A new low: Joe Romm of Climate Progress exploits the death of Robin Williams for climate propaganda

Story by Eric Worrall

In their quest for ever more bizarre reasons why we should care about climate scare stories, alarmists have truly scraped the bottom of the barrel – their latest effort is to suggest we should care, because the late actor Robin Williams thought climate change was a problem…in 2002.



Many of us loved Robin Williams the performer, or at least appreciated his world class acting abilities and his skills as an entertainer. But do we really have to care what his opinion on global warming was? I mean, I know he sadly suffered from depression, and ultimately committed suicide, but does this tragedy make Williams’ views on climate change more credible?

Once again the alarmists have demonstrated they speak another language to the rest of us, and that there is no depth they won’t plumb in their search for emotional leverage and credibility.



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In his quest for ever more bizarre reasons to hate Joe Romm, Eric Worrall has managed to read many things into a simple statement about the death of a beloved comedian that don’t seems to have been said at all by the target of his venom.
REPLY: congratulations on a lame attempt to defend the indefensible – Anthony

M Courtney

I wish people wouldn’t use the dead as their mouthpiece. It is macabre puppetry.
But that goes for both sides.

Some of the commenters there don’t seem too impressed either, like this one
shame you can’t let him be remembered by his fans without politicizing his death…


Don’t know about this Anthony. Seems a bit of an over reaction on your part. Robin Williams was a progressive, no doubt, and his death will be exploited by all and sundry. Just as Andrew Breibart’s death did not make conservatism any more correct.
REPLY: If I had brought up Williams name in an article about climate change first, you’d certainly have a point. But, I didn’t, nor would I. Romm deserves this drubbing for trying to use this death to score political points. Worrall is simply pointing out how wrong it is, not to mention the communications failure. – Anthony


M Courtney on August 18, 2014 at 2:09 am
I wish people wouldn’t use the dead as their mouthpiece. It is macabre puppetry.
But that goes for both sides.

– Sure about it?
It is difficult to get a man to understand something if his salary depends upon his not understanding it”.
Upton Sinclair, 1878-1968
It does not make any difference how beautiful your guess is. It does not make any difference how smart you are, who made the guess, or what his name is – if it disagrees with experiment it is wrong. That is all there is to it.
Richard Phillips Feynman, 1918-88
This guy isn’t dead yet, but it’s a good one:
If you are watching in America, rugby is a bit like American football, only it’s played by men …
Jeremy Clarcson [Top Gear]

Aren’t we supposed to rely only on the peer reviewed work of (appropriately approved) experts ?
Where do celebrity opinions fit into that ?
How many arty, celebrity types know anything at all about the world of science ?


have to admit, it hits a new low in extremely! bad taste.


[snip -wildly off topic -mod]

Stephen Wilde makes a good point. If a celebrity were to agree with alarmism, they would get a pat on the back from alarmists. But if a celebrity were to disagree with alarmism, alarmists’ heads would shake and their blogs would bemoan the lack of “science education”.
Anyway, some of the atheist* know-it-alls in the ‘free thought’ movement, who are often apologists for philosophical materialism and ‘science based medicine’, said that if Steve Jobs had received chemotherapy to begin with, he’d still be alive (how they know this is beyond me). Of course they ignore that Christopher Hitchens received chemo to begin with and he died, too.
Using specific incidences to push your cause, especially about celebrities, is not productive. Using them as talking points is of course fine.
*I am not an atheist and I’m not religious.


“Williams took global warming seriously in the way that only a great comic can.”
So we have it from Joe Romm – to be a CAGW believer it helps to be a comedian.

Doug UK

phlogiston says:
August 18, 2014 at 3:21 am
“Williams took global warming seriously in the way that only a great comic can.”
So we have it from Joe Romm – to be a CAGW believer it helps to be a comedian.
Priceless – Absolutely priceless !


[snip – off color, repugnant, thanks to you, we’ve had to add a whole bunch of words to the moderation filter and you yourself are now on permanent moderation – Anthony]
The way I figure it, any endogenous clinical depression being suffered by Mr. Williams had been vastly exacerbated situationally in recent months by the endless cascade of scandals and other proofs of that “good Muslim schoolboy” as not only malevolent in his intentions but criminal in his methods, all of it leading up to a perfect summa of just what happens when “Progressive” politics in its purest form arrogantly seizes power to be inflicted upon the people of a republic only now awakening to the necessity of resistance.
De mortuis nil nisi bonum dicendum est, eh?
When a man’s professional life is nothing but the words he speaks, to remember his life, you have to remember his words.
If that reflects ill upon him – as in Mr. Williams’ case, it does – either speak of him thus, or speak of him not at all.

