NYC harassed by De Blasio’s “Climate Denial Kills” road signs

By Mike Bastasch

For the next month, pedestrians walking through New York City’s five boroughs will see flashing road signs warning those walking by of the alleged dangers of man-made global warming.

“Climate denial kills,” “Abolish Coal-Onialism,” “50,000,000 Climate Refugees” and “End climate injustice” are just some of the warnings passersby will see as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort to sound the alarm on global warming.

De Blasio’s office teamed up with the Climate Museum as part of a campaign called “Climate Signals” to put up road signs with warnings that were designed by artist Justin Brice Guariglia.

“When you see a traffic sign, your pulse quickens a little and you know you have to be on the alert for a changing condition that could affect your safety,” Climate Museum Director Miranda Massie told Yale Climate Connections on Wednesday.

The Climate Museum raised the money to put up the signs, so the climate advocacy campaign comes at no cost to the city, according to de Blasio’s office.

“The signs were provided at no cost to the city, the Museum raised all the funds themselves,” de Blasio spokesman Seth Stein told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

De Blasio has made fighting global warming a centerpiece of his administration. The Democratic mayor embarked on a campaign to divest city pensions of fossil fuel assets earlier this year and simultaneously filed suit against five major oil companies over global warming.

However, a federal judge tossed out New York City’s climate lawsuit in July. De Blasio brought on trial lawyers to handle the city’s suit against oil companies in exchange for a percentage of any winnings from the case.

Media outlets also criticized de Blasio’s climate suit in light of his well-known travel habits. The mayor “regularly rides around town in an SUV,” a New York Times writer pointed out, and the New York Observer called de Blasio an “Imperial Hypocrite” for the fleet of SUVs he takes to the gym every week.

City officials appear to have worked closely with climate activists for the Climate Signals exhibit. “[T]en sites were picked by the Parks Department to specifically emphasize an area’s vulnerability to climate change,” Gothamist reported Tuesday.

Museum officials say the goal of the campaign is to use art to educate the public about global warming. At least one NASA climate scientist and experts from other fields will stand by road signs on Saturday to answer questions people have about global warming, according to reports.

“I think that that connection is a brilliant one to make: putting words about climate into a format that automatically triggers a heightened sense of alert and a need, urgently, to pay attention,” Massie said.

The Climate Museum is following an approach to global warming propaganda pushed by Yale Climate Connections in a 2015 article, according to the university group. Road signs will also display climate warnings in multiple languages.

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I wonder how long it will be before somebody “repurposes” those signs with a new message. – Anthony

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Myron
October 4, 2018 11:39 am

Don’t those signs run on fossil fuel generators?

Ian Magness
Reply to  Myron
October 4, 2018 11:48 am

Well, I’m not seeing many windmills and the sun ain’t shining, so I reckon you’ve nailed it Myron.
Your first thought is that it’s just so obviously pathetic, achieves nothing and is a waste of money for some body or other. On reflection, however, it’s a really offensive message to show in public and the statement is at best wholly unproven (and that’s being polite). I wonder, therefore, if the display breaks any laws?
Perhaps more knowledgeable readers of this site can illuminate.

Greg
Reply to  Ian Magness
October 4, 2018 12:10 pm

Hey, it’s a “work of art”. How can it be wrong?

Caligula Jones
Reply to  Greg
October 4, 2018 12:53 pm

There is no wrong in art.

Just very often a silent “con”.

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  Ian Magness
October 4, 2018 12:39 pm

Solar and battery storage. Pretty standard these days.

Lee Lc
Reply to  Michael Jankowski
October 4, 2018 3:28 pm

Oh jeez ..yeaaahh…

Of course, the solar bits need smelting, the battery and wiring components need mining and smelting, plastic bits need mining, pumping, refining, chemical processing into plastic, plastic injection moulding, they all need transporting across the seas ….
Eventually,, they all need breaking down or melting in a recycling process.

In this case, it seems, the medium really IS the message.

No more fossil use in China though, I’m told.

oeman50
Reply to  Myron
October 4, 2018 12:14 pm

I have seen regular warning signs with solar panels and batteries and no chugging generator. So, not necessarily.

schitzree
Reply to  oeman50
October 5, 2018 12:56 am

Highway warning signs are one of the few places where solar with batteries makes sense. The greatest advantage it has over a diesel generator is that no one has to go out to refuel it.

A real advantage here in Indiana, where road construction can sit around unfinished for months… or even years.

>¿<

markl
October 4, 2018 11:41 am

AGW propaganda. They haven’t figured out yet that people tune it out but they have too much invested to stop now. That hole gets deeper, and deeper.

