White House Budget Director: Climate Spending “a waste of your money”

By US Government – Office of Congressman Mick Mulvaney, Public Domain, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney answering questions at a press conference, explained that the reason the President wants to slash climate funding is he considers such funding to be a waste of money.

White House: Climate funding is ‘a waste of your money’

BY DEVIN HENRY – 03/16/17 03:58 PM EDT

The White House on Thursday defended a proposal to slash federal funding for climate change programs, calling it “a waste of your money.”

“I think the president was fairly straightforward on that: We’re not spending money on that anymore,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said at a White House briefing on Thursday.

“We consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that. We consider that a basic tie to his campaign.” …

Read More (+ video): http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/324358-white-house-says-climate-funding-is-a-waste-of-your-money

I like straightforward answers to questions.

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March 16, 2017 7:01 pm

Democrat and Republican lifers will be outraged by the President’s unwillingness to waste money.

Reply to  BallBounces
March 16, 2017 7:13 pm

Oh lawd, but it’s so true.

Reply to  schitzree
March 17, 2017 1:14 pm

Health Care Without Harm, Reston, VA, USA

US & Canada

Climate and Health Literacy Consortium/CHLC

Scroll down to:

“At the same time, the healthcare industry will experience the climate crisis in its own operations, characterized by increasing energy costs, projected instability in the electric service provision grid, and intensified stressors placed on community health services, especially in times of disaster.”

Consortium Participants include:

NRDC/Natural Resources Defense Council
The Climate Project
AMA/ American Medical Association

And others.

More at:

Reply to  schitzree
March 17, 2017 1:31 pm
Reply to  schitzree
March 18, 2017 2:03 pm

CAPE + “Health Care Without Harm Workshop”, Ottawa, Oct.21, 2000

Re: Funding & Attendees


CAPE/Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

Reply to  schitzree
March 19, 2017 12:46 pm

HCWH Worldwide Membership as of Sept.20, 2012

Includes Canadian and U.S. members.

List at:

Reply to  schitzree
March 20, 2017 8:28 pm

Climate for Health

Who is Leading includes:

Gary Cohen, Health Care Without Harm, Reston, VA
Frank Loy, ecoAmerica, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Mona Sarfaty, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA


Reply to  BallBounces
March 16, 2017 11:58 pm

“…the President’s unwillingness…”

OR “inability”. i once knew a millionaire who was the cheapest bastard that i ever knew. (says my mum, “how do you think he got to being a millionaire?”)…

Reply to  afonzarelli
March 17, 2017 2:43 am

When I worked at GEC-Marconis, in the early 70’s teh apocryphal tale was that Weinberg, who owned it, never carried cash and would always ‘borrow’ some loose change to make a phone call from a public phone, rather than use the companies telephone system

Reply to  afonzarelli
March 17, 2017 6:23 am

Sam Walton of Wal-Mart fame was known for driving himself around in a 20 year old pick up truck.

Reply to  afonzarelli
March 17, 2017 6:48 am

The President would not be spending his own money—he would be using taxpayer money. That’s why Obama loved this, as did Hillary. They had no stake in it whatsoever.

Tom in Denver
Reply to  afonzarelli
March 17, 2017 7:07 am

More importantly, few people manage to be successful by spending more than they make. The US has doubled it’s debt in the past 10 years, and this businessman is attempting to manage much of this wasteful spending. There are some things that I don’t care for with this president, but when it comes to this, more power to him!

Reply to  afonzarelli
March 17, 2017 12:30 pm

A musician friend used to go bowling in Nashville in the ’60s with a group of folks including Eddy Arnold, the legendary singer. At one time Arnold was the richest man in America, a shrewd investor who sold the land to Nissan when they built their plant in TN. My friend complained smugly that Arnold “never once picked up the tab” for the evening of fun. In retrospect, the story says more about my friend, who never voted for a Republican in his life, than it says about Eddy Arnold.

Reply to  BallBounces
March 17, 2017 4:33 am

Sad and true!

Reply to  BallBounces
March 17, 2017 6:02 am

That’s what happens when you elect a businessman instead of a politician. They worry about spending too much instead of not spending enough.

Reply to  John G.
March 17, 2017 8:38 am

Every day is Christmas with Mr. Trump!

Gerry England
Reply to  John G.
March 18, 2017 4:57 am

And I hope he won’t believe that the government can or indeed should solve every problem. History shows that they usually make it worse.

March 16, 2017 7:01 pm

nice start

Paul Westhaver
March 16, 2017 7:01 pm

We d3niers evidently have been heard… at the very top.
OK moving on. Trump can handle this now.

Reply to  Paul Westhaver
March 17, 2017 3:01 am

That what we brexiteers said post referendum.

But those financially entangled in a good gravy train don’t give up without a fight, and the viciousness of that fight has only been briefly glimpsed.

Huge amounts of money are riding on US policy decisions. More than enough to fund and train a ‘lone nutcase with an M39’…

Remember Wat Tyler…

Walter “Wat” Tyler (died 15 June 1381) was a leader of the 1381 Peasants’ Revolt in England. He marched a group of rebels from Canterbury to the capital to oppose the institution of a poll tax and demand economic and social reforms. While the brief rebellion enjoyed early success, Tyler was killed by officers loyal to King Richard II during negotiations at Smithfield, London


Democracy was originally invented to allow totally corrupts governments and elites to be removed bloodlessly, however that depends on the rule of law and consensus being strong enough and enjoying the support of enough peole to make it work.

What I am seeing now is people openly calling for an end to democracy, which they now call ‘populism’ on the grounds that the populace is as ignorant as pigshit and cant be trusted to make decisions about their own lives.


We are engaged in a war, a savage war that is not revealed to the public, and that war is between who gets their sticky hands on the public purse and public legislation, and whether or not its for the good of the actual nation and its people or for some narrow elite.

