Climate Scientists Running For Congress

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Climate scientists worried about cuts to their funding have decided to try to secure their supply of cash by running for Congress.

Politics & Climate Change: More Scientists Running For Congress In Affront To Trump

March 9th, 2018 by Steve Hanley

No president in US history has demeaned science and scientists as much as Donald Trump. His antediluvian attitudes about science and climate change infect policymaking at all levels of government. Not only is he personally a dunce when it comes to higher order thinking, he has surrounded himself with cabinet secretaries like Scott Pruitt, Rick Perry, and Ryan Zinke, who slavishly follow the gospel according to Charles and David Koch.

Perry told those attending the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston this week that is was “immoral” to suggest poor people in Africa shouldn’t have access to electricity made from burning fossil fuels. Pruitt has been busy scrubbing all mention of climate science from the EPA website and replacing scientists on its staff with political hacks while Zinke wants to pillage federal lands for their oil, gas, and coal resources.

All the anti-science rhetoric has resulted in a backlash from the scientific community. A political action group calling itself 314 Action, which was founded in 2016 to support candidates who have scientific or technical backgrounds, is recruiting scientists to run for office in 2018 and the response has been strong. Many scientists disdain the soul-wrenching wretchedness of politics, with its emphasis on grubbing for money from wealthy backers who expect a return on their investment. Then there is the character assassination that inevitably flows from the opposition to consider.

One of those seeking to fill Smith’s seat is Joseph Kosper. A Democrat who is a graduate of West Point, Kosper is a trained aerospace engineer. He tells the press, “I absolutely feel that science is under attack. It’s the opposite of when John F. Kennedy said he wanted to get us to the moon in less than 10 years. The way Trump is going, in 10 years he’ll have us back in caves.” Kosper promises on his website he will value only two things when he is elected — input from his constituents and “verified scientific data.”

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The evidence is ordinary people consistently rate climate change last on their list of priorities.

Attempting to run for Congress on a single issue which people rate as less important than everything else they’ve been asked about, in the hope that this evidence is wrong, is the triumph of theory over observation. But I guess we are talking about activist climate scientists.

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March 9, 2018 1:08 pm

Go for it and any other wrong way bets that you can think of. Don’t forget to skip campaigning in large areas like Hillary did in extreme arrogance. Just go to the places where they suck up madly.

Bryan A
Reply to  ResourceGuy
March 9, 2018 2:37 pm

Run Scientists Run
You will be unable to have time to practice Science while you are in Congress!
You will need to gather funding to run a campaign (a couple hundred mil should suffice)
You will need a believable slogan (Not “Because Scientists can”)
you will likely need to be prepared to leave Science behind win or lose (probably lose)

Reply to  Bryan A
March 10, 2018 12:38 am

Surely they left science behind long, long ago.

Russ Wood
Reply to  Bryan A
March 10, 2018 6:14 am

Somebody once wrote about the responsibilities dumped on a (scientific) Nobel winner “It’s as if, once you’ve done something extraordinary, the world conspires to prevent you ever doing such a thing again!”.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
March 10, 2018 7:55 pm

So … when climate scientists run for office, will they refuse to debate their opponent in public … like they refuse to debate the ruse of global warming in public? Will they hand-pick every audience and script the questions like HER?
Hint: the PEOPLE have had enough of this effete, aloof, elitist, political tactics. We’re looking through you … you’re all ghosts

Clive Bond
Reply to  ResourceGuy
March 10, 2018 9:01 pm

Inner city latte sippers.

March 9, 2018 1:08 pm

Will they run on a platform of JUNK science and Scaremongering … or just as Revolutionary Marxists ?

Bryan A
Reply to  kenji
March 9, 2018 2:38 pm

Is there a difference?

Reply to  kenji
March 10, 2018 3:41 am

Well said Benji.
Most politicians are lawyers. Lawyers are trained to deceive the courtroom, but to do so skillfully so as not to get caught. They take this “skill” into politics, and are masters of saying many words while saying nothing at all. They are, essentially, professional con artists.
Global warming alarmists are essentially con artists as well, whether they claim to be “scientists” is irrelevant because they do not adhere to the scientific method. You cannot be a warmist and be a true scientist, because adhering to the scientific method leads to the conclusion that there is no real global warming crisis – because there is NO credible evidence that the sensitivity of climate to increasing atmospheric CO2 is greater than ~1C/(2xCO2).
So having lawyers AND warmists run for politics is just more pollution, adding more floating slime to the political waters.

