An Analysis of the Recent Climate Change Hysteria

Guest opinion by Dr. Tim Ball

Climate strikers. Image via Twitter.

Most people were taken in by the false story of human-caused global warming. We can include all the students participating in the classroom walkout to demand governments stop climate change, organized by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg. Her goal is to keep global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Apparently, she has no idea that the temperature was near or above that level for most of the last 10,000-years in a period known as the Holocene Optimum.  

They are taken in by the false claim that a minute amount of human-produced CO2 is effectively controlling the entire atmospheric system since 1950 and causing environmental collapse through global warming. They don’t know that there is an upper limit to the amount that CO2 can increase temperature. They don’t know that the average level of CO2 over the last 250 million years is 1200 ppm. They don’t know that every projection of temperature by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1990 was wrong. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, how did so few, fool so many, to such an extent, for so long?

Similar situations occur throughout history of people fooling the world, although this is undoubtedly the largest in terms of its acceptance, impact, and cost. It is tempting to point the finger at the IPCC, but the speed with which the story took hold, spread, and deceived so many people requires better explanation. It likely won’t stop it occurring in the future because it speaks to the nature of human beings and our inordinate and pandemic fear that the sky might fall. However, we might stop the current insanity.

Global warming due to human activities was a subset of the wider moral panic created by the new and necessary paradigm of environmentalism. There are many parallels between the claims of human-caused global warming (AGW) and such events in history as the Salem witchcraft trials. In that case, the climate was probably to blame. However, it was never identified at the time and rarely mentioned by experts today. Instead, during a time of poor harvests and social hardship people were looking for something or someone to blame.  Now they believe unequivocally that humans are to blame for everything.

Between February 1652 and May 1693, they brought 200 people to trial on charges of witchcraft. The symptoms were identified first in two young women brought before a tribunal and accused of hearing voices, dancing frenetically to exhaustion, all the classic symptoms of witchcraft. The problem is that these are also the classic symptoms of Ergot fungus poisoning.  Conditions were ideal for the occurrence of high levels of Ergot poisoning at that time, just as they were for other periods of witch-hunting in Europe in the Middle Ages. Once people in authority formalize the moral panic through the formation of commissions of inquiry and other vehicles, the stampede is on. It takes on a life of its own that ignores facts, reason, and logic. In the Salem area they hanged 19 people, 15 women, and four men.

All this occurred in a society of Puritan’s, people taking their belief system to extremes. Today’s moral panic is occurring in an equally narrow belief system called environmentalism.

Sociologist Stanley Cohen identified the pattern of moral panic in a 1972 book titled, Folk Devils and Moral Panics. First, he identified the five stages of the panic as follows. I added in italics the names of the appropriate agent, agency, or factor as it relates to the moral panic of global warming.

  1. Something or someone is perceived and defined as a threat to social norms and the interests of the community or society at large.

The Club of Rome identified industrial development using resources at an unsustainable rate as the threat. They do this by burning fossil fuels and the by-product, CO2, is raising the global temperature to catastrophic levels.

  • News media and members of the community/society then depict the threat in simplistic symbolic ways that quickly become recognizable to the greater public.

The UN created the IPCC that produced the false science using their computer models that isolated CO2 as the cause of global warming.

They then deliberately distorted their findings by the creation of a Summary for Policymakers.

  • Widespread public concern is aroused by the way news media portrays the symbolic representation of the threat.

The IPCC produced the hockey stick graph that rewrote temperature history. It showed no temperature change for 600-years (the handle) followed by a dramatic increase after 1880 (the blade). As Ross McKitrick said, the hockey stick became the poster-child for global warming.

  • Authorities and policymakers respond to the threat, be it real or perceived, with new laws or policies.

Millions of dollars were directed to alternate energies, even though a cursory look shows they cannot replace fossil fuels. Meaningful cost/benefit analyses were never done.

In most countries, no activity occurs without first receiving unnecessary environmental and climate approval.

Most countries created environmental laws that restricted energy use and development in a variety of ways.

They exploited guilt by creation of the concept of a carbon footprint; a vague and meaningless measure but visible on the landscape.

  • The moral panic and actions by those in power that follows it results in social change within the community.

Energy companies that provided the basis for development that improved the quality of life for everyone on the planet became the focus of attack, including lawsuits.

The car that gave millions freedom, mobility, and wider options became evil on wheels.

Cohen then identified “five key sets of actors: involved.”

  • The threat that incites the moral panic, which Cohen referred to as “folk devils”;

The folk devil is CO2 coming from those evil planet-destroying industries driven by their selfish, self-serving, profit motive.

  • Enforcers of rules or laws, like institutional authority figures, police, or armed forces;

The biggest was UN Agenda 21 created through the bureaucrats of national weather offices. They even built in a Principle (15) that allows them to act even if there is no evidence.

“In order to protect the environment, the precautionary approach shall be widely applied by States according to their capabilities. Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.”

We don’t need evidence. If we decide it is a threat, then it is a threat.

  • The news media, which breaks the news about the threat and continues to report on it, thereby setting the agenda for how it is discussed, and attaching visual symbolic images to it;

The media is the great selector and amplifier of the global warming false story. Every day, they take a normal weather or climate event and say or imply it is abnormal. An emaciated polar bear was just one example of a visual symbolic image.

The media are the gossis in the global village.

  • Politicians, who respond to the threat, and sometimes fan the flames of the panic;

Senator Timothy Wirth, an originator of the public panic said back in 1993 that

We’ve got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing, in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.”

Al Gore, from the pulpit of the White House, used the best storyteller in the world, Hollywood, to create the best piece of propaganda ever produced – An Inconvenient Truth. Now, there is the more hysterical claim from the UN itself that there are 12 years left.

