That Way Madness Lies

Propublica ran an article last week describing the anguish of a committed climate activist.

It is rare that an article makes the actual point in the first five words, but this is a good example, emphasis mine.

Peter Kalmus, out of his mind, stumbled back toward the car. It was all happening. All the stuff he’d been trying to get others to see, and failing to get others to see — it was all here. The day before, when his family started their Labor Day backpacking trip along the oak-lined dry creek bed in Romero Canyon, in the mountains east of Santa Barbara, the temperature had been 105 degrees. Now it was 110 degrees, and under his backpack, his “large mammalian self,” as Peter called his body, was more than just overheating. He was melting down. Everything felt wrong. His brain felt wrong and the planet felt wrong, and everything that lived on the planet felt wrong, off-kilter, in the wrong place.

Nearing the trailhead, Peter’s mind death-spiralled: What’s next summer going to bring? How hot will it be in 10 years? Yes, the data showed that the temperature would only rise per decade by a few tenths of a degree Celsius. But those tenths would add up and the extreme temperatures would rise even faster, and while Peter’s big mammal body could handle 100 degrees, sort of, 110 drove him crazy. That was just not a friendly climate for a human. 110 degrees was hostile, an alien planet.

Poor Peter, no one listens to him.

For years, in articles in Yes! magazine, in op-eds in the Los Angeles Times, in his book “Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution,” on social media, Peter had been pleading, begging for people to pay attention to the global emergency. “Is this my personal hell?” he tweeted this past fall. “That I have to spend my entire life desperately trying to convince everyone NOT TO DESTROY THE %$#^@^ EARTH?”

Apparently his transformation and descent happened relatively quickly.

He’d met Sharon at Harvard. They’d moved to New York so she could earn a teaching degree. For a while, before returning to school, Peter had made good money on Wall Street writing code. Now here he was hearing, really hearing for the first time, that the planet, his son’s future home, was going to roast. Full stop.

This was a catastrophe — a physical, physics catastrophe, and here he was, a physicist about to have a son. He exited the lecture hall in a daze. “I was kind of like, ‘Are we just going to pretend this is like a normal scientific talk?’” he told me, recalling his thoughts. “We’re talking about the end of life on Earth as we know it.”

For the next eight months, Peter walked around Manhattan, “freaking out in my brain,” he said, like “one of those end-is-near people with the sandwich boards.” 

His poor wife and kids.

Four years into climate awakening and action, Peter felt he had accomplished nearly zero. One night, frustrated with inaction and disgusted with fossil fuel use, he sat at his computer and calculated the sources of all his own emissions so he could go about reducing them.

In the morning he presented Sharon with a pie chart.

Which led to:

Next came dumpster diving (which eventually — and thankfully — morphed into an arrangement with Trader Joe’s to pick up their unsellable food every other Sunday night). Peter’s haul — “seven or eight boxes,” according to Sharon; “three boxes,” according to Peter — included dozens of eggs with only one broken. Flats of (mostly not moldy) strawberries. Bread past its sell-by date. Peter did his best to put things away before he fell asleep because waking up to the mess drove Sharon nuts. But … it was a lot. Low-carbon living was a lot.

They stopped using the gas dryer. They stopped shitting in the flush toilet and started practicing “humanure,” composting their own crap. Sharon had lived with an outhouse in Mongolia, “so that was something I was used to,” she said. Plus, to be honest, she liked the local, organic anti-capitalist politics of it. “Marx writes about this in ‘Capital, Volume 1’ that one of the reasons Europeans started to use chemical fertilizers is because people started to move into the cities and off of the land, … and people stopped pooping out in the countryside, so it became less fertile.” The main problem, for Sharon, was that their bathroom was small and the composting toilet was inside. They used eucalyptus leaves to try to cover up the smell, but then little bits of leaves got all over the bathroom, too. After a while Peter moved the composting toilet outdoors. 

His wife had patience most of us could only dream of. His kids coped in their own way.

Sharon staged minor rebellions to maintain a sense of self — little stuff, like using lots of hot water when she did the dishes, and bigger stuff, like she stopped talking sometimes. Braird and Zane, too, each absorbed and reacted to Peter’s passionate cri de coeur in their own ways. Zane, the younger one, started doing his own regular, Greta Thunberg-style climate strikes in front of city hall. Braird, the older, meanwhile, was entering his teens, differentiating and waxing nihilistic. When asked what he wanted to do with his future, Braird said, “What future?” When asked what he thought about climate change, he sunk a dagger into his father’s heart like only a child can. Braird said, “I don’t really think about it.”

Read the full sad, sad, article here.

HT/Larry Kummer

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Ron Long
February 2, 2021 6:09 am

Poor sissy boy Peter, suffering some emotional crisis, and involving his family as well. 110 degrees and he’s “more than just overheating. He was melting down.”. For the record I worked in a canyon north of Phoenix, Arizona in July when it was 116 degrees and had no problem, although I drank a lot of dilute gatorade. A lady geologist and her dog were working with me, so the dog got water poured over him, but everybody did fine. Let’s hope Peter gets the help he needs because he obviously he is losing it.

John Tillman
Reply to  Ron Long
February 2, 2021 6:30 am

115 F is not unusual during wheat harvest in NE Oregon.

In Afghanistan, my computer screen wallpaper was a shot of a buddy on the ramp at Kuwait International holding up a plastic thermometer reading 140 F.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  John Tillman
February 2, 2021 11:56 am

We regularly put up hay in >110F, riding on a wagon behind the baler. In the barn it was even hotter, not a lot of air circulation. Put myself through college doing this in the summer!

