I'm presenting at AGU's fall meeting – assistance requested from WUWT readers

As some people may or may not know, I am a full member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in good standing. The 2015 AGU Fall Meeting is coming up in December. With nearly 24,000 attendees, AGU Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. I hope to attend so that I can cover what is being presented in the world of climate science, while keeping tabs on the antics of people like Michael Mann, John Cook, Peter Gleick, and some of the other players. For the last two years when I attended, I produced several reports and videos in 2013 and again in 2014, plus many, many, live Twitter entries that kept tabs on the politics and the science. This year I hope to do the same. But this year, I’m going to be more than that – I’m going to be the only climate skeptic invited to give a scientific presentation. 

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There’s only one problem. It is VERY expensive to attend, and more so in previous years due to my dual role as news media as well as presenting AGU member. The reason is that I’m told that while in previous years I could register for free as a member of the news media, this year due to the fact that I’m presenting, I’m also required to register like any other attending member.

The cost of registration is $455, and the deadline is November 12th at 1159PM EDT to get that rate.

Add a hotel for 5-6 days at the typical $150-250 per night rate in SFO, plus incidentals, parking, etc. and the cost to attend easily tops $3000.

While many attendees get the taxpayers (via their Universities) or their NGO’s via donors to pay for such things, WUWT has no such resources, and despite the claims common from detractors, like the last two years, we are still waiting for that ‘big oil check’ to arrive. I’ll drive down to save money rather than take a plane.

So, like I did for the last two years, I thought I’d ask the readership if they can help out so that there will be somebody at AGU to report on climate science that can do so from the skeptic side. It is very important that at least one climate skeptic reporter attend. Otherwise, the media coverage will be completely one-sided. AGU approved my media pass, so now I’m set to attend for that at least, but in order to present, I need to pay the member registration fee and hotel in advance.

But, more importantly, here is what I’m presenting at AGU on Thursday, December 17th, at 1:40PM:

AGU-abstract-2015It will be a challenge for me, not just for the content, but because I’m going to have to deal with one-on-one questions in the noisy hall,(and maybe some personal derision, hopefully not) for daring to not only attend, but to make a presentation that questions the surface temperature record.

I need your help. Thanks for your consideration, and most of all thanks for reading WUWT.

Donations toward this effort will be gratefully accepted: here

UPDATE: I’m overwhelmed by the courage and generosity of WUWT readers, the goal has been met and exceeded, such that I’ll be able to not only attend the conference, but do so comfortably. Thanks to one and all for your help! – Anthony Watts

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Doug

I still get a about $50 a month from when I worked in the oil business. It has been sent to you, to make honest people out of your critics. Thanks for presenting this!

Marcus

Great , now they can point at that and say ” LOOK, he’s paid by Big Oil !!!! “

Gloateus Maximus

IMO that would be Small Oil.

Jeff Mitchell

Sorry, but that is “small” oil.

jl

Funny, they never complain about “big government”.

John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia.

Oils Ain’t Oils.

Thank you for being a climate gadfly! Looking forward to your reports.

Oh btw: donated.

Tom B.

Done, and I hope there is enough for you to treat some of those alarmists to a frozen beverage!

Alan Robertson
Rascal

Not to mention CO2!

Done – I didn’t want you to be the only tomb that contributed.

robert

Done. Just remember Mark Twain’s comment; “the coldest winter i ever spent was the summer I was in San Francisco”.

Mick9

Done from BC.

yves bardinet

done from France we are in a turmoil of official propaganda. All the medias are crazy

Stephen Richards

Moi aussi !

Gary Meyers

Badda Bang, Badda Boom! 10 bucks on the way via Pay Pal. All you need is 299 more people to pony up 10 bucks, and your all set. Good luck and safe traveling.

Ditto

Dan H

Done Also. Looking forward to hearing the reports!

Mike Vince

Yep,and another

GTL

Done! Thanks for attending.

MCourtney

…NGO’s via donors to pay for such things, WUWT has no such resources…

Yeah, you do.
You ain’t a Government Organisation and you have donors.
I’ll chip in when I’m at a more secure computer.

