MSM on Climate Hype: "the worst case is the only thing that prompts us to get anything done"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, telling the truth about climate doesn’t work. Hyping extreme climate scenarios is sometimes the only way to motivate climate action.

How Y2K offers a lesson for fighting climate change

Earlier this month, New York magazine published a riveting and frightening look at the future of the planet we call home.

Now that global warming is well underway, we are in for an apocalyptic awakening, and “parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century,” the writer, David Wallace-Wells, argues.

The article captured the public’s attention, quickly becoming the most-read piece in the magazine’s history. But many critics, including several climate scientists, argued that it was flawed because Wallace-Wells focused on the worst-case scenario, a pessimist’s take.

Why feed the public a too-bleak picture of the future? Why frighten people into action, rather than inspire them?

Because sometimes, the worst case is the only thing that prompts us to get anything done.

One popular misconception about Y2K is that it was a wasted effort. After all, when the clocks turned over on January 1, 2000, there were scattered problems, but the world didn’t end. And there is some evidence that money was misspent.

But several of the government and outside analysts who have studied the response – including the Senate task force – concluded that on the whole, the effort was justified, given what we knew about the bug beforehand, and especially considering the United States’ particular vulnerability to tech problems.

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People are not fools. It is one thing to argue a position, an entirely different thing to deliberately distort the truth.

The Y2K bug – as a software expert I was involved in fixing the problems. I was a Y2K alarmist – there just seemed to be far too many decrepit, decades old COBOL systems running core business processes, all hopelessly riddled with Y2K defects, written by people who had long since retired or died of old age. To my surprise the world didn’t end January 2000.

But it never occurred to me to deliberately exaggerate the problems I thought I saw, to try to panic people into acting.

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Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
July 21, 2017 9:13 pm

There is a need to counter such propaganda [paid] through:
1. Clearly defining what is climate and what is climate change
2. Clearly presenting data network over the land and over the globe
3. Clearly presenting on greenhouse gases data collection history
4. Location specific studies on the impacts of global warming [if any] and components of climate change
With out such actions, the groups will not stop sensationalisms.
Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

Reply to  Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
July 21, 2017 10:12 pm

Dr Reddy,
All these data are aready available. They just need to be analysed by scientific method.
If you are a scientist you will be aware of Karl Poppers writings on hypothesis’.
Here is Richard Feynman doing and explaining that to a freshman physics class probably at Princeton.

Here is some empirical evidence of actual climate temperatures and the results of modeling hypothesis’comment image
(Courtesy of website of June 4th, 2013 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. Former NASA Scientist. Sources of models and observations converted to linear trend for comparison annotated on graph)
It is not scientifically possible to prove a hypothesis correct, for example Einstein’s Hypothesis of General Relativity showed that explained Newton’s hypothesis’ did not quite explain everything, and it was through empirical evidence that did not support Newton. (
However it is possible to prove, as Einstein did, that a better hypothesis should be substituted, or in the case of AGW, the hypothesis should be thrown out completely because there is no empirical evidence that supports any part of it.
Climate “scientists” understand Karl Popper as well. This is why they will always stay away from proper debate about AGW.
However, if there is no empirical proof of the “Anthropogenic CO2 causes Global Warming” hypothesis we had better heed Richard Feynmans words in the above video.
We have wasted trillions on AGW so far, the UN being a prominent culprit and if there is overwelming doubt that the science is flawed, ( as I show above), the danger to the world’s people is economic not atmospheric.
Is this not the best way to reassure people about how “factual” AGW is?
This is the actual real science and we better all be getting used to it.

Reply to  rogerthesurf
July 21, 2017 10:35 pm

Yes, it is clearly possible to prove a hypothesis correct. If you know what is in bounds, out of bounds, and the boundary conditions, you cover all positive and negative cases. You can prove a negative if you know the boundary conditions, and easily so. If your model correctly predicts the appropriate outcomes then it is a strong model. The goal is not to disprove models, as that proves nothing. It can just be argued your conditions and test was not properly part of the model constraints. But a model that can accurately predict possible outcomes is a successful model. This makes the model useful for scientific work and sometimes for public policy. The reason why it is claimed models cannot be proven is that we accept poor models that cannot define boundary conditions. So in effect, we are trying to disprove shitty models. Well, okay, that is not hard to do. The purpose of science is not to prove anything. The purpose is to define conceptual models that can accurately explain the observations, and accurately predict future outcomes for a component of nature under study.

Reply to  rogerthesurf
July 21, 2017 11:23 pm

“The purpose is to define conceptual models that can accurately explain the observations, and accurately predict future outcomes for a component of nature under study.”
Certainly true Donald. A concise description.
Everything before that sentence can be safely ignored I think. The GCMs we’ve been served over the past 30 years don’t suit the purpose you describe. The hypothesis they embody is therefore rejected.

Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
Reply to  rogerthesurf
July 22, 2017 12:30 am

rogerthesurf — this is not what I presented in my observations?
Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

Reply to  rogerthesurf
July 22, 2017 5:15 am

The inimitable Feynman. Everything he wrote or said yields fruit after serious thought. This particular snippet is not from Princeton, however. It is from a series of talks, in the Messenger Series, he gave at Cornell in 1964, the year before his Nobel was awarded. He was a student at Princeton, but oddly enough had a little trouble getting in allegedly because some involved in the process thought “they had enough Jews” at Princeton. His thesis done under John Wheeler is still a good read. Another worthy read is his commencement address at Caltech in 1974 in which he discussed cargo cult science and wished the students the good fortune never to fall prey to it. The full Messenger talks are on youtube and the Caltech address is readily googleable.

Reply to  rogerthesurf
July 22, 2017 6:19 am

Indeed. I had “The Feynman Lectures on Physics” as a textbook when I studied electrodynamics back in the seventies. The only physics rextbook I ever encountered that it was a pleasure to read.

Reply to  rogerthesurf
July 22, 2017 10:39 am

Donald Kasper,
Proof only exists in mathematics and logic. It does not exist in science regarding theories. It is impossible to test every single negative and positive factor that could possibly exist. The boundaries are infinite.
Experiments demonstrate what is likely and unlikely, and no matter how highly likely or unlikely you can demonstrate that something is, according to the standards defined by science, it’s never embraced as conclusive “proof.”

Reply to  rogerthesurf
July 22, 2017 12:41 pm

No. It is not possible to prove a hypothesis correct.
Scientific and other hypotheses are induction, and there are no proofs for inductive propositions, only deductive ones.
That was Poppers whole point and indeed many other philosophers before.
We cannot even prove the sun will rise tomorrow. It just always has before…

Reply to  rogerthesurf
July 22, 2017 6:00 pm

Dr Reddy,
Of course you mentioned the key things, I have simply taken the liberty to point out that the necessary empirical data is now available making it possible to evaluate the hypothetical data produced from “Climate Models”.
Climate Models are in themselves hypotheses representing the “science” of how the climate is warming and no doubt collectively represent the complete theoretical frame work of AGW.
As you can see, no one has predicted the empirical results.
Therefore we now have a scientific basis upon which we can evaluate the value of the $billions worth of research on the subject.

Mike Rossander
Reply to  rogerthesurf
July 27, 2017 11:19 am

Donald, while you’ve got some good points about models, I have to correct your opening statement.
No, it is not possible to PROVE a hypothesis correct (outside the realm of pure mathematics) because you can never know that your list of what’s in bounds, out of bounds, the boundary conditions or all the positive and negative cases is complete. The most you can ever do is to demonstrate that your hypothesis is consistent with all the data KNOWN TODAY. For the same reason, it is not possible to prove a negative because it is beyond the human condition to perfectly know all the necessary boundary conditions.
We can, however, quite easily say that data X is inconsistent with hypothesis Y, therefore hypothesis Y is at best incomplete. And since computer models can be seen as a mathematical representation of the underlying hypothesis, a significant discrepancy between the model outcomes and the subsequent observations is evidence that the model (and probably the underlying hypothesis) are weak or wrong.