Our ancestors left us democracy: It may be enough to make the war relatively bloodless. Meantime keep your powder dry, and ‘don’t follow leaders: Watch your parking meters’

Reply to  Leo Smith
March 17, 2017 9:23 am

Reply to  Paul Westhaver
March 17, 2017 6:25 am

Populism is the belief that the majority have the right to take whatever they want.

Reply to  MarkW
March 17, 2017 6:52 am

So how is that different from every other system? Socialism is run by the government taking whatever they want, as are communism and dicatorships. Someone always takes what they want. At least this involves the majority, not a few leaders deciding who does what.

Reply to  MarkW
March 17, 2017 12:35 pm

Not exactly.

Louis Hooffstetter
Reply to  MarkW
March 17, 2017 1:35 pm

Populism is the belief that the majority (or the obnoxious, tantrum throwing minority) have the right to take whatever they want.

Gunga Din
Reply to  MarkW
March 17, 2017 4:17 pm

Sheri, I think what you missed because MarkW didn’t spell it out, is that “Majority Rules” is a word away from “Mob Rules”. “Mob Rules” is no rules. No guidance. No Basic Standard, No accountability.
Those in the executive offices of the MSM and The Department of Education and even Disney love the idea of “Mob Rule”. They feed the “stupid” what they should “feel” about things.
The “Founding Fathers” of the US built “brakes” into the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to prevent “mob rule fads” from becoming the law of the land.

The only system of “Government” that will be perfect is awaiting the third heaven and earth. (End of the Book of Revelation.)
In the meantime, I’d prefer to live under a man-made form of government that claimed it would allow you to worship your navel or your brain without someone who chose to be “offended” being able to use the courts or the Government to silence or fine you because you are “politically incorrect”.

Reply to  Paul Westhaver
March 17, 2017 12:36 pm

We’re no longer d3niers. We’re “confirmers”. The worm turns. Yee-haw!

March 16, 2017 7:14 pm

Don’t sit back…this the time to keep pedal to the metal.

March 16, 2017 7:20 pm

That very true statement will give the left fits of outrage.

Reply to  Rob
March 16, 2017 9:36 pm

Get ready for Warmist suicide attacks on power stations, etc. for the sake of the children, you know.

Reply to  Tadpole
March 17, 2017 6:53 am

I’m not sure Warmists are willing to die for their cause. They’ll chain themselves to trees, hire lobbyists, even go to jail, but dying? Especially a suicide?

Reply to  Rob
March 17, 2017 5:37 am

The answer to them is quite simple. “It’s settled! Why do we need to keep studying it?”

March 16, 2017 7:22 pm

Meanwhile, the last 12 months is the highest temp record in the modern era.


[You obviously think that multiple postings of the exact same comment minutes apart is a sensible use of your time. Perhaps it is your admiration of hotwhopper that drives your compulsion but you shouldn’t worry so much, it will get the amount of attention it deserves . . . mod]

Reply to  ReallySkeptical
March 17, 2017 2:51 am

My height over the last 12 months is the highest its ever been — and I’m older than the satellite record!

Evan Jones
Reply to  talldave2
March 17, 2017 3:21 am

We can adjust that.

Mike Maguire
Reply to  ReallySkeptical
March 17, 2017 4:54 am

And that’s why the planet is greening up so fast……..and let’s not forget the greatly beneficial contribution of increasing CO2.

Reply to  Mike Maguire
March 17, 2017 8:44 am

Greening up–now imagine THAT! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmvS4mzWUkQ

Frank K.
Reply to  ReallySkeptical
March 17, 2017 5:31 am

Wow…news from “blog.hotwhopper.com” – It MUST be true…LOL!!!!!!!

Meanwhile, I’m cleaning up after a huge and unexpected snowstorm that brought bitterly cold temperatures and dumped 16+ inches of snow on my property…in mid March!

Paul Penrose
Reply to  ReallySkeptical
March 17, 2017 6:47 am

Thank God! We really are living in such great times. Just imagine how much it would suck if it was getting colder instead.

Reply to  ReallySkeptical
March 17, 2017 6:48 am

ReallySkeptical, how long is your record?

Reply to  ReallySkeptical
March 17, 2017 6:55 am

NotReallySkeptical: So what? That proves nothing about cause. Means nothing taken completely out of context.

Reply to  ReallySkeptical
March 19, 2017 12:40 pm

By how much?

March 16, 2017 7:25 pm

Refreshing candor. It will piss off the greens, but so what. They have been in melt down mode since Trump’s victory anyway. It’s nice to see the white house laying it out so clearly.

Oh yeah…it’s on!

Reply to  Lancifer
March 16, 2017 11:50 pm

LOL! If you want a good laugh to keep you going all weekend, read all the comments under the article. The greens aren’t just pissed off or in meltdown, they’re boiling and I think some might have actually exploded!

john harmsworth
Reply to  Alan Vaughn
March 17, 2017 2:50 pm

March 17th is the Green’s day. Then the sober folks take over.

steve d
Reply to  Alan Vaughn
March 17, 2017 4:48 pm

We who accept science are not pissed off just depressed that such an ill informed moron that probably believes some bloke in the sky made our planet in 6 days could be elected to a position of power.

Reply to  Alan Vaughn
March 20, 2017 11:57 pm

Ok steve d, since you accept ‘science’ and are not pissed off (but can’t stand losing), how long have we got? When’s doomsday?

Phillip Bratby
Reply to  Lancifer
March 16, 2017 11:55 pm

the snowflakes are melting – the heat is on.