M Courtney
March 9, 2018 1:11 pm

I’m all in favour of climate policy being based on “verified scientific data.”
It would be novel.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  M Courtney
March 9, 2018 7:42 pm

Climate models are verified by the intercomparison projects. They simply declare verification by comparing one in silico simulation against other in silico simulations. They avoid comparison to observation by explicit choice. The only intrusion of reality into the models is at initialization. Text book definition of junk science.

Curious George
March 9, 2018 1:12 pm

We need more scientists with West Point diplomas.

Thomas Homer
Reply to  Curious George
March 9, 2018 1:33 pm

” … host Chris Matthews offered a measured apology for calling the U.S. Military Academy at West Point President Obama’s “enemy camp.”

Reply to  Curious George
March 9, 2018 5:58 pm

A century ago, the main group of individuals pursuing scientific research was military officers, along with independently wealthy enthusiasts. When the pursuit of science became a career unto itself, things began to change, overall for the worse IME.

Reply to  drednicolson
March 10, 2018 12:42 am

Absolutely correct. The old-time enthusiastic amateur did much more for true science than all these come-lately rent-seekers.

March 9, 2018 1:13 pm

People expect a return on their investments? Shocking! /sarc

Reply to  PaulH
March 9, 2018 2:40 pm

The Global Warming proponents are getting a great return on other people’s investment, just look at Al Gore’s Income for example.

Curious George
March 9, 2018 1:16 pm

314 Action .. a good marketing. Their members would not know what 2.718 means.

Reply to  Curious George
March 9, 2018 5:00 pm

Wondering what kind of Pi e they’ll be baking. Anything but Apple. (groan)

Neil Jordan
Reply to  Martin457
March 9, 2018 7:25 pm

Cherry. But only the transcendental cherries.

Reply to  Martin457
March 11, 2018 3:32 am

Do you reckon any of them may be able to cherry-pick their way to an election win?

Bruce Cobb
March 9, 2018 1:16 pm

“Back in caves” is where the carbonistas want us. “Scientists running for Congress” is a riot. SNL should do a sketch on that.

Mark from the Midwest
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 9, 2018 1:58 pm

If you look at Trump’s record he really wants to put everybody in a comfortable 2000 square foot ranch, with environmentally friendly landscaping

Bryan A
Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
March 9, 2018 2:21 pm

It truly is the Green Mob that wants to take us out of the industrialized electrified technological lifestyle we now afford and place us back into the Pre-industrialized un-electrified non-technological Semi-Agrarian hunter gatherer Cave Man like past where everyone toiled to survive.

Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
March 10, 2018 8:31 am

There’s nothing so flavorful as the taste of meat cooked over a dung fire. Unfortunately it tastes like dung.

Greg Woods
March 9, 2018 1:17 pm

‘Kosper is a trained aerospace engineer.’ – Well. he certainly does seem to be ‘trained’ alright….

Bob Burban
Reply to  Greg Woods
March 9, 2018 1:52 pm

‘Kosper is a trained aerospace engineer.’ Is that like, a space cadet?

NW sage
Reply to  Greg Woods
March 9, 2018 3:51 pm

Aerospace engineer coming out of West Point (Army??) If he really is aerospace it is obvious why he didn’t make it very far in the Army.

Reply to  NW sage
March 10, 2018 8:35 am

Let’s not give the Army all the credit. The Navy has also weighed in a times saying all the ice in the Arctic is going to melt from AGW.

March 9, 2018 1:28 pm

Is the “aerospace engineer” the sum total of climate scientists running for Congress?
I would think someone “trained as an aerospace engineer” would be better at math. An anti-fossil fuel greentard doesn’t stand an ice cube’s chance on Venus in Texas 21st Congressional District.

Reply to  David Middleton
March 9, 2018 2:25 pm

Funny. The ARS Technica morons misspelled Kopser’s name.comment image

Phil R
Reply to  David Middleton
March 9, 2018 3:55 pm

Climate science. Why worry about details. 🙂

Reg Nelson
March 9, 2018 1:32 pm

Further proof that “Climate Science” is a political movement, not a scientific one.