Reply to  rogerthesurf
July 27, 2017 7:06 pm

Mike Rossander,
That is about as clear and concise a summary of the point as I have seen, outside of Feynman’s little talk. The point is intimately familiar to those who work in the hard sciences such as physics (my particular field), chemistry or biology. When attention turns toward things that need to include “science” in the title to somehow associate the work with “science”, such as climate science, social science, or environmental science, the clarity seems to defocus a bit and the fundamental nature of comparing experiment with theory gets a bit loose. A charming example of the travails of the process in physics is the past few decades of work trying to tie down whether, via quantum entanglement, so called “spooky action at a distance” is a workable hypothesis. The experimentalists have been developing ever more sophisticated experiments to rule out a variety of possible external effects that may not be controlled in the previous experiments, that may have produced results consistent with spooky action at a distance, i.e. faster than light propagation of information, when in fact the hypothesis is false. One of the remaining unknowns is that thing we all liked to discuss late at night after drinking as students: does Free Will exist? A very interesting issue of how and whether, at the quantum level, the universe of the past influences effects in the present, down to the choices made by the observer, so that the outcome obtained was in fact caused by some uncontrolled past event influence. This meticulous pursuit to prove one’s hypothesis wrong is one serious lacking in some of the “sciences.”
Feynman again has wise input into that. He often said that one should be the best in the world at proving one’s own theories wrong, and the least expert at trying to show where they are right. One of his proudest statements was that he was (in his estimation) the world’s expert at proving his proposals wrong.

Reply to  Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
July 22, 2017 4:49 am

Dear Dr., let the sensationalists do as they do, please. Without this the climate hype undoubtedly ordered a much larger trailer. But even the stupidest one knows what intentions are behind it. Grimm’s fairy tale also takes no one for Bare Mint. It’s just a sleep-in for children ( and sometimes also adult).

Reply to  Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
July 22, 2017 7:14 am

New York magazine, per Wikipedia, has a circulation of roughly 406,000. The United States has a population of 330 million plus. Do the math to see how much “influence” this hyperbolic rag, mostly devoted to restaurant and fashion reviews, actually has–100% inside the bluest part of the Deep Blue Bubble. Last week I wrote about an acquaintance of that persuasion who was using that article to feed her depression–I swear that’s what more than half of the True Believers do. They are people who are unhappy, who are uncomfortable in the world as it is because their philosophy has taught them it *should* be otherwise. The fact that we don’t live in John Lennon’s “Imagine” doesn’t mean the world is ending–due to CO2 or anything else.

Reply to  Goldrider
July 22, 2017 8:00 am

They don’t even have a clue that what they are advocating is the DEFINITION of “Hellfire and Brimstone Religion”. Heck, country preachers have been building careers on this trick for centuries.

old white guy
Reply to  Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
July 22, 2017 7:47 am

by getting things done they mean one thing and one thing only, sucking the wealth out of every poor sucker who falls for this nonsense.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  old white guy
July 22, 2017 9:36 am

What needs to “get done” is some planning to adapt to what climate changes we could possibly experience, be it continued warming or a fall into colder times. A repeat of the MWP would certainly be easier to adapt to than a repeat of the LIA.

Reply to  Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
July 22, 2017 8:16 am

As one who has looked at and used numerous mathematical models for years of much simpler systems, there is one clear problem. I have not built the models but studied the output to gain an understanding of structures and chemical processes. Solid mechanics is now modeled well with Finite Element analysis but chemical reactions and fluid mechanics models are still questionable except to study changes in a particular variable. The fact that the models vary so dramatically from the data tells the entire story, they do not have the equations correct to make accurate predictions, and may never have them.
Mathematical models are of little use until you understand and verify all the physical behavior of the thermodynamics, chemistry and physics that the modelers need to build into their models.The system is just too complex to model because the knowledge of many of the fundamentals is unknown.
The reason the climate models fail so horribly is that there is no complete understanding of the factors mentioned above. As a skeptic in nature I seriously doubt such an understanding is possible because of the chaotic nature of the way weather and climate change beyond a very short timeframe,

RW Israel
July 21, 2017 9:15 pm

The bogey man WILL get you.

Reply to  RW Israel
July 21, 2017 10:20 pm


The Original Mike M
Reply to  RW Israel
July 22, 2017 8:13 am

… after the tax man is done with you.

July 21, 2017 9:15 pm

Translation: The truth is that the problem, if there is one, is rather mile and does not require immediate and drastic action. Therefore in order to motivate and justify immediate and drastic action we need to tell people lies.

Reply to  MikeM
July 21, 2017 9:16 pm

mild, not mile.

July 21, 2017 9:19 pm

So it’s OK for MSM to lie when it wants to manipulate people? And how do we know when it’s lying or not? Without cleart criteria the Precautionary Principle says to treat all its statements as lies.

Reply to  jon2009
July 21, 2017 10:32 pm

This really isn’t a new idea. When I was young (back in the 40’s) we had a saying; “believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see”.
In the era of CGI (The Avengers destroying New York City for example), that admonition is very generous.

Coach Springer
Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 5:29 am

I sat for an interview on the 28th floor of a building along the Chicago River marveling how well the city had recovered from its destruction by Transformers. (Well, the interview wasn’t going well and I was thinking to myself sarcastically.)

Reply to  jon2009
July 22, 2017 4:59 am

The MSM does not actually manipulate at all. They only transport their opinions on paper pages and on the screen. In the core, every reporting is a manipulation of what it is reading. Even the minstrels in the Middle Ages manipulated Burgfräuleins. However, Scare-Mongerer-Stories can only be used as a slumber since eternity, so no one is lured out behind the stove. Moritats were those stories that were least believed. And yet it was beautiful to hear, because it obviously touched the human primordial instincts, which assumed a hostile nature apart from their own fire place. For this reason, such stories do not touch me at all; on the contrary, they are helpful to those who are seriously concerned with the published opinion in climate matters

Reply to  Hans-Georg
July 22, 2017 5:29 am

Moritats were?
No idea what this means.
The idea you are conveying is that you believe they are justified in doing what they do?
If that is what you are saying, i completely disagree.
I think it is reprehensible and vile.
They scare children, who grow up hopeless, believing they are born into a dying world.

Reply to  Menicholas
July 22, 2017 6:14 am

“They scare children, who grow up hopeless, believing they are born into a dying world.” Got a friend who works as a rehabilitation counselor and has told us he sees this more and more, people under 30 who have absolutely no hope for the future. This is insidious, undermining a culture by destroying it’s children’s belief in and hopes for their own future.

Reply to  Hans-Georg
July 22, 2017 10:06 am

Could it be that Justin Trudeau, Gerald Butts and Catherine McKenna were all so successfully brainwashed as children that this is why Al Gore called Trudeau a “breath of fresh air” In reference to saving the Paris Agreements?
Check the ‘Globe and Mail’ for the actual video of this.

July 21, 2017 9:32 pm

The Sydney Morning Herald is not a bible of truth. Its just a bunch of leftist journalists trying to get a story together that makes them look good to their peers and hangs out the shingle to employment at the ABC (government). 90% would not be employed by News Corp. So the government is the only place left, (intellectually and actually). The blogs will slowly eat Fairfax. First the advertising, now the journalism.
The classified “rivers of gold” are long gone. Real estate is up for sale. Its up to those remaining to change. So far (twenty years) it has not happened. Just more and more cost cutting.

July 21, 2017 9:38 pm

The point of it all is to motivate climate action in the form of cutting fossil fuel emissions as a way of mitigating global warming.
But without empirical evidence that warming is related to emissions or that the rate of warming is responsive to the rate of emissions.

Reply to  chaamjamal
July 22, 2017 5:32 am

Anyone who thinks that global warming is at the root of this whole charade is kidding themselves or is not paying close enough attention.

Reply to  chaamjamal
July 22, 2017 12:22 pm

The point is the cutting of the use of fossil fuels it has nothing to do with climate, if it would have been cooling we would have been bombarded with messages about fine particles blocking the sun, and the fine particles come from?
One morning, long long ago, Margaret Thatcher looked out of the window of her London apartment and saw nothing but buildings turned black by coal soot and said: “let there be clean air.” (apart form the fact that the lost empire was further threatened by oil embargo’s)
I don’t agree with the methods and the waste of billions of dollars in “research” but the air in London, LA, New York, Amsterdam and Paris is cleaner then back in the 70’s. Beijing and Jakarta still have a long way to go.
In most (democratic) countries elections are won in the cities.
What the people in the cities want is what those in the country will get, it does not matter if it makes no sense to some, that is democracy.
Brainwash the majority for the perceived good of all.
But in the end, who can argue that it is more beneficial to breathe polluted air?