MCourtney

Just putting on the record that I have kept my word.
To the tune of $20.
Well, Christmas is coming.
Sorry.

Done. I see they are back to playing the consensus card. As ever, thanks for your efforts Anthony.

Jake

Done …. knock ’em dead.

JJB MKI

Twenty dollars on their way – good luck!

Done. Will a copy of your presentation/paper be available soon?

Steve Oregon

Done……
for the role of water vapor? 🙂

Joe Schmoe

I’m broke and jobless, but dug up 10 bones for you anyway. Free download of the presentation for the contributors!

Janice Moore

Hang in there, Joe. You’re in a tough place, right now. Remember, you are not “jobless,”… you are
BETWEEN jobs (this has encouraged me, hope it does you, too). You are now on my prayer list (LOTS of us out here are wondering if the desert will ever end…).
Take care,
Janice

Gunga Din

Nice to see your name pop up again.

Janice Moore

Thanks! #(:))

Thanks for all your efforts Anthony and Good Luck!!
Donation sent!

Frederick Davies

There should be $100 making their way to you now.
FD

Hugs

That’s the way. I tried to empty my paypal account, but obviously there is no way to do that easily. But I gave what I could.

David Ball

Kick ass and take down names, Antny!!
You have the truth behind you. Never forget that.

Melvyn

I have just sent my donation and good luck.
I have just come down to earth, having just listened to one hour of unadulterated pro warming garbage on NPR radio. Apart from the first speaker, the remaining 55 minutes were given to all the usual doom and gloom merchants.

Melvyn – our leftist national broadcaster is similar CBC – “The Current” and the news is on the same rant pre-Paris. 50% of Alberta’s power comes from coal. They/”Environmentalists” want to shut down all coal plants and build wind farms and solar to replace it. Looking at how that worked in Ontario and their power bills, I am cutting an extra two cords of wood for this winter and converting my electric heat pump to propane. Law of unintended consequences. I’ll be putting out more CO2 so coal plants can put out less. I wonder what the NET result will be.
Thanks for this blog, Anthony.

ed doda

Too Kind to the CBC–Communist Broadcasting Company! Wait till pretty boy Trudeau takes Elizabeth May (only elected Green last month) to Paris and see what he is going to sign us up for…$30US=#41Can sent…waiting for crude to rebound…

Vermeer

$50 from Old Saint Nick

You’ll have my donation Tony, and in passing, I’m glad to see you once again referring to yourself as a climate skeptic.
Pointman

rbissett777

Done! While networking is it possible you may find a few closet skeptics or doubters?

Thank you for giving us an opportunity to donate to you. Knock ’em out!

Don B

Interesting that John N-G and John Christy are co-authors. Congratulations.

Steve Case

$20 and best wishes.

AndyG55

ditto.
Give them h…
I mean…. .. truth and reality.

Jack

Donation sent. Good luck.

Matty

10 bucks on the way, looking forward to reading about it!

Ask them what is the optimum climate for our biosphere and where is our present climate and trend in relation to that. I think that is the most pressing research question. All of “climate science” starts with the presumption that any change is harmful. What if we are below the optimum?

Rob Morrow

Apparently ice ages are optimal; more specifically, this current interglacial. Ha.

diogenes

no organization? “Show Keep Enlighten Profess Teach Instruct Constantly”

dumboldguy

Why don’t you hit up your friends at Heartland for a few $$$$?

DBG: I commend you for the transparent nature of your user name.

bones

+!

dumboldguy

And I commend you on possessing the degree of self-delusion that makes you think it’s “transparent”.

Dahlquist

Is that “dum bold guy” or “dumb old guy”?

jl

Good idea. Thanks

mark leskovar

Sent and I’m sure well spent.

Tom Stites

$30 and keep up the great work, Anthony!

Tom in Florida

Ditto.

