Google Chairman Stepping Down to Fight Climate Skepticism? Or Run for President?

Eric Schmidt, Former Chairman of Alphabet (Google).
Eric Schmidt, Former Chairman of Alphabet (Google). By Guillaume PaumierOwn work, CC BY 3.0, Link

h/t Breitbart – Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, a hardcore climate advocate who has been heavily involved in Google’s Truth Algorithm, an effort to filter “fake” material from Google search results, has stepped down as chairman to focus more time on his personal interests.

Eric Schmidt to become technical advisor to Alphabet

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (December 21, 2017) – Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced that, as of its next regular board meeting in January 2018, Eric Schmidt will be transitioning from his position as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, becoming a technical advisor to the company while continuing to serve on its board.

“Since 2001, Eric has provided us with business and engineering expertise and a clear vision about the future of technology,” said Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet. “Continuing his 17 years of service to the company, he’ll now be helping us as a technical advisor on science and technology issues. I’m incredibly excited about the progress our companies are making, and about the strong leaders who are driving that innovation.”

“Larry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabet’s evolution for this transition. The Alphabet structure is working well, and Google and the Other Bets are thriving,” said Eric Schmidt. “In recent years, I’ve been spending a lot of my time on science and technology issues, and philanthropy, and I plan to expand that work.

“Over 17 years, Eric has been tremendously effective and tireless in guiding our Board, particularly as we restructured from Google to Alphabet. He’ll now be able to bring that same focus and energy to his other passions, while continuing to advise Alphabet,” said John Hennessy, a member of Alphabet’s Board since 2004 and the lead independent director since 2007.

The company anticipates that the Board will appoint a non-executive chairman.

About Alphabet Inc.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in September 1998. Since then, the company has grown to more than 70,000 employees worldwide, with a wide range of popular products and platforms like Search, Maps, Ads, Gmail, Android, Chrome, and YouTube. In October 2015, Alphabet became the parent holding company of Google. You can read more about Alphabet’s mission here.



Eric Schmidt is very politically active. In 2016 Wikileaks revealed Schmidt was working closely with the Clinton Campaign, part of an effort by Silicon Valley tech giants to ensure a Democrat Win in the 2016 Presidential Election.

… It was revealed by whistleblowing service WikiLeaks in 2016 that Schmidt worked with the Clinton campaign. An attachment to an email written by Teddy Goff, a former Obama campaign digital director that also worked for the Clinton campaign, appeared to discuss “Working relationships with Google, Facebook, Apple, and other technology companies.” Goff further stated that the Clinton campaign had “begun having discreet conversations with some of these companies.” The memo seemed to have been drafted sometime in October 2014, at least six months prior to Clinton announcing her run for the presidency.

Throughout the memo, Goff repeatedly referred to “Eric Schmidt’s group,” at one point saying, “I have been kept apprised of the work being done by Eric Schmidt’s group and others working directly and indirectly with your team. [emphasis added] On the whole, I am comfortable with where we stand and confident in our roadmap to launch day and beyond.” Schmidt also ran The Groundwork, the technology vendor for Clinton’s campaign. …

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Schmidt is a hardcore climate advocate. In 2014 he accused the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) of lying about climate change.

… Google was a member company of ALEC, earning the ire of progressives, as has every corporate member of the group. As noted by liberal publication ThinkProgress, participation and funding of ALEC by Google seemed at odds with the company’s heavy investments in renewable energy, and Mr. Schmidt apparently agrees.

In an interview on The Diane Rehm Show on NPR, Mr. Schmidt said, “Everyone understands climate change is occurring and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people—they’re just, they’re just literally lying.

Silicon Valley has a reputation for progressive idealogy on climate change, the environment, and equality. Mr. Schmidt’s comments put Google more firmly in that camp.

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Eric Schmidt was also connected to the 2015 Silicon Valley anti-trust settlement, a class action by tech workers who claimed wages and opportunities had been artificially depressed by an alleged secret agreement between major tech firms not to poach each other’s workers.

Silicon Valley’s $415 million poaching settlement finalized

Calling the deal “fair and reasonable,” a federal judge late Wednesday signed off on a $415 million settlement that ends a five-year legal battle over alleged illegal hiring practices in Silicon Valley.

In a 15-page order that has been expected since she tentatively approved the pact this spring, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh put an end to antitrust claims against Apple, Adobe Systems, Google and Intel over allegations that they entered into secret agreements not to raid each others’ workforces. The deal avoided a trial that could have exposed embarrassing allegations that CEOs of those valley powers, including late Apple leader Steve Jobs and then Google CEO Eric Schmidt, agreed in emails and other correspondence not to poach from rivals.

The estimated 64,000 tech workers covered by the claims were notified of the settlement terms during the summer, prompting some to object. But Koh determined the opposition — just 11 class members — amounted to a small percentage of the class action, and that the benefits of the deal, including avoiding the risk and expense of a trial, outweighed any concerns. The overall settlement provides payouts of about $5,000 per employee.

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I think I’m on pretty firm ground when I suggest Eric Schmidt is likely to devote a lot of time and money in the future to attacking climate skeptics.

Given Eric Schmidt’s personal financial resources and his history of political activism, and the fact he doesn’t come across as a complete alien like some Silicon Valley tech leaders, it would be no surprise to see Eric Schmidt running on a green globalist platform as the Democrat Presidential Candidate for 2020.

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December 22, 2017 4:16 pm

Eric Schmidt has a major bimbo problem. Wife Wendy lives ‘independently’ on Nantucket since decades. He has had consensual inappropriate relationships with female subordinates at Alphabet—multiple times—and openly. Don’t think that in the current US climate he would dare run for Dem presidential nomination. But these folks are so divorced from reality that nothing would surprise.