Smart Rock
Reply to  outtheback
July 22, 2017 4:24 pm

FYI outtheback – the use of coal for heating was progressively eliminated in London following the killer smog of 1951, and by the end of the 1960s, the air in London was cleaner (probably) than it is now. I know this, I was there. And the rail system, which had been a huge user of coal, was completely diesel or electric powered by 1968. Thatcher was opposed to coal because she didn’t like the miners’ unions and their politics, and by that time, the only substantive use of coal in the UK was for electricity generation. North Sea oil and gas made her anti-coal agenda feasible.
Actually, it was the labour-intensive underground coal mining that was phased out, and it probably would have been with of without any help from Mrs. T., just because of the cost. Open pit (open cast) coal mining continued, without the troublesome unions.
And BTW what was the point of your comment anyway? Did it relate to global warming and if so, how?
I’m feeling grumpy today. Need to get some more drugs in.

kokoda - the most deplorable
July 21, 2017 10:04 pm

As a young kid, I saw pictures of the Pied Piper with a bunch of children following behind. I never understood the reference, nor did I ask what it meant.
As an older adult, I am impressed how easy it is to affect the gullible minds of Adults. It is all due to politics – they know a few sound bites from their Pied Piper politicians; a belief without knowledge.

Reply to  kokoda - the most deplorable
July 22, 2017 5:08 am

But, there comes a time when the seduced child no longer believes his seducers, This time comes early enough in the youthful age. Therefore, all seduction methods are ineffective. There would be no revolutions and no revolt in the world, and there would not have been any. Not even a science would exist. Therefore, one should smile at these attempts. Man asks, as long as he lives and somehow in his life comes this phase of the questioning.

Reply to  Hans-Georg
July 22, 2017 5:34 am

Ok, now this I agree with.
I misinterpreted what you were saying in the comment above.

Reply to  Hans-Georg
July 22, 2017 7:58 am

Just think back; “If you don’t quit that, you’ll go blind!!!!” never worked on anyone, did it?

Leonard Lane
July 21, 2017 10:06 pm

So the whole point of the Greens/progressives/leftists is to lie about climate change and other things the like or hate because the truth does not cause enough alarm? Sounds like one good definition of fake news.
Readers should exercise their options: 1) don’t read anything the MSM leftists write or broadcast, 2) read or listen if they must but don’t believe anything you read or hear, of 3) avoid the lies and read and listen to only those news sources you know are conservative.

Reply to  Leonard Lane
July 22, 2017 1:52 am

I read the Guardian all the time, the most left wing MSM one could imagine, then I come here to check their ludicrous claims, which are always rubbish.
But I find it useful to understand what the socialists are up to.

Reply to  HotScot
July 22, 2017 5:37 am

I find it distressing, because I see otherwise intelligent adults that are completely misled and down the rabbit hole.
A great deal of time, money and effort is being directed towards what is at the very least wasteful, and at worst extremely harmful to actual scientific advancement.
It is by far the worst thing to ever happen since the enlightenment.

Mike Maguire
July 21, 2017 10:07 pm

Just a real life version of “the boy who cried wolf”
Crying “Climate Change Wolf” will likely backfire in the long run because the earth is greening up while we experience the best weather and climate for life in at least 1,000 years.
With the disparity between the real world and broken speculative models growing and the climate wolf still not here after 2 decades of alarming, people are more likely to stop believing their is a climate wolf. Telling them that the wolf is bigger and badder than they thought before, when the climate animal that has actually showed up so far, bears closer resemblence to a lamb is not going to convert more believers.
Being honest about the authentic science is the best way…..but then it destroys the reasoning to justify immediate and costly actions.
Quite the dilemma. Either greatly exaggerate for the cause…..or be completely honest.

Reply to  Mike Maguire
July 21, 2017 10:24 pm

Beat me to it Mike. (and did it with a hell of a lot more eloquence… ☺) i think that if they really want to push an agenda here, they ought to do it honestly AND couple it with the real scare story — that fossil fuels are finite and they need to be conserved and ultimately replaced. That’s the way to do it. All else will ultimately fail as evidenced by the big collective yawn that society on the whole has given to AGW theory. Kindle in people a consciousness of real threats, not imagined ones. That may not ultimately work either, but i think it’s the least worst and most responsible way to go…

Reply to  afonzarelli
July 22, 2017 2:24 am

There’s no desperate hurry over fossil fuels; they still have a few centuries to go. But yes, they are finite and sooner or later we will need to find replacements, most obviously to fuel transport systems.
We should be able to do this if we haven’t totally impoverished ourselves financially and scientifically by diverting efforts from productive research into the Cult of Climate Change.

Reply to  afonzarelli
July 22, 2017 5:39 am


Another Ian
Reply to  Mike Maguire
July 22, 2017 12:30 am

The real danger IMO is the disrepute being smeared over all of science.
What then if the wolf comes from something other than climate change?

Reply to  Another Ian
July 22, 2017 5:41 am

Actual problems that are imminently solvable are being ignored.
Completely ignored.
Nothing useful is being accomplished at this point…it is 100% counterproductive.
Warmistas should be rounded up and run out of public life on a rail.
Many deserve to be jailed.

Reply to  Mike Maguire
July 22, 2017 6:31 am

Does anyone ever teach “The Boy that cried wolf”? I would think that would be forbidden as reading in schools. The goal now is to cry wolf. I’m also thinking “chicken little” is outlawed. Both go against the mantra.

Reply to  Mike Maguire
July 22, 2017 12:57 pm

I disagreed with a later post you made, and practically called you a lukewarmer loser.
However this earlier July 21 10:07pm post I 100% agree with.
Do you have a ghostwriter?

Mick In The Hills
July 21, 2017 10:10 pm

Like you Eric, I was responsible for a very large COBOL legacy financial system that had many ‘tack-ons’ over its 25+ year life.
Our testing revealed no Y2K issues, but my team and I conspired to scare our board into approving a significant budget that we used to get a shedload of backlogged issues fixed.
Noble cause corruption at its finest.

Reply to  Mick In The Hills
July 22, 2017 3:43 am

There’s another shot at clock based Armageddon…
With Unix time in 2038:

Reply to  unknown502756
July 22, 2017 5:18 am

Yeah, well we got 20 years to replace all those intrusive little devices using that system, and if worst case CAGW is true or an asteroid hits us … well maybe we won’t need to. LOL

Reply to  unknown502756
July 22, 2017 5:45 am

At once every several tens of millions of years, a major asteroid strike is far down the list.
Earth directed coronal mass ejection, mega tsunami, Tambora-scale volcanic eruption…there are many actual disasters that will occur on a more relatable and relevant time scale.
The scientific world fiddles while…

Reply to  Mick In The Hills
July 22, 2017 6:30 am

I have a funny feeling that there are still a few COBOL systems out there somewhere that could bring a few genuine software graybeards out of retirement. 🙂
But when it comes to software threats, I would look at the current crop of so-called Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Most if not all of these cheap “connected” light bulbs, refrigerators, baby monitors, cars, etc. have little or no security, and can be hacked with little effort. And when they are hacked, most of what’s available on their network can be compromised. Most cannot have their software updated, so in about 5-10 years, look out below…

Reply to  Mick In The Hills
July 22, 2017 11:46 am

The spending on Y2K was so high because so many smarmy CIOs used the “crisis” as an opportunity to buy new software or hardware that was not needed specifically for Y2K.
They had an incentive to keep outsiders believing Y2K issues were more dangerous than they really were.
The result was a boom in technology company sales — causing and the tech stock bubble — then a 50% down bear market — and much more than 50% down for tech stocks.

July 21, 2017 10:10 pm

Emphasizing the worst case is highly irresponsible considering that even the IPCC’s ‘best case’ is worse than what the physics and data can support.

Reply to  co2isnotevil
July 21, 2017 10:46 pm

“Never engineer for the worst case” is a fundamental axiom of engineering. You’d think they’d teach that, even to railroad engineers in India.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 5:47 am

Heck, even when they inadvisably and irresponsibly rebuilt New Orleans in lace and at massive cost, they only did so in a way which will provide protection from a cat 4 storm.
And a cat 5 direct hit is predictable and only a matter of time.

July 21, 2017 10:12 pm

Has the Sydney Morning Herald never heard of the story of the little boy who cried “wolf”?

July 21, 2017 10:16 pm

Yes, climate change alarmism is a scam. Watch State of California Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown fulminate about it. (Sorry no link).