Old'un

Ditto

The Energy & Environment Legal Institute will match the first $1,500. Between the donations and the matching donation, we should be able to cover his costs.
David Schnare

Gary Meyers

Wow! ++++

dumboldguy

Wow, indeed. Marcus thought he was joking earlier when he said—-“Great, now they can point at that and say ” LOOK, he’s paid by Big Oil !!!! “.
“Conservative Transparency reports that the Energy & Environment Legal Institute received $335,000 in contributions from Donors Trust, and $50,000 from Donors Capital Fund in 2012 alone. Both Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund are responsible for distributing millions of dollars in grants while concealing the original identity of their donors”.
“According to a 2010 filing with the IRS (PDF), The American Tradition Institute received $40,000 from its sister group American Tradition Partnership (ATP)”.
“SourceWatch reports a total of $5,000 from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, while Conservative Transparency lists an additional $15,000 from the group. Atlas is a Virginia-based think tank that, according to ExxonSecrets, received over $1 million in funding from Exxon Mobil since 1998. Atlas also received $122,300 from the Koch family foundations and $735,000 from the Pope foundation”.
So the unfunny truth appears to be that “big oil” IS chipping in here indirectly. Do you dispute any of this? http://www.desmogblog.com/energy-environment-legal-institute

dumboldguy

Wow, indeed. Marcus thought he was joking earlier when he said—-“Great, now they can point at that and say ” LOOK, he’s paid by Big Oil !!!! “.
“Conservative Transparency reports that the Energy & Environment Legal Institute received $335,000 in contributions from Donors Trust, and $50,000 from Donors Capital Fund in 2012 alone. Both Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund are responsible for distributing millions of dollars in grants while concealing the original identity of their donors”.
“According to a 2010 filing with the IRS (PDF), The American Tradition Institute received $40,000 from its sister group American Tradition Partnership (ATP)”.
“SourceWatch reports a total of $5,000 from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, while Conservative Transparency lists an additional $15,000 from the group. Atlas is a Virginia-based think tank that, according to ExxonSecrets, received over $1 million in funding from Exxon Mobil since 1998. Atlas also received $122,300 from the Koch family foundations and $735,000 from the Pope foundation”.
So the unfunny truth appears to be that “big oil” IS chipping in here indirectly. Do you dispute any of this?

dumboldguy

I posted a comment twice, leaving off a link on the second posting that I suspected caused it to go into moderation the first time—-a link to a site that is perhaps like holy water is to vampires for WUWT. It wouldn’t take the second time either.
Does that mean that I am entering a permanent state of “moderation” on my comments? Am I soon to be “disappeared”? Is WUWT as UNfair and IMbalanced as it’s beginning to appear? Like Faux News?
[No, there are a list of “triggers” that do push the proposed reply into the “Moderated Queue” … But there are no replies there at this time. Just be patient, all of your thoughts will show up. .mod]

Janice Moore

Great detective work, Dumb, Bold, Guy.
It’s a moot point, however.
Answer to anyone asserting the empty argument that Big Oil is contributing to Anthony because it contributes to E & E is:
“Name one cause to which Big Oil is NOT indirectly (or directly) contributing.”
Suggestion to all climate skeptics:
From now on, don’t dignify with a response such a bogus assertion of imaginary bias.
IOW: just tell anyone who brings up the Big Oil non-issue to go jump into the place where red herring are found.

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Accra

Yawn…
dumboldguy, stop flattering yourself. A great many ‘green’ organisations are in the pay of Big Oil. NGO’s protesting the Enbridge pipeline are in the pay of foreign NGO’s like the Sierra Club which is in the pay of Big Gas. People promoting the Trans Pacific Partnership are in the pay of Big Pharma.
Does it really matter? CO2 has little effect on global temperatures at 400 ppm and coal will one day run out. All the rest is noise.

Bubba Cow

Big Oil – thank you for modern civilization and our enriched biosphere!

Frank K.

