Does the 'leader' of the free world really know so little about climate?

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

Mr. Obama’s remarks at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Commencement May 20 demonstrate the extent to which his advisors are keeping him divorced from the facts.

President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., May 20, 2015. During his comments, Obama discussed the impact of climate change on national security. DoD screen shot

President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., May 20, 2015. During his comments, Obama discussed the impact of climate change on national security.
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The bulk of his speech was devoted to what is now becoming more and more obviously a non-problem: “the challenge … that, perhaps more than any other, will shape your entire careers – and that’s the urgent need to combat and adapt to climate change.”

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Some facts. In the 11 years 2004-2014, the rate of global warming taken as the mean of the three terrestrial datasets was one-twentieth of a degree. The ARGO ocean dataset shows warming of one-fortieth of a degree. The mean of the two satellite datasets shows no warming at all. Subject to formidable uncertainties, the ARGO database gives perhaps the best guide to the underlying warming rate. None of these real-world measurements is the stuff of what Mr Obama called “a peril that can affect generations”.

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Next: “Climate change is real”. Well, yes. So is the M31 galaxy.

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The question is whether it’s a threat. On the evidence to date, the answer is No for global warming, and Yes for M31, which already occupies ~ 3 degrees of arc in the sky, making it bigger than the moon (but it won’t hit us for 4 billion years or so – much like manmade global warming at the present rate). [UPDATE: recent findings show the ‘halo’ of the galaxy to be even larger]

The Andromeda galaxy M31 is larger than the moon, but isn't noticeable due to its low brightness. Composite photo by Tom Buckley-Houston; background taken by Stephen Rahn on June 10, 2013.

The Andromeda galaxy M31 is larger than the moon, but isn’t noticeable due to its low brightness. Composite photo by Tom Buckley-Houston; background taken by Stephen Rahn on June 10, 2013.

Next: “Our analysts in the intelligence community know climate change is happening.  Our military leaders — generals and admirals, active duty and retired — know it’s happening.  Our homeland security professionals know it’s happening.  And our Coast Guard knows it’s happening.” Me too! Me too! The question is how fast it’s happening (not very), and how much it is to do with us (not much) and whether it will get worse (no) and whether it will be cheaper to act today than to act tomorrow (a unanimous No from almost every economist who has written a peer-reviewed paper on the subject, and even from the IPCC).

Next: “The planet is getting warmer: 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have been in the past 15 years.” No. 14 of the 15 hottest years since 1850 have been in the past 15 years. So what? The “n out of n+1 years were the hottest evaaah” is how babies do statistical trends. Yes, the planet is getting warmer, but at a glacial and unthreatening rate. The medieval (1400 AD), Roman (300 BC), Minoan (1400 BC), Old Kingdom (2250 BC) and Holocene (4000-8000 BC) warm periods were all warmer than today. Yet here we all are.

Next: “Our scientists at NASA just reported that some of the sea ice around Antarctica is breaking up even faster than expected. Not exactly surprising, given that at present it has reached the greatest extent for the time of year observed in the 35-year satellite era. Why did Mr Obama not mention that (or any) fact, by way of balance?

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Next: “The world’s glaciers are melting, pouring new water into the ocean.  Over the past century, the world sea level rose by about eight inches.  That was in the last century; by the end of this century, it’s projected to rise another one to four feet.” Actually, most of the world’s glaciers are in Greenland and Antarctica. There are 160,000 of them. Most of them have never been visited, measured, or monitored by Man. And the rate of sea level rise according to tide gauges shows little acceleration compared with the past 150 years. The laser-altimetry satellites, the only ones that purport to show accelerating sea-level rise, have inter-calibration errors that exceed the sea-level rise they purport to measure. The GRACE satellites showed sea level falling from 2003-2008 and only showed an increase when an entirely artificial “glacial isostatic adjustment” was added to make the results conform. The Envisat satellite, during its eight years in operation from 2004-2012, showed sea level rising at a rate equivalent to just 1.3 inches per century. And why would we expect more, given the fact that the sea is barely warming?

Mr Obama talked of climate change as “the most severe threat” that “will impact every country on the planet … a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security. And, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country. And so we need to act – and we need to act now.” No, we don’t. The evidence just isn’t there.

Then we get the “D” word: “Denying it, or refusing to deal with it, endangers our national security.  It undermines the readiness of our forces.” No, it doesn’t. The mean rate of warming on the terrestrial datasets since 1979 is 0.14 degrees. On the satellite datasets, 0.11 degrees. In the oceans, we don’t know: the measurement method that immediately preceded the ARGO network, the XBT network, showed ocean cooling and had to be adjusted to make it fit the story-line. Same with the ARGO network, which originally showed cooling and had to be adjusted. Even then, it only shows warming at a rate equivalent to a quarter of a degree per century.

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These adjustments to the sea temperature records, like just about every other adjustment ever made to the terrestrial or ocean networks, have always been in an ever-upward direction. The probability that so many measurements on so many different systems over so long as a century (for the terrestrial records) and a third of that (for the satellite records) and a third of that (for the ARGO record) would all have erroneously understated global warming is as near nil as makes no difference.

Next: “Confronting climate change is now a key pillar of American global leadership.  When I meet with leaders around the world, it’s often at the top of our agenda – a core element of our diplomacy.” So much more congenial than dealing with real problems, like the murder of Christians in Muslim war zones, the trafficking of children by the million to compensate for the distorting effects of the one-child policy in China, the subsidies by Russia to anti-fracking groups in Europe to keep the gas price artificially high, the stupefying expansion of the U.S. national debt under Mr Obama, the failure of the U.S. Coastguard and border farce to control her own borders, the abandonment of millions of poor people to substandard health care thanks to “Obamacare”, the exaggerations about the supposed “threat” of climate change …

Next: “The effects of climate change are so clearly upon us.  It will shape how every one of our services plan, operate, train, equip, and protect their infrastructure, their capabilities, today and for the long term.” No, it won’t: not once one foreign-born occupant of the White House is replaced by another less scientifically illiterate.

Next: “Rising seas are already swallowing low-lying lands, from Bangladesh to Pacific islands, forcing people from their homes.  Caribbean islands and Central American coasts are vulnerable, as well.” No, on all counts. In Bangladesh a site survey by Professor Nils-Axel Mörner showed that the only loss of sea shore was caused by erosion after the natives grubbed up mangrove trees to make way for shrimp farms. Sea level was actually falling there. Surveys of Pacific islands show no sea-level rise for long periods – in the Maldives, none for 1500 years. Corals, after all, grow to match sea-level rise.

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Next: “Globally, we could see a rise in climate change refugees.” In 2005 the U.N. said there would be 50 million climate refugees by 2010. When there weren’t, a Professor Christina Tirado said in 2011 it would happen by 2020. It won’t. Betcha.

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Next: “More intense droughts will exacerbate shortages of water and food, increase competition for resources, and create the potential for mass migrations and new tensions.  All of which is why the Pentagon calls climate change a threat multiplier.” Hao et al. (2014), publishing the most comprehensive survey of global land area under drought, found that there had been little change over the past 30 years, and the change had been in the direction of less land suffering drought.

Next: “Severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram.” But the IPCC, in its special report of 2012 on extreme weather, and in its 2013 Fifth Assessment Report, says one cannot yet ascribe such individual events to global warming. And that is particularly true given that the area of the globe under drought is in decline.

Next: “It’s now believed that drought and crop failures and high food prices helped fuel the early unrest in Syria, which descended into civil war in the heart of the Middle East.” Same applies. There’s no evidence that particular droughts are attributable to climate change, particularly when the incidence and prevalence of drought are both somewhat declining worldwide. And the doubling of world food prices in recent years was chiefly attributable to taking millions of acres out of growing food for people who need it and using them to grow biofuels for clunkers that don’t.

Next: “Around the world, climate change will mean more extreme storms.” No, it won’t. Extreme storms are caused not by “more energy in the system because of climate change”, but by temperature differentials between adjacent regions of the climate system. Those temperature differentials will decline if and when global warming resumes, certainly reducing extra-tropical storminess and arguably reducing it in the tropics too. No surprise then, that the Accumulated Cyclone Energy Index has shown the combined frequency, intensity, and duration of hurricanes and other tropical cyclones to have been at or near the lowest level in the satellite era over the past five years; there have now been seven or eight years without a major hurricane making landfall in the U.S., the longest hurricane deficit in more than a century; and even the IPCC admits that there has been no particular increase either in tropical or in extra-tropical storminess to date.

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Next: “No single weather event can be blamed solely on climate change.  But [blaming a single event on climate change] Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines gave us a possible glimpse of things to come – one of the worst cyclones ever recorded.” The weather, like the cricket, will keep setting new records regardless of whether the world is getting gently warmer, gently cooler or not changing at all. Besides, we know that Haiyan and other recent extreme-weather events, such as Sandy, were not caused by “global warming”, for the good and sufficient reason that for more than 18 years there has been little (terrestrial datasets), a smidgen (ocean datasets) or none at all (satellite datasets). That which has hardly happened is far less likely to have caused Haiyan or Sandy than the natural and mathematically-chaotic variability of the climate.

Next: “Climate change means Arctic sea ice is vanishing faster than ever.  By the middle of this century, Arctic summers could be essentially ice free.” Not that again. Al Gore said in Bali in 2007 that the Arctic would be ice-free by 2013. Nope. The accident-prone Vicky Pope (what is it with Popes and climate change?) of the accident-prone Wet Office said in 2009 that all the Arctic ice would be gone by 2014. Double Nope. So now it will all be gone by 2050. Any advance on 2050, anyone?

Next: “Climate change, and especially rising seas, is a threat to our homeland security, our economic infrastructure, the safety and health of the American people.  Already, today, in Miami and Charleston, streets now flood at high tide.  Along our coasts, thousands of miles of highways and roads, railways, energy facilities are all vulnerable.  It’s estimated that a further increase in sea level of just one foot by the end of this century could cost our nation $200 billion.” But that’s not much more than the previous century’s established, pre-global-warming rate of sea-level rise. And has no one told Mr Obama of the tectonic subsidence of the South-East coast of the United States?

Next: “In New York Harbor, the sea level is already a foot higher than a century ago – which was one of the reasons Superstorm Sandy put so much of lower Manhattan underwater.” Now, given that sea level rose 8 inches globally in the last century, following a long-established rate of rise, there were bound to be some places, depending on local tectonic displacements, among many other factors, that would see a little more sea-level rise than others. So what? Sandy was not caused by climate change in any event: it was an unusual confluence of three storms from different directions in exactly the wrong place. And Sandy would have done just as much damage had sea level been a foot lower.

Next: “Around Norfolk, high tides and storms increasingly flood parts of our Navy base and an airbase.” Regional subsidence again. On only one measure – the poorly inter-calibrated laser-altimetry satellite series – has there been any “acceleration” in the rate of sea-level rise, and even that modest “acceleration”, suspiciously, occurred precisely in the very year when the satellite altimetry record commenced, suggesting that it was not a real change but an artefact of the altered method of measurement. As noted earlier, the GRACE gravitational-anomaly satellites only show rapid sea-level rise after the addition of a monstrous and unreal “glacial isostatic adjustment”, which was introduced at the very moment when even the official sea-level record was about to dip below 3 mm a year.