Greg
Reply to  markl
October 4, 2018 12:07 pm

“I wonder how long it will be before somebody “repurposes” those signs with a new message. – Anthony”

Oh no ! They can not be changed: it’s a “work of art”.

oeman50
Reply to  Greg
October 4, 2018 12:15 pm

How about “Abolish Coal-Onanism”?

Greg
Reply to  oeman50
October 4, 2018 12:19 pm

How about “Abolish Coal-Analism”?

Rah
Reply to  Greg
October 4, 2018 7:11 pm

Yes and do it NOW NYC. Shut down all those coal fired stations and go dark. Lefttards, always virtue signaling but never practicing what they preach if it requires them to really personally sacrifice.

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Greg
October 5, 2018 4:06 am

vandalised or repurposed to traffic hazard i wonder?
damned fool idea

bit chilly
Reply to  ozspeaksup
October 5, 2018 12:00 pm

they ever appear in my town in the uk and they will become fish holding features in the north sea 🙂

Greg
Reply to  markl
October 4, 2018 12:18 pm

“I think that that connection is a brilliant one to make: putting words about climate into a format that automatically triggers a heightened sense of alert and a need, urgently, to pay attention,” Massie said.

Yeah , …. heightened sense of alert … urgent ….

Hey , I know, why don’t we start bombarding everyone 24/7 via all media outlets for at least 30 years that if we don’t stop using fossil fuels, all life on earth will end in a climate thermageddon ?

We could even make a Hollywood film about it.

That will be sure to get everyone on board.

If that doesn’t work we could try setting up ten road signs in NYC !! That’ll do it, fur sure.

Mike Bryant
Reply to  Greg
October 4, 2018 2:14 pm

Brilliant!

william Johnston
Reply to  markl
October 4, 2018 4:49 pm

Deeper and deeper. Isn’t that how we get geothermal?

TonyL
October 4, 2018 11:48 am

“I wonder how long it will be before somebody “repurposes” those signs with a new message.”

Open the box behind the message board to access the control panel.
The default password is “password”.
The city cannot change it because it would cause chaos with the DPW every time a worker had to set one up.

James Bull
Reply to  TonyL
October 4, 2018 10:46 pm

These are the sort of slogans they should be using on the signs they are eye catching and yet so to the point.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT9xuXQjxMM

James Bull

HotScot
Reply to  James Bull
October 4, 2018 11:59 pm

James Bull

Aren’t we sceptics a minority group?

What happened to our rights?

We are being discriminated against!

We are being Obama’d (Barracked, geddit?).

Mind you, De Blasio will look an awful Tit if there’s an early snow fall.

October 4, 2018 11:55 am

Such signs have a long history; e.g., “ARBEIT MACHT FREI

Robertvd
Reply to  Dave Burton
October 4, 2018 1:43 pm

Bill de Blasio the new Joseph Goebbels

Loren Wilson
October 4, 2018 11:57 am

Climate denial kills … bad science.

Svend Ferdinandsen
Reply to  Loren Wilson
October 4, 2018 1:04 pm

It is worse. The sign tells that you have to believe. Just simply not believing is enough to kill peoble no matter what level of CO2 you emit.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Loren Wilson
October 4, 2018 1:09 pm

It will not be the “denialists” that kill and maim this time.

At least one NASA climate scientist and experts from other fields will stand by road signs on Saturday to answer questions people have about global warming, according to reports.

Now talk about a “recipe” for disaster, ….. traffic jams, car wrecks and people getting run over.

RACookPE1978
Editor
Reply to  Loren Wilson
October 4, 2018 1:49 pm

Climate Catastrology kills .. good science.

garyh845
October 4, 2018 12:05 pm

No – I’ll tell you what kills; it’s the alarmist’s message which tells the people that if only they stop driving that hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, drought and sea level rise will suddenly stop. SLR being the big one. Rather than plan for the inevitable impact of SLR – the historical natural trend of the past century, or so – people are content to set back and wait for us to stop global warming. Indeed, millions of people in communities around the globe will be severely impacted if we don’t simply pay attention to nature and plan for what was already on the books.

Climate alarmism is a crime against humanity.

Bryan A
October 4, 2018 12:07 pm

“I wonder how long it will be before somebody “repurposes” those signs with a new message. – Anthony”
Absolutely…instead of …
Climate Denial Kills
Kill Climate Deniers

Caligula Jones
Reply to  Bryan A
October 4, 2018 12:57 pm

I was thinking more along the lines of what someone did with the local McDonald’s sign for the Spicy Black Angus…

Then again, I’m perpetually emotionally a twelve year old, according to my ex-wife.