Reply to  ristvan
December 22, 2017 4:21 pm

Divorced from reality for sure. What does this sentence even mean in the real world:

“Everyone understands climate change is occurring and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place.” ??

kokoda - AZEK (Deck Boards) doesn't stand behind its product
Reply to  philincalifornia
December 22, 2017 6:05 pm

phil………………as I’ve preached previously on WUWT, the liberals are very smart using the phrase Climate Change (CC), as 50% of the people in this country will interpret it as Natural Climate Change and not CAGW or Global Warming.

Any Skeptic or Denier of CAGW that uses the CC phrase is supporting the Alarmist Camp in their quest to gain a significant majority of the population.

The dummies will think: how stupid are the Republicans to not believe in CC, it has been going on forever.

Reply to  philincalifornia
December 22, 2017 7:57 pm

It means you are a BAD person if you dare to disagree with the theology and politics.

Reply to  philincalifornia
December 22, 2017 8:47 pm

Gee, isn’t he going to be a badly disappointed evangelist should Nature not follow “The Script” over the next decade?

Reply to  philincalifornia
December 23, 2017 12:31 am

I dont get it, he’s supposed to be praising those who are opposed to climate change. The idea is to stop climate change by using battery cars and windmills.

Reply to  philincalifornia
December 23, 2017 12:19 pm

Yes, I oppose climate change. I’m sure I’m now hurting his children, are I not?

Schmidt is a bimbo who can’t see the difference between opposing climate change and expecting serious GHG mediated AGW to happen, let alone expecting something to happen and being capable of doing something significant to it.

Schmidt has, by far, a much much bigger personal CO2 footprint than me. IMO he may preach as much as he wants, and I laugh at his double standard communist face. He’s one of those brats that can’t just see how totally Obama lost his climate agenda.

Reply to  ristvan
December 22, 2017 5:09 pm

Nope he probably wants to be another far left billionaire behind the curtain. Like Soros, Buffet, Steyer, and several other billionaires who made their fortunes thanks to capitalism but now wish to spend their fortunes trying to correct the misconceptions all us ignorant peons believe.

Reply to  Edwin
December 22, 2017 8:00 pm

The “I’ve got mine, who cares about you?” and “I’ve got mine and you’re never going to anything more” mantras of the ultra-rich. It’s extreme greed and selfishness, and possibly some projection, since I cannot fathom any of these billionaires caring a whit about their own children or wives or anyone other than the face in the mirror.

Reply to  Edwin
December 23, 2017 12:22 pm

I’ve got a lithium mine, now back to dig-digging, peon.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  ristvan
December 22, 2017 5:41 pm


I think the real bimbo is Schmidt. Just because he is a billionaire, he really just rode to fame and money on the brilliance of Sergey Brin and Larry Page. As Chairman’ of the Board’s go, he probably is far intellectually outclassed in that peer group, and is suspect he’s a “low-energy” Jeb Bush type. Not really that jazzed about going to work every day. So Page and Brin are showing him the door.

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  ristvan
December 22, 2017 7:54 pm

ristivan: That is very interesting. Do you have any links? Do you really think the party of Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy cares?

Reply to  Walter Sobchak
December 24, 2017 4:48 pm

It is also the party of JFK and LBJ, too.
Neither, allegedly, guilty of leaving a nice lady alone.

The reputations seem to have crossed the Pond in good order.

And, today, I think the party of WJC and EMK public cares very vociferously.
Publicly . . . . . . .


Reply to  ristvan
December 22, 2017 8:16 pm

‘Consensual’ is the key word. So far the people being denounced and losing their careers have been involved in non-consensual activities.

When I was a pup I bought a copy of the 1927 Criminal Code of Canada (for 50 cents at a book sale) and read it.

It used to be illegal for any man with power over a woman to have sex with her. Sex with the secretary could wind you up in the slammer. The women’s libbers would say that was paternalistic. Even so, the idea continues to exist, for instance, it’s malpractice for doctors to have sex with their patients.

It’s predatory for someone in power to have serial sexual relationships with subordinates. It’s not illegal but if ‘they’ can go after Garrison Keillor, anything is possible. It is possible that several of Schmidt’s ‘victims’ will have regrets and denounce him. If he becomes a serious political candidate he has a real big target painted on his back.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  commieBob
December 22, 2017 9:13 pm

In the pure legal sense, Monica and Bill was a consensual hook-up, she was of age of consent and so was he. But when you’re are the Chief Executive and you are gettin’ BJs from a 20-something intern. is that really nothing but pure power and position?
The Left and Feminists still have not yet answered for the “pass” they gave to Bill whilst summoning the inquisition for others.

Reply to  commieBob
December 22, 2017 10:14 pm

Joelobryan…. Bill Clinton wasn’t being impeached for sexual misconduct, he was being impeached for perjuring himself. He lied when asked by Congress if he’d had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. It was Bill Clinton’s fibs to the Parliament of the day that got him into trouble.

Had he just said that he’d banged Monica like a drum in the Oval office, it would have simply been a run of the mill scandal and quickly forgotten… But because he lied, the Republicans had a field day.

Lorne White
Reply to  commieBob
December 22, 2017 10:47 pm

50 years later, things had changed. A friend who was Asst Crown Attorney told me ~1977 that the Criminal Code of Canada made it statutory rape to have consensual sex with a person in your employ, under age 21 (the then age of majority). After that, an adult woman was deemed able to take care of herself.

Will Canadian society return to the rules of 1927? After Harvey Weinstein et al, will we return in fact, if not in law?