Reply to  Reg Nelson
March 10, 2018 6:17 am

True, but it rides on the grant money Gravy Train. Which is why it is corrupt and how it became that way – – and now days, not all that different from politics.

March 9, 2018 1:32 pm

So…he was the second place Democratic candidate on Tuesday in the Texas 21st district.
The split of votes Tuesday appears to be 40% primary election D candidates (50,664) vs 60% R candidates (71,396) .
I’d place a sizable bet on him not winning the district election and a modest bet on him not even winning the primary runoff.

Reply to  Charles Rotter
March 9, 2018 2:47 pm

Lamar Smith won every election since the district was established in 2014 by a margin close to 60-40%.
The media hype about Texas Democrats reminds me of the 2014 election, when the lamestream media proclaimed Abortion Barbie to be the next Governor of Texas, right before Greg Abbott kicked the living schist out of her 59% to 39%.

JRF in Pensacola
Reply to  David Middleton
March 9, 2018 3:19 pm

Which is why Democrats need an infusion of votes from (currently) non-citizens.

Reply to  Charles Rotter
March 9, 2018 6:52 pm

Thanks for the heads up CTM!
Saves me from wondering just what an “aerospace engineer” does in the military…
More info:,_2018_Democratic_primary),_2018_Republican_primary)
Eighteen Republicans running for Lamar Smith’s old position.
Four Democrats ran for the Democratic primary.
U.S. House, Texas District 21 Democratic Primary, 2018
Candidate Vote % Votes
Mary Wilson 30.93% 15,669
Joseph Kopser 28.98% 14,684
Derrick Crowe 23.07% 11,686
Elliott McFadden 17.02% 8,625
Total Votes 50,664″
“U.S. House, Texas District 21 Republican Primary, 2018
Total Votes 71,396”
As most folks should know, voter turnout for the elections is usually different, as evidenced for 2016’s election:
“U.S. House, Texas District 21 General Election, 2016
Party — Candidate ————– Vote % Votes
Republican — Lamar Smith Incumbent 57% ——- 202,967
Democratic — Thomas Wakel ———— 36.4% —- 129,765
Libertarian — Mark Loewe —————- 4.1% —- 14,735
Green ——— Antonio Diaz —————- 2.4% —— 8,564
Total Votes 356,031”
Mr. aerospace engineer claims to run a low key campaign, yet apparently has deep pockets backing his play.
Kopser led the field in funds raised as of December 31, 2017, reporting about $678,000 in total contributions with $260,000 of those in the last quarter of 2017. That amount was more than any of the 18 Republican candidates who filed for the seat raised in the same quarter. Crowe reported the next-highest funds raised in the Democratic race with $120,000 in contributions at the close of 2017
Here’s hoping Kopser wastes incredible amounts of cash for a loser campaign. Especially if Texan’s spot the truth behind his eco-loony anti-civilization, everybody must freeze, starve and go without fossil fuel derived clothing.

Kristi Silber
Reply to  ATheoK
March 9, 2018 10:03 pm

“314 Action takes its name from the first three digits of pi and says it has attracted a network of 400,000 donors. The group says nearly 7,000 scientists and technical people have expressed an interest in becoming a candidate for public office.”

Robert from oz
March 9, 2018 1:44 pm

I didn’t think Trump was attacking science as much as he was attacking junk science or fake science .

Mark from the Midwest
Reply to  Robert from oz
March 9, 2018 2:02 pm

I really think he’s attacking fear-mongering more than anything, he hears all these bozos crying that the sky is falling, but none of them plausible solutions, (cause it’s hard to have plausible solutions for pseudo problem)

Reply to  Robert from oz
March 9, 2018 5:25 pm

Trump isn’t attacking Science. Trump is just telling the truth and they think it’s an attack on Science (Climate Science is what they really mean).
Their “Climate Science” is based on a bunch of speculation and apparently Trump recognizes this and the Alarmists do not. Trump’s position *does* attack the Alarmists’ position, but that’s not the same as “attacking science”.

C. Paul Pierett
Reply to  TA
March 9, 2018 5:30 pm

Trump would have a hard time spelling the word “science.” That’s the problem one has when a person has the vocabulary of a fifth grader.

Reply to  TA
March 9, 2018 6:05 pm

Fifth graders learned a lot more when Trump was in school than they do nowadays, so your immature jab falls flat.