And my current wife, come to think of it.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Caligula Jones
October 4, 2018 8:18 pm

I’ve got a photo of that in my collection of funnies.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Caligula Jones
October 5, 2018 4:56 pm

“I was thinking more along the lines of what someone did with the local McDonald’s sign for the Spicy Black Angus…”

You got a link? I tried googling, but got nothing relevant.

KaliforniaKook
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
October 6, 2018 9:29 am

Ditto on link. I live in the country now. Satellite speeds and data bandwidths limit how much I get to see. Missed this one entirely.
Or maybe I’m in the wrong country.

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  KaliforniaKook
October 7, 2018 8:04 pm

I hope I’m not too late in responding.

I found my copy on LOLCats. Imagine a nice nighttime photo of the sign with the lights in the G gone out.

John the Econ
October 4, 2018 12:10 pm

I’m pretty certain that deaths due to De Blasio’s Progessivism are easier to document than deaths due to climate denialism.

Robertvd
Reply to  John the Econ
October 4, 2018 1:39 pm

Progessivism Kills Thought.

Without thought no freedom of speech no personal freedom. Slavery was never abolished it just looks different.

Jonb
Reply to  Robertvd
October 5, 2018 9:23 am

Yes, instead of being born into it, we vote ourselves into it.

Mike Smith
October 4, 2018 12:11 pm

When we post cute signs encouraging drivers to wear seat belts, not drink etc. the message is supported by real factual data. But we’ll pass on that requirement in this case because our cause is oh so noble.

October 4, 2018 12:12 pm

I like the old one better: “The End is Near….”
However, this is art, so it’s untouchable, and on the taxpayer.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  Martin Hovland
October 4, 2018 12:23 pm

+10

ResourceGuy
October 4, 2018 12:21 pm

Will they still be up during the polar vortex storms even if most people are staying at home then?

ResourceGuy
October 4, 2018 12:25 pm

Klimate Kristallnacht in a NY park near you.

hunter
Reply to  ResourceGuy
October 4, 2018 12:45 pm

Yes, the Mayor and his I’ll would love to make skeptics wear to wear a bring red “D” promenantly displayed…..

Robert W Turner
October 4, 2018 12:34 pm

Here you go Mr. De Blasio, take all the rope you need.

RicDre
October 4, 2018 12:38 pm

“Climate Denial Kills”

Who denies there is a climate?

Lance Flake
Reply to  RicDre
October 4, 2018 5:58 pm

Actually all the warmunists deny there is a real climate – the only one they care about exists only in models.

KaliforniaKook
Reply to  Lance Flake
October 6, 2018 9:31 am

Well said, Lance!

John Bell
October 4, 2018 12:44 pm

As long as alarmists are calling out “denialists” then the alarmists themselves do not have to curtail their own fossil fuel usage, ya see, because it would not make any difference unless we ALL are doing it together, so they have the moral high ground, or so they think, with their twisted, cynical pretzel logic.

Bruce Cobb
October 4, 2018 1:07 pm

What’s next, a text message “alerting” people to climate doom? Is New Yawk trying to out-cray cray the Kalikookians? So many questions.

Eustace Cranch
October 4, 2018 1:18 pm

Boycott New York. Deprive them of tourism dollars. I won’t spend one penny or one second of time there until these dolts are out of office.

MarkW
Reply to  Eustace Cranch
October 4, 2018 2:51 pm

Where ever possible, don’t do business with a company headquartered there as well.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  Eustace Cranch
October 5, 2018 10:27 am

I already was but I’ll extend the boycott.

Mike Bryant
October 4, 2018 1:25 pm

I got some signs,
“Danger- Falling Asteroid Area” or “Stop CO2, Kill Your Car and Don’t Breathe”

drednicolson
Reply to  Mike Bryant
October 5, 2018 8:28 am

“For every hydrocarbon molecule you don’t burn, deBlasio is going to burn three (hundred).”

Too long for those LED signs though. Maybe a billboard.

u.k.(us)
October 4, 2018 1:27 pm

Take one of those signs out in the boonies, and they would just be used for target practice (no matter the message) by the deplorables.

ResourceGuy
October 4, 2018 1:48 pm

Let me know when they set up road blocks and slip large pods in the trunks of the cars.

John Bell
October 4, 2018 1:50 pm

Did you all notice the POOR turn out at the recent rise for Climate Justice march? This is a dying issue, so it is fun to watch the death throes, the final convulsions, the last grasps.

drednicolson
Reply to  John Bell
October 5, 2018 7:25 am

The wounded beast roars loudest just before it falls down.