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Next: “In Alaska, thawing permafrost is damaging military facilities.” And is reopening to agriculture lands not cultivated since the Middle Ages. What’s bad about that?  Besides, there was more thawing in the 1920s and 1930s than today. Was that caused by manmade global warming? No.

Next: “Out West, deeper droughts and longer wildfires could threaten training areas our troops depend on.” And that, like so much of Mr Obama’s speech, is a manifestly inappropriate argument from the particular to the general – the fallacy of converse accident, or argumentum a dicto secundum quid ad dictum simpliciter, as the medieval schoolmen called it – that Aristotle excoriated as one of the commonest among the untutored and sophistical 2350 years ago. Globally, the land area under drought has been declining gently throughout the satellite era. In that context, blaming a regional drought on global warming is unsound.

Next: “Helping American communities prepare to deal with the impacts of climate change: we have to help our bases and ports, as well. Not just with stronger seawalls and natural barriers, but with smarter, more resilient infrastructure – because when the seas rise and storms come, we all have to be ready.” According to Professor Mörner, who has written more papers about sea-level than anyone alive, during a career spanning half a century, sea level will rise this century by 5 ±15 cm – that’s 2 ±6 inches. Not much wall-building needed, then.

Next: “It can be just as important, if not more important, to prevent threats before they can cause catastrophic harm.  And [the] only way – the only way – the world is going to prevent the worst effects of climate change is to slow down the warming of the planet.” Which begs the question: What is the ideal global mean surface temperature? Is it the temperature of the Little Ice Age (a couple of degrees below today, when people died of famine because the summers were too cold)? Or is it the temperature of the beginning of the 20th century? Or today’s temperature? Or several degrees warmer than today? Without even addressing that question, there is simply no scientific basis for taking any action on global warming. Another question: Is it cheaper to mitigate today than to adapt the day after tomorrow? The IPCC concedes that adaptation is cheaper than mitigation. So why mitigate, even if the supposed problem is as big as the IPCC profits by having us believe? Mitigation is not the rational economic choice: therefore, the cost of that incorrect choice will fall, as the cost of all such inappropriate economic choices inevitably falls, disproportionately on the poorest.

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Next: “Some warming is now inevitable.” And that is just about the only statement about climate change in the entire speech that is more likely than not to be objectively true. But Mr Obama spoils the moment by adding: “But there comes a point when the worst effects will be irreversible.  And time is running out.” Well, no, it isn’t running out. Our position is no worse than it was 18 years 5 months ago, because there has been no global warming for that long. The rational economic choice, given CO2 concentration rising to levels unprecedented in 810,000 years, and yet to the nearest tenth of one per cent there is no CO2 in the air at all and far less warming than predicted is occurring, is to wait and see. Indeed, since it ought to be obvious that a few degrees of cooling would be far more destructive to life on Earth than a few degrees of warming, it would make more sense to prepare for the former, which might otherwise cause real harm, than to prepare for the latter, which is now unlikely to happen and would not cause either widespread or sudden harm if it did.

Next: “The world has to finally start reducing its carbon emissions – now. And that’s why I’ve committed the United States to leading the world on this challenge.” There’s no need for any such action. CO2 – not that Mr Obama would ever mention this fact – is plant food. More of it would increase the net primary productivity of all trees and plants, which has grown by 2% per decade in recent decades, thanks to our sins of emission. Yet, even with all the extra CO2 in the air, global temperature is hardly changing. That is why the IPCC has all but halved its medium-term global warming predictions. Rationally, it should have all but halved the long-term predictions too: but that would make it clear to all that there is no manmade climate problem. We are a bit-part player.

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Next: “We’re using more clean energy than ever before – more solar, more wind.  It’s all helped us reduce our carbon emissions more than any other advanced nation. And today, we can be proud that our carbon pollution is near its lowest levels in almost two decades.  But we’ve got to do more.” Wrong on every count. Solar energy fries birds and bats by the million. Wind energy swats them out of the sky. That’s not clean: it’s cruel, and the so-called “environmental” movement looks the other way and cheers as it banks its checks and the birds fall dying at its feet. The cost of so-called “renewables” is an order of magnitude greater than real power, and in most conditions “renewables” cause more CO2 emission than if one generated the power with fossil fuels. Also, real power works all year round. Solar power has been proven not to work at all well at night. Wind power doesn’t work when the wind is blowing too little or too much, which is three-quarters of the time. The poor are the sufferers, for electric power and gasoline are poll taxes. Rich corporations and landowners are the gainers. Strange that the “Democrats” are the ruthless capitalists now, and have no time or care for the poor. And CO2 is not “carbon pollution”. It’s a naturally-occurring trace gas essential to all life on Earth, and trees and plants would be up to 40% more productive, and more drought-resistant, if we could double its concentration. Let us hear no more of “carbon pollution”. Besides, it’s “carbon dioxide”, not “carbon”.

Next: “We have to move ahead with standards to cut the amount of carbon pollution in our power plants.” That childish Al Gore neologism, “carbon pollution”, again. This is not presidential language: it’s baby talk. And no, we don’t “have to move ahead” with any such “standards”. The correct policy would be to abolish the EPA. It is too powerful, too self-serving, too costly, too ambitious for more power, too totalitarian, too anti-scientific, and too partisan.

Next: “Working with other nations, we have to achieve a strong global agreement this year to start reducing the total global emission – because every nation must do its part. Every nation.” This is a reference to the establishment of an unelected, global “governing body” (a.k.a. government) and its associated bureaucracies, including an “international climate court”, at Paris this December. But Mr Obama, at a meeting in Peking in December 2014, unilaterally exempted China from “doing its part”. China decided in its 2000 five-year plan that it would build one or two new coal-fired power stations a [week] from then till at least 2030. By 2003 the first stations came on stream and China’s emissions began rising fast. By 2007 China overtook the U.S. as the world’s largest emitter. Now, just a decade later, China emits twice as much as the U.S., and accounts for half of all coal combusted globally. In another few years, China will emit 40% of the world’s CO2: she is already at 30%.

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Next: “The Air Force F-22 broke the sound barrier using biofuels.  And the Navy runs an entire carrier strike group – the Green Fleet – with biofuels.” Just one problem with that. As the U.N.’s right-to-food rapporteur, Herr Jean Ziegler, said a few years back, “The diversion of food to biofuels is a crime against humanity.” Why? Because millions of acres that once grew food are now growing inefficient biofuels. The consequence is a net addition to global CO2 emissions, vitiating the original purpose of biofuels. But the still worse consequence is the resultant doubling of world food prices. Yet again, it is the poor who have been hardest hit. Who knows how many millions have died of starvation because – in Haiti, for instance, – even the price of the mud pies made with real mud on which the very poorest subsisted has doubled?

Next: “Our Marines have deployed to Afghanistan with portable solar panels, lightening their load and reducing dangerous resupply missions.  So fighting climate change and using energy wisely also makes our forces more nimble and more ready.” The use of portable solar panels by the military has nothing whatever to do with climate change and makes no detectable contribution to reducing it. Besides, the CO2 emissions in the manufacture and installation of solar panels exceed the saving during their short lifespans – typically just five years in the military, and 10-15 years in civilian use.

What is breathtaking about this serially inaccurate and prejudiced speech is that practically every factoid uttered by Mr Obama was either flat out untrue or in need of the heaviest qualification. That the supposed “leader” of the free world should have allowed himself to be so ill informed, and to breach the iron convention that the supreme commander of the United States’ Armed Forces does not, repeat not, preach partisan politics to them, is a measure of how far he has fallen below the necessary minimum standard of political conduct and scientific knowledge and honesty of exposition expected of the occupier of his office. If this speech was the very best that the narrow faction promoting the extremist line on global warming could muster for their mouthpiece, then the skeptics have won the scientific, the economic, the rational, and the moral arguments – and have won them hands down.

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ConfusedPhoton

Barak Obama is not doing this because he believes in CAGW, he does it to appease the many Democrat doners!
Such is the state of politics on both sides of the Atlantic.

mike

I don’t mean to give any offense CP, but I think you’re being just a tad bit cynical with your last. I, for one, think it’s a great idea to involve our brave, courageous troops in the fight against CO2 as a real test of their mettle. Consider the hellish battlespace, our guys and gals at the “tip of the spear” will occupy, for example, when the U. S. Armed Forces deploy in force at COP-21:
–Hundreds of thousands of G. I.’s and Jarheads, alighting from plush private jets, at Orly, “ready for action”.
–Fleets of bullet-proof, stretch limos, there to chauffeur their “grunt”-butts around the “City of Lights”, complete with complimentary, “scary-dude” security-details to keep the frog riff-raff from pestering our nation’s best.
–All the super-chef best of France’s celebrated foie-gras and freedom-fries you can stuff into your military-issue pie-hole.
–Billeting in some swanky, famous-name, five-star hotel, oozing old-world charm.
–And the endless distraction of NGO hot-babes showing up at all hours, at one’s hotel-room door, wanting to show a bleary-eyed, warrior “Yank”, who’s just tryin’ to get a good night’s sleep, a good time.
I mean, like, if our service members in uniform can survive a COP-21 deployment, like that, they’ll have proved they can survive anything! Look!–the fight against demon-carbon is a nasty business, but someone has to do it. And I think the U. S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines (and the Coast Guard, too) are just the ones–uniquely the ones!–to handle that thankless task. Yeah buddy!–they can handle it, all right: Lafayette, we are here! LET’SROCK’NROLL!!!GETSOME!!!OOOOOH-RAH!!!!

Harry Passfield

You beat me to it, Mike. If climate change is such a challenge, especially to [y]our military, it would be best that they never be deployed outside the CONUS. I mean, think of the climate change involved in fighting in the Middle East!

John Law

As John Wayne might have put it:
“so you want to be a carbon warrior?”

It would be almost humorous… However, the US isn’t too far away from a climate alarmist dictatorship. It won’t be too funny when the Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard begin deployment on US soil, in our towns, cities, and villages in order to arrest and detain climate combatants in their duty under the POTUS and Commander in Chief.
Increasingly, it seems the role of Commander in Chief should be stripped from the role of POTUS… too much power in one office…

Now we have a “Green Fleet”!?!!
The end is nigh. Shoot me now, get it over with.

ferd berple

if Climate Change is the biggest challenge the Coast Guard faces, there is no need for boats. All they need do is put padlocks on all the fuel pumps. Driving around in boats only makes the problem worse, unless they are planning to go back to sails.

Mike Henderson

You’re missing the point, he is using one tool(climate fear) to whet another tool(the military that he has removed a great number of ethical leaders from). When one uses a tool effectively one has to know the downside of using that tool. I think that he knows more than he lets on about climate fear. Whether he knows the military as well as he needs is another question.

Ian Macdonald

‘Now we have a “Green Fleet”!?!!’
Well then, our Trident fleet must be green too, since it runs on non-fossil fuels. Not to mention that the weapons, if deployed, would do their bit in fighting climate change in the form of a nuclear winter lasting several years.
Though, to completely green they should refill the missiles with biorocket fuel.

Now that was hilarious Mr. Mike!