Reply to  TA
March 9, 2018 6:06 pm

Once again, the ignorant troll defines stupid as anyone who doesn’t agree with him.
Then again, virtue signaling is it’s own reward for you terminally clueless twits.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  TA
March 9, 2018 7:24 pm

CPaul, You must have graduated the 5th grade, can you match Trump’s achievements?
Gitchusumbiznis, dude!

Reply to  TA
March 10, 2018 5:37 pm

C. Paul Pierett wrote March 9, 2018 at 5:30 pm
“Trump would have a hard time spelling the word “science.” That’s the problem one has when a person has the vocabulary of a fifth grader.”
Stripping away all the rhetoric from both sides, here is the bottom line, from an expert in energy:
Trumps gets energy right (correct) whereas Obama and Hillary got it totally wrong.
Energy is the lifeblood of society. When you get it right, like Trump, your society will prosper. When you get it wrong, like Obama and Hillary, your society will ultimately fail.
Re the lack of civility in the climate debate:
The warmists started the public “climate war” circa year 2000 or even earlier, and the skeptics were polite for many years. Recently, the skeptics have become more aggressive because the utterly deceitful and criminal conduct of the warmists has become fully apparent.
There is no room for clemency in this debate. The warmists are con artists and criminals who are responsible for the squandering of tens of trillions of scarce global resources and the needless loss of millions of lives. They belong in jail.

Reply to  TA
March 11, 2018 8:34 am

Given the number of careers being ruined for the sin of going against the “consensus”, the time for civility has passed.

Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 1:48 pm

So what do they think their constituents want. It certainly wasn’t the half billion solar panels Hillary promised to install. I wouldn’t want to be running on the Democratic ticket against Trump’s more jobs, lower taxes, cheaper energy, and the rest of the world rethinking the fog they found themselves in and these braintrusts promising to skin their voters to keep a ponzi scheme in place. I suppose they will be bankrolled by Steyer and the other usual patsies.
Everything these warm proponents do, as you point out Eric, is show the contempt they have for empirical science, their elitist disdain and selfishness vis a vis the taxpayer and I have to say deficiency in reasoning skills and maybe basic intellect.
Over a decade of debunking climate science offerings, Steve McIntyre came to the conclusion that the quality of the work he saw brought him to the realization that most climate scientist PhDs would have considered themselves lucky to have gotten jobs as highschool science teachers in an earlier generation. They are going to discover that to be a successful politician will prove too challenging for them, too.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 1:53 pm
Gary Pearse
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 2:35 pm

Democrats are putting off a deep retrospective on their failure in the last election and going all in in a delegitimization of Trump based on their own fake news on Russian collusion. They seem to think they were fine but were tricked. This and keeping the old guard is a recipe for an even bigger failure to come. What has Nancy Pelorosaurus got that will change anything?

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 2:48 pm

Even San Fran Nan realized (a little late) that running again Trump’s Tax Cuts might have been a mistake: “Nancy Pelosi Backtracks on ‘Crumbs’ Tax Reform Comment”

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 2:52 pm

Oops, that should read “… that running against …”. Darn typos.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 5:33 pm

Republicans and Conservatives need to turn out and vote in these upcoming elections. We are not out of the Woods yet, although electing Trump was a very good start. Now we need to give him enough votes in Congress to pass the rest of his agenda and put the USA back on the right track.
We almost lost our country but were saved on November 8, 2016. But this is only momentary if we don’t keep it going, and as you have probably noticed the whole world of the Elites is pushing back, so we have to doing our own political pushing.
It’s not over. We still have a long way to go. But at least we are headed in the right direction for the first time in many years.

C. Paul Pierett
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 5:39 pm

ROTFLMFAO @ TA: “Now we need to give him enough votes in Congress to pass the rest of his agenda”

He already has a majority in both houses and can’t get stuff done.

LOL!!!!……members of he own party think he’s a loser.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 6:07 pm

I read an article this morning about how Sanders and Fauxcohantas would be the dream team for the Democrats in 2020.
I’ve also read that Biden, who bowed out in 2016 because of age, feels he’s getting younger and is considering a run in 2020 as well.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 6:09 pm

‘C, are you being paid to make a fool of yourself? Unlike Democrats, Republicans can and do think for themselves and often make decisions based on what they believe will be best for their district instead of best for the country.
Regardless, even with super majorities in his first two years, Obama couldn’t get most of his agenda passed either.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 6:12 pm

I wouldn’t call having already signed more bills than the previous few administrations put together “not getting stuff done”. The hand-in-glove media naturally only focuses on Trump’s goals that are being slowed down by Democrat obstructionism. Oh, that’s right, it’s only obstructionism when Republicans do it, eh Obummer?

