians and diapers have to be changed often and for the same reason?

June 24, 2014 5:20 am

The Pentagon climate report speaks to the heart of false climate science catastrophism that is rampant to day .These alarmist climate science reports are based on worst case scenarios and are meant to exaggerate and scare people. They do not highlight in the opening paragraph that these are worst case projections with low probability of ever happening . These qualifications never make the headlines or press releases .The rational world does not plan for the future based on worst case scenarios. We might as well all quit living if this was the case . The problem is that politicians take these worst case situations and make public policies and actions as if they were true. They then fabricate entirely new scientific falsehoods like carbon dioxide pollution on top of these worst case scenarios and you now have a government action plan legislated or regulated on the general public that is all fabrication of a worst case scenario that will never come about. Yet it comes from the highest administrative offices in the land and supported by scientists who know better but do not speak up.

June 24, 2014 5:31 am

” A little round up of cold news worldwide for June 2014″
Your items clearly show why we should pay more attention to cold winters than global warming which no longer exists.
Very cold winter> colder spring > colder summer> normal fall > colder than normal annual temperature> climate pause for 17 years> 30 year colder climate cycle

G. Karst
June 24, 2014 7:34 am

rod zeman says:
June 23, 2014 at 8:33 am
Mother Nature does not care about our politics. Humans are provoking her, If we don’t stop and make amends – she will punish us.

I hate to destroy your childlike beliefs, but Mother Nature and Mother Goose are not real persons. That you believe in fables is obvious, since the world has not warmed for over 17 years, depending on data-set.
This is an adult site. Please do not introduce children’s stories as the basis for your belief system. We are a little too advanced for that, but I will discuss it further over at romper room… if you like. GK

June 25, 2014 1:26 am

I don’t know about children’s fables G Karst says June 24,2014 at 7:34 am, but here in Australia we just got gored by a PUP The Palmer United Farce, with millionaire/billionaire ?? Clive Palmer pledging his party support in the new Senate to remove the Carbon tax, but in return he demands that Australia “move to support a Carbon Trading scheme” and who stands behind him, and introduced by Palmer, is his new friend and Mentor “Vice President GORE” all vowing that we Australians must do the usual “something about this terrible Climate Change that is threatening the world”.
I must say that Big al looked a bit bemused, but was able to endorse his new friend Clive in this master stroke of Machiavellian economic theatre on the Australian stage!
Now this is a lurch to the right of the extreme right but dressed up in green camouflage of the left, remarkable when you consider that Clive came into politics coz he wanted to open up huge coalfields for exploitation and didn’t get what he thought he should for his contributions to the Liberal Party, i.e. a rubber stamp on the approval process. Where this farce goes, nobody knows, but please keep big al back in America and caged as we do not want him in Australia. The comedy dance starts!!

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