David Ball

Boat displacement causes the seas to rise. We must remove all boats before it’s too late. Send money.
/sarc

The US president should insist that the relevant agencies fully analyse their data and present not only the ‘AGW affirmative’ , but also the ‘negative aspects’ that are silently omitted. The data is there, I use it all the time, and I often get hits on my website from the same agencies (NASA, NOAA, USGS and others) so they can not claim it is not in there.
Most of data I look at, points to near future cooling rather than further warming.
For number of centuries as data shows, the Earth’s natural tendency to cool has been countered by the more active sun, and weakening of the Earth’s defensive shield.
More active sun includes the effects of the magnetic elements such as CMEs, solar wind pressure etc on the Earth’s magnetosphere.
During even numbered solar cycles the Earth’s magnetic shield offers very little resistance (even NASA says so – see link), while during odd numbered cycles a ‘threshold’ of resistance is active, its level depending on the strength of both the Earth’s and the incoming solar magnetic fields.
The Earth’s magnetic shield has lost about 12% of its strength since the depth’s of Maunder minimum (for the last 140 years including current strength – see link below), allowing the solar magnetic impacts to be more effective in triggering and sustaining the Earth’s warming mechanism. This
LINK
shows the inverse correlation of R2 = 0.72 of the global CRUTEM4 to the strength of the Earth’s magnetic shield (data from NOAA).
The NASA and NOAA experts may not understand why, but there is no reason to hide the correlation’s existence!

Catcracking

“They” would be fired if they even suggested a need to look at the real data for the negative aspects of CAGW.
But they cannot fire VA employees who withheld medical service to sick Veterans and cooked the books.

wws

Vuckevic wrote: “The US president should insist that the relevant agencies fully analyse their data…”
Although I’m sure you know this, it bears repeating over and over and over – this issue now has NOTHING to do with “Data” and NOTHING to do with “Science”. The agencies know that they’re faking it, this administration knows that they’re faking it, Obama knew that he was faking it when he made that speech – and his invocation of “national security” was the key that put that out in the open.
Why do I say that? Because just look at any news channel – the 2 greatest national security stories today are A) the ongoing collapse of Iraq, and the ever growing control of ISIS, now in control of half of Syria and soon, all of Anbar province, and B) those pesky constitutionalists who keep insisting that the US Constitution requires a warrant before you wiretap phones, and the Fed Govm’ts insistence that they can tap anyones phone, anytime, anywhere, for no reason at all other than they want to, and constitution, shmonstitution.
So what is Obama’s response to these questions? “Hey, Look over There! The weather sure is looking bad, and it’s all the fault of those other guys! That’s what I’m worried about!!!”
It’s all misdirection, and is a dog whistle to all the hard core ideologues in his party (who make up about 90% of the democrat party today) so that they will start baying at the moon and shrieking “climate change! climate change! climate change!” It’s all an attempt to drown out the real issues of the day, at which they are failing so badly.
Banana republic dictators use this tactic all the time – just look at any public pronouncement by Maduro in Venezuela over the last couple of years. It’s a crying shame, and a sad comment on what has happened to politics in the US, that we now have Banana Republic politics being openly embraced by the POTUS.

Joe Crawford

It’s not just misdirection, it’s now his latest excuse. After 5 1/2 years in office he can no longer get away with “Bush did it” or “It’s Bushes fault” so the new villain has to be climate change. He reminds me of a 3 year old. It’s never his fault, always someone else.

Repel space Damocles swords

duplicity: He’s distracting, while just signed this appeal for international cooperation (pt. 6), to repel the ULTIMATE space Damocles sword, that may be done only with the (Boeing patented) Laser Plasma Shields* to escape electro-volcanic winters and deadly space super-storms: National Space Weather Strategy Released for Public Comment | NOAA / NWS Space Weather http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/national-space-weather-strategy-released-public-comment 2015: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/images/u33/final_shibata_SWW_2015.pdf
* https://ShieldEarthFromSpaceDisasters.wordpress.com

Alex

Repel space Damocles swords
Are you plagiarising their name? Maybe it’s another scifi story in the making.

Repel space Damocles swords

Boeing has patented a Laser Plasma ‘force field’ to protect against shock waves; it can be used, in a larger scale, to repel deadly space electricity, that may blow up dozens if not all the nuclear stations*… http://www.sciencealert.com/boeing-has-patented-a-plasma-force-field-to-protect-against-shock-waves https://youtu.be/4zIiOmJVfHU
* http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/images/u33/final_shibata_SWW_2015.pdf

“Barak Obama is not doing this because he believes in CAGW, he does it to appease the many Democrat doners!”
I”d say the main reason is even more cynical that that. He’s got so many real world problems that he has neither the capacity, or the wisdom, or the courage to fix. Many to most of these problems have worsened under his watch. So what can he do?
Well, he takes a pretend problem with a pretend solution, then blames those with a far superior understanding of the facts for failing to implement. It’s a classic shiny object strategy. Sadly, it’s quite effective
aneipris (aka pokerguy)

obama doesn’t know or care anything about climate, nor does he wish to. It is a weapon he is using in his efforts to fundamentally change destroy America.

TomRude

Puppet of the “free world” i.e. he does what bankers want.

It doesn't add up...

Have a kebab.

Ted s

Quite the case, politics seem to overwhelm even common sense. Now we see the global warming crowd using insults, coming up with the term “deniers” like those of us who CAN think for ourselves are a “political” enemy.
In fact, I suppose we are from the laft’s point of view.

janus

I think he is getting ready for the job in Seul, managing the Climate change fund…
JMHO

David

If this numbskull POTUS had any brains he would question just why so many “scientists” are busy traveling the world trying to continually prove that C02 is causing global warming when they constantly claim that “the science is settled.” If the “science” is indeed settled and the numerous hysterical forecasts are as dire as they predict – surely as POTUS he should be calling for ways to scrub CO2 from power station emissions, aircraft, cars etc. Even a lepton brain like Obama should surely see that putting all these “scientists” to work on scrubbing C02 from emissions is a far better investment than having them running around at 5 star conferences yelling “the ski is falling.”
Instead he and all the alarmist scientists are like a bunch of fire fighters standing around watching a forest fire and doing nothing to put it out – but telling each other that ” matches cause fires.” There are billions spent on “climate research” but very little on scrubbing C02 emissions.

Pat Frank

I believe Obama does believe in CAGW, CP.
Ernst Moniz, his Secretary DoE, who’s a very smart nuclear physicist, spoke at SLAC. I was there. He believes in CAGW.
I think Obama believes his science advisers, the NAS, the APS, and all the rest of the benighted institutional groups. They all push the CAGW line. I think they all believe it.
If anything, the wide-spread belief reveals how many scientists don’t understand science itself. It seems at least half. They may be expert practitioners, perhaps analytically brilliant, but the globally critical view has escaped them. Because they haven’t understood the reality, they’ve been snookered by the image, decorated as it is with math. Mesmerized by a shimmering mirage.
The whole thing is a lesson in sincere incompetence. But that doesn’t include Obama. He hasn’t any training. He’s been misled, though his progressive politics has greased the way.

Stuart jones

So why do they all believe it? They are intelligent people (yes they are despite contrary indications) why do they ALL follow the meme? It is the one and only thing that I cannot grasp, I can see the errors, the fudged data, the false conclusions etc etc but I am not a trained scientist so my opinion is not worth that of a PHD or a professor, why do they all support the meme? If we could answer that one we would solve the whole problem, I know it could just be confirmation bias, need for grant money, self preservation of career, fear of bullying and fear of loss of power or influence or a mix of all of the above. But why hasnt someone somewhere come out and blown the whistle, where is the Snowdon of climate change, when will there be a leak to wikileaks?

David Ball

Climategate was good first step. I don’t believe we have heard all there is to hear on that subject.

Perry

Obama is clearly driven by ideology and its political Agendas. He is no longer serving his Nation and its people. In fact it seems like his nation and its people is the problem?

Sure but by shear repetition the lib-tard voter base and related “greenies” are encouraged that someone cares. I just think it was the very best example of any speech (topic and lies) being given the most inappropriate (captive) audience imaginable.
Whether he knows it or not, those Coasties are probably still laughing as his fresh signature dries on their military commission documents.

Patrick

He’s probably still giddy and confused after saying good bye to Letterman on TV.

ozspeaksup

pity Letterman wasnt staying -and saying goodbye to HIM!

Interesting read. Senator James Inhofe(R-Okla), the Chairman of the Senate Services Committee and an outspoken skeptic of the President’s stance on Global Warming stated the following yesterday: ” The failure of the President to understand the real threat to our national security and inability to develop a coherent national security strategy, has put this nation at an unknown level of risk with consequences that will span over decades”.

Inhofe has that one right, but don’t spend a lot of time researching his entire collection of quotes, as most of them are far more disappointing than encouraging about his personal, religious, and traditional conservative beliefs…

John Catley

The British are coming, The British are coming.
Well done Christopher for a comprehensive and thorough debunking.
One further point to add is POTUS and his constant use of “97% of scientists agree….” which he absolutely knows is false.
Whilst we know lying is not totally unknown in politics, Obama really does take it to a new level.
Perhaps those rumours about his birth certificate were not so silly after all.

Tom in Florida

Obama is a narcissist and a habitual liar. The only time he tells the truth is when he claims he didn’t know something happened until he read it in the paper. The only real question about him is whether he is Sunni or Shiite.

The only real question about him is whether he is Sunni or Shiite.

Exactly ……..
And therein lies “the answer” to all the questions being asked as to the “why” of his actions and/or inactions.

Shiite per folks who ought to know, Muslim Arab TV
http://cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/arab-tv-commentators-claim-obama-supports-iran-because-his-father-was-shiite
says his dad was shiite and spent his childhood was in a shiite village. Also asserts that is why POTUS is pro Iran.
BTW, I find it disturbing that the commander in chief is calling me a security threat for not believing in AGW… That puts us under the same umbrella as terrorists, so could be bundled off to Gitmo without trial… No, I don’t expect it, but that is the path it opens to be classed as a “national security threat”.

u.k.(us)

Obama has lost the military and most of the populace, nobody will back him.

I think he believes the 97%, and on all the rest of the stuff, he is clueless, simply clueless. He buys all this “climate change” malarkey. I don’t believe he thinks he is lying, he actually believes this stuff – that’s the problem. (along with at least 47% of the US populace).

I have some very intelligent friends with PhDs who believe this stuff “hook, line and sinker”. They look at me as if I’m the one who is the nutcase…

Alex

J. Philip Peterson
You are confusing intelligence with cunning.

Alex, you may just be right!

I have some very intelligent friends with PhDs who believe this stuff “hook, line and sinker”.

Which proves that most anyone can go to a hardware store and purchase a “box full of tools” … and then tout their expertise by simply displaying the Sales Receipt for said purchase.

MarkW

I work at a national laboratory that employs some of these AGW types. I have been told by several PhD types that they don’t have time to investigate this stuff, but they are friends with Dr. X, who works in the field and Dr. X assures them that the world will end if we don’t do something. And that’s good enough for them.

Mark W – I think that is the whole problem in a nutshell. All of Obama’s friends tell him the same crap.