C. Paul Pierett
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 6:52 pm

“Unlike Democrats, Republicans can and do think for themselves”

The ability to do, and think for oneself is not contingent upon a subjects political persuasion. Besides the fact that you have ignored all the folks that consider themselves “independent.”

C. Paul Pierett
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 6:57 pm

drednicolson: “having already signed more bills”

You need to differentiate executive orders from bills signed after passage by Congress.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 7:11 pm

I didn’t say that the ability to think was dependent upon political persuasion, I said that those who are unwilling or unable to think for themselves naturally become Democrats.
Why is it that you trolls are so unable to do even basic logic.
As to signing executive orders, your idol Obama signed more of them than the previous several presidents combined.

C. Paul Pierett
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 7:13 pm

MarkW, your incessant “us versus them” way of thinking has blinded you to the fact that both Democrats and Republicans are both AMERICANS . Reality is not black and white, and the sooner you realize this fact, the sooner your obsession with binary thinking will be cured.

C. Paul Pierett
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 7:21 pm

MarkW shows his ignorance……
“Obama signed more of them than the previous several presidents combined.”
Obama: 276
George W Bush: 291
Ronald Regan: 381
Bill Clinton: 364
Jimmy Cater: 320
Nixon: 346

C. Paul Pierett
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 7:51 pm

MarkW, my advice to you?….spend less time in the right wing echo chamber, and more time in the real world.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 8:46 pm

C. Paul Pierett
i bet you didn’t know that trump was elected to UNdo stuff.
you may also be surprised to be unable to learn that you are dull and annoying.
just get some fake boobs instead. you can get attention with those.

Kristi Silber
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2018 10:17 pm

C. Paul Pierett :
“MarkW, your incessant “us versus them” way of thinking has blinded you to the fact that both Democrats and Republicans are both AMERICANS . Reality is not black and white, and the sooner you realize this fact, the sooner your obsession with binary thinking will be cured.”
YES! THANK YOU! We are losing our nation to tribalism, vitriol and lack of understanding. United we stand, divided we fall. Free speech has become an excuse for lack of civility, and freedom in general for a lack of responsibility. Modern America is all about entitlement. It’s not confined to the right, but I see more people on the left wanting to do something to change it.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 10, 2018 5:03 am

“ROTFLMFAO @ TA: “Now we need to give him enough votes in Congress to pass the rest of his agenda”
Come on now, C. Paul. You are smart enough to know that it takes 60 votes in the U.S. Senate to pass legislation and the Republicans don’t have 60 votes and the Democrats vote in a block against just about everything the Republicans put up. Give us 60 Republican Senators and it will be a different story.
The House of Representatives has sent upwards of 200 bills to the U.S. Senate where every one of them dies because Republicans don’t have the 60 votes.
I personally favor the Senate changing its rules to requiring a majority vote for passage instead of 60. The world won’t come to and end if this rule is changed.

Remy Mermelstein
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 10, 2018 5:26 am

TA, it only take 51 votes to pass legislation in the Senate, no need to change the rules. However, you are confusing a cloture vote with passing legislation, which are two different things.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 10, 2018 7:09 am

The projection is strong with these.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 10, 2018 5:55 pm

‘C’ whines about others having an us vs. them mentality.
Now that thar is funny.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 10, 2018 5:56 pm

Remy, if you can’t break cloture, than the bill doesn’t get passed.
Simple really, unless you goal is to confuse the issue.

Remy Mermelstein
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 10, 2018 6:04 pm

Thank you very much MarkW. I see that you do not disagree with my contention that a bill only needs 51 votes to pass the Senate.

C. Paul Pierett
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 10, 2018 6:08 pm

“Now that thar is funny.”

You know what is funny?………this is funny:

Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 11, 2018 8:36 am

Remy, actually I completely disproved your contention, though I’m not surprised that you aren’t honest enough to admit it.

Tom Halla
March 9, 2018 1:48 pm

One does have to consider, though, the Obama administration considered someone with a MS in Environmental Heatlh Engineering a “scientist”.

