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April 23, 2022 2:41 am

Auctorphilia: the love of and defense of authority. Latin root of “authority,” auctor + philia.

I was in airports in March, 2020, and I saw on electronic signs words framing the climate “debate,” exactly like that: debate in quotation marks. Meaning, I took it, that there is no debate, and that anyone resorting to debate is resorting to bad thinking and anti-science.

It’s said that the Eskimos have twenty words for snow: they make distinctions about snow because it’s important to them. But it occurs to me that although the current world-views (German: Weltanshauung) circulating throughout the world should be important to us, we’re not so clear about the names for these. We make a rough division into left and right and depending on which side we’re on, we claim the other side is wrong. Or we might call people patriots or socialists, or identify ourselves as either.

But I’d like to propose that a current Weltanschauung gaining traction is that of “auctorphilia,” the dependence on and love of authority. This is opposed to (for want of a better word or phrase) the enlightenment mind– that is, the world-view of those who in the 16th century and onward turned toward their own understanding and reason and broke away from the authority of the church to grasp that ultimate authority was found in individual perceptions, reasonings, and understanding, and that “authority” was laid on top of and derivative of those primary individual perceptions and understandings.

But if we look around today, we see the enlightenment mind in decline as a social world-view and a world-view of auctorphilia in ascendance. Hence, we cannot question the authority of climate scientists, or of the CDC, or the FDA, or of the authoritative NY Times or Washington Post. One can be of either political party to be an auctorphiliac, although it seems we find these folks mostly on the left.

The danger of auctorphilia is that we become un-suspicious and trusting of organizations, institutions, and individuals who have gained great power and authority and hence, in contradiction to ideals that framed our Constitution, we fail to guard against abuses of those powers through some form of checks and balances on that power.

The mainstream press isn’t challenging authority, in large measure: it’s echoing authority.

I’ll have much more to say about that on my substack, https://jimreagen.substack.com/p/global-warming?s=w. But for now I wanted to get it out there because a lot of us are asking, what in heck is going on? Labeling things as left versus right isn’t precise enough– it doesn’t tease apart core modes of thinking and perceiving. Hence my foray into auctorphilia.

Ian Bryce
Reply to  Don132
April 23, 2022 4:43 am

Talking about “love of authority”.
“The world will be at peace, when the Power of Love overcomes the Love of Power.”

H.R.
Reply to  Don132
April 23, 2022 5:35 am

“Left” and “Right” are a distraction. The two ends of the spectrum are an individual’s control of their own life and government control, in whatever form, over the individual’s life.

If you draw a line, you can put “Individual Control” (freedom, eh?) and “Government Control” (auctorphilia, eh?) on either side of the line. Left or right, where you put the labels is arbitrary. The argument really comes down to where people are on that spectrum, not left or right.

But the current labeling, in order to promote division and a politically useful “us vs them” division, ‘left’ is associated with government control over individuals’ lives and ‘right’ is associated with individuals having more control over their own lives; limited government control.

I ran across that idea a couple of years ago. It’s not my original thinking. But it certainly put me off of the concept of ‘left’ or ‘right’. The way I see it, currently our political left and right of government are just trying to get people on their team. If you join either team, you’ve moved away from the “Individual Control” endpoint and towards the “Government Control” endpoint.

IMO, the left and right (Dems and Pubs) in DC are just a Uniparty, differing only in how close they are to the “Government Control” endpoint.

I think that’s similar to what you are getting at, Don132. Not exactly, but along those lines.

rah
Reply to  H.R.
April 23, 2022 6:58 am

The Republican party on the attack!
https://twitter.com/i/status/1517494368357154816

Mr.
Reply to  H.R.
April 23, 2022 11:31 am

Agree H.R.
“Left” and “right” have become meaningless.