Mr D.O.G. – will you STOP using ALL fossil fuels and the energy derived from them? That includes all materials derived from oil and other hydrocarbons. Please stop your use TODAY! Doing otherwise would make you a hypocrite. Thanks.

dumboldguy

Why are so many WUWT-ers suffering from serious impairment in the area of logic skills?. Here’s Frank, saying I should stop using ALL fossil fuels TODAY! Some others have already tried this argument on another thread, and I responded that I was an American living in 2015 and living the American life style, and that I was not going to stop doing so to prove anything to a bunch of folks who are smugly and willfully ignorant of the AGW problem and not doing anything about it.
The hypocrisy lies with Frank and the others who would have me do so when they won’t even acknowledge that EVERYONE’S lifestyle is the problem. I DO know that—-they don’t—-I have cut back my fossil fuel footprint more than most, and will go even farther when Frank and those who bragged about “using as much as they can” join me.
PS Are you the Frank K. who used to frequent Personal Liberty Digest?

Janice Moore

Dumb, Bold, Guy: “Faux” rhymes with “fox!”

dumboldguy

Excusez-moi, mon petit chou, but “faux” (which means “fake or false” in French) is pronounced “foe” in both French and English. Which IS appropriate in all respects, since Fox News is the “foe” of responsible journalism and is a “fake” news channel..

Janice Moore

lololololololololololol
Keep ’em comin’, Dumbo! You’re a regular Barack “corpse man” Obama.

Gloateus Maximus

Mann and other charlatan alarmists don’t turn down money from Big Oil. They actively seek it through grant applications.

Janice Moore

Dear Dumb, Bold, Guy,
Re: you today at 1:41pm
That’s right, Mr. Guy! You tell him! You, after your several posts in this thread, need not prove anything …. further.
Thanks for the laughs,
Janice

Janice Moore

Why, why, (sputter, sputter, sputter), ‘ee cohld me uh cabbage, ‘ee did. Maawwwwwdderrraaaatorrrrr!
lol
[Cool it, ye ‘lil cucumber, but lettuce ne’er squash your enthusiam. .mod]

Janice Moore

Say, seriously, Dumbboldguy — are you related to P1ppen K00l? You sure do sound like him.

dumboldguy

What’s a P1ppen K00l? it sounds like a star cluster in a galaxy far far away.

Janice Moore

Yes, he (or she) did sound very much indeed like galaxy, far, far, away.
How about Dav1d S0crates? First cousin?

AndyG55

The big difference is that this money from EELI to Anthony comes WITHOUT ANY TIES.
Try doing that with “climate™” funds !! ……………… as if that’s ever going to happen.! 😉

jl

Dumb-“The truth appears that “big oil” is chipping in here indirectly.” So if they are, what’s your point? That it somehow taints the entity they’re funding? If so, then what about “big government” that chips in many, many times over what any oil company does to the alarmist side? If that’s what you’re asserting, thanks for making our point.

It has been forgotten that one small tidbit from the climategate emails was a contribution from Shell Oil to the alarmists. If “green” organizations can suppress oil, that is reduced supply–and the price rises.
And I am old enough to remember the 1970’s Arab Oil Embargo, a traumatic time in the US. Why gasoline rose to over 50 cents a gallon! You simply could not forget that. Well, our news magazines told us that all the Big Oil companies were investing in energy alternatives so that they could continue to thrive no matter what the nation’s fuel mix would be.

Janice Moore

Oh, dot-mod (in my 2:01pm, today comment), lol (smiling).
Yeah, I am one cool cucumber, aren’t I — not. 🙂
You are quite witty, ol’ bean, and a real peach for making WUWT the great marketplace of ideas it is, a bit corny at times, but, beets the competition by miles. Thank you. Oh, and hey, man, go have your appealing self a wonderful, zany, evening, but, peas, peas, PEAS, don’t go bananas — we need you!
#(:))

Janice Moore

Did you all read this? (bears repeating and with emphasis!)

The Energy & Environment Legal Institute will match the first $1,500. Between the donations and the matching donation, we should be able to cover his costs.
David Schnare


COOL!
And
GOOOOOOO, ANTHONY!
Hat-tip — Gary Meyers whose +1’s at 9:12am today grabbed my attention.