  1. And the public, who develop focused concern about the threat and demand action in response to it.

Demand for action from a variety of groups across the world hasn’t produced the economy destroying total social control environmentalists sought. Now they are using the children in the ultimate form of child abuse. It is sickening to consider the use of children in the Salem witch hunts. It was two children who started the accusations but as one author notes,

“Puritan belief suggested that children were among the most likely to become servants of the Devil. They were easy to influence and take advantage of. In some cases, their environment made these children susceptible to thinking that they were evil sinners, which made it likely that their confessions were heartfelt.”

Some people will argue that we live in different times and such moral panic cannot occur today. Many will add, this is especially true in modern western society. It is true, there is no burning of witches, but the ostracization from the society of those that the mob identifies are deniers is only one step away. What you cannot deny is that the world was taken in by a patently false story and overwhelmed by exploitation of fear and guilt that we, the people, are destroying the planet because of our greed and ignorance. If you don’t believe it, listen to the children, whose future you are putting in jeopardy.

A cynical definition of a Puritan is a person who is afraid that somewhere somebody is having a good time. Environmentalists are the new green Puritans. Is this why the attendees at the Second Continental Congress, the authors of the Declaration of Independence, identified the Pursuit of Happiness as an inalienable right – or were they just having a laugh.


Anthony: To get an idea of just how “off the rails” these people are, have a look at this CNN thread on the topic:

https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/global-climate-strike-students-protest-climate-inaction-intl/index.html

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96 thoughts on “An Analysis of the Recent Climate Change Hysteria

  1. “Apparently, she has no idea that the temperature was near or above that level for most of the last 10,000-years in a period known as the Holocene Optimum”

    I think the issue is the deltaT not the T.

      • Its just Judeo-NeoMarxism. Nature is one of many surrogates to dominate the People and the Kapital. Judeo-Marxism failed due to the deplorable working class in the Weat did not want rise up and destroy everything they had with a radical change of society.
        The only thing Judeo-Marxism and Judeo-NeoMarxism cares about is a radical change of society.
        Will the people stay passive when the leftist try to do that with their “policy made climate” policy?

        • It has been said that WWII was won on an ocean of oil…….meaning that the Allies had more fuel than the Axis.
          That is certainly obvious in this graph.

        • Those measurements made in the 1800 and early 1900’s were not fit for purpose of measuring atmospheric background CO2. They weren’t meant to be. The samples taken then were not truly representative of samples that needed to be taken and analyzed.

          One can easily see this is the discontinuity of the measurements.

          • Beck flagged the early readings as potentially unreliable but by 1930 there were good protocols in place and most of the measurements he gathered together were done by qualified techs and should have been largely representative of the atmosphere. Note the last chemical measurements overlap the Mona Loa curve and fit it quite well. The
            mid- 1940s set was from Barrow Alaska where it should have been easy to get good uncontaminated samples.

      • Roger, that is a very mature letter from a very articulate young lady.
        I vote her for future PM of Aus.

    • Chaamjamal-

      The “delta T” [threshold of purported dangerous climate change] has been arbitrarily and unscientifically ascribed at 1.5 -2.0 deg. C “above pre-industrial climate”.

      Think about that for a moment. Do you [not] see the obvious sleight of hand in this fundamental argument of the leading Climate Scientists?

  2. Much of the blame for the climate change hysteria must be laid at the door of mainstream media because of their reluctance to publish anything that is contrary to the AGW myth.

    • It will be interesting to see how the media handle President Trump / Will Happer’s enquiry into climate science. My prediction is that there will be a massive stream of absolutely damning information, which the media will report in as small a way as possible while accompanying each piece with news of hot weather in some place or other and authoritarian contra statements by “well-qualified” climate scientists and prominent politicians and celebrities. But at some point, there will be a statement that can be portrayed by the media as a mistake, and that “mistake” will be plastered all over the headlines, all through several days of prime time news, to the point that Will Happer will go under.

      Most predictions do turn out to be wrong, and I sincerely hope that mine is no exception.

      • It is certain that the Leftwing News Media will attack anything Dr. Happer does.

        Whether the attacks will be effective or not remains to be seen. I personally doubt they will be successful because the Alarmists have a very weak case to defend and Happer has a very good chance of making the American people realize just how weak the case is.

        We need scientists like Dr. Happer to say that the science is not settled, not even close. The Alarmists will have to respond, and then the truth will out, and the Alarmists will be shown to be the charlatans they really are.

        Happer should declare there is no empirical evidence that CO2 is affecting Earth’s atmosphere, and then challenge the Alarmists to prove him wrong. What are the Alarmists going to do then, since they don’t have any empirical evidence to provide? They’ve lost the argument.

        • Unfortunately, even Happer voluntarily surrenders too much ground on the AGW hypothesis, in essence “agreeing” that a doubling of atmospheric CO2 *will* cause “X” amount of warming. This is false, as it is, as is the whole of the AGW “case,” PURELY HYPOTHETICAL, and requires the (in understated terms) GIGANTIC caveat expressed thusly: “ALL OTHER THINGS HELD EQUAL.”

          Without the “ALL OTHER THINGS HELD EQUAL” part, there IS NO EFFECT, demonstrated from any actual EMPIRICAL OBSERVATION, that CO2 does ANYTHING to the temperature, and by extension, the “climate.”

    • That is because the mainstream media will benefit from the growth of government and the access to power that support of the green agenda provides and will provide in the future. Along with the fact that most journalists share the same ideological tendencies that the greens have, including an abiding faith in government power – that is, of course, if the right kind of politicians (the ones they agree with or who share their agenda) are the ones holding the power.

