Climate Modeller Embarrassed by Her Air Travel

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Nobody seems to mind, if a “Green” clocks up a lot of air miles.

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Willie Soon – A climate modeller has spoken of her distress at her “pretty awful” carbon footprint, including air travel to climate conferences, and energy used to power climate supercomputers.

Climate computer modeling needs to be greener

Friederike Otto, deputy director of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, has identified areas where she can reduce emissions but says researchers can’t tackle the problem alone.

“Compared to the average person, my carbon footprint is absolutely awful but it is all through air travel,” she told DW. “On the other hand, working at Oxford, my climate footprint in my daily work life is small. I do not own a car and never did, so my daily commute, school run and shopping is all on bike or foot.”

Still, Otto is frustrated by some of the challenges she can’t address alone, including her house. It is relatively new and built according to British emission standards, which are poor, she said, even though we know how to build carbon-neutral homes.

Like other scientists, she said the issue of traveling to conferences is vexing. Flying over long distances, multiple times each year, to attend meetings is part of the job for thousands in her field. Such exchanges are important in order to make scientific advances. But more could be done to reduce travel, including improving video conferencing technologies for larger gatherings, says Otto.

Running large supercomputers for complex climate modeling is also energy intensive. But these simulations are crucial to understanding the climate.

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I wish Friederike luck with her efforts to green her profession, but I don’t see evidence of a widespread effort to stop the proliferation of large climate conferences in luxury holiday resorts which seems to be such an essential part of making the world more carbon friendly.

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March 11, 2018 8:09 pm

Friederike Otto, deputy director of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute will eventually realize that her fears are groundless and that the extra CO2 is only helping the World’s plants and food production and greening the planet. Sadly, for her, then there will no longer be any point or high moral virtue to be gained from the proliferation of large climate conferences in luxury holiday resorts which were once such an essential part of making the world a better place.

Reply to  ntesdorf
March 12, 2018 4:03 am

They could all donate and purchase or commandeer a small island in the Pacific and stay there–less travel–communicate with the rest of the world by message in a bottle–also easier to measure ocean rise and acidity. I am willing to help with the cause by giving and informing my two friends

Reply to  Marysduby
March 12, 2018 8:15 am

If global warming is inevitable then why a tropical island? Send them to the islands in the southern Atlantic where it will be balmy in… 10 years, and then they can lament their inability to predict 10 years.

Reply to  ntesdorf
March 12, 2018 5:59 am

No need to be embarrassed, Ms. Otto, you’re simply a (willing) example of the absurdity of trying to go green while still enjoying the countless benefits bestowed upon you by those wonderful fossil fuels without which modern life would be impossible. Indeed you are akin to St. Augustine who is said to have prayed “Oh Lord, make me chaste, but not yet”. In your case, that would read: Oh Lord, make me green, but not yet.

Reply to  Trebla
March 12, 2018 8:32 am

Why should she live in climate challenged housing then? She could simply pitch a tent in her friend’s garden, and also attend all her conferences by Whatsapp. Problem solved.

March 11, 2018 8:33 pm

I would applaud their spreading the wealth (and CO2) except that most of their finance comes from taxpayers, not entrepreneurial sources. If what they were doing was paying their way… Dream on.

Reply to  majormike1
March 12, 2018 7:45 am

I wonder how quickly she would change her traveling and conference behavior if she had to pay all her travel cost out of her own pocket. In one bureau, while we didn’t make staff pick up their travel bill, we did require all their travel to come out of their project budget after their project budget total was approved and project benchmarks clearly defined. One of the benchmarks could not be “presenting results at a conference.” We also made conference travel much tougher. Not only did we require a paper be finish, through editorial board, but an explanation of why it was important for their specific paper to be given at a particular conference.

Ken Mitchell
March 11, 2018 8:34 pm

Webex, TeamViewer, Skype, LogMeIn …. there are MANY ways that she can reduce her carbon footprint. Or better yet, only schedule climate conferences in non-resort cities; Fargo, ND would LOVE to host some conferences during the winter.

Komrade Kuma
Reply to  Ken Mitchell
March 12, 2018 1:55 am

Spot on there Ken/ These self important, narcissistitic hypocrites should be at the cutting edge of ‘virtual conferencing’ and have a carbon footprint no bigger than their own pets. Its not like they lack the intellignce, education, resources, motivation, access to funding etc etc etc. The only advantage I can see in going to all these flash conference locations is that in addition to attending the conference they get lots of expensive meals and wine and get laid without having the partner around to bother about.

Reply to  Komrade Kuma
March 12, 2018 3:02 am

That is indeed the reason for conferences. Unless one has minority tastes, personal interaction is so much more desirable than a virtual meeting over Skype. Party!

AGW is not Science
Reply to  Komrade Kuma
March 12, 2018 11:03 am

I’d agree on the “self important, narcissistic hypocrites,” but you might be surprised at the “carbon footprint” of those internet based conferences. Just think of all that audio/video equipment and displays, and those servers, humming away trying to keep the stream in “real time,” so said “self important, narcissistic hypocrites” can quack on about the non-existent human-induced climate catastrophe.
If they really want to get serious, they should return to cave life, and start chasing down their dinner with a stick that they sharpened on a rock. Otherwise they’re nothing but hypocrites who need to STFU.

Mickey Reno
Reply to  Ken Mitchell
March 12, 2018 8:03 am

Canadian Climate Minister Catherine McKenna (aka Climate Barbie) recently traveled from Ottawa to Cancun, Mexico for a climate conference about women, thereby saving the planet by escaping global warming herecomment image&f=1
and suffering even warmer temperatures herecomment image&f=1

andrew dickens
Reply to  Ken Mitchell
March 12, 2018 8:05 am

To be fair, the next UN Climate Conference (COP 24) is to be held in Katowice, Poland – one of the most polluted cities in Europe. I wonder how many of the usual delegates will make an excuse and not turn up.

Reply to  andrew dickens
March 12, 2018 8:19 am

This is the “conference” you allow your subordinates to attend on your behalf. I wonder how many surrogates will be attending.

March 11, 2018 8:34 pm

Quit, you *bleeping* hypocrite.

JLC of Perth
Reply to  Max Photon
March 12, 2018 12:48 am

Some people seem to enjoy wallowing in guilt. It’s futile but can be entertaining to watch.

Reply to  JLC of Perth
March 12, 2018 1:59 am

Except that guilt wallowing is literally bringing Western civilisation to it’s knees in several crucial ways. These crazies will bring millennia of development crashing down in a couple of short generations.

Reply to  JLC of Perth
March 12, 2018 2:23 am

It’s more like “humble bragging”, she’s wearing her supreme virtue on her sleeve for all to see.

Kristi Silber
March 11, 2018 8:38 pm

Eric, what luxury holiday resorts would those be? I’m honestly curious, I don’t know what kind of places they meet.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Kristi Silber
March 11, 2018 9:36 pm

Use this Link:
This is a list of meetings for the UN IPCC for 2018.
The main COP meetings (past) are listed here:
Some of the meetings have many thousands of people heading to the chosen city.
I’m not sure why, or who, but I’ll bet if you want, you can get funds to go.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Kristi Silber
March 12, 2018 7:44 am

I’ve used this link provided by John Hultquist ( to extract 2018 IPPC meeting cities:
Cairns, Australia (2 separate conferences on different dates)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Gabarone, Botswana
Geneva, Switzerland
Guangzhou, China
Paris, France
Quito, Ecuador
Trieste, Italy
4 conference locations for 2018 are TBD
For those keeping score at home, that’s 14 meetings in 12 months.

Bill Powers
Reply to  Kristi Silber
March 12, 2018 9:57 am

Career Opportunities in Climate Scientology. See the world on the taxpayers dime! Visit historic cities. Thrill at the endless sites to see, Luxuriate in the finest hotel accommodations. Dine with the rich and famous. and enjoy the worlds finest cuisine before drinking in the finest sunset views whilst sipping on your after dinner drinks, all at taxpayers expense.
Most importantly, learn how to scare the hell out of the taxpayer with the latest and greatest hyperbole disseminated at every event. Never let make believe future disasters go to waste today. Your career depends upon it.

March 11, 2018 8:40 pm

Why is she embarrassed? She’s feeding the plants that feed the planet.

Reply to  RockyRoad
March 11, 2018 10:43 pm

” … but of the Tree of the Fruit of CO2, thou shalt not eat …”
Original sin, with bonus guilt, fitting for a new religion, and also based on nothing verifiable, with revelatory doom predictions, plus Saints and Sinners, for if thou art lukewarm I shall spew thee out of my mouth! But if you repent, and confess your sins, ye shall be Saved!
And that’s it! All forgiven. You’re good to go. No more Sin!
It’s a good religion.

Reply to  WXcycles
March 12, 2018 6:51 am

Excellent sarcasm, WX. But let’s not leave people with the wrong impression.
If the fruits of the movement are considered, it’s a bad religion. Self-loathing humans should never be in charge of any policy that endangers the existence of others.

March 11, 2018 8:44 pm

“Running large supercomputers for complex climate modeling is also energy intensive. But these simulations are crucial to understanding the climate.”
But the debate on climate change is beyond debate sweetheart – the science is proven. Now’s the time to crawl into your carbon neutral house – in reality it would need to be a sparse hobbit hold to qualify – and try not to use any cold or hot water, your microwave , air conditioning or heating.
You have to set an example sweetheart. 😉

Reply to  rogerthesurf
March 11, 2018 11:17 pm

Don’t worry, the town will find something to do with the land, probably a big park…

March 11, 2018 8:50 pm

Don’t do as I do. Just do as I say.
– Friederike Otto, Hypocrite Extraordinare

March 11, 2018 8:55 pm

I hereby suggest that we hold a WUWT 1st Annual Convention, to held in some warm jurisdiction where we can all congregate and meet each other. Nothing too Fancy…maybe Las Vegas or some other such local destination with reasonable weather. We skeptic’s don’t spend much on jetting around to our ‘conferences’, and I think adding to the WUWT legacy for such an endeavour would add to its legitimacy as a global force of intelligent common sense in communicating climate issues. Invite our comrades from the other side to attend, and have a friendly debate about being able to communicate climate issues better to the global public. I would sign up for something like this, and not worry too much about any carbon footprint.

Phillip Bratby
Reply to  Earthling2
March 11, 2018 10:41 pm

Can you persuade the taxpayer to fund this jamboree, like he (she, it) does all the other boondoggles?

Paul r
March 11, 2018 9:08 pm

They could always unplug the super computers .they dont get anything right anyway.

Reply to  Paul r
March 12, 2018 12:13 am

Bitcoin production would suffer significantly

March 11, 2018 9:10 pm

Im sure Al Gore could give her a few tips……

John F. Hultquist
March 11, 2018 9:21 pm

I do drive — mostly to reach trails in the mountains that require attention. I have no problem justifying this.
I haven’t flown in 18 years.
For a small fee (indulgence) I will allow her to claim 18 flights. I was doing about 1 a year, when I did fly.
Oh, I’ve never been to a climate conference, and the climate never noticed.

March 11, 2018 9:34 pm

Friederike Otto just identified herself as a devout believer.
Friederike Otto’s ability to program a neutral program is extremely doubtful. Let alone her ability to interpret any results.

Dr.Wolfgang Zernial
March 11, 2018 10:18 pm

And all the work and travel is for “nothing”, as we German would say, because even after such long time they don´t have models, which are valid for future times and also not for past times

March 11, 2018 10:30 pm

Running large supercomputers for complex climate modeling is also energy intensive. But these simulations are crucial to understanding the climate.

Especially if you use them to mine bitcoins. (Headline: Police raid Bureau of Meteorology over cryptocurrency operation)

March 11, 2018 10:35 pm

Does anyone else find it passing strange that with all their doomsday rhetoric about CO2 and climate, NONE of these prophets and virtue-signalling types ever hold video conferences?
It makes it VERY obvious it’s the junket that matters, not the content.

Reply to  MarkMcD
March 11, 2018 11:17 pm

Yes, it does seem strange for people who claim to believe that we are all doomed if we don’t cut our carbon emissions drastically and immediately. But what’s the fun in holding video conferences? Making the sacrifice to lower one’s carbon footprint is something they expect from us non-elites. They, on the other hand, fully expect to live in the farmhouse with all the conveniences, while the rest of us are relegated to the cold, leaky barn.

March 11, 2018 11:06 pm

“Climate computer modeling needs to be greener”
Why not do the computer modeling by abacus? The models are fudged to output what they want them to output, so using ancient green technologies won’t change the results.

March 11, 2018 11:27 pm

“A climate modeller has spoken of her distress at her “pretty awful” carbon footprint, including air travel to climate conferences, and energy used to power climate supercomputers.”
She bears her pain with fortitude for the common good.

March 11, 2018 11:39 pm

I am very pleased to announce my new organisation set up to provide green indulgences. These are based on the Roman Catholic version
“In the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, an indulgence is “a way to reduce the amount of punishment one has to undergo for sins.”[1] It may reduce the “temporal punishment for sin” after death (as opposed to the eternal punishment merited by mortal sin), in the state or process of purification called Purgatory.”
Due to the busy lifestyles of those who have green-sinned, the recipient need do nothing more than pay money in order to be forgive for their un-greeness and general environmental awfulness in doing such things as flying, driving and buying bottled water. Our Committee are examining whether breathing should be on the list of unfriendly planet destroying actions
This money, although nominally payable to me, shall be used to undertake lots of good works to mitigate the green-sinners offences to our planet. Like…er….I shall plant trees or something and lots and lots of other environmentally friendly actions far too numerous to enumerate here.
As I have noted that many of those commenting here do not seem to take their green sins seriously enough the organisation will be launched with a special offer to readers. Buy one get ioe free.
Payment taken in all currencies. Energy guzzling Bit coin miners charged double.

Reply to  climatereason
March 12, 2018 2:12 am

With him there rode a gentle pardoner
Of Rouncival, his friend and his compeer;
Straight from the court of Rome had journeyed he.
Loudly he sang “Come hither, love, to me,”
The summoner joining with a burden round;
Was never horn of half so great a sound.
This pardoner had hair as yellow as wax,
But lank it hung as does a strike of flax;
In wisps hung down such locks as he’d on head,
And with them he his shoulders overspread;
But thin they dropped, and stringy, one by one.
But as to hood, for sport of it, he’d none,
Though it was packed in wallet all the while.
It seemed to him he went in latest style,
Dishevelled, save for cap, his head all bare.
As shiny eyes he had as has a hare.
He had a fine veronica sewed to cap.
His wallet lay before him in his lap,
Stuffed full of pardons brought from Rome all hot.
A voice he had that bleated like a goat.
No beard had he, nor ever should he have,
For smooth his face as he’d just had a shave;
I think he was a gelding or a mare.
– The Pardoner’s Tale – Geoffrey Chaucer (1300’s)

March 11, 2018 11:41 pm

What a sanctimonious little pr*t.

March 11, 2018 11:42 pm

Lucky Oxford is really flat, being on the nice picturesque Thames plain.
It’s easy to claim low emissions and the ability to cycle or walk anywhere when it’s about as hilly as a Dutch village.
If she lived in Cumnor or the Cotswolds, eg, like Burford , no doubt she would be wheezing up and down the hills and buy a car really quick!
Good news, Concorde is no longer flying in and out of Fairford or nearby Brize Norton, or she would find another target to rave at!

Reply to  tomas
March 12, 2018 1:24 am

A review of the location of green activists would be an interesting exercise.
Here in very hilly Devon, bikes are restricted to a few flatter corridors such as green and flat Exeter close by. Similarly flat Oxford and flat Cambridge are both very keen on other people adapting their beliefs.
I think an international conference somewhere warm and scenic is required in order to debate this further. Any takers?

Reply to  climatereason
March 12, 2018 2:34 am

Guys knock it off with the feeble cycling excuses. Hills are no debarment.

Reply to  climatereason
March 12, 2018 3:31 am

Only to maniacs. Slowing to a crawl going up hills seriously sucks to those used to flat land.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  climatereason
March 12, 2018 3:33 am

Everything goes in cycles, for every uphill there’s a downhill.

Reply to  climatereason
March 13, 2018 2:33 pm

Hills are verboten. The extra CO2 produced during the huffing and puffing to get up the hill is in no way compensated by the relaxing as one speeds down the slope – vis-a-vis the time factor alone, let alone the heating due to lowered wind factors on the upslope.
Therefore we need to eliminate all hills.
This will create lots of jobs as people are employed to remove the acculualted dirt and rock. The debris can be dumped at the beaches to increase the amount of land available for solar and wind emplacements.
those compaining about losing their swimming areas can be consoled by the fact the sun they used to ‘bathe’ in is now providing a concentration of heavy metals that were once dangerously scattered in the ground, waiting for an unwary gardener to dig into. 😀

March 12, 2018 12:12 am

I have done a lot of international cooperation by e-mail, websites, phone and video conferencing. I have long criticised the climate alarmists for not doing the same. I did things that way for cost reasons, whereas the climate “scientists” are not only wasting taxpayer’s money they are doing something they claim will damage the climate.
As an aside “even though we know how to build carbon-neutral homes.” I wish the “we” would tell the rest of us. If you are daft enough to believe in carbon-offsets then you may think your home is carbon neutral; however, you are still going to emit a lot of CO2 building and operating a house.

Nic Harvard
March 12, 2018 12:15 am

Hah. Does the phrase “hung by own petard” ring any bells?
In order to produce to we need to spend more.
The alternative is to go back to eating berries and (for non vegans) worms and watching 2/3 of our kids die before age five.
I would rather spend effort and energy to make stuff which I can then use.
I suggest that any climate activists in waiting should spend a few years as a mechanic first.
You only get to refuse something if you can do it competently in the first place

Ed Zuiderwijk
March 12, 2018 12:25 am

Frederika is scared by her own fairy tale. Is this proof that after all there is a god?

Javert Chip
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
March 12, 2018 7:54 am

Absolutely not. Ms Otto is simply virtue-signaling at the top of her lungs.
FYI: list of 2018 IPPC conferences (all 14 of them):
Cairns, Australia (2 separate conferences on different dates)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Gabarone, Botswana
Geneva, Switzerland
Guangzhou, China
Paris, France
Quito, Ecuador
Trieste, Italy
4 conference locations for 2018 are TBD

Reply to  Javert Chip
March 13, 2018 2:35 pm

Ooh-er… Christchurch. Should we encourage ALL the priests of AGW to go to that one? With the earthquakes and the extra weight of 1000 hets and many thousands of overblown pollies and virtue-signallers they might all just slide into the ocean… 😀

Reply to  Javert Chip
March 13, 2018 2:36 pm

Jets… a thousand JETS… 😀
Wish we could edit these posts.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
March 12, 2018 8:17 am

WUWT readers:
Upon further review of Ms Otto’s travel, I believe we may have been too harsh. A quick calculation (great circle) shows round-trip London to the 10 scheduled IPPC conferences requires 113,000 miles (about 170,000KM) of flying.
Assuming the 4 “TBD” conferences involve 5,000 round-trip miles each (1/2 the average of other conferences), totaling 20,000 miles, the GRAND TOTAL flown is about 133,000 miles (200,000KM).
Ms Otto is a saint for tolerating this CO2 footprint in the name of saving humanity, It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

March 12, 2018 12:39 am

We’re all ‘just’ part of the carbon cycle, essential for life; climate modellers have mortgages to pay also 🤪🤣.

Javert Chip
Reply to  CCB
March 12, 2018 8:20 am

Yea, but they suck up other people’s tax dollars to do it.

Peter Plail
March 12, 2018 1:22 am

Can any academics out there explain how “Such exchanges are important in order to make scientific advances”? I would be interested to hear of any major scientific advance that is a direct (or even indirect) consequence of a conference.
The exchange of information can be achieved by a variety of other mechanisms that move the data to the people rather than moving the people to the data.
If the purpose of the conferences is to build relationships, the success of on-line dating sites shows that this can be achieved through electronic means.
Conferences don’t occur spontaneously. There is a lot of money to be made in creating and operating conferences and consequently there is pressure from both venue owners and professional conference organisers for participants to attend. Add to this the incentives from commercial businesses that use them as platforms for promoting their products and services, and you see that there is a lot more to it than simply exchanging information.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Peter Plail
March 12, 2018 8:35 am

Peter Plail
Question asked: “…I would be interested to hear of any…consequence of a conference…” [I took the liberty of editing your question for brevity].
Question answered: Yes. Ms Otto gets her British Airways gold card a lot faster than 99.9999% of the rest of the people in the world.

March 12, 2018 1:25 am

I have a perfect solution.
We build a conference centre in Antarctica,with the required supercomputers.
All the climate modelers ( And I mean ALL) get flown down to this centre at the beginning of the southern winter.
What we don’t mention is the computers, (and the heating) is powered by human driven generators.
That way the survivors can claim how “green” they were about this conference.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Felflames
March 12, 2018 8:37 am

I was rather hoping you’d send them all on a boat to Antartica with the Aussi professor dude who almost got stuck.

Phil R
Reply to  Javert Chip
March 12, 2018 4:22 pm

Javert Chip,

I was rather hoping you’d send them all on a boat to Antartica with the Aussi professor dude who almost got stuck.

Slight error in wording. FIFY. 🙂

March 12, 2018 1:37 am

I would love to ram her ‘simulations’ up her behind with no lube. Then and only then will she understand what real world observations are all about. You know, ‘real’ things you can see, touch or feel instead of another fricking simulation!

March 12, 2018 1:44 am

We need to at least give her points for examining her lifestyle. Most warmists are happy to lecture everyone else and don’t even do the basics. Of course she’s kidding herself that there isn’t much she could do. Those conferences she feels are essential are nothing of the sort and could indeed be done online. Sure, it wouldn’t be as easy but if climate scientists can’t find a way, why should anyone else bother? Her home situation could also be ‘improved’ by just moving to a small flat. The solution to too much CO2 isn’t more insulation, it’s less of everything else. Naturally, because she thinks she deserves a bigger place, she’s not about to have less, she just moans that someone else didn’t make her home energy efficient. The problem isn’t hypocrisy so much as plain stupidity. She’s of a type that rarely fix problems, they think it’s their job just to point them out to everyone else.

Reply to  TinyCO2
March 12, 2018 1:43 pm

. . There! I was generous and gave her two points.

Nigel S
March 12, 2018 1:54 am

Needs to stick to the Otto Cycle. Not the first time she’s heard that one I expect although they are notoriously humourless so perhaps it is. Anyway, another splendid example of nominative determinism.

March 12, 2018 2:25 am

“Compared to the average person, my carbon footprint is absolutely awful but it is all through air travel,” she told DW. “On the other hand, working at Oxford, my climate footprint in my daily work life is small. I do not own a car and never did, so my daily commute, school run and shopping is all on bike or foot.”
Still, Otto is frustrated by some of the challenges she can’t address alone, including her house. It is relatively new and built according to British emission standards, which are poor, she said, even though we know how to build carbon-neutral homes.
[end of excerpt]
The aforementioned Friederike Otto, deputy director of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, SHOULD feel very remorseful. Here is why:
She and her fellow climate alarmists are NOT pro-environment – many of their programs such as clear-cutting of tropical rainforests to grow biofuels, draining the Ogallala aquifer to grow corn for fuel ethanol, clear-cutting eastern US forests to provide wood pellets for British power plants, erecting huge wind power towers to slice up birds and bats, etc are ALL anti-environmental.
Their successful efforts to delay and ban fracking of petroleum-rich shales have caused great harm in Britain, continental Europe , and have hampered growth in Canada and the USA.
By driving up the cost of energy and causing instability in electrical grids they have increased winter mortality and cost lives.
Global warming alarmism has greatly increased energy costs in the UK, and this has contributed significantly to Excess Winter Deaths, which especially target the elderly and the poor. “Heat or Eat” is the term commonly used there, Excess Winter Deaths typically total 30,000 to 50,000 per year in the UK, vs 5000 to 10,000 in Canada, which has more than half your population.
Even greater loss of life has been caused in developing countries, where the installation of reliable fossil-fueled energy has been displaced by insistence on intermittent, near-worthless wind and solar power schemes.
Perhaps the greatest cost and loss-of-life has been due to the gross misallocation of global resources, where obvious first priorities such as clean water and sanitation systems, the fight against malaria, and the fight against world hunger have been displaced due to excessive spending on green energy follies.
These are crimes against humanity – they should be prosecuted and the scoundrels and imbeciles who promoted this nonsense should go to jail.
Other than that, she may be very nice…

March 12, 2018 8:13 am

Haha, excellent – well said!

AGW is not Science
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Barry Sheridan
March 12, 2018 11:06 am

Well said Allan.

Serge Wright
March 12, 2018 3:17 am

Hopefully they will remove their large computers from the grid and power them solely from wind and solar. This would then solve the issue of the flawed models 😉

Reply to  Serge Wright
March 12, 2018 10:53 am

That would sort of make sense, the climate modelling computers do not need to run continuously so switching them off when the wind is not blowing would help fit demand to the unreliable supply.
Of course not having the computers would make even better environmental and financial sense.

March 12, 2018 3:18 am

Ms. Otto raises an interesting point of principle.
Currently these climate Change modelling institutions primarily depend on fossil fuels yet they all appear to expect everyone else not to do that. These institutions should be required to put their money where their mouths are and start implementing what they propose within their own facilities.
Their efforts should be made transparent and the deficit in result be made quite clear.
I do not propose that the U.K. establishments should immediately curtail their energy use to 80% renewables; as required by the Climate Change Act; but would expect them to commence investment in their facilities and practices towards that end and report on their progress and predictions as to completion.
To me a computer program which runs on fossil fuels advocating that fossil fuels should be eliminated where possible is an odd form of self destructive logic.
It is just not good enough to assign responsibility for dealing with this anomaly to others.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Alasdair
March 12, 2018 8:42 am

Put “…their money where their mouth is…”?
I think what you mean is “PUT MORE TAXPAYER money where their mouth is…”. This is a bad idea, and one they’d be delighted to implement.

March 12, 2018 3:32 am

Hush everyone! She’s doing penance.

Thomas Homer
Reply to  icisil
March 12, 2018 11:02 am

Does that involve carbon-free meals?

Tom in Florida
March 12, 2018 4:50 am

Yeah but she doesn’t own a car and never did so that makes everything else oki doki. But I do wonder if she ever used a vehicle for transportation even if she wasn’t the owner, like taxi, bus or maybe she simply walked to and from the airport.

March 12, 2018 5:05 am

“Still, Otto is frustrated by some of the challenges she can’t address alone, including her house. It is relatively new and built according to British emission standards, which are poor, she said, even though we know how to build carbon-neutral homes.”
Stay put, seek and ye shall find the true way and the light my dear-

Tom Judd
March 12, 2018 5:11 am

I’ve got a great idea (honest, it is). Let’s build ‘green’ conference centers in all the industrial towns that these crusaders will destroy with their deindustrialization initiatives. All the climateers can then rejuvenate the economies of these towns by traveling to their vacatio … er, conferences in these places instead of the luxury resorts they normally hold the conferences at. Any takers?

March 12, 2018 5:39 am

When you’re making a save the world omelette, you have to break a few CO2 eggs.

March 12, 2018 5:39 am

She’s concerned, but I don’t see her trying to do anything about it.
She seems to be content with sharing her concerns and waiting for someone else to fix the problem.

Reply to  MarkW
March 12, 2018 2:02 pm

It’s a tough gig making one’s global community more aware but somebody has to do it flying all over the world conferencing and guilt tripping.

March 12, 2018 5:47 am

It’s fairly simple to increase the insulation in your home.
You don’t have to be a computer scientist to figure out how to add a roll or two of insulation into your attic.
Replace your windows with triple pane units.
Put up heavy curtains.
Even something as minor as putting the heavy furniture on outside walls.
Instead she just whines that the government standards aren’t good enough and waits for someone else to do something about it.

March 12, 2018 6:05 am

Why doesn’t she make a model of a passenger jet and see if that will fly her there? 😉

Javert Chip
Reply to  TDBraun
March 12, 2018 8:44 am

+a bunch.

Reply to  Javert Chip
March 12, 2018 7:09 pm

Or she just stay home and “simulate” her travel.

Reply to  TDBraun
March 12, 2018 6:57 pm

Perhaps she can use the model that was used for this article?

Solomon Green
March 12, 2018 6:14 am

Dr. Otto is a very hardworking lady. Her thesis was published in 2007 and in the next three years (as a post-doc?) she managed to publish only two more. Since then, having taken up residence in Oxford, she has been very busy managing to lead author eight articles and co-another sixteen in 2015 alone. In 2016-2017 she managed to add her name to a further twenty-six papers, of which she was sole author or lead author of six.
Add to this that she is the Deputy Director of the of the ECI which, presumably entails at least some administrative duties, has a child or children (hence the school runs).
All this while “..traveling to conferences …. Flying over long distances, multiple times each year, to attend meetings…”.
One may well wonder whence she gets the time or has she sacrificed quality to quantity in her research.

Reply to  Solomon Green
March 12, 2018 7:31 am

How many of her papers have multiple authors? It appears that names that used to appear in acknowledgments now appear as authors. Also the number of words and letters in titles, curricula, departments, institutes, etc. appear to have increased. It would appear to be an ad hominem to use these as negative criteria. Apparently.

Javert Chip
Reply to  Solomon Green
March 12, 2018 8:47 am

Solomon Green
Remember Ms Otto is a “climate scientist” and all this is settled science. Evangelizing, not research, is required.

Reply to  Solomon Green
March 12, 2018 7:12 pm

Wow- talk about prolific! A published paper very two weeks or so. Must be quality stuff. Of course it is easier when one doesn’t have to bother with data.

Ray Toews
March 12, 2018 6:48 am

How often does she shower. Lots if energy use there.

March 12, 2018 6:48 am

Let’s all fly to Bali and discuss ways to have fewer and closer conferences.

Reply to  Doug
March 13, 2018 3:05 am

‘Look I talk the talk even if I don’t walk the walk. Each of us has to decide
what the right balance is between being effective and having a good time.’

March 12, 2018 8:07 am

My guess is that she is of the Pro-Choice Church, and any embarrassment suffered is minimal and progressive.

March 12, 2018 8:18 am

IF any of these people believed the lies they tell, they WOULD stop going to conferences and using supercomputers (and lying about using green energy like they do in Cheyenne with their energy hog computer and the wind turbines that do NOT power it). They do not care at all. It’s a comfortable lie and they will go with it forever.

March 12, 2018 8:41 am

They haven’t nailed down ECS or the uncertainty of any of their scenarios. So what breakthroughs are worth the so called carbon footprint she has?

March 12, 2018 9:15 am

Modeler is the right term, not scientist.

March 12, 2018 9:54 am

My favorite example of this hypocrisy is New York State’s meetings for climate change initiatives. When in Albany they start the meetings at 10:00 convenient for them but impossible for anyone taking the train up from New York City or out from the western part of the state to use public transit and make the start of the meeting. Even for the regulators all this is great until it causes them any inconvenience and then forget about it.

March 12, 2018 10:49 am

The poor lady bought a newer house, completed to current standards, but the standards aren’t good enough for her (but she bought the house anyway)?
The poor lady needs to find a sustainable house (for 50% more cost), or refurbish her new house (for another 50%), or admit she is a very big hypocrite, and then shut the hell up,

March 12, 2018 11:45 am

I have no issues with anyone feeling like they need to reduce their carbon footprint. I do have an issue with the hypocrisy they display by preaching the gospel of anti-CO2 while failing to reduce their own carbon footprint. If they believe CO2 is the evil they preach it to be, they need to remove themselves from the carbon cycle by eliminating use of all fossil fuels of any kind, which includes plastics and anything else created with fossil fuels. Their food needs to be grown locally or in their own garden and only transported by walking. They need to become vegetarians because animals offgas CO2 and methane. Also, they shouldn’t cut and burn trees for warmth due to the CO2 and particulates emitted. If they care about the planet and environment so much, they should show us by leading the way.
It’s the right thing to do, but they never will.

March 12, 2018 1:03 pm

“Running large supercomputers for complex climate modeling is also energy intensive. But these simulations are crucial to understanding the climate.”
Error. Assumes that the simulations can be used to understand the climate.

michael hart
March 12, 2018 1:11 pm

“…she can reduce emissions but says researchers can’t tackle the problem alone”

Well, maybe she should not worry about doing it all on her own, and just try to go first, leading by example.
Go on, Friederike, we are all watching, and we know you can do it….

March 12, 2018 1:58 pm

“all on bike or foot” Well, well, I guess she doesn’t know that by physical activity like that she has to exhale more evil CO2.

March 16, 2018 8:30 am

The author is an example of how co2 output will ultimately actually change.
Through a process known as technology we discover new and more efficient ways to do things. The US has actually reduced CO2 output more than the europeans or most other countries through the use of natural gas. We discovered how to frakk natural gas through new technology and innovation. Natural gas is less expensive and less co2 producing. We use less for cars as they become more efficient. My computer and cell phone remove the need to do many things that took travel or labor.
In the future technology will advance. We will make batteries, cars, solar much more efficient. At some point the amount of co2 produced will decrease even more. Probably by that time we will have discovered we didn’t need to worry about it. But no matter we will improve our imperviousness to natural disasters, cut our energy usage, improve our lives and our science will discover the inescapable fact that co2 is not a threat to anything.

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