I now think about the political spectrum as –

those who require to be persuaded / convinced by rational presentation of benefits:costs to support a policy;

and

those who demand that a policy be imposed through authoritarian decree / regulation / penalties.

meiggs
Reply to  Don132
April 23, 2022 5:39 am

I’ve labeled myself as “one who fears society” (sociophobe) for decades…but the MSM glorifies the word “social” as synonymous with “good”…gives me the creeps and the past few years you can see their design coming to fruition. Amusingly, their blind followers don’t realize that they too will be liquidated along with the deplorables as it appears the one world gov is now in complete overt control of everything. Fear authority, love freedom.

Jay Willis
Reply to  Don132
April 23, 2022 5:47 am

I think this is a very important point. To get on, and to stay getting on, past the point where one has enough money to live a good life, is dependent on auctorphillia. More like a worship of authority. The other characteristic which seems linked to auctorphillia is gullability. I guess a certain flexibility of critical thought, basic principles of logic, and morality are prerequisit for both.

So at the very top you have a bunch of people who are gullible, who worship authority when they see it, and expect worship of their own authority – they are quick to believe things like global warming, or the unbelieveable bull about vaccines peddled by the ‘authorities of science’ (not actual scientists of course, but these idiot authorities of science who are experts at self-promotion and infest the great institutions of science).

That’s the problem we have, with gullible and vain leaders and elites. We must have all seen it, in large successful companies and institutions, when the good people just drift away as it gets more inward focused and political, when the actual job doesn’t matter, and the auctorphilliacs remain. It must be worse in government, but I have no experience of it.

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fretslider
April 23, 2022 2:44 am

“Boris Johnson signals he will protect green levies on energy bills despite Tory calls to scrap them”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/boris-johnson-signals-he-will-protect-green-levies-on-energy-bills-despite-tory-calls-to-scrap-them/ar-AAWszwJ

Carrie Antoinette still calls the shots

Redge
Reply to  fretslider
April 23, 2022 2:57 am

People calling for Boris to resign because of PartyGate are idiots, he should resign because he’s useless

Leo Smith
Reply to  Redge
April 23, 2022 3:05 am

He should resign because he is not delivering what he was put there to deliver.

HotScot
Reply to  Leo Smith
April 23, 2022 5:08 pm

He should resign over Nutty NetZero alone. It’s obvious the buffoon hasn’t a clue what he’s talking about.

Even Griff could present a better case for climate change than Boris can.

Eric Vieira
Reply to  Redge
April 23, 2022 3:08 am

Or maybe at least … divorce ???

Michael ElliottMichael Elliott
Reply to  Eric Vieira
April 23, 2022 3:42 am

A very true saying is ” You get what you vote for,”

Boris was always playing the Clown , so that what they got.

Michael VK5ELL

fretslider
Reply to  Michael ElliottMichael Elliott
April 23, 2022 4:19 am

A truer saying would be ‘rearranging the deckchairs changes nothing’.

Net Zero every time

Reply to  Michael ElliottMichael Elliott
April 23, 2022 8:52 am

Sure he is only playing ?
😀

Addolff
Reply to  Krishna Gans
April 24, 2022 2:23 am

I used to think that Boris was a very clever man playing a buffoon. I was wrong.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Eric Vieira
April 24, 2022 5:51 am

He’s on his third marriage and has had several affairs throughout them so it would be surprising if this latest one is permanent.

fretslider
Reply to  Redge
April 23, 2022 4:17 am

He couldn’t even lose a referendum…

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Redge
April 23, 2022 6:20 am

As far as I’m concerned the reason is not important just as long as he resigns.
There are two problems getting that resignation will be well nigh impossible. Second the replacement will tread the same path, just without the same level of duplicitous lying and cheating which even for a politician Johnson has taken to unprecedented heights

HotScot
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
April 23, 2022 5:10 pm

Everyone forgets about the Sue Gray report. Yet to be completed and unless he emerges as a knight in shining armour, I suspect he’ll be gone.

Addolff
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
April 24, 2022 2:27 am

Ben: “Second, the replacement will tread the same path”. As has been the case with every serious issue to confront the UK in the last sixty years, be it immigration, the EU / Brexit, climate change and Covid. Nothing but groupthink in the political and media classes and therefore no dissent allowed.

