HuffPost: The Dumbest #ExxonKnew Article… EVAH!

Guest ridiculing by David Middleton

Hat tip to Clyde Spencer

Exxon’s Climate Denial Set To Face First Public Scrutiny As Legal Woes Mount

Alexander C. Kaufman
HuffPost•March 19, 2019


It’s been nearly four years since leaked documents revealed Exxon Mobil Corp.understood that fossil fuel emissions caused the planet to warm before it began funding a Big Tobacco-style misinformation campaign to discredit climate science.

Now the world’s largest publicly traded oil company will face public questions for the first time over its role in creating a climate crisis that threatens to upend human civilization and render dozens of major cities uninhabitable before the end of the century.

On Thursday, European Parliament members are set to hold a hearing in Brussels that could strip Exxon Mobil of lobbying access and deepen the oil giant’s mounting legal woes.

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Yahoo! News

I don’t know which is funnier… The Huffington Post (hereinafter HuffPuff) blog post… Or the fact that Yahoo! thought this was news.

Exxon’s Climate Denial Set To Face First Public Scrutiny As Legal Woes Mount

You mean these legal woes?

NY Attorney General Defies Judge’s Order in Exxon Case


On Thursday, European Parliament members are set to hold a hearing in Brussels that could strip Exxon Mobil of lobbying access and deepen the oil giant’s mounting legal woes.


HuffPuff

This will clearly deepen ExxonMobil’s nonexistent legal woes…

On 21 March 2019, the PETI and ENVI Committees will hold a joint Public Hearing on “Climate Change Denial.” The aim of the hearing is to explore the topic of climate change denial under different perspectives and to examine the communication techniques used in politics or by private companies and other actors in society to mislead the public on the negative impact of certain industrial activities or policies on the climate.

EU Parliament

ExxonMobil declined the invitation to participate in the hearing.


The organizers say Exxon Mobil declined an invitation to testify. Spokesmen for the company did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.

Under new rules, the European Union’s lawmakers could ban the company from lobbying the transnational parliament overseeing a market that in 2015 made up 14 percent of its global oil and gas production and into which it invested $2 billion last year to expand a new refinery. 


HuffPuff

If ExxonMobil lobbyists were banned from the EU parliament, it would have this much effect on their business:

While the broad category “Europe” accounted for 14% of ExxonMobil’s 2017 “upstream” business sector, these were the highlights:

  • Captured Cyprus offshore Block 10
  • Generated significant cash flow with divestment of operated assets in Norway
  • Supplied nearly 4 Bcfd of natural gas to European markets via pipeline gas and LNG
  • Completed concept selection for Neptun Deep project offshore Romania

I suppose the EU could get that 4 Bcf/d of natural gas from Putin. However, the EU parliament-overseen “market” does not make “up 14 percent of its global oil and gas production.”

  • The 4 Bcf/d of natural gas was produced elsewhere and sold to European nations.
  • With the divestment of ExxonMobil’s operated assets in Norway, the oil & gas production is from non-operated assets: “We retain a large presence in Norway through significant equity participation in 20 partner-operated offshore fields, with net production of 102,000 barrels of liquids and 397 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.”
  • The offshore projects in Romania and Cyprus aren’t producing yet and the EU Parliament has about as much control over this as the Obama Maladministration had over frac’ing.

The participants in the EU Parliament witch burning will be Naomi Oreske’s intern, Geoffrey Supran, and a handful of other political hacks.

The HuffPuff blog post actually became more Billy Madison as it went along…


In a boilerplate statement distributed since InsideClimate News and the Los Angeles Times published documents revealing the company understood the threat of climate change as far back as 1981, Exxon Mobil said: “We unequivocally reject allegations that ExxonMobil suppressed climate change research contained in media reports that are inaccurate distortions of ExxonMobil’s nearly 40-year history of climate research.”

HuffPuff

“Inaccurate distortions of ExxonMobil’s nearly 40-year history of climate research” is an understatement. ExxonMobil and its predecessor companies didn’t know anything that wasn’t available to anyone with a subscription to the Journal of Geophysical Research and other publicly available journals.