Janice Moore

And, here is David Schnare’s E & E Legal site (he appears to be legit):
#(:))
http://eelegal.org/

Gee, I’m getting to this thread a little late and probably by now there’s enough money to more than cover the trip.
Even so, if Anthony doesn’t need the few dollars I sent for the trip, maybe he can do something useful with it and buy a few beers.

Dr Schnare
Nice move.
John

RD

Well played!

Stephen Richards

Wow again David. Truly magnanimous.

alison

Fantastic – I’m not sure how much time and distance driving down involves, but it sounds as if there might be enough for an airfare as well. Must have our man in the best shape possible for he presentation!

Janice Moore

He is driving quite awhile (about 3 hours, I think), however… I think that the time it would take for him to drive to the Chico (btw: for some readers who think this is an abbreviation for “Chicago” (someone DID one time), it is not: Chico, CA is the town) area airport, then, find a car and drive to his hotel from San Francisco International would be about the same or worse (plus the extra hassle). Kind and generous thought, however.

rms

Contributed. Thanks.

Good that you will be there to show the other side… Some spare money sent from Europe. Not much left after a very nice trip to the national parks in the US, which strong dollar vs. a weak euro made it pretty expensive…

Come to Canada next time. Nice parks, too, and the loonie ($ Can) is quite stable against the Euro. Also, with all that runaway warming, you surely will appreciate the cooler climate.

Been there a few times from Vancouver Island to Calgary and up to the Alaskan border, last time in 2011… Indeed very impressive, especially the Rockies with Lake Moraine one of nicest views on earth…
Still on the wish list: the East side in fall (with the “Indian summer”)…

Here in Southern Ontario, the fall colours are usually the prettiest from mid to late October. If you happen to be in the vicinity, I’d be happy to put you up for a night or two, and to show you the attractions of downtown Waterloo (which should take all of 5 minutes).

Ron

$20 On the way Anthony.

Bruce Cobb

While perusing some of the offerings I found this:

ED11F-02: Disturbing Information and Denial in the Classroom and Beyond: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life
Monday, 14 December 2015
08:15 – 08:30
Moscone South – 303
Global warming is the most significant environmental issue of our time, yet public response in Western nations has been meager. Why have so few taken any action?
Most studies of public response to climate change have focused on information deficit approaches. Many in the general public and environmental community have presumed that the public’s failure to engage is a function of lack of concern about climate change. Instead, using interviews and ethnographic research on how knowledge of climate change is experienced in everyday life I describe “the social organization of climate denial” and discuss how it impacts classroom learning and the broader social understanding of climate change. Disturbing emotions of guilt, helplessness and fear of the future arose when people were confronted with the idea of climate change. People then normalized these disturbing emotions by changing the subject of conversations, shifting their attention elsewhere, telling jokes, and drawing on stock social discourses that deflected responsibility to others. The difficulty people have in making sense of climate change is in direct relation to the social world around them. This research suggests that educational strategies in the classroom and for the general public that consider and target the social, cultural and political aspects of the meaning of climate change will be most effective (in addition to factors that affect individual cognition).
Author
Kari Norgaard
University of Oregon

Yes. It’s all about emotions and social organization. Except they think they are describing skeptics/climate realists, when in fact it is a perfect description of themselves. They don’t project much.
And yes I realize this will go into moderation because of the D-word in the above quote. C’est la vie.

Janice Moore

Nice one, Bruce Cobb!
Lol. Of course “This research [does not] suggest[]” — that human-caused global climate change is simply unsupported by any evidence.
Indeed, Mr. Cobb, now just WHO is in a state of emotionally-impaired-cognitive-ability, Ms. Norgaard?