Reply to  commieBob
December 23, 2017 12:37 am

In most corporations it’s very inappropriate for senior management to have any sort of relationship with other employees. I used to supervise teams which had women assigned to provide technical support to other teams in a very large building complex, and one of my jobs was to keep an eye out for any violations (I simply asked for volunteers to spy and denounce any inappropriate behavior). And we had zero tolerance.

Reply to  commieBob
December 23, 2017 2:18 am

Joelobrian suggests:

“The Left and Feminists still have not yet answered for the “pass” they gave to Bill whilst summoning the inquisition for others”.

Joel, if you care to look, you will see that the same applies to most politicians, not just the ones on the left. The Circus that is the Trump administration is an excellent example. Even Mr.Obama was excused a few dodgy issues.

F. Leghorn
Reply to  commieBob
December 23, 2017 6:31 am

Gareth on December 23, 2017 at 2:18 am

The “circus that is the Trump administration” is kicking buttocks. Sorry you don’t like him (not really – I don’t care) but he’s doing what we elected him to do. Imho that’s a very good thing.

Reply to  commieBob
December 23, 2017 6:57 am

F.Leghorn states:
The “circus that is the Trump administration” is kicking buttocks. Sorry you don’t like him (not really – I don’t care) but he’s doing what we elected him to do. Imho that’s a very good thing.

That is interesting, your faith is indeed remarkable. But tell me, what is Mr.Trump doing that you elected him to do? I don’t think that ‘kicking buttocks’ really tells us much.

Reply to  commieBob
December 23, 2017 8:50 am

“But tell me, what is Mr.Trump doing that you elected him to do?”

Can’t you read?

Reining in the EPA, gutting the Paris climate scam and re-writing the US tax code for starters.

Here’s some more:


Reply to  ristvan
December 23, 2017 10:34 am

Eric’s also got a problem in that Tom Steyer has already staked out the Enviro-Green candidate position, and Steyer has been buying political support for a few years already. And Steyer seems to have just as much money to throw around as Eric does.

Reply to  ristvan
December 23, 2017 4:01 pm

Reading the overnight “fake news” blogs [I’m down under] I think you are on the right track.

His sudden departure has been linked to the Executive Order the President just signed which greatly expands the Magnitski act. This is all fake news of course. 🙂

Reply to  ristvan
December 24, 2017 3:42 am
Reply to  ristvan
December 24, 2017 6:34 pm

Can’t fault his estranged wife. He has the countenance of a warming worshipper – beady eyes, bad complexion, constipated. Only his immense wealth and power gets him hooked up with the bimbi. Sad!

December 22, 2017 4:25 pm

It would just be so much easier if they would just prove man made climate change and be done with it…./S

NW sage
Reply to  Latitude
December 22, 2017 4:33 pm

They HAVE proved it – according to them (and the ‘consensus’). The only problem remaining is to decree that reality match their predetermined outcome.

Reply to  NW sage
December 22, 2017 5:54 pm

And their empirical evidence is?

Reply to  NW sage
December 22, 2017 9:07 pm

Who needs actual evidence? Just abuse anyone that disagrees with you. Lysenko showed them the way & they are just following his example.

And just like Lysenko, they are putting science backwards for generations.

Reply to  Latitude
December 23, 2017 12:31 pm

The hard part is *not* proving, it is doing not just *something* but things that count and I’m not talking about death camps for Republicans, though if Republicans are assumed by him to kill children, then the logical conclusion is to start killing Republicans. All in all, we’re talking about radicals, extreme left people. Useful idiots that brought the communists in power.

Reply to  Hugs
December 24, 2017 4:54 pm


“Useful idiots that brought the communists in power.”

And might do so again – in the US and – bar a bit of fuzzy labelling – in the UK: Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonald are not actual ‘Communists’; although the distinction eludes me, I fear.
Some of their Comrades seem to be – well – well to the left of Michael Foot. At least.



michael hart
December 22, 2017 4:28 pm

What he does with his own money and time is up to him. But at least he is stepping down from the prime position at one of the most powerful companies in the world that has increasingly been seen to diverge from any attempt to maintain political impartiality. The transparently political, and foolish, firing of engineer James Damore will likely come to be seen as the point at which Google started to torpedo itself below the waterline.

Of course, who or what, replaces Schmidt is the real question, as well as “why now?”. It may not be simply to allow him freer rein on his political ambitions. I’m sure there are still engineers at Google with a strong voice.

December 22, 2017 4:34 pm

Nahhhh … Schmidt is stepping down so he can concentrate on living forever … becoming immortal … like a god …

He already knows that old, ugly, men can get hot young women to sleep with him … for the right price. And he can easily afford to pay for it. He wants to be the oldest man in history to ever get busy with an 18yo girl, er woman …

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Kenji
December 22, 2017 7:56 pm

Gonna have to go a ways to beat Hef, RIP.

Reply to  Kenji
December 24, 2017 6:41 pm

I wonder, has he seen “The Picture Of Dorian Gray” (1945)? (God forbid the dreadful remake.)

December 22, 2017 4:50 pm

i may be one of the few people who go out of the way to avoid using google products because of Eric Schmidt and his wife extreme environmental activities and also the involvement of overseas Google employees in the Arab Spring revolutions. I felt at the time we were having foreign policy run by Google since we had a secretary of state that had not interest in foreign policies.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Lawrence Todd
December 22, 2017 5:13 pm

There are more people out there avoiding Google products than one might think.
In the grand scheme of things, that could still put you as “one of the few”.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Alan Robertson
December 22, 2017 7:16 pm

I dumped and deleted Chrome from all the Apple products I use: iMac, iPhone, iPad. I do not use a Windows machine or Android.

