Climate Craziness of the Week: Lowbrow science schtick for the Florida Governor

From the you have to see this to believe it department. Dr. Ryan Maue brings attention to this ridiculous photo op outside the Florida Governor Rick Scott‘s office by an activist outfit called NextGenClimate.

Here is a magnified view of the picture, you can click it to magnify even more and read some of the words on it.

nextgen_climate_buffoon

According to the “about” page, this outfit is another beneficiary of billionaire Tom Steyer’s money to sway climate opinion. With the sort of idiotic talking points seen above, if I was Steyer, I’d ask for my money back.

My reply:

This whole buffoonish display is over this meeting a couple of day ago:

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I like the sciency-looking white coat too – nice touch

DrTorch

I like the look of pride on the guy’s face. Suggests he’d delighted w/ the progress of his book learnin’.
Tomorrow? Goesintas.

RH

I have never met anyone who thinks the earth is only 6,000 years old. They probably exist, but to equate something that stupid with everyone who is skeptical of the global warming doomsday scenario is beyond reprehensible.

hunter

Lobbyists selling more ways to spend other people’s money and line their own pockets.
I hope that Steyer spends hundres of million on cons just like this.
It is not uncommon for the wealthy to confuse their net worth with their intellect. This is just a particularly entertaining example.

Resourceguy

Does that white coat have extra long sleeves that can be tied in the back?

west2

Bad news for cats.

They are full of hot air. They concentrate on reducing CO2, which should be the least of our worries, since we are going to a colder climate anyway, and CO2 is our frend in maintaining the ecological balance.
http://lenbilen.com/2014/02/22/co2-the-life-giving-gas-not-carbon-pollution-a-limerick-and-explanation/
Now solar hot water heaters is another matters. They are common in Israel at a very modest cost, and they save money for the customers. The Florida climate is ideal for solar heaters for hot water, not only for the swimming pool.

highflight56433

Unfortunately, the ignorance of today’s K12 grads probably don’t know the earth is round, or what the moon is made of, and what a percentage of anything is. Furthermore, the “scientist” in the picture must be one of the useful idiots. Doesn’t look like anyone is to worried about the climate changing in Florida.
Population Growth for Florida:
1910 753,000 42.27%
1920 968,000 28.61%
1930 1,468,000 51.67%
1940 1,897,000 29.25%
1950 2,771,000 46.09%
1960 4,952,000 78.69%
1970 6,789,000 37.11%
1980 9,746,000 43.56%
1990 12,938,000 32.75%
2000 15,982,000 23.53%
2010 19,252,000 20.46%

lemiere jacques

cats have more than one live! as many as cats!
seawater is rising? sure? heve you heard of tides?
earth is not round…at best grossly…

Jimbo

On that green board I see the words “The Earth is Round”. I used to think it was flat until I discovered it’s actually oblate spheroid, and not round. Smart arses.

Betapug

Tom Steyer is the California billionaire Obama funder determined to block (dirty, foreign, Canadian oil) via Keystone XL. He made a pile of money from Alberta tar sands and has investments in American owned pipeline competitor for Keystone, Kinder Morgan.
Having just spent more than $250,000 of his own walking around money to buy the rural Whatcom County elections, (usually a $25,000 affair) governors will not be a problem.

HGW xx/7

“98% of scientists agree”, full stop.
Well then, that settles it. They agree! Reminds me of The Onion newspaper article entitled, “73% of Housewives Agree”.
Of course, we also have the obligatory condescending tone, the requisite mantra that climate change is REAL!!!!!, and a paltry attempt to be hip and “with it” by referencing popular culture.
Well, that and a complete lack of any scientific evidence.

James the Elder

Love the sea level graph; really technical, but understandable.

Nate

A real scientist does not wear a lab coat out of the lab; violates PPE guidelines
— a real scientist

Harry Passfield

Just a bit O/T, but that pic of Gov Rick Scott – are all US politicians now trying to emulate the guru Obama in his cocked-leg sitting position? It plays havoc with the knee(s)!

The good news is that Gov. Scott, while polite, doesn’t appear to have been effected by the climate alarmism they were peddling, based on local (Tampa Bay) media reports.

john

Does anybody else think that the guy in the lab coat looks like Drew Carey just before he says something satirically funny with a straight face?

joelobryan

Doesn’t that guy in the white lab coat looks strikingly a lot like Curly of the 3 Stooges?