Tom Halla
Reply to  Tom Halla
March 9, 2018 1:49 pm

health sp

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Tom Halla
March 9, 2018 7:46 pm

The Obama admin had Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes with zero background in national security. Mr Rhodes singular qualifications were his degrees in BA English Literature and MA in Communications. Those are the perfect complimenting degrees for a propaganda minister intent on running a disinformation campaign. Which is what Rhodes and his proven Liar Boss Susan Rice did. Propaganda.

March 9, 2018 1:54 pm

“activist climate scientists.”
Just about sums up the lot of them!

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Paul Homewood
March 9, 2018 7:00 pm

Oxymorons, every one of them. They carry no credence in my mind, once they join a scientological/political campaign.

March 9, 2018 2:01 pm

Ain’t democracy great? On the one hand you want to be able vote for the people running the country, but on the other hand some politicians are the last people you want running the country.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  climanrecon
March 9, 2018 2:39 pm

Better than the alternatives.

Mary Brown
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 9, 2018 2:56 pm

Democracy stinks. The USA is a Constitutional Republic. Much better than democracy.

C. Paul Pierett
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 9, 2018 3:03 pm

Constitutional Republics stink. The USA is a plutocracy, with the best politicians money can buy.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 9, 2018 6:11 pm

As opposed to every country in the world ‘C’?
I’m sure ‘C’ would prefer a communist dictator where the government gets to decide what is best for everyone.
Of course even then, those with money will still influence the government.
The only time when government isn’t being bought, is when government is sufficiently innocuous that it’s power isn’t worth buying.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
March 9, 2018 7:04 pm

Mark- I second that, fellow patriot.

March 9, 2018 2:30 pm

Kosper if you are so much into hyperbole such as back in caves in 10 years you are not a stable person and no scientist

March 9, 2018 2:42 pm

Oh that is just too beautiful to be true. A bunch of voodoo cult pseudoscientists sitting on Capitol Hill instructing the peons on how they have to freeze in the dark while they and their Hollywood chums fly around in private jets and bask on the decks of luxury motor yachts. That’s definitely going to work.

March 9, 2018 2:50 pm

I don’t think Hanley has read ‘How to Win Friends & Influence People.’

March 9, 2018 2:52 pm

This is simply an example of what the whole climate change hysteria is about. Money and power for the select few while the masses are burdened with ever more controls and taxes. A totalitarian’s dream.

Reply to  Mike
March 9, 2018 5:47 pm

UNDP / United Nations Development Programme
Press Releases: 2017/09/27
‘UNDP announces partnership with top universities to set development yardstick for impact investing’
Wharton School, U.S.
Carlton University, Canada
Oxford University, U.K.
And also see:
Launch of UNSIF Research Council
The money continues to flow in.

Kristi Silber
Reply to  Mike
March 9, 2018 10:25 pm

“Money and power for the select few ” That’s free market capitalism, not climate change. What an odd thing to say! Who gets rich from climate change hysteria? Bloggers maybe. I read the other day on Forbes that top bloggers make $400,000/year.

Reply to  Kristi Silber
March 10, 2018 5:59 pm

Sorry, you have, like most leftists, confused socialism with the free market.
It’s socialism that concentrates wealth in the hands of the few.
The free market allows anyone with a good idea, or with talent and drive, to get rich.
Under socialism only those with good connections make it to the top.
Climate Change Hysteria has provided lucrative careers for many “scientists” who would otherwise be unemployable.

Mary Brown
March 9, 2018 2:55 pm

“the gospel according to Charles and David Koch.”
I wish Trump followed their gospel. I might like him more if he did.

