Friday Funny: Dilbert nails the climate blame game

The comedy of Scott Adams, along with his climate skeptical viewpoint is on full display here today. Enjoy the chuckle.

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Patrick Hrushowy
November 13, 2020 8:54 am


Steve CASE
November 13, 2020 8:55 am

My in San Jose called us several weeks ago to chat. During the conversation he let it drop that the power was out at their house. Only later did I figure out that it was a rolling black out caused by California’s power shortage.

Reply to  Steve CASE
November 13, 2020 9:17 am

Sounds like it is about the time that PGE did some blackouts when the winds and fire hazard was high.

California’s mess will take years to clean up even if they went at it full bore, which I highly doubt they will.

Steve Case
Reply to  rah
November 13, 2020 10:12 am

…about the time that PGE did some blackouts when the winds and fire hazard was high.

Yeah, that would be about right, speaks volume about how well they their power lines and forests are managed. California government officials are too busy virtue signaling to take care of minor details like that.

Reply to  Steve CASE
November 13, 2020 9:28 am

Why the upper CASE?

Bryan A
Reply to  commieBob
November 13, 2020 9:34 am

Shhh he might be CASE sensitive 😉

Steve Case
Reply to  Bryan A
November 13, 2020 10:05 am

Bryan A November 13, 2020 at 9:34 am

HA Ha ha.

I’ve heard most of the “Case” joke but that one is new.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Steve Case
November 13, 2020 12:57 pm

You’re not, by any chance, related to Justin Case?

Reply to  Steve Case
November 13, 2020 2:51 pm

Do you also have a sister Sue T. CASE?

Steve Case
Reply to  commieBob
November 13, 2020 10:02 am

commieBob November 13, 2020 at 9:28 am
Why the upper CASE?

I’m tired of waiting for my posts to take an hour or more the show up here at WUWT. Am I partially banned i.e., tossed into moderation because of something I wrote God knows when? The Xxxxx XXXX format has always shown up on my autologin feature, so I thought I’d try it to see if shows up sooner. The jury is still out. It probably doesn’t matter.

Reply to  Steve Case
November 13, 2020 1:43 pm

Steve, please allow me to set your mind at ease. Here’s the real issue.

WUWT gets thousands and thousands of comments. Because of its worldwide readership, it goes on 24/7/365.

Of course, this torrent needs moderation, or it would quickly fall to the lowest level. At this volume, unmoderated sites simply don’t work. Fortunately, WUWT has moderaters around the globe. Which leads me to the key point.

All of the Moderators are unpaid and underappreciated volunteers, donating their spare time to help ride herd on the zoo.

So yes, some part of the time, the woman or man who is moderating in your time zone is going to be unavailable for some reason. And as a result, your posting may indeed be delayed. Should WUWT cut their pay?

My best to you, and thanks for your comments,


Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
November 14, 2020 4:29 am

hi Willis they arent underappreciated at all;-)
Impretty sure 99.9% of readers n commenters here are very appreciative of the hard work that Anthony, you and everyone does to keep WUWT at the top of our daily read sites

Reply to  Steve Case
November 13, 2020 2:52 pm

It isn’t worth worrying about!

WUWT’s moderators do a dang good job on a very hard task.
Solution: I no longer wait or even hang around. I have to much to do without waiting for a post to appear.

Some posts never appear… Well, they tend to only be my version of facts and opinions. Those posts were no great loss.
WUWT’s good commenters have usually covered my points several times already.

WUWT’s bad commenters have been totally unmoved by facts, logic, reality or common sense since 2008. What hasn’t moved them before is certainly not going to move them immediately.

And there are quite a few of these bad commenters who appear to have full time jobs trying to deflect WUWT threads.
Truthfully, those bad commenters have proven themselves incapable of rational thought or discussion. They’ve stewed in ignorance, illogic, delusions, fantasies and narcissism for so long that they are incapable of rational discussion.
They are definitively not worth worrying about.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Steve Case
November 13, 2020 5:33 pm

Mine always go thru immediately
Clearly you aren’t paying enough Danegeld

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Pat from kerbob
November 14, 2020 9:18 am

Mine used to, but now only do about 30% of the time. The rest show up within 10 or 15 minutes, to the detriment of society.