Eugene WR Gallun

Really sad. Reading, Writing and Arithmetic use to be the purpose of schools. Under Socialism it seems that that instilling social propaganda into young minds is its main purpose. Reading, Writing and Arithmetic induce the development of logical and coherent thinking — which Socialism abhors. Its all about your emotions now. As Hitler said — “Only trust your heart. Your heart will never lead you astray”.
Eugene WR Gallun

Bubba Cow

It is noteworthy (to me anyway) that my PhD program in applied sciences and engineering is no longer available at U. of Oregon. Well, we did leave and took the grants and contracts with us and it was expensive. So we made way for new “higher” education initiatives for socialism and personal safe spaces and feelings. Ideal low cost programs with copy and paste agendas err curricula. I do remember a time when undergraduate and graduate students matured beyond adolescence, unlike what is happening now in Missouri and Yale. Going to be a lot of grads living in parents’ basements. Sad.

j Wurts

What am I missing? Is this letter dated “Monday, 14 December 2015”?
Jack

Janice Moore

Hi, Jack,
Just in case you weren’t asking for the wry humor of rishrac, lol, the straight answer is: Bruce Cobb copied part of the schedule for the upcoming seminar (the emotionally-impaired-cognition woman is apparently on from 8:15am – 8:30am. Must be a pretty important lecture to give her a whole 15 minutes, hm?) Anthony is on from 1:40pm until 6pm.
Janice

j Wurts

Janice
Thank you, I completely misunderstood, I didn’t recognize this as being from the “schedule for the upcoming seminar”
I appreciate your pointing it out.
Best…J

Janice Moore

Well, dear J. Wurts!
Thank you for taking the trouble to tell me that. Glad I could actually answer a question on this site.
Good for you to ask it. You set a great example for all of us.
Keep on posting!
Janice

Sounds like a use of psychology … it’s the same old thing the CAGW were doing in the beginning. Ah, shucks, folks don’t know much, it’s up to the informed believer to lead them on the right path. It’s right here in my handout… when they were handing them out and didn’t know I was a critic.
Nobody wants to talk about it. Nobody believes the world is getting warmer. They are just being nice when they turn away from the subject.

Karl Juve

Cash on the way, Keep up the good work

Chris D.

A paltry Jackson, but they all add up. I’m happy to contribute. The presentation looks very intriguing. Good luck!

Pleased to help…donation sent…

Done from Ladner BC

Warren Latham

Done (from England).
Knock ’em dead !
Regards,
WL

Nik Marshall-Blank

10 Euros on its way.

I hope my +$50 contribution from England helps you continue your work. Will send it this evening. Best of luck, and thank you.

Done 👍

Resourceguy

Will do.

Anthony, I just kicked in $50 US. Good luck with your presentation.

Rob Morrow

Small donation sent. Knock ’em dead Anthony!

Sending $. No better cause, so it’s money well spent.
Regarding this:
“I’m going to have to deal with… maybe some personal derision…”
Look at the heckler for a second or two, until people start wondering: ‘what’s up with that’? When you have everyone’s attention, ask him why he’s got a bad attitude, pestering you for simply having a different scientific point of view? Be the adult. That will show he’s being childish.
Good luck, Anthony. You have what they don’t: the truth, based on honest skepticism.

Given the problems with the models’ overprojections and the scrambling people are doing to find continued warming (even at the expense of climate sensitivity), I won’t be surprised if you get a warmer welcome than the warmista would prefer.
I won’t be surprised if a lot of geologists thank you for saying what they can’t without risking their careers.

Harry Passfield

Best put down to a heckler I ever heard was from Wee Willie Harris (remember him???) who, when he heard a heckle, turned to the guy in the audience and suggested that as his comment was so good he ought to get himself a manager – and stop handling himself!

Bloke down the pub

Be careful not to tweet any images from the event that are off limits. We wouldn’t want you to get thrown out before you’d made your presentation.

eyesonu

Anthony, I am confident that your presentation will be superb and congratulate you for being selected to present your/our views.
You have come a long way from a few years ago when the “team” cautioned to not say/repeat your name. (Perhaps I should review past CG emails so I could provide a cite/reference for those who were not here several years ago). They (the team) got one thing correct in the past, that you (and others) could be very influential if the CAGW alarm was viewed from a narrative other than that which they were pitching.
Thank you for all you and WUWT have done and I again congratulate you as you are now a name that is heard and spoken across all international boundaries. That sir, is a worthy accomplishment!

B.J. Willingham

Donation sent – happily!