This is typical of the inaccurate distortions…


1968 “THE ROBINSON REPORT”
In 1968, scientists with the Stanford Research Institute reported to the American Petroleum Institute about their research on atmospheric pollutants of interest to the industry. Summarizing the available science, the scientists saved their starkest warnings for carbon dioxide (CO2). They cautioned that rising levels of CO2 would likely result in rising global temperatures and warned that, if temperatures increased significantly, the result could be melting ice caps, rising sea levels, warming oceans, and serious environmental damage on a global scale.

One of the reproduced pages from this damning report referenced Möller (1963) as the source of a 1-7 °F rise in temperature due to a 25% rise in atmospheric CO2


1968 “THE ROBINSON REPORT”

Since Möller (1963) wasn’t a secret oil industry document, anyone else with a subscription to the Journal of Geophysical Research would have also been privy to this information. And anyone who even bothered to read the abstract of this damning paper would also know what we know today: “The theory that climatic variations are effected by variations in the CO2 content becomes very questionable” if you factor in clouds…


On the influence of changes in the CO2 concentration in air on the radiation balance of the Earth’s surface and on the climate

F. Möller
Abstract

The numerical value of a temperature change under the influence of a CO2 change as calculated by Plass is valid only for a dry atmosphere. Overlapping of the absorption bands of CO2 and H2O in the range around 15 μ essentially diminishes the temperature changes. New calculations give ΔT = + 1.5° when the CO2 content increases from 300 to 600 ppm. Cloudiness diminishes the radiation effects but not the temperature changes because under cloudy skies larger temperature changes are needed in order to compensate for an equal change in the downward long-wave radiation. The increase in the water vapor content of the atmosphere with rising temperature causes a self-amplification effect which results in almost arbitrary temperature changes, e.g. for constant relative humidity ΔT = +10° in the above mentioned case. It is shown, however, that the changed radiation conditions are not necessarily compensated for by a temperature change. The effect of an increase in CO2 from 300 to 330 ppm can be compensated for completely by a change in the water vapor content of 3 per cent or by a change in the cloudiness of 1 per cent of its value without the occurrence of temperature changes at all. Thus the theory that climatic variations are effected by variations in the CO2 content becomes very questionable.

Journal of Geophysical Research

The full text of the paper is even better…


In this case, we must distinguish between the assumptions that the water vapor content (in cm l.e.) remains unchanged in spite of heating (cooling) of the atmosphere and that it increases (decreases).  Constant absolute humidity means that the relative humidity (f) decreases from 75 to 70.34 per cent with a 1° or lowered by 4.66 per cent per deg.  According to the above-mentioned calculations, an increase in CO2 from 300 to 600 ppm gives us a temperature change ΔT = +1.5° for Δ= -4.66 per cent per deg, and a temperature change ΔT = +9.6° for Δ= 0.

[…]

We recognize that for Δ= 0.8 per cent per deg the temperature change becomes infinite.  Very small variations effect a reversal of sign or huge amplifications.

It is not too difficult to infer from these numbers that the variation in the radiation budget from a changed CO2 concentration can be compensated for completely without any variation in the surface temperature when the cloudiness is increased by +0.006 or the water vapor content is decreased by -0.07 cm l.e.

[…]

These are variations in the cloudiness by 1 per cent of its value or in the water vapor content by 3 per cent of its value.  No meteorologist or climatologist would dare to determine the mean cloudiness or mean water content of the atmosphere with such accuracy; much less can a change of this order of magnitude be proved or its existence denied.  Because of these values the entire theory of climatic changes by CO2 variations is becoming questionable.

The idiots have even cited Vail’s work on sea level cycles as “evidence” of some sort of conspiracy. I hope that ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and/or Chevron file a RICO lawsuit against these @$$ hats. Every single one of the “secret” Exxon documents brandished by these morons can be parried in a similar fashion.

I’m surprised they haven’t gone after the authors of my college textbooks.