PaulH

I think he picked up that “lab coat” at a local butcher shop. Of course it could be a painter’s smock, considering the high degree of artwork involved in his presentation.
/snark

Ringo

I live in Florida. Our local liberal paper ran an op-ed today that now that Gov. Scott has been “educated”, hopefully he’ll see the light and close the coal power plants in the state. The “skeptics are stupid” ploy remains in play.
Didn’t a study just come out and show that the more educated you are in math and science, the less likely you are to believe in the hoax?

old engineer

lenbilen says:
August 21, 2014 at 1:11 pm
“The Florida climate is ideal for solar heaters for hot water…”
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Indeed they have been using solar hot water heaters for generations in Florida. When I was a child in Miami, in the early 1940’s, we had a solar hot water heater. The hot water tank was at the peak of the roof, disguised as a chimney, so there was natural circulation of the water through the heater portion. My mother said there was still ample hot water at 7am.

@ Ringo
Yes, the local paper seemed genuinely disappointed that the Governor did not seem to grasp the immediacy of the situation.
Translation: Scott is smarter than they thought.

rogerknights

A lab coat is the (would-be) emperor’s new clothing.

rogerknights

Harry Passfield says:
August 21, 2014 at 1:34 pm
Just a bit O/T, but that pic of Gov Rick Scott – are all US politicians now trying to emulate the guru Obama in his cocked-leg sitting position? It plays havoc with the knee(s)!

It’s common in Britain.

Steamboat Jack

RH says: August 21, 2014 at 12:59 pm
“I have never met anyone who thinks the earth is only 6,000 years old.”
First, I do know some who do believe that. Now you might call that ignorant, but they are not killing women and children by increasing food prices, preventing the use of DDT and limiting energy production in the third world. And they are among the people who backed GW in his program to relieve AIDS and reduce Malaria in Africa.
Their particular foible is an amusing artifact, where the Eco-loons are responsible for more deaths than Adolph Hitler.
Regards,
Steamboat Jack (Jon Jewett’s evil twin)

Alan Robertson

According to Tom Steyer, none of us peons are sophisticated enough to understand…

Grady

The missed a colon …
98% of scientists agree: There is more to chemistry than Breaking Bad.
There. Fixed that for ya …

Jimbo

NextGenClimate is funded by the philanthropist and hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer. So I did a little checking. He is founder of the global investment firm called Farallon Capital Management, LLC based in California. At this point I’m interested in what this outfit invests in. I looked alphabetically at the holding and this is from just the first 2 pages.
Ashland Inc.
This outfit produces fracturing fluids, drilling fluids, etc for the BIG OIL industry. According to research from the University of Massachusetts (“Toxic 100“), Ashland are the 43rd TOP POLLUTER in the United States in 2013.
Cleco Power LLC is an electricity producer in Louisiana. On their about us page they say “We use multiple generating sources and multiple fuels to serve our customers.” They operate 5 power generating plants.
I also see EP ENERGY CORP and other companies on page 2 but I have no time to check, things to do. The Grantham Institute UK is also funded by a hedge fund manager. He too invests is very BIG OIL companies and likes to fight climate change and the causes of climate change. Peace and out.

inMAGICn

Lower right hand corner:
Bromine?
Barium?
Whaaaa…?

Alan Robertson

rogerknights says:
August 21, 2014 at 2:04 pm
Harry Passfield says:
August 21, 2014 at 1:34 pm
Just a bit O/T, but that pic of Gov Rick Scott – are all US politicians now trying to emulate the guru Obama in his cocked-leg sitting position? It plays havoc with the knee(s)!
————
It’s common in Britain.
_______________
Essentially de riguer in the US.

Eric S

The irony here is the BBC article where “scientists” are finally having to acknowledge the fact that “global” temperatures have not risen since 1998 and may not for another decade (if at all). No worries- they will blame humans somehow- global warming/ cooling – whatever.

Jimbo says:
August 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm
http://freebeacon.com/issues/tom-steyer-remains-invested-in-fossil-fuels-despite-divestment-pledge/
Steyer rates about a 0.80 on the Gore Hypocrisy Scale.