Reply to  Mary Brown
March 9, 2018 5:56 pm

I heard the Koch’s were not very happy with Trump imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum. Too bad, so sad, but that’s what Trump campaigned on and that’s what he is doing. Trump is going to go after unfair trade practices whereever he finds them.
Trump should do whatever is necessary to invigorate U.S. steel and aluminum production in order to be able to supply our defense needs. Those who would argue against this move are on the wrong side of history and Trump will make you look like you don’t care about defending the U.S, which would be an accurate observation.
I find it interesting that so many people favor not imposing tariffs which means they favor the United States running an $800 billion deficit every year.
Why would people like Paul Ryan and several Republican Senators favor allowing other nations to continue to screw us financially? I want to hear their arguments. It appears to me their worries are local, not national, as some other nations threaten to target companies in Paul’s and those others jurisdictions.
They couldn’t have any other rational argument. They are putting their local interest ahead of the national interest. And doing so before even hearing Trump out on his plans, which are very flexible, if you hadn’t noticed. Perhaps instead of complaining publicly, Paul Ryan could go to the president and get himself a waiver.
Paul, et al, an annual $800 billion deficit is not Free Trade and is not acceptable. Don’t say you are defending Free Trade by pushing back against Trump’s tariffs. You are defending the taking of our money by the rich of other nations by not backing Trump.
You should help President Trump reduce our annual deficit to zero or as close to it as possible. And a surplus would be very nice. But you won’t get it trying to buck Trump. Haven’t you guys learned anything about Trump yet?
Trump knows best when it comes to U.S policy (or at least better than you clowns). Get used to it.

Kristi Silber
Reply to  TA
March 9, 2018 11:05 pm

They are worried about a tariff war, which happened in 1930 and it was terrible for our economy. Other countries are already talking about “balancing” the game – enacting tariffs of their own. It’s also not good news for the domestic auto industry and others who use a lot of steel. We can’t compete price-wise, so we are harming some industries at the expense of others as well as making our products more expensive. Those are some of the reasons for reluctance.

Reply to  TA
March 9, 2018 11:54 pm

If only US unions would support wages, health and safety and environmental regulations comparable to Bangladesh, then tariffs would not be needed.

Reply to  TA
March 10, 2018 6:04 pm

I wasn’t aware that Bangladesh had a steel and aluminum industries?
Time for a little reality. Even if you could plop down a fully modern steel industry into Bagledesh and staff it with only Bangledeshis, it still wouldn’t compete with the US, for several reasons that should be obvious.
First, access to reliable power. Doesn’t exist.
Second, the ability to reliably ship raw materials in and finished products out. Doesn’t exist.
Third, Bangledeshis with the skills to operate a steel plant. Don’t exist. (And if they did exist, they would demand wages that were much closer to the American standard.)
America’s steel and auto industries were hamstrung by labor unions that demanded wages far above what their productivity supported.

Reply to  Mary Brown
March 9, 2018 6:12 pm

The only mental skills that leftists have ever mastered, is projection.
Which explains why they think that conservatives are being controlled by a couple of billionaires.

Reply to  Mary Brown
March 9, 2018 7:14 pm

This may provide a temporary respite for the politically favored industries, but it will hurt every other industry in the country.
If China wants to subsidize steel and aluminum, that just makes it easier for American firms to under cut the Chinese in every industry that uses steel and aluminum as an input.
The only thing tariffs do is change what industry the job losses are going to be in.

March 9, 2018 3:45 pm

Judith Curry should run 🙂

Reply to  jim2
March 9, 2018 6:13 pm

She has too much integrity.

March 9, 2018 4:54 pm

Climate “science” is NOT the ONLY science.
Claims of “anti-science” seem to follow the conflate-everything-into-one philosophy of many climate alarmists.
To repeat: Climate “science” is NOT the ONLY science.
In fact, there are those who would question whether it is science at all. Funny how questionable science becomes the benchmark for measuring the assault on science.

Michael Jankowski
March 9, 2018 5:04 pm

His website only briefly mentions climate change.
It needs proof-reading and for large portions to be re-written…badly.

Reply to  Michael Jankowski
March 9, 2018 6:14 pm

“to be re-written…badly”
You want to make it worse than it already is?

March 9, 2018 5:17 pm

Delve deeper into the science with an understanding of thermalization and use of Quantum Mechanics (Hitran does the calculations) and discover that CO2 does not now, has never had and will never have a significant effect on climate.

Gunga Din
March 9, 2018 5:24 pm

I can hear their slogan now:
We lie better than the politicians!”

Leonard Weinstein
March 9, 2018 5:46 pm

He is not an aerospace engineer or scientist. While he has a BSc in aerospace engineering, he has done no science activity. He went on to other fields for his masters and work.

March 9, 2018 5:51 pm

Politicized science demeaned itself. Didn’t need any help from the current Executive for that. The previous Executive, however, did help it to demean itself.