Well, after questionable birth-place and religious upbringing, he WAS a pot-smoking gay adolescent who learned to despise our American way of life and system of gov’t so much that he successfully changed himself, changed Chicago, changed Illinois, and has fundamentally changed America. Though most of us agree these local, national, and international changes were completely negative, he did exactly what he told us he would do…

I do take offense to the title of this article.
Obama is the leader of the US of America, last time I looked.
Sadly, despite what the citizens of the US of America may think, they are not free. Perhaps thinking so but not free in the West European sense. Are the West Euro’s free, well that is a question of perception also but certainly more so in thought and expression then our American cousins.
Obama is however the current leader of what is generally called “the biggest democracy”. (Disregarding India at the moment.)
To Europeans the US choice is right or even more to the right.
Sad really, in my opinion.
A properly functioning democracy needs people from all, or most, directions in parliament, senate, lower house, whatever.
Will you ever get anything done? Let’s not go there.

kwg1947

@outtheback. America/U.S.A. is a Republican form of government and not a democracy. As to the Free World comment, that was used during the cold war, and has fallen way out of use except, as in this case, by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, who being born in 1952 would have been used to using that phrase. BTW, he is British you know!

Warren Latham

Yes we (and you) will.
Just write to your M. P. / Senator.
(Please see my recent “comment” showing how easy it is). Thank you.

Bubba Cow

Well, Warren, one of my Senators is Bernie Sanders – so no help there.
About the only funny thing Obama has said recently (to my mind anyway) is:
“Some Democrats want a pot smoking socialist in the White House. An Obama third term”!

While America is getting less and less free, speech is still freer here than in Western Europe. And climate alarmism is less wide spread.
There is a chance that the next US president may actually be a climate skeptic, as a majority in Congress already are. Even one of the least skeptical Republican candidates, Bush, has to make noises critical of the consensus in order to attract primary voters:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/21/us-usa-election-bush-idUSKBN0O609A20150521

Tsk Tsk

Western Europe is freer than the US? HAHAHAHA. How’s the hate speech imprisonment going over there? Don’t you dare speak your mind.
Nothing is more stifling than your precious socialism.

Oldseadog

Masterly.
Next, how do we get the MSM to report this properly?

icouldnthelpit

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Bob Boder

icouldntunderstandit
So I guess you think they are more accurate for sea level rise and less accurate for temperature? How exactly does the ocean warm and rise from atmospheric AGW anyway when the atmosphere it self isn’t warming?

Bob Boder

icouldntunderstandit
You have 3 out of 5 not 4, and the 3 you have are heavily adjusted and only see a relatively small area compared to the 2 “outliers”. The Data for the 2 “outliers” is also in the public domain, where the 3 “consensus” ones are not.
You stick with your “consensus/group thought” and be a good lemming, critical thinking is difficult and I wouldn’t want you to hurt yourself.

icouldnthelpit

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icantunderstandanything,
Satellite data is the most accurate global temperature data. But as you probably don’t understand, accuracy to a tenth or a hundredth of a degree is not the issue. At all.
The central, and only important measurement is the global temperature trend.
Does the trend show the endlessly predicted ‘accelerating’ global warming? (endlessly predicted, until it became clear that global warming has stopped.) Does it even show any global warming? No.
Despite all the arm-waving, running around in circles and clucking, and the totally false wild-eyed pronouncements claiming that global warming hasn’t really stopped at all, and that it’s accelerating out of control (yes, some people still believe that; half the population has below average intelligence), even former IPCC boss Rajendra Pachauri admits global warming has stopped.
Satellite data and land data all show that global warming stopped almost twenty years ago. Despite the endless factoids cherry-picked to support alarmist confirmation bias, the global temperature trend shows that global warming has stopped. That is reality.
Honest folks admit it when the facts prove them wrong. The rest argue about what Planet Earth is doing, because they cannot accept reality. With your ‘outlier’ comment it’s pretty clear which camp you are in.

MarkW

Different satellites, different sensors.
Smart people can understand that a tool that is best for one purpose, isn’t always the best people for another.

Sea level and ice surveillance satellites are very different, so comparing them is, well, idiotic.
Sea level satellites are fatally flawed. Temperature satellites are indeed superior in every way to the cooked book “surface” “records”.

TYoke

“we all live in the lower troposphere”
It is amazing that this trope has proved so compelling to the alarmists. Recall, that the idea that has got them so wound up in the first place are models that show that increased warming should occur with increased CO2 levels. And where do those models predict the warming will be concentrated? In the troposphere!
So, we ought to be alarmed by predicted heating in the troposphere (even though we don’t live there), but should ignore the satellite measurements of the troposphere that show no warming (because we don’t live there). Got it.

heysuess

The chief doomagogue has no shame. He has and will say anything with a straight face. Wonderful article and summary, which I’ve bookmarked for future reference.

U.S. Presidents lie or distort the facts all the time. Each of them has his own pet project based on the distribution of finely sliced baloney. Clinton lied about Kosovo genocide, Bush lied about Iraq WMD, Obama lies about the weather and other issues I’d rather not get into.

Don Perry

@ fernandoleanme
Your comment about “Bush lied” makes you part of the biggest lie perpetuated by the far left. That leftist meme has been repeated ad nauseum, but still contains not a grain of truth. Intelligence, not just from the United States, indicated the existence of a program of WMD in Iraq. Bush made many mistakes, including being naive enough to follow the advice of Donald Rumsfeld, but he was, and is, an honorable man with the good of the country at heart. Calling him a liar is offensive. It makes YOU the liar. Likewise, it is likely that Clinton and Obama, like most presidents, rely on the information provided by those who surround them and are, in essence, isolated from reality. Calling them liars, particularly when based upon partisan distortions, is despicable.

Tom in Florida

I will add, so that everyone knows, the blaming of George Bush for all that was bad was not to disparage George but to disparage the Bush name because Democrats knew that Jeb Bush would eventually run for President and that he would be hard to beat. As we can now see, that strategy has turned out to be pretty successful so far.

Steve P

Bush’s defenders are even more pathetic than the CAGW zealots. Bush didn’t lie? What a joke!
Here I quote Paul Waldman from his article in The Week:
George W. Bush didn’t just lie about the Iraq War. What he did was much worse.

I want to focus on the part about the lies. I’ve found over the years that conservatives who supported the war get particularly angry at the assertion that Bush lied us into war. No, they’ll insist, it wasn’t his fault: There was mistaken intelligence, he took that intelligence in good faith, and presented what he believed to be true at the time. It’s the George Costanza defense: It’s not a lie if you believe it.
[…]
What the Bush administration launched in 2002 and 2003 may have been the most comprehensive, sophisticated, and misleading campaign of government propaganda in American history. Spend too much time in the weeds, and you risk missing the hysterical tenor of the whole campaign.
That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of weeds. In 2008, the Center for Public Integrity completed a project in which they went over the public statements by eight top Bush administration officials on the topic of Iraq, and found that no fewer than 935 were false, including 260 statements by President Bush himself.

The Week
http://theweek.com/articles/555921/george-w-bush-didnt-just-lie-about-iraq-war-what-did-much-worse

MarkW

Steve P, you really think that pathetic article proves that Bush lied?
One fascist repeating a lie to another fascist, does not make the lie true.

Steve P

MarkW
I know Bush lied. It’s a matter of public record.
And I suppose you failed to read, or understand, the closing paragraph I posted from The Week, which cites the work of 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning The Center for Public Integrity, which found that President George W. Bush lied 260 times about Iraq:

The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) is an American nonprofit investigative journalism organization whose stated mission is “to reveal abuses of power, corruption and dereliction of duty by powerful public and private institutions in order to cause them to operate with honesty, integrity, accountability and to put the public interest first.”With over 50 staff members, CPI is one of the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative centers in America.It won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting.

This also gives me the chance to mention again the long-delayed Chilcot Report. which was set up to investigate the dodgy dossier, among other issues & events leading up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_Inquiry

Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Assessment of the British Government, also known as the September Dossier, was a document published by the British government on 24 September 2002 on the same day of a recall of Parliament to discuss the contents of the document. The paper was part of an ongoing investigation by the government into weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq, which ultimately led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It contained a number of allegations according to which Iraq also possessed WMD, including chemical weapons and biological weapons. The dossier even alleged that Iraq had reconstituted its nuclear weapons programme. Without exception, all of the allegations included within the September Dossier have been since proven to be false, as shown by the Iraq Survey Group.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_Dossier
As for your fascists – you don’t know what the word means. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

Democrats in Congress voted to support Bush. Were they really so stupid they didn’t check or they believed the lie? You can not blame Bush alone—Congress went along with and funded the war (77-23 in the Democrat lead Congress). At least be accurate with your accusations.

Steve P

Reality check May 21, 2015 at 8:07 am

Democrats in Congress voted to support Bush. Were they really so stupid they didn’t check or they believed the lie?

In a word, yes, although I would frame your question this way: stupid or corrupt.
No question about it, Bush had a lot of support in Congress, but the buck starts and stops at the top, and so did much of the BS.
Note too that the CPI article claimed “…public statements by eight top Bush administration officials on the topic of Iraq, and found that no fewer than 935 were false…”, so we know Bush had a lot of help, especially from Her Majesty’s Government across the pond in the form of the dodgy dossier, which I’ve mentioned elsewhere.

Alex

Don Perry
The usual situation in business of any kind is that the ‘top man’ takes the fall for all f@ck ups under his watch. He got bad advice? It was his responsibility to get better advice. Bottom line.

Steve P

Reg Nelson May 21, 2015 at 8:13 am
Did you even read the link you posted?

A US state department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki
…the material dates back to the 1980s and was stored after being dismantled by UN inspectors in the 1990s.
[…]
After the end of the first Gulf war, UN weapons inspectors worked there to get rid of chemicals that could be used in weapons, destroy production plants and equipment, and eliminate chemical warfare agents. The UN inspectors left just before the US invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and never returned. The US-led Iraq survey group then took over the search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and found none.

But since you’ve brought up ISIS, I’ll take the opportunity to note my amazement that a bunch of guys in pick-up trucks with heavy machine guns reportedly have been able to sweep across a large swath of the Middle East like the Golden Horde in a Turkey Trot. If we followed the money and weapons and communications channels leading to ISIS, I wonder where they would lead?

markl

Steve P commented: “… my amazement that a bunch of guys in pick-up trucks with heavy machine guns reportedly have been able to sweep across a large swath of the Middle East…”
Meanwhile the defenders abandon their posts and run. It’s not so much that ISIS are good fighters as the defending armies are either cowards or welcoming the invaders….or both.

MarkW

SteveP, just because you are desperate to believe something, doesn’t make it true.
BTW, the CPI is far left in their politics and slants everything to support the candidates they support.