BTW, I didn’t notice anything about him turning off the air conditioning. Did I miss it?

Jay Willis
Reply to  Ron Long
February 2, 2021 6:34 am

Yes Ron, that’s exactly what I thought. He should consider the Marathon Des Sables, where they do the equivalent of 5.5 regular marathons in 6 days, with midday temperatures as high as 120 F.

“”stumbled back…Everything felt wrong. His brain felt wrong…begging for people to pay attention…exited the lecture hall in a daze…“freaking out in my brain,””…and so on. I’m not sure what audience they are trying to appeal to with this article, but it sounds like every paragraph includes a reference to some kind of mental health concern. I suspect that it will not appeal to those to whom they hope it appeals for that reason.

john harmsworth
Reply to  Jay Willis
February 2, 2021 8:07 am

Sounds like walking out of an air conditioned building on an average summer day-in Canada.

Ron Long
Reply to  Jay Willis
February 2, 2021 10:31 am

Jay, I ran 3 Silver State Marathons in 3 successive years, in warm weather. If I tried the Mfarathon Des Sables I would cross-over and join Peter.

Reply to  Ron Long
February 2, 2021 6:47 am

I also was thinking that those temperatures are not and never have been uncommon in the desert Southwest–or any desert for that matter. Most of the time you don’t go hiking unprepared, though. That was just stupid. But to blame your heat stroke on climate change is mental illness. Yes, this man needs help, fast.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  starzmom
February 3, 2021 8:27 am

No, he is the problem. Let him rot.

Burgher King
Reply to  Ron Long
February 2, 2021 7:44 am

I spent a summer working at a talc mine in Death Valley, California, in between college semesters. I pulled into Furnace Creek one afternoon in August, 1974, and spent half an hour in the Caterpillar dealer’s equipment yard loading bulldozer parts. The thermometer on an outside wall read 142 F. There wasn’t a drop of sweat on my skin anywhere. It evaporated that fast. I went into the office to finish the acceptance paperwork and was completely drenched in sweat in less than a minute.

John the Econ
Reply to  Ron Long
February 2, 2021 9:32 am

Growing up, I’d go golfing with my dad at Palm Desert in the summer where it’s would regularly be between 100 and 120 degrees. Wore a had and drank frequently from a jug of water. Good childhood memories.

Reply to  Ron Long
February 2, 2021 10:14 am

When I was in my thirties, I’d referee two soccer games an afternoon when temperatures would often reach 110F (in north central Texas). Yes, it was hot. Yes, I was running a lot. So?

And, BTW, are composting toilets to code in California?

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
February 3, 2021 7:12 am

Compost turns poop into methane. Using a composting toilet instead of a flush toilet means the methane does not get captured into the local gas network at the water treatment plant. Composting toilets increase one’s carbon footprint. Bye, hey….virtue signaling!

Reply to  Ron Long
February 2, 2021 10:21 am

I walking and skied on the ice of Lake Superior when it froze completely across. I don’t recall anyone going nuts back in town.

Reply to  Ron Long
February 2, 2021 11:24 am

Note to Peter: check the weather before you go hiking or backpacking. We learned that as Scouts. It’s what wise mammals—homo sapiens—do.

And take responsibility for your stupid choices instead of blaming others. It’s a lot easier to fix your stupid. It’s impossible to fix others. This is what mature homo sapiens do.

Reply to  Ron Long
February 2, 2021 12:47 pm

Well, for the record, when I was in college I ran a small boarding stable to pay for my own horse’s upkeep and I spent many days in 95F + high humidity shoveling litter out of stalls. And no, I do NOT feel sorry for him if he is unable to differentiate between daily temperature shifts, which are weather items, and long-term weather cycles that generate climate change, and which have been going on since the dragonflies had 30-inch wingspans.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Ron Long
February 3, 2021 4:47 am

Why is worse about Peter’s little cry story is that when he started the temp was 105F and he was perfectly happy to allow himself and his family to begin the trek.

Then the next day it is 5F higher and rather than accepting things like:

  • I am unfit
  • I didn’t carry enough drinking water
  • I shouldn’t have gone out in this weather anyway
  • All of the above

he instead jumps straight to GLOBAL WARMING RUINED MY HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

Face it, if Peter was alive in any other period of history small children would be throwing rocks at him.

February 2, 2021 6:11 am

The fact that Poor Peter gets published attention says a lot. The rational and the fact checkers are bypassed daily.

When does the next climate play come out? Death of a Climate Salesman, A Hot Street car named Desire, …..

Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 2, 2021 6:24 am

50 shades of direct sunlight?

Reply to  KAT
February 2, 2021 7:09 am

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Didn’t even have to change the name.

Reply to  geo
February 2, 2021 10:23 am


and One flew over the cuckoos nest

Vincent Causey
Reply to  geo
February 3, 2021 12:34 am

The day the Earth caught fire.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  geo
February 3, 2021 8:30 am

When Morons Collide.

Reply to  geo
February 3, 2021 10:55 am

Singin in the rain or draught

Reply to  geo
February 4, 2021 9:42 am

Fire — the Crazy World of Arthur Brown:

Reply to  KAT
February 4, 2021 10:49 am


Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 2, 2021 8:15 am

Climate and Punishment, Gone with the Climate, Phantom of the Climate, Some Like it Hot, etc.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 2, 2021 12:00 pm

just try to imagine Feynman reading that article

makes it all worthwhile

Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 9, 2021 12:47 pm

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Kalmus, Out of His Mind.

February 2, 2021 6:26 am

The key word in the headline is ‘Lies’.

If you believe strongly in these lies, it will catch up to you. It’s not good for you.