Reply to  dmurray
July 21, 2017 10:51 pm

Fulminate? I’d have said “crater”. I honestly think Brown s going down with the ship. California is about to go through a radical political “cleansing”. There are people with money in California and I’m pretty sure they’ve lost faith in the Green Machine that was supposed to bring another era of economic abundance (think Solyndra).
It’s been more than 10 years of pain and suffering with no results. Jerry can keep the band playing awhile longer and he can certainly re-arrange the deck chairs, but he’s going down and California isn’t going to take that lightly.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 5:16 am

Do you really think CA can change?
They have the largest collection of leftists and people on the dole…I am not seeing it change.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 5:20 am

Bankruptcy tends to provide a clearer vision of the future of buying trendy items …

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 5:49 am

Something dramatically awful and foreseeable and preventable will have to occur to snap those fools out their delusions.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 6:34 am

Wayne: What are the consequences of state bankruptcy? A check from the federal government to cover the losses? I can’t see a downside to that.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 10:02 am

Sheri – usually the installation of auditors and overseers and the loss of jobs for a few politicians and bureaucrats and loss of programs. Loss of control – and that’s what these folks are about – control.
There are effects that ripple through the region and beyond. California is bigger than many countries. The effect would be felt throughout the US, investors would run for shelter, house prices would fall, services would fall – as happened in Orange County.
Playing with fire, they are.
Here is a comtemporaneous article:

The close overlap between county investment losses and the drop in real estate value indicates a foresighted real estate market that accurately forecasted the eventual increases in taxes and decreases in government services.”

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 10:44 am

Doug asks: “Do you really think CA can change?”
Certainly. I wasn’t born in CA but I’ve lived here on and off since 1965. I’ve watched California change from a largely conservative (classical liberal) agricultural/technology based economy to what you see today. California’s success has been its failure; money attracts opportunists of all stripes and only some of them are productive. The state has suffered from “wealth guilt” and it’s drowning in the economic equivalent of “white fat”, that visceral junk everyone develops around the midriff after 55.
Yes, California can change, I’ve seen it. I sincerely believe we’re witnessing the end of a parasitic super-cycle that’s been in progress since 1975.
This too will pass.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 10:52 am

Sheri asks: “What are the consequences of state bankruptcy?”
Wayne did a great job answering that, but I’d like to add that a default by California wouldn’t just have local consequences, it would erode the credibility of the entire country. Fr this reason alone Trump needs to become far more involved in controlling California’s politics.
If California were to default, the impact on the credit rating of the US would be significant. Not catastrophic necessarily since the US luxuriates in the sole right to print the world’s reserve currency, but even that could change. I surmise that, in the event of a default by California, it would change. Naturally that would lead to the ascendance of the second largest currency in the world; China.
If California is allowed to fail, the United States will quickly become a chattel of China, effectively ending US world hegemony. We have to ask ourselves if California really is “the enemy within” and exactly what we can do about it?

July 21, 2017 10:20 pm

Many parts of the Earth are already uninhabitable. This is why it makes much more sense to terraform Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Most of Colorado and West Texas instead of this stupid plan to colonize Mars.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 21, 2017 10:20 pm

Oh and let’s not leave out places like Death Valley. Barstow comes to mind…

George Tetley
Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 8:26 am

Ah, L.A.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 10:55 am

And L.A. 🙂
I regret to say I’d have to add San Diego at this point also. I remember San Diego as a real paradise lost.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 21, 2017 10:23 pm

Utah. We shouldn’t forget Utah. Eastern Washington. Central Oregon.
There are lot’s o places on Earth that could use some TLC. After we’re done with them we can worry about Mars. Or what might happen to north Africa if the climate here “changes”.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 8:33 am

The basin-and-range topography of Nevada and eastern Utah would be ideally suited to flooding with seawater from the Pacific Ocean. The basins have no outlets so any seawater you put in will evaporate and fall as rain and snow in the Colorado River basin. The increased flow of the Colorado would be tapped for more electric generating capacity at Hoover and Glen Canyon dams and more irrigation and urban water for the southwest. Additionally, increased flow from the the upper Colorado and its tributaries on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains could be tapped for diversion to the areas east of the continental divide.
Most of the flooded basins are under 6000 feet elevation. Flooding just the ancient lake Bonneville would make a huge contribution to rain and snowfall in eastern Utah and western Wyoming.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 10:59 am

Franke, that makes a lot of sense to me. It’s geo-engineering writ large though and it would never make it by the Luddites (what I often call the “eco-loons”).
Anything that might make life on Earth better for humans will automatically be rejected by the Church of Gaia.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 6:24 am

That would require more rain. The only feasible way to get this is more evaporation from the tropical oceans, which requires a warmer climate. Unfortunately the only known method to warm the Earth (more GHG) doesn’t seem to work.

Roger Knights
Reply to  tty
July 22, 2017 7:26 am

“That would require more rain.”
Or some big pipelines from Canada.

Tom Halla
July 21, 2017 10:20 pm

Credibility is their stock in trade. If they lose that. ..

Reply to  Tom Halla
July 22, 2017 5:50 am


Reply to  Tom Halla
July 22, 2017 6:35 am

I think that credibility was dumped long ago. Now they just pound on everyone that they are “authorities” and cannot be questioned.

Paul r 22.7.10
July 21, 2017 10:23 pm

Doesnt matter what story they tell, people will get tired and bored of it. Trying to save the planet for what may happen in 80 yrs time will never gel. People are more worried about their jobs, how to pay the next electricity bill etc. How is sacrificing this generation suppose to help the next?

Reply to  Paul r 22.7.10
July 21, 2017 10:59 pm

“How is sacrificing this generation suppose to help the next?”
The Malthusian mindset tells us that by sacrificing the current generation, we inhibit growth of the next generation. The purpose is therefore served.
The truth is this is a worthy goal. I was raised during a time that zero population growth was both desirable and feasible. I had two children who have both succeeded in living to their majority and becoming useful members of society, but in general my culture is breeding below its replacement rate.
That’s great, but it isn’t being promoted in the third world, and so the result is we’re being overwhelmed by barbarians at the gates.
How will that be reconciled? How will the first world prevent the third world from outbreeding and overwhelming civilization? That’s the real problem we leave to our children, and it has absolutely nothing to do with “climate change”.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 21, 2017 11:56 pm

[Same ideas may be conveyed with less offensive terminology~ctm]

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 5:53 am

[You’re on the right track, but I’m eliminating the language of that discussion, which was (not you) offensive~ctm]

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 7:49 am

And that, in a nutshell, is what this is ALL about. It’s Agenda 21, IPCC, etc. The goal is to give money and jobs to the third world at the expense of the first world, so that we’re all on an even, civilized, playing field. I’m not a fan, but this is the noble cause that drives all this BS.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 5:19 pm

Sorry about that, Charles… i’m not sure what, if anything, in my comment was found to be offensive. In fact, my comment was intended to be a polite rebuttal to bartleby’s “barbarians at the gate” (which, no doubt, IS offensive). While not trying to knock his observation, i merely offered what i see as a solution to his justifiable fears. A solution which we have been fortunate to see played out with the successful rise of the black middle class here in america. No intent to offend here. As well, i defend your right to moderate as you see fit. Blogs are monarchies. (and blogs should be run however a blog owner sees fit)…

July 21, 2017 10:40 pm

One thing I’ve noticed; the overarching goal of the cAGW threat, which is to unify the planet under a one world government, is actually working in a weird, unintended and most certainly backhanded way.
It doesn’t take long for a person reading the commentary on these very pages to realize there are like minds all over the planet. I’ve noticed there’s a very obvious lack of representation by China and SE Asia on this site, but it’s clear North, South and Central America along with pretty much all of Europe, much of the Middle East and Africa, not to mention Australia, all have collectively and very vocally banded together to reject the AGW hypothesis.
There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of organization, but I think its safe to say the cAGW hypothesis has served to join many different cultures all over the planet in rejecting it.
I think that’s promising.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 5:55 am

Pretty much all of Europe?
I do not see that at all.
The Europeans seem to have embraced CAGW with both arms, and shown few signs of being awake to what is occurring.

Reply to  Menicholas
July 22, 2017 12:54 pm

You have to admit there’s European representation on this site, some of it both well educated and compelling. Until very recently it could have been said there was no serious disagreement on the subject of cAGW in the US based on the behavior of its Federal government.
There appears to be active decent in the areas I mentioned, I believe there’s an active debate. I don’t get that feeling about China or most of the “east”.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 6:25 am

Too bad the Chinese government blocks the Chinese peoples’ access to the western internet.
I can understand why they do it because differing opinions might upset their political narrative. The Chinese government is just like every other radical Left/totalitarian group: They don’t want to have a debate, they want their political opposition to shut up and be silent.