Robin Williams was not an activist. But his comedy was influenced by his beliefs. His humor was making the absurd understandable to the LoFo people. So in that he exaggerated the issues to make them appear more easily absurd. Romm could not be more wrong. Or more ghoulish.

Dave Wendt

I completely agree and I even beat you to the punch
Dave Wendt says:
August 14, 2014 at 12:01 am
file under there is no depth they will not sink to…
Robin Williams In 2002: ‘It Is Beyond Global Warming At This Point. It’s Cooking!’
Yeah Joe let’s hitch onto the coattails of a tortured suicidal soul and see if we can beat this dead climate horse just a little harder.


Given how much hot air he spouted while at the NY Times, and also now Williams has exited stage left, is Romm still The Angriest Man In Brooklyn?

I’ve more than once observed that alarmists lack any sense of humour. The interesting thing about humour is that it covers a full spectrum from the totally inappropriate to the truly hilarious. The ability to place a particular joke on that spectrum is having what the common man would call having empathy and simple good taste. Williams, always at his best doing risky improve, never missed his mark and any point he was making was done with a certain kindness.
As they’ve proved so many times with hastily withdrawn propaganda stunts, they have neither of those graces, hence the absence of humour.
Utilising what is a personal tragedy for him, his wife, their three children and the many people like us whom he gifted so many fond memories, is beneath contempt.
As a commenter on my blog observed, these people are just horrible.

There is some evidence that Mr. Williams was engaged in auto asphyxiation.
David Carradine is another case.

chris moffatt

[ Message to Tucci78: [snip – off color, repugnant, thanks to you, we’ve had to add a whole bunch of words to the moderation filter and you yourself are now on permanent moderation – Anthony] ]
clearly site moderation has suddenly stopped working. For shame Tucci78, for shame!


[snip . . OT . . mod]


Romm using Williams sharp satire?! if so very sad ! the man is no longer he to put his argument
RIP Robin Williams.


As Robin Williams would have advised Romm for worrying to much: try Fukitol!

I don’t recall Williams chaining himself to a tree or scaling a cooling tower.
I don’t think he donned shorts and drove a rubber boat to the Arctic to protest fossil fuel.
He seemed to be active in the causes he cared about, though.
RIP Robin Williams

Margaret Smith

With all the cAGW scare stories flying around, TRUE believers must be very depressed. Don’t See them contemplating suicide. Robin Williams had a terrible illness and deserves sympathy not trolling.


Clearly the arctic is not “a pool”, clearly there has been 105 degree weather before, clearly NOTHING in his GW shtick was accurate. It was a parody, and it made alarmism look stupid and childish, and wrong. It got people laughing AT alarmism. To think that was serious was to have never learned a thing about Robin Williams’ comedy.
But, show me a “climate scientist” that ever learned a thing.

Alan the Brit

Stephen Wilde says:
August 18, 2014 at 2:46 am
Well put Stephen.
We have dozens of highly talented actors, actresses, comedian, & entertainers, who are wonderful at what they do, but it doesn’t mean they know anything about science. Scottish impressionist Alastair McGowan and English actress Emma Thompson are two in point. Both don’t want to see a third runway at Heathrow Airport, because they believe in Global Warming (curiously enough both can afford the luxury of business/first class travel). So they bought a piece of ground upon which the said runway would be built, & gave its title to some tribal elders around the globe, who I dare say would be only too happy to give it back for some super-dosh, when as it will be, is Compulsorily Purchased under that Act in due course! One of the few pieces of sensible legislation brought in, in the 1970s, under the then Labour Government, which I am sure you remember well. The opposition tried to sabotage it at the time, but never repealed it in power when they found its advantages! Bottom line, I would trust an entertainer to educate me on science, most are notorious for actually not doing terribly well at school, apart from English, & at times, not even that!


A criticism of alarmists has been around for years: that they are life-negating, stunted people. I have seen the phrase “apocaholics” applied to them. Then last week an alarmist kills himself and this is somehow proof that their movement is really about saving something?
If he really believed it wouldn’t have stuck around another week, done a comedy special to promote “carbon awareness” and then killed himself?
Who knows, maybe Williams was depressed partly because of CAGW. I mean, I do not believe this for a second, but it’s remotely possible. There is a climate scare story in the news every day and probably all of his friends are alarmists.
I could on about the alarmists need for control, how they frighten each other, maybe even what strangling your own breath away might mean, but to heck with it.