Reply to  Lancifer
March 17, 2017 12:06 am

“…piss off the greens…”

What about all the tax payers who are PISSED OFF about being scalped all these years (never mind the greens)? Those angry tax payers are the reason Trump got elected. (if the greens don’t like it, they can go out and get their own potus)…

John M. Ware
Reply to  afonzarelli
March 17, 2017 3:25 am

They had their own POTUS for eight years, the abject disaster Obama. Now they’re trying to preserve his legacy, which we, the voters, have voted to reverse.

Reply to  afonzarelli
March 17, 2017 11:05 am

(then they’ll just have to go out and get another one… ☺)

Reply to  afonzarelli
March 18, 2017 5:14 am

Greens can’t get elected. That’s why they try to smuggle their policies in by through international treaties and organizations, so-called consensus science, brainwashing and scaring politicians.

Reply to  Lancifer
March 17, 2017 1:29 pm

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win…

Eugene WR Gallun
March 16, 2017 7:29 pm

If Trump pulls this off — it is not the light at the end of the tunnel — but the end of the tunnel.

Eugene WR Gallun

Janice Moore
Reply to  Eugene WR Gallun
March 16, 2017 7:57 pm

+1 Eugene.

And before long we will be writing…

“After years in such a long, dark, seemingly endless, tunnel,
WUWT, “the little engine that could,” finally made it.comment image

And beyond…

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Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
March 16, 2017 7:58 pm

Truth is beautiful.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
March 16, 2017 8:04 pm

Lies are ugly.
comment image
Kite dying at the foot of the wind turbine that broke its wing.


Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
March 16, 2017 8:28 pm

Yes. Coal is beautiful…

The beauty of truth-based coal (-powered electricity):

The lights are on — the milk is cold — the cookies turned out great — and the camera was charged…

all — thanks — to –> coal.

(Nuclear will be even better! — GO, NUCLEAR POWER!!!)

Reply to  Janice Moore
March 16, 2017 8:41 pm

Nice Janice…

Janice Moore
Reply to  Janice Moore
March 16, 2017 9:18 pm

Thanks, Ben! 🙂

Reply to  Janice Moore
March 16, 2017 9:26 pm

+100 Janice!

Reply to  Janice Moore
March 16, 2017 10:25 pm

As usual Janice + many!

Reply to  Janice Moore
March 17, 2017 12:12 am

i think i can, i think i can, i think i can, (I KNOW I CAN!)…

Reply to  Janice Moore
March 17, 2017 11:26 pm

Right on.

George Daddis
Reply to  Eugene WR Gallun
March 16, 2017 8:00 pm

The Dems have the discipline that the GOP never mastered.
The GOP congress is like herding cats, but DJTs cabinet so far are consistent around a message.
– Focus on data, not feelings or models.
– Cut budgets for programs that do not produce results or benefits.

Janice Moore
Reply to  George Daddis
March 16, 2017 8:35 pm

The Dems have the discipline {of a cult.} Admirable, perhaps, in its warped way, but, as with all dictatorships leading to a vile, tragic, end.


(the rest of the comment was great. 🙂 )

Javert Chip
Reply to  George Daddis
March 16, 2017 8:47 pm

The Dems also have no morals, ethics and don’t mind rank hypocrisy. Power is an end unto itself. These people would sell their own flesh & blood into slavery.

Best not to underestimate this nasty crowd. They’ve been around for a few thousand years (Masters, aristocracy, the nobles, Duke of xyz, political elites, etc). To them, liberty and freedom are an anathema. They will literally do anything to gain the power of tell the rest of society how to run their lives.

Reply to  George Daddis
March 16, 2017 10:26 pm

@ javert. Absolutely correct!

Reply to  George Daddis
March 17, 2017 12:14 am

(To Dems, people are just like fish in a fish farm)…

Reply to  George Daddis
March 17, 2017 7:00 am

“The Dems have the discipline that the GOP never mastered.”

Maybe not any more. They rather fractured now and tend to turn on their own in anger. As long as they were winning, they looked disciplined. They are, however, more persistent. Far more. They organize and they keep at it. Obama’s Organize for Action is busily email all the followers as if he were still president. The GOP never seems to understand this. The closest we have come is Trump using Twitter. Now, if the GOP could organize and hit people with email updates, etc, they might actually stand a chance in the long run.

Reply to  Eugene WR Gallun
March 16, 2017 9:56 pm

….and here I thought their only concern was Gaia.

Leonard Lane
Reply to  RockyRoad
March 16, 2017 11:27 pm

Javert, thank you

Reply to  Eugene WR Gallun
March 17, 2017 6:27 am

Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel turns out to be an oncoming train.

Reply to  MarkW
March 17, 2017 9:06 am

Sometimes it doesn’t.

Joel O'Bryan
March 16, 2017 7:33 pm

For all of the things I dislike about Trump, there are so many great things. Calling climate change programs a waste of taxpayer money simply melts my heart. It makes all those uncomfortable things he does (like his Tweet rants) just not matter to me in the big picture.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
March 16, 2017 7:42 pm

I dunno…..I’m not convinced he understands the science any better than Al Gore does. The issue has become so politically polarized as R vs D (or more broadly, populist vs globalist) that there really isn’t any surprise that an R is against alarmist policies — but I have little confidence that there is any understanding there. I have yet to hear a politician who really seems to understand any of the science. I too have been pleasantly surprised at many of his policy changes (or attempts at policy changes), but he is still acting and tweeting like a buffoon, and there is little chance that he will win over any more support than he already has. This year continues to be a “news of the weird” year for me.

Tim Broberg
Reply to  jeff
March 16, 2017 7:55 pm

I’m pretty sure Cruz has a good grasp of the issues.

What I don’t get is so many people on the right saying, “the science isn’t settled,” but then they want to cut the funding for the science.

Cut the funding for the panic programs to cut CO2, sure, but then spend a few extra billion on making climate models that are actually predictive.

Reply to  jeff
March 16, 2017 8:07 pm


Science doesn’t know enough about climate to model it, and even if it did, the system is probably too complex to be modeled usefully.

