Barack Obama, Climate Scientist

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

I fear that Science magazine has beclowned itself as badly as the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. They’ve published a “scientific” policy paper by the noted climate scientist Barack Hussein Obama. Not a paper with Obama as one of the signatories. No, Science magazine claims that the President wrote the deathless prose all by himself, not a co-author in sight.


Here’s an example:

At the same time, evidence is mounting that any economic strategy that ignores carbon pollution will impose tremendous costs to the global economy and will result in fewer jobs and less economic growth over the long term. Estimates of the economic damages from warming of 4°C over preindustrial levels range from 1% to 5% of global GDP each year by 2100 (4). One of the most frequently cited economic models pins the estimate of annual damages from warming of 4°C at ~4% of global GDP (4–6), which could lead to lost U.S. federal revenue of roughly $340 billion to $690 billion annually (7).

Ignoring “carbon pollution” will lead to loss of US Federal revenue? OMG … can’t have that.

Now I gotta ask … is there anyone on the planet who thinks that:

a) Barack Hussein Obama was the sole author of this piece of drivel? … or that

b) Any of this is anything but politics? … or that

c) We should get our climate science advice from op-ed political pieces by outgoing politicians? … or that

d) Science magazine is doing its reputation any good by publishing this puff piece? … or that

e) Obama made it into Science magazine (or to be the Editor of the Harvard Law Review) on his own merits?

January 20th … could you hurry up please?


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Joel Snider

I think I just burst a blood vessel in my head.

Bryan A

Obvuiosly he is now one of the 97% of Climate Clowns who say anything to bolster dogma

Bryan A

I wonder if he is looking into that microscope expecting to spot the evil CO2’s

george e. smith

Nah ! he’s just watching 15 micron photons getting gobbled up before his eyes.
And thinking of all the royalties he’ll get when people cite his paper; or citing it in “The Journal of Irreproducible Results.”

Obama is delusional…of course we already knew that, so what else is new?


We heard the splat all the way down here in Phoenix!

Hot under the collar

He obviously required the microscope to see the infinitesimal small effect humanity produced CO2 has on climate.

george e. smith

Well that could easily be a 400 X microscope set up there so that would blow up the 15 micron photons all the way up to 6 mm size where they would be clearly visible for anyone to see.

Alan Robertson

Gues you found out that a person can actually hurt themselves by laughing too hard, hence the term- “busted a gut”.


I laughed hard and loud. (Laughing at BO is going to be the most effective thing we can do, just before turning off the device.)


Don’t laugh at it. It wrote totally serious prose, or at least, seriously undersigned it. But the thing with ScienceMag is sad.
[NOTE ON CASUAL READERS. My mother tongue does not contain a grammatical gender (he is gender-equal, kind-of) or even a complete distinction between human and non-human subjects or objects, and in absence of her, I sometimes make mistakes in my grammar. My apologies to whatever might have gotten hurt.]

John Silver

obummer is not one of the carbon based life forms, he is based on another element.


And fluorine.

Michael S

Isn’t this just the Obama version of Kim Jog Il shooting a 38 under par in his first round of golf he ever played, with 5 holes-in-one? Do these people really think that this is convincing anyone? It is making a mockery of Obama, Science magazine and climate science in general.
I guess it goes to show how desperate they are becoming in trying to stay relevant as the world, the facts and the climate start to catch up with them.


Excellent analogy to Kim Jong Il’s round of golf.


More Stalinist personality cultism from the government-academic-Green industrial complex.


There’s a reason why Trump won. A whole lot of them, actually. Denial of reality by the Left for me was Reason Number One for my vote.

My opinion of Obama is much too harsh and truthfully full of real criticism for someone who did a lot more harm to the United States than, deliberately, all the previous Presidents and even some of our dedicated enemies have done. His ‘legacy’ should go down as the lowest point in American history and his delusional ego should be cited in future psychology texts as a study of a complete, ignorant, traitorous A**hole with a hate for his own country and most of the citizens occupying it. I am in complete disgust that Obama calls himself a citizen of the U.S.

Leonard Lane

Yes, like Obama giving himself a medal. Embarrassing to our country, embarrassing to Obama personally, and beneath the dignity of the Office of the President. Now he is not only a self-defined national hero, he is working on a Nobel Prize in science? This man must know his inadequacies are monumental. Probably more than we will ever know.

This man must know his inadequacies are monumental.

I don’t think so…

Another Ian

Well it will be much larger that the Damascus Road if you get to hear of these from him IMO

Obama did not give himself a medal — it was given to him from Ash Carter (Defense Department Secretary)
I guess he got the medal for losing two wars.
I find it smaemy when a subordinate gives his boss a medal.
G. W. Bush got the same medal from his Defense Department Secretary.
I guess he got his medal for starting two wars.
Based on what I just reported, the purpose of the medal is confusing.
Obama also got a Peace Prize, and then he ramped up the war in Afghanistan.
And he dropped at least 26,000 bombs in 2016.
I guess this Defense Department medal is a War Prize?

Ziiex Zeburz

Please OB retire in California, they need you!

Interesting numbers: “…~4% of global GDP (4–6), which could lead to lost U.S. federal revenue of roughly $340 billion to $690 billion annually…”
With current GDP, 4% comes pretty close to his $690 Billion that the government would lose. I guess that they already consider 100% of GDP really belongs to the government.


Is there a Nobel Prize for hubris?


I believe that is the “Peace” prize.


More like “piece” prize?


More like POS prize….


Obama already won that one.


Maybe he’s hoping to be the first person to win two?

Gentle Tramp

@ MarkW
No, even if Mr. Obama would be as ingenious as he obviously thinks, he could not be the FIRST person to win the Peace Nobel Prize and an additional scientific Nobel Prize. This honor was reached once before by Linus Pauling, who won the Nobel Prize of Chemistry in 1954 and later the Peace Noble Prize in 1963 for his engagement against nuclear weapons, and I’m sure, Pauling deserved his Peace Nobel Prize much more than Obama…
Nothing reveals the stupidity and vanity of Mr. Obama more than his shameless acceptance of that totally undeserved Peace Nobel Prize just at the very beginning of his first term!

george e. smith

Well what about Marie Curie (Madame) who won two real Nobels; one for Physics, and one for Chemistry.
I believe she was actually Polish.
There’s still time for Janice to get one.

@ Gentle Tramp Agree with your comment about Obama who a) should not even have been put forward for a Nobel prize and b) let alone have the ego to accept it for doing nothing. However Linus Pauling should not have been nominated for the Chemistry Noble Prize. His name came up in first year Chemistry in 1960 but it was already clear that there were so many exceptions to his theories and that his contribution was worthless and a waste of learning time. Back in the early 1960’s there were decent honest lecturers in chemistry, maths and engineering.who questioned the consensus elite and let students think and discover without marking them down.

Samuel C Cogar

Response to: Gentle Tramp – January 9, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Nothing reveals the stupidity and vanity of Mr. Obama more than his shameless acceptance of that totally undeserved Peace Nobel Prize

“HA”, you haven’t seen anything yet.
Just wait until O’bummer Obama gets his Presidential Library built …… and chocked full of all the wonderful and great things that he accomplished during his tenure as POTUS.

Adam Gallon

Peer revued, must be right, true, truthful!

Steve Fraser

Not necessarily peer reviewed.


There’s a difference between peer review and peer revue when talking about CAGW?


Absolutely NOT peer reviewed, because to hear the left tell it, Obama has no peers! At least not outside of Buddha, Mohammed, and Jesus. Certainly none of you dirty peons who have to work for a living count.


A revue is a song and dance, right?


More or less, yes.

Pop Piasa

A collection of song, dance and comedy acts, I believe. Typical of Vaudeville.

Pop Piasa

I’m just thankful it wasn’t “pier revue” I had to invent an explanation for…

David Chappell

Or possibly a pier revue, more in keeping though it may need explaining to a non-English audience.

By the original cast of “South Pacific”

Obama could not write his way out of a out of school note. The sad part is, the person he got to write this is no smarter than he is. But then the mag is not very smart for running it either. It is not a science piece.