John Endicott
Reply to  Pat from kerbob
November 17, 2020 3:07 am

Time to up your Danegeld contribution then, Jeff. 😉

and actually, your grammar Nazi-ing posts being delayed would actually count as a boon to society. A bigger boon would be for all such grammar Nazi posts to never show up, so maybe you should hold off on the Danegeld altogether! 😉

Reply to  Steve CASE
November 13, 2020 11:08 am

Why don’t you get generators like the rest of the Third World?

Reply to  MarkG
November 13, 2020 12:26 pm

Agreed. There are some very reasonable generators that one can purchase from Harbor Freight or from Northern Tool. We survived a two week power outage some years ago and used my old 8000W generator from ourracing team to supply power to the refrigerator, freezer, microwave, TV and blower on my wood-burning stove. The generator can run outside and the above mentioned equipment can be powered by heavy duty extension cords. Generators can run off of gasoline or you can purchase one that will operate off of propane.

Reply to  Teewee
November 13, 2020 2:24 pm

Why does your wood burning stove have a blower, did you get it at Harbor Freight as well?

Carbon Bigfoot
Reply to  Teewee
November 13, 2020 2:36 pm

Twenty years ago I purchased a used Propane Fired Generator since I needed to have temporary power for the current house I was building. It is an ONAN 208/3/60, 120/1/60, 100A 38KW powered by a 1953, 6 cylinder Ford Industrial Engine. Powers the whole house and the 3-phase powers my wood working shop in my heated pole barn. Bought it for $4500 in 1999. Just replaced the radiator and, fan belts, gas regulator for another $4K. One of the best investments I ever made as outages are frequent in farm country were I live because the Hill Williams love to wrap their vehicles around power poles at 3AM. When AOC becomes Energy Zhar I’ll needed it.

Reply to  Carbon Bigfoot
November 14, 2020 6:14 am

Onan is Cummings. We’ve got several 1.5 MW gensets at work with both Onan and Cummings labels on them. You can outfit that thing with dual-fuel and run propane or diesel. That’d make it better long-term. Run propane for short stints and quarterly testing, and diesel for longer outages.

Run propane with water mist injection into the intake header to clear carbon out of the cylinders. First time we did that with our Cummings units, we loaded them up and they belched black soot for nearly 5 minutes before the exhaust cleared up. If you can’t clean up the cylinders sufficiently with water mist injection, mix 50/50 water/acetone and try again. That’ll likely clean it right up.

I never really liked the Cummings units… they tend to leak oil, fuel, coolant. The floor under each one at work is stained with drips and splatters. We have to constantly go around and tighten fasteners on the coolant hoses and threaded connectors on the fuel lines, the vibrations tend to shake them loose.

The one Caterpillar 1.5 MW unit we’ve got, the floor looks just as clean as the day it was installed ~20 years ago, except at the coupling between engine and generator (we had a guy who overgreased it, put nearly a whole tube of grease into the coupling, and the grease flung out). That thing runs smooth, too. Even fully loaded on the load bank, it’s smoother than an unloaded Cummings.

Reply to  Teewee
November 14, 2020 4:21 pm

Due to the Loonies in our area shutting down cheap clean burning coal fired plants or converting them to Natural gas I have installed a backup generator and switch system for my house. It is a 10000 watt unit that I converted to Tri- fuel to use gasoline, natural gas or propane. The total cost for the generator and conversion was $1,000 USD. I was able to source the generator from Lowes during a clearance sale where it was marked down 40%. The conversion kit was the same amount as the markdown.
The Generac switch system is in stock at Home Depot for $225 which gives you an emergency Buss and a transfer switch that cuts out your essential load from the grid supply to the generator. It is a manual switch that uses a push button but it can be upgraded to an automatic system with a kit from Generac.
So why the conversion kit to natural gas. The local area has four gas stations and during the last extended power outage none of these could sell gas. With natural gas I have a more reliable supply of fuel. I also have two 20 pound propane bottles as well.
So for basically $1500 in hardware I can protect my house from freezing up if the power is out for an extended period. During the last major ice storm event here some areas were without power service for two to three weeks before the power lines and broken power poles could be replaced. Even some of the main high tension towers collapsed which took over 8 months to replace and repair.
During some of the coldest days last winter the peak power demand was within a whisker of reaching the total output from the grid and there was some scrambling and shedding to prevent the grid from shutting down. If there is an upset it can take some time to recover from that so now I just switch over and not worry.