I only use the Firefox (now) browser on my iMac and iPad and Firefox Focus on my iPhone.

Reply to  Alan Robertson
December 24, 2017 8:03 am

Excellent start.

Try a lightweight version of Ubuntu, such as Lubuntu, on a cheap windows laptop sometime. I have been using Lubuntu for 99% of my activities, including all financial stuff, for several years. When I go back to Windows the obvious difference is appalling. Try Brave browser, make your Lubuntu desktop look as Macish as you wish. You may never go back.

Tom Halla
December 22, 2017 5:07 pm

A suspicious view is that Schmidt is leaving active involvement with Google to lessen the chance that his political activities will cause another antitrust action.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Tom Halla
December 22, 2017 6:27 pm

Look at the guy!! He has “Low Energy Jeb” written all over his face.
Schmidt’s likely not up to hard task of being Chairman of the Board of a major multi-billion dollar corporation facing regulatory actions across the world.
Brin and Page are just showing him the door. They need someone to wants the job and the really hard work and business smarts it requires.

December 22, 2017 5:29 pm

Bit of a “Googley” as the say in Cricket.

December 22, 2017 6:02 pm

From the article: “I think I’m on pretty firm ground when I suggest Eric Schmidt is likely to devote a lot of time and money in the future to attacking climate skeptics.”

Well, here’s a guaranteed way to attack skeptics, Mr. Schmidt: Provide proof that humans are causing the climate to change. As soon as you provide proof, skeptics will change their minds and see it your way.

That shouldn’t be too hard to do considering all the claims that have been made about CAGW. It shouldn’t take more than a few weeks to assemble an unassailable proof that connects human-caused CO2 to changes in the Earth’s climate. Just Google it.

December 22, 2017 6:24 pm

Maybe he can manipulate the election like he manipulates search results.

December 22, 2017 6:26 pm

He would make a great President……of the Bay area.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Resourceguy
December 22, 2017 6:29 pm

He would make a great president of the Bay Area BDSM Club would be my guess. 50 Shades of Schmidt on viagra.

December 22, 2017 6:42 pm

Gee, I wonder when you Google “Global Warming”, or “Climate Change”, you always get a biased reply.??
And you wonder why most of your friends are climate alarmists…

F. Leghorn
Reply to  J. Philip Peterson
December 23, 2017 6:52 am

Google “American Scientists”. You get the same results.

Reply to  F. Leghorn
December 23, 2017 2:28 pm

So true. BTW, all of you commentors here just made the top of a Google search. Google your own name and you will see “climate denier” and “tried to kill Eric Schmidtstorm’s kids”. Within an hour you’ll be on the terrorist watch list. Also, if you have the “OK Google” ap on your phone, watch what you say. In order to be sure that it hears you say OK google, it listens to (and records, somewhere) everything you or anybody within voice range says. Everything.

F. Leghorn
Reply to  secryn
December 23, 2017 3:27 pm

Well I, for one welcome our new Google master.

Do I get anything special?

Reply to  F. Leghorn
December 24, 2017 9:50 am


This is an important point. It is probably not a good idea to invite into your household someone who will hear every word uttered and who might not have your best interest in mind. And who will record every word forever and make it available to someone possibly unfriendly to you or your heirs in the future.

First their was targeted information. Think paper mailing lists of customers.

Then their was structured data. Think relational databases which could store selected bits of data and allow future data retrieval based on predetermined relationships.

Now there is big data. Everything is saved. If anyone ever wants to find “the crime” which is associated with you, then the computing power exists to sort through every packet passed outside of your home router. Soon the CIA will find partners which will have fleets of “delivery” drones which will coincidentally collect real-time video of every square foot of land upon which you live and may pass. It all may seem random, but the power exists to search through it all at the whim of any party with access.

Mickey Reno
December 22, 2017 7:01 pm

When the CEO of DuckDuckGo decides to run for president, I’ll consider voting for him/her/it. But someone from Google? Never in a million years.

Rhoda R
December 22, 2017 7:10 pm

Don’t worry people, he’s a white male and I doubt that the democrats will/can run a white male anytime in the near future. I expect someone like Kamela Harris or the like to be their next candidate.

Mickey Reno
Reply to  Rhoda R
December 22, 2017 7:37 pm

My money is on Fauxcahontus, aka. Elizabeth Warren.

Reply to  Mickey Reno
December 22, 2017 8:06 pm

They “owe” it to her, right??

Reply to  Mickey Reno
December 23, 2017 5:14 am

Hope so. They really are stupid and righteous enough to do that, aren’t they?

Mickey Reno
Reply to  Mickey Reno
December 23, 2017 1:03 pm

Sheri, it’s not so much that they owe her anything. It’s just that she fits perfectly with the strange, delusional nature of the current Democratic party. She’s an anti-Capitalist, big-government socialist, like Bernie. The Bernie wing of the party is the only faction of the party with energy right now. The rest of them, the Hillary “establishment” types are defeated and demoralized. If she takes all that Bernie energy, their intense hatred of Trump, and panders to it and harnesses a campaign to it, she would make it very difficult for anyone like Joe Biden or Andrew Cuomo to challenge her in the primaries. To the sleeping Democrats, she’s good enough.. Her bona fides satisfy the victim identity group requirement that Democrats seem to need these days (woman, Cherokee Indian). She will make the teacher unions, eco-nuts and plaintiff’s bar happy. And like Obama, she pulls off the radical left hatred of American traditions and values with great aplomb, hiding it under a slick Harvard Elitist veneer. She’s much smoother on the stump than Hillary, and younger and healthier, too. Of course, the Democrats would be even happier if she was a gay tranny, African American Cherokee woman. But you can’t have everything. ha ha ha ha

Philincalifornia, yes, I think they are. I think Trump, if he will minimize the stepping on his own dick via Twitter, will easily win re-election. I know I’ll vote for him over any Democrat I can imagine.