Steve P asserts:
“I know Bush lied.”
No, you don’t. You’re just head-nodding along with the liberal media that constantly peddles that narrative. You would be better off not making your personal opinions like that public, because for a lot of us that puts you into the mouth-breathers’ camp: you can’t, or won’t, think for yourself.
I am constantly amazed at the effectivness of the Alinsky tactic of demonizing an individual. The instant Romney become a candidate, this Administration started the exact same narrative: ‘Romney is a liar!’ I still remember the Drudge picture the day he was nominated, showing Romney with a long Pinnocchio nose.
What was the reality? No one could find any verifiable lies. Romney was everything we are expected to admire: he adopted numerous children from all racial backgrounds, he gave heavily to charity his whole life, he saved many thousands of jobs, etc. But the mouth-breathers ignored everything except the narrative: ‘Romney lies!’ They accepted that the same way you stated, based on your magazine articles, “I know Bush lied.”
I can just guess at your reaction if I posted the dozens of instances where many politicians on your side of the fence were proven to have delibeartely lied. They are also on record as being 100% with GW Bush in promoting the Iraq war. They had the same intelligence briefings.
But you don’t want to hear that. “Bush lied” has colonized your mind, and the facts don’t matter.

Tom in Florida

Steve P:
You exhibit symptoms of D-K disease. Read below:
“One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.”
–President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998
“If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.”
–President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998
“Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”
–Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998
“He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
–Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998
“[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.”
Letter to President Clinton, signed by:
— Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998
“Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
-Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998
“Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”
— Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999
“There is no doubt that … Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.”
Letter to President Bush, Signed by:
— Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001
“We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th! e means of delivering them.”
— Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002
“We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”
— Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002
“Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
— Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002
“We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.”
— Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002
“The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”
— Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002
“I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”
— Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002
“There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years … We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.”
— Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002
“He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do”
— Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002
“In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members … It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”
— Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002
“We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.”
— Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002
“Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation … And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real…”
— Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003

Steve P

dbstealey May 21, 2015 at 11:25 am
blah, blah, blah. Hardly convincing, DB.

…politicians on your side of the fence were proven to have delibeartely lied. They are also on record as being 100% with GW Bush in promoting the Iraq war. They had the same intelligence briefings.

LOL! “My side of the fence.” (internet curiosity: this marks sp’s first use of LOL)
I’m no longer fenced in by any mistaken political affiliations, although it is true that I was at one time, just as I was under the spell of the mass media, and Hollywood, once upon a time.
But you know how that goes: Live and learn, as they say.
Anyway, DB, I note that your meandering screed is long on assertion, and plays fast and loose with the facts. There was no unanimous support for the invasion of Iraq; neither from the American people, nor from Congress:
In the House, 6 Republicans joined 126 Democrats in opposing the authorization of the use of force in Iraq, while in the Senate, a solitary Rep. Senator joined 21 Democratic colleagues in voting Nay
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_Resolution

Opinion in the U.S. Congress leading up to the Iraq War generally favored a diplomatic solution, while supporting military intervention should diplomacy fail. The October 11, 2002 resolution that authorized President Bush to use force in Iraq passed the Senate by a vote of 77 to 23, and the House by 296 to Leading opponents of the resolution included Senators Russ Feingold and Edward Kennedy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opposition_to_the_Iraq_War
You close with this assertion:

…the facts don’t matter.

Your words, and your approach on this issue.
-sp-

Steve P

Tom in Florida May 21, 2015 at 11:59 am
Nice work, Tom, but you’re barking up the wrong tree. I’ve already explained to dbstaley that I have no political affiliations or allegiances, yet many of you continually try to frame this issue within the dichotomy of the two-party system, or the left-right paradigm.
Everything is evaluated on its own merits, and nothing else.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/05/21/does-the-leader-of-the-free-world-really-know-so-little-about-climate/#comment-1941073

Steve P,
Get a load of your HE-RO calling President Bush “unpatriotic” for increasing the national debt!
LOLOL!! Obama self-labels himself as unpatriotic. Most of us already know that.
He’s also been purging the military of high ranking officers. So we’ve got a guy who is admittedly unpatriotic, gutting the military of a few centuries worth of experience. What’s that all about?
Finally, President Vaclav Klaus explains:
http://americandigest.org/sidelines/a_quoteofcentury.jpg

Steve @ 10:40,
Is there no tired old lie that you are not beneath trotting out?
There is no doubt that Iraq, not Iran, gassed the Kurds. To cite your favorite source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halabja_chemical_attack#Allegations_of_Iranian_involvement
On March 1, 2010, the Iraqi High Criminal Court recognized the Halabja massacre as an act of genocide by Saddam’s regime. It was just one genocidal act against Kurdish civilians and other northern minorities in the Al-Anfal campaign.

Glenn999

There was a story recently, (I’m sorry I don’t know where I read it), that said US intelligence has for years been tracking wmd out of Iraq and going to Afghanistan with the help of the Iranians, and that forces were being used to intercept various shipments. Maybe someone else can help out with that story?
Thanks.

MarkW

According to Steve, some no name reporter in a magazine that nobody has ever heard of, made the claim that Bush was a liar, and that proves it.

ozspeaksup

seeing as there ARE records of usa supplying many many bioweapons bugs TO Iraq for many years prior..any claims of wmd in one sense are correct.
the degree and ability for them to be used however..were bullshit
WHO supplied the material should be widely known, and usa and brits and france etc ALL take a rap for it.

Max Totten

Always wondered why if there were no WMD’s why inspectors were refused access. Understand they did a lot of exporting before the invasion.
Max

David Barber

Here is one article that might help, Glenn999. Iraq had a full year warning of what was coming and plenty of time to remove WMD. http://www.renewamerica.com/analysis/swirsky/150521

MarkW

There was no lie regarding Iraq WMDs.
1) Every intelligence agency on the planet thought Iraq had WMDs, heck Saddams generals thought he had WMDs.
2) A mistake is not a lie
3) WMDs and WMD programs have been found, just not in the amounts expected.

Steve P

Nonsense.

Despite warnings from the German Federal Intelligence Service and the British Secret Intelligence Service questioning the authenticity of the claims,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curveball_(informant)
Bush knew Saddam had no WMD
Salon exclusive: Two former CIA officers say the president squelched top-secret intelligence, and a briefing by George Tenet, months before invading Iraq.
http://www.salon.com/2007/09/06/bush_wmd/

Reg Nelson

@ Steve P
Isis captured one of the “imaginary” chemical weapons plants last year.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/09/isis-seizes-chemical-weapons-plant-muthanna-iraq

Mike McMillan

Wikipedia and Saloon,com for sources. Wow. I guess the debate is over.

Louis Hunt

If there was a lie regarding WMDs in Iraq, it was started by the Clintons in 1998 while George was still governor and was in no position to start such a lie:
“If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons-of-mass-destruction program.” –Bill Clinton, 1998
I could show other quotes from Clinton administration officials claiming that Saddam had, or was restarting, his WMD programs. But, for some reason, the left wants to rewrite history to make it all Bush’s idea. The thing I fault Bush on is using the wrong reason for going into Iraq. We had a treaty with Iraq that Saddam signed after the Gulf War. He was violating that treaty and refused to comply. That was reason enough to force his compliance; otherwise, treaties mean nothing, including the Korean War truce that has kept the peace between North and South Korea. But how much longer will that peace last now that Democrats and Paulians have made it clear that peace agreements with the United States mean nothing and will not be enforced?

Iraq had USED WMD via gassing Kurds. The only lie is saying there were no WMD (or more subtly via trying to imply the definition only extends to nukes).
But nothing seems to stop the more looney side of Left from perpeptual lies for effect, facts need not apply…

Steve P

Mike McMillan May 21, 2015 at 9:34 am
“Wikipedia and Saloon,com for sources. Wow. I guess the debate is over.”
It is if you can’t bring anything more to the table than an attack on source, rather than substance.

Alan Robertson

US and Coalition forces in Iraq only found 7,000 or so individual WMDs.
It wasn’t like they found 10,000, which would be a lot.

Steve P

E.M.Smith May 21, 2015 at 10:04 am

“Iraq had USED WMD via gassing Kurds”

Like almost all of the justifications for the invasion of Iraq, the Saddam gassed the Kurds! story does not stand up well to close scrutiny.

But the truth is, all we know for certain is that Kurds were bombarded with poison gas that day at Halabja. We cannot say with any certainty that Iraqi chemical weapons killed the Kurds. This is not the only distortion in the Halabja story.
I am in a position to know because, as the Central Intelligence Agency’s senior political analyst on Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war[…]
This much about the gassing at Halabja we undoubtedly know: it came about in the course of a battle between Iraqis and Iranians. Iraq used chemical weapons to try to kill Iranians who had seized the town, which is in northern Iraq not far from the Iranian border. The Kurdish civilians who died had the misfortune to be caught up in that exchange. But they were not Iraq’s main target.
And the story gets murkier: immediately after the battle the United States Defense Intelligence Agency investigated and produced a classified report, which it circulated within the intelligence community on a need-to-know basis. That study asserted that it was Iranian gas that killed the Kurds, not Iraqi gas.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/01/31/opinion/31PELL.html
(my bold)

MarkW

1) Wikipedia? Are you kidding?
2) Dissidents disagree with the president. No kidding.

Steve P

MarkW May 21, 2015 at 11:15 am
MarkW, by this point, nobody knows what you’re talking about because you make stand-alone assertions without any reference, or link, to the specific point you’re trying to make.
No wonder you are so easily confused, when you can’t even keep your own thoughts straight, nor present a coherent argument.

Steve P says:
Bush knew Saddam had no WMD
You should be extremely wealthy, seeing as how you ”know” things that, to others, are just personal opinions. Las Vegas has pickup poker games. Since you ‘know’ what’s in someone’s mind…
As far as the nonsense claiming that Iraq had no WMD’s, you can still find pics of Kurdish bodies piled up after being gassed, including very young children. But of course, some folks will believe Salon, even when there is photographic evidence from different sources that directly contradicts his “Salon Exclusive”.

Keitho

No one ever mentions that is that it was Clinton who signed the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998. There was a full on no fly zone in effect and almost every security agency involved in Iraq said that WMD were there and ready to go.

Steve P

dbstealey May 21, 2015 at 12:11 pm
Actually, dbstaley, that was the title of the Salon article I quoted.
THURSDAY, SEP 6, 2007 04:16 AM PDT
Bush knew Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction
http://www.salon.com/2007/09/06/bush_wmd/
I’ve posted this link before. Apparently you didn’t even bother with it, else you would have recognized its title.
At any rate, attacking the source is a fallacious argument commonly employed by those without facts on their side. The article quotes three former CIA officials with inside knowledge of how the intelligence was twisted to justify the invasion.

On Sept. 18, 2002, CIA director George Tenet briefed President Bush in the Oval Office on top-secret intelligence that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction, according to two former senior CIA officers. Bush dismissed as worthless this information from the Iraqi foreign minister, a member of Saddam’s inner circle, although it turned out to be accurate in every detail. Tenet never brought it up again.