Any money for climate modeling should not just be cut, but gutted. Funding for real climatology could continue at its present level, which is low compared to the tens of billions wasted on the GIGO computer gaming that passes for “climate science”.

Reply to  jeff
March 16, 2017 8:30 pm

We had a good stiff breeze here today. Fighting climate change is a little like trying to make a difference by blowing back at it. It’s the dumbest thing the government has ever spent money on.

Janice Moore
Reply to  jeff
March 16, 2017 8:36 pm

4Times — Nice! +1

Javert Chip
Reply to  jeff
March 16, 2017 8:53 pm


You’re probably correct that Trump doesn’t understand the science any more than Gore. The fact is YOU DO NOT HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE SCIENCE TO KNOW THE PROCESS IS CORRUPT. Businessmen generally have a very healthy understanding of the consequences of bad data – no differential equations required.

Reply to  jeff
March 16, 2017 9:51 pm

“Tim Broberg March 16, 2017 at 7:55 pm
What I don’t get is so many people on the right saying, “the science isn’t settled,” but then they want to cut the funding for the science.

Cut the funding for the panic programs to cut CO2, sure, but then spend a few extra billion on making climate models that are actually predictive.”

What part of climate science is actually advancing knowledge and science?

This is before entire generations of climate scientists believing that all they have to do for a reward is to blame CO2.

Papers and research are developed and published without anyone’s version of reality or proofs involved.
• Fiddle with the data set till personal biases are apparent.
• Fiddle with various statistical algorithms until result(s) are desirable.
• Ignore inconvenient results.
• Cite loose correlations.
• Assume absurd reaches of causation.
• Refuse to share critical files or code.
• Never admit error.
• Never correct egregious mistakes; Tiljander proxies should be used upside down…
• Include some absurd versions of possible future disasters.
• Blame it all on CO2.

Then there is that lovely camaraderie that so many climate scientists share:
• Malign any critic’s character.
• Work behind the scenes to damage careers of critics.
• Refuse request for information.
• Refuse and stymie FOIA requests.
• Close ranks while insisting FOIA and official investigations chill research.
• Actively support FOIA requests for research, information and communications of critics.
• Actively demand investigations against critics.
• Woe betide any alarmist who regains sanity and agrees with critics.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  jeff
March 16, 2017 9:57 pm

So Jeff, you think this issue has been about science all along! Trump definitely understands what has been going on better than you appear T.

Reply to  jeff
March 16, 2017 10:12 pm

No waste of words, no wiggle room . . the burden of proof is back where it belongs ; )

Robert from oz
Reply to  jeff
March 16, 2017 11:16 pm

Tim do you honestly think it’s possible to predict the future ? No matter how much money you throw at it no matter how many scientists work on it , no matter how many super computer hours you throw at it you will never be able to predict future weather or climate until you have mastered the time machine .

Reply to  jeff
March 17, 2017 12:05 am

@4TimesAYear we have a saying amongst yachties, “like p!ss!ng into the wind!”

Reply to  jeff
March 17, 2017 2:54 am

“Cut the funding for the panic programs to cut CO2, sure, but then spend a few extra billion on making climate models that are actually predictive.”

We’ve already spent tens of billions. Maybe it’s not possible.

At any rate, climate modellers are going to get billions even under Trump, just some % less than under Obama — and probably more than under Bush.

Reply to  jeff
March 17, 2017 3:16 am

You don’t need to know how fecal matter acquires its unpleasant odor, to smell BS and come to a reasonable conclusion that something stinks.

Joe Shaw
Reply to  jeff
March 17, 2017 5:18 am

Trump doesn’t need a good understanding of the science for this. He just needs a good ability to recognize scams and waste. All other issues aside, I think he has a good handle on this.

Robert Austin
Reply to  jeff
March 17, 2017 10:23 am

The field of climate science is politically tainted and driven by the gravy train of climate science funding. Throwing more money at it would be like throwing gasoline to put out a fire. Climate science must be returned to the obscure scientific backwater that it once was. It is so scientifically corrupt that the only solution is to drive a wooden stake through its heart.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
March 16, 2017 8:05 pm

Joel says rants. Jeff says buffoon.

Have you ever been on the streets of NYC?
Trump does have respectable degrees, but …
… he is street-wise, also.
Expecting polite norms and behaviours on the streets of NYC? I don’t think so.

Further, who does “understand the science”?

Reply to  John F. Hultquist
March 16, 2017 10:00 pm

In this case, “science” needs to be replaced by “politics” to understand the Left’s goals. Their objective is equivalent to cultural suicide but they don’t see it.

John M. Ware
Reply to  John F. Hultquist
March 17, 2017 3:32 am

The science that exists is perfectly understandable to a reasonably intelligent layman. The science that doesn’t exist–namely, the CAGW scare–isn’t worth perpetuating. I’m quite sure Trump understands all the science he needs in order to say, “We’re not going to waste any more money on a chimera.”

Robert of Texas
March 16, 2017 7:37 pm

Remember, as soon as the liberals are back in power they will make up for any savings by wasting money at a faster pace – so all this “progress” is illusion. If Trump can manage some job growth, economic growth, or tax simplification THAT will actually last a while.

I really wish they would abolish the EPA and start a truly scientific organization from scratch. But you can’t have scientists reporting to the government or you just end up with emotionally motivated activists (again).

NASA to focus on space…wow…who would of thought of that?

Javert Chip
Reply to  Robert of Texas
March 16, 2017 8:59 pm


I understand your “liberals back in” comment, but Trump’s use of the Bully Pulpit is making it “politically correct” to begin questioning CAGW. At least half the people in the USA will now begin to do that.