Reply to  Mickey Reno
December 24, 2017 6:52 pm

Where’s Jill Stein? Her intellect and allegiance were on full display when she began her party platform with “Anyone who wants a job, gets a job with the Federal Government. ” I kid you not, Google it. 😎 So simple, so elegant, why didn’t I think of that?

Reply to  Rhoda R
December 23, 2017 7:51 am

If they want to have a chance of winning they would choose Tulsi but she is way to much of an independent thinker and knows how to shoot rifles so they’ll never let her win even if she has the most votes.

Rhoda Klapp
Reply to  TRM
December 23, 2017 10:34 am

Haley vs Gabbard 2024?

Peter Sable
Reply to  Rhoda R
December 23, 2017 8:53 am

Don’t worry people, he’s a white male

Eric Schmidt may look white, but he’s not of the white ethnic group.

Tom Halla
Reply to  Peter Sable
December 23, 2017 9:13 am

“White” is quite vague and ill-defined. If one uses WASP as equivalent, the Schmidt does not qualify. It could be whether one was eligible to join the White Citizens Council (the front for the group that will get this thrown into moderation). Non-black, non-Latino, non-whatever is the usual usage.

Reply to  Peter Sable
December 23, 2017 12:39 pm


Goodness Gracious Me … Leonardo is Indian.

Gary Pearse.
December 22, 2017 7:12 pm

I avoid google as far as I can. They are search manipulaters, ‘progressive’ truth manufactureres, personal data collectors, elitist global governance ideologues…. I turn off my GPS, etc.

It was a great joy to see the new Tom Steyer ads, he sitting on a log in old jeans and work shirt vowing to spend the rest of his fortune to impeach Trump! He and his smarmy coterie of globegov billionaires dropped hundreds of millions on the Clinton’s and Hill’s Campaign and several other losers to keep their cash flow up. It’s going to cost them more hanging on to this moribund klatch. The LA Times, Guardian, NYT, Wapo, dead men walking. The ‘good old days’ for this ugly bunch is over and they don’t have the wits to change. What Planck said about science advancing one funeral at a time seems also a factor that is going to keep Dems out of power for at least a generation. Disgraced Hillary was a perfect choice for this bunch.

Reply to  Gary Pearse.
December 22, 2017 8:05 pm

All we need to do , to reduce Tom Steyer to ashes , is to go to some of the great Biographical web links, of his Hedge Fund history, of the Coal Investments in Malaysia, etc, the manipulation of the energy markets in said region. He can’t run for office as this information is of Public Record..He hitches his wagon to whatever makes HIM powerful, influential, and makes HIM money. and gives him more Power. A Mercenary of the highest order.. Ask him what product he has created lately, and how many jobs he has created…

Reply to  Maxx
December 22, 2017 8:09 pm

Won’t work. His starry-eyed followers will just say he has “seen the light” and keep running around drooling after him. These are not rational, thinking people. They like his “concern” even if it leaves them freezing and in the dark while he’s in luxury. They will blame Trump or the GOP or anyone other than the man who brought them their misery. Human beings are not very bright, let’s face it.

Greg Strebel
Reply to  Gary Pearse.
December 23, 2017 12:18 pm

Search result manipulators indeed. And that is not all. You may find the linked interview very relevant:

Jim Steele
December 22, 2017 7:21 pm

Google already fights climate skepticism. I have a google alert to notify me of any media posts in blogs or newspapers, etc. when anything about Jim Steele gets mentioned. I have gotten notifications of somebody with the first name Jim and another with the last name Steele doing something like selling real estate together, but I have never received notification about anything I post on WUWT. I never get a notification for anything I post on my own website . Thinking I may have done something wrong setting up my website, I created a website, Perhaps all Natural, using Google’s blogger . Still no alerts. No matter where I blog no message from Google. Every now and then when I get mentioned in a newspaper not identified as a skeptical outlet, I see a notification.

I can only conclude that Google suppresses information from known skeptic sites.

Similarly, my website hosted by provides statistics on from where people link to my site. My first year, every time I posted to WUWT I would see an uptick in visitors from WUWT. For the last 2 years, despite a post every month, does not report a single link from WUWT. Anthony mentioned to me at lunch once that he noticed goggle had a bias against WUWT.

Google has bragged about directing people to the more “trustworthy” sites. Apparently Google feels it must be our mind’s nanny and protector.

Given Schmidt’s knowledge of how to manipulate internet traffic, I am concerned when he states he wants to step up his campaign to undermine skeptics.

Reply to  Jim Steele
December 22, 2017 7:41 pm

The problem is it’s all too late Paris is a long distant memory and the public are grappling with a pile of new issues.

Reply to  Jim Steele
December 22, 2017 8:11 pm

You should not question our overlords. It makes them testy. /s

Jeff Labute
Reply to  Jim Steele
December 22, 2017 9:04 pm

Is bing a viable replacement?

F. Leghorn
Reply to  Jeff Labute
December 23, 2017 6:56 am

No. Gates is just another “consensus” lemming.

Reply to  Jeff Labute
December 23, 2017 7:43 am & are viable alternatives for search. Along with the browser and and you are doing the GI part of GIGO to them.
Adnauseam is such a threat to google’s business model that they banned it from the chrome app store!