Curious George

He is a gifted speaker. But eloquence is not a science. Was the paper peer reviewed? Or did it enjoy a special treatment, possibly by an executive order?


He’s only a gifted speaker when the teleprompter is working.
When he has to speak off the cuff he’s awful.


Because he is a good reader the only job he was ever qualified for is as a reader of audio books. He never could cut it as POTUS.

Clyde Spencer

There is an old Japanese proverb that “It is rare to find a man who speaks well and is trustworthy.”

george e. smith

Well he was good with the Tennis neck, when reading his stereo teleprompters.
Almost real like.


CG, I must echo the others who point out that Obama is a gifted reader, and has little gift at oration. He could benefit greatly from dedicating 6 months to Toastmasters if he could stop stammering long enough to listen and comprehend the lessons of actually practiced and skilled orators, though 6 years might be a more reasonable expectation level.

MarkW. I could not stand to listen to an audio book narrated by hussein for 5 seconds. His whistling S’s and smarmy accent are enough to put off a deaf hearing-ear dog.

He gave himself a medal, I guess he can give himself a peer review as well. 😉


The excerpt reads very much like an IPCC publication.
I wonder if it is just lifted from one or several of those?

DD More

Roger, not sure of the alarm. “economic damages from warming of 4°C over preindustrial levels ”
If we consider 2000 BC, 1000 AD and 1470 AD “PreIndustrial”, we have 4°C+ degrees to go. Not heard anyone saying we will gain this much for a long time now.
Furthermore, we now know that many of the glaciers around the world did not exist 4000 to 6000 years ago. As a case in point, there is a glacier to the far north of Greenland above the large ice sheet covering most of the island called the Hans Tausen Glacier. It is 50 miles long ,30 miles wide and up to 1000 feet thick. A Scandinavian research team bored ice cores all the way to the bottom and discovered that 4000 years ago this glacier did not exist.
Let us know when this melts and we can start the temperature clock.
An ancient forest has thawed from under a melting glacier in Alaska and is now exposed to the world for the first time in more than 1,000 years. Stumps and logs have been popping out from under southern Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier — a 36.8-square-mile (95.3 square kilometers) river of ice flowing into a lake near Juneau — for nearly the past 50 years. However, just within the past year or so, researchers based at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau have noticed considerably more trees popping up, many in their original upright position and some still bearing roots and even a bit of bark, the Juneau Empire first reported last week.
Kenai Fjords National Park where Obama hiked
Changes in magnetic susceptibility (MS), organic-matter content (OM), and biogenic silica (BSi), record environmental changes since ~9500 BP. Goat Lake is situated ~450 m north of a drainage divide at ~70 m above lake level that separates the lake basin from the Harding Icefield (HIF) outlet glacier. Sediment analyses focused on the last 1000 yr; this interval includes a sharp transition from gyttja to overlying inorganic mud at ~1660 AD, which marks the first time since the Pleistocene deglaciation that the North Goat Outlet Glacier (NGO) of the HIF overtopped the drainage divide to spill meltwater into Goat Lake. One 14C age of ~1470 AD from a subfossil log buried by till in the NGO valley requires ~145 yr for the outlet glacier to have thickened 150 m to the elevation of the drainage divide where it remained until ~1890 AD. Since ~1890, the NGO has thinned 150 m and retreated 1.4 km, back to where it was in 1470 AD.
Current glacier positions last seen in 1470 AD.


DD More
And your point is?

george e. smith

When you write an out of school note you do NOT begin with : “My mother sez I can’t come to school today because of the chickin pox ! ”

Signed, Epstein’s Mother.

Obama really isn’t behaving well on his way out, is he?
Not happy with him here in the UK since he tried to interfere in the EU referendum in a far more direct way than Putin seems to have done in the US election.


You’re not happy with hypocrisy? I can’t imagine why not. 😐
If you want to know what the so called liberal left is doing just look at the accusations they make against their opponents.

Alan Robertson



That is very much true. And seems to be true across the board with the entire liberal agenda.
Question is: Where is the playbook that so many have adopted the same technique?

Pop Piasa

The outgoing administration is having trouble accepting that the vote did not keep them in control and is determined to steer a hard left until forced to give up the wheel. I can’t believe he is representing the US in Paris 5 days before his term ends and could do some damage yet to foreign policy or worse. His legacy is one of pushing the envelope of executive power and end-running the constitutionalists.

Pop Piasa

(Better stated)
His legacy is one of pushing the envelope of executive power and end-running congress while thumbing his nose at the constitution.


Thankfully, a small list of people who are smarter than 0bama:
Nigel Farage.
Everyone else on the planet, except people who think 0bama is great.

george e. smith

Well he was trained in childhood to regard the Constitution as heresy and expunge as much of it as he is able to. Also taught that it is ok; even required to lie, cheat and steal to further the faith.


Two out of three Obama supporters are as stupid as the other one.


narcissism….when you award yourself a medal….and pretend someone else did it

Old Woman of the North

Sounds like one of the African dictators getting medals for his birthday!

Old Woman of the North

Sounds like one of the African dictators getting medals for his birthday!

Almost, but this “president” demanded his out-going Dept of Defense give him a medal before leaving office.

Kaiser Derden

oh, the Navy awarded a medal to Obama just last week … I kid you not …

James Francisco

Stephen. Many of us in the US weren’t happy about his interference with your elections either.

Steve T

His attempted interference. The left hasn’t yet realised that the voters have woken up and can now see through a lot of the lies being pushed down their throats.

I agree — I don’t know how people rationalize that it is okay for Putin to interfere in our elections.
This is not the same thing as giving a speech in support of Trump. This is active intervention in our elections.
It doesn’t matter who you supported (or if you believe it had an influence Steve T) it is still abysmal.


lorcanbonda commented: ” I don’t know how people rationalize that it is okay for Putin to interfere in our elections.”
First….no proof, only speculation. Second… since when is bringing truth to light “interfering”? The contents of the emails weren’t fabricated. You should be more indignant that they were conspiring rather than being exposed.

Leonard Lane

Obama is probably the most ungracious, least intelligent, dishonest, most self-centered, phony, and hateful president we have ever had. He defines racist by his ever action. He is mean spirited and low minded, unprincipled, and most unpatriotic man to ever serve as President.


Every state in which Obama campaigned for Hillary was won by Donald Trump. Obama’s attempt to oust Bibi Netanyahu was also a disaster–for Obama! The Dems have lost over 1,000 positions in state and federal governments since 2010.
We’ve observed Al Gore’s temperature-depressing impact every where he goes; maybe we can credit Obama with a similar impact when he campaigns for anybody but himself.


lorcanbonda: I guess the same way people rationalize it was okay for the US to interfere in Israel’s election, and for Europe to actively campaign for Hillary while saying they would never allow Trump into their countries, etc. Much worse than hacking emails—much, much worse. It was just that this was a losing strategy, so no one mentions it anymore. Apparently, Putin is more powerful than the media, Europe and all of Hollywood. Guess that makes his the most powerful person in the world, doesn’t it?

george e. smith

Well no evidence that any single person’s vote got changed.
Also the fuss stinks of: The gullible American public should have been allowed to go to the polls without the news media revealing all of her skullduggery to the American voters.
Remember it was what the Washington crowd were doing that was made available to the people; something the media clearly knew but refused to bring to the notice of the electorate.
Not praising Putin if he was involved; but condemning the MSM because they WERENT involved in informing the voters.

Paul Penrose

“Active” interference would imply that voting records were directly manipulated, which of course, there is no evidence of AT ALL. So please stop with this nonsense. EVERY country ATTEMPTS to influence the elections and policies of every other country, including the US. Think about all the state-run media around the world that endorsed Hillary and/or ran supportive “news” stories about her while they vilified Trump. Not to mention the social media efforts to get Hillary elected by these same state actors. So even if Putin did order his minions to attempt to get Trump elected via indirect means, this is nothing new or novel. And yet despite this meddling, our Republic survives. In fact, the election of Donald Trump against all odds is proof that our voting system is healthy. Despite having spent more money, and having the endorsement of more media, Hollywood, foreign governments, and international NGOs, Hillary still lost, which proves that money and political power alone are not enough to ensure a successful presidential bid.