(my bold)
I’ve already addressed the Saddam gassed the Kurds!-story here:
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/05/21/does-the-leader-of-the-free-world-really-know-so-little-about-climate/#comment-1940962

Mike McMillan

Steve P May 21, 2015 at 10:05 am
Mike McMillan May 21, 2015 at 9:34 am
“Wikipedia and Saloon,com for sources. Wow. I guess the debate is over.”
It is if you can’t bring anything more to the table than an attack on source, rather than substance.
.
I edit over at Wikipedia, Steve, but were I to correct that page, I don’t think it would last any longer than an edit I would put on a global warming page.
We found 550 tonnes of uranium yellowcake from Saddam’s nuke program, but they kept that hidden. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/uranium-shipped-to-montreal-from-iraq-in-top-secret-mission-1.742303
They also found loaded chemical shells, but their excuse for keeping that quiet was that the local terrorist types would start looking for more if they knew some shells existed. Old stuff leftover from the Iran war.
Bush could have shut down the WMD charges if he’d announced he was shipping the shells and yellowcake to Maryland for disposal. The libs would have to protest something they said didn’t exist. 😉

Steve P,
You completely disregarded every other comment that deconstructed what you got from a magazine and the NY Times. They posted links, too, and those links were more credible than your pop culture magazine.
You’re all by yourself here, arguing for something that is clearly politics, and thus spin. Further, you make absolute assertions about things you certainly do not know for a fact. Rather, it is just something you want to believe. You say you have no political allegiances, but that is contradicted by your assertions, and by the fact that you attack one person while giving others a pass for doing the same things, and worse.
As I said before, the “Bush lied” narrative has colonized your mind. The fact that there are plenty of verifiable, documented lies by people like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Bill Clinton (“I never had sex with that woman….”), and many others has been completely ignored by you.
You are desperate to promote the “Bush lied” narrative. That naturally causes others to suspect that you don’t care about lying politicians. You just have a grudge, and your comments make it seem like they’re written by a crank.
Bush is long gone. Will you spend the rest of your life trying to blame him for everything that you consider bad? Even Obama seems to know the “Bush lied” meme has run out of gas.
I personally think GW Bush was mightily flawed as a President. He made some huge blunders. But from everything I’ve seen, he is not a deliberate liar like the current one. And given the same two schmucks he ran against, I would have to vote for him despite his flaws. Because Kerry and Gore would have been worse. Much worse, IMHO. Just look at them now.
You wouldn’t come across as such a hater if you could see that everyone is a combination of good and bad qualities. But when you try to paint him as completely evil (or completely stupid), you become a parody of the Bush haters.

Stuart jones

You could apply that reasoning to AGW

Aaron smith

This should be on the front page of every newspaper. The purpose of the speech was to propagate unnecessary burden.

Michael Wassil

611 days and we’re rid of this putz.

Eustace Cranch

But the damage is already done, and the ideology will still be firmly in place.

F. Ross
Babsy

Maybe…

That can’t come soon enough. Just pray Obama and his cabinet shut up for a change. Yeah. Lots of luck.
We’ll need plenty to get our nation beyond the Obama desertions.

TYoke

“611 days and we’re rid of this putz”, but not of the radicalized EPA that he has built or the MSM that will howl with outrage at any attempt to change the direction of the EPA.

A quite extraordinary speech by your President. Amazes even a wry old sceptic like me. (As usual, Lord Monckton shows enormous grasp and great energy in setting out step-by-step the counter. I do wish he wouldn’t slide in so many gratuitous asides, though, which does devalue it a little for me, much as I understand the temptation!)
Obama is a smart guy, and I’m not easily believing that he really has bought into all the things that he says, and it may be that the real reason for overblowing the climate alarm stuff, is, as Lord M. suggests, to draw fire away from the astounding failure of his vacuous and derelict defence policies in the mideast and also now in eastern Europe. Putting ‘leader’ of the free world in inverted commas would seem to fully justified.
Where, o where, are the men of real calibre now?

Warren Latham

They are here, amongst this WUWT website. One of them wrote the “blog” you just commented on and many of the others shall meet on the 10th. June (see – The Heartland Institute).
You COULD write to your M.P. or Senator: that would show calibre.
Thank you.
Dear ________________ (M.P. / Senator)
A get-out clause is a freedom clause.
I DEMAND THAT THE PARAGRAPH BELOW BE INCLUDED IN THE PARIS TREATY 2015. THANK YOU.
“At any time after three years from the date on which this Protocol has entered into force for a Party, that Party may withdraw from this protocol by giving written notification to the Depositary”.
Kyoto Protocol, article 27.
(The above paragraph must be included in the Paris Treaty 2015).

Yes, there are some great folk attending this site.
But the people most suitable to do the job no longer offer themselves for public office: neither in US or UK. Little wonder, when integrity and wisdom seem to be so little regarded. We’re doing what we can here in UK through the political party UKIP – 4 million votes and only one parliamentary seat out of 650- so it’s a hard haul.
US hasn’t signed Kyoto so I wouldn’t be happy to have them sign anything in Paris, and there’s zero chance of any op-out or any sunset clause to be accepted, or even discussed. However I’ll be letting my MP (a decent guy, but a defender of the party line) know what I think in very clear terms.
Christopher Monckton is a terrific fellow for whom I have the greatest admiration, but he has a tendency to go just that little bit ‘over the top’ which is a great excuse for the establishment, and the serious media, not to treat him seriously. Churchill, or FDR, or Reagan, (or Thatcher, with a couple of exceptions) would have known when NOT to say something, however tempting it might be. I don’t see anyone of this stature around today, and I don’t think any of the GOP contenders for 2016 shape up, either.

Brian

the good news is there is a 0% chance that the US will ratify anything that comes out of Paris.

Mr Latham is right: there must be a secession clause in the Paris treaty. Otherwise, we’ll have a worldwide EU, unelected Kommissars running the show, massive corruption, economic stagnation, monetary collapse, fiscal bankruptcy and rampant totalitarianism. There has to be a get-out clause so that when everyone comes to realize the facts in the head posting their nation can escape without penalty.

sciguy54

With all due respect, by definition there can be no “out” clause in any treaty reached in Paris. Anyone who thinks that the ultimate goal is to regulate CO2 and world climate would consider such a clause necessary, but that is not the purpose of this conclave.

Lord Nigel Lawson on the ABC is well worth listening to.
New climate deal faces hurdles
http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programitem/pgQk7ArepG?play=true

Sorry to “mothcatcher” about the occasional excursus in my writing, but, as the Roman poet Horace put it, Omne tulit punctum qui miscuit utile dulci, He who sugars the pill brings home the bacon.

Dear Lord M
Please don’t apologise – I love it! But I think it sometimes less than expedient, politically.

Walt D.

Lord Monckton – another brilliant article. While you are posting Latin, I think there is an interesting Latin phrase that answers your question about Barack Obama –
_stultus idem fatua loquitur_.

And:
Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus.
This Prez has been caught in lots of lies.
If he lies about one thing, he’ll lie about anything.

tedseay

>Obama is a smart guy
Evidence?

Don Perry

He said he would, “fundamentally change the United States” and that is exactly what he is doing. His actions, and lack thereof, have been very successful at decreasing the influence of the US in the world, expanded the welfare state, and further concentrated power in Washington. You, like I, may disagree with the direction he has taken the US, but, if success is any indication of intelligence, then he is no dummy.

Obama is not a “smart guy.” He may be the stupidest, and least informed, of any President in history. He speaks only the words that others put into his mouth. Has he ever written anything? In this case, it’s probably John Holdren, the failed prophet and outright kook, who wrote that litany of outright lies and fancies.
“Climate change is real” is the Holy Writ which the Climate-Nazi Cultists must recite at least five times a day, while facing the Arctic. “Carbon pollution” is the demon that must be exorcised, by taxing the hoi-poloi and building great monuments to the Gods of Renewables, while the High Priests of the Climatists (all hail the Goracle!) look down approvingly.
Obama is a Puppet President who has been enlisted to do the bidding of the Cult with the promise of Great Glories to come, when the Carbon-Emitting capitalists and their evil Climate Deni*rs shall fall beneath the wind-scythes of Renewables, and the Faithful of the Environment shall rule the grateful Earth.
How else can we explain the sheer folly of a US President standing before the graduates of a military academy and proclaiming a war against an utter fantasy?
/Mr Lynn

Mike McMillan

Obama is not stupid. He is a guy with no experience, no accomplishments, and average intelligence. He came to America from Indonesia, and has no background in the American culture. He has benefited from affirmative action his entire life, and cannot conceive that he didn’t earn any of his plaudits.
He would not have qualified to enter any of the military academies, and the cadets he addressed were aware of that. That address was an insult to the entire U.S. military, not his first, and unfortunately it won’t be his last.

Mike McMillan: I suspect most of our previous presidents would have been qualified to enter the military academies. That puts Obambi at the bottom of the heap, I reckon. /Mr L

Gentle Tramp

>“Climate change is real” is the Holy Writ which the Climate-Nazi Cultists must recite at least five times a day, while facing the Arctic. “Carbon pollution” is the demon that must be exorcised, by taxing the hoi-poloi and building great monuments to the Gods of Renewables, while the High Priests of the Climatists (all hail the Goracle!) look down approvingly.<
Well, this text is quite an amusing satire, but the term "Climate-Nazi Cultist" is likewise a sort of hate speech as the infamous abuse-term "denier" from the alarmist side. We skeptics should not copy the bad manners of the CAGW zealots. Thus, calling them "Climate-Cargo-Cultists" instead, would describe them even better without abandoning the etiquette of civilized people.

Gentle Tramp: Point taken about rough language, but when the President of the United States proclaims that I am a threat to “national security” because I think his “climate change” nonsense is a load of crap, we have gone way past the “cargo cult” stage to the prospect of the police powers of the State hanging over me and others who think as I do. Are we being accused of sedition? Of treason? This is reminiscent of nothing less than Naziism; it deserves the name, and it must be stopped.
/Mr Lynn

papiertigre

The thing I love about Chris, he has so much time on his hands.

Warren Latham

Papiertigre,
So, clever clogs: how long would it take you to do write what he has just written ?

papiertigre

Ten weeks. Flattering myself that I would approach his comprehensive treatment.

papiertigre

Writing out a fisk comparable to Christopher Monckton. It’s on my “to do” list, right after learning to play the bagpipes, and paint landscapes like Monet.

papiertigre

If you’re paying me I can trim it down to eight.
How much lead time did Monckton of B have? One or two days maybe?

Reg Nelson

Perhaps if you didn’t spend so much time trolling you would be more productive.

Alex

Probably because he is a busy man. He would be the one I would give work to in my office, because I know it would be done. A busy man is an efficient man.

Warren Latham

Mr. Obama is “ramping it up” for the bed-wetters convention in Paris, so ALL READERS PLEASE WRITE to your elected representative (M. P. or Senator) in the following manner. (Just copy and paste. It’s really easy to do).
(Please do this now, before you reach for the whiskey bottle. Thank you).
Dear ________________ (M.P. / Senator)
A get-out clause is a freedom clause.
I DEMAND THAT THE PARAGRAPH BELOW BE INCLUDED IN THE PARIS TREATY 2015. THANK YOU.
“At any time after three years from the date on which this Protocol has entered into force for a Party, that Party may withdraw from this protocol by giving written notification to the Depositary”.
Kyoto Protocol, article 27.
(The above paragraph must be included in the Paris Treaty 2015).

Oldseadog

As a Scot I would prefer that you reached for the Whisky bottle

Alex

as a Russian I would prefer that you reach for any drinkable alcohol container.

Stephen Richards

Was there ever a president more stupid than Bama. and Next it’s Hilary.

Harry Passfield

“Next it’s Hillary” – and do you think that she would say exactly the same thing – and believe it? We need to know.

toorightmate

Oh Bummer knows a LOT more about climate change than he does about domestic and foreign policies.
He knows sweet FA about climate change.