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  Jim Steele
December 23, 2017 5:05 am

Google has an image problem even among some ardent liberals. See for example this Doonesbury cartoon from 2014.

Jim: have you tried setting up similar alerts with other search engines?

Jim Steele
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
December 23, 2017 5:37 pm

I haven’t but its a good idea

Reply to  Jim Steele
December 23, 2017 7:24 am

Jim, thanks for the post and the thought-provoking information about Google. And I recognize it’s a bit off-topic, but let’s talk about Facebook. I suspect similar actions from Facebook. I dropped my Facebook account about a month ago as I was getting some kind of repeated phishing nonsense. I can’t help but wonder if it was actually generated by Facebook itself considering my general political profile. Interesting also how Facebook execs are coming out in the last couple of days with “regrets”. Can’t help but wonder if said regrets concern the continued emergence of climate catastrophe skepticism and realist political viewpoints, often referred to as “fake news”.

December 22, 2017 7:57 pm

Is this what Happens when men consume too much soy?

Reply to  Mick
December 22, 2017 8:12 pm

I really, really wish I knew.

December 22, 2017 8:37 pm

But I’m sure AWatts will block me here, because he desires to play the victim about my innocuous mention of his mother.

[Readers can decide about the innocuousness of your insult here. The bigger problem is your behaviour. By your own admission you have used dozens of fake names and fake email addresses here in violation of the blog commenting policy. That is why you remain banned. -MOD]

F. Leghorn
Reply to  David Appell
December 23, 2017 6:58 am

Sure, that’s it Crackers.

December 22, 2017 8:45 pm

Eric is going to buy the IceCream Truck and start Perving the neighborhoods.
Ha ha

December 22, 2017 8:56 pm

Remember when Google was going to replace coal generation with solar?

They started with solar panels on the the roof of their head quarters. They even had a real time web site devoted to how much power they produced.

What they learned was that there is a difference between writing a program to produce power and actually producing power. The reason most PV panels do not work is advocates of solar are very bad at science.
A second reason PV does not work is the solar industry builds junk and then goes bankrupt.
Even if PV worked as advertised, the fuel used by politicians to come to ribbon cutting ceremonies is huge compared to power produced.

December 22, 2017 9:07 pm

If Google is so left-wing, then explain the results of Googling for abortion clinics in particular states or cities or areas within a state? I just tried Googling this: abortion clinic North Dakota
Results: Fairly high in the list is First Choice Clinic in Fargo. The only abortion clinic in North Dakota is a different top-ranking item that is also in Fargo.

I tried Googling this: abortion clinic Bismarck North Dakota Top results: FirstChoice Clinic West and Custer Family Planning, with a map appearing before clicking anything provided by Google. These are not abortion clinics but “crisis pregnancy centers”, which cajole women with unwanted pregnancies, even women looking for an abortion clinic, into carrying them to term and giving birth. I confirmed with appropriate search terms that FirstChoice Clinic West in Fargo is a crisis pregnancy center.

What got me to try this experiment: I heard from a major pro-choice group a suggestion to try this experiment (Googling for abortion clinic [city state]) to see Google often promoting crisis pregnancy centers over actual abortion clinics.

F. Leghorn
Reply to  Donald L. Klipstein
December 23, 2017 7:03 am

So you have to be “right-wing” to believe a “fetus” is a human being?

Reply to  F. Leghorn
December 23, 2017 1:00 pm

Yes. Left wingers don’t think so.

Reply to  Donald L. Klipstein
December 26, 2017 9:53 pm

Just google making it harder for abortion clinic bombers to find targtets.

December 22, 2017 9:34 pm

SJWs have stolen most of the letters. Maybe Alphabet Inc. is going broke.

tony mcleod
December 22, 2017 9:39 pm

“Eric Schmidt is very politically active.”

Cough, cough, and Breitbart aren’t?

The words Breitbart, fake and harcore in the one sentence…who would have predicted that?

F. Leghorn
Reply to  tony mcleod
December 23, 2017 7:04 am

No Breitbart isn’t political. He is dead.

J Mac
December 22, 2017 9:41 pm

There is something intrinsically unhealthy looking about that face….

December 22, 2017 10:01 pm

Stepping down,,,,,,due to trouble stepping up. Just watch.

Warren Blair
December 22, 2017 10:02 pm

Eric is an elite white-collar criminal transnational tax avoider.
But to his current motivations:
1. Destroy Assange . . . yes Eric Schmidt went to meet Julian to enlist Julian to work ‘beside’ him at Google, but he failed. Julian does not care for money and power… he cares about sovereignty and truth. Eric views these beliefs as unforgivable sins. There’s a book if you look.
2. Hillary . . . Eric still can’t believe he failed to get Hillary into the White House (after his success with Obama). Now he’s going to make everyone pay.
3. Green cartel . . . Eric is the new director of kill-a-sceptic.
Eric Schmidt is a very dangerous man and he’ll do some damage to the USA in particular in his new role.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Warren Blair
December 22, 2017 10:30 pm

“Warren Blair December 22, 2017 at 10:02 pm

There’s a book if you look.”

Plenty of books full of carp. One that’s been about for a couple of thousand years beginning with “B” come to mind.

F. Leghorn
Reply to  Patrick MJD
December 23, 2017 7:07 am

Burned any lately?

Reply to  Patrick MJD
December 24, 2017 5:14 pm

“Plenty of books full of carp. ”

Some folk have a belief system – not all.

For those that do, sometimes it is the ‘B’ book you mention.

For those that do, sometimes it is the ‘K’ book you didn’t mention; there are others, too, I understand – ‘M’; ‘T’; even another ‘B’ – and others.