Wharfplank
October 4, 2018 1:55 pm

And how big are the rats in NYC?

MarkW
Reply to  Wharfplank
October 4, 2018 2:52 pm

Big enough to program road side signs.

drednicolson
Reply to  Wharfplank
October 5, 2018 7:27 am

Big enough to wear suits and run for public office.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  drednicolson
October 5, 2018 10:34 am

+20

NeedleFactory
October 4, 2018 1:56 pm

Why are “climate deniers” not a protected minority — i.e., protected against verbal harassment?
De Blasio’s signs are abusive

drednicolson
Reply to  NeedleFactory
October 5, 2018 8:13 am

In short, because by and large, they don’t vote Democrat.

Matthew R Epp
October 4, 2018 2:04 pm

Law of unintended consequences

These signs are used primarily to direct traffic, and warn of real, tangible situations in the immediate vicinity.

After running for a month, how many people will be conditioned to ignore the signs and thus imperil themselves or others when there is a real danger being?

John in NZ
Reply to  Matthew R Epp
October 4, 2018 5:33 pm

Which raises the question, how long before someone dies because they were distracted by the sign and caused an accident?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  John in NZ
October 5, 2018 5:39 am

I think facebook and twitter will be over represented in death stats!

October 4, 2018 2:29 pm

This is no different than putting up flashing “I Love Jesus” signs.

How utterly obnoxious ! … inconsiderate ! … invasive of common intellectual space !

There should be a counter campaign by somebody who puts up flashing signs, reading “Go F Yourself”, “Get A Brain”, “Learn The Real Facts”, “Shut The F Up”, etc.

drednicolson
Reply to  Robert Kernodle
October 5, 2018 8:30 am

“Read A Non-Face Book!”

October 4, 2018 2:32 pm

Climate Alarmism Kills Brain Cells

MarkW
October 4, 2018 2:43 pm

By putting these nonsense messages on the flashing road signs they are training drivers to ignore the signs.
That will be bad news the next time they actually have something important to convey.

MarkW
October 4, 2018 2:45 pm

How many pedestrians are going to have to walk in the street in order to get past these sidewalk blockages?

MarkW
October 4, 2018 2:48 pm

If climate denialism kills, then it’s pretty obvious that killing climate denialists is just a form of self defense.

You know that there are plenty of left wing nut cases that will make that connection.

Chris Hanley
October 4, 2018 2:49 pm

The signs themselves are a traffic hazard.

Amber
October 4, 2018 2:50 pm

Is there a dumber A hole in USA politics than De Blasio ? Ok after Watters and Booker Spartacus ?

Tom graney
October 4, 2018 3:03 pm

We must stop coal- onanism now!

Walt D.
Reply to  Tom graney
October 4, 2018 4:55 pm

LOL

HotScot
Reply to  Tom graney
October 5, 2018 12:19 am

They have a problem with onions now?

Man this is serious!

Oh………

irritable Bill
October 4, 2018 3:13 pm

Put up some signs with climate facts that might make a few think and, God forbid….look it up on-line and read about it. Such as “Heating precedes CO2 rise in ice core samples.” “30,000+ polar bears today, 5,000 in 1955” “Geologic record show vastly higher CO2 levels in past…no run away warming then.” etc.
Its really incredible this insane situation is a reality…are people really this stupid? Or am I missing something?

No one.
Reply to  irritable Bill
October 4, 2018 5:21 pm

How about “If this sign is underwater, climate change concerns may be justified”.

michael hart
October 4, 2018 3:17 pm

“De Blasio’s office teamed up with the Climate Museum…”

Living in an office is bad enough, but who wants to live in a museum?
I must be getting young, or something.

Warren
October 4, 2018 3:51 pm

Please someone daily hang a banner under each sign:
“but the truth is at wuwt.com”

Warren
October 4, 2018 4:00 pm

“At least one NASA climate scientist . . . will stand by road signs on Saturday to answer questions”.
Does the Trump administration know about this?
I’m not a US citizen but I hope someone there reports this wast of US Federal money.
If NASA claim it’s done in private time, they can’t use NASA’s credentials.
This is (likely) another example of NASA activism, not science.

Tom Abbott
October 4, 2018 4:15 pm

From the article: “Road signs will also display climate warnings in multiple languages.”

Of course. We can’t have illegal aliens being unaware of the climate change danger they face in New York City. We have to warn them in their own language.

Rocketdan
Reply to  Tom Abbott
October 5, 2018 2:22 am

I feel sorry for the person who will need to stand next to the sign doing the mandatory sign language.