Paul Jenkinson
Reply to  fretslider
April 23, 2022 9:53 pm

He should resign because he is incompetent.

April 23, 2022 3:22 am

Climate alarmism posing as science education for children
By David Wojick
https://www.cfact.org/2022/04/21/climate-alarmism-posing-as-science-education-for-children/

The beginning: “The new and so-called Next Generation Science Standards are now law for about a third of American children. They say what will be taught in each grade from first grade through high school. At least 20 states have adopted them. See https://ngss.nsta.org/About.aspx for a map.

Traditional standards still govern in the other States. These generally mandate that climate science will be taught in high school Earth Science courses. Earth Science is an optional course, not a requirement, and even then climate is a minor topic.

In stark contrast the Next Gen standards are alarmist to the core. They mandate that climate be taught in middle school science, which everyone takes. The topic is emphasized, with alarmism a central feature. This means lots of climate modeling, even though these students have had relatively little prior science. They cannot possibly evaluate the models they are forced to use.

Implementing Next Gen requires developing lesson plans that say what will be taught in each one hour class, often including how it will be taught. Writing these lesson plans for every topic, in every grade, is a huge ongoing effort.

Next Gen has just approved a big climate science unit and it is very bad. It starts with newspaper accounts of floods and droughts, blames them on our CO2 and methane emissions, then ends with community action. And this is for 7th graders, who are typically around 13 years old and know very little hard science. This is pure alarmism presented to children as science. It is purely shameful.

The developer is OpenSciEd, where open means their products are free for schools to use. Who pays is an interesting question. The title is “OpenSciEd Unit 7.6: How Do Changes in Earth’s System Impact Our Communities and What Can We Do About It?” Get it? Changes cause impact requiring community action. The standard alarmist formula, action not science.

You can find the junk here: https://www.openscied.org/instructional-materials/7-6-earths-resources-human-impact/

They even have a neat trick in their advertising. They claim the students “figure out” all this alarmism, saying this: “This unit on Earth’s resources and human impact begins with students observing news stories and headlines of drought and flood events across the United States. Students figure out that these drought and flood events are not normal and that both kinds of events seem to be related to rising temperatures.”
Also:
“Students figure out that the rising temperatures are caused by an imbalance in Earth’s carbon system, resulting in a variety of problems in different communities. The unit ends with students evaluating different kinds of solutions to these problems and how they are implemented in communities.”

A lot of student figuring, right? They must think a lot. Wrong! This is pure indoctrination.”

There is more in the article including a revealing lesson list. Please share it.

We need a campaign to block the adoption of these horrific lessons

Note that I have a Climate Change Debate Education site with lots of skeptical materials, including links to about 350 videos by leading skeptics.
See http://ccdedu.blogspot.com/

I also have a fundraiser for this education effort at
https://www.gofundme.com/climate-change-debate-education
We have been relatively inactive but are now gearing up to fight this indoctrination. Donations are most welcome. You can donate anonymously.

willem post
April 23, 2022 3:23 am

President Obama: “The First Amendment Does Not Apply to … Facebook and Twitter”https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/22/president-obama-the-first-am

Obama has been the most-damaging President to the US, and US society, and US culture, because he was an early proponent of wokeness, when few people knew what it meant, and its damaging implications.

He infiltrated HIS kind people throughout the federal government, including Defense, State and Intelligence. No stone was left unturned

Trump being President interrupted their US-woke agenda for four years, so he had to be removed, by hook and by crook, including by a massively stolen election

The “Biden/Handlers” tried to rekindle Obama’s wokeness, such as:

1) With the costly disaster of Open Borders to change US demographics; far more costly EACH YEAR, than building the entire wall from coast to coast.

2) With an original $$6 TRILLION BBB, pared to a $2.2 TRILLION BBB, to have the federal government in the dominant hands of Dem/Progs forever, but that was stymied by two Democrats, including Manchin.
https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/build-back-better-would-cost-3-95-trillion-overt-the-next-decade

3) With grossly excessive deficit spending under the false flag of COVID, or whatever other false flags

The pump-priming led to huge inflation of 8+%/y, further aggravated by the US fanning the flames in Ukraine.
https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/the-plot-is-thickening-with-germany-and-france-no-longer-in

Obama was successful ,because his administration did everything more subtly.