      • short-sighted of them. Once the government gets enough control one of the first things they will do is restrict private media. You can already see it happening in social media privately, and that is nothing compared to what will happen when it becomes public policy.

        • “short-sighted of them. Once the government gets enough control one of the first things they will do is restrict private media.”

          The current private Leftwing media is restricting themselves. No need for government input.

          I heard a story this morning about how the news organization Reuters withheld negative information about Richard Francis “Beto” O’Rourke until after he ran for the U.S. Senate against Ted Cruz. It seems Beto was a member of a hacker group in his youth, and Reuters withheld this information in an effort to assist Beto’s U.S. Senate candidacy.

          The Leftwing Media is the propaganda arm of the Democrats/Socialists. The Truth is not in them. They constantly undermine society with their partisan, political lies and distortions of the truth. It’s criminal.

          • Remember Willie Horton and the so called “rat” commerical?

            For at least the last 50 years, the media has been an arm of the DNC.
            Willingly and eagerly.

        • The members of the main stream media don’t care.
          First off, they are already supporters of government, so it’s unlikely they would want to print a story the government wouldn’t want them to print.
          Secondly, they believe that they are the “journalists” who will still have jobs after the government bans everyone who disagrees with the government. This will (in their minds) give them more prestige and more money.

    • “Much of the blame for the climate change hysteria must be laid at the door of mainstream media”

      The Leftwing Media of the world pose the most serious danger to human freedom because they distort reality to the point that your average person doesn’t know what to think, and therefore, doesn’t know how to vote in their own interests.

      The Leftwing News Media needs to be fixed before society can be fixed. The Leftwing Media just exaserbates all of society’s problems, and of course, that is their aim, and they are doing a very good job of it so far.

      As a result there are millions of human beings in the world who are immersed in the Leftwing Media delusions being promoted. Millions of people divorced from reality. Not good!

    • @ James Poulos:
      The so-called “Little Ice Age” is widely accepted to have ended in the mid-19th Century. Peak Glacial Extent for the Holocene occurred in approximately 1860. This marked the end of what was probably the coldest extended period on Earth since the onset of the Holocene, which witnessed the melting of widespread continental ice sheets.

      Historically, “pre-industrial” would be late 18th Century, as the ‘Industrial Revolution’ transpired during the early 19tg Century.

      In any case, the temperature records become quite thin for anything preceding the mid-19th Century.

      • “In any case, the temperature records become quite thin for anything preceding the mid-19th Century.”

        That doesn’t really matter. We don’t have to go back nearly that far in history to find something significant to the CAGW argument.

        We have good temperature records of the 20th Century and those (unmodified) worldwide records show that the 1930’s were as warm or warmer than subsequent years, which is all we need to know to tell us that CO2 is not a significant factor in today’s climate because we had the same climate in the 1930’s, and the 1930’s are not associated with CO2 warmig, even by the IPCC.

        The warmth of the 1930 was caused by Mother Nature and we have to assume that the similar warmth of today has the same cause. Or at least that’s what we should assume if we use logic and reason.

        • Indeed. It is certainly very unclear whether the globe today, is truly warmer than it was in the late 1930s/early 1940s.

          Since we know that it continued to warm between 1860 to 1880, it is extremely difficult to accept that the LIA ended in 1860.

          Further, the warming out of the LIA was always in fits and starts, and since we know that it warmed between 1920 and 1940, and the only explanation for this warming is natural causes, it is rather difficult to accept that the LIA came to an end before 1940. It is likely that this warming is part of the rebound.

          In fact, isn’t the test as to when the LIA came to an end, to ask at what date are temperatures at the level preceding the entry into the LIA? IE, have temperatures reached that seen in the MWP?

          Now of course, we do not have thermometer records going back to the MWP, but there is strong proxy evidence that temperatures during the MWP were as warm as they are today (late 20th century/early 21st century), if not warmer.

          I am not convinced that we are yet fully out of the LIA.

  3. Dr Ball, with all due respect, I seriously doubt all those students “were taken in by stories of human-caused global warming” (some…yea)

    Most of them have literally zero idea what we’re actually talking about, however most will claim it’s at least 10 degrees warmer than when they were kids.

    There’s a lot of social pressure to participate, and quite frankly, it’s fun to run around with signs proclaiming stuff they’ve read on bumper stickers. Beats doing analytical geometry.

      • The leftist try to create a new revolutionary class? Like the “68’s”. Their fundamental problem is that we have about 100 years of experience and about 100 million dead people so we all know that their ideology is totally corrupt and will not work for the people. The only thing the People get is Serfdom with Tyranny and Slavery.

        • If it is your trollish goal to discredit facts such as these by posing as an antisemite, it isn’t going to fool anyone, Santa.

          Or in the alternate case, the fact that you’re an antisemite doesn’t mean that everything you believe is a lie. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

          • Rich

            Please point out what you consider to be Santa’s antisemitism.

            I can’t be the only one who has no idea what you’re ranting about.

          • You need to look further up in the comments and on prior postings, Javert. Numerous references to Judeo-marxist, Judeo-neomarxist.

            No need to apologize. It’s true that I am wont to rant.

    • I agree there is a huge peer pressure placed on kids these days to “conform”, and if you are not “on message” you would be made to feel an outcast.

      I was ridiculed at school when about 8 years old for having doodled a solar flare during end of school story time. and not being interested in football.

    • Javert,
      Apparently there is no age limit to ignorance. Just two weeks ago NY’s new Representative in the US House (29 years old) said:

      “There is a global threat to the planet. A global threat. At this point, we don’t even have to prove it — just walk outside in winter in a lot of places, and it’s either way worse than you’re used to, or way warmer than you’re used to. Hurricanes, storms, wildfires, we are dying now.”