July 21, 2017 10:54 pm

This is a perfect example of how much these useful idiots are divorced from rational reasoning.
They know for sure that they are distorting the truth, but justifying it with the noble cause of saving the world. It totally fails them that the only “evidence” the world must be saved is based on their own propaganda lies.

Leonard Lane
Reply to  TheDoctor
July 22, 2017 6:16 am

Yes Doctor. The 2016 election is a good example. The left wanted Hillary to win so much that used fake news and fake or biased polls to show she was way ahead. Over the months the leftists began to believe there fake news and corrupted polls. The result was that Hillary didn’t campaign in some key battleground states, or only made a mimimum final effort because all the leftist polls showed she was way ahead. And, all the MSM were pumping out fake news that she would win big. They came to believe their own lies and lost the election. JUSTICE with a capital J that your evil comes back to haunt you.
Truth is always better than lies.

Reply to  Leonard Lane
July 22, 2017 12:05 pm

The 2016 election polls were not fake.
No organization wants to publish polls that are wrong.
Any poll that incorrectly boosts a candidate could hurt him — as some marginal / lazy / busy supporters decide to skip voting for him because they assume he’ll win their state even if they stay home.
The polls were wrong for several unintentional reasons:
(1) Trump fans were reluctant to admit they planned to vote for him.
The reluctance was because leftists were so hostile to Trump supporters.
So Trump supporters refused to respond to polls or lied.
They were also reluctant to put Trump signs on their lawn or car.
I know a few people who were so reluctant to admit they voted for Trump that I just found
out about a few that voted for him IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS — one, a very close friend of my wife,
admitted it just last week, and wanted the wife to tell no one else. Of course she did tell me.
(2) It’s easier to predict the popular vote, which most polls got correct, than to predict the electoral college and the number of “faithless” electors.
I bet on Trump and won only because I got two to one odds.
The bet was much smaller than my usual $20 bet.
I had little confidence in him winning.
(and I wouldn’t vote for a Clinton running for local dogcatcher).

Reply to  Richard Greene
July 22, 2017 4:04 pm

Your opinion and shared by some. My opinion is today’s MSM is bought and paid for to blatantly do the owner’s bidding and they choose the message they desire to propagate with hopes of capturing people that don’t know any better and that they are being duped to go along with the crowd. Didn’t work this time with the Presidential election though….. did it 🙂

Hilary Ostrov (aka hro001)
July 21, 2017 10:55 pm

Interestingly, in a discussion of his new book Everybody Lies: What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are,

What can we learn about ourselves from the things we ask online? US data scientist Seth Stephens‑Davidowitz analysed anonymous Google search results, uncovering disturbing truths about our desires, beliefs and prejudices

via (of all places!) the U.K. Guardian, one finds in the Q. & A. section (my bold -hro):

When Trump became president, all my friends said how anxious they were, they couldn’t sleep because they’re so concerned about immigrants and the Muslim ban. But from the data you can see that in liberal parts of the country there wasn’t a rise in anxiety when Trump was elected. When people were waking up at 3am in a cold sweat, their searches were about their job, their health, their relationship – they’re not concerned about the Muslim ban or global warming.

Amazing, eh?!

Reply to  Hilary Ostrov (aka hro001)
July 21, 2017 11:07 pm

Encouraging I’d say. I’d interpret those results as demonstrating “enlightened self-interest”, a fundamentally liberal philosophy born in the Renaissance and supported in the Reformation. It’s the foundation of the US Constitution.

July 21, 2017 11:00 pm

Behold the Journ-O-List!
Limbaugh often mentioned interview statistics showing the number one reason by far, given by journalism students in answer to the question “why do you want to become a journalist?:
“To change the world.”
The answer “to bring the truth to light” was a very, very distant second place.

Reply to  g2-9ed9acc685824c6663c51c5b093476cc
July 21, 2017 11:11 pm

That’s a terrifying result. I can only hope there was something wrong with the survey.
It indicates journalism has lost its objectivity completely and become pure activist propaganda. I somehow doubt Limbaugh actually ran that survey personally, if not, do you recall a source? If so, I think it’s thankfully meaningless.

Leonard Lane
Reply to  Bartleby
July 22, 2017 6:24 am

On the contrary I think the result is self evidently true. MMS is hopelessly biased and consider being unbiased as failing to support the cause.

Mike Maguire
Reply to  g2-9ed9acc685824c6663c51c5b093476cc
July 22, 2017 2:08 am

Interesting. I worked as chief meteorologist at a local CBS station in Indiana fro 11 years under 4 news directors. The best one and by far the most ethical one, after 2 years, had a meeting with his 2 dozen of us employees to tell us that he had just resigned. He said basically what your source had indicated g2. He got into the biz to change the world but knowing him, “to bring to light to truth” was right up there too.
Which was why he had just resigned. For the past 2 years it had been made clear by his bosses and the owner/corporate that their objective was to increase profits and the ONLY way to do that was to increase ratings……which was the metric being used to judge his performance.
His wife had been making a high 6 figure salary with Bristol the time and she had also resigned. The 2 of them had signed up to work in an organization that trained previously communist countires(this was the late 1980s) in Europe to work a democratic system. The pay was basically cost of living.
I had heard that 2 decades later, that he was back in Indiana working in a different city as news director. Not sure what that meant but at our tv station, during his tenure, he showed that shing the light of truth did not match up with the objective of top management.
There were regular focus group results and ratings discussed with us. It was made crystal clear that our jobs depended on ratings and come contract renewal time, management would show us the negative stuff to negotiate down what our worth was. I had a good friend that was head of production that shared their most comprehensive set of reach with me in 1985, days before my 3 year contract was up.
It showed that I was tied at number 1, with the very popular news anchor from the number 1 rated station in our market(we were number 2).
Management had not shared this with and by the way they were treating me, I told my buddy that I was worried they were not going to renew my contract. His response exactly was “You have them by the balls”
Having this info, inspired me to contact the other station. They were not interested in me but when I went into negotiations for a new contract I could use this. The general manager offered to renew my contract at the same salary I was hired in for 3 years ago, not sharing the very favorable research my buddy informed me about. I immediately told them that our competition had contacted me and we had been discussing me working their. They acrually took me out to dinner one night but their general manager was more interested in finding out information/future strategies about our station from me, I actually couldn’t answer most of his questions if I wanted too and was just going to use the meeting to boost my negotiating power.
When hearing of this meeting, our general manager immediately kicked me out of his office and called me a traitor. He wanted me to think that I might be fired now. He did not know that I knew about the research that showed our station was only number 1 in weather but number 2 in news and would make sense sense to him that our competition would try to steal the number 1 meteorologist.from his station. This was before rewrote the non compete clause in our contracts to make the more enforceable.
So I knew that he would be calling me back in. This time, with an offer to increase my salary 10K, which I turned down, knowing that I would still be getting much less than the 2 low rated new anchors. Up until that time in my life I hadn’t cared much about money but had just married-1985 and am still happily married-and we were starting a family,
So I got kicked out again in a way that was meant to intimidate me. The 3rd time I went in, things were different. Now the GM suddenly was appreciating me and was trying to work corporate to get as much money as he could for me. I turned down the 3rd offer, not sure if I could work them 1 more time.
The 4th time we met, I knew that was it. The news, who was there each time, now was getting ticked off. When he jumped and and said I’m thru dicking around, we want your answer right now.
I told him I would need to discuss it with my wife and he ushered me into his office and said, “there’s the phone, call her now, as he waited outsiide the closed door. She had no idea what had been going on that same day.. When she answered I said, “guess what. I just doubled my salary!” And was trying to control my laughter so the news director would not hear me.
When I came out and told him my wife was good,with this offer his face lit up and we went back to tell the GM and both of them went on about how happy they were to have me on board for another 3 years………never having a clue that I would have signed for half that amount until my buddy shared the “secret” research with me.
Sorry for the excessive length of this post.

Reply to  Mike Maguire
July 22, 2017 6:02 am

Corporate journalism is not journalism anymore.
That model has failed.
Even those running “science” are now more concerned with money that the truth.
Witness the official position of major scientific organizations, vs the views of the members themselves.
Those at the top are corrupted.
Plain and simple.