To the extent this is a public relations war, half the population has now been given air-cover to pay attention to their common sense. That’s not victory in and of itself, but it make it infinitely harder for liberals to go back to CAGW business as usual.

Reply to  Robert of Texas
March 17, 2017 5:17 pm

“Remember, as soon as the liberals are back in power”

That may be a while in coming. Let’s hope it is a very long while. Say, at least 16 more years of a Republican presidency.

Tom Halla
March 16, 2017 7:49 pm

Pouring more money into current climate change models is pouring money down a rathole. The green blob cannot admit that the notion has gone nowhere, with the models no more precise than 1979. There should be light at the end of the tunnel–the headlight of a train coming the opposite way.

March 16, 2017 8:03 pm

The power to affect climate change is not a power granted to the federal government by the constitutiion. That power is reserved for the states. All the work that has been done with models shows that the climate change we are experiencing today is caused by the sun and the oceans over which Mankind has no control. Mankind has been unable to change a single weather event let alone affect the climate. Despite the hype, there is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate and plenty of scientific rational to support the idea that the climate sensivity of CO2 is really zero. There are many good reasons to be conserving on the use of fossil fuels but climate change is not one of them. The federal government is deep in debt and cannot afford to be wasting money trying to solve problems that we do not have the power to solve. We do not know what the optimum climate is let alone how to achieve it. If we could hault climate change in its tracks, extreme weather events and sea level rise would continue unabated because they are part of the current climate.

Thomas Homer
Reply to  willhaas
March 17, 2017 6:31 am

willhaas says:

“plenty of scientific rational to support the idea that the climate sensitivity of CO2 is really zero”

Thank you – no one has yet shown where there is any ‘trapped heat’ on Mars with its 95% Carbon Dioxide atmosphere that sheds 200F degrees of heat each night. We have a real world example where the “climate sensitivity of CO2 is really zero” and that bolsters the scientific rational.

March 16, 2017 8:04 pm

This isn’t very satisfying. The Donald isn’t driving a stake through the heart of CAGW. He’s just ignoring it. When, eventually, the Democrat party gets back in, it will rear its ugly head again.

How much of Michael Mann’s funding is traceable back to the federal government? Are they acting to defund him?

Between 1999 and 2010 he served as principal or co-principal investigator on five research projects funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and four more funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). He was also co-investigator on other projects funded by the NOAA, NSF, Department of Energy, United States Agency for International Development, and the Office of Naval Research. link

Cutting him off from all sources of federal funds looks like playing Whack-A-Mole. Maybe Tom Steyer will fund him. 🙁

Reply to  commieBob
March 16, 2017 8:08 pm

Yes, but removing the imprimatur of national governments and the UN will help delegitimize the insanity.

Javert Chip
Reply to  commieBob
March 16, 2017 9:05 pm


What do you mean this isn’t satisfying? Is there anybody else with Trump’s power on the global stage saying CAGW is a fraud?

Trump does not have a magic wand, just the Bully Pulpit. Now he needs to “sell” this to the public. This will be a holy war with liberals, MSM and academe.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  commieBob
March 16, 2017 10:24 pm

Tom Steyer lost 100M on “a sure thing” that the NYT gave a 95% certainty of HRC winning. I’m sure he, sorry Soros and the rest of the plotters lost an untold amount on green schemes that Hillary was to toss their way. I hope Gore went all-in on the half billion solar cells she planned. Steyer may not pony up for more Climateering, but rather be looking for another scam angle to haul us all into feudal penury . They’ll probably also lose big along with Lords and Ladies of old Europe on the crash to come in subsidies for renoobles. There is going to be a big demand for fallers to clearcut the forests of bird shredders.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 17, 2017 12:19 pm

Tom Steyer, Soros, et al, are focusing their attention on creating mini- Socialist Republics, within the Country, running them as mini-fiefdoms, and gaining as much control as possible. It is rumored he will run for Governor at one point in time, of California, and surround himself with people even farther to the Left. The Climate Change scam is another attempt at raiding the Treasury for their benefit. Federal Immigration policies will disappear. The Useful Idiots, that Stalin mentioned, such as the Sports Stars, the “Entertainment” Industry, the Race Baiters, the Ultra Rich Techies, the illegals themselves, will be the mouthpieces for the Movement, as the all -too -Left Press (National and Local), with provide them with the megaphones to shout down anyone who is not in Lockstep with THE Movement. I am hoping that the Federal monies that the prior Administration made so available to fund this type of activity dries up, and the States will be forced to decide how to fund the non-productive people who demand free stuff, using State funds supplied by the taxpayers. Wait until the next major earthquake or other natural disaster exposes the lack of Infrastructure construction, maintenance and foresight, (think Oroville) monies and effort that have been pissed away , replaced by Earth Days and Pride (Pick something you are proud of and feel it is absolutely necessary that everyone else finds “Pride” in it) , Festivals. I could go on, but, I have to go and work to pay my taxes to fund this insanity.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 17, 2017 5:22 pm

“They’ll probably also lose big along with Lords and Ladies of old Europe on the crash to come in subsidies for renoobles.”

You know, I hadn’t thought about it that way, but I imagine there are lots of European gentry who are invested in green companies. The perfect investment for the PC crowd who want to wave their virtue flags. They probably sit around and brag to each other about how much of their money is in green tech. Then the crash comes. Ouch!

Lil Fella from OZ
March 16, 2017 8:19 pm

Send him over to South Australia. We have been controlled by an ideology freak. Batteries for power storage???

Ron Williams
March 16, 2017 8:22 pm

The one thing that shouldn’t be cut is raw climate/weather data collection, and ensure it isn’t tampered with or cherry picked for the record. If we don’t have the raw data, then we will never be able to know with certainty what is going on with the natural background and any potential human induced activity. I would hope nobody with argue with collecting all long term climatic/science data to be able to understand our ever evolving climate?