October 4, 2018 4:34 pm

They will be able to use these signs to warn of early snowfalls and road icing hazards.

October 4, 2018 4:39 pm

Just keep on repeating the same message over and over again, after a while it will become the truth.

thatt worked in Germany from 1930 to 1945, and we all know what resulted from that, WW2.

MJE

Walt D.
October 4, 2018 4:58 pm

Climate Denial Kills.
How?
What does it kill? Boondoggle conferences?
Pseudoscience university programs and research?

Patrick MJD
October 4, 2018 6:30 pm

I understand these things can be hacked quite easily.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Patrick MJD
October 4, 2018 8:29 pm

Not that I have ever been bored enough to try, but my understanding is the tricky part is unlocking the access panel.

Once inside I believe they have all the right protection of a whiteboard. They are designed to be rented out after all, any complex password protection system only complicates the matter.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Craig from Oz
October 5, 2018 5:37 am

Hacked meaning, literally, hacked open with a suitable device like an axe or bolt cutters. To cut the link from the stupid box to the display panel.

Caligula Jones
Reply to  Patrick MJD
October 5, 2018 6:15 am

And the great thing is, if you get caught, you just call it YOUR art (i.e., graffiti isn’t vandalism, its ART).

What are they going to do? DENY that it is art?

They don’t really have much track record in recognizing art, do they?

Walter Sobchak
October 4, 2018 7:52 pm

So when is DeBlasio going to demand a cessation of all fossil fuel use in New York City? At least it would solve the traffic congestion problem.

Walter Sobchak
October 4, 2018 7:54 pm

I am a climate denier. If climate denial kills, how can I use it to do in warmunists?

lee
October 4, 2018 8:08 pm

“The Climate Museum raised the money to put up the signs, so the climate advocacy campaign comes at no cost to the city, according to de Blasio’s office.”

Don’t they charge for street advertising in NYC? Seems like an opportunity cost.

Craig from Oz
October 4, 2018 8:26 pm

“…with warnings that were designed by artist Justin Brice Guariglia”

Designed?

Someone needs to design three word slogans?

Caligula Jones
Reply to  Craig from Oz
October 5, 2018 6:11 am

No. Someone needs to be PAID to design three word slogans.

You know, so he can be called an “artist”. Otherwise, its just someone making up three word slogans. And we can’t possibly have THAT. I mean, unemployed artists are dangerous. Maybe not as dangerous as unemployed soldiers but we can only use so many baristas.

Seriously, I was a semi-pro photographer for a while. Found out that you can’t just make a photo. No, you have to EXPLAIN what the photo means (to every potential buyer…you learn to read your audience).

Luckily, there’s an app (or 2) for that:

https://www.artybollocks.com/generator.html
http://500letters.org/
http://10gallon.com/statement2000/

old construction worker
October 5, 2018 12:07 am

Climate Museum ? They actually have a Climate Museum? Who is paying for that?

HotScot
Reply to  old construction worker
October 5, 2018 12:23 am

old construction worker

Apparently so.

It’s full of hot air.

Fredar
October 5, 2018 1:51 am

I deny we have a climate! It doesn’t exist and has never existed! Mwahahah!!

Alasdair
October 5, 2018 5:23 am

Don’t they have an Adverising Standards Authority in New York? Should be banned on the grounds of blatant falsity.

Alasdair
October 5, 2018 5:32 am

I hope someone amends the image by replacing CLIMATE with GRAVITY. Now that would be true.

Coach Springer
October 5, 2018 5:37 am

Questioning political orthodoxy kills? I think that’s been used before – since the days of witch doctors and medicine men. Try running your city, Bill.

Twobob
October 5, 2018 6:57 am

Wonderful sign.
Wonderful sentiment.
Wonderful fairy tale.

johann wundersamer
October 5, 2018 9:18 am

” Road signs will also display climate warnings in multiple languages.” –> lots of ESL types in the big city.

JimG1
October 5, 2018 9:38 am

DeBlasio and Moonbeam, two perfect examples of why letting just anyone vote ultimately destroys a democracy, even one with a constitutional republic. How pathetic these two are!

Snarling Dolphin
October 5, 2018 11:53 am

Time to cut the budget for traffic warning signs don’t you think NYC?

BigWaveDave
October 5, 2018 7:19 pm

It boggles my mind that many New Yorkers actually believe that human CO2 emissions were responsible for the flooding during Sandy.

Lance of BC
October 6, 2018 12:31 pm
October 7, 2018 4:29 pm

People were changing legitimate traffic messages to warn of the zombie apocalypse, so the information must be on the web.

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