Nice. I get a reprimand from Anthony for thinking this posting is over the top, whereas Tucci78 can have a racist rant and it gets let untouched.
I assume the moderators simply haven’t caught up yet. At least I hope so.


At 7:10 AM on 18 August, steveta_uk (as per the hypersensitive standards of political correctness) had whined:

Nice. I get a reprimand from Anthony for thinking this posting is over the top, whereas Tucci78 can have a racist rant and it gets let untouched.
I assume the moderators simply haven’t caught up yet. At least I hope so.

Heavens to Betsy, but what the heck else had Soebarah – adoptive son of Soetoro, “good Muslim schoolboy” and citizen of the Republic of Indonesia – ever had to recommend him as a candidate for the presidency in 2008 except his cutaneous melanin content qualifying him – nominally – as an “African-American”?
If, indeed, he could be qualified as an “American” in any sense at all?
As for “permanent moderation,” Anthony, I’ve been on “permanent moderation” (what, “double secret probation”?) for some time now. What’s different about it now?


Why are you giving Mr. Romm ANY attention at all. He thrives on it.

chris moffatt says:
August 18, 2014 at 4:58 am
[snip . . mod]
clearly site moderation has suddenly stopped working. For shame Tucci78, for shame!

I couldn’t agree more. While making a pretense of being erudite and clever, it actually hits a new low of comments I’ve ever read on this blog. Clearly Tucci78 should visit The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler (http://nicedoggie.net/) where such comments would find a receptive audience.

Jeff Alberts

Natalie Portman was a scientist. And hot too. 😉

DD More

Well Mr Romm, we see your comedian Williams and compare to another ‘late’ comedian, George Carlin.
The planet is fine. Compared to the people, the planet is doing great. Been here four and a half billion years. Did you ever think about the arithmetic? The planet has been here four and a half billion years. We’ve been here, what? A hundred thousand? Maybe two hundred thousand? And we’ve only been engaged in heavy industry for a little over two hundred years. Two hundred years versus four and a half billion. And we have the CONCEIT to think that somehow we’re a threat? That somehow we’re gonna put in jeopardy this beautiful little blue-green ball that’s just a-floatin’ around the sun?
The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through all kinds of things worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles; hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors; worlwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages… And we think some plastic bags, and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference? The planet… the planet… the planet isn’t going anywhere. WE ARE!

See the rest at –


“…but right now the North Pole is a pool …” exactly has it should be for this time for the year , indeed it would a real worry if it was under a couple of miles of snow and ice has they we really would be stuffed. But Romm has never let facts or reality get the way of his claim , which is why climate ‘science’ is such good and logical fit for him.

John Of Cloverdale WA, Australia

Seems Hollywood may have a new comedian.
Come to think of it, John Kerry might make a good penguin in George Miller’s, Happy Feet 3.

John Of Cloverdale WA, Australia

Sorry forgot the link.
Seems Hollywood may have a new comedian.
Come to think of it, John Kerry might make a good penguin in George Miller’s, Happy Feet 3.

more soylent green!

@Tucci78 says:
August 18, 2014 at 3:41 am
This may be a new low for you.
REPLY: I agree, and thanks to “Tucci78” some changes have been made. His offensive repgnant and stupid portion of the comment have been snipped. New words were added to the spam filter. Tucci78 is now on permanent moderation – Anthony

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7

You have again incorrectly claimed this as a “new low” for alarmists. If I didn’t know better I’d suspect you are becoming an alarmist about alarmism. 🙂
I can acknowledge Robin WIlliams’ talent without accepting his political opinions. And I can disagree with his political opinions without disparaging or making fun of his personal struggles which apparently led to suicide.
And Joe Romm is doing nothing we haven’t seen before: pick any event which already has people’s attention and use it to promote your political agenda. It’s bogus no matter who does it.
I think one eulogy for WIlliams stated “There is a very fine line between genius and insanity and Robin Williams was on both sides of it.”. Before you promote Williams’ opnions as an exemplar, you’d better be sure which side of that line they came from.


Robin Williams was an entertainer. Anything he said in his act was for entertainment purposes only and was made with the kind of hilarious actions that had me rolling in the aisles even if I disagreed with what he was saying. Most of his humour was beautifully weighted over the top ridicule.
For anyone to read a political comment into his stage act shows a really desperate need for validation. Oh, I think I have just described Joe Romm….