      To Dr. Ball’s point, idiotic statements like this have a huge multiplier effect on the young who worship her for “speaking back to the man”.

  4. My other half and I were just remembering back in the 60’s when children were drilled in school for what to do in case of a nuclear attack. As young couples we were incensed not to have children because the world had a good chance of being uninhabitable because of nuclear war. Like many others the company I went to work for out of college had a program to help employees build and stock fallout shelters in their basements (which, by the way, later, when the scare subsided, made great fruit cellars!). This “State of Fear”, as Micheal Crichton apply put it in his best selling book, set us up for the “global cooling” scare initially brought on by nuclear fallout, but later due to the first incarnation of “climate change”!

    It is fascinating how history repeats itself! The one thing that does seem to be constant is human nature!

    • Sorry, we were incented, not incensed to not have children. Darn auto spellcheck!

      • You’re almost there, Doug; the next step is to just quit using a spellchecker. Seriously…I think that, over time, using one degrades one’s spelling, due to believing that one doesn’t need to think about spelling.

    • “….protest that culminated in a die-in at the steps of the American Museum of Natural History,…” One sign— “Make Love, Not CO2.” Yep, it’s worse than WAR!!! Grandchildren of the anti-war movement?

  5. In Atascadero, CA there were less than 10 students who showed up to protest. The other students wanted to be in class learning. Those students have goals for their lives, and it does not come from government for free.

    • Hi Sid, nice to see your students don’t fit the California stereotype. I’m up the road at Paso Robles.

    • The media are the gossis in the global village – I thought he might have meant “gnossis”.

      Looks like a typo to me, that’s all. But “gossips” does just as well.

  6. No. Environmentalism has no moral superiority. It is just image marketing, transfer of positive word that everyone agrees on to something that special interest groups want. It also transfers negative images to the things that compete against their interests.

    Environmentalists are a well-funded lobby that is up to money and power. They exploit naive children to sell subsidies and regulations to their backers. They sell taxation and regulations to their competitors.

    As a consequence the things that they sell change and has conflicts to each other. Bio-fuels were good until they became too successful. Bird life is supported unless we connect that to wind mills.

    • Yes. And I am beginning to think something has changed in world consciousness. Bullshit isn’t working. People are beginning to realize that whilst this is in a sense a post truth world, in that we react to what we believe to be true, rather than ‘whatever is the case’ (to steal from Wittgenstein) , that does not mean that the truth IS what we believe, alone. And the fightback by the reactionary forces – the Democrats in the USA against Trump – the European Union in Europe against Brexit – have opened Pandora’s box. In both cases there is a strong accusation of false news, the claim that people are being misled when they are not believing the usual lies…

      …and that has introduced a new element to the public consciousness. Faux news. It is not just that people now consider that – in this case – the climate change narrative might be wrong, mistaken, people now have what amounts to official sanction from the very people who are promoting the narrative, to consider the possibility that the narrative might in fact be a deliberate lie.

      Live by the sword, die by the sword.

      Ten years ago the majority of people might consider that those in Authority might be genuinely mistaken, but not that they were in fact deliberately lying. Today the default assumption amongst broad swathes of the populations is that that is exactly what they are doing.

      Right or wrong, inundated as we are in the UK by the Brexit maelstrom, one poll stands out for me: A poll of public trust in ‘authority’ figures like politicians, national and international, media pundits, doctors, lawyers, scientists…cross referenced against whether they supported leaving the EU or not. The correlation was stark. Those that wished to leave the European union overwhelmingly distrusted all authority, those that wished to stay, broadly did not.

      And those that wanted to leave were in the majority of voters in the 2016 referendum. In the UK at least, public trust in ‘authority’ has never been lower, in my entire lifetime.

      (And frankly watching the naked pressure, bullying, lies, deceptions, finagling and whatever – including what can only be classed as utter incompetence- . being enacted in our parliament and indeed in the sordid troughs of Brussels, they are entirely justified).

      What I think we are seeing, is that those in charge of the Western worldview, those that have given us climate change, gender politics, diversity, cultural Marxism have lost control of the narrative.

      They got arrogant, greedy, overconfident, sloppy and lazy. “The plebs will believe anything we tell them…”

      • Leo, are you surprised that we don’t trust those in authority? Let me tell you a story…

        We fought and beat an application for a wind turbine above our town, our victory mainly I suspect because we pointed out it was designed to maximise the subsidy take, not to minimise the use of our poor groaning world’s resources, which in the UK is against the law. (No, it’s not against the law to maximise subsidy but you’re supposed to minimise resource use. Don’t ask me, I didn’t write the rules.)

        This got me involved with our local MP and we exchanged views. He as a representative of the landowning, property developing, subsidy exploiting class obviously thinks that wind turbines are a good idea – have you seen those subsidies? – while I represented those whose houses would lose 10 to 12% of their value. Then, when he had been appointed the Minister for Energy, we were at a meeting in the town and he bounced up to me.

        “Julian, solar, solar’s the thing! Solar panels are really cheap, it’s the way ahead!”
        “Yes, Minister. But you’ll have to store the electricity.”

        He looked at me for longer than expected, his face blank. Then he bounced back.

        “Oh! Yes! Yes! We’ll have to store the electricity!”

        He tiggered off.

        He was the Minister for Energy, responsible for keeping the UK’s lights on and he hadn’t been briefed: he didn’t know that you use electricity or store it, it doesn’t just hang around. His first class degree from Oxford is Politics, Philosophy and Economics, the Oxbridge equivalent of Media Studies for poshoes.

        Buy a generator.