Samuel C Cogar

@ lorcanbonda = January 9, 2017 at 4:05 pm

I don’t know how people rationalize that it is okay for Putin to interfere in our elections.

Why isn’t it OK?
You can “bet your bippy” that some segment of the US government has, for the past 69 years (post-1947), interfered or attempted to interfere in or with the “elections” in every country on earth that engages in elections of political positions.
Mostly secret clandestine activities, ……. but not this one, to wit:

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is a United States government-funded broadcasting organization that provides news, information, and analysis to countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East “where the free flow of information is either banned by government authorities or not fully developed“.
During RFE’s earliest years of existence, the CIA and U.S. Department of State issued broad policy directives, and a system evolved where broadcast policy was determined through negotiation between them and RFE staff.[6]
RFE/RL was headquartered at Englischer Garten in Munich, Germany, from 1949 to 1995. In 1995; the headquarters were moved to Prague in the Czech Republic.
Read more @ [

“lorcanbonda January 9, 2017 at 4:05 pm
I agree — I don’t know how people rationalize that it is okay for Putin to interfere in our elections.
This is not the same thing as giving a speech in support of Trump. This is active intervention in our elections.
It doesn’t matter who you supported (or if you believe it had an influence Steve T) it is still abysmal.”

You lost track of that particular conversation.
The specific sidetrack topic is Obama preaching to the UK and directly interfering in their vote. Live, on TV and other media.
Beyond the agonized Democrat groans blaming Russia and Putin for email hacks, there is zero real evidence that Russia, or anyone hacked the emails.
Assange said several times that he was getting the Democrat emails from a whistleblower.
The emails alone are best explained by a whistleblower. Someone who was sick to their stomach regarding Democrat dirty tricks and fed specific topics to Assange.
Hackers would have had to download several email servers in order to cross reference enough emails. Nor are hackers really interested in Democrats’ hiring thugs to beat up Trump supporters or insiders using donations to gain insider influence.
None of the alleged hacking reports have anything more than hearsay information, mostly dug out of various news reports; not from analyzing servers or emails.
No interference from Putin. Lots of interference from the Obama himself, not just in the USA, but all over the world.
International relations are now at an all time low, thanks to the one-two punch of Obama/Kerry or Obama/Kerry/Clinton for a true international disaster.


What irks me is that the public’s attention has been diverted from the contents of the released DNC emails to a so-called hacking story. The truth is out in the open and that should remain the real focus regardless of who released them or how.
Climategate followed a similar path.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to FOIA yet again.


eyesonu commented: “…What irks me is that the public’s attention has been diverted from the contents of the released DNC emails to a so-called hacking story…”
That’s the plan. Russia has become the next boogeyman except I don’t think it’s going to work this time. The MSM has lost it’s credibility.

Ziiex Zeburz

A blank email is not what was hacked, so logic says that the “hacked” emails were written by somebody, people who write emails that contain sensitive information “should” be intelligent and “thimk” before hitting send!


As long as President Obama doesn’t get us into a nuclear before he leaves, I really don’t care what he says about anything. He’s gone in 10 days, and some change. Jan 20 can’t come fast enough.

Philip Moy

Does this mean that Obama will now allow the public disclosure of his college transcripts from his years at Occidental and Columbia, so we can see whether he ever took a math or science course?

Jason Calley

Personally, I would like to see whether he was registered as a foreign exchange student during his time there.

D. J. Hawkins

I don’t see on their web site any contact for making a complaint with regard to false claims of authorship. Pity, that.

Steve Fraser

It’s in his numbered footnotes:
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: B. Deese, J. Holdren, S. Murray, and D. Hornung contributed to the researching, drafting, and editing of this article.


B. Deese, J. Holdren, S. Murray, and D. Hornung

Ah, the usual suspects then.

george e. smith

Well so Moonbeam Brown can now hire J. Holdren to be HIS science advisor; to join that scoundrel lawyer the Dems have hired in California.

D. J. Hawkins

I would be astonished if any of this work product is actually by the Idiot-in-Chief rather than some (soon-to-be-unemployed) staffer. It may be understood by some who circulate among the great and powerful that the underlings do the real work and present the final product for signature, but if you’re publishing in a scientific journal it darn well better be your own work. Science magazine is be-clowning itself.

Worse President in American history.

AGREED with a rousing “Amen”to that.
George Devries Klein,PhD, PG, FGSA

Dale Muncie

Jimmy Carter is laughing.


Jimmy Carter was not the best US president, but he was certainly far from the worst.

Steve Case

Worse President in American history.
No, that would be Lyndon Baines Johnson


Hey, hey LBJ!How many kids did you kill today!


While LBJ’s policies were disastrous, he was an effective president – in fact one of the most effective ever to the hold office. Damn his soul.
Obama had bad policy and was ineffective to boot. A total failure.

In my opinion, the worst US President, by far, was Abe Lincoln.
I know that’s a very unpopular opinion, but a few hours of research will make it obvious.
Lincoln was the first President to imprison newspaper publishers, editors, and writers, without a trial, simply because they did not agree with him!
He also “deported” a Congressman from Ohio to the Confederate states simply because the man did not agree with him.
Most important: Although every country in the world outlawed slavery, the US is the ONLY country that had a huge civil war over the subject, where 4% of American white men killed each other and many more were left maimed.
If all other nations could end slavery without a civil war, then why is Lincoln a hero?
Lincoln was a racist, thinking slaves were inferior, and once had an idea to ship all the slaves back to Africa.
In addition, there were slaves in Union States — several hundred thousand — who remained slaves during the war.
The Union States were specifically exempt from the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Confederate states ignored it — it was actually a public relations effort to distract attention from the fact that Union soldiers in Confederate states were killing farm animals, killing pets, raping women, killing civilians, and burning down towns.
Lincoln was a tyrant, and slavery would have ended without a civil war, just like it did in every other nation.
However, the victors get to write the history books, and I imagine 99.9% of Americans will disagree with me.
Perhaps 99.99%


Well, that was an impressive screed, but I do see one minor hole in it. The US Civil War wasn’t fought over slavery. While that was a difference between the North and the South, it wasn’t the only one, or even the most important (at least from their prospective). While the Historical Revisionism that has painted the Civil War as ‘about slavery’ has become almost universal, it wasn’t all the slave states the seceded, at the start or even finally. Several stayed in the Union. And the issue of slavery wasn’t made a part of the war until the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 (2 years into the war) which only freed the slaves in the Confederate States, not the border Union slave states. In fact, for the first two years of the war the Union diplomats where hampered because they couldn’t argue to the Europeans that they were fighting to free the slaves.
one of the biggest issues that brought the Civil War was the belief in the Southern States that the North was coming to control the federal government. With a much larger population then the South they naturally dominated in the House and also the electoral collage. They were even coming to control the Senate, as Northern States with their higher population density tended to be smaller and more numerous. The Southern States were worried that soon they would have no say in their own government. It didn’t help that the North and the South had such different views on many issues, including slavery.
Of course, we could never get into that situation today, with a few heavily populated states with different opinions and beliefs then the rest coming to dominate the national government. ~¿~


All the candidates for worst president are Democrats.

george e. smith

But don’t include Harry S. Truman in that bunch.
Izzat S. stand for Smith ? I know it does for Gen George Smith Patton.


History may agree with you, Sunsettommy.
Very unfortunate, too, since being the first Black President had great potential for the country.

Phil R

According to Democrats, he wasn’t the first black president. Bill Clinton was.

george e. smith

Well it seems that the S. in Harry S. Truman doesn’t stand for anything; so I am going to adopt it and name Harry Smith Truman as my favorite Democrat President.
Give ’em hell Harry S.

The greatness of a person is not measured by his skin color, but by his deeds. MLK knew that. Obama never did. He tried to use his race to suppress dissent, but even if he had succeeded (and there are some that say he did), that could not substitute for deeds.

Joel Snider

Obama had great talent, unfortunately undermined by a destructive ideology.
And more unfortunately, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him.

Hardly, William Henry Harrison would have that comfortably, of modern presidents G W Bush and Nixon would comfortably lead that list.