February 2, 2021 6:28 am

There have always been crazies all around the world, emanating from all sorts of issues.

Look at all those people who claimed they were emigrating because Trump.

No surprise at all that the climate capers produces its fair share.

Russell Cook
Reply to  Mr.
February 2, 2021 8:12 am

… it was 110 degrees, and under his backpack, his “large mammalian self,” as Peter called his body, was more than just overheating. He was melting down …

And if he went out hiking now in the dead of winter, he’d be freezing down. CAGW gets ya coming both ways.

Meanwhile, the rest of us who aren’t nuts go out hiking when the weather is really pleasant.

Rick C
Reply to  Russell Cook
February 2, 2021 11:27 am

I looked up the temperatures for Labor Day in Santa Barbara for the last 3 years. The highest high was 75.7 F in 2020. The lows and means were all around 70 F. Looks like pure fiction to me.

paul courtney
Reply to  Rick C
February 2, 2021 12:17 pm

NIce spot, Rick C. Even if he claims it was earlier year, he’s a fabulist. “Large mammalian self” reveals his self-regard is his largest thing (also utter lack of consideration for his kin). It’s pure fiction that will not be exposed until the press gets tired of taking this sort of palaver seriously, instead today’s press soothes him, patting on the head and repeating, “poor, poor mammal.”

February 2, 2021 6:30 am

To the extent that this is true, it is pitiful. Alas there are many, many Peters out there – male and female. I hear it and read it whenever I post anything skeptical about the current nature and scope of the climate change we are (or are not) experiencing. It strikes that it is a genuine psychiatric disorder. These people need help, not enabling. Those two kids are in for a rough life.

Reply to  Bernie1815
February 2, 2021 7:04 am

Living with a loon like that is child abuse. CPS should remove the kids from that household and let them grow up healthy and happy

Reply to  Kenji
February 2, 2021 8:26 am

To the extent that some children rebel against their parents’ religion, let’s hope that these kids do too.

Reply to  Kenji
February 2, 2021 10:43 am

The kids are all bathed in the same waters at school. The hysteria level might be notched up at home, but there’s no real escape.

Reply to  Kenji
February 2, 2021 1:12 pm

I have a close relative who was raised by a parent who was OCD (obsessive/compulsive). One of the problems with situations like this is that the parent really is unable or unwilling to recognize the problems they are creating for others.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Kenji
February 4, 2021 4:44 am

“Living with a loon like that is child abuse.”

Really! “What future”, his kid says.

soylent greene
Reply to  Bernie1815
February 2, 2021 11:02 am

The females are called Karens…

Reply to  soylent greene
February 2, 2021 12:45 pm

Fun fact: We used to call those Kugels, or Jewish Princesses. You know, the high pitched nasal twang, demanding the world conform to daddy’s promises?
I grew up to jokes about the dumb bottle-blond, by the time I went to high school, they were just dumb blondes, now every joke about dumb women are about blondes.
Strange how stereotypes have become white insults.
What is the mating call of the blond? “I’m sooo drunk.”
Mating call of the brunette? “I said; I’m drunk!”
Mating call of the ugly brunette? “Has that blonde bitch left yet?”

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  paranoid goy
February 2, 2021 4:15 pm

Q: What’s a Kugel’s favorite wine?
A: “Moshe, I wanna go to Miami Beaaaach!”

Thank you, and be sure to tip your waitresses.

Richard Page
February 2, 2021 6:34 am

Books, followers, a platform for his views, being noticed and respected by his peers and fellow travellers. The article fails to mention how this man has profited and benefited from exploiting his mental breakdown – torturing his own family for personal gain is obviously a price he’s willing to pay.

February 2, 2021 6:34 am

mental illness displayed at its finest!!

Abolition Man
February 2, 2021 6:35 am

It is quite sad to see emotionally disturbed or sanity challenged individuals venting in public. It is even sadder to see supposed adults give them a platform to express their illness to the public!
I am reminded of a man about my own age who I would often see around town back in the Bay Area. He had a trust fund and a minder when he was out during the day, but his favorite activity was spending hours at night pushing the crosswalk buttons of a major intersection then crossing the street to do it again, and again, and again…
His state may have been largely drug and self induced, but it sounds little different from Peter’s obsessive compulsive behavior or Greta’s OCD rants and tirades! Why are the ignorant and the insane lecturing humanity? It must serve someone’s agenda to push fear and panic on the public, just as the virus was used to do far more damage than it could alone!

Mr. Lee
Reply to  Abolition Man
February 2, 2021 7:38 am

Mental illness runs in my family, but “sanity challenged” cracked me up.
You are right, though. It is sad. If you are out and about, you see mentally illness everywhere. It gets neglected as an issue because it doesn’t serve the marxist agenda.

Jay Willis
Reply to  Mr. Lee
February 2, 2021 8:27 am

Yes Mr Lee, mental health is like physical health, we are all susceptible to occasional periods of illness. However we can all work on fitness, and resilience, but it doesn’t help when articles such as that above attempt to normalise a state of derangement as if that is an acceptable way to address challenges in our life. Even if, as in this case, the primary challenge is imaginary (and also such a cliche: the world’s going to end because of human immorality – it’s just so flaming predictable!).

Reply to  Jay Willis
February 2, 2021 9:54 am

If all you eat is doughnuts (and the peripheral sprinkles,creams, or even the unique bacon flavors), your physical health is likely gonna falter.