Historical geology…


Suggestion that changing carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere could be a major factor in climate change dates from 1861, when it was proposed by British physicist John Tyndall.

[…]

Unfortunately we cannot estimate accurately changes of past CO2 content of either atmosphere or oceans, nor is there any firm quantitative basis for estimating the the magnitude of drop in carbon dioxide content necessary to trigger glaciation.  Moreover the entire concept of an atmospheric greenhouse effect is controversial, for the rate of ocean-atmosphere equalization is uncertain.

Dott, Robert H. & Roger L. Batten.  Evolution of the Earth.  McGraw-Hill, Inc.  Second Edition 1976.  p. 441.

Meteorology…


FORECASTING THE FUTURE. We can now try to decide if we are now in an interglacial stage, with other glacials to follow, or if the world has finally emerged from the Cenozoic Ice Age. According to the Milankovitch theory, fluctuations of radiation of the type shown in Fig. 16-18 must continue and therefore future glacial stages will continue. According to the theory just described, as long as the North and South Poles retain their present thermally isolated locations, the polar latitudes will be frigid; and as the Arctic Ocean keeps oscillating between ice-free and ice-covered states, glacial-interglacial climates will continue.

Finally, regardless of which theory one subscribes to, as long as we see no fundamental change in the late Cenozoic climate trend, and the presence of ice on Greenland and Antarctica indicates that no change has occurred, we can expect that the fluctuations of the past million years will continue.

Donn, William L. Meteorology. 4th Edition. McGraw-Hill 1975. pp 463-464

Physical geography…


The atmosphere’s blanketing effect over the earth’s surface has been compared to the functioning of a greenhouse.  Short-wave sunlight passes as easily through the glass of the greenhouse as through the atmosphere.  Because glass is opaque to the long-wave radiation from the warm interior of the greenhouse, it hinders the escape of energy.

As a planet, the earth is not warming or cooling appreciably on the average, because it loses as much radiant energy as it gains.

Kolenkow, Robert J., Reid A. Bryson, Douglas B. Carter, R. Keith Julian, Robert A. Muller, Theodore M. Oberlander, Robert P. Sharp & M. Gordon Wolman. Physical geography today : a portrait of a planet.  Del Mar, Calif. : CRM Books, [1974]. p. 64.

Funny thing, my Geomorphology textbook was written by Don Easterbrook… and it’s about the only Earth Science textbook I have that didn’t feature such “Big Tobacco-style misinformation.”

Even funnier thing, my college textbooks were turning a blind eye to the Climate Crisis du jour:

Science News, March 1, 1975

Fortunately climate models saved us from The Ice Age Cometh!

That ’70s Climate Show

We know for a fact that ExxonMobil was not the source of That ’70s Climate Show. Leonard Nimoy was the source…

While ExxonMobil, in one of its earlier incarnations, was valiantly defending the world against the godless hordes of glaciers marching on New York City…

Meanwhile, the HuffPuff blogger hadn’t even begun to be-clown himself…


Yet, in January, a report by researchers at more than a dozen environmental groups calculated that U.S. oil and gas production, particularly in the vast Permian Basin of West Texas, is set to add 1,000 coal plants’ worth of climate pollution to the atmosphere by 2050. That would make reaching the emissions cuts called for in the latest United Nations report nearly impossible.

Exxon Mobil’s response was telling. Two months later, the company said in a press release that it doubled its production in the Permian Basin last year and would “increase” and “accelerate” its output to 1 million barrels per day over the next five years.


HuffPuff

Hey Alexander C. Kaufman, HuffPuff blogger extraordinaire, here’s a hint: ExxonMobil is an “oil & gas company.” It is supposed to “increase” and “accelerate” its output… Technically, that’s what all businesses are supposed to do: “increase” and “accelerate” their output.

Alexander C. Kaufman, you earned five Billy Madison’s. Yahoo! News earned twenty-five Billy Madison’s for thinking his idiotic blog post was news.

Author’s note: If you have any doubt as to when I was being sarcastic and when I was being serious, err on the side of sarcasm.

