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

    • 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.

        • 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.

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

      • 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.

        >¿<

  1. 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.

    • “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”.

    • “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.

  2. “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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  3. 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.

  4. “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

    • 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.

      • “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.

        • 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.

          • 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.

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

    • Progessivism Kills Thought.

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

  6. 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.

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

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

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

    • “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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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?

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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?

  21. “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.

  22. “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.

  23. 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.

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

  24. 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

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

    • 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.

      • 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.

    • 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?

  26. 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.

  27. “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.

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

    Designed?

    Someone needs to design three word slogans?

    • 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/

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

  30. 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.

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

  32. 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!

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

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