If you immerse yourself in the ‘acadamia’ of Harvard and Columbia (and the peripherals of those institutions) your mental health is gonna falter.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  DonM
February 3, 2021 8:35 am

Mmmm donuts!

john harmsworth
Reply to  Abolition Man
February 2, 2021 8:19 am

The ignorant and insane are lecturing people because they have an audience of idiots and insane people to gobble it up. That mass of idiocy is so extensive that no politician (as stupid and opportunistic as they are) can or will stand against it or even occasionally demonstrate reason.

James Pastros
February 2, 2021 6:40 am

Peter lost me at Zane.

Ian Magness
February 2, 2021 7:01 am

I enjoyed reading the quote from Das Crapital.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Ian Magness
February 2, 2021 7:13 am

You’re right! That was some really, heavy $h!t, man!!
My apologies to Cheech and Chong!

February 2, 2021 7:01 am

110F isn’t unusual in Romero Valley especially at the beginning of September.

Stopped reading the BS after I checked that.

Reply to  Redge
February 2, 2021 6:17 pm

I used to go running in Canberra at 43C in summer. I was listening to the radio this week and was very sad to discover that the Bureau of Meteorology had rewritten the past again and deleted that inconvenient data.

Joseph Zorzin
February 2, 2021 7:12 am

Off topic- sorry, but here’s an article by our beloved Mickey Mann in USA Today: “Michael Mann: Why Biden’s actions are good news from front lines of the climate change war”

Here’s just a few of the moronic things he says:
***** we are indeed in a war — with powerful fossil fuel industry groups
***** early battles of the climate war, targeting the basic scientific evidence, have been won
***** But there’s more good news: The enemy’s troops are starting to defect.
***** Michael E. Mann is distinguished professor of Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
February 2, 2021 7:58 am


Like he’s a Nobel prize winner.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  fretslider
February 2, 2021 8:47 am

I’d like to see a cartoonist draw him as a distinguished prisoner in the state penn. It could be very funny but of course it would never show up in the MSM.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
February 2, 2021 10:11 am

Mann, “early battles of the climate war, targeting the basic scientific evidence, have been won”

This from a guy who has neither done nor published any science at all for the last 30 years.

Climate modeling: not science.
Paleo so-called temperature reconstructions: purely pseudo-science.
Surface air temperature record: riven with measurement error.

There’s no science in any of it.

And the scientific societies remain complicit.

Reply to  Pat Frank
February 2, 2021 6:19 pm

More accurately: Surface air temperature record – riven with unsupportable revision.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
February 2, 2021 1:57 pm

He is the very model of a modern useful idiot
He’s got lots of bogus data for the UN Secretariat

  • from the Pirates of Penn State
February 2, 2021 7:13 am

This is far from new. A couple of centuries ago this guy Peter would be considered to be suffering from religious mania.

Reply to  Graemethecat
February 2, 2021 7:17 am

You stole my line, that is precisely what this is.

Mr. Lee
Reply to  Graemethecat
February 2, 2021 7:28 am

100% true. The pain from brain’s chemical imbalance will manifest itself as disturbing ideation that reflects a person’s culture and personal concerns. If this article is basically true, then propublica is essentially exploiting a mentally ill person to promote their political agenda.

Richard Page
Reply to  Mr. Lee
February 2, 2021 7:42 am

As he has also done.

February 2, 2021 7:20 am

Was going to point out this is a religion based sickness, Graeme beat me to it. People pushing this are mentally ill, a danger to themselves and everyone around them. We used to institutionalize people like this, now they populate our government, media and academia. Really sick and dangerous.

Reply to  2hotel9
February 3, 2021 8:07 am

The implicit approval of the author of the article for Kalmus’ evident mental breakdown is utterly reprehensible.

Rod Evans
February 2, 2021 7:23 am

I wonder if he has come across the word “paranoid” during his education?

Reply to  Rod Evans
February 2, 2021 10:02 am

or gullible.

His belief in the honesty of others led him toward believing that there was a solution to the non-problem.

Hence his pie chart break, and poop in the bucket solution.

Ed Zuiderwijk
February 2, 2021 7:30 am

Peter claims to be ‘physicist’. This physicist disagrees.

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
February 2, 2021 8:41 am

Peter:  “I was kind of like, ‘Are we just going to pretend this is like a normal scientific talk?’” he told me, recalling his thoughts. “We’re talking about the end of life on Earth as we know it.”

Peter is obviously not in the same class of physicists as Feynman. People who constantly overuse the word “like” are not fully using Broca’s area of their brain. (I constantly had to harp on such mindless filler words with my children, and now I find myself doing the same with my grandchildren.)

If Earth’s equatorial latitudes are too hot for Peter, as a physicist he should know enough to move poleward. 

Reply to  noaaprogrammer
February 2, 2021 9:42 am

(I constantly had to harp on such mindless filler words with my children, and now I find myself doing the same with my grandchildren.)

Me too.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Mr.
February 3, 2021 8:39 am

Like, totally.

Andy Pattullo
February 2, 2021 7:31 am

This story is an excellent example of perception versus reality. It starts with living in a wealthy, high density, coastal urban city where everything necessary for life and comfort is available with no need to understand how or where it came from. For example the natural gas fueling the dryer simply arrives at the appliance on demand.This is the first major detachment from reality. The writer never needs to know about geology, engineering, economics, drilling, fracking, compressors, pipelines and all the safety equipment and procedures that bring that gas to his dryer, so instead he fixates on the CO2 emitted when the dryer runs and the mythical impact that tiny puff of plant food will have on the climate.
Then, after having consumed an endless stream of fictional catastrophism about climate and CO2, he interprets a hot day hiking as evidence of the globe burning to a cinder.