Reply to  Ron Williams
March 16, 2017 8:29 pm

I agree. Unfortunately, under Obama even the supposedly “raw” data have been tampered with. Independent temperature readers have found all across the country that NOAA stooges have their thumbs on the thermometers. There is no end to the corruption of science under the Dumpocrap Stalinists.

Reply to  Ron Williams
March 16, 2017 8:39 pm

I do. It is uncollectable in any meaningful way. No way to collect what happened millions of years ago. It’s gone. Over and out. Deal with the present.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Ron Williams
March 16, 2017 9:08 pm


This is supposedly what East Anglia was supposed to be all about back in the 1970’s. We’re looking at a re-boot (AKA draining of the swamp)

Reply to  Ron Williams
March 17, 2017 5:39 am

Ron Williams. I agree. Anybody who understands GHE wants to know more about the practical effect of increased CO2 on earth’s climate. It would be foolish to stop all climate research, and having government employees spout rank denialism, while nice red meat for other deniers, is not helpful to the practice of real science.

This is one of the things that disturbs me about Trump and his appointees. Acting ignorant may impress other ignoramuses, but it’s terrible government and an insult to thinking Americans.

And those here who crow about the end of alarmism and the ascent of right-thinking Americans need to get a grip. Climate change doesn’t cease to be a serious issue just because of one election. We need to practice smart skepticism, and not try to match alarmists in stupid oversimplification – which is what we’re getting from the Budget Director.

Reply to  scraft1
March 17, 2017 9:13 am

“Climate change doesn’t cease to be a serious issue just because of one election.” Yes it does. We’ve been living all these years with it without major consequences. No need to invest vast resources into something beyond our control. Understand it? Sure. Master it? Never.

Reply to  scraft1
March 17, 2017 9:25 am

I believe study of that can continue in universities just as it began. Billions don’t need to be thrown into it. Perhaps had the scientists STAYED scientists and not ACTIVISTS and POLITICIANS, maybe, just maybe, there would be respect for them. They brought this on themselves.

THINKING AMERICANS are the skeptics. You do know that, right? Those that just lap up the pablum have no thought involved. There is no such thing as “d*nialism”—there is legitimate questioning of science and the corruption thereof. Again, thinking people view disagreement as part of science. Those who do not think see it as an attack on their sacred beliefs.

Reply to  Ron Williams
March 17, 2017 12:22 pm

Don’t worry.. “They” are , quote, ”Rushing to sequester the years of climate data gathered , so that the “Deniers ” will not wantonly destroy it” You mean make it unavailable for independent discovery, that may show the downward revision of earlier temperatures , so as to add to the differences of total temp rise. That sort of thing..

Reply to  Ron Williams
March 17, 2017 5:30 pm

“The one thing that shouldn’t be cut is raw climate/weather data collection, and ensure it isn’t tampered with or cherry picked for the record.”

Maybe some of that will be continued. See below:


Fears Trump Would Gut Climate Agencies Were Overblown

“Scientists and activists who claimed President Donald Trump would gut the scientific capabilities of federal climate and weather agencies can breath a sigh of relief.

Trump’s budget does cut dozens of federal climate programs, but the deep cuts many feared would hit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) didn’t materialize.

For months, activists warned the White House could gut climate programs and data through draconian budget cuts. Some scientists were so concerned they began downloading government data, and others organized a political march in “support” for science.

NOAA satellites won’t fall out of the sky and NASA will still conduct climate science, says Ryan Maue, a meteorologist and adjunct scholar with the libertarian Cato Institute.

“Scientists lose credibility as policy advisors when they latch onto conspiracy theories created by activists,” Maue told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The rumors and speculation that led to hysterical overreaction turned out to be unfounded.”

end excerpt

March 16, 2017 8:26 pm

Mick Mulvaney makes it short, sweet, simple and to the point. That is truly straightforward.

Henry chance
Reply to  eyesonu
March 17, 2017 1:20 pm

Associated Press

The Kansas Supreme Court has cleared a major obstacle to the construction of a long-delayed coal-fired power plant in the state’s southwestern corner.

The court Friday rejected a legal challenge from the Sierra Club to a state decision giving Sunflower Electric Power Corp. the go-ahead for its $2.8 billion project. The Hays-based utility wants to build an 895-megawatt plant outside Holcomb.


The Sierra Club will follow the EPA for a multi year losing streak.

On one hand I see this as Justice.

On the other hand, finding a new producer which can produce at lower costs is very rare.

March 16, 2017 8:29 pm

This is what I have been hoping for decades, Donald Trump is the man!

March 16, 2017 8:35 pm

More good news from the new administration regarding AGW and I’m sure more to come. Probably every Fed organization will walk back on AGW. I expect my state….California…. to double down. I’m guessing Trump will allow state control over C02 but no more support or even recognition from the Fed level.

March 16, 2017 8:55 pm

Gives an answer to my question about NSB and NSF! Great!

Question: Regarding the NSB and NSF and it’s budget ….

Answer: … [cutting me off] “We’re not spending money on that anymore,”.

HOOOOO! Thank you!


March 16, 2017 8:59 pm

Play it again Sam. How sweet it is!

Brian H
March 16, 2017 11:06 pm

Worse than a “waste”, it is counter-productive spending.

Reply to  Brian H
March 17, 2017 11:32 pm

Absolutely often so. California as an example needs to be prepared to floods, drought, earthquakes etc but that’s not currently dealt with the climate programs which go for funding wind power, for example. Not efficient in helping with the problem at hand.

Donald Kasper
March 16, 2017 11:47 pm

Overall Federal cutbacks are about 4%. The media call this a catastrophe. In business, this is done commonly, and is called a ‘deadwood cleanout.” Such cuts in large corporations are done almost annually to get rid of nonperformers. Trump is following that business model.