Reply to  MarkG
November 13, 2020 12:54 pm

Diesel generators 🙂

Reply to  Vlad T
November 13, 2020 2:42 pm

Confound it Vlad! You let it out! Now California and other states will ban them. Rats!!!

Reply to  Steve CASE
November 13, 2020 11:31 am

they are starting to do the same thing in parts of UTAH

Reply to  Steve CASE
November 13, 2020 2:42 pm

“Steve CASE November 13, 2020 at 8:55 am
My in San Jose called us several weeks ago to chat. During the conversation he let it drop that the power was out at their house. Only later did I figure out that it was a rolling black out caused by California’s power shortage.”

Heh heh!
Power’s out. Lights are out, TVs off.
Electric stove, can’t cook; microwave doesn’t work.
Too early/hot to go to bed…

Solution, sit outside on a fine evening and call the parents/family.

Hey! I’ve done exactly that and so have my kids!

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  ATheoK
November 14, 2020 9:22 am

Power went out here on Whidbey Island yesterday, due to high winds.

I cranked up the 8KW generator and ran the cords to power the fridge and some lights. Then started a nice fire in the fireplace.

We used to have a 10KW whole-house generator, Generac. But it gave up the ghost a couple years ago. We bought the Champion 8kw as a stopgap until we replace the whole-house model with a 12 or 16kw.

Danley Wolfe
November 13, 2020 9:12 am

Hooray! Nailed right on the head. Slow clapping meme

November 13, 2020 9:18 am

Now if only he was so rational about covid. The guy always tries to hedge his bets on both sides, which is fair enough. But when I saw him literally waving his hands above his head saying “It’s an emergencyyyyy” I knew he was not an objective source on that subject.

Bob Johnston
Reply to  Timothy
November 13, 2020 9:24 pm

This is true, Adams is no skeptic. He blocked me on twitter for me pointing out his inconsistency when it comes to CAGW. At first I thought it was some sort of persuasion technique I wasn’t understanding but now I just think he’s a loon.

John Endicott
Reply to  Bob Johnston
November 17, 2020 3:02 am

Adams is very good at spotting the absurdities of life (Such as in the above cartoon). He’s not so good at spotting his own absurdities (such as his, what you charitably describe as, “inconsistencies when it comes to CAGW”).

November 13, 2020 9:21 am

“But … but … the MODELS said everything would be fine, and less expensive than fossil fuels”

Reality bites the gullible – but they still vote *(sigh)

November 13, 2020 9:26 am

On this side of the Atlantic, the MSM is preoccupied with the fact that the first fiancé has staged the No10 coup d’état and thrown out the kingdom’s most influential man.
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Adam Gallon
Reply to  Vuk
November 13, 2020 12:21 pm

And good riddance to that little psychopath.

Donald Boughton
Reply to  Adam Gallon
November 13, 2020 3:03 pm

Unfortunately he had yet to do a number on the Whitehall Civil Service which I believe on the last count has reached 400,000. I think it is high time the Civil Service was introduced to the same employment conditions as the private sector viz security of employment, redundancy etc.

Reply to  Donald Boughton
November 14, 2020 1:22 pm

Q2 2020 numbers came in at 430,000 I’m afraid.

November 13, 2020 9:34 am

Oh, man, the cancel mob has been summoned. Placing my ear on the ground, I can hear the hooves of their horses.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  leowaj
November 13, 2020 5:37 pm

That sound you hear are their own cloven hooves

No horses required

Robert of Texas
November 13, 2020 10:07 am

My wife blamed Climate Change for her tires having low air pressure. She knew this would have me laughing for days.

Reply to  Robert of Texas
November 13, 2020 11:30 am

Brilliant, made me laugh like a drain. Have you read The Little Green Book Of ECO-FASCISM by James Delingpole, at the end is a very long list of things blamed on climate change very funny.

November 13, 2020 10:14 am

“Dilbert” could do a whole series on renewable energy. I wish he would. Our “Journalism” organizations won’t do it. Maybe he can stir up people (like me) who skip the front page and jump to, in this order, the comics and the sports page, then if there is time skim the headlines.