Mike Maguire
Reply to  Mike Maguire
July 22, 2017 8:01 am

Sorry also about the numerous grammatical, spelling and other errors(as if somebody is keeping score).
Had surgery on both eyes yesterday(cut and tightened the outside muscles) for worsening severe double vision that was no longer controlled with prisms. It was sort of stupid to be typing a long winded post that I would not even read myself.
However, it actually shows how we often feel this need to state things on our minds……….almost compulsively at times in a public forum that no longer features face to face human interaction. This applies across the board at a gazillion other forums, on both sides of the political and climate change isles.
And we do our posting at the site that has the most people just like us, just like we use our favorite media source that lines up with our, often personal and biased belief system.
And we always, quickly recognize bias or perceived bias in everybody that states things that contradict our views…….just as they do the same with us. It has morphed into a new group think sort of reality that defines each side……..almost like 2 college football rivals playing each other.
MOST OF the spectators following that game closely, come in to it, closely aligned with one or the other team. They root for their team to win and throughout the game, view results, including individual plays with tunnel vision…… they help or hurt their side.
The ones that might see everything the most objectively in such a football game and don’t care who wins……….are probably not watching the game. The refs in a football game are one notable exception.
In similar fashion, many root for and interpret political and scientific “facts” based on whether it helps or hurts the side they align with.
With regards to climate change(which is synonymous with “human caused” climate change), we are told that the refs are the IPCC, world governments and (97% of) climate scientists that often work for and our funded by those governments. Not by coincidence every one of those authoritative bodies, represents only one side.
This would be like Michigan playing at Ohio State/in Columbus, OH on Saturday and Ohio State to picking its own very experienced refs that also are die hard Ohio State fans that have money bet on Ohio State to win the game.
As the refs interpret calls in favor of their team during the game, Michigan spectators are called “Deniers” for questioning the expert calls. When video replay shows bad calls(like climate models being too warm) the refs, ignore this evidence, make no adjustments and instead, defend their call on the field.
When somebody like Trump gets elected, maybe one or more of the Ohio State refs is replaced. OSU claims that it’s a UM ref that makes all their calls in favor of UM.
One huge difference with regards to the climate change. One side claims to have everything for everyone to gain or lose with their position and is willing to go to some extremes and exaggerations in order to generate more support. This is the same as justified lying. The other side does have its real deniers who state silly things like the earth is not warmer or there is no greenhouse effect. However, the true deniers on that side represent a tiny fraction, compared to the justifiable liars on the other side.
Somehow, all those inside these extremes just cannot see things half way………except for people like me, the “Luke Warmers”. We believe almost everything that the extremists believe about CO2 with one tiny exception. We think the global climate models are too warm and the effect of CO2 is amplified too much…………maybe 50% too much. Maybe is the operative word and with rock solid scientific evidence to support the maybe.
One side will not budge or adjust from their position and are willing to make it even more extreme in order to prompt(political) action. I don’t know of any legit Luke Warmers that do the opposite with gusto………or they would no longer be Luke Warmers.
It’s clear, of all the climate science groups, which one has the more scientifically honest, objective position. The Luke Warmers. There are few in such a group in college football stadiums on Saturdays in the Fall………people that don’t care who wins but just cane to watch a game that’s called fairly by the refs.
And that’s the way that climate science ought to be.

Reply to  Mike Maguire
July 22, 2017 12:43 pm

To Mike Macfuire regarding your later comment on July 22 at 8:01am
You like the lukewarmers.
I disagree.
They are the worst of all !
(1) The CO2 is Evil Cult makes ridiculous end-of-life-on-Earth predictions with no scientific backup, that are easy to dismiss as nonsense. They’ve been making the same wrong predictions for 30 years, based on a false belief that CO2 controls the climate (at least the average temperature).
(2) The skeptics say no one knows what the future climate will be, which is correct based on the very limited knowledge of what causes climate change.
(3) The lukewarmers say CO2 does control the climate but is not dangerous.
Some say there are natural climate changes too, but CO2 is still important.
They should say they don’t know what the future climate will be, but often say
CO2 will cause modest warming.
The truth is no one knows what the future climate will be.
The climate since the age of man made CO2 began in 1940 has had three
different trends . . Two of the three trends do not support the claim that
rising CO2 must cause warming:
  (a) Negative correlation of CO2 and temperature 
from 1940 to 1975, 
   (b) Positive correlation of CO2 and temperature 
from 1975 to 2000, and 
   (c) No correlation of CO2 and temperature 
from 2000 to 2015.
You may have been a popular well paid TV meteorologist,
but your knowledge of climate change is low …
and you just don’t realize that yet.
Lukewarmers are dangerous because they are trying to please everyone,
and are often smarmy about how logical, moderate and intelligent they are.
The exact causes of climate change are unknown.
Thats why climate models make wrong predictions.
30 years in a row of wrong predictions so far.
That falsifies the GCMs — they are failed prototypes
— not real models of a well known process.
If CO2 really controlled the climate, it would be easy
to make accurate average climate predictions.
Where are the accurate climate predictions?
“Meteorologist Mike Maguire, a commodities trader in Evansville, Indiana
who uses weather data to make buys in the world’s markets.”
Stick to weather reports and commodities trading — good luck with both.
The future climate is impossible to predict
… yet that doesn’t stop lukewarmers.
Don’t they teach that in meteorologist school ?
My climate blog for non-scientists:
Don’t bother reading — you already know “everything”

Jeff Labute
July 21, 2017 11:10 pm

So, he was a Y2K alarmist and the world didn’t end. You’d think he’d have learned something. Y2K was a non-issue and alarmists didn’t understand the complex man-made system that is 10,000x simpler than the climate.

Reply to  Jeff Labute
July 21, 2017 11:19 pm


Patrick MJD
Reply to  Jeff Labute
July 22, 2017 1:28 am

The Y2k problem (6 registers instead of 8 to record a date) is infinitely less complex than the climate on this rock.

July 22, 2017 12:16 am

The media assumes something needs doing. Of course the media is always beating on drums of some kind. Over 100 years of madness should be enough to make anyone a skeptic.

Roger Knights
Reply to  4TimesAYear
July 22, 2017 7:35 am

“The media assumes something needs doing. Of course the media is always beating on drums of some kind.”

Liberals have 100 tails and they chase them all.
—H.L. Mencken

Another Ian
July 22, 2017 12:36 am

Seems to fit this thread IMO
“Climate bargain, going cheap! Pay now, save $Trillions, stop Storms, Droughts, Bad Stuff. Ends today!”

Reply to  Another Ian
July 22, 2017 8:00 am

The most powerful motivator of all is FEAR. Marketers use fear as a motivator as often as they can. They present a scenario they hope will invoke our sense of fear. Then they show us a solution – a path back to our comfort zone – that entails using their product or service. Fear is used to sell virtually everything: cars, tires, life insurance, and now global warming.
Nothing new to see here folks – move along.

Alan Ranger
July 22, 2017 12:40 am

Typical SMH garbage. A genuine comparison to Y2K would go something like this:
– We had concerns over a bug which … [explanation]
– We let dates roll over to Y2K on a multitude of computers and found minimal effect.
– We rephrased the problem and proved it was even worse than we thought.
This didn’t happen with Y2K. But it has been happening for 30 years with C6.
(C6 = Capitalist Caucasian Caused Catastrophic Climate Change)

Reply to  Alan Ranger
July 22, 2017 1:51 am

The computer companies made an absolute MOTZA out of the Y2K scare.

Reply to  Alan Ranger
July 22, 2017 6:04 am

Alan, you left out the “male” part.

Leonard Lane
Reply to  Alan Ranger
July 22, 2017 6:37 am

No Alan. Unscrupulous leftist one worlders in the U.N. and self appointed elite seek world government. Global warming then climate change are only the means to tyranny. Your racist and socialist c6 is nonsense.

Alan Ranger
Reply to  Leonard Lane
July 22, 2017 9:16 am

Please inform the UN to therefore include non-capitalist and non-Caucasian countries on an equal basis in the economically punitive emissions derived from their “science”. When I see equitable treatment of all emitters for what is supposedly a global issue, I will reduce it to C3 … which is still nonsense.

Reply to  Alan Ranger
July 22, 2017 12:50 pm

C8 = Capitalist Caucasian CO2-Caused Coming Climate Change Catastrophe
Can anyone top C8 ?

Reply to  Richard Greene
July 23, 2017 1:53 am

Cult of the Capitalist-Caucasian-Created Catastrophic Carbon-Caused Climate Calamity

Old Grey Badger
July 22, 2017 12:49 am

I have to disagree about Y2K Eric. Even in 1999 I knew a lot of people who said “Y2K is a million dollar problem that got turned into a billion dollar industry.” In the case of AGW, replace the “b” with a “t”.