Note to Clyde Spencer: a mutual textbook of ours is now available in digital format: The Oceans Their Physics, Chemistry, and General Biology by Sverdrup, Johnson & Fleming.


References

Donn, William L. Meteorology. 4th Edition. McGraw-Hill 1975.

Dott, Robert H. & Roger L. Batten.  Evolution of the Earth.  McGraw-Hill, Inc.  Second Edition 1976. 

Easterbrook, Don J. Principles of geomorphology.New York : McGraw-Hill, [c1969]

Kolenkow, Robert J., Reid A. Bryson, Douglas B. Carter, R. Keith Julian, Robert A. Muller, Theodore M. Oberlander, Robert P. Sharp & M. Gordon Wolman. Physical geography today : a portrait of a planet.  Del Mar, Calif. : CRM Books, [1974].

Möller, F. (1963), On the influence of changes in the CO2 concentration in air on the radiation balance of the Earth’s surface and on the climate. J. Geophys. Res., 68(13), 3877–3886, doi:10.1029/JZ068i013p03877.

Vail, P. R., R.M. Mitchum, and S. Thompson, III, 1977, Seismic stratigraphy and global changes of sea level, part 3: Relative changes of sea level from coastal onlap, in C.E. Payton, ed., AAPG Memoir 26: Seismic stratigraphy—Applications to hydrocarbon exploration: 63-97 (1977)


Further Reading

What did ExxonMobil Know and when did they know it? (Part 1)

What did ExxonMobil Know and when did they know it? (Part Deux, “Same as it ever was.”)

What did ExxonMobil Know and when did they know it? (Part 3, Exxon: The Fork Not Taken

“Smoke & Fumes”… The dumbest attack on ExxonMobil evah’

“Smoke & Fumes,” Part Deux: Exxon Knew “The entire theory of climatic changes by CO2 variations is questionable.”

Even dumber than the dumbest attack on ExxonMobil evah’

What Did Shell Know and When Did They Know It?

The Guardian: “Climate change denial won’t even benefit oil companies soon”… Is it even grammatically possible to deny climate change?

NY Attorney General Defies Judge’s Order in Exxon Case

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66 thoughts on “HuffPost: The Dumbest #ExxonKnew Article… EVAH!

  1. The problem is that you’re looking at like a conservative. All of this makes sense to liberals.

  2. Two tweets on this subject

    Bill McKibben
    New documents show yet more evidence that the oil industry knew an awful lot about climate change awfully early on. Many thanks

    Response
    The information was in the public domain. It was not a secret evil conspiracy. The only charge is that they “downplayed” the role of CO2 in 1970.
    BUT BACK THEN SO DID CLIMATE SCIENTISTS saying that the aerosol effect can overcome the CO2 effect. Back then they had to explain cooling not warming.

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2018/10/23/the-1970s-cooling-anomaly-of-agw/

        • Their basic mission is to get their lies into the public eye, considering most fools believe the first thing the read, see or hear. After that, it’s more difficult for anyone to rebut it no matter how ridiculous the original assertion.

          • Yes! Repeat the lie, over and over. People will remember reading this, and there is never any doubt in the articles that they might be wrong.

            If it ever makes it to court, and the lies are exposed, they will not report it. And the next time it comes up they will continue to act like it’s true. Most of the people will never even question it.

            Hell, many have come to believe that Extreme Weather really has gotten worse. The whole Climate Crises is Built on a foundation of lies. The only real question now is can they keep it going long enough to grab enough power that they can make speaking the truth a crime.

    • My kind of satire! Facts = Oats They ingest the knowledge/evidence, process it as only they can – Viola! Hoof Poo!