March 17, 2017 12:58 am

What you didn’t show in that clip was her follow up question. Her head didn’t actually explode, and she didn’t mention climate change again – I actually saw this live on CNN.
I was truly surprised when her follow up question didn’t address this, a great moment for the skeptics here and elsewhere…

Warren Blair
March 17, 2017 1:06 am

Mick Mulvaney could have added “we encourage private enterprise to spend their money on climate change research”. “We also encourage investment managers to conduct detailed research prior to investing pension fund money in green investments”.

Warren Blair
March 17, 2017 1:39 am

How about this . . . Federal Government propose meeting of ‘green investors’ to form a private fund for climate change research. Invite the following ‘wealthy’ to attend and indicate their likely contribution to the fund:
Black Rock
Goldman Sachs
Generation Investment (Al Gore)
JP Morgan
Merrill Lynch
Morgan Stanley
Leonardo DiCaprio
Bill Gates
George Soros
Barack Obama
Etc . . .

Reply to  Warren Blair
March 17, 2017 7:23 am

To quote Glenn Reynolds: “Not enough opportunity for graft” THEREFOR it won’t fly as an idea even.

Darrell Demick (home)
Reply to  Warren Blair
March 17, 2017 9:18 pm

Part of the “etc”, The Rockefeller Foundation. IMO.

March 17, 2017 1:49 am

Should there be specific funding to dedicated bodies? or just allow physics students etc to do their research and projects during their education. A bit like all other areas of research: undergrad, grad school then post doc.

Along the way, the best of the students develop really good science, using the normal funding model for universities….

I was just reading: ‘Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman’ about the life and times of Feynman where he describes his route through higher education and research. How he and others developed the science we now understand and accept. – A good read.

Reply to  steverichards1984
March 17, 2017 5:44 am

Yeah, I took the door.

Ed Zuiderwijk
March 17, 2017 1:50 am

It is.

March 17, 2017 1:58 am

Well… the climate is always changing, right?

you keep telling me that.

so its changing now (even if it isn’t from human CO2 according to posters here)

but the US won’t know how its changing, because it just canned all the money spent observing that.

so if there is an ice age coming or a freeze or a return to more ice in the arctic, the US won’t have anyone studying or spotting that.

And so far there is no proof whaever of manipulation of climate data or that it isn’t warming or of any fraudulent activity. Because if there was, people should be in court to answer for it.

This gets shut down without proven cause.

(And do think how the US looks to the world in all this…)

[never mind the US, how do YOU look to the rest of us? -mod]

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Griff
March 17, 2017 9:09 am

1. We can never know how the climate is changing, only how it has changed in the past.
2. The changes are never uniform everywhere.
3. The changes can have various drivers, some short-term and others long, the most significant of which are the oceans and the sun.
4. Paleoclimatology is likely the most useful work that can be done with regard to attempting to understand climate.
5. The decision to view changes in climate, both now and in the past as being driven by CO2 has been an error of tragically and epically idiotic proportion.

Michael J. Dunn
Reply to  Griff
March 17, 2017 9:14 am

Oh, for Pete’s sake. I know when the climate is changing when I step out my front door and notice it has changed. When Puget Sound stops being cold and wet in the winter and warm and less-wet in the summer, then the climate will have changed. Until then, it just doesn’t make a bloody difference.

Reply to  Griff
March 17, 2017 10:35 am

What the US looks like to the rest of the world is only asked by people as insecure as teenager who has no self-esteem and needs to develop a sense of self and a backbone. Sadly, bullying and intimidation are encourage and weakness and submission are the recommended responses. A nation of non-thinkers subject to group-think and shaming.

(Last half of comment was apparently deemed unacceptable and the whole comment blows away.)

Robert from oz
Reply to  Griff
March 17, 2017 2:08 pm

Possibly one of your worst hypocritical posts I’ve bothered to read Griff , you won’t apologise to Susan even though you were wrong , 30 years of studying climate , untold billions spent and what do we have – theories , models , consensus ?
If they put the same resources into a cure for cancer , we would have probably cured it by now .
You ignore climategate files , you obviously have trouble with small numbers as in ph 8.1 is acidic to the likes of you , or have you homogenised the ph scale as well to fit your ideology .
We are not ideologically driven , we just call bullshit where we it and you are covered in it .

john harmsworth
Reply to  Griff
March 17, 2017 3:05 pm

As a Canadian I would say the U.S. is starting to look rational, Griff! Not something I’m used to but you should embrace it. It looks good on you!

michael hart
Reply to  Griff
March 17, 2017 4:49 pm

Griff, baby, we still have weather satellites and TV weather forecasters (many of them outrageously attractive).

We save up all the weather data and then, after a number years, we call it climate.

Darrell Demick (home)
Reply to  Griff
March 17, 2017 9:25 pm

Robert from oz, I would argue that it is more like untold TRILLIONS.

Skankhunt42, you are 100% correct, the climate has ALWAYS been changing, analysis of the geological record of the planet tells us that. And what we are experiencing in present day falls well within the range of normal climate patters of the past 600 million years. I am very glad that we saw a warming pattern from the late 1970’s to the late 1990’s, because cold kills way more people than heat does (17:1 ratio). And the (give or take) 20 year warming trend had more impact towards the polar areas than the equatorial area – remember a warmer planet is a more benign planet.

However I know, I know, I shouldn’t confuse you with facts ……

Reply to  Griff
March 18, 2017 7:19 pm

Griff’s feeling his oats again. I’m convinced he’s some part of a horse.

Tell you what, Griff. Channel 10’s weatherman out of Albany has a lot of “weather watchers” who call in their local temps every day from numerous towns in the viewing area. We’ll rely on them to collect data, if everything gets shut down, OK? It’s heavily Republican outside Albany, so not much worry about warmist bias. Other areas can do the same. What a network!

tony mcleod
Reply to  Griff
March 19, 2017 2:11 am

[never mind the US, how do YOU look to the rest of us? -mod]
Bullied frankly, something to be real proud of. Well done us.