Joel O’Bryan
March 9, 2018 7:31 pm

Kosper would be “in like Flynn” if he’d just come out as trans in the Democratic party. As white straight male in the Democratic party, he has 3 strikes against him.

Joel O’Bryan
March 9, 2018 7:38 pm

So Cosper is a Aerospace Engineer grad from West Point.
On another note, I’m a service academy BS Civil Engineering degree and an EIT in Colorado and a biomed PhD from a university in eastern Mass.
I’d debate Cosper on the validity of climate change alarmism any day. Cosper clearly either doesn’t know, or doesn’t care, that alarmist climate science is totally dependent on cargo-cult science climate models. As such, he’d get his butt handed to him in no short time.
Air Force has always enjoyed spanking West Point.
But we’d both be declared guilty of “Mann”-splaining, since neither of us are PhD climate scientists. Thankfully.

March 9, 2018 8:27 pm

“…but I guess we’re talking about activist climate scientists.”
That about sums it up.

Kristi Silber
March 9, 2018 10:00 pm

“The evidence is ordinary people consistently rate climate change last on their list of priorities.”
Most of those choices affected people in their everyday lives and/or were directly about values. It’s not a good comparison with “action on climate change.”
61% of global respondents to a Pew poll considered climate change to be “a major threat to our country.” The only greater threat was ISIS.
The media blurb is terrible, but I think it would be great to have a few scientists in Congress. It’s about time! Just because someone is a scientist doesn’t mean he (or she) is any less fit for office than an actor or businessman.

Reply to  Kristi Silber
March 10, 2018 3:24 pm

If all they are going to do is push progressive crap dressed up as science, then no thanks.

Reply to  Kristi Silber
March 10, 2018 6:05 pm

Why exactly do you believe a so called poll of global respondents should be relevant to a US election?

Mark T
March 9, 2018 10:36 pm

Apparently these nitwits didn’t get the memo. The blue wave is more like a swirl.

Reply to  Mark T
March 10, 2018 5:21 am

Yeah, the Blue Wave just barely got the beachgoer’s feet wet.

Ed Zuiderwijk
March 10, 2018 12:58 am

Please elect Mann to Congress. No more certain way to show the other members what he really is all about.

March 10, 2018 1:57 am

Albert Einstein, a Jew but not an Israeli citizen, was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952 but turned it down, stating “I am deeply moved by the offer from our State of Israel, and at once saddened and ashamed that I cannot accept it. All my life I have dealt with objective matters, hence I lack both the natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people and to exercise official functions”.
He succinctly explained why scientists should NEVER be political leaders.
Einstein serves as the counterexample that demonstrates the Dunning-Kruger Effect: a cognitive bias wherein people of low ability suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their cognitive ability as greater than it is. The cognitive bias of illusory superiority derives from the metacognitive inability of low-ability persons to recognize their own ineptitude; without the self-awareness of metacognition, low-ability people cannot objectively evaluate their actual competence or incompetence.
Similarly, any scientist who has ambitions of serving in a political office serves as a living example of this effect.

Reply to  tadchem
March 10, 2018 6:06 pm

Truly smart people are keenly aware of how much they don’t know.

old construction worker
March 10, 2018 2:15 am

“verified scientific data.”? I wouldn’t vote for him . He should have have said “verifiable scientific data” Does he know we have a law called the Data Quality Act?

March 10, 2018 3:00 am

You can either be an activist, or a scientist. There is no such thing as a “activist scientist”.

March 10, 2018 5:53 am

Another activist cretin masquerading as a scientist. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

Michal Malženický
March 10, 2018 6:27 am

Trump can be lucky about global warming, even if this year the first LENR system is automated. However, in this case, geoengineering will also be needed, as the interruption of pollution can temporarily cause further warming.

March 10, 2018 7:58 am

“Kosper promises on his website he will value only two things when he is elected — input from his constituents and “verified scientific data.””
Ah, so what’s he going to do, if elected, if his constituents tell him that they agree with the current administration’s policies on climate change?

March 10, 2018 1:44 pm

Typically West Point weeds out those with serious character flaws. Clearly this is not a perfect process as this deceptive and misleading candidate shows.

March 11, 2018 6:28 am

Since Trump is cutting budgets that have supported and grown the number of climate scientists they are now looking to fields in which their skills of manipulation of facts and double talk are valuable assets so politics is a natural.

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