Phil, that’s only true if you are hopelessly partisan.

Not even then. If you read the articles of impeachment, you will find that Obama was guilty of all of them as well. The difference is democrats had more backbone.
Nixon opened China. Obama sold out to them.

Really, you certainly appear to be partisan! How you could not rank a president who died 30 days after his inauguration as one of the worst presidents ever? I agree with lorcanbonda that Harding and Andrew Johnson were two of the worst. Richard Nixon was the only president to resign the office, doesn’t need one to be ‘hopelessly partisan’ to judge him as one of the worst modern presidents.

You can call him the most ineffectual since he did indeed die 30 days after taking office. But what did he do that was “bad”? Clearly you equate doing nothing with being bad. I sure hope you are not a doctor.


Nixon didn’t do anything that your heros hadn’t already done. The only difference was he was a Republican with a Democrat congress.
Die 30 days after taking office puts you in the middle. Didn’t do anything good, didn’t do anything bad.

Alan McIntire

Under Harding, the 1920 recession came to nothing. In contrast, Hoover and FDR, by their active intervention, prolonged the 1929 recession for 16 years.
Harding released several prisoners incarcerated during Wilson’s administration, including the communist
Eugene Debs who was imprisoned for speaking out against US involvement in WWI and thereby violating the alien and sedition act- so much for free speech under Wilson.
True, there were scandals from Teapot dome, but this was relatively minor- contrast that with Lincoln and
Johnson- in 1864 under Lincoln’s administration, the US agreed to reimburse the UP and
sp railroads for building a cross country line. The Credit Mobilier scandal happened during the
Andrew Johnson administration, and the seeds for the corruption opportunity were planted during the Lincoln administration, but thanks to biased historians, Grant’s administration gets the blame for DISCOVERING the prior corruption.

You should learn history. Old Tippecanoe was only in office for 30 days. He was the shortest tenure president, but did nothing bad during that brief tenure.
Given your lack of historical knowledge, we can safely discard the rest of your comment in the same vein.


He was the greatest president ever. He didn’t make any messes, didn’t see any scandals during his term, and taught us a very valuable lesson: Don’t leave old men out in the rain for hours in January. ○¿●

Now that is a good argument for his presidency!

Do you know anything about American History?
Warren G. Harding & Andrew Johnson are the worst in history.


If you know your “present” then Obama is the worst president evah.
Obama has put the U.S. in more danger than ever before. Obama has enabled the nuclear enemies of the U.S. Obama is the biggest promoter of radical Islam since Mohammed. We will be dealing with Obama’s mistakes for many years to come and fixing those mistakes will cost us blood and treasure.
A resurgent Russia on Obama’s watch. A resurgent China on Obama’s watch. A resurgent Iran on Obama’s watch. A resurgent North Korea on Obama’s watch. The loss of two won wars, Iraq and Afghanistan, on Obama’s watch. The disintegration of the Middle East and North Africa and Western Europe on Obama’s watch. The throwing of Israel to the radical Muslim wolves on Obama’s watch.
One hell of a legacy.
We are in great danger from emboldened enemies and Obama has put us there.
And that’s just a litany of mistakes on the foreign policy side. The domestic side is as long and as bad for the U.S. The most devisive president in U.S. history.
At least he wasn’t crazy enough to try to hang on to power. He has missed his chance on that one now.
Unfortunately, Obama thinks his opinion will still matter after he leaves Office, so I expect we will have to see him continuing to try to insert himself into our business more in the future. We can safely ignore Obama in 11 days. After that, it doesn’t matter what he says or does, but it will probably take him a while to figure that out.
It must hurt to be an egomaniac that is ignored. Obama is going to find out what that’s all about.
How long will it take before Obama fades into the background noise?


Depends on how you define “worst”. Lincoln started a civil war.

Lincoln didn’t start a civil war. Jeff Davis took office as President of the CSA before Abe Lincoln took office as President of the USA.

Technically, Lincoln did start it. Secession has never been ruled illegal, so the secession was merely an act by sovereign states. Lincoln invaded the south starting the war.


Jefferson Davis directly ordered the firing on Fort Sumter which started the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln had merely order the resupply of a Federal fort.

Once SC seceded, the land reverted to State ownership. The federal forces were then an occupying force. SC took care so that no lives were lost. And none were.

Earl Smith

Of course no one bothers to mention the fact that Fort Sumter was illegally occupied by the commander of Fort Moultrie who defied a stand still order while Congress worked out the arrangements to turn over all installations to the Confederacy. Nor the fact that Lincoln ordered Fox to reinforce the Fort but be slow about it so that all the newspapers in the South would have advance notice. The whole incident was a set up which Beauregard fell for thus giving Lincoln the excuse that the South fired on the American flag.
Let us admit. Lincoln was a bigger scoundrel, he was after all a railroad lawyer.

Oh, good grief, Earl. Are you really trying to justify the South’s indefensible, unprovoked attack on a U.S. federal fort? Next you’ll be telling us that the Southern States did not secede and launch the war for the purpose of preserving slavery.
FACT: The secession was illegal, South Carolina and Georgia both having formally and permanently renounced the right to secede when they ratified the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. Nevertheless, the Southern States might have gotten away with secession, if they hadn’t launched the war.
FACT: There were no “arrangements to turn over” federal installations to the Confederacy in prospect in Congress.
FACT: South Carolina’s militia had already laid siege to Fort Sumter, before Lincoln took office.
FACT: Lincoln sought to avoid war. His order was not to “reinforce” Fort Sumter, but to resupply it, which was urgent, if the men within were not to starve. To that end, he announced that he was sending three unarmed supply ships to the fort. Furthermore, he sent notice to the Governor of South Carolina that, if the South Carolina militia held their fire, the United States would supply Fort Sumter with provisions only, and not with men or ammunition.
FACT: In response, Jefferson Davis ordered Beauregard to attack the Fort before provisions arrived. There was no “set up,” and Beauregard didn’t “fall for” anything. He just followed orders.
It was a premeditated, unprovoked act of war, ordered by Jefferson Davis, and it cost about 600,000 American lives, for a profoundly evil cause: a futile attempt to prevent the atrophy of the Peculiar Institution.

FACT: No one is defending or attacking history. They are reporting it. So stop trying to out liberal everyone and create your own strawmen.
FACT: Secession was never renounced by any State as it was always their right since they were and are SOVEREIGN States (not territories owned by a central government).
FACT: No one, not even Jefferson Davis, was tried much less convicted, of treason following the war because Johnson and his AG were told, discretely, that they could not be convicted due to the fact that Secession was not illegal.
Stick to the facts. Leave the pontificating to the clowns that published the stupid paper by Obama.


Look! Even mentioning Lincoln starts conflict.


Lincoln ordered a re-supply of a fort that the North was holding onto illegally. It was in SC territory.


Secession is not and never has been illegal.

Earl Smith

Let us for once get our definitions correct.
The War was not a civil war. In a civil war two (or more) parties contend for the control of the SAME government.
A better term would have been The Second American Revolution. The South wanted nothing to do with the North and the new policy of taxing the agricultural South and West (via high tariffs) to pay for the industrialization of the North. Just as the original Revolution was fought over the issue of taxes so to was the Second. The First only involved an estimated 2% tax but the Morell tariffs eventually reached close to 50%
If the war had really been about slavery the South would have been satisfied with the Corbin Amendment (the original 13 th) that Lincoln supported that would have preserved slavery forever. But would have left them being taxed to death by the majority in the North.
But who among you have even heard about the compromises and deals that were tried to prevent the South from leaving. A fat pig is a treasure to the one in control. A fat pig it was. A premium price on cotton and 98% of the worlds market was a very rich source of income. So what happened? The cotton supply shifted to Egypt and India because of the war, and the farms were ravaged to the point that recovery took close to a century. War crimes? read about the Shenandoah Valley where a crow would have to travel with his own food to cross. Or the destruction on Sherman’s March. The code of warriors from time immemorial was not to wage war on civilians, but the North threw out the concept of Honor.