Also there is the IPCC report series, which seem to have fairly high percentage of carp – even a fair bit of pike – in the summaries for Policy Makers . . .


Reply to  Warren Blair
December 23, 2017 2:22 am

Warren states that :
Eric is an elite white-collar criminal transnational tax avoider.

I agree, tax dodging has reached epidemic proportions.
What we need is a world leader like Mr.Trump to release his tax returns and act as an inspiration on how paying taxes is part of living in a civilised society. As it is, the golden rule appears to be that the less you earn, the more likely you are to pay tax fairly.

F. Leghorn
Reply to  Gareth
December 23, 2017 7:09 am

I haven’t seen your tax returns either. Obviously that means you cheat.

Reply to  Gareth
December 23, 2017 7:49 am

Trump has admitted to taking full advantage of tax loopholes which he admits giving him direct knowledge of the problem.

Hey let’s see Clinton’s, Obama. I bet there is some serious hiding and dodging going on with taxes right now by those two malcontents.

Reply to  Gareth
December 23, 2017 9:06 am

nc: I just Googled for Hillary Clinton tax return, and Obama tax return. Unlike Trump, both of them released their tax returns during their campaigns, and Obama continued releasing his while he was president.

Reg Nelson
Reply to  Gareth
December 23, 2017 9:41 am

Trump had one of tax his returns leaked. Rachel Maddow made a huge deal about and did Geraldo style build up to the reveal.

Problem was there was no shocking reveal. In 2005 Trump earned $150 million and paid $38 million in tax.

In contrast, public records show that in 2014 The Clinton Foundation spent only 5.7% of their spending on charitable purposes — the minimum legal limit is 5%.

Reply to  Gareth
December 23, 2017 12:47 pm

‘You show me yours and I’ll show you mine Gareth’.

If not not, that makes you a tax cheat, yes?

Warren Blair
Reply to  Warren Blair
December 23, 2017 4:42 am

Assange wrote a book about the experience. Settle down Pat!

Dermot O'Logical
December 23, 2017 1:14 am

“h/t Breitbart”

Oh God. That’s just one step too far. This is the asylum.

A pity. I thought this site was sceptical. I see now it is simply toxic.

Good bye.

[leaving because you don’t like the source? buh bye -mod]

Reply to  Dermot O'Logical
December 23, 2017 2:26 am

I think Dermot does have a point though. The validity of information is influenced by the source, and the use of sources such as The Daily Mail, Breitbart and the National Enquirer for example does tend to undermine the reliability of articles based on those mines of dubious facts.

Nigel S
Reply to  Gareth
December 23, 2017 5:31 am

Didn’t you spot the masthead Maxim? ‘It does exactly what it says on the tin’ (thank God).

michael hart
Reply to  Gareth
December 23, 2017 5:34 am

OK, Gareth, here is the same story reported by the Guardian.
Does that make you feel any better? Does it make the story any more believable? Does it make you admit that Breitbart told the truth and that your complaint was unfounded?

Tom Halla
Reply to  michael hart
December 23, 2017 8:21 am

That is the problem with rating the reliability of news sources. Breitbart, over the past few years, has been very partisan, but about as likely to run totally unfounded stories as most of the legacy media. They have, but the same is true of the New York Times or the Guardian. Just don’t trust a single-source story too far.

Reply to  Gareth
December 23, 2017 6:13 am

So far, when I have double checked Breitbart Articles, they have a far superior track record than the NY Times. The Times is full of errors and blatant bias – while claiming to be “just the news”. Breitbart makes no bones about its conservative/libertarian bias and its facts (while sometimes over belabored) check out.

The thing is, the Times is way better than NBC or MSNBC or the very fake CNN. Trump derangement syndrome has completely ruined the TV alphabets – while they all loudly proclaim their strict neutrality.

Reply to  Gareth
December 23, 2017 6:51 am

Nigel, Michael, Owen, I am not claiming Breitbart is always wrong, what I am saying is that the frequency of their mistaken claims should make us as wary of using material published by them, as we would regarding articles by Info wars or the Daily mail. The claim that stopped clocks are right twice a day should not make them a reliable timekeeper. You may be interested in this list.

F. Leghorn
Reply to  Gareth
December 23, 2017 7:14 am

Gareth on December 23, 2017 at 6:51 am
Well if “Snopes” said it it must be true. And Politico is mainstream.

Nigel S
Reply to  Gareth
December 23, 2017 9:02 am

Anything on Snopes about tax evasion by the Guradian (sic) and their ‘posh’ backgrounds (private schools and Oxbridge) of the SJWs? This is just the first few.

Katherine Viner / Ripon Grammar School (Selective) / Pembroke College, Oxford (English)
Alan Rusbridger / Cranleigh Independent Boarding School (per term £10610) / Magdalene College, Cambridge (Eng Lit)
Martin Kettle / Leeds Modern School (Grammar) / Balliol College, Oxford.
George Monbiot / Stowe (fees per term Day £7500 / Boarding £10325) / Brasenose College, Oxford (Zoology)
Jonathan Freedland / University College Independent School, Hampstead (per term £5720) – / Wadham College, Oxford
Catherine Bennett / Lawnswood High School /Hertford College, Oxford.
Zoe Williams / Godolphin and Latymer Girls School (per term £5760)
/ Lincoln College, Oxford (Modern History)

December 23, 2017 1:59 am

In the case of ex-google employee, James Damore, a diligent man is punished by his employer for not drinking the diversity coolaid. In light of the case of Harvey Weinstein a prominent fund raiser for the Clinton campaign and many other #metoo take downs I reckon the directors of the parent company Alphabet probably figured it would not be long before another prominent Clinton donor and activist gets taken down so I reckon they are trying to front run such an event.