John the Econ
November 13, 2020 10:29 am

Begs the question: What can’t one blame on Climate Change?

Matthew Schilling
Reply to  John the Econ
November 13, 2020 11:00 am

Abiogenesis. People believed in that nonsense long before Climastrology came along. In fact, globaloney warmunism is the Mini Me of the toxic abiogenesis farce.

The Monster
Reply to  John the Econ
November 13, 2020 11:11 am
John Endicott
Reply to  The Monster
November 17, 2020 2:57 am

No, The Monster, John the Econ used it in it’s current modern vernacular, as from your own wiki link:
In modern vernacular usage, however, begging the question is often used to mean “raising the question” or “suggesting the question”.

Word and phrase change over time, whether you like it or not. So take your grammar nazi-ing somewhere else.

Clarky of Oz
Reply to  John the Econ
November 13, 2020 1:06 pm

Rising sea levels for one

Bill Zipperer
November 13, 2020 10:56 am

Great point.
Everything weather related is “consistent with climate change”
(except El Nino/La Nina; and the models have no skill in predicting these).

November 13, 2020 10:59 am

NASA has found its discarded rocket booster
“NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced Thursday that Earth has hosted a temporary satellite over the past few months. Its characteristics suggest it’s a rocket booster — likely a Centaur upper stage rocket booster, used in the 1960s to launch the Surveyor 2 spacecraft on its mission to the Moon.”

November 13, 2020 11:01 am

Scott Adams isn’t really a skeptic. He goes along with the establishment scientists pretty much.

Reply to  Spetzer86
November 13, 2020 1:02 pm

You could follow him on twitter and see how wrong you are.

Bob Johnston
Reply to  jorgekafkazar
November 13, 2020 9:26 pm

He blocked me on twitter for pointing out how he goes along with the establishment scientists. That’s literally his argument… they’re the establishment, they must be right.

November 13, 2020 1:35 pm

That’s a joke? I thought that’s how it really worked.

November 14, 2020 1:18 am

There are multiple European states now with no coal power or nearly none or less than half of what they had 10 years ago. Power still on in all of them.

Reply to  griff
November 14, 2020 2:47 am

GAS, Nuclear and hydro will do that !

Wind and solar… roflmao !!

Reply to  griff
November 14, 2020 2:55 am

Let’s look how the 3 main states in Australia are coping, shall we

Its night, so ZERO solar (its not like Spain)

NSW… 91% Black COAL, 6% Gas…. 2% wind

Qld…. 87% Black COAL , 8% Gas…. 1% wind

Vic … 79% Brown COAL, 18% Hydro… 3% wind.

Wind and solar are just SO USEFUL, aren’t they, griffette. 😜

Reply to  griff
November 14, 2020 11:06 am

Europe is, and will be more so powered by Putin’s gas.
After all no good European want to be self-sufficient with fracking their own gas supplies — that would take real engineering and work, something the snobbish virtue signaling Europeans have long disdained.

November 14, 2020 4:54 am

Here in the UK, we now have a (Conservative, so theoretically right-wing) Prime minister who has fully embraced the ‘green’ agenda – presumably because his environmentally-friendly fiancee has told him to…
How’s this for a government policy statement..? ‘We are going to be to wind what Saudi Arabia is to oil..’

Oh, and by the way you guys across The Pond – we are burning your forests and calling it ‘carbon neutral biomass’ – because in a hundred years’ time you MIGHT replant all those trees…

Reply to  David
November 14, 2020 7:34 am

Don’t rub it in. We already have lobbyist calls for tax incentives to help develop more wood pellet plants for exporting clear cut forests in the name of green expediency.

James Francisco
Reply to  David
November 14, 2020 12:35 pm

Well David, at least we have a lot of taxation with bad representation. Thanks for buying our trees. We still have a lot left. I have some neighbors that have many around their houses and in their fences that would give them to you.

Reply to  David
November 14, 2020 6:51 pm

Is he talking about harnessing wind, or breaking it?

November 14, 2020 7:16 am

Visions of the Virgin Mary and praise be declarations have given way to climate warnings in ever widening absurdity. Would someone stop fidling with the arrow of time or press forward on the lever of the time machine.

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