The “Biden/Handlers” administration has tried to throw everything down America’s throat at once, and the damage to the US, and the US people, has become too obvious to almost everyone.
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It will be obvious to many woke Democrat politicians, by November 2022.
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The Obama subtlety, akin to a very clever seller of snake oil, in lambs clothing, led to the present wokeness, CRT, Trans teaching of children, etc.
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All of the above was hatched during the Obama years, interrupted for four years by Trump, then “implemented” by grossly inept, extreme-leftists, Socialist, Sanders/Wyden folks, such as the snake-like posses, led by the Schumer and Pelosi 
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The woke US Media were hugely complicit.

niceguy
Reply to  willem post
April 23, 2022 12:29 pm

People said, a few years ago: FBI is extremely dysfunctional so let’s close it down, and dispatch agents in a relevant natsec agencies (DHS, TSA, whatever – maybe even Secret Service).

But WHY would anyone believe it’s a solution to a dysfunctional FBI?
That would be like removing a cancerous tumor in order to re-inject each cell back in a different organ!

April 23, 2022 4:15 am

For those who are interested in contrails in their role in climate..

https://greenhousedefect.com/contrails-a-forcing-to-be-reckoned-with

fretslider
Reply to  E. Schaffer
April 23, 2022 4:31 am

In London the skies are criss-crossed with trails from private jets.

This leads me to conclude that there are a great many people passing overhead on an urgent mission to avert the climate crisis

(/sarc)

H.R.
Reply to  fretslider
April 23, 2022 7:13 am

Nahhh… they’re just going out for a hamburger, like Harrison Ford does.

Jay Willis
Reply to  E. Schaffer
April 23, 2022 5:58 am

Great stuff E.Schaffer, thanks for the link. I kept copies of Minnis papers for years and often thought that if you were honest about AWG you’d have a week of zero air traffic (a world wide moratorium week) each year, just to check this effect. I just thought it would never happen, then along came the lockdowns. Anyhow, great stuff, thanks for bringing it together.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Jay Willis
April 23, 2022 9:20 pm

What’s AWG?

eyesonu
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
April 24, 2022 5:36 am

AWG … American Wire Gauge. The larger the number the smaller the wire. So infinate would be tiny but net zero would be infinite?

Derg
Reply to  joe x
April 23, 2022 4:28 am

That is sad. Higher prices on the way.

joe x
Reply to  Derg
April 23, 2022 4:43 am

last summer, consumers energy raised electric rates 50% for the hours of 2pm thru 7pm, monday through friday, june 1st thru september 30th. they know the load is near the grids limits to supply. is this the summer of black outs? it is shocking the number of people i speak with that have no idea about the states energy policy.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  joe x
April 23, 2022 6:14 am

Hmmm, doesn’t MI have a lot of cloud cover? Something about the proximity of really big lakes?

joe x
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
April 23, 2022 6:42 am

yes, lots of cloud cover, but solar installers sell name plate stats, not actual output.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
April 24, 2022 7:55 pm

Those states south of the Great Lakes, I think Ohio has the fewest sunny days in the lower 48

Kit P
Reply to  joe x
April 23, 2022 6:03 pm

Not bad news, fake news.

Just voted my 10 shares of CMS after reading the annual report.

In other words, I do not read MSM to get information.

CMS is closing very old coal plants. I do not think MI ever produced much coal if any.

Utility annual reports have a common element. They start out with a picture of a solar or wind turbine. A few pages later there is a table of the generating facilities.

Closing old power plants is a business decision. Depending on the politics of your state, the closing can be spun for political capital.

If you are worried about coal, my coal stock is up almost 500% since Biden got elected.