March 17, 2017 3:13 am

I want to see the seminal paper in which it is demonstrated that accurate long range predictions in the phase space of deeply non-linear dynamical systems are now consistently accessible by numerical methods. Until we have that revolutionary piece of work climate modelling will continue to be equivalent to blindly shoving a pin into a 10^∞ dimensional phase space and hoping to get the correct answer. It is simply absurd. When I mention this severe limitation to the faithful they usually come back some time later and suggest that I probably haven’t heard of ‘sensitivity testing’ in model hindcasting or whatever and fondly imagine that in this banal statement they have somehow vaulted clean over the inherent unpredictability in non-linear dynamical systems.

There’s nothing wrong with having a shot at it and it can be highly instructive in formalising what you think you know about the system but to spend vast sums on the effort when you haven’t even demonstrated that what you are attempting to achieve is in fact even remotely possible in the first place and then go on to formulate astronomically expensive and destructive government policy on the outcome is the very definition of gibbering insanity.

stan stendera
Reply to  cephus0
March 17, 2017 6:07 am


Bruce Cobb
March 17, 2017 4:39 am

Climate spending is way worse than simply a waste of money, but I am loving the schadenfreude. Gang Green is finally getting its comeuppance.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 17, 2017 6:40 am


Aaron Watters
March 17, 2017 7:03 am

I’ve been in gov’t, big business, startups, non-profits — they all have people in them and their share of corruption. You will even find it in the Trump Whitehouse and the Kremlin (surprise!). And the Clinton quote above is False http://www.snopes.com/hillary-clinton-stupid-quote/ — please check Snopes next time. BTW, I’m a big fan of this site for years now. Keep up the good work.

Reply to  Aaron Watters
March 17, 2017 10:39 am

Is it okay if I check more than Snopes? I don’t really trust their conclusions.

(The quote is false, yes.)

Reply to  Sheri
March 20, 2017 5:16 am

Snopes is notoriously wrong. I treat them like Wiki – perhaps a good place to start, but never the final authority on the veracity of a question.

March 17, 2017 7:17 am

I think it would be useful to devote some funds to reproducing past papers in climate science and elsewhere. It would be handy to know which papers are correct and which are faulty.
After all it’s what you know which ain’t so that causes most trouble.

Kermit Johnson
March 17, 2017 7:28 am

Climate science is based almost entirely (in the words of a former NOAA researcher) on computer models. These models are curve-fit to historical proxy data using fudge factors. Each climate model has its own fudge factor – implying that it isn’t only the physics of the CO2 – water vapor relationship that is not known.

Accountability – without it, nothing works. If these climate scientists’ livelihoods were dependent on their making useful predictions (projections), this waste of money would be self-correcting.

That’s what I like about the markets. There is no “committee” that decides who is right and who is wrong.

Pamela Gray
March 17, 2017 8:23 am

No wonder all that money spread around to all the different agencies to target climate change ain’t worth much. The AGW science crowd, thanks to their fear…feckless leaders, nickle and dimed themselves to death.

Reply to  Pamela Gray
March 17, 2017 9:45 am

It was not about worth or efficiency. It was about reward and messaging spread across many agency outlets and budgets. That difference is hard to understand by most everyday working people. It does make sense to over reach political strategists with confidence they will not be caught or even called out by a friendly press community. It also has precedence in the Bill Clinton era of funded community organizations (Enterprise Communities) as payoff for get out the vote efforts. You know it’s targeted waste when they design and fund the entire giveaway govt. program with IG oversight excluded.

March 17, 2017 9:23 am

It’s about time.

March 17, 2017 10:59 am

Not sure the best way to embed a Twitter video . Maybe this :

Or this :

@JamilSmith Greatest 12 sec vid ever . Science & rationality finally crush the astoundingly ignorant determinedly innumerate statist herd— BobArmstrong (@BobArmstrong) March 17, 2017


In any case , greatest 12 sec vid ever .

March 17, 2017 1:42 pm

Don’t forget this unconstitutional piece of work.
-Consumer Financial Protection Bureau-

WSJ today
Justice Department Files Brief Arguing CFPB’s Structure is Unconstitutional
Department lawyers argue bureau’s structure creates separation-of-powers problems

March 17, 2017 2:50 pm

“A waste of your money ” Yep . Budget Director Mulvaney pure genius ! The easiest $Trillion dollars ever saved and wipe out the Obama “legacy ” at the same time . A win /win all round .
Mr .Mulvaney well done ! Long time coming but worth the wait . Too bad the money already blown on this heist can’t be returned to tax payers, but one step at a time .
The Science fiction is settled .

jim heath
March 17, 2017 3:03 pm

Isn’t it great when someone turns the light on.

March 17, 2017 5:29 pm

Bingo!!! Finally, someone is speaking the truth. Now turn that argument on Germany and get them to pay up for NATO.

Climate “Science” on Trial; Germany Builds Wind Farms While NATO Burns

March 17, 2017 5:48 pm

“Bingo!!! Finally, someone is speaking the truth. Now turn that argument on Germany and get them to pay up for NATO.”

Isn’t that pathetic! Germany pays only about half of its NATO dues. The U.S. pays almost twice as much as is required.

No more Uncle Sucker, world. Trump is in charge now, and Trump is going to insist that other nations play fair and pay their fair share. We do that, and we expect you to do the same.

How did we get so lucky as to get a Trump?! What a difference he makes! If you want to know what leadership is, you are looking at it with Trump. He’s a natural-born leader. He knows where he wants to go, and he knows how to get there, and he is undeterred. Just give him time.

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