Personally Earl, I’m kind of straddling the fence on this issue. The Confederacy’s own founding documents make it clear that one of their major concerns was making themselves secure to continue slavery. But you’re right, that wasn’t what the civil war was fought for. At least 4 Slave States that I know of stayed with the Union the whole way through, and the Emancipation Proclamation (made 2 years into the war) only freed the slaves in the Confederate States, not the Union border states.
‘Preserving the Union’ didn’t garner much sympathy in Europe. It didn’t inspire the people as well after the first rather disastrous year either. ‘Freeing the Slaves’ sounded much better, and thanks to the Confederacy admitted stance was even true. Eventually it was rewritten to be the whole reason for the war.
The lesson here I suppose being, don’t give your enemy a good excuse to vilify you. It’s worth more then troops or weapons in the end.

Well into the 20th century,what’s now “the Civil War” was more commonly referred to by Northerners as “the War of the Rebellion” and by Southerners as “the War Between the States.”

Actually, Lincoln did not start it, neither “technically” nor practically. The Civil War started when insurrectionists in South Carolina fired on a United States Ship, the Star of the West, and laid siege to a United States military fort, Fort Sumter, while Democrat James Buchanan was still President. The conflict escalated after Lincoln took office, when Jefferson Davis ordered the unprovoked attack on that Fort.
The insurrection was not “legal,” either. People who claim that secession was legal must play “living, breathing document” games with legal terms like “perpetual,” just like Chief Justice Roger Taney did in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case.
The insurrectionists started the bloodiest war in U.S. history for a profoundly evil purpose: the prolongation of the “Peculiar Institution” of human slavery. If your great, great, great grandpappy fought in that war on the side of the Confederacy, then I’m sorry, and I don’t blame you for that, but the truth is the truth: he fought for an evil cause.


verdeviewer: My mother was taught it was the “War of Northern Aggression”. She was from Texas.
Earl: I agree. It wasn’t really a civil war unless one contends the South could not really leave the Union, thus making the war between two parts of the United States. Many would not agree with that explanation, I know.

South River Independent

Lincoln’s illegal war against Southern Independence.

Alan McIntire

I’d put Herbert Hoover as one of the worst ever- great depression started under him.
I’d put Franklin Delano Roosevelt in number two, prolonging the great depression until 1945.
Thomas Jefferson and James Madison rank pretty low- They provoked a destructive trade war with Britain, ultimately leading to a war which we could easily have lost. Jefferson gets no credit for the Louisiana Purchase. He originally was trying to get access to the Port of New Orleans. Napoleon offered the sale of the whole territory after losing a 50,000 man army to yellow fever when trying to suppress the rebellion in Haiti- the only successful slave rebellion ever.


My family came to the New World way back when Henry Hudson sailed up the Hudson river, nay, some of my ancestors walked over during the previous Ice Age. Throughout the history of North America, there has been lots and lots and lots of fighting, everyone fighting each other, native Tribes fought each other, various colonizers from Europe fought not only Tribes but each other over and over and over and over again.
This fighting never really ceases. The struggle for power goes on its merry way, just look at European history of the last several thousand years! Oh, my more distant ancestors invaded England in 1046 and before that, came out of the harsh north and were called ‘Northmen’ or the ‘Norse’ for short or ‘hell raisers’ if one is a victim meeting one of these ancestors.

“fighting continues” Sure but in our world the weaponry has changed. It’s more like soap: psychological warfare and intimidation. Self declared moral superiority. Social exclusion, Demonization.

emsnews January 10, 2017 at 9:32 am
Oh, my more distant ancestors invaded England in 1046 and before that, came out of the harsh north and were called ‘Northmen’ or the ‘Norse’ for short

You mean 1066.


Hussein Obama practices Taqiyya on a minute by minute basis, because it’s in his nature.


You give an “a, b, c, d, e” set of choices, but left out “f. All of the above”.
Is Barack Obama the new Al Gore?

Pop Piasa

“Is Barack Obama the new Al Gore?”
He appears to desire to remain in the public’s eye as some sort of “rock star”, so that would not surprise many to see him become a protege of Gore’s and head the same direction to fill his coffers likewise. Too bad he has no business savvy or singing talent.


Well, Obama’s business savvy and singing talent may be on a par with Gore’s, so there is potential.

Pop Piasa

Good point. Who’s to say what the public will embrace.

Kaiser Derden

Obama will fade away quickly … he’s a mouthpiece and a lazy one at that … he literally has no skills outside reading a teleprompter …

He wrote this probably right after writing his speech about how racial relations are much better now than when he got in. Which,as I recall, was right before he wrote the speech about how his administration was the most transparent in history. This may have been before he wrote the
words that acompanied the Federal Award that he bestowed upon himself and went to the Pentagon to have a (not so) cheering crowd applaud his work, before having a Fed stooge pin it on him. This also was before the announcement that his administration has had no scandals (Clinton Cash,etc ? ) . I’m not even mentioning his military action/inactions.

Darrell Demick

arthur4563, couldn’t stop laughing at your first comment – “Have Gun Will Travel” came to mind.

Or right after his speech about how America is more respected now than ever before.


He spent 8 years and billions of tax payers dollars paying people to find evidence to support this assumption. Now, 8 years later, he can use their findings to justify this conclusion. It’s the perfect circular, selfl-justifying exercise, reeking of personal vanity and narcicism.

Darrell Demick

As the late, great Leonard Nimoy would say, “Fascinating”.
I was discussing the wonders of our incredibly stable, reliable climate with a friend in the fall and mentioned to him that it is quite obvious that Obama is an idiot for saying that “the science is settled”. My friend begged to differ, saying that Obama knows exactly what is going on, and that he wants to get in on the action after his second term expires, to reap in the rewards the way that Gore has done so very well for the past decade or two. Yup, doesn’t look so bright now that Hillary (a.k.a. “Turd Sandwich”) lost.

Speaking of the late, great Leonard Nimoy… do you recognize the voice?


Nope – according the historical revisionists there was NEVER anyone who believed in cooling… it’s been catastrophic warming always.

Darrell Demick

Yeah, always loved watching the In Search Of shows and yes, Mr. Nimoy was a great narrator.
RIP, Leonard Nimoy.

Its published in the POLICY FORUM
Here is another sample piece from that department
As with WUWT, which has different departments, so too Science has different departments.
The REAL PROBLEM is that Science thinks it needs or should have a Policy forum PERIOD

“Yo, Barry, you did it, mah [pruned]!”


racism has no place on this site.

Agreed. Racism is odious.


Just making a statement as to the state of affairs in the US, but –
If Scott Frasier is black, then his post would not be considered racist by many since, you know, black people can not be racist in the US.
Just sayin’.


It gets really complicated if Scott Frasier happens to be Hispanic. Anytime we let identity politics get a foothold, we’re going the wrong direction.

Not only is “ni88a” a racist dogwhistle, but the 88 refers to HH (8th letter of the alphabet), and is shorthand for “Heil Hitler” i.e. a Neo-Nazi dogwhistle too.
That this comment is still on the site, without comment from Anthony Watts and his mods, is depressingly awful.
[On the other hand, thank you for the alert. .mod]

Or did Obama conveniently forget “We the People” voted for Americanism 󾓦

I think Obama may have plagiarized NRO…

by OREN CASS November 22, 2016 4:00 AM
He will reverse a policy that isn’t working anyway.
Given the emotional reactions that Donald Trump and climate change each trigger separately, they offer an especially combustible combination. Paul Krugman worries that Trump’s election “may have killed the planet.” Activist Bill McKibben calls Trump’s plan to reverse the Obama climate agenda by approving the Keystone XL pipeline and other fossil-fuel projects, repealing the Clean Power Plan, and withdrawing from the Paris agreement “the biggest, most against-the-odds, and most irrevocable bet any president has ever made about anything.” And let’s not forget “Zach,” the DNC staffer who reportedly stormed out of a post-election meeting upset that “I am going to die from climate change.”
— Oren Cass is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of the forthcoming report, “The Costs of Climate Change Are Real — and Manageable.”
Read more at:

Zach must be the poster child for “50 shades of green“…

Donna Brazile, the interim leader of the Democratic National Committee, was giving what one attendee described as “a rip-roaring speech” to about 150 employees, about the need to have hope for wins going forward, when a staffer identified only as Zach stood up with a question.
“Why should we trust you as chair to lead us through this?” he asked, according to two people in the room. “You backed a flawed candidate, and your friend [former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz] plotted through this to support your own gain and yourself.”
Some DNC staffers started to boo and some told him to sit down. Brazile began to answer, but Zach had more to say.
“You are part of the problem,” he continued, blaming Brazile for clearing the path for Trump’s victory by siding with Clinton early on. “You and your friends will die of old age and I’m going to die from climate change. You and your friends let this happen, which is going to cut 40 years off my life expectancy.”
Zach gathered his things and began to walk out. When Brazile called after him, asking where he was going, he told her to go outside and “tell people there” why she should be leading the party.
The Huff Puff

Let’s return to the NRO article to see what has poor Zach so terrified…

Just listen to President Obama. His administration developed a “Social Cost of Carbon” that attempts to quantify in economic terms the projected effects of climate change on everything from agriculture to public health to sea level, looking all the way out to the year 2100. So suppose President Trump not only reverses U.S. climate policy but ensures that the world permanently abandons efforts to mitigate greenhouse-gas emissions. How much less prosperous than today does the Obama administration estimate we will be by century’s end?
The world will be at least five times wealthier. Zach may even live to see it.
The Dynamic Integrated Climate-Economy (DICE) model, developed by William Nordhaus at Yale University, which has the highest climate costs of the Obama administration’s three models, estimates that global GDP in 2100 without climate change would be $510 trillion. That’s 575 percent higher than in 2015. The cost of climate change, the model estimates, will amount to almost 4 percent of GDP in that year. But the remaining GDP of $490 trillion is still 550 percent larger than today. Without climate change, DICE assumes average annual growth of 2.27 percent. With climate change, that rate falls to 2.22 percent; at no point does climate change shave even one-tenth of one point off growth. Indeed, by 2103, the climate-change-afflicted world surpasses the prosperity of the not-warming 2100.
Read more at:

Setting aside the facts that the Social Cost of Carbon is 100% mythical and that neither 2.27% nor 2.22% growth are robust… 2% growth is basically treading water… We’re supposed to gleefully spend $44 trillion over the next couple of decades based on a statistically insignificant difference between two rolls of the DICE?
Well, the climate is certainly more important than money.  Poor Zach must be terrified that the Earth will turn into Venus under President Trump.  So, even though the economic benefits of CLIMATE ACTION NOW! are insignificant and mythical, the actual effect on the weather in the year 2100 will be significant… Right?

Even with U.S. “leadership,” the commitments made by other countries under the Paris agreement look almost identical to the paths those countries were on already. Thus the agreement’s impact is at best a few tenths of a degree Celsius. MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, for instance, projected 3.9°C of warming by 2100 without the Paris agreement and 3.7°C with it.
Read more at:

I’m not a CPA (I do pay one to do my taxes), but I’m going to go out on a limb here:  $44 trillion now is worth a Helluva lot more than a mythical 0.05% annual GDP boost and 0.2°C of averted warming by 2100… Particularly since a realistic “business as usual” model wouldn’t predict more than 2.0°C of warming by 2100…

Gunga Din

Very OT.
I see that you changed the color of the text in a blockquote. Off and on, as sort of a hobby, I’ve been trying to change the color of my text here on this WordPress blog for a couple of years.
I’m not asking you to tell me just how you did it. (We all like to see a rainbow but I’m sure the Mods would quickly tire of seeing them everyday!8-)
I just want to say, “Hat’s off”.

John F. Hultquist

search for: html span
Then use the Test page to try things. Please.
And yes, use sparingly.

Anthony trusted me with editing privileges… Without which, I would he incapable of of such font-astic tricks… 😉

Gunga Din

Thank you, David (and John). I figured it was probably a matter of “permissions”…but it has been frustratingly fun trying to get around them.
(Anybody out there know if Schumer has a private email server?8-)

Gunga Din

PS I’m not Russian.

D. J. Hawkins

If a cost model called “DICE” doesn’t scare the you-know-what out of you, nothing will.


I for one view it as a rare case of truth in naming.

The only damage to the GDP is being done by this government absolute waste of billions on the scam, the global damage could run into the trillions if not stopped.

He is busy cementing his legacy…as one of the worst presidents ever. With the whole CAGW thing teetering, he proves himself a blindly devout warmunist. Right up there with Kerry saying CAGW is the biggest threat, not ISIS, not Russia annexing Crimea, not China in South China Sea.
Except for a now rapidly cooling El Nino blip in 2015-16, no warming this century. That despite the fact that ~35% of all the increase in CO2 concentration since 1958 (Keeling curve) occured in this century. No acceleration in SLR. Arctic ice hasn’t disappeared, and Antarctic is gaining ice. Greening. Thriving polar bears. Models falsified three ways: no modeled tropical troposphere hotspot exists, the pause/model troposphere tempeature discrepancy, observational ECS half of modeled. Intermittent renewalbles reaching penetrations where grids collapse as in SA.

Horace Jason Oxboggle

Yeah, but he did give us toilet-gender choices! Now THAT’S a Legacy!

David Robinson

It’s all about money,power and politics. Just ask the folks at the IPCC.


All you have to do is believe! and you, too, can become a Climate Scientist! Here, enter some trendy buzzwords like ‘unprecedented’ and ‘unsustainable’ and our 97 million dollar software will even write your paper for you!

Steve Case

All you have to do is believe! and you, too, can become a Climate Scientist!
The re-wording of an old joke comes to mind:
Wonse I cudint even spel climit sientist now I are one.


..he probably deserves a metal for it


Sharp steel?

Pop Piasa

Made from one of the Chernobyl fire trucks.


Caption contest:
This is a microscope Mr. President.

Curious George

It is a climate microscope. A device to allow a micromanagement.


Can you see carbon dioxide through this ??

Answer: Oh, cool! What does it do?

Lucius von Steinkaninchen

I’m glad to hear that Obummer found a new career now that he is out of politics for good.
Sadly, I have a feeling that the gravy train for alarmist climate science will come to a stop in the coming years…

Norbert Twether

He knows that CO2 causes “Global Warming” – because he asked his daughters if they believed it – and they told him that it was true! Seriously – I wish I could find the video clip.


Jimmy Carter asked his 12 year old daughter for advice on nuclear policy.

Pop Piasa

The latter was to find out her generation’s opinion. The former was to check to see if the programming had been successful.


The daughter of a president, constantly surrounded by secret service agents, and who attends a very exclusive private school, in the middle of government town, is going to know the opinion of her generation?


Heh – he brought that up during a debate too.
Dems should stop letting their candidates go into debates completely unarmed… no facts, no knowledge, no intelligence.

Pop Piasa

I see what you mean, but I think the reasons for asking the questions were different. Carter was more ingenuous than Obama could ever feign.

“Nuclar” policy.


…you mean Obama didn’t read it in the newspaper first? How odd.


Is there no limit to Obama’s talent.

Pop Piasa

Then he better learn to play guitar. (apologies to J. Mellencamp)


Indeed not. Because ‘a good man always knows his limitations’.


The Nobel Committee preemptively celebrated progressive wars, and now the scientific “consensus”, social or political, really, celebrating conflation of logical domains and liberal departures from the limited scientific domain.


We shouldn’t be too critical. He might in fact BE a scientist. There are lots of scientists: Christian Scientists, Scientologists, Dismal Scientists … I feel so sciency writing this. I think I’ll award myself a PhD.(this piece was pier reviewed. I read it over once while sitting on the local dock).


In climate science, you are a scientist if and only if the current “scientists” declare you to be one.

Dear leader in North Korea is also a climate scientist, and master of any other field you care to name.

David Jay

And one heck of a golfer….

Yup- Kim put a golf ball in an ICBM and it went 30 yards!!!

So was Bin Laden.