        JF
        The Labour Party is today pushing big nuclear and onshore wind to slve the UK’s coming energy shortfall. They’d rather not notice the big shale gas bonanza coming in Lancashire.

      • And “climate change” consistently polls, worldwide, at the very BOTTOM of people’s day-to-day pressing concerns. “Government” along with personal pocketbook issues poll at the very top.

        On Friday, all over the world, tens of millions of school children went to school as usual and did not participate in leftist street-theater.

        Kids today are increasingly media-savvy, in ways the generations that grew up thinking “if it’s on TV, it must be true” can never be. When the backlash to the BS comes, it’ll be severe. Anyone with a search engine can find out the facts, and where teen rebellion meets narrative it won’t be pretty.

  7. Global warming relates to a fear of death. If we put ourselves in charge of death, we are God, and through that, may achieve eternal life. This is also why conspiracy theories of big pharma having the cure for cancer but selling us shit medicine instead to make more money (the greedy ruthless bastards) also circulates regularly. We want control and we want to live forever. Whether the movement is religion or shamanism, the needs driving the social results are the same.

    • Shamanism is, according to many, the original religion of the stone age…

      And I dont think control and wanting to live forever are the driving force of it.

      Indeed the complete opposite, religion/shamanism is more about attaining a positive attitude towards inevitable death, and lack of control.

      Both redefine the relationship with death and control by positing a realm beyond life and death, this reducing the enormity of death, and also this realm is where the ultimate forces that drive everything reside, which , though by processes of magic or indeed science, coming to some understanding of these forces donates power to the wise, does not in any way mean that we can actually control those forces.

      • When the Inuit converted to Christianity they said that it was a great release from fear — no longer was every rock potentially a malign entity.

        JF

          • @MarkW I find the people who know the least about Climate Change, The European Union, Renewable Energy and indeed Christianity are in general the ones advocating it.

          • Leo, at least as far as Christianity goes, your experience does not match mine.
            Those who rant against capitalism and Christianity rarely know anything about either beyond a few stereotypes.

  8. The 12 year scare doesn’t actually come from the UN report. However it certainly has come from Al Gore’s Church of Climatology.

    Michael Mann et al. have moved on from the IPCC reports . They have founded
    the Earth System Sensitivity. It has its roots almost as long as AGW. Back in the 80’s was when it really got started. Almost 40 years later Michael Mann and his followers have decided that the IPCC is doomed and that they dont need it anymore anyway. They are losing control over its alarmist message and it is becoming more conservative as we skeptics are forcing it to tone down.
    The Earth System Science (ESS) Education Alliance was formed in 2000 and has ~50 institutions signed up with over 3000 teachers. Their plan is to take over the geology and paleontology departments of every university in the world just like have they done to the Atmospheric science faculties. In their minds they have to because then they can control the past. Eric Blair aka George Orwell has unwittingly written their manifesto. He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past. Orwell should have reversed those 2 sentences. The recipe is simple. The thesis is that long term changes of the earth(which the alarmists will say is ultimately caused by short term changes caused by CO2) will dwarf the measly short term temperature changes of CO2. To do that they need to control the past with different climate models because only with the past can they control ( model) the slow processes needed so that they will project far into the future 500 years if necessary. To do that they have to take over the 2 faculties that are standing in their way.

  9. It is obvious from the picture that those 6 are the entire demonstration.

    The alarmists have serious problems if they can only fool 6 people.

  10. When the Inuit converted to Christianity they said that it was a great release from fear — no longer was every rock potentially a malign entity.

    JF

  11. Dr Ball, the “pursuit of happiness” clause is directly from Leibniz, who countered the British Locke on that precise issue. It was really a complete break with the British Empire, no laughing matter!

    That single clause would be changed back later to Locke’s “property” by the British-supported Confederates.

    Clearly pursuit of happiness is not possible for people being property.

    The entire CO2 scam is an attack on that Leibniz clause, so it is right Royally obvious where it comes from.

  12. “Between February 1652 and May 1693, they brought 200 people to trial on charges of witchcraft.”

    A 40-year reign of terror!

  13. Oooooh, the Salem witches were eating (being forced to eat) Bad Corn – ergot infected wheat indeed.

    NB: The *Girls* were being forced into eating shyte. Thanks lads.

    What happened to Romance? You know, where a boy might take his girl on a hunting trip and they’d drink the blood of whatever they caught – in between nibbling still warm and raw liver of the hapless beast.
    While sat around a small campfire
    (Oooh hello, sounds like a modern day romantic date or tete-a-tete – steak, wine and candles?)
    Or if she stayed home, he’d fetch her the intact brain of said beast
    Those foods have what in common?

    At the end here, you’ll maybe (up to you) meet Noomy. My new gurlfrend
    (Sorry Sazzles, you are hereby officially dumped. Try not to be too sleepless. In Seattle Take care Hun xx)

    Of course, Noomy is selling something but from this video you’d struggle to guess what and she does go ‘a bit tangential’ near the end. Don’t we all sometimes?

    But hear her out for the first 5 minutes – bearing in mind the Romantic intro I just did here.
    Questions:
    Is she being evasive and hence mendacious?
    Does she fluff and babble?
    Does she blink a lot and avoid the camera
    Was it done in one take? i.e. does she know her subject
    Is she being pushy or ‘hustling’?

    So from that, does she practice what she preaches?
    Now, bearing in mind the Human Animal Cannot Lie meme of mine, watch her herself. Body language
    How much make-up is she wearing?
    How much did that hair-do cost?

    Back to the Salem Witches – shall we say= A bit of a “political & societal dysfunction” brought about by nutrient deficiency?