George Lawson
December 23, 2017 2:53 am

At least we might be able to persuade Google to be less blinkered on its attitude to climate change than Schmidt , and not just take the line of the more politically and financially powerful AGW fanatics

December 23, 2017 7:30 am

He ordered AlphaZero to study climate change in order to prove his belief in CAGW was real but it proved him WRONG and he couldn’t deal with the facts and had a meltdown trying to debate the AI.


Just kidding, well sort of.

December 23, 2017 8:16 am

So he is going to fight the climate geoengineering we’re seeing on a global scale? The skies are brown with it nearly every day.

Reg Nelson
December 23, 2017 9:49 am

Speaking of fake news, Facebook introduced a “disputed” tag to flag fake news stories. Unfortunately (for them) it backfired because FB used fake news media outlets like WaPo and CNN to vet stories. People saw the hypocrisy and tended to view “disputed” stories as true. So FB dropped the tag.

Here’s a link to an excellent article detailing how most of the U.S. MSM is biased, influenced and controlled by the Progressives:

December 23, 2017 3:53 pm

If you perform proper scientific method, you don’t need to campaign against skeptics. Just more proof that it’s entirely a political/propaganda war.

December 23, 2017 8:27 pm

We have Google to thank for Net Neutrality–and getting it passed was a big benefit to them two years ago, and why they were fully vested in keeping it in force.

Thank goodness it was struck down! (It was anything but “neutral” although most supporters were duped into believing it was, just like the ACA was “affordable”!!)

Suddenly Schmidt wants to be a friend of the forgotten man.

With “friends” like that, who needs him as president?

December 23, 2017 11:33 pm

Regarding global warming alarmism – Eric is FULL OF SCHMIDT!

There is NO credible evidence that increasing atmospheric CO2 is the sole or even the primary driver of global warming – there is better evidence that global temperature is primarily driven by natural factors, and atmospheric CO2 plays a minor and relatively insignificant role.

One important piece of supporting evidence is the moderate global cooling that occurred from ~1940 to ~1975, even as fossil fuel consumption and atmospheric CO2 rapidly accelerated.

Some natural global warming probably occurred following the Great Pacific Climate Shift circa 1977.

Furthermore, NO net NINO34 warming since 1982 suggests relatively INsignificant CO2-driven global warming since 1982.

The following points are proven:
1. There are orders of magnitude more heat calories in the oceans than in the atmosphere.
2. Atmospheric temperatures follow ocean temperatures.
3. Next to ocean temperatures, the next greatest influence on atmospheric temperatures is major (century-scale) volcanoes.
4. Attributing all remaining atmospheric temperature changes to increasing CO2 is self-serving warmist nonsense, circular thinking unsupported by evidence or logic.
5. Even attributing ALL remaining warming to increasing atmospheric CO2 only results in a climate sensitivity to increasing CO2 of ~1C/[2xCO2] – see Christy and McNider 1994 and 2017, which is so low that any impact on climate of increasing atmospheric CO2 would be minor, beneficial and not harmful.
6. Global warming alarmists have greatly exaggerated climate sensitivity to increasing CO2 in order to promote false global warming hysteria.
7. There is in reality NO GLOBAL WARMING CRISIS – it is a fiction, fabricated for political and economic gain, and it is the greatest fraud in dollar terms in human history.

Runaway global warming as promoted by alarmists is highly improbable. Minor global warming, no significant change, or moderate global cooling are much more probable outcomes, based on the evidence.

December 24, 2017 12:19 am

This list of CEO’s and politicians jumping ship is amazing. Q is suggesting it is related to I think this Executive Order signed the same day:

Dec 21, 16:27:41
Q !UW.yye1fxo 142660 >>142639
ES (Goog) resigned today post EO.

Qanon is likely an insider with in the NSA or some very high level federal agency that is giving us inside information to what is taking place with cleaning up our corruption.

Here are some reasons to believe whom he claims to be. This kind of thing did happen in the past as well it’s very rare where we get in side information like this.

Jimmy Haigh
December 24, 2017 1:09 am

Why are so many billionaire members of the upper echelons of the 1% club such rabid socialists?

Reply to  Jimmy Haigh
December 24, 2017 1:27 am

Jim: Corporatist which is the same-thing in practice with socialism. Meaning they believe corporations should highly influence the government. Republican that believe that are Rockefeller republicans. Democrats call it “the third way” it’s exactly the same-thing. “the third way” explains it the best in my opinion.

Take two separate circles one is the corporation the other is government move them to the point they connect. The area that they connect they’re the same. That is the third way.

December 24, 2017 9:11 am

Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft et al, the really large corporations that effectively have monopoly type influence in their sphere of influence, are effectively Utilities now. And should probably be regulated and governed as such, to the extant that they decide for citizens how we are going to conduct our lives. In the case of Google and Eric Schmitt, doing what he did as CEO in censuring legitimate climate scepticism is paramount to the same lack of freedom to access global information similar to China. His world view is one of totalitarianism, at least in regard to the free and open discussion about climate science. Glad he is leaving Google, and hope he was shown the door for his malfeasance while CEO.

Gunga Din
December 24, 2017 1:03 pm

They love to claim “The Koch Brothers” are funding this or that but ignore what Soros, Steyer etc. (and this guy) are funding. Their big bucks are “green”.

Gunga Din
December 24, 2017 1:28 pm

I made a comment that went into moderation but now it’s gone.
I suspect it went into moderation because I mentioned the “K-Bros”. (Understandable)
But now it’s gone completely.

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