This is how CAGW mythology spreads. People are not, at their core, rational. Once removed from the realities of how the world really works, and insulated from the highly dangerous outcomes of their unfounded conclusions and poor decisions they allow fear of ghosts and demons to govern their minds and conduct. This will not be cured by explaining all the ways this train of thought is completely negated by evidence and real world outcomes. Never mind that every measure of human wellbeing has consistently improved over a century and a half of modestly rising CO2 and global temperature. One experience of heat and sweat during an outdoor hike is proof that the end is nigh.

Reply to  Andy Pattullo
February 2, 2021 9:33 am

I once shared a photo of cars in Las Vegas (something like 10-12 years ago) – the photo was messed up so that it looked like the cars were melting. I commented that “global warming is melting cars in vegas”, thinking people would get the joke.

They didn’t. People actually thought it was real.

Reply to  TonyG
February 2, 2021 11:07 am

A few years back, there was a picture of melted street lamps in some city. The article accompanying the picture claimed it was from global warming.
Turned out it was from a dumpster fire.

paul courtney
Reply to  MarkW
February 2, 2021 12:24 pm

MarkW: So, the press account was correct, the lamps were melted by a dumpster fire. AGW is a dumpster fire! Ergo,……..

Jim Gorman
Reply to  Andy Pattullo
February 2, 2021 9:44 am

I read your 1st paragraph and and said, “YES”! Too many urban AND suburban kids and most of their parents have no idea how things work behind the scenes.

Water – out of the faucet from a hole in the ground
Meat/food – made in the back of the grocery store
Gasoline – FM – F…g Magic
Electricity – FM
Internet – FM

I noticed the author said not one word about where his composted feces went. Do you think the County Health Dept. would approve of his disposal plans? Can you imagine the City of New York where everyone used composting toilets? Where would the “shite” go? Would you eat food grown with it as fertilizer? These folks don’t even realize that covid is not a real pandemic, not until you begin gathering all the human waste together and grow food in it!

I wonder If this fellow would love to do his 8 hour shift doing physics and then come home and grab the hoe handle to weed his 40 acres of food for the winter by moonlight! Then on the weekend grab a cow or pig, shoot it (OMG a firearm and the knowledge of how to use it is needed), skin it, and cut it up.

mike macray
Reply to  Andy Pattullo
February 3, 2021 9:36 am

Well articulated Andy! Couldn’t have said it better m’self.
Linear extrapolation of a couple of sequential events in a sinusoidal cycle projects a catastrophic consequence!

Bruce Cobb
February 2, 2021 7:34 am

To a degree, all Believers in manmade “climate change” suffer from climate dementia. His is just a more extreme example. The endgame of all climate Belief is in fact death, because being anti-“carbon” means being anti-life.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 2, 2021 8:48 am

Upon his death, I wonder if Peter will direct his body to be cremated, thereby giving off carbon dioxide, or if he will choose decaying, thereby giving off methane?

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 2, 2021 9:49 am

Yes, the terms “belief” and “science” are mutually-exclusive notions.

Our bs detectors should register 11 whenever we read or hear someone who “feels” or “believes” a proposition that is purported to be a scientific position.

And don’t get me started about “consensus” as an end-point in scientific discourse.

Reply to  Mr.
February 2, 2021 11:04 am

I have actually tried very hard to eliminate “feel” or “believe” from my vocabulary except in specific circumstances where they are the appropriate word, in favor of “think”. Too many use one of those when they should be saying “think” – but it’s also indicative of how they are approaching an issue. “I feel this is a good solution” suggests an emotional evaluation, not a rational one.

Peta of Newark
February 2, 2021 7:39 am

“”Nearing the trailhead, Peter’s mind death-spiralled“”

He got away lightly

By comparison:
Quote:”“We’re getting self-harming 10-year-oldsfrom here

There Are Not The Words For Pieces Of Shit Like Him

john harmsworth
Reply to  Peta of Newark
February 2, 2021 8:34 am

It reminded me of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” .Only without the all-important self awareness.

John Bell
February 2, 2021 7:51 am

Peter needs to go live with the Amish!
For Peter I would prescribe Cymbalta, and Lithium, and Prozac, and Valium, and Thorzine, and beneficial electro shock therapy to the temples, (One Flew Over…) and a straight jacket, and a rubber room, and a doctor, and a shrink, and a therapist, and a social worker, and a psychologist.

Reply to  John Bell
February 2, 2021 8:38 am

A solid smack to the head and an admonition to get a hold of himself would yield similar results, but there’s no insurance money to milk in that.

Reply to  drednicolson
February 2, 2021 10:05 am

Bob Newhart (6 minutes)

Bruce Ranta
Reply to  John Bell
February 2, 2021 8:39 am

Yes ‘The Rubber Room’. An excellent song by Porter Wagnoner. It should be an anthem.

John Bell
Reply to  John Bell
February 2, 2021 8:43 am

Also I would add, that the Far Left and the Far Right are really the same things, just inverted on the motivation: natural versus supernatural, but they both want to control others. Anyone out there have left leaning friends? I notice that mine are all on anti depressants.

February 2, 2021 7:54 am

What utter bilge.

disgusted with fossil fuel use, he sat at his computer 

As, of course, you do. Making the imaginary problem worse.

john harmsworth
Reply to  fretslider
February 2, 2021 8:35 am

“He sat at his computer-using power”. So ridiculous it’s tragic.

Reply to  john harmsworth
February 2, 2021 9:34 am

Unless he was looking at a blank, unpowered screen – then it would just be sad.