Craig W

How much energy does President Obama blow through every time he leaves the energy sucking White House to make these silly speeches?
“Denying it [man caused climate change] or refusing to deal with it endangers our national security,” Obama also said. “It undermines the readiness of our forces.” Obama
So, what is our Orwellian mission, are we all now the enemy of leftardism and illogical arguments?
Should we just program our military drones to destroy carbon based life forms?

Alex

Of course. We are a blight on the planet. By the way, how dare you impugn the “mighty leader’.

David Ball

You may want to add “as a sarcastic Russian” to your previous post.

Dark skies are gathering in the horizon. No it is not Russia under Putin, nor is it IS or casino gambling traders at the big bank on Wall Street who needs money to pay for their addictions.
It is Climate Change!
Likewise in the 1930ties it was not Hitler nor Stalin or Mussolini, nor was it the depression.
It was the Dust Bowl
Different times, but some things stay the same.

Nice summary of actual trends and actual numbers related to global warming. Especially the historical context. In my personal discussions with friends and co-workers who have been sold the global warming alarm, putting our current state of affairs into historical/geological context has been the most effective means of opening their eyes.
Most people’s personal reality seems to be limited to what they can personally remember of events in their lives, placed in a slightly broader context of common knowledge about what’s been going on in the rest of the world recently, as in the last 50 or 100 years. Many have never thought past those boundaries, so for them what’s going on now is the way things have always been and will continue to be.
Everyone has heard of “the ice age” but the science illiteracy of modern U.S. education leaves them clueless that we are in a ~10,000+ year long warm phase between ~100,000 year long glacial periods, and that we’re living on a planet that has been cooling since it was born and thus the ice ages will eventually become the norm. That graphic showing warming as it would look on a thermometer is effective, as are the graphics showing the other Holocene warming periods. “We are here” when you can see we’re in a somewhat average place temperature-wise compared to other natural warming spells can completely take the wind out of someone’s alarm.
Also the theory is that mankind’s contribution of CO2 to the atmosphere will result in catastrophic warming, not climate change, not climate disruption, not global “weirding” or whatever else. The correct term is “Global Warming” and it would be nice if we stuck to the proper term and rather than adopt any of the other slogans that have popped up since people noticed that it hasn’t stopped snowing yet.
Anyway, nice article.

M Courtney

1) The Islamic State is a threat to the Peace of the World (and the USA).
2) The Islamic State arose from the chaos of the Syrian Civil War .
3) The Syrian Civil War arose from the Arab Spring.
4) The Arab Spring arose form economic discontent and a rise on food prices.
5) The rose in food prices arose from the switching of agriculture from food to Biofuels.
6) The switching of agriculture from food to Biofuels arose from fear of Climate Change.
Thus we see:
7) Fear of Climate Change is the greatest threat to the USA.

M Courtney you put this a lot better than I did and you must be able to type faster than me too!

Patrick

And about 60 Australians who went to join IS and fight in the recent couple of years now want out of it. Funny, I guess they came to the conclusion that war and war zones are not nice places to be.

“Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”: FDR’s First Inaugural Address
Clearly the Fear of Climate Change is having much more effect than actual climate change.

DD More

MC, if you actually research the rising food prices, (Egypt especially) a large share of the rise was greatly enhanced by commodity traders looking for deals as stock markets crashed around the globe. Food was available, although less from Egypt’s long term Russian farms.

Alan Robertson

“A large share of the rise was greatly enhanced…”
Could you make a statement with even more weasel content?

Thanks, Mr. Courtney. Good logic!

PiperPaul

What’s that type of reasoning called again?

MCourtney

Speculative.

Alan Robertson

Lord Monckton is too kind.

Gamecock

The President is intellectually vacant. He just reads what’s on the teleprompter.
POTUS is not the most powerful person in the U.S. It is TPOTUS, the TelePrompter of the United States, the person who runs the teleprompter. Identity unknown.

Another good article Christopher. I find it horrifying that the leader of the Western world has been taken in by the biggest con-trick perpetrated upon mankind. Your observation, what is the “normal” and what is the “desirable” temperature is a good one. My understanding of what is normal is, is whether or not we are in an ice age where the temperature would be a disaster for mankind or where we are now which which clearly isn’t. What is normal for one person is not normal for another. Maybe a world-wide referendum with a 97% consensus may be the answer here? (sarc)
I think your idea that we should “wait and see” is a good one, since we have already established that there is no “tipping point” where CO2 is released from the oceans and carbonate based rocks which produces CGW, because the atmospheric CO2 concentration has been 20x higher in the past (with no runaway global warming because CO2 levels produce logarithmic effects on temperatures not linear). As you say there has been no warming for 18 years and 5 months, if this continues, why do anything? We cannot afford to take measures that would impoverish more people, because if we do, the likes of ISIL and Boku Haram and other extremist groups will gain more and more support. That to me, is the real problem; not a trace gas that has risen by 0.008% in concentration in the atmosphere, most of which is natural anyway.

johnmarshall

Well it has warmed since 1850, the end of the LIA but this would be expected. It will get colder start to get colder soon because climates cycle like your ice cover graph above but over much longer periods.

Bruce Cobb

And time is running out

Yes. The blight on the US presidency, aka the Obamanation will be over in 611 days. Not a lot of time left on the clock for our Liar-In-Chief to set his “legacy” in place.

BO and company may be hoping for the pause/hiatus to continue a couple of more years. At that time they will finally acknowledge the pause/hiatus by proclaiming the battle against CAGW has been won due to the strategy of hope and change (hype and chance?), and BO will have secured his legacy. We will be declared saved until the next contrived crisis.

Despite the unabated rise in CO2 concentration in the atmosphere? Posterity would laugh…

BO and company may be hoping for the pause/hiatus to continue a couple of more years. At that time they will finally acknowledge the pause/hiatus by proclaiming the battle against CAGW has been won due to the strategy of hope and change (hype and chance?), and BO will have secured his legacy. We will be declared saved until the next contrived crisis.

David L.

I never get tired of reading Monckton’s articles. Such brilliance and wit!

Andrew Richards

I second that, David. There aren’t too many individuals with the depth of knowledge and analytical capability in both the sciences and the humanities. A terrific essay. Gives me great confidence to know we have thinkers and writers of his caliber fighting the good fight.

steverichards1984

This is what happens when technically incompetent people get elected.

A C Osborn

Lord Monckton, did I miss you stating that World Wide Sea Ice has been breaking records for the last couple of years?

Mr Osborn indeed missed me mentioning, in one or two previous postings, that last September, for instance, the extent of global sea ice had reached a satellite-era maximum.

A C Osborn

I meant in this particular post, I noticed it in your previous post and that is why I asked the question.

Jack

In the time of Waterloo, the troops used to call a bad leader a silk shirt stuffed full of dung.
Obama appears to be imitating that, except he is a teleprompter vacuum.

China decided in its 2000 five-year plan that it would build one or two new coal-fired power stations a year from then till at least 2030. By 2003 the first stations came on stream and China’s emissions began rising fast. By 2007 China overtook the U.S. as the world’s largest emitter.

Is not the rate that China builds coal-powered plants much greater?
Should this be edited to “one per week” ?

“a week” is correct. Sorry.
[Fixed. .mod]

richard

Lord Monckton; I recall from (long ago) a latin phrase that seems
to apply; I would appreciate it if you would furnish the full meaning;
“Illigitumus non carborundum”.??

Dawtgtomis
Alex

richard
don’t let the bastards grind you down.

rogerknights

Next: “Our scientists at NASA just reported that some of the sea ice around Antarctica is breaking up even faster than expected. Not exactly surprising, given that at present it has reached the greatest extent for the time of year observed in the 35-year satellite era. Why did Mr Obama not mention that (or any) fact, by way of balance?

1. What’s been “breaking up even faster than expected” is “ice shelves,” that are still anchored to glaciers, not free-floating “sea ice.” This distinction is well known among the climate-literate–it’s surprising that none of Obama’s advisors caught it. (But maybe Holdren isn’t that well-informed on climatology.)
2. There should be a closing quotation mark after the first sentence.

Mark from the Midwest

Holdren is an idiot, he’s one of those academics who had a provocative idea early in his career, and has been riding the bus ever since. Other than that he has difficulty with arithmetic.

rogerknights

. . . one foreign-born occupant of the White House . . . .

Although the birth certificate has been tampered with, the guy at American Thinker who wrote the most about the topic, and who had a command of the topic, came to the conclusion that it wasn’t done to conceal foreign birth, but the original’s ambiguity about fatherhood.

It doesn’t matter where he was born, he is not “American!”

Alex

You mean Obama could be a bastard? Who would have guessed?

David A

Wherever he was born, for over a decade his publicist claimed he was foreign born, which makes Obama the first birther.

I’m certainly no Obama fan, But any naturally born American, 35 years or older, can be president. “Naturally born” doesn’t just mean born in the USA. It also extends to anyone born to ex patriot American citizens. I myself was born in Spain to a US sailor and his British wife. I was born “Naturally American” and I could be president.

mike hamblet

Comments here reveal fear, bigotry and lack of awareness of real events around the globe. Can anyone explain or actually express an interest in their motivations for this swill of reactionary nonsense.

mh says:
Comments here reveal fear, bigotry and lack of awareness of real events around the globe.
Don’t be so hard on yourself.

Alan Robertson

2 pts.

Name one “real event” that is not understood by the people here at WUWT.

Mark from the Midwest

It also shows how little Obummer knows about duty in the armed services, (I don’t use the term “military” as I reserve it for the combat branches that fall under the command of the Joint Chiefs of Staff). Dereliction of Duty is a codified offense under United States Code Title 10,892. Article 92 and applies to all branches of the US Armed Services. It is defined as one who has willfully refused to perform his, (their), duties. Implied in Obama’s text is the notion that a member of the Coast Guard who denies global warming is “willfully” disobedient, as can be proved “beyond a reasonable doubt” in a Court of Jurisdiction. That’s treading into some pretty bizarre legal territory. Maybe we should require that the Commander in Chief “shall have served, faithfully,” in one of the armed services.

Old'un

Obama :“Confronting climate change is now a key pillar of American global leadership. When I meet with leaders around the world, it’s often at the top of our agenda – a core element of our diplomacy.”
Moncton: ‘So much more congenial than dealing with real problems, like the murder of Christians in Muslim war zones……….. ‘
Lord Moncton puts his finger on the real reason why politicians on both sides of the pond strut their stuff on ‘fighting Climate Change’. They create a bogeyman that they can be seen to be taking action on, because politicians need to be seen to be taking action.
Stuff the humanitarian crises that are are occurring daily around the world – they are to difficult to tackle and the politicians may end up with egg on the faces, or worse, blood on their hands. The beauty of the Catastrophic Climate Change bogeyman is that they aren’t going to get egg on their faces during their terms of office. It’s a foolproof political strategy.

Old'un

Sorry Lord Monckton for misspelling your name, I Pad key board is a little small for old fingers.

Gus

Neither the President nor his Secretary of State know anything of science in general and climate in particular. Obama majored in Political “Science” at Columbia then he studied at the Harvard Law School. Kerry majored in Political “Science” at Yale, where he is said to have been a mediocre student, never having scored an “A.” They are both scientifically illiterate dolts, dishing out their AGW cult for purely political and pecuniary reasons. They shame our nation.