Had a quick look at the full report of BHO – I only lasted the first two paragraphs and had to leave laughing. BHO trumpeting his “achievement” … 8% reduction in CO2 “pollution” (when CO2 is an inert gas) and at the same time increasing economic growth of 10% over 8 years.
Think about that .. economic growth measured in $terms averaging 1.25% for each year of his presidency. Factor in inflation and there is no economic growth – factor in the increase in the cost of power alone and there is economic decline
But BHO says it so beautifully I’m sure the environmentalists are amazed by his brilliance !!


10% over 8 years is by far the worst performance of any US president.
And that’s assuming the official inflation index is accurate.
Most of that CO2 reduction was caused by power plants switching from coal to natural gas. Something he had nothing do with, and in fact fought against with his ridiculous war on fraccing.
The next largest CO2 reduction was from the continuing adoption of energy saving devices and techniques. Something that started decades ago, and would have progressed much faster had the economy not been so bad.

Jim G1

“And that’s assuming the official inflation index is accurate.” Poor assumption. Using the methodology from mid/late 80’s inflation is over 9% and has been all during BHO shift. And that is assuming even the poor numbers have not been jiggered and including all the government expenditures in GDP/GNP which are monumental compared to just 8 years ago when they were already ridiculously high.

Reg Nelson

There was never a single quarter where GDP growth was over 3% while Obama was in office. No other President in history has this distinction. And, keep in mind, Obama “redefined” GDP which now includes includes R&D expenditures and works of art — so the actual numbers are even worse than that.

K. Kilty

That is the nominal rate. The compound annual rate would be 1.1985%. Might be below the rate of inflation.


The official GDP numbers are already adjusted for the official inflation rate.
That assumes that either “official” number is also an accurate number.

Clyde Spencer

I think that it would be more accurate to say that “…CO2 is an [relatively] inert gas,” at least compared to oxygen. It is certainly more reactive than argon or even nitrogen.

Mike McMillan

I think Kim Jong-il had a number of scientific papers published, too. Great accomplishments ran in his family.

“Flucking crimate. Who give a frying fluck”

K. Kilty

Saved children from a run-a-muck bear at a zoo also.

Pop Piasa

Pretty good for a short guy.


Now, now, don’t be too hasty. From the abstract it’s about private sector incentives to reduce CO2. Go with it, but with a tiny modification. The funding to come from a voluntary tax by those who sign up for it. They fill out a ‘I want to pay to reduce US/Global CO2’ and the government just fills out the ‘how much’ box when they know what it will cost. What’s not to like?

Lol, I was just getting round to emailing Science to say I have a paper on asteroid spin behaviour and what are the chances of having it published with no astronomy qualifications or institutional affiliation whatsoever. The chances are sky-high, it would seem.

Steve Fraser

Obama does have,an institutional affiliation listed… President of the United States.

Matt Bergin

You just need to state that you want to study how CO2 effects the asteroids spin and you are good to go. Right at the top of the list. 🙂

Gunga Din

“Barack Obama, Climate Scientist” and so is Al Gore.
The contributions of both to actual science have been pee reviewed.
(Adding to ocean acidification, I’m sure.)


As soon as I hear someone use the term, “carbon pollution” I know immediately that I am in the presence of a scientific imbecile. That certainly describes our soon to be ex-President, Barack Obama. Thank God he’s leaving.

Greenies should be all for fossil fuels after all it’s just recycling!

Dr Joel G Duncan

It’s really solar energy. Wouldn’t be around without it.

Bruce Cobb

“The latest science and economics provide a helpful guide for what the future may bring, in many cases independent of near-term policy choices, when it comes to combatting climate change and transitioning to a clean-energy economy.”
Ah yes, the “latest science and economics”. As in, “new and improved”, because it has “great taste” and is “less filling”. “Helpful guide”? To whom? Certainly not Trump. Maybe they are already looking ahead to 2020.
Yes, 2020, that’s the ticket.


For me it all started when Obama said that the White House dog would be “a mutt like me” from a shelter yet the dog they got was a pure bred who has never set foot in a shelter. The President is suppose to be the most powerful man in the free world yet he could not keep his word on something as trivial as the White House dog. Obama is in the habit of saying things that sound good at the time but that turn out to have no real meaning. His “paper” is really just wishful thinking on his part and his staff and really has no real meaning. As far as economics go we are still waiting for the budget cuts that are suppose to have gone along with the tax hike on the rich and the ACA taxes as part of the President’s balanced approach to deficit reduction, yet Obama’s term in office is ending. Obama said that devicit spending showed a lack of leadership so we are talking about a President whose Halmark of his adminiatration is ” a lack of leadership”. So much for peer review.


You know, I used to consider young women taking part in a sIut walk were just about the last word in self-debasement. I do feel sorry for those young women. They must have suffered some severe trauma to debase themselves like that. However, Science has beaten those young women out of the self-debasement award. If anybody anywhere is not relieved that Trump won, reading this article should change their mind. He sounds like some 3rd world dictator who must “teach his people” how to think, and who has complete control of the media to get “out his message” to the masses.
Gawd, did we dodge the bullet.
However, who knows, this article might get him another Nobel prize.
But you know, my big fear is that Russia has hacked his policy statement and is already racing ahead to implement it and leave us behind in the (coal) dust. And, you know, I wouldn’t trust the Chinese not to steal a march on us, too.

Way down at the end of the references is this:

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: B. Deese, J. Holdren, S. Murray, and D. Hornung contributed to the researching, drafting, and editing of this article.

Right… he wrote it all by himself… NOT!
<a href=Brian Deese is currently serving as Senior Advisor to the President. His duties include overseeing climate, conservation and energy policy and advising the President on a range of domestic and international policy issues.
From Wikipedia:
John Paul Holdren (born March 1, 1944) is the senior advisor to President Barack Obama on science and technology issues through his roles as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)[
Shailagh Murray currently serves as Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications.
From Linked in:
Daniel Hornung
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Policy Advisor at The White House
(what I note about his CV is that he was an Intern in 2009, 2010, 2011.)

H. D. Hoese

Wal-Mart, no offense, is now a scientific reference.

Steve Fraser

He staffed it out.


As a journal editor I would never have allowed BHO to bury his ‘ ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS‘ against a fictitious citation number (24). There is no attendant bibliography pertinent to this citation number. His acknowledgement should have been placed in an suitably visible place, as is customary, usually after the conclusion and before the bibliography. There was in my view no intent to offer ‘acknowledgement’ and “Science” was clearly party to this.
Isn’t it the small things that so often betray one?


If you won’t take action for economic reasons, do it for the polar bears — I hear there’s only three left…

H. D. Hoese

In college in the 50s I had a professor who brought Science to the class when it had a new discovery. I suspect he would grit his teeth if he now found a comparable there to use, but still bring it in. It would not be this, although he might have quietly identified it for what it is.


Obama has not been all in on the CO2/climate change in spite of the rhetoric. He has supported drilling in the Gulf and SE Atlantic. By not doing much to inhibit fracking, he has tacitly approved it. His claim has not to stop CO2, but to make the US energy independent of the MidEast. Had he announced this, few would have gotten excited about it, compared to the response that the sky is falling. He did a good job of appearing to satisfy both – the US will be exporting more energy within the next few years than it imports.


Damning with faint praise.
Regardless, you are giving Obama credit for not doing anything in areas in which he had no power to act.
The drilling in the Gulf and SE Atlantic were all approved and begun long before Obama was president. He banned new exploration and new drilling.
The only fraccing that occured was on private land. It was banned from federal lands.

Reg Nelson

And Obama took credit for the increase in US petroleum production even though he did everything in his power to oppose it.


I had to follow your link to Science magazine to see if this was satire. There it was in print.
The article could not have been written BHO. First off, that baboon could not complete a birthday card with “fill in the blanks” or “multiple choice” options. Second, if he wrote it would have been in first person gratification using “I” at least 100 times. It must have been a photo copy of his teleprompter. It was certainly not written by BHO.
Scotty, beam these clowns up ASAP.

Bob Kutz

Shark, consider thyself jumped.

He’s not even competent at what he was trained in, barely having ever practiced law, yet he’s presented as an expert in climate science where his formal science training is nill? I’ll bet he never even took a science related course in school (political science is anti-science). IPCC driven climate science is getting more and more absurd every day. Can claims that ‘it all works by incomprehensible magic’ be that far away?