Gary Pearse

This really just shows that there is only one thing on the warming folks big, unfulfilled minds. He tells it like an anecdote tribute might you see from someone in the same business as he who knew him well. JR, I think is a highly likely candidate for some therapy of the kind that seems to be in vogue with a number of the wimpering end-of-worlders these days with the last bit of juice exuding out of CAGW.


Come on, guys. It is not unusual for actors/directors to support whatever odd cause when they are promoting a movie.

Karim D. Ghantous says:
August 18, 2014 at 3:18 am
Pancreatic cancer is hard to whip, but Jobs certainly did himself, his family and friends (if he had any) no favors by delaying surgery and chemo for so many months:
Apple shareholders would be better off with Jobs still alive and working than with raving ecoloon Tim Cook in charge.

Tucci78 says:
August 18, 2014 at 10:10 am
Baraq Hussein bin Obama al Indonesii has richly deserved impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors for years, but even with a GOP-controlled Senate in 2015, the offender won’t be impeached, let alone convicted. Without 67 senators in favor of removing the criminal from office, the whole process would be an exercise in futility, and leave a blithering idiot in charge, unless Biden were impeached and convicted at the same time, which would look like a coup to put Boehner in charge.
What would it take to get the needed Democrat senators to go along? I doubt that even cancelling the 2016 presidential election would do it.
In a few year the hordes of new illegal immigrants will be allowed to vote (many do already, illegally), and they are being strategically located in swing states, like Florida, Virginia and Ohio, plus Texas, which the Democrats fondly hope to turn, making a GOP president impossible ever again.
The US republic is going the way of the Roman: first made an empire, then destroyed by invasion from without and decadence within.


Leave Joe alone!
You know; Joe can do this. He and Robin Williams were colleagues. No really.
Here’s Comical Joe extrapolating Marcott’s spurious blip into the stratosphere.
This comical device is called hyperbole; and Joe is the master of it, especially with his deadpan delivery.


“Brute says:
August 18, 2014 at 11:32 am”
True. However, they get so much airtime, are well recognised and respected that most people take what they say about global warming/clmate change as truth. Others include Cate Blanchett, George Cluney etc etc.

“Pancreatic cancer is hard to whip, but Jobs certainly did himself, his family and friends (if he had any) no favors by delaying surgery and chemo for so many months:…” – sturgishooper
I won’t say you’re wrong, but we can’t possibly know that chemo would have saved him. 🙂
And Tim Cook is exactly who Apple needs, now that it is such a huge company. It’s a different company – and a different world – than what it used to be in 2001 when the iPod was launched. There are interesting commentaries for either case, I’m sure.

Jeff Alberts says:
August 18, 2014 at 7:38 am
Natalie Portman was a scientist. And hot too. 😉

And she was in a science move to boot. Making the jump to light speed. 😉


sturgishooper says:
August 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm
I am getting very tired of people making statements like this. This site is supposed to be dedicated to scientific discussion. These attacks against a political party you disagree with should stop. If you have a specific example that’s on topic then cite it. Otherwise if you want to rant about politics go to another site. I don’t agree with President Obama’s stance on many issues but he is our duly elected leader and comparing him to a terrorist because you don’t like his position on an issue is repugnant.

The US republic is going the way of the Roman: first made an empire, then destroyed by invasion from without and decadence within.
Decadence is not a cause it is an effect. The M/F ratio in the mating years determines morality. A lack of males and morality goes to….. something bad. Look up ” demographics morality “.

Slade says:
August 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm
Your favorite despot’s tyrannical abuse of the EPA, for instance, could not possibly be more relevant to this blog and has frequently been the subject of posts and comments, to cite but one example.
He is no kind of leader at all. I didn’t compare him to a terrorist, but he has done more harm to the US than most terrorists. I find your defense of a traitorous tyrant repugnant.

Given your typical Leftwing opposition to free speech, I doubt you’ll be interested in this book on the case for Obama’s impeachment, but it would enlighten you:


sturgishooper says:
August 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm
Baraq Hussein bin Obama al Indonesii
You have just demonstrated yourself to be a liar your clear intention was to compare him to Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. Not to mention his name is spelled Barack not Baraq. As for calling him a tyrant again he was elected by the American people disagree with his views all you want but stop trying to say that the duly elected head of state is a criminal for doing the job he was elected for.