Reply to  OweninGA
February 2, 2021 12:31 pm

but funny ! 🙂

Jan de Jong
February 2, 2021 7:55 am

These people should move to Winnipeg or some such.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Jan de Jong
February 2, 2021 8:30 am

I think an exchange program with impoverished African families is in order! Let the crazy, entitled American live a “carbon neutral” life for a few years, while an aspiring African family gets to utilize the opportunities that plentiful fossil fuels create!

John Garrett
Reply to  Abolition Man
February 2, 2021 9:50 am

Great idea !

If that fails, I’m under the impression that Ted Kaczynski’s (a/k/a the Unabomber) unheated Montana cabin is available for occupancy.

Reply to  Abolition Man
February 2, 2021 10:14 am

Pretty good idea. Make it a 2-year program so the (true) poor can get a 2-year degree.

Set it up and skim the top 10% for your salary … everybody wins.

February 2, 2021 8:03 am

45 years of beneficial global warming has created the best climate since the Little Ice Age centuries, yet some people are unable to enjoy our wonderful climate.

If global warming continues, along with the greening of our planet, they see a climate change emergency.

Have they learned nothing from living with global warming for the past 45 years?

Anyone with sense would see that another +1 degree C. of warming would be even better than the past +1 degree C. of warming.

The actual warming since 1975 has been beneficial.

Warming has been greatest at the higher, colder latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, mainly in the colder months of the year and mainly at night.

Who are we to tell people living in Siberia and Alaska that their warmer winter nights are bad news?

Air pollution over Asian cities is a real environmental problem.

But carbon dioxide is not pollution — it is the staff of life on our planet.

The C3 plants used for food would have optimum growth with 800 to 1,2000 ppm CO2 in the atmosphere, just llike plants grown inside CO2 enriched greenhouses.

Optimum plant growth will support more life on our planet.

Anyone who opposes more CO2 in the atmosphere is anti-life.

Meanwhile, climate alarmists want to spend a huge amount of money on THEMSELVES, for a less reliable solar and wind electric grid, while completely ignoring the one billion poor people on our planet with no electricity at all.

Off Topic:
I’ve noticed fewer comments at this website than before the recent redesign. Speaking only for myself, with an old Apple computer, roughly 19 or 20 articles do not load completely, and I don’t get the option of making a comment for those 19 of 20. I wonder if others with older computers have the same issue.


Dave Fair
Reply to  Richard Greene
February 2, 2021 1:36 pm

Splurge! Buy something compatible with current technology. Live a little.

john harmsworth
February 2, 2021 8:06 am

A recent study shows a correlation between cannabis use and diminished intellect, so there’s that. But this is about as comprehensive an indictment of the value of expert opinion as one can find. This idiot is apparently intelligent enough to obtain a physics degree and yet he has the judgement of an autistic teenager.

Abolition Man
Reply to  john harmsworth
February 2, 2021 8:38 am

Have you read Alex Berenson’s book, “Tell Your Children,” that explores the connection between regular cannabis use and violence and schizophrenia? It’s a cautionary tale that makes me glad I gave that sort of stuff up long ago!

Reply to  Abolition Man
February 2, 2021 9:41 am

Does anyone know the direction of causality? Perhaps schizophrenics learn to self-medicate with marijuana.

Reply to  Pat Frank
February 2, 2021 10:22 am

Throw in the ‘benefit’ of feeling like someone cares when they spiral to the bottom and effect/cause is difficult to assess.

Reply to  Pat Frank
February 2, 2021 6:29 pm

I always wondered about that, but I’m never going to try it for myself. BTW, crazies are allowed to smoke cigarettes because it is a form of self medication.

Reply to  john harmsworth
February 2, 2021 8:48 am

Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb, in the words of Smashmouth.

Walter Horsting
February 2, 2021 8:14 am

Historical Climate charts…not hysterical…

John Robertson
February 2, 2021 8:21 am

A perfect article to begin the second month of The International Year of Lying.

Of course when these people believe their own illusion are they still lying?
Or are they just horribly gulled?

Bruce Cobb
February 2, 2021 8:23 am

Then of course we have the psychosis involving the Belief that “the election was stolen”, which in its extreme form actually had people attacking the Capitol, resulting in deaths and much destruction and vandalism. What is really hilarious is how the TraitorTrump Cult couldn’t decide afterwards if they were heroes or the whole thing was a “false flag” operation. Oh, the cognitive dissonance!

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 2, 2021 8:36 am

The US electoral systems are as unfit for purpose as the CMIP5 climate models.
Far, far too many “operator intervention” points provided.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Mr.
February 2, 2021 8:53 am

Sure, sure. Because Trump lost.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 2, 2021 9:59 am

Not at all Bruce.
I think he had worn out his welcome. His policies had merit, as evidenced by outcomes, but he was/is a promoter’s nightmare.

But the inconsistencies and shenanigans that have been exposed many many times in the US electoral system are crying out for an independent high-level forensic investigation.
(And I’m not talking about a “Warren Commission” type farce).

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Mr.
February 2, 2021 10:40 am

Nice try. Whatever problems there might be with the electoral system, it is disingenuous to imply that they were responsible for Trump’s loss.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 2, 2021 11:12 am

Why? Because your guy won?

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 2, 2021 11:36 am

Bruce, forget Trump.
I don’t think he would have won in the end. But that’s all academic.

Doesn’t alter the need though for serious investigation of the many reported (and videoed) instances of electoral “irregularities”, some minor infractions of procedures, others inexplicable interventions & departures in the assurance of integrity in the chain of custodianship of cast votes.

The Canadian electoral office has declared that it would never introduce Dominion-type voting systems there, because of just such shenanigans as were widely reported in the recent US elections.