Alan Robertson

pimf: de rigueur

inMAGICn

Oh,
Breaking Bad–Br/Ba.
Profound stuff, that.

Bryan A

The Chalk Board is missing a few Caveats:
The Earth is round(ish) (Oblate with a Tidal Bulge)
Seawater is Salty & Rising (and has risen over 120′ since the end of the last Ice Age)
Climate Change is Real (the climate is never Stagnant and therefore is ever changing)
98% (formerly 97% then 97.4%) of Scientists agree (according to 79 of over 11000 published papers surveyed)

CarlF

The 97% (or sometimes 98%) claim is the one that every alarmist cites, every time. They apparently feel is a compelling argument to prove their claim of climate catastrophe. It is also a claim that has been debunked probably more than any other CAGW claim.
Does anyone have a link to a list of the better debunkings of the 97%/98% claims? Links to articles in journals and magazines would probably be best.
Thanks.

Gunga Din

is it just me or does he guy at the chalkboard looks a little bit like Lew with a shave?

Latitude

Is anyone else damn tired of being insulted by these losers?

Mike Ozanne

If we are going to be picky:
The earth isn’t round it’s an oblate spheroid with tidal variations.
It doesn’t just spin it wobbles as well
We only have definitive physical samples from a small portion of the moons surface
More salty oceans, not convinced….http://www.pages-igbp.org/download/docs/newsletter/2008-1/Special_Section/Science_Highlights/Schmidt_2008-1(23-25).pdf
Climate change is real, well yes it’s in the nature of climate to continually change. Do you understand it well enough to make valid predictions?
98% of what discipline of scientists agree on what precisely?
You don’t know that about the cats….

rogerthesurf

At least the Governor didn’t look overly impressed.
Cheers
Roger
http://www.thedemiseofchristchurch.com

White coats are only worn in the lab where chemicals are being splattered about. Why would a climate scientists reading computer models need a white coat??? The only reasonable answer is for the same reason advertisers dress up a talking heads in a white coat. They are evoking stereotypes so they can increase their revenues by pushing toothpaste or other sundries they want you to buy!

Fred Harwood

old engineer:
I was born in Florida, just after the last ice age. For the first 14 years of my life, we continued to visit my grandparents in Clearwater. One of the remarkable things was the gradual disappearance of solar water heaters there, as electricity, gas, and that nuclear thingy proved, well, predictable. Today, solar can’t touch the increased demand since, well, my last tepid shower.

Stephen A.

FYI this same liberal pressure group is running ads on behalf of Scott’s opponent saying Scott is in league with polluters. Scott shot back, noting that his opponent, former Gov. Crist, uses a campaign plane actually paid for by polluters. So this group has no credibility.
And its attempt at chalkboard ridicule is pathetic.

Harry Passfield says:
August 21, 2014 at 1:34 pm
Just a bit O/T, but that pic of Gov Rick Scott – are all US politicians now trying to emulate the guru Obama in his cocked-leg sitting position? It plays havoc with the knee(s)!
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Could it be they are Cockney?
Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Geologist Down The Pub Sez

Relative to solar water heaters in Florida, I had one on my Florida swimming pool, and it was a nearly total bust. Got the water too hot in the Summer, so we had to turn it off by June, but would not get the water hot enough to swim in the cooler months. Cost the previous owner over $5000 and produced nothing of value. But I got a lot of street credit because I was green.

Robert of Ottawa

The Earth is round and more than6000 years old? Well, I never … !

more soylent green!

RH says:
August 21, 2014 at 12:59 pm
I have never met anyone who thinks the earth is only 6,000 years old. They probably exist, but to equate something that stupid with everyone who is skeptical of the global warming doomsday scenario is beyond reprehensible.

I have. They don’t believe in plate tectonics, naturally, nor evolution, nor the Big Bang and while I’ve only met a few, they unfortunately all were skeptics.
But I’ve only met a few.

more soylent green!

Didn’t Tom Steyer say skeptics aren’t really sophisticated? This shows what they think of their target audience — dufus’ who believe they are smarter than everyone else.

Rick Scott survived verbal torture!
Thanks for the cartoon, Dr. Maue.