    • It was…

      Humble Oil and Refining Co. was founded in 1911 in Humble, Texas. In 1919, a 50% interest in Humble was acquired by Standard Oil of New Jersey which acquired the rest of the company in September 1959[1] and merged with its parent to become Exxon Company, USA in 1973.[2]

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humble_Oil

      And Mobil wasn’t named after Magnolia, Texas…

      MAGNOLIA PETROLEUM COMPANY. The Magnolia Petroleum Company, founded as an unincorporated joint-stock association on April 24, 1911, was a consolidation of several earlier companies, the first of which, the J. S. Cullinan Company, began operating a refinery at Corsicana, Texas, on December 25, 1898. The Corsicana Petroleum Company, planned as a crude-oil producer for the Cullinan plant, was organized in 1899. The George A. Burts Refining Company, organized in 1901 to absorb much of the crude oil from the Spindletop oilfield, became the Security Oil Company. In 1909 both the Navarro Refining Company, successor to the Cullinan Company, and the Security Oil Company were purchased by the John Sealy Company, which in 1911 became the Magnolia Petroleum Company, with Sealy as president (see SEALY, JOHN HUTCHINGS).

      The Magnolia Company was originally capitalized at $2,450,000–24,500 shares at $100 each. In 1925 the company purchased the Corsicana Petroleum Company. Capitalization was $185 million in 1925. As Magnolia Petroleum Company became increasingly important in the southwestern states, the Standard Oil Company of New York began acquiring some of its stock. In December 1925 all of the Magnolia stock was exchanged for Standard Oil Company of New York stock, and the Texas properties were transferred to Magnolia Petroleum Company, chartered under Texas law on November 21, 1925, as a corporation to replace the former joint-stock association. The Magnolia Pipe Line Company was organized in November 1925, as a transporting subsidiary of the petroleum company. In 1931, when the Standard Oil Company of New York and the Vacuum Oil Company merged to form Socony-Vacuum Oil Company, Magnolia became an affiliate of the new company.

      In 1949 Magnolia had a capitalization of $125 million, all shares owned by Socony-Vacuum except for qualifying shares owned by members of Magnolia’s board of directors. Magnolia Pipe Line Company was capitalized at $16.5 million, its stock being owned by Magnolia Petroleum Company except for qualifying shares held by directors of the pipeline company. Gross fixed assets of the company on December 31, 1948, were nearly $700 million, including the assets of the pipeline company, which had 8,670 miles of pipeline extending into nine states. General offices were in Dallas in 1949, when the company had permits to do business in twenty states and had some 12,500 employees. The Magnolia Petroleum Company merged with Socony Mobil Oil Company on September 30, 1959. Its operations became part of Mobil Oil Company, which had been formed in March 1959 as an operating division of Socony Mobil, responsible for all operations except marine transportation in the United States and Canada. Magnolia Pipe Line Company was not absorbed into Mobil Oil Company but remained a common carrier affiliate of Socony Mobil.

      https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/dom01

      • Wasn’t it operating as “ESSO” in the US before becoming “EXXON”… In Canada and parts of Europe, “ESSO” exists.

        • I thought they discovered that ESSO sounds like something rude in some language, so changed it. I’ve no idea why it was not changed in the UK or Europe, though.

        • The gas stations were ESSO in northern states and ENCO in some southern states.

          The corporation was ESSO, which I think stood for Eastern States Standard Oil. It was descended form Standard Oil of New Jersey and Mobil was descended from Standard Oil of New York (SOCONY).

          • It sure did…

            1926
            Embodying the phonetic rendition of the initials ‘S’ and ‘O’ in Standard Oil, Jersey Standard brings out a new blend of fuel under the trade name Esso.

            https://corporate.exxonmobil.com/company/who-we-are/our-history

            I’m not sure that ExxonMobil was ever officially called Eastern States Standard Oil, although it is often cited as one of the offshoots of Standard Oil…

            Successor companies to Standard Oil include:

            Standard Oil of Ohio – or Sohio now part of BP
            Standard Oil of Indiana – or Stanolind, renamed Amoco (American Oil Co.) – now part of BP
            Standard Oil of New York – or Socony and merged with Vacuum – renamed Mobil, now part of ExxonMobil
            Standard Oil of New Jersey – or Esso (S.O. or Eastern States Standard Oil) – renamed Exxon, now part of ExxonMobil
            Standard Oil of California – or Socal – renamed Chevron
            Atlantic and Richfield – merged to form Atlantic Richfield or Arco – now part of BP – Atlantic operations spun off and bought by Sunoco
            Standard Oil of Kentucky – or Kyso was acquired by Standard Oil of California – currently Chevron
            Continental Oil Company – or Conoco now part of ConocoPhillips
            The Ohio Oil Company – more commonly referred to as “The Ohio”, and marketed gasoline under the Marathon name. Company is now known as Marathon Oil Company, and was often a rival with in-state Standard spinoff Sohio.

            http://www.libertyparkusafd.org/jefferson/oil%20companies/Standard%20Oil%20-%20Wikipedia,%20the%20free%20encyclopedia.htm

          • When I was a kid (60’s-70’s) my dad told me a joke where the punch line was, “I’m an Esso bee.” Went right over my head, but I think my mom yelled at him. 🙂

  3. Would I be mistaken that despite the billions of dollars spent on climate change research that very little has been validated since Moller wrote in the Journal of Geophysical Research in 1963 ?

  4. Would I be mistaken that despite the billions of dollars spent on climate change research that very little has been validated since Moller wrote in the Journal of Geophysical Research in 1963 ?

    • No, you would not be mistaken. The catastrophe crowd just thinks you’re no fun. Lol!

    • I checked and the record high for today, March 20, was 84*F set in 2012.
      Yet the same site in 2014 (2 years after 2012) listed the record high for March 20 as 78*F set in 1921.
      Perhaps a good portion of those billions of dollars spent on climate change research was spent on erasers?

  5. Everyone should go to this guys twitter account and let him know what
    the real state of affairs would be if Europe would suddenly not have access to oil markets. I am sure he has not even considered the ramifications of his noble ideas.

    • Nah it is more fun to let this play out, watching Europe shooting itself in the foot is always good for a laugh. It was a bit like Merkel inviting half of Africa to come visit what could possibly go wrong.

  6. HuffPoo is an idiot box. I check it several times a day in order to know what the progtard masses are being instructed to believe.
    Sad.
    Funny.
    But sad more than funny.

    • It’s important to hear news from both sides. If you only read Breitbart, you’ll be better informed than if you only read HuffPo, but not as informed as you could be.

        • attributed to Mark Twain
          “If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed’

  7. No one even needed a subscription, David. A person could read J. Geophy. Res. in the library–didn’t even have to ask for it in a hushed voice at the circulation desk.

  8. This is what I learned. “The ocean, with its much higher carbon-dioxide content, should act as a reservoir for the atmosphere and the land, but the rates of exchange and the factors determining the equilibrium point are no means clear.” Revelle and Fairbridge, 1957, Chapter 10, Carbonates and Carbon Dioxide. Geological Society of America. Memoir 67(1):242. Easier to remember.

  9. ‘The increase in the water vapor content of the atmosphere with rising temperature causes a self-amplification effect which results in almost arbitrary temperature changes, e.g. for constant relative humidity ΔT = +10° in the above mentioned case.’ ‘self-amplification’? Has there been an increase in the water vapor?
    ‘used in politics or by private companies and other actors in society to mislead the public on the negative impact of certain industrial activities or policies on the climate.’ Shouldn’t they be looking into “alarmist” which have been misleading us for now many years?

    • Hansen’s feedback analysis relies on CO2 increasing the temperature and evaporating more water into the atmosphere, which in turn will trap more heat and raise the temperature even more.

      Conventional feedback analysis, of the type used by Hansen, assumes there is infinite energy available. There is a power supply for the amplifier but the analysis ignores it. The problem for Hansen is that the climate’s power supply is the sun. We get a fixed amount of energy from the sun. That, in itself, invalidates Hansen’s analysis. In any event, MOB demolished Hansen by demonstrating that he had handled the feedback incorrectly. link

      • I was always taught that that is why thunderstorms form. To release that energy in the atmosphere.