CO2isLife
April 23, 2022 4:30 am

I think I’ve figured out a way to debunk all this CO2 causes warming nonsense. It is claimed that CO2 increasing from 270 ppm to 410 ppm has caused warming of almost 1 degree C OF THE VAST OCEANS. The chart shows warming of over 1 degree C between 1910 and 2017. Water has the highest specific heat of all common molecules. CO2 is extremely cheap and easy to produce. If higher concentrations of CO2 can cause warming, why aren’t we warming homes and pools using CO2 insulation? Why aren’t CO2 cylinders exploding from the accumulation of heat? Atmospheric CO2 is 0.0004 or 0.04% of the atmosphere.

Bubble wrap of 0.4% CO2 could warm water by 10 Degree C if the linear relationship exists that they claim.

Basically, if anything they claim about CO2 is true, our energy problem is solved because all you would need to do is insulate things in CO2 to warm the surroundings. No engineer I know of has considered this a viable solution and they could make trillions.

bwegher
Reply to  CO2isLife
April 23, 2022 5:25 am

Atmospheric CO2 is 0.04 percent.
The value of industrial carbon dioxide in welding and fire suppression is determined by economics and practical engineering principles.
I doubt anyone would consider using CO2 to inflate airships.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  bwegher
April 24, 2022 7:53 pm

Don’t any of you guys do sarcasm?

Scissor
Reply to  CO2isLife
April 23, 2022 5:57 am

What you are describing violates the first law of thermodynamics. Even though some portray CO2 as magic, it’s not.

Doonman
Reply to  CO2isLife
April 23, 2022 9:06 am

The best insulation available is money. All one need do is to keep manufacturing it to insulate yourself from reality.

mkelly
Reply to  CO2isLife
April 23, 2022 9:44 am

This idea is old. I proposed clothing and blankets with CO2 in them to keep folks warm. There is the CO2 oven.

bdgwx
Reply to  CO2isLife
April 23, 2022 5:06 pm

CO2 without feedbacks is estimated to produce a +6.6 K rise [1]. That is an RSI-value of 6.6 K / 240 W/m2 = 0.028 K.m2.W-1. That required about 2.8 kg/m2 of mass. That means CO2’s thermal resistance is 0.028 K.m2.W-1 / 2.8 kg/m2 = 0.01 K/W per kg.

Fiberglass batts have an RSI-value of 0.7 K.m2.W-1 per inch of height. At 6″ this is 4.2 K.m2.W-1 and requires about 0.3 kg/m2 of mass. That means fiberglass batts’ thermal resistance is 4.2 k.m2.W-1 / 0.3 kg/m2 = 14 K/W per kg.

In terms of thickness CO2 is about 0.0000028 K/W per meter whereas fiberglass is 27 K/W per meter.

On a gravimetric basis fiberglass provides 1,400x more thermal resistance.

On a thickness basis fiberglass provides 10,000,000x more thermal resistance.

That’s your answer. The use of CO2 as an alternative to fiberglass for insulation for a structure is not even remotely feasible or practical.

Last edited 2 months ago by bdgwx
CO2isLife
Reply to  bdgwx
April 24, 2022 6:23 am

The concept I was trying to debunk isn’t thermal resistance, it is using the GHG Effect to actually warm areas. If CO2 can in fact warm water by 1C for a small change from 270 to 410 PPM, you can certainly warm rooms with its radiative abilities by using higher concentrations.

bdgwx
Reply to  CO2isLife
April 24, 2022 2:03 pm

How are you going to confine the higher concentration?

CO2isLife
Reply to  bdgwx
April 25, 2022 2:44 pm

Fill the bubbles in bubble wrap.

bdgwx
Reply to  CO2isLife
April 25, 2022 6:20 pm

How thick are you wanting to stack the bubble wrap?

Last edited 2 months ago by bdgwx
Slowroll
Reply to  bdgwx
April 24, 2022 10:12 am

…The use of CO2 as an alternative to fiberglass for insulation for a structure is not even remotely feasible or practical. I think that was his point. I’ve been using that strawman for years. “If CO2 2as such a great heat reflector, why don’t we pack our walls with bags of it, rather foam?

bdgwx
Reply to  Slowroll
April 24, 2022 2:28 pm

400 ppm in the troposphere is 3.2 kg/m2.