Reply to  Old Grey Badger
July 22, 2017 3:22 am


michael hart
July 22, 2017 12:54 am

The problem with too many people who think the end justifies the means, is that they are generally not very good at considering all the ends, not just some of the ends. Some end-point in our future is always somebody else’s start-point. Fortunately, we don’t currently live in a world where the majority think it is acceptable to tell any lie necessary to achieve our desires, and we also don’t want later generations to do so.
The planet-savers often like to invoke this “think of the grandchildren” argument, but don’t seem to think it a problem that the grandchildren might then be living in a world shaped by grandparents who were incorrigible liars. That would actually be a lot worse than a slightly warmer planet with more atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Reply to  michael hart
July 22, 2017 6:08 am

Yes, a lot worse…because warmer is better on a half frozen planet and more CO2 is better in a world starved of the primary nutrient of the biosphere.
This is the most perverse and successful thing the warmistas have achieved…they have convinced even many skeptics that warmer is a problem, rather than the blessing it is, and that CO2 is a bad thing, a pollutant, rather than the most important and beneficial molecule that is in short supply.

Ian Macdonald
July 22, 2017 1:00 am

Climate alarmists claim that the global warming problem is so severe that any and all forms of propaganda are justified in order to solve it, including lying and exaggeration.
The problem with this approach is that it employs the exact same tactics that fraudsters would use to promote a con trick.
-So, how do we tell one from the other?

July 22, 2017 1:50 am

Using the worst case scenario imply that if we ignore the IPCC greenhouse gas emissions reduction agreements/protocals; the worst will happen.
That can be used to catalyst support of member nations on climate change mitigation & adaptation.

Ed Zuiderwijk
July 22, 2017 1:59 am

Telling the truth about climate won’t help indeed.
Because there is very little to tell.

Steve Case
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
July 22, 2017 4:28 am

Ed Zuiderwijk July 22, 2017 at 1:59 am
Telling the truth about climate won’t help indeed.
Because there is very little to tell.

If someone claims that 2+2=5, it does indeed help to point out that 2+2=4

Reply to  Steve Case
July 22, 2017 6:11 am

But no one is claiming that poor understanding of arithmetic will end life on Earth.

Reply to  Menicholas
July 22, 2017 6:30 am

And yet poor understanding of arithmetic is far more likely to end all human life on Earth than the climate wobbling back&forth as it has throughout the entirety of this planet’s existence.

Schrodinger's Cat
July 22, 2017 2:26 am

These people are fooling themselves. Most members of the public have more intelligence and recognise alarmist scare tactics.

Reply to  Schrodinger's Cat
July 22, 2017 6:13 am

I think you may be wrong about that.
It is only those with the knowledge to understand the truth that recognize it.
Large majorities have no such insight.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Schrodinger's Cat
July 22, 2017 8:31 am

A story is told that you might like, regards a U.S. presidential campaign by Adlai Stevenson.
A supporter once called out, “Governor Stevenson, all thinking people are for you!”
Adlai Stevenson answered, “That’s not enough. I need a majority.”

Steve Case
July 22, 2017 2:51 am

On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but — which means that we must include all the doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands, and buts. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. And like most people we’d like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climatic change. To do that we need to get some broadbased support, to capture the public’s imagination. That, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage.
So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have.
This ‘double ethical bind’ we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both.
Dr. Stephen Schneider – Discover – October 1989

July 22, 2017 4:08 am

Just a quick question. The surface station org page comes up but the photo gallery will not connect to server when clicked. Has that been discontinued?

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  john
July 22, 2017 8:24 am

Like the Y2K issue, the “stuff stored” on ageing computer systems is a problem. Unlike the Y2K issue, old links die and much of the time folks just move on.
The idiom for this is “There are other fish to fry.”

July 22, 2017 4:19 am

No, “worst case” is the only thing that draws advertisers. If it bleeds it leads, and makes money and money is all they care about, actually reporting “news” or “facts” don’t even enter the equation.

Dr. Strangelove
July 22, 2017 4:52 am

“The climate of fear,,, like little kids locking themselves in dark closets to see how much they can scare each other.” – Richard Lindzen

Reply to  Dr. Strangelove
July 22, 2017 5:56 am

Thanks, I needed that.

July 22, 2017 5:05 am

Linear progressions are not “models” in any way… they are hypothesis tests in their purest form.
The Warmists have been wrong 100% of the time when they test their hypothesis.

July 22, 2017 5:15 am

MSM operate with the thumb on the scales.
Selling doom … negatives are hyped
Selling Green Magic solutions … negatives are kept out of it.
What do you think about Elon Musk’s speech last week
‘solar is so good you only need this small area and a few batteries to power the hole USA’ ?
Seems MSM just swallowed his salesmanship uncritically as usual.
I just spotted the BBC’s enviro correspondent @BBCmarshall retweeting Greenpeace’s Doug Parr about that dream.

Reply to  stewgreen
July 22, 2017 6:12 am

There’s not enough silver for that area.

Reply to  stewgreen
July 22, 2017 6:39 am

Elon Musk has very creative math.

Reply to  Sheri
July 22, 2017 8:11 pm

If Elon Musk is such a creative genius why does he keep stealing my money? I have researched the man and everything I find shows he is vastly wealthy because of tax subsidies from USG. All his wealth appears to come from “tax dodges”, not from actual scientific or engineering advances. Other than OTHER PEOPLE’S scientific and engineering advances. He certainly appears quite adept at stealing other people’s ideas.

David L. Hagen
July 22, 2017 5:23 am

What will climate alarmists do when climate is destroyed?

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

And then remade?

1Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. . . .5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  David L. Hagen
July 22, 2017 8:16 am

Please provide a date.
We are now retired, but wonder if we should sell everything and give to the poor of the world.
If there are only a few weeks left, that would make their lives better during the remaining days.
If the date is, say 2050 or 2100, there is no reason to give away things now.
There will still be lots of poor when we go in 10 to 20 years, and different, but still poor folks, will get our stuff in either case.
So, we need a date.

July 22, 2017 5:30 am

What is the scientific theory of “climate change”?
I understand the theory of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming ( CAGW) clearly.
It is quite a straightforward theory whatever the debates about it.
” Human emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gase are warming the world dangerously.”
But “climate change”?
Err… ” Human emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases are changing the climate of the world dangerously”?
What are the climatic changes alleged ( before we go to issues of benefit or detriment)?
Man made climate change will risk a new Ice Age?
Man made climate change will risk “the Venus Syndrome”?
Man made climate change will cause species extinction?
How can anyone prove such a theory? How can anyone falsify such a theory?
Is the theory that Anthropogenic climate change causes global “weirding”?
Perhaps the UNIPCC AR5 WG1 spells out the answer but I have missed it.

Reply to  Herbert
July 22, 2017 6:20 am

Let me clear it up for you! The “theory” of climate change is that the climate changes constantly. The facts of climate change are that humans are not causing it and can not stop it. Hope that helps.

Reply to  Herbert
July 22, 2017 6:41 am

The theory is the first “Theory of Everything” for climate. No matter what happens, it is due to “climate change”. More rain, less rain, more heat, less heat, more snow, less snow. All of it. The “Theory of Everything”.

July 22, 2017 6:00 am

Nuclear power plant designers consider the worst case scenario. Single failures, maximum control system delay times, reactor coolant at min max temp/pressure whatever is most relevant for the accident being considered, cooling water at extreme, rods fully out, etc, everything at its extreme.
This isn’t how the accident will probably play out, it is very unlikely to occur like that, maybe a 1% chance everything aligns to be close to worst case, thats just how machine designers do things to be covered if things go really really bad. They pile all worst case assu,ption on top of each other. It does not reflect how an event will probably happen.
There is no reason to consider the worst case for climate models, unless you are trying to fool the public that the worst case is the most probable scenario. Does it make sense that every climate variable assumption is worse case when the Earths climate has been so remarkable stable over the years? Obviously there is lots of negative feedbacks to stabilize the climate. Climate model predictions should be most probable, like tomorrow’s weather prediction. If the weatherman made the worse case prediction for tomorrow’s weather, we may never leave the house. If you have to claim a worst case climate prediction then you need to attach a number to that showing how improbable it is.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Scott
July 22, 2017 6:26 am

No one in Romania worried about Y2K at a nuclear power plant. I know someone who worked, 400km, from one.