Gregory Woods
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 2, 2021 12:48 pm

All voting should be done in person, with ID’s…

Reply to  Mr.
February 2, 2021 11:10 am

Don’t bother with Bruce, he refuses to see anything that disagrees with his religious convictions.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 2, 2021 9:00 am

The projection is strong with this one.

When there’s enough smoke, one can no longer reasonably doubt the existence of a fire. Dems blew enough smoke for a year+ for several election fraud fires.

Trump was still speaking when it all started. He began an hour later than scheduled, and the agents provocateur didn’t get the audible. Capitol police were caught on camera letting them into the building.

Go ahead and laugh at people saying the sky is blue. Laugh all the way to the gulag, you useful idiot.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  drednicolson
February 2, 2021 10:34 am

You are claiming the sky is purple with pink polka dots with elephants, you moron. You and your ilk are the ones blowing smoke.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 2, 2021 11:13 am

Once again, Bruce presents no evidence to support his religious beliefs. All his tiny mind can manage is insults directed at those who refuse to believe as he does.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  MarkW
February 2, 2021 12:01 pm

Ba-hahahahaha! Moronic Mark does it again, proving just how stupid he is. “Religious beliefs”. Ya, sure. You are the one with the Belief system, and are just spinning your wheels.

Reply to  MarkW
February 2, 2021 12:55 pm

I have seen more substantial arguments from our resident trio of trolls than from Bruce, who has offered nothing more than name calling. Not worth bothering with.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 2, 2021 11:11 am

All the evidence presented is just more proof that they are delusional.
Why would anyone not believe that finding thousands of ballots under the table after poll watchers have left isn’t perfectly legitimate?

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 2, 2021 6:23 pm


Then of course we have the psychosis involving the Belief that “the election was the most fair and secure ever” and not question the irregularities because plan was for Bioden to win at all/any costs.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 3, 2021 8:42 am

A US Army officer testified at the inquiry in Pittsburgh that the elections that he had witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan were more transparent and honest than the one in Pennsylvania.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 3, 2021 8:49 am

I find it most strange that the Democrats were so vocal about Russian interference in 2016 but silent in 2019.

February 2, 2021 8:40 am

…and, if it was up to Peter, we’d all starve in the cold and the dark.

Marxist. It’s all you need to know.

February 2, 2021 9:27 am

Braird said, “What future?”

This is the worst part of this, he is destroying his children with his fanaticism.

February 2, 2021 9:30 am

A little OT, but the hypocrisy here is so exquisite it is a true work of art:

Social media deny censorship of conservative voices, while in the same breath calling for censorship of conservative voices.

John the Econ
February 2, 2021 9:34 am

I grew up during the latter half of the cold war, where it was expected that Russian nuclear missiles could be falling from the sky at any given moment. My parents, well aware of this threat did not go out of their way to instill any anxiety they may have had about this upon myself or my siblings.

February 2, 2021 10:17 am

Is utopian literature still required reading?

Paul Penrose
February 2, 2021 10:27 am

In 20 or 30 years when this guy finally realizes the extent of his delusions (if he ever does), he is going to have a lot of regrets about how he wasted his life and screwed up his children. BTW, why does someone that thinks there is no future have children? That’s just so hypocritical it’s hard to fathom.

February 2, 2021 10:39 am

Broadway casting call:

We need a climate Rasputin character.

John Garrett
Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 2, 2021 2:09 pm

He already exists. His name is Bill McKibben and he is a modern-day Rasputin to the Rockefeller heirs. McKibben has used their guilt to pry millions of dollars out of them to fund all kinds of climate activist causes.

Donna K. Becker
February 2, 2021 10:46 am

Am I the only one who thinks this article is satirical?

Reply to  Donna K. Becker
February 2, 2021 6:32 pm

It would be funny if it was taking the piss, but no. It should be, but I don’t think it was.

February 2, 2021 10:53 am

A crown of emojis.

February 2, 2021 11:12 am

I found this part to be especially (if probably unintentionally) telling:

“Sharon commiserated with a friend who was married to a priest. How do you have an equal marriage with a man who’s trying to save the world? The priest’s wife, too, found “it impossible for her to have any space for herself,” Sharon said. “Because he was called by God to minister to people.”

Yup, to true believers, global warming alarmism is a religion and they approach it with the fanaticism of the clergy.

February 2, 2021 11:25 am

Child abuse

Tim Spence
February 2, 2021 11:50 am

There’s no limit to stupid, still less a cure, no treatment or medicine. A dose of reality does sometimes work.

Reply to  Tim Spence
February 2, 2021 6:36 pm

If they survive it. Most warmists are incapable of updating their beliefs enough to recognise when they’re wrong.

I once met a girl (not mature enough to be called a lady) that thought she should be allowed to install a gigantic source of infrasound in her suburban back yard and that this would allow her to live off the grid. The harmful effect on her neighbours was uninteresting to her. Also the fact that she would be the only one able to do it due to proximity limitations.

February 2, 2021 12:02 pm

Correction, Jan. 26, 2021: This story originally misstated the rate of the rise in temperature caused by global warming. The temperature will rise by a few tenths of a degree Celsius per decade, not by year.

February 2, 2021 12:20 pm

Mills and Boon, eat your heart out.

You have been outdone. !

February 2, 2021 12:41 pm

This article is disturbing in that the wife does not recognize this person’s decline into depression over something he can’t control. She’s just going along with it. Those two boys of theirs are not happy campers, not at all. Right in the first sentence, the phrase “out of his mind” is a blatant clue to Kulmer’s descent into this vat that he’s put himself into and is dragging his family right along with him. He can’t control what the planet does and he knows it instinctively but refuses to accept the reality of it. Does he need help? Yes, but he will never accept it nor will he respond to it.