400 ppm in a standard height room is 0.0016 kg/m2.

To provide double the CO2 cross section of the troposphere in a room you would need pure carbon dioxide that was 10 meters thick. Assuming the room responds in the same way as the Earth as a whole but without feedbacks this would only raise the R-value of the room 1 K / 420 W.m-2 = 0.0025 units. That’s it. 10 meter bags of pure carbon dioxide only give you an extra 0.0025 units of R-value.

CO2isLife
Reply to  bdgwx
April 25, 2022 3:11 pm

Not sure the amount of CO2 matters, it is the ability to saturate the absorption of 15 microns that matters. CO2 absorbs 100% by 0.1cm.
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bdgwx
Reply to  CO2isLife
April 25, 2022 6:31 pm

The amount matters. Fiberglass absorbs nearly 100% in a far broader spectrum in the first mm yet adding more fiberglass keeps increasing the R-value.

Tom Abbott
April 23, 2022 5:10 am

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-us-spending-billions-military-vehicles-climate-friendly

White House

Published April 22, 2022 6:16pm EDT

Biden says US spending billions to make military vehicles ‘climate friendly’

President Biden said the climate crisis is ‘an opportunity to do things we wanted to do’

President Biden on Friday said his administration is working to make “every vehicle” in the United States military “climate-friendly.”

The president, delivering Earth Day remarks from Seward Park in Seattle, Washington, discussed his administration’s efforts to address climate change, and called on Congress to take action.

“One of the things I found out as President of the United States, I get to spend a lot of that money,” Biden said. “We’re going to start the process where every vehicle in the United States military, every vehicle, is going to be climate-friendly — every vehicle — I mean it.”

end excerpt

Biden is definitely delusional. Military leaders who get on Biden’s crazy climate change bandwagon should be fired from their jobs the next time Republicans get control because these generals would obviously be detrimental to the defense of the United States if they actually believe this CO2 crisis nonsense.

This electricification of the U.S. military is one more Biden screwup that will end up harming the United States. Everything Biden does harms the United States.

Derg
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 23, 2022 5:34 am

Yep, the Biden administration is full of idiots.

H.R.
Reply to  Derg
April 23, 2022 7:27 am

If you’re trying to turn the US into a 3rd World country, that’s a feature, not a bug.

meiggs
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 23, 2022 5:56 am

He’s just getting the USA ready to be executed by China/Russia co2 powered war machines…the globalist leveled the us in the late 1800’s, europe in the 19 teens and europe + asia in the 19 30s and 40s. Coming to your town soon in the us is electric war machines vs carbon powered war machines.

Jay Willis
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 23, 2022 6:01 am

President Biden said the climate crisis is ‘an opportunity to do things we wanted to do’

That’s for sure, and what he wanted to do was give money to his friends in the arms industry, and the pharma industry.

Derg
Reply to  Jay Willis
April 23, 2022 7:12 am

Yep, the US is giving Ukraine its old junky war machinery so they can plead with citizens that it needs new stuff.

joe x
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 23, 2022 6:08 am

funny. there is no mention of converting the presidential motorcade to all electric vehicles.

H.R.
Reply to  joe x
April 23, 2022 7:29 am

Brandon: “Hold my beer.”

Tom Abbott
Reply to  joe x
April 24, 2022 3:54 am

When is Biden going to put solar panels on the White House roof?

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 23, 2022 6:28 am

‘…I mean it.’

He always sounds like the cranky old guy yelling at the kids playing in front of his house.

TonyL
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
April 23, 2022 7:00 am

Get Off My Lawn!!!

fretslider
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 23, 2022 7:34 am

“electricification of the U.S. military”

The Panzer commander in the open country of the Soviet Union was told… we’re out of charge; unable to move OR fire.

Can you imagine? Where will he get a recharge? And how fast would it be even if it were available?

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Dave Fair
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 23, 2022 9:26 am

‘an opportunity to do things we wanted to do’ “Never let a crisis go to waste” is the Leftist mantra.