    Bearing in mind what Noomy says –
    What about Climate Change?
    What about Brexit
    What about plastic, diesel, ozone, vaccines etc etc etc

    Is it beyond credibility that those things are symptomatic of Nutrient Deficiency?
    Just one teeny tiny example – why is now so necessary to ‘fortify’ wheat flour with B Vitamins – the very vitamins absolutely vital (haha) to the functioning of nerves and brains (all – the same sorts of cells)
    There again you see, the non-lying animal. We *know* something is going wrong – that is why we’re now adding B Vitamins to flour. and C vitamin. and chalk

    Meet Noomy:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02xJm7gsXd4&feature=youtu.be

    What ‘nutrient’ are we now deficient in?

    • 4 kids she has too. Not bad huh

      Considering she had a truly awful acne skin condition as a young girl (brought up by Health Freak parents) and her skin was ‘helped by Chinese Medicine – which damn near poisoned her (and her unborn 1st child) with heavy metals
      Is is possible that we now have, apart from a raging nutrient deficiency problem that we’re struggling to disguise, an ongoing poisoning problem?

      Mad Hatters anyone?
      Or lead – becomes mobile in acid solution. or aluminium?

      After all my ravings you will know *exactly* where *they* come from – the acidification of farmland soils via the use of nitrogen fertiliser.
      No, not especially from power station stacks – there’s be much more localised events such as Minimata not least…
      Foode 4 thort innit……

  14. There might be another interesting factor of how human brain perceives stability. My layman psychology definition would be “Fears Quota”.

    It just stroke me as I discussed the recent German lefties proposal to limit personal air travel to two flights per year. My interlocutor asked me if I wasn’t afraid to turn earth into a hot furnace by burning that many tons of “petrol oil” each day.

    Happens that while busy at burning them, this is the least of my possible fears as so much more genuinely worrisome events can interfere with the process.

    Would it be that, in absence of really life threatening dangers, humans just tend to invent irrationals that could fulfil their “Fears Quota” ?

    Which could explain why green catastrophic narratives work well in socially safe rich regions such as Germany where real daily life dangers are close to zero ?

    Isn’t this just a reflex from past eras when early humans competed for survival with other species and only those perpetually in alert made it thru ?

  15. Thanks for the article.

    This “Gaia worship” stuff started back in the 1970s with Earth Day, and “lets’ stop pollution” – that sort of thing – long before the internet was anything more than a minor daydream. Then it got to climbing the hysterics ladders, level by level, and now we have Big Bucks involved, as well. When people are brought up with no spirituality in their lives, they try to find something they can believe in, and guess what it is this time? Go on. I dare you. And when money and political power are included in this morass of twaddle, it makes it even worse, therefore, it is very necessary that we keep a weather eye on it at all times.

    We’re having a regular spring this year. Birds like redwing blackbirds and grackles showed up on time, and are only mildly interested in the food I provide. These cycles come and go. Looking forward to marking time on the river trail in a couple of weeks.

    • Sara, I could be older, as I remember the green blob starting in the 1960’s. “Silent Spring” and other pollution hype. Some of it was real, but the end-times preaching was a clear substitute for religion.
      The US EPA commissioned a study in the early 1970’s on the origins of the environmental movement, and the authors were unable to find any real single cause for the sudden concern. Edith Efron in “The Apocalyptics” (1984) documents the history that led up to Richard Nixon creating both the EPA and his “War on Cancer”, as well as the odd government science involved.

  16. The great crisis that most of these children will experience in their lifetime is obesity and all of the poor health that comes with it, diabetes for example.

    In general, they get too little physical activity and they consume far too many calories for their lifestyle. They generally engage in too much screen time and this will likely lead to skeletal abnormalities. If cellphones do cause cancer, then they are in for big trouble.

    • I’ll paraphrase some profound Chinese wisdom that someone mentioned on a previous thread because it is very appropriate in this discussion.

      Food on the table, many problems; no food, one problem.

      • I think I’m 1/1064th Chinese), so I made up a Chinese proverb the other day (actually I appropriated it & claimed as my own): “you can’t pick a turd up by the clean end”.

        But I like yours better.

        • Javert Chip

          I’m Chinese by birth.

          Fight over food, some die. Fight over no food, everyone die.

  17. Greta Thunberg is, unfortunately, an aspergers sufferer with the complex and challenging mental problems associated with the condition. Her initial publicity was instigated by the new Swedish organisation “We Do Not Have Time” which was founded (or co-founded – I am unsure which) by Ingmar Rentszog who has very close association with Gore who’s “Climate Reality” is a partner, training Rentzog in 2017. Child abuse.
    https://www.climatedepot.com/2019/03/12/report-climate-school-striking-teen-greta-thunberg-is-a-pr-puppet-of-swedish-consultant/
    https://medium.com/wedonthavetime/al-gores-heartbreaking-story-why-he-is-feeling-so-strong-about-the-climate-crisis-ba07c90358cf

  18. In addition to the MSM there is the problem of K-12 education. It is a systemic problem. K-12 education has a culture that imbues group think and conformity. School teachers as a group are leftist and true believers in leftist orthodoxy dispensed from above by leftist professors. They have direct access to the kids.

  19. Amazing how blind they are to their own fossil fuel usage, they can not imagine giving that up.

  20. As always, reasoned, well informed and objective analysis from Dr. Ball. Always enjoy his posts. Many thanks.

  21. Similar situations occur throughout history of people fooling the world
    ==========
    Start with religion. Divine right of kings. Papal infallibility.

    The main religions on earth all teach something different. At the very most only 1 of them can be right and the rest of them are wrong.

    And from this, since at best only 1 can be right, and all the rest wrong, what are the odds the remaining one is right. Chances are the one that might be right is as wrong as all the others.