        Now that I think about it, I have no idea how it gets released by thunderstorm. But they do have enormous energy in their system.

  10. Exxon, 269 billion, head office => United States

    Royal Dutch Shell, 265 billion, head office => Europe
    BP, 223 billion, head office => Europe
    Total SA, 212 billion, head office => Europe
    Eni, 131 billion, head office => Europe

    I guess if your head office is in Europe you get a free pass?

  11. When I read the long LA Times article on “Exxon Knew”, I just had to laugh.

    One of their points in their 2017 article “proving” that Exxon knew was that they designed one offshore oil platform to allow for 500mm sea level rise over its 25 year life (ca 1990 to 2015) — 20 mm per year. Of course, they could have checked and seen that there was only about 50 mm total sea level rise over that period. But that would have involved using actual data…

    • Aren’t they also designed for 60 foot waves?
      So now their total height above water is 60 foot 2 inches?

    • That… and sea level rise had nothing to do with it. The seafloor under producing platforms tends to subside.

  12. “The numerical value of a temperature change under the influence of a CO2 change as calculated by Plass is valid only for a dry atmosphere.”

    OK, that goes a long way towards explaining what is happening in the Arctic Winter, but not the Antarctic.

    • that goes a long way towards explaining what is happening in the Arctic Winter, … not the Antarctic.
      _____________________________________________________

      It’s snowing in the Arctic Winter -and- in the Antarctic Winter –

      the difference – the difference lies in snow flakes / dust

  13. They should sue the alarmists for the failed predictions of their distinguished scientists:
    The demise of Polar Bears
    NYC flooded
    Permanent drought in Queensland/ California etc
    No more snow.
    End of the world in the year 2000
    Melting of the polar caps
    To name but a few

  14. Why don’t you get runaway warming in actual greenhouses? The atmosphere in greenhouses is usually damp so the proposed increase in temperature could increase the amount of water vapour that is proposed as a major reason for global increase in temperature.
    Could it be that with the increase in temperature the outgoing radiation increases until it reaches a dynamic equilibrium with incoming radiation being balances by outgoing?

  15. Eco loons believe in the man-made-climate-change unicorn. Apparently also Exxon believes in the-man-made-climate-change unicorn. Now one group of believers in unicorns is blaming another group of believers in unicorns that they did not do anything about the, ehh .., unicorns.

    Am I watching a Monty Python scetch?

    • Monty Python understood far more about human nature then most people gave them credit for.

      ~¿~

      • Well, their sketches certainly did. Listen to some of them talk politics, and they don’t seem to understand as much as their sketches would indicate that they do.

  16. The repressive totalitarian world government regime needs a reason to take over. The HuffPo, greatest spreader of hate an division in the media.

  17. Great post, David!

    Love the Möller quote:

    Abstract

    “The numerical value of a temperature change under the influence of a CO2 change as calculated by Plass is valid only for a dry atmosphere. Overlapping of the absorption bands of CO2 and H2O in the range around 15 μ essentially diminishes the temperature changes. New calculations give ΔT = + 1.5° when the CO2 content increases from 300 to 600 ppm. Cloudiness diminishes the radiation effects but not the temperature changes because under cloudy skies larger temperature changes are needed in order to compensate for an equal change in the downward long-wave radiation. The increase in the water vapor content of the atmosphere with rising temperature causes a self-amplification effect which results in almost arbitrary temperature changes, e.g. for constant relative humidity ΔT = +10° in the above mentioned case. It is shown, however, that the changed radiation conditions are not necessarily compensated for by a temperature change. The effect of an increase in CO2 from 300 to 330 ppm can be compensated for completely by a change in the water vapor content of 3 per cent or by a change in the cloudiness of 1 per cent of its value without the occurrence of temperature changes at all. Thus the theory that climatic variations are effected by variations in the CO2 content becomes very questionable.”

    And yet we have climate scientists who are just certain that *most* or *all* the warmth of today comes from CO2. Of course, the climate scientists are just speculating because none of them can put a number to the amount of extra warmth CO2 is adding to the atmosphere. All they can do is guess.