William Astley
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 23, 2022 11:13 am

I totally agree. The US/EU are facing a currency/economic crisis caused by decades of borrowing and out of control spending/waste/corruption. The money spent/wasted on climate change has done nothing to change the climate and has made energy very expensive. Germany has for example spent close to a trillion dollars on climate change and accomplished nothing besides cutting down trees to install wind turbines.

When there is an economic crisis countries are forced to stop spending money by prioritizing issues. The climate change scam is coming to an end.

RickWill
Reply to  William Astley
April 23, 2022 7:39 pm

Germany has for example spent close to a trillion dollars on climate change and accomplished nothing besides cutting down trees to install wind turbines.

I disagree – Germans are changing their climate.

I moved into a new house 25 years ago. We planted lots of trees that now produce about 300kg of firewood each year.

The presence of the trees in the vicinity of the house has made the local climate cooler in summer and warmer in winter as they have grown over the years. This is a good, personal example of how trees moderate the environment.

I am quite confident that chopping down forests in Germany to make way for wind turbines has altered the climate in Germany.

Forests with deep cover and humus rich soils increase atmospheric moisture that support deep convection zones that become convergent zones for moist ocean air. The moisture brings precipitation. So trees support a virtuous cycle of increased rainfall and increased productivity of biomass.

Chop down all the trees and the globe will be like the Sahara Desert or Central Australia.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  William Astley
April 23, 2022 10:01 pm

The climate change scam is coming to an end.”

I’ve been hearing that for decades, and it just keeps gaining power.

tom hewitt
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 23, 2022 11:40 am

It isn’t just Biden, the military itself has gone insane.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  tom hewitt
April 23, 2022 7:11 pm

Mass delusion is a powerful force. Even generals can be caught up in it. Of course, being caught up in it disqualifies them from leading our military, imo, because they don’t have enough sense or logic to figure things out for themselves. The truth is out there. That they don’t find it, is telling to me, and disqualifying.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Tom Abbott
April 24, 2022 4:01 am

If you can’t figure out the difference between an assertion and evidence, then you are not qualified to lead the U.S. military.

The CO2 crisis is an assertion by a certain segment of the science community. There is NO evidence that CO2 is dangerous or that it will cause a climate change crisis or will do anything the alarmists claim it will do. None.

If you can’t figure that out, then you should stay away from the U.S. military.

Operating on assumptions and assertions will get you destroyed in real-life battle.

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Peta of Newark
April 23, 2022 5:23 am

This is talking about covid.. (Its a big read with lots of graphs)
Never mind that, just look at the similarities with Climate

Quote:”That’s it. That’s all he has to say.

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April 23, 2022 5:34 am

Climate alarmism posing as science education for children
By David Wojick
https://www.cfact.org/2022/04/21/climate-alarmism-posing-as-science-education-for-children/

The beginning: “The new and so-called Next Generation Science Standards are now law for about a third of American children. They say what will be taught in each grade from first grade through high school. At least 20 states have adopted them. See https://ngss.nsta.org/About.aspx for a map.

Traditional standards still govern in the other States. These generally mandate that climate science will be taught in high school Earth Science courses. Earth Science is an optional course, not a requirement, and even then climate is a minor topic.

In stark contrast the Next Gen standards are alarmist to the core. They mandate that climate be taught in middle school science, which everyone takes. The topic is emphasized, with alarmism a central feature. This means lots of climate modeling, even though these students have had relatively little prior science. They cannot possibly evaluate the models they are forced to use.

Implementing Next Gen requires developing lesson plans that say what will be taught in each one hour class, often including how it will be taught. Writing these lesson plans for every topic, in every grade, is a huge ongoing effort.

Next Gen has just approved a big climate science unit and it is very bad. It starts with newspaper accounts of floods and droughts, blames them on our CO2 and methane emissions, then ends with community action. And this is for 7th graders, who are typically around 13 years old and know very little hard science. This is pure alarmism presented to children as science. It is purely shameful.

The developer is OpenSciEd, where open means their products are free for schools to use. Who pