An Open Letter About Climate to U.S. Politicians Running for Office in 2018

Guest opinion by Bob Tisdale

Honorable Ladies and Gentlemen:

I suspect many of you have been and will be using global warming and climate change as issues during your campaigns this election year. Let me call attention to a quote from revered British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s 2002 book Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World.

It may be the first time you’ve read this quote, but I believe some of you may use it or hear it a good number of times between now and election day. From Statecraft, under the heading of HOT AIR AND GLOBAL WARMING, which is part of Chapter 11 Capitalism and its Critics, Margaret Thatcher wrote (my boldface and ellipses):

Actually, President Bush was quite right to reject the Kyoto protocol.  …Kyoto was an anti-growth, anti-capitalist, anti-American project which no American leader alert to his country’s national interests could have supported.

It has been argued the global wealth-distributing Paris Agreement was even worse for the United States. That leads to a question:  Were you in favor of the “anti-growth, anti-capitalist, anti-American” Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement?

When used at the right time and in the right context, Thatcher’s words could be more than helpful to some of you and very damaging to others.

By the way, this quote and others from Thatcher’s Statecraft, as well as notable quotes from the United Nations’ report-writing, political agenda-supporting entity called the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC, appear under the heading of THE PATHETIC POLITICS BEHIND THE GLOBAL WARMING MOVEMENT in my short story Dad, Why Are You A Global Warming Denier? – A Short Story That’s Right for the Times.  Other headings from that short story include:


Additionally, I recently published the second short story in that series Dad, Is Climate Getting Worse in the United States?  It confirms, using data from NOAA, USGS, EPA, and NIFC, that climate here in the States has, in fact, gotten better, not worse. Specifically, based on the linear trends of the data (data sources in parentheses), and contradicting the nonsensical alarmist propaganda that is broadcast and published daily (again, based on the linear trends of the data):

  • The Annual Number of Hurricanes Making Landfall on the Continental U.S. Has Decreased Since 1900 (NOAA AOML – Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory)
  • The Annual Number of Tornados for All 50 States Has Decreased Since 1954 (NOAA NWS – National Weather Service)
  • Drought Conditions for the Contiguous U.S. Have Decreased Since 1895(NOAA NCDC – National Climatic Data Center, now known as the NCEI – National Centers for Environmental Information)
  • Floods for the Contiguous U.S. Streams and Rivers Have Decreased Since 1970 (USGS – United States Geological Survey)

Additionally, data reveal:

  • The Acreage Lost to Wildfires for All 50 U.S. States Has Decreased Drastically Since the 1920s and 1930s (Interagency Federal Wildland Fire Policy Review Working Group and the National Interagency Fire Center.)
  • For Land Surface Air Temperature Extremes for the Contiguous U.S.—Basically Heat Waves and Cold Spells—The Hottest Yearly High (TMAX) Land Surface Air Temperatures Were Higher in the 1930s Than They Have Been in Recent Decades and the Coldest Yearly Low [TMIN] Land Surface Air Temperatures Have Increased since 1900 (NOAA NCDC – National Climatic Data Center, now known as the NCEI – National Centers for Environmental Information.) Note: These Surface Temperature Data Were Presented in Absolute Form, in Deg F, NOT As Anomalies.

Of course, Dad, Is Climate Getting Worse in the United States? contains hyperlinks to the data so that anyone can confirm the data presentations. Also, you’re more than welcome to use any graph from either book if, and only if, you cite its source.

Best of luck to many of you. To others, adios.


Bob Tisdale

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D. Anderson
September 2, 2018 9:12 am

I have read that Thatcher was the first politician to use the Greenhouse gas argument when she advocated for nuclear energy over coal. The coal miners unions where giving her headaches.

Roy Hartwell
Reply to  D. Anderson
September 2, 2018 9:18 am

And some years later wrote that she regretted supporting this view :
She voiced precisely the fundamental doubts about the warming scare that have since become familiar to us. Pouring scorn on the “doomsters”, she questioned the main scientific assumptions used to drive the scare, from the conviction that the chief force shaping world climate is CO2, rather than natural factors such as solar activity, to exaggerated claims about rising sea levels. She mocked Al Gore and the futility of “costly and economically damaging” schemes to reduce CO2 emissions. She cited the 2.5C rise in temperatures during the Medieval Warm Period as having had almost entirely beneficial effects. She pointed out that the dangers of a world getting colder are far worse than those of a CO2-enriched world growing warmer. She recognised how distortions of the science had been used to mask an anti-capitalist, Left-wing political agenda which posed a serious threat to the progress and prosperity of mankind.
(with due thanks to Christopher Booker who wrote the article I’ve quoted from above)

Reply to  Roy Hartwell
September 2, 2018 10:01 am

My reccollection of the miner’s strike was that there was massive overproduction of coal at the time. This had allowed massive stockpiling at all of our coal fired power stations. I thought at the time that this must have been deliberate as it was pretty likely that Arthur Scargill would call another national strike. Whereas the earlier strike had caused power cuts and other problems, this strike lasted a whole year and had almost no effect.

Leo Smith
Reply to  Stonyground
September 2, 2018 11:14 am

I think it lasted longer actually.

Reply to  Leo Smith
September 2, 2018 11:56 am

My memory might be at fault but I seem to recall the miners doing a “victory” parade on the first anniversary of the start of the strike. The working class heroes marching back to work, bravely celebrating being comprehensively routed.

Reply to  Stonyground
September 3, 2018 8:45 am

Simply Scargill was a marxist working with other marxists to bring down first the government and then the country. He used his position and had not a care at all for miners. King Arthur was an apt title for him and what he thought of himself. Changed the rules to give himself a job life and free appartment in Center Point paid for by the miners. A real socialist….. not

Carl Friis-Hansen
Reply to  D. Anderson
September 2, 2018 9:23 am

I am convinced she never imagined that the warmists would take it that far. I understand this was a fast excuse to tame the coal mining union.

Reply to  D. Anderson
September 2, 2018 9:31 am

No there were not.
They gave her predecessor as Tory leader ,Edward Heath headaches , in fact they cost him his job both as PM and as Leader of the Conservatives .But by 1979 the country had experienced 5 years of Labour incompetence that saw the FT fall to 149 (currently 7500) and
Brown going to the world financial markets for a bail-out for Sterling and of course the famous or infamous “Winter of Discontent. “By that stage unions had lost all public sympathy and Labour itself had closed mines. It was 5 years before the idiot Scargill tried to take on the Tories and Thatcher had ensured that coal supplies were at a maximum and most households had converted to natural gas.
A friend , son of a miner but himself an academic commuting to Bristol each week, said that he saw the huge piles of coal at Didcot power station and knew that the miners’ dispute of 1984/5 was a lost cause.

D. Anderson
Reply to  mikewaite
September 2, 2018 9:50 am

Pretend I said “One of the first”.

Adam Gallon
Reply to  mikewaite
September 2, 2018 1:02 pm

Denis Healey was the Chancellor of the Exchequer, not Brown.

Reply to  Adam Gallon
September 2, 2018 2:08 pm

Neither George Brown, nor Gordon Brown.
Nor any other Brown . . . .


Reply to  D. Anderson
September 2, 2018 2:29 pm

D. Anderson says, “I have read that Thatcher was the first politician to use the Greenhouse gas argument when she advocated for nuclear energy over coal. The coal miners unions where giving her headaches.”

That may be, but Thatcher was 10 years out of office when she wrote STATECRAFT. Apparently, she no longer had agendas.


Reply to  D. Anderson
September 3, 2018 8:40 am

That was why she used it, I would argue not because she gave a monkey’s chuff about the realities of the now weaponized alarmist doctrine

September 2, 2018 9:18 am

This is no longer a USA problem….we’ve dropped emissions back to 1992 levels……levels were 350-360 back then….left up to us, that’s where it would be now

China is off the charts……..

Farmer Ch E retired
Reply to  Latitude
September 2, 2018 10:53 am

China is off the charts (RE CO2 emissions) in no small part because the US imports so much of their stuff.

Reply to  Farmer Ch E retired
September 2, 2018 2:09 pm

The US, and the rest of the world.
BTW, manufacturing hasn’t fallen in the US. It just hasn’t grown as fast as other places.
What has fallen has been manufacturing employment, and that is due to improved productivity.

Reply to  Farmer Ch E retired
September 2, 2018 2:14 pm

China is off the charts because they have no regulations and don’t give a flying crap….
..and we can thank Obama and democrats and past republicans for that

Move manf back to the USA where we have regulations…China has benefited from this global warming BS more than any other country on this planet

Farmer Ch E retired
Reply to  Latitude
September 2, 2018 8:25 pm

And move manf back to the USA where we promote human rights.

Joel O'Bryan
September 2, 2018 9:24 am

And of course, despite feeble hand-waving attempts of some government climate scientists, the CMIP3/5 climate model ensemble predicted signature finger-print of water vapor amplification of the CO2 GHE, that is the tropical hot spot in the mid-troposphere, is not observed after 39 years of satellite measurements.

Which means CO2 GHE water vapor feedback is not positive, but likely negative or near neutral. And climate sensitivity to 2xCO2 is simply the CO2 component alone, likely in the 1.0 – 1.8 K range, but no higher.

If the “consensus” theory’s signature fingerprint prediction is unable to be found after such a period with continually rising GHG emissions, the strong CO2-GHG theory must be rejected. There is simply no 2.0 – 4.5 K per 2xCO2 sensitivity. It will only be with more feeble hand-waving, and distraction to other dubious claims, that the “consensus” can continue to claim the climate is worsening.

Roger Taguchi
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
September 2, 2018 9:58 pm

The 1 degree on doubling CO2 (not including feedbacks) comes from valid computer calculations of net infrared (IR) absorption by CO2 molecules in a cloudless troposphere.

But 62% of the Earth’s surface is covered by clouds which act as black bodies at IR frequencies (absorbing 100% and then re-emitting from the cooler cloud tops). Doubling CO2 has no net effect below the cloud tops (you can’t increase absorption beyond 100%), and the initial IR emission from cool cloud tops will be less than that from a 288 K (15 Celsius) solid or liquid Earth (see the Stefan-Boltzmann Law).

There will be fewer CO2 molecules in the shorter path length from cloud top to 10 km, compared to from the Earth’s hard deck surface, so absorption in the non-saturated lines will be less. The non-saturated lines are primarily in two sidebands (see the very small difference in area between the green and blue curves in the MODTRAN spectrum available at ), and involve absorption by CO2 molecules in the v=1 first excited state, not the v=0 vibrational ground state.

The v=1 molecules constitute only about 3% of the total number of molecules at 288 K (hence the lines are not totally saturated even in the entire 10 km path length of the troposphere), but the percentage goes down exponentially with decreasing temperature at higher altitudes.

So the 3 factors all mean that there will be considerably less IR absorption by CO2 above clouded areas of the Earth. My estimate for the Earth as a whole is around 0.6 K, not 1 K. Positive feedback from increased water vapor on warming by 0.6 K might increase this to 0.8 to 0.9 K max., but a slight increase in cloud cover (note that in the tropics, as the Sun rises, water vapor increases, but then clouds form which increase the albedo) will reduce equilibrium climate sensitivity to 0.6 to 0.7 K, a factor of 4 to 5 smaller than the IPCC’s wrong value of 3 K.

I can email detailed calculations if you contact me at rtaguchi @ .

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Carl Friis-Hansen
September 2, 2018 9:30 am

What a great short article. I hope some of the politicians will have a short look at the the data you presented. Additionally I think it is important for the main stream politicians to have arguments that reflect positively in the voters brain, like the personal cost of supporting CAGW, and how much more wonderful life is without doomsday religion. So maybe I was missing a bit of the money side in the article.

Tom Halla
September 2, 2018 9:35 am

The campaigns haven’t really started yet, except for primaries, but I doubt the Democrats will stress climate change except as a tool to bash Trump.

Walter Sobchak
September 2, 2018 9:38 am

God have mercy on us poor sinners.

Reply to  Walter Sobchak
September 2, 2018 10:59 am

I won’t

September 2, 2018 9:41 am

The issue/problem isn’t with the facts. It’s getting the MSM to recognize the facts and give them to the people.

tom s
Reply to  markl
September 2, 2018 11:30 am

HA HA! Good one. Not a chance in H E double toothpicks.

Reply to  markl
September 2, 2018 11:37 am

..= . . getting MSM to recognize facts

You’re assuming the MSM is an independent entity interested in gathering facts. It isn’t and they aren’t. They sold their souls decades ago the international banking cabal who own them, Murdoch being Oz’s ‘fixer’ with a pocketful of blank checks to purchase and winnow any semblance of independent MSM reporting. The so-called fourth estate has been walking the streets for these bankers for years.

J Mac
September 2, 2018 9:43 am

I highly recommend all US readers of this article forward it to your local and state politicians. Then attend their next ‘town hall’ meeting and ask them for their position on mannmade global warming and the hazards of CO2 essential plant food.

September 2, 2018 10:04 am

Capitalism has some serious problems. Democracy has some serious problems.

There are many who would replace capitalism and democracy with something that looks suspiciously like Marxism.

Marxism is like renewable energy. It looks great on paper … if you’re an academic and you don’t know anything beyond your own very narrow specialty.

The thing is that the demonstrated problems with Marxism are way way worse than the problems with capitalism and democracy.

The main thing with Marxism is that it is a command economy. Once the economy reaches a certain size and level of complexity, a command economy can’t possibly work. It’s a mathematical impossibility. link

So, should we replace Capitalism and Democracy, which mostly work OK, with Marxism, which has never worked on a large scale, and probably can’t possibly work? Well duh!

Bob boder
Reply to  commieBob
September 2, 2018 10:30 am

To quote Churchill, probably miss quote that is
“Democracy is the worst form of government ……………. except for all the others”

Reply to  commieBob
September 2, 2018 11:00 am

The US is not a democracy, it is a representative republic. The founders and authors of the constitution were well aware of the flaws of democracy from Athenian history, and attempted to design a system hardened from such flaws.

Unfortunately, the progressives of the early 20th century began to claim that the US was a democracy, and this inaccuracy has grown in acceptance since then. In practice, the US government is more like a democracy now, although the formal constitutional structure is still that of a representative republic.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Bsl
September 2, 2018 3:33 pm

Polisci semantics! “representative” is the democracy part. People like to state this no democracy homily.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
September 2, 2018 6:14 pm


The US founding Fathers hated democracy, which they called “mobocracies”.

They knew from history that democracies always fell as soon as citizens realized they could vote themselves more and more of other people’s money.

To avoid this inherent problem of democracies, the US Constitution only allowed the Federal governemnt to spend money on 17 enumerated tasks, with all other matters to be supplied by: individuals, the private sector, charities, or by the various state and local governments (in that order).

The Constitution’s complex system of checks and balances also made spending bills extremely difficult and time consuming to pass, which also inhibited government spending/growth.

America’s Constitutional Republic functioned very well until the early 20th century, with total Federal and State spending only consuming 6~7% of US’ GDP.

Then Hagelism (precursor of Communism/Socialism/Progessivism) took hold from Wilson’s presidency (who hated the Constitution) and now Federal, State, Local and regulation compliance costs consume 50% of US GDP..

Granted, the US Constitution as written no longer exists and we’ve become another failed democracy with $22 trillion in national debt, $100+ trillion in unfunded liabilities, $2 trillion/year in regulation compliance costs and $1 trillion/year budget deficits..

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Bsl
September 3, 2018 8:21 am

The problems started with the adoption of the 17th Amendment. This amendment changed the way Senators were put into office. Originally Senators were to be appointed by State legislatures, thereby representing the States in our federal government. The 17th made election of Senators by direct vote of the people, the argument being it was more democratic. But Senators were never intended to represent the democracy of the people, that fell to the House of Representatives (thus the name). The Senate is supposed to be the voice of the States in the government, while the House is the voice of the people.

mark from the midwest
September 2, 2018 10:10 am

Thanks again Bob, we have a fairly popular, conservative, first-time-politician running in our house district, and I’m going to point him toward this piece.

September 2, 2018 10:50 am

Thank you, Anthony!!!


September 2, 2018 11:01 am

Have a wonderful Labor Day Holiday, Bob!

Great article!

donald penman
September 2, 2018 11:30 am

I do not care if the far right make gains in the upcoming elections in the USA in fact I do not care for the far right . The climate change argument has become too much to do with politics and the USA for me and the UK has perhaps changed since the Thatcher period so those views don’t represent what the people in the UK think now I am afraid.

Reply to  donald penman
September 2, 2018 2:12 pm

Political spectrum
Far Right

Reply to  donald penman
September 3, 2018 9:04 am

0——————————————————-maximum personal liberty.
Where do you stand? I proudly stand on the “far right” of that spectrum.

Thomas Englert
September 2, 2018 11:34 am

Kyoto treaty rejected by the US Senate 95-0.

Reply to  Thomas Englert
September 2, 2018 2:12 pm

Kyoto was never presented to the US Senate.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Thomas Englert
September 3, 2018 8:14 am

The Senate passed a resolution 95-0:

Byrd-Hagel Resolution

which stated:

“Resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that–
(1) the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol to, or other agreement regarding, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of 1992, at negotiations in Kyoto in December 1997, or thereafter, which would–
(A) mandate new commitments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the Annex I Parties, unless the protocol or other agreement also mandates new specific scheduled commitments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions for Developing Country Parties within the same compliance period, or
(B) would result in serious harm to the economy of the United States; and
(2) any such protocol or other agreement which would require the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification should be accompanied by a detailed explanation of any legislation or regulatory actions that may be required to implement the protocol or other agreement and should also be accompanied by an analysis of the detailed financial costs and other impacts on the economy of the United States which would be incurred by the implementation of the protocol or other agreement.”

September 2, 2018 11:45 am

@ Bob Tisdale,
I wouldn’t know the first thing about writing a letter, but inferring the recipients are suspect of an agenda and then being downright rude, might not be the best method for……..further communication.
Only Trump can get away with that.

Reply to  u.k.(us)
September 2, 2018 2:26 pm

u.k.(us), I reread my post once again, and I don’t find anything rude about it.

Reply to  Bob Tisdale
September 2, 2018 3:04 pm

Let me put it this way, I know you can do way better.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
September 3, 2018 4:40 am

I didn’t see anything rude about it, either. I don’t know what u.k. refers to.

Pointing out all the reductions in severe weather events over history, as this article does, will be a powerful argument for those opposing the CAGW promoters.

September 2, 2018 12:13 pm

You are welcome Bob Tisdale and Anthony Watts!

steve case
September 2, 2018 12:47 pm

Politicians know politics but they don’t know science very well so it needs to be kept simple.

Dr. John Christy’s Chart Chart is a step in that direction.

The benefits of carbon dioxide needs to be pointed out.

A while back, global warming came up in my monthly breakfast club and when I told the guys that “Every carbon atom in your body was once CO2 in the atmosphere.” I could tell that they never realized that before. On a similar note, two thirds of the oxygen in the air was also once CO2.

A simple 8th grade level primer on photosynthesis might be the ticket.

Reply to  steve case
September 2, 2018 3:34 pm

Part of keeping it simple, is letting politicians know that we are actually living in an Ice Age.
It’s widely known.
“In the terminology of glaciology, ice age implies the presence of extensive ice sheets in both northern and southern hemispheres.[1] By this definition, we are in an interglacial period—the Holocene—of the ice age.

The ice age began 2.6 million years ago at the start of the Pleistocene epoch, because the Greenland, Arctic, and Antarctic ice sheets still exist.”

It began and it has not ended. We in Ice Age and currently during a part of Ice Age called an interglacial period- which sea levels aren’t 100 meters lower and there is not a mile high of glacial ice covering North American.

It requires modern stupid to think that warming is somehow undesirable.

It should also be pointed out that US is no longer a country which emits the most CO2 [not that there any wrong with emitting CO2] but China emits twice as much as US, and mainly due to China burning 4 times more coal than US. And US is burning less Coal because fracking has caused US to be biggest producer of natural gas. Natural creates less CO2 when used to make same amount of Electrical energy as compared to using coal. Or China could have about same CO2 emission as US if they had lower energy mix of coal [as US has] by using more natural gas.
Of course other thing is natural gas causes less pollution- so less Chinese would die from pollution if China used less coal and more natural gas.
Pols would tend to think it’s due to better energy efficiency, but that is not the main factor. Or said differently, better efficiency is not going to do much to lower China’s emission or nor do much solve it’s massive pollution problems.

Steve O
Reply to  gbaikie
September 4, 2018 6:16 am

China is going to eventually reduce their reliance on coal, or they’re going to improve their coal plants to produce less pollution. They’ll be happy to loan us some money so we can pay them to make progress on that front, but their true motivation will be that as their citizenry becomes more wealthy, it demands more luxury goods — like breathable air.

Carl Friis-Hansen
September 2, 2018 1:32 pm

Google is not nice. I just wrote an email to Jimmie Åkesson, the party leader for Sweden’s third largest party SD. This is election time in Sweden and I already casted my vote.
The thing is, that I am not very good at Swedish, so I had Google translate to help me – oh dear, it was deliberately trying to translate my Danish writing in such a way, that everything about climate and CO2 got the negated meaning. What Google did not know, I am able to read Swedish quite well.

The letter to the hopefully coming PM of Sweden runs like this in English:

Hi Jimmie Åkesson,

Sorry for my bad Swedish, I am Danish and lives in Sweden since 2005.

I have already voted for Sveriges demokrater and found that you defended yourself well during the TV debate.
There is just one thing that bothers me, the climate change.
Maybe you are afraid to loose votes by supporting the plant food COS.

I assume that You and your colleagues read English. Bob Tisdale recently wrote a small peace to politicians.
Here is a link to the article, in addition to my comment to the article. It is short, but surely worth reading.

Många vänliga hälsningar
Carl Friis-Hansen

September 2, 2018 2:08 pm

Thanks Bob! Nice job as usual.

Where have you been? We miss the ENSO related updates. Seems you disappeared with that Pacific Hot Spot 😉

September 2, 2018 2:52 pm

In reality ‘climate doom ‘ has been an election virtual none-issue across much of the world for years . And that is very telling .

September 2, 2018 3:08 pm

Writing for impact: “anti-growth, anti-capitalist, anti-American” Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement?
Change that to anti-growth, anti-people, anti-capitalist Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement.

That deemphasizes the hot button words and makes the point that people world wide would be hurt.

September 2, 2018 4:56 pm

A great letter from Bob Tisdale. The intelligent politicians will already agree with this position, the stupid ones may no even be able to read it.

September 2, 2018 4:59 pm

You have to be a complete dolt or Californian not to see that climate scare is about funding expensive projects like cost over runs for high speed rail or island tourism projects like airports or resorts.

September 2, 2018 5:40 pm

Re. the “Piles of coal”at the UK power stations in Margaret Thatchers time. A good example of a Solar battery, much better than todays 8 minute one here in South Australia.


jim heath
September 2, 2018 9:14 pm

Throw a few more goats in the volcano, that’ll fix it.

Reply to  jim heath
September 3, 2018 12:42 am

Why limit it to a few “Old Goats”?

This calls for more than a “few”, and virgins will do if you wanna be effective.

September 2, 2018 10:09 pm

No chance a federal politician will bring up climate change. It is electoral suicide. Believe in CC almost certain. Use it for keeping activists liking them naturally. CC is not a key issue.

Steven Mosher
September 3, 2018 4:18 am

open letter? or shilling ur books.?

no harm in self promotion bob, but at least be honest about it

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Steven Mosher
September 3, 2018 4:45 am

Suggesting Bob is being dishonest is dishonest.

Dr. Strangelove
September 3, 2018 4:56 am

An Open Letter About Climate to U.S. Politicians Running for Office in 2018
Honorable Ladies and Gentlemen:
He is now POTUS. Guess what voters want

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