Supposedly majored at Columbia & studied at Harvard. But by the looks of his 7 years in office I’d say he missed an awful lot of classes.

MartinR

why his transcripts are sealed, just another affirmative action dolt.

Admad

Bravo, your lordship. Bravo.

What a damn disgrace. The Commander In Chief gives a commencement address, to a branch of the military no less, and he talks about the weather? While terrorists are now attacking us in America, while inner cities are in major decline, while he and his injustice department have succeeded in making race a major issue dividing the country, he has the nerve to talk ad nauseum about climate. I’m surprised they didn’t all fall asleep. Regardless of where you stand on AGW, think about this for a second—proud parents were in the audience recording our President speaking to the children and he talks so long about the climate the run out of battery or recording space. Just simply unbelievable. Why is this not being mocked by any and every rational person in the country?

Jon Lonergan

Your comments on the M31 Galaxy are based entirely on measurements! I can assure you computer modelling shows that the inhabitants of the M31 will swarm upon the Earth within 2 centuries. Adjusting the parameters of the models shows that 14 separate models agree with each other to the figure of 99.9998% so any plausible [ie congruent with the models] interpretation is that we are doomed unless we fund more modelling to lead us out of this crisis!

Alex

Two centuries? Damn, I’ll probably miss the show. Never mind, I’ll party anyway.

Chris D.

“…foreign-born occupant of the White House….”
Lew will have a field day with this, I’m sure. It certainly doesn’t help.

Actually, I don’t know where he was born, but his ID from HI is fake.

rogerknights

I’m glad you don’t have a fixed position on the matter. To avoid giving your enemies a talking point, it would be prudent to refer only to his “blemished birth certificate,” or something like that, avoiding birthplace implications. (Incidentally, it’s only 10% or 20% that’s been tampered with, so it’s imprudent to refer to the entire BC as fake. The base document is legit.)

David A

True Roger, but do not forget Obama is the original birther, as for over a decade he claimed to be foreign born.

If Mr Knights will send me his email address I’ll send him an analysis of the BS WS HI ID that I carried out for a firm of lawyers there a couple of years back.

There is no legit HI BC. Even Baraq Hussein bin Obama al Indonesii’s buddy, my acquaintance Neil Abercrombie, the recently ex-governor of HI couldn’t find a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for BHO in state records. Neil knew Barry’s mom and dad, who pronounced his name “Bear-ick”.

Obama certainly stated that he was a foreigner here:
http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/853/3774/original.jpg

“Pseudoscience and socialism,
Obama and his tricks;
Combining fear and ignorance,
It’s such a potent mix.
A big enough lie told often enough,
How many are being deceived?
And his incredulous rants on climate,
By how many are being believed?…..
…..Temperature rises are not rises at all,
A fact Obama has to keep hidden;
It does not support his climate agenda,
So raw data is being overridden.
Obama, he’s on a mission,
And the facts won’t stand in his way;
And if it means debasing science,
That’s the price we’ll have to pay…..”
(From “Obama and Ignorance – An Infectious Disease”)
Read more: http://wp.me/p3KQlH-Co

I saw a video the other day showing how a snake head – even hours after it’s cut off from the body – can still attack and even kill.
That’s where we are with this global warming scare. Its demise is inevitable, but we can’t lift our guard because it could still bite back.
I can’t see any new president being this daft – the writing’s been on the wall for ages and stuck in the führer’s bunker Obama is undoubtedly detached from the real world where people know its not warming. But no new incumbent could possibly be that naive.

To answer, or perhaps address, the title of the post…
The person you are referring to could care less about the truths behind his speech. He knows/understands that everything he said was said to achieve a specific purpose, to further a specific agenda. “Truth” has little/nothing to do with being successful in that regard.
It’s frustrating to still see so many posts of the “Does he really not understand?…I can’t believe his advisers have told him this!…Someone show him this data!”
Rest assured, he knows exactly what he is doing.
And, what makes it even easier for him is the fact that if the honorable Lord were given a 1hr television show in prime time, the majority of people watching would change channels within the first 10 minutes, so successful has their campaign of mis/dis-information been.

Quite correct.

Alan Robertson

Many people agree with you. The agenda has become apparent, over time.

Apparent to some. Not enough, it seems.

DByrd

In concordance with the brilliantly conceived and executed Affordable Heath Care Act…”If you want your Global Warming Meme you can Keep the Global Warming Meme”. The President has elevated and glorified bovine scatology to a level that debases his Office and the strictures of logic.

Patrick

“DByrd
May 21, 2015 at 5:55 am
…bovine scatology…”
Brillliant!

A good and accurate article – thank you Sir.
I have studied this matter since 1985 and have no issues with your essay.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/04/12/the-obama-climate-monarchy/#comment-1905128
[excerpt]
To date, every major dire prediction by the IPCC and the global warming alarmists has failed to materialize.
I suggest that we, and a few others like us, have been essentially correct in our predictions to date.
I suggest that the individual’s predictive track record is perhaps the only objective measure of one’s competence.
In 2002 I was asked by my Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (“APEGA”) to debate in writing the issue of catastrophic humanmade global warming and the proposed Kyoto Protocol.
[PEGG debate, reprinted at their request by several professional journals, the Globe and Mail and la Presse in translation, by Baliunas, Patterson and MacRae]
[formerly at]
http://www.apega.ca/members/publications/peggs/WEB11_02/kyoto_pt.htm
We knew with confidence based on the evidence that global warming alarmism was technically false, extremist and wasteful.
We clearly stated in our 2002 debate:
On global warming:
“Climate science does not support the theory of catastrophic human-made global warming – the alleged warming crisis does not exist.”
On green energy:
“The ultimate agenda of pro-Kyoto advocates is to eliminate fossil fuels, but this would result in a catastrophic shortfall in global energy supply – the wasteful, inefficient energy solutions proposed by Kyoto advocates simply cannot replace fossil fuels.”
On real pollution:
“Kyoto will actually hurt the global environment – it will cause energy-intensive industries to move to exempted developing countries that do not control even the worst forms of pollution.”
On squandering resources:
“Kyoto wastes enormous resources that are urgently needed to solve real environmental and social problems that exist today. For example, the money spent on Kyoto in one year would provide clean drinking water and sanitation for all the people of the developing world in perpetuity.”
I suggest that our four above statements are now demonstrably correct, within a high degree of confidence.
Regards, Allan

WestHighlander

” Next: “The Air Force F-22 broke the sound barrier using biofuels. And the Navy runs an entire carrier strike group – the Green Fleet – with biofuels.” ” — Actually, a few decades ago we had a true Green Naval unit — Taskforce 1 [E=MC2] the Nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, escorted by the Nuclear powered guided missile cruiser USS Long Beach and the nuclear powered guided missile destroyer USS Bainbridge. These three could go around the world without needing to be refuelled. — in July 1963 they did — Operation “Sea Orbit”, was a two-month unrefueled cruise around the world.
As an aside to the esteemed scientist/engineer/economist commander in chief — while marine diesel fuel or Jet Fuel can power a traditional Arleigh Burke class destroyer or a Ticonderoga class cruiser and is available worldwide — we have to transport the Green Biofuel in conventionally powered tankers to the point of use

Mark from the Midwest

My concern is that any use of exotic or biofuel can degrade performance, mobility, and reliability. We all know that a tanker is the slowest and most vulnerable boat in any Strike Group, if you can live without one so much the better. And at m1 an F-22 is just getting warmed up, got a look at one that the Air Force had for a warm-up show for the Blue Angels, everyone in the crowd agreed that the F-22 was much more impressive than the Navy F18’s

Steve P

F-22 has impressive specs, but it is very expensive to operate, and a major league hanger queen with serious corrosion issues.

Glenn

Good point. Reliance on Biofuels will become “dangerous resupply missions”.
“Our Marines have deployed to Afghanistan with portable solar panels, lightening their load and reducing dangerous resupply missions” should be investigated as well.
From http://www.onr.navy.mil/Media-Center/Fact-Sheets/Greens-Solar-Energy-Battery.aspx
“GREENS will reduce the logistics burden for providing power to remote locations. It will provide AC and DC power needs to charge typical communication, targeting and computing devices. GREENS will reduce the fuel use otherwise needed for typical generators, and will lessen the need for fuel resupply, reducing the associated threats to vehicle convoys in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
Reducing fuel is not eliminating fuel. Generators will still be carried, as well as vehicles to transport the technology. Fuel resupply is still necessary. I don’t see where this “lightens their load”. As to whether this
technology mix lessens risk altogether remains to be seen as it hasn’t been field tested long enough.

http://www.au.af.mil/au/ssq/digital/pdf/spring_13/Kiefer_Long_Version.pdf
From that report:
…the cheapest price the Navy has paid for any biofuel to date is $1,080.66 per barrel ($25.73 per gallon). Since 2007, the military has spent $67.8 million on 1.35 million gallons of biofuel, averaging more than $50 a gallon or $2,100 a barrel, and costing the taxpayers $60 million more than…

jsuther2013

Lord Monckton, The quoted sentence(s) after the word ‘next’ should be bolded to stand out from what follows it. It would also help to have it on a line, all by itself.
Excellent rebuttals, filled with the facts he doesn’t know and never will know.

herkimer

I have posted this before . The Military tried ten years ago to scare the American public by claiming climate change as a threat to national security . They failed miserably then . No doubt the people will see through this misinformation as well.
pentagon-climate-scenario/ June 2014: Washington Times: Rowan Scarborough: Pentagon wrestles with bogus climate warnings as funds shifted to green agenda
“Ten years ago, the Pentagon paid for a climate study that put forth many scary scenarios.
Consultants told the military that, by now, California would be flooded by inland seas, The Hague would be unlivable, polar ice would be mostly gone in summer, and global temperatures would rise at an accelerated rate as high as 0.5 degrees a year.
None of that has happened…
The report also became gospel to climate change doomsayers, who predicted pervasive and more intense hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and droughts…Doug Randall, who co-authored the Pentagon report, said, “Even I’m surprised at how often it’s referred to…
Asked about his scenarios for the 2003-2010 period, Mr. Randall said in an interview: “The report was really looking at worst-case. And when you are looking at worst-case 10 years out, you are not trying to predict precisely what’s going to happen but instead trying to get people to understand what could happen to motivate strategic decision-making and wake people up. But whether the actual specifics came true, of course not. That never was the main intent.”…”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/1/pentagon-wrestles-with-false-climate-predictions-a/?page=all
This Pentagon climate report speaks to the heart of false climate science alarmism that is rampant to day .These alarmist climate science reports are meant to exaggerate and scare people. They do not highlight that these are worst case projections in the opening paragraph. 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 . No nation can afford to spend money to mitigate worst case scenarios, nor should they. The problem is that some politicians take these worst case situations and make public policies and actions as if they were true. They then fabricate entirely new falsehoods like carbon dioxide is a pollutant on top of these worst case scenarios and you now have a firm government action thrust on the general public that is all pure fabrication of a worst case scenario that will never come about. Yet it comes from the highest administrative offices in the land