If that wife of his had any sense, she’d put the kids and their pets and “stuff” into the car and get the h-e-double hockey sticks out of there without looking back. She must have the patience of a saint. Her little rebellious acts (using more hot water than usual for the dishes) say she knows what’s going on but hasn’t gotten to a point where she should just bail out.

This is sad, and I feel sorry for her and her kids, but NOT for him. He must have a massively weak ego if he can’t accept the fact that he can NOT control what this planet does. He is NOT worth the time she’s spending to accommodate his madness, and those kids do NOT deserve to be subjected to it.

Dorothy Montgomery
February 2, 2021 1:36 pm

That was hilarious!

February 2, 2021 2:20 pm

Also, Peter should realize that climate change did not cause the forest fires. Banning the clearing of undergrowth is the issue. The more humans try to “fix” the environment, the more they destroy it!

a happy little debunker
February 2, 2021 2:22 pm

Not really committed to the science is he?

In March last year the State of California issued 2 orders requiring residents to stay at home (excepting for essential activity, like work or shopping).

The 2 orders we have been told are for public health and safety & based on the science.

Yet – in September, this Numpty decided to go on a backpacking holiday with his family…

February 2, 2021 3:08 pm

I was reminded of this passage when I read about the transformation of Kalmus in the Propublica article-
“One morning,as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous,verminous bug……”-
“The Metamorphosis”, Franz Kafka.

Mumbles McGuirck
February 2, 2021 4:19 pm

Braird said, “What future?” When asked what he thought about climate change, he sunk a dagger into his father’s heart like only a child can. Braird said, “I don’t really think about it.”

Good for you, Baird. In a few years you’ll figure out what a nutcase your old man was, and that the climate hasn’t changed at all.

Tom in South Jersey
February 2, 2021 4:54 pm

“Whom the gods would destroy, first they make mad. “

My father was in Pakistan for a year during the U2 crisis when Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union. When he returned to the USA he would wear a jacket to the beach during the summer as he had grown used to 120 degree temperatures.

Joel O'Bryan
February 2, 2021 5:25 pm

Just another confirmatory data point.
We already knew Liberalism is a mental disorder.

February 2, 2021 6:12 pm

“That Way Madness Lies”
This guy’s wife needs to get him locked up, quickly, before he does some real harm to himself, or his family. At the very least, put him in an air-conditioned building with real toilets.

February 2, 2021 7:02 pm

It’s not the Peterheads I worry about so much but Gretanomics/Griffonomics for their offspring-
Energy firms to charge homes extra £24 a year to recover debt (

Craig Austin
February 3, 2021 4:09 am

Funniest story since Grizzly Man.

Craig from Oz
February 3, 2021 4:58 am

So much extra if you read between the lines here.

Take this little passage;

He’d met Sharon at Harvard. They’d moved to New York so she could earn a teaching degree. For a while, before returning to school, Peter had made good money on Wall Street writing code

So they both went to Harvard, but she had to move to New York to get into teaching and he had to code. Strongly suggests that Sharon got herself a degree from Harvard that was worthless at supporting her in the real world and that Peter was either a re-trained ex coal miner or also got himself a degree that was largely useless in the job market.

As for his eldest son, the apparent nihilistic one, did anyone ever consider that the reason he was so apathetic towards life was that his demented parents had decided to make him poo in the 3rd World? This isn’t a teen who has shrugged towards the world because of terminal global warming, this is a boy who has realised he is never going to be able to bring a girl home until he moves out.

“Hey Sexy. My parents are away tonight. Want to come over? We could watch some movies, maybe play some X-Box, maybe… fool around?”
“Sure Braird. Sounds… nawdy.”
“Yeah, come over at 7, but ummm… go to the bathroom at your place first.”

Poor guy. His parents suck.

February 3, 2021 2:13 pm

What a sad, pathetic human being. He ought to try living in a more natural environment, instead of the heavily urban one he does. Generally, I’ve found that the more urban the people, the less able to understand nature and natural processes they are. And that whining about the heat? Seriously?! Live in the Southwest US and you’ll understand heat, as well as the fact that it’s always been hot in summer and fall out here. 110 in summer is SOP for where I live and has been pretty much forever. For that matter, live anywhere outside the eastern seaboard or the pacific coast itself, and you’ll see that gets hot in summer and always has. This guy needs to grow a pair.

Jake Wunderdogg
February 3, 2021 6:52 pm

Committed climate activist needs to be committed…to a mental institution. If his wiffe can’t pull out of this psychotic emotional nose-dive, the children are going to have to be rescued and adopted by someone who can bring them back to sanity.
Hey, the left keeps talking about taking our kids away for re-education…, I can talk about liberating theirs.

February 3, 2021 9:06 pm

He needs to study some logic & science.

Walter Sobchak
February 3, 2021 9:18 pm

Must be a mad dog, because he isn’t an Englishman

Noel Coward “Mad Dogs and Englishmen”

Tom Abbott
February 4, 2021 4:52 am

And this guy is a physicist.

He ought to look into the science, instead of being so gullible and accepting the alarmist meme without questioning it.

He’s his own worst enemy.

February 7, 2021 5:57 am

When you take a ride on the crazy train and drag your family with you.

Johann Wundersamer
February 12, 2021 11:28 pm

Fruitless discussion. There’s always excessive more winter deaths than summer mortality rates.

And it goes like this:

In winter one decides if it’s desirable to see next spring – next off”spring” of green, youth in flora and fauna.

And if it’s worth to go through all that Heckmeck again. Or entrust other players the place on the table:

Easy as that.

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