    Guesses shouldn’t lead to certainty.

  18. It is the most ridiculous charge ever conceived.

    Those brilliant Exxon scientists somehow fully understood the effects of rising CO2 and the risks of climate change, well before the balance of the world’s climate scientists worked it out by spending billions of dollars and another 40 years to research the matter.

    The whole premise reeks. Or those Exxon guys deserve a Nobel Prize for being geniuses.

    • Plus, it’s blaming the lumberjack for the “forest destruction” of the wooden furniture you ordered all by yourself.

  19. Good facts, but how important are facts?

    Having a MSc in physics and a generation of experience, I know a very few facts for sure, and I know a reasonable amount I know that I don’t know. I often “win” a discussion based on facts, just to find that the discussion ended because the opponent run out of non-fact based arguments, not because the opponent realized he was wrong, he just simply lacked the knowledge to understand he was wrong

    The entire strategy of the green mob is to put this question before lay-persons who have read the “truth” in the press and from politicians.

    As one of the most famous lawyers an orators in history, Cicero, noted more that 2000 years ago, a trial is not about facts, it all about what you can make people believe.

    • Good facts, but how important are facts?

      apparently not all that important for some:
      “There’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right” – All Out Crazy

  20. With the ungodly amount of money being funded by governments for wind and solar energy for a little tiny bit of CO2 reductions at a time, and the government of Canada kicking me out of the country instead of giving me permanent residency as they should have, I am upset with every government in the world right now. I say we give the governments of the world, that were funding wind and solar power, one week to come up with $15 million to fund three hydrocarbon demonstration units. The ZEST™¹ (Zero Emissions SAGD Technology) Process makes Athabasca Bitumen emit 45% lower CO2 emissions than the Average USA Petroleum Refined in the USA, the ZECCOM™¹ (Zero Emissions Coal Combustion) Process that make col emit nothing at all, and the ZENGCOM™¹ (Zero Emissions Natural Gas Combustion) process that does the same for natural gas. These three processes when fully utilized will reduce global CO2 emissions by 86.9%.
    Since God put the fossil fuels underground for humans to use before they killed all of the whales, and guided my career so that I would know how to develop these processes and then asked me to develop them, I am pretty sure he wants fossil fuel use to continue, and he is not real happy that people are trying to shut it down. Guess who really controls the weather. Since the governments have been funding solar and wind power and I got kicked out of Canada, I say we give them 1 more week and if they don’t come up with $15 million for funding these three demonstration units, they get voted out of office as soon as possible, and industry pool their resources. The petroleum Industry could come up with $5 million for the ZEST™¹ Process Demonstration Unit, the coal industry comes up with $5 million for the ZECCOM™¹ Process Demonstration Unit, and the natural gas industry comes up with the $5 million for the ZENGCOM™¹ Process Demonstration Unit and these can be built wherever industry decides that they should be built. I do believe that industry will want the developer of these processes involved during design, construction, startup, and operation. Having the demonstration units close together would be a real advantage.
    Un case the e0mail below does not work r-l0hood@ shaw.ca will work for at east 1 more year.

  21. This is one reason HuffPo unionized. It’s grueling, mental cruelty to write and research nonsense to this extent on a regular basis.

  22. Peoble should have known the impact oil use would do, and yet they continued using the products.
    Should they stop selling it or should they have put a picture on with a burning globe?

  23. “Now the world’s largest publicly traded oil company will face public questions for the first time over its role in creating a climate crisis that threatens to upend human civilization and render dozens of major cities uninhabitable before the end of the century.”

    How is Exxon”s behavior different from the behavior of other oil companies? If all of them quit producing oil, how long before “major cites” become uninhabitable? Weeks before it is chaos. Months before food and basic necessities of life are unavailable!
    It is time for oil companies to cut off governments that are governing against the interests of the public.
    There is no possibility we can do without oil, in major cities. These prosecutors cannot want it to stop flowing. So the only end game here is a government takeover of oil production. Because that worked so well for Venezuela….

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