Co2isnotevil: ” barely having ever practiced law.”
After passing the bar exam, Obama worked in the law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland from 1993 until 2004. I believe that’s 11 years no?

Are you sure he practised law or was he a community organizer during those years. That seemed to be the only thing he talked about.

asybot, he worked as a community organizer from 1985 until 1988, before he attended Harvard Law School.

No, he worked DURING his tenure at the law firm. In fact, he was also a visiting lecturer and Professor –
So the claim of “barely practiced law” is accurate.

Steve Heins (challenging Co2isnotevil’s original observation)

” barely having ever practiced law.”

After passing the bar exam, Obama worked in the law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland from 1993 until 2004. I believe that’s 11 years no?

Well, sort of. Most was part-time work, and he spent a good deal of that aprt-time work at this small Chicago law firm running for office and “investing” time in being a community agitator. From the Weekly Standard’s (who made substantial errors by misstating his “journal” work at Harvard (Obama was only “president” of the Journal “society” NOT the daily editing tasks of the Law School Journal! He has NEVER written an article for the Journal either.)

It’s when Obama leaves law school in 1991 that his résumé starts raising questions. He didn’t begin a full-time job until 1993. Between 1991 and 1993, Obama divided his time between lecturing at the University of Chicago Law School, writing a book, and returning to his pre-law school activity, community organizing.
In 1993, Obama went to work for the small Chicago law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Galland. He could have gotten a job with any major law firm in America. His belated selection of a boutique law firm that offered lower pay but a better lifestyle than the top firms is striking. A lot of people in the legal industry, rightly or wrongly, would infer a certain softness from Obama’s chosen path.
Between 1993 and 1996, Obama was a full-time associate at Davis, Miner. On the side, he continued lecturing at the University of Chicago Law School, and his autobiographical Dreams From My Father came out in 1995. (Initial sales of the book were poor, though they would take off years later, once Obama became a national figure.) By 1996, Obama was also running for the Illinois legislature. After winning that race, he became a part-timer at Davis, Miner and a member of the Illinois senate, also a part-time job, while continuing to lecture at Chicago.
What is striking about Obama’s résumé circa 2004, as he began his U.S. Senate campaign, then, is that 13 years out of law school, he had yet to commit himself to one line of work. More important, potential employers would wonder about a gulf between the ability Obama showed at Harvard and his actual accomplishments. Obama never made it beyond lecturer at Chicago, where he wrote no scholarly articles. He wrote one book, then stopped writing for over a decade. And he was less than a force in the Illinois legislature. After roughly three years practicing law, he had turned away from that career.

Obama’s second book was ghost-written – The actual author was admitted to be Bill Ayers, a political terrorist in the 1960’s who lived nearby Obama in Chicago. Obama, and Michelle Obama, have subsequently lost their Chicago law licenses – Like ALL of his personal life, the details why or under what order are sealed under a court order. Ironically, all of Obama’s political victories in Illinois came only after his opponents’ sealed legal records were released to friendly newspapers before each election.
From the LATimes, Obama’s record as a lawyer includes only 3,723 billable hours spread over 8 years, and only 30 court cases – most of them defending the firm’s wealthy Chicago clients AGAINST the poor people who had claims or complaints. This law was a major contributor to all of Obama’s political campaigns – seeing that as an easy way to gain influence and friends in the Illinois state offices.

Senior attorneys at the small firm where he worked say he was a strong writer and researcher, but was involved in relatively few cases — about 30 — and spent only four years as a full-time lawyer before entering politics.
Obama arrived in Chicago in 1993 with a degree from Harvard Law School and was hired as a junior lawyer at the firm then known as Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland. He helped represent clients in civil and voting rights matters and wrongful firings, argued a case before a federal appellate court, and took the lead in writing a suit to expand voter registration.
But the firm also handled routine legal matters and real estate. Obama spent about 70% of his time on voting rights, civil rights and employment, generally as a junior associate. The rest of his time was spent on matters related to real estate transactions, filing incorporation papers and defending clients against minor lawsuits.
In one instance, Obama defended a nonprofit corporation that owns low-income housing projects against a lawsuit in which a man alleged that he slipped and fell because of poor maintenance. Obama got the suit dismissed.
In another case, Obama appeared on behalf of a nonprofit corporation that provided healthcare for poor people. A woman who claimed income of less than $8,000 a year had sued Obama’s client to obtain a $336 payment for baby-sitting services; Obama’s client paid up, and the case was settled.
In 1994, Obama appeared in Cook County court on behalf of Woodlawn Preservation & Investment Corp., defending it against a suit by the city, which alleged that the company failed to provide heat for low-income tenants on the South Side during the winter.
Those were not the cases Obama highlighted in the self-portrait drawn in his first memoir, “Dreams From My Father.”


RACookPE1978, Ghost writers in the sky? perhaps his ability at Law School was also ghost-written.


Not everyone who works at a law firm practices law.

Oh, I feel pretty confident that Obama wrote the paper, but look at his list of references to see where he got his material. Need I say it? … IPCC and associated good ol’ boy networks, including EPA, Department of Energy, … the whole circular ping-pong network of “consensus” information dynamics.
I found reference # 19 interesting:
19. Walmart, Walmart’s Approach to Renewable Energy (Walmart, 2014)
Who thinks that Walmart’s adopting a climate consciousness consistent with “consensus” information is just good marketing ? … and that this paper Obama uses as one of his references is as much a marketing pamphlet as it is a status report ?
You’d think Walmart would sign off on something a little more financially realistic than wind and solar. When Walmart starts selling an affordable solar powered lawn mower, then I might start believing them on this energy philosophy. In the meantime, I will continue to appreciate Walmart mainly for its reasonable prices on food and other items.

Steve Fraser

Look at the last reference… to the 3 people that actually did the work.

He probably had editorial control, though. I don’t think he just let those people do ALL the work, simply to read a final draft that somebody else wrote and said, “Let’s go with that.” He probably took some time with it, added some of his own touches, and took all the credit upfront, with his helpers noted obscurely, not unlike in some academic papers, where the main researchers have grunts doing the repetitious stuff of the experiments, recording of data, … data entry, etc, and then the main researcher tweaks it, makes overriding statements and conclusions, takes all the credit upfront with a list of acknowledgements in small print.
… or like doctors, who have medical assistants greet you, take your blood pressure, help you fill out forms, get your insurance information, move you around to different rooms for about an hour or so, until you finally meet the doctor for about five or ten minutes.
That’s a privilege of position.


There is no way that BHO wrote that piece. It’s not his language. We have 8 years of his utterances to base it on.
Anyway, he’s too busy to write or think as he has to release his brothers at Guantanamo.

One does not write for a journal the way one speaks to the general public.

I didn’t say that I liked the way some papers get published and who gets credited. I’m just suggesting that this sort of thing goes on more frequently as a standard practice than many people realize.
Now, not only do I not like it, but I am having doubts about my original posture of giving Obama the benefit of the doubt. Here are some other articles that he has … “written” (define this as loosely as you wish):
I find myself flirting with the word, “fraud”, and I am enjoying the taste of my own words that I am now eating. (^_^)


Not so Robert Kernodle.
Journals are strict these days with a formal requirement to document and stipulate the precise involvement with the work presented for publication. In fact, the “privilege of position” as you put it merely ensures a position in the authorial line-up but never the important first position, which is always accorded to the lead researcher who physically undertook the research (or in the case of a commentary article) actually conceived the idea and drafted the article. So, one would be obliged to show the BHO did not materially write the commentary.
A toe-nail or two from the menagerie at (24) could probably sort out the facts quite quickly.

Obama is looking for signs of SLR, sea level rise, by looking for it through a microscope.


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Bill Powers

No greater evidence that Climate Science is an ideological movement than when a “Science” magazine trots out a politician with a constitutional law degree to warn the great unwashed that disaster is impending.
conjuring the Spirit of Reagan here: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'”


Do contractions count as one word or two?


Depends entirely on the context of the count. Some places one, some places two. I’d give Reagan the benefit of the doubt, but opponents of Reagan will say no, he couldn’t count. 🙂