    And since it can easily be shown that humans have been misled on such a fundamental question as religion, why expect a belief in climate change to be any different.

  22. Look at the motivation for the lie and you will realize it was a lie. The solar and wind proponents knew that they would never produce electricity for less than natural gas or coal. They wanted solar and wind energy to replace fossil fuels. What could they use to beat fossil fuels. CO2 cause global warming. They thought that fossil fuels could not possibly get rid of their CO2 emissions for less than about $40/MWh for natural gas and $80/MWh for coal since it has roughly twice as much CO2 emissions as coal. Mow both solar and wind energy claim that they have beaten out coal, and unfortunately coal plants are shutting down because of teh Lvelized Cost of Electricity. Lets look at the present data. Solar claims t be as economical as natural gas. That woul dbe true if the natural gas cost was $60MWh and wind and solar were running at the same service factor as a=natural gas and coal. I posted this on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6430799707580219392
    t shows natural gas at $60/mwh wind at about $45/MWh and solar at about $50/MWh that doe snit line up with the European results nor explain why Germeny built a coal fired power plant just last year. I posted the u
    utility cost versus solar+wnd capacity unstalled per person and Poland and Hungary had the lowest electricity price and the least solar and wind power in W per person. Germany and Hungary ha dthe higheest electricity prices and the highest solar and wind capacity. This makes me question the oision of nuclear power on the graph because Germany still has nuclear power plants running and they are below the line. Denmark ahs biogas power plants. I know the Germany would get at most 50% out of solar collectors. so I strted looking for in service factors for solar and wind power. 30% was the number I found. That does not campare well with a seervice factor of 95% for natural gas and coal. If you include the service factor natural gas comes in at $63.17/KHh, coal comes in at $105.26/KWh, wind comes in at $150/KWh and solar comes in at 166.67/KWh. That explains the European Cost of eelectricity. Now lest look at sequestration costs.

  23. As usual I can only commend Dr. Ball for his compelling analysis of today’s witch-hunt industry.

    There is something I might add. Friedrich A. Hayek’s seminal and still indispensable study of socialism, “The Road to Serfdom,” devotes an entire, though very dated, chapter to the phenomenon, “Totalitarians in our midst.” In it he devotes several pages to long forgotten excerpts by his contemporaries, which he describes as taken directly from Nazi doctrine. It should come as no surprise to any of us that this depraved state of mind has never lacked for advocates and votaries, or that it should take so little effort to survey and enumerate the totalitarians who seem to dominate the public forum today.

    I regret being a broken record in recommending Hayek’s analysis whenever the opportunity arises. It is a difficult text to read, but I believe that an acquaintance with this brilliant piece of historiography is essential to every person in every age who values, cherishes individual freedom.

  24. What history teaches us is that just about everything we believe to be true today will in future be shown to be wrong.

    Every scientific belief, every religious belief, every cultural belief, every political belief. Most will turn out to be wrong.

    Consider bloodletting as a cure for illness. For 2000 years it was what surgeons relied on. And it was only comparatively recently, over the past 150 years, that it fell out of favor.

    Now imagine that you are standing in front of the top surgeons in the world 500 years ago, trying to convince them that bloodletting was pseudoscience.

    They would tell you that you were wrong because everyone says you are. And if you persist in your false belief the cure will be to treat you with bloodletting.

    And after a few sessions of bloodletting it is very likely you would give up your claims, proving that the surgeons were correct after all.

    That sufficient bloodletting will cure just about anything. It is only a matter of finding the right dosage. Which is where experimentation and observation come in.

    • ferd berple:

      What you say is absolutely true. The cause of climate change, while real, will be shown to NOT be caused by rising CO2 levels.

  25. The reality is that the anomalous warming that has occurred has been CAUSED by the environmentalists!

    The mechanism is simply the reduction in dimming anthropogenic SO2 aerosol emissions due to global Clean Air efforts, and is NOT due to rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

    Cleaner air = increased solar heating of the Earth’s surface = “anomalous”‘ global warming.

    This is indisputable.

  26. Sequestration Costs. When you burn fuel at low pressure you have to separate the CO2 from the excesss oxygen and the nitrogen or you would be compressing a whole lot of stuff. Once you get the CO2 you have to compress it to put it underground. I’ll give my E-mail address here in case you have any questions: Rhood@BESTCarbonCapture.ca and my personal e-mail is r-l-hood@s.haw.ca. We were trying to upgrade Alberta Bitumen so that it would be inexpensive and can be processed in nearly every refinery. That means take the asphaltenes out of the bitumen. Once you get them out you have to do something with them. A company I worked for before wanted to pile them on the ground. That made a huge pile every year. so you have to burn them and dispose of the flue gas. I knew we could do that with gasification. I looked at tge gasification unit and thought to myself why aren’t they simply adding more oxygen so that they produce CO2, SO2, and NO2 from the gasification reactor. I then went to the patent literature and the only thing I found on pressurized combustion was that the equipment would be very expensive. That is the type of challenge that I love to see. I set about making the pressurized combustor as inexpensive as I could. When I git done we contacted a cost estimator from one of our client companies to do a costs estimate on my pressurized combustor design. He called me and asked if he could work with us. I asked why and he said “you have designed a pressurized combustor that will be less expensive than the atmospheric pressure combustor it replaces, and you will be able to release the flue gas directly into a sequestration facility. That will save coal fired power plants and natural gas fired power plants from the onslaught from solar and wind power. I conservatively estimate $5/MWh for flue gas sequestration.

  27. Those young folks in the photo look so cared-for, sporting those stylish hair arrangements, tats, clothing, … looking well-nourished, clear skinned, and otherwise quite comfy, with their expressive signage, …all in a protected setting, free from exploding bombs, bullets, dirty water, disease-bearing insect swarms, rodents and other vermin.

    I wonder what enables them to be so fortunate to have the comfort and freedom to strike. Oh, it seems to be the very thing against which they are striking.

    Alas, irresponsible adults have not taught them any of this.

  28. “Senator Timothy Wirth, an originator of the public panic said back in 1993…”

    Never heard of him. I do know that Margaret Thatcher pushed the idea into international politics with her speeches to the UN, and set up the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research .

    https://john-daly.com/history.htm

    • Senator Wirth of Colorado, Democrat was also President Clinton’s first Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs for the U.S. State Department. In the State Department, he worked with Vice President Al Gore on global environmental and population issues, supporting the administration’s views on global warming. A supporter of the proposed Kyoto Protocol, Wirth announced the U.S.’s commitment to legally binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions. From 1998 to 2013, he served as the president of the United Nations Foundation [created by billionaire Ted Turner], and currently sits on the Foundation’s board.” -Wikipedia

      In other words, Wirth was and remains a well-connected leader of the Deep State.

  29. Some good comments, but some scientific ones I did not understand, not being a scientist. I am glad we have scientists and overwhelmingly they support the idea that climate change is happening. Or as a friend of mine calls it, climate chaos. All I have to do is watch the crazy fluctuations in temperature, in snow in February (now turning into floods), of cold. Just living through this winter, which is not quite finished, is enough to make one believe in climate chaos. But in addition there are the abnormal weather patterns being reported in the U.S., and all over the world. Not just where I live. I live in Minnesota, and in the 75 years of my life we have never had a winter like this. By the way, what is Tim doctor of? No credentials listed at the bottom of his article.
    Dahr Jamail: Climate Change Has Already Happened on truthoutdotorg https://truthout.org/video/dahr-jamail-climate-change-has-already-happened/

    • “All I have to do is watch the crazy fluctuations in temperature, in snow in February (now turning into floods), of cold. Just living through this winter, which is not quite finished, is enough to make one believe in climate chaos. But in addition there are the abnormal weather patterns being reported in the U.S., and all over the world. Not just where I live.”

      All the statistics on severe weather show there is less severe weather now than in the past. CO2 is not causing the weather to do anything it hasn’t already done before, when human-derived CO2 was not a factor. History goes back further than 75 years.

      A person can see faces in the clouds using sufficient imagination.. A person can see CO2 at work in the atmosphere using sufficient imagination. But that’s the only way a person could “see” it, because there is NO evidence that CO2 is having a detectable effect on the Earth’s climate. NONE!.

  30. The Myths of the Mayflower: History is not ‘episodic’ but is continuous as Dr. Ball seeks to clarify in the minds of many people – especially the young who have been ‘brain conditioned’ on climate change.

    I once discussed with a young American just who were the Founding Fathers of that great nation: Were the Puritans Calvinists? The Quakers were not Puritans? The Pilgrim Fathers were not Quakers? The Pilgrim Fathers were Puritans?

    I’m not sure that he has forgiven me for ‘de-mesmerising’ him. The evidence for this illusion – not only accepted by my young friend – may be stated briefly:

    Alan Villiers, Captain of the Mayflower replica which crossed the Atlantic in 1957, attended a civic reception at Plymouth wearing a Quaker costume!

    The Quakers were tolerant and quietist, the Puritans were not.
    The second Mayflower myth: That the voyagers on the Mayflower were escaping religious intolerance with the intention of establishing tolerance in the New World. The word “Fathers” suggests originators, and not surprisingly we find the widely held belief that the Mayflower’s passengers were the first British settlers and hence the “Founding Fathers” of the United States of America. The six hundred families who trace their descent from the Mayflower’s passenger list now constitute an American aristocracy.

    The historical facts are otherwise:
    Quaker illusion: George Fox, founder of the Quaker Society of Friends was not born until four years after the Mayflower voyage.
    The so-called ‘Pilgrim Fathers’ of America did not set sail from England, where they – the Calvinists – were restrained, but from Holland where they enjoyed power.

    1607, April 26: Three ships sighted the land of Virginia: The historical fact of British North America is that Jamestown and “The Old Dominion” of Virginia were established in 1607, thirteen years before the Mayflower sailed.
    Source: https://www.historyisfun.org/sites/jamestown-chronicles/timeline.html

    Putting Jamestown into Context: BBC News
    But don’t take my word for it, read what the BBC News had to say 400 years later:

    The Queen has arrived in the US to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia – although many Americans will still tell you it was in Plymouth, Massachusetts – 13 years later.

    “Historians in the 19th century were looking for a more noble beginning and opted for The Pilgrim Fathers. They landed in Plymouth in 1620 – 13 years after Jamestown” explains Bly Straube, museum curator.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/6616037.stm

    As I said earlier, real History is continuous – not episodic! Thank you Dr. Ball.

  31. I am just a layman. I formulated my own opinion about AGW. IMO, it’s an example of mass hysteria. It’s a UN and NWO scam, designed for control and confiscation.
    Take 1,000,000 pennies. Lay them out, it’s a 62.5′ square. Then call 400 of those pennies atmospheric CO2. A 15″ square.
    I don’t see how there is physically enough CO2 in the atmosphere to cause heat retention. Also isn’t man made CO2 4ppm?

    Also, maybe the AGW’s need a better imminent disaster. There is plenty of evidence of major planetary impacts in ancient history. We’re in a cosmic shooting gallery. They could call themselves STC -Stop The Comets.

  32. Notice that these kids aren’t actually doing anything themselves. They are demanding that other people take responsibility for the “change”. They have every expectation to continue their comfortable lifestyles unabated.

    Typical Progressive envy and greed.

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