Gary Pearse
July 22, 2017 6:22 am

Climateers have a point. There is nothing scary about climate developing. They are already hyping it well beyond any reasonable degree with their usual fare. The desperate creations now are well beyond decent fiction. It is a mistake to compare it with Y2K if the purpose is alarm. Y2K was a dud and we must have known more about it than we do about climate (actually I’ve always wanted a good explanation how it wasn’t possible to see that Y2K would be a dud. Couldn’t one simulate what would happen? It was after all, just arithmetic).

Reply to  Gary Pearse
July 22, 2017 3:10 pm

Gary writes: “actually I’ve always wanted a good explanation how it wasn’t possible to see that Y2K would be a dud”
It was possible Gary and we really did do it. As you mention, it’s just not that hard to set the clocks forward in a lab. I worked for a computer vendor a the time and we finished Y2K certification/testing in the early 90’s. Sure, it was something worth checking, it was never the crisis the MSM made it out to be.
There were some consulting companies that made a fair amount of money doing “Y2K certification” for companies (end users) who had legacy applications they’d been running since the 60’s on ancient hardware. That mostly turned into a non-event also. There may have been a few problems but they were found easily and the software was either corrected (if the source for it was still around) or it was forcefully retired 10 years or more before it could cause problems.
The only real similarity between the AGW scare and the Y2K scare is the level of MSM hyperbole involved.

Reply to  Bartleby
July 23, 2017 8:59 am

“The only real similarity between the AGW scare and the Y2K scare is the level of MSM hyperbole involved.”
One similarity between AGW and Y2K was a lot of money was spent on both of them. In the case of Y2K, I think it was something like $400 million spent worldwide. Enough for a nice additional economic stimulus in the booming stockmarket of the late 1990’s.

July 22, 2017 6:42 am

If moderate scenarios don’t require action, then why say they aren’t working?

Komrade Kuma
July 22, 2017 6:51 am

Slightly off topic but in Oz the Fairfax press ( aka in some circles as “F%&kFacts”) have a long article by the inglorious leader of the infamous Ship of Fools ‘expedition’ to the Antarctic a few years ago. Of course like any true blue ‘climate scientists’ the article is just an extract/promotional piece of his new book of the whole ridiculous, disorganised, unscientific stuntfest.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Komrade Kuma
July 22, 2017 6:54 am

Can you post a link?

July 22, 2017 7:23 am

I believe the easiest way to reject these doomsday predictions is to strongly disagree with their obvious assumptions, which are all false : that the world’s transportation and power technologies will not radically change long, long, long before any kind of doomsday scenario is even possible, even if carbon were capable of doing the really bad things they envision.

July 22, 2017 7:34 am

When you’re willing to exaggerate and lie to further your argument, rest assured it’s not science. Science is a search for truth, as such it abhors exaggeration and lies.

July 22, 2017 7:38 am

My Cobol programs would not have crashed.
I was not thinking about Y2K, only leap years and leap centuries, but I could not find a routine to calculate them (there was no leap century in 2000). So I created a little routine starting at year zero, and counted up the days of the week and the leap years, to the current date.
It seemed to work in all scenarios, and I am sure it would have coped with Y2K, although I did not specifically test for 1st Jan 2000.

son of mulder
July 22, 2017 7:43 am

Y2K is not a good comparison it was clearly evidence based. In my company in the early 90’s I did a study of coding looking for coding that would fail in not only 2000 but also 1999, One of the main culprits was using a 9’s record in the date field of a file or database to signify end of file. Many other memory saving tricks were used in the 60’s-90’s to minimise memory use and limit files in many enterprise critical systems. It is testament to the many programmers who spent months and years fixing systems to get them through Y2K. There were few actual serious Y2K problems worldwide because this work was done.
I know from industry contacts that some problems were only solved by delaying problems to say the 2030’s eg If a 2 digit year comparison was used say subtract 30 from the YY so 99 became 69 and 2017 would become 87 and capable of a comparison without lengthening the date field. This avoided the 1900 problem of subtracting too many from say a system with valid dates in the 1930’s. All based on the assumption that none of the coding would still be in use. Very similar logic to no one expecting 60’s systems to be running in 2000.
I am led to understand that many banks still run old cobol systems at the heart of their operation although I’ve been out of the coding game for over 20 years and never worked for a bank.
Beware there be devils.
Climate catastrophe is not evidence based in the same way.

John F. Hultquist
July 22, 2017 8:04 am

. . . hopelessly riddled with Y2K defects ….
as a software expert I was involved in fixing the problems.
To my surprise the world didn’t end January 2000.

I was not surprised, but am surprised that you are surprised.
Y2K was a real problem and the people involved understood that it was.
Think of gallstones — these can cause problems, but not always. The solution is understood.
With either Y2K or gallstones, once the issue is known, talented people know how to go about fixing it.
With Y2K, fix it they did.
… fighting climate change” is a very different thing.
There is nothing to fix.

July 22, 2017 9:52 am

Admitting to spreading propaganda and claiming that there is no fake news? The end justifies the means? The fifth column is a conspiracy theory?

Joel Snider
July 22, 2017 11:19 am

The ‘disaster scenario’ is the only reason to DO anything.

July 22, 2017 1:30 pm

Y2K was a solvable problem. Companies recognized the problem and fixed it. I remember meeting quite a few people working on the problem, and it was real.
What the media didn’t understand though was the motivation of companies to deal with it.
I remember a conversation with a fellow from Kraft Foods who was working on the problem.
He said they went through every computer system and every machine in every factory in order find and solve problems that might be encountered on Y2K.
They fixed it, on time, and protected their company.
But no one should equate Y2k with climate change. Apples and oranges.

Snarling Dolphin
July 22, 2017 2:47 pm


July 22, 2017 3:52 pm

The media here are simply admitting their culture, mindset and modus operandi.
“It’s OK for us in the media to lie brazenly since
(a) it makes people watch our shyte
(b) it controls people according to the agenda of our elite gods and masters
(c) it expresses our utter contempt for most people.
(d) please remind us why it matters anyway whether what you say is true or false – all sounds a tad judeo-christian and hillbilly to me

July 22, 2017 9:11 pm

some body should tell the guy in the march photo to stop smoking

July 23, 2017 7:28 am

That Feyman clip is interesting because so few people go past the first bit of this lecture. 5 minutes in he explains how it is easy to create loose pseudo science hypothesese you can’t prove right ir wrong, which is climate “science”. Statistical model forecasting not ever proveable as deterministic science by the people who propose it, or anyone else. NO control planet, etc.. This is why a winnable challenge to renewables on energy science fact is diverted to unprovable beliefs of climate “science”.
This is also how religion works. And Communism and fsascism, social pressure is promoted by the powerful to follow unprovable ideology and its dogma.You tell people something is a fact w/o proof, pay your priests (climate pseudo scientists you pay well to spread the deceit), to proclaim the beief is a fact, label anyone who denies the belief using scientific method on the facts a heretic (Science Denier) and create an inquisition to hunt down anyone asking rational questions of the ideology. Job done.

I have one strong suggestion. Follow the money. If you stick to challenging renewable energy as a fraud on the science facts, that must make net CO2 emissions expensively and inadeqauately worse, unsustainbly w/o fossil fuel to justify their presence, for the majority of people on the grid, then that argument cannot be lost on the science facts. They don’t like that sort of talk.
So I prefer to stick to that and not even argue climate change from CO2, or anything else. Without the easy money snake oil solution to the the ideology, promoting CO2 as a cause of climate change rather than a consequence will go away.
This will be good because these flawed “scientists” might then start “adjusting” their model’s bias to look for the real cause (My bet is magma heating the ocean from the 75,000 volcanoes over 1km high and the million smaller volcanoes under our oceans – continually being reheated and recycled by the radioactive furnace just under our feet. So far I can account for 4×10^11 tonnes pa. That’s about 4×10^20 Joules @ 10^9 Joules per tonne for 1,000 degree delta.
PS There is no real risk from CO2 of course. Plants ate all the CO2, down from 95% to just the minimum to support plant and animal life, under 0.2% for at least 1 Billion years of extreme change and (real) mass extinctions.
Seems climate modellers don’t know how the atmosphere was formed and how the varying amounts of CO2 and oxygen are controlled by plants, because its not in the their interest to do that in their models, of course. Plants multiply when CO 2 increases, because their is more food to support more plants, CO2 increases because the oceans warm, and because we add to it. And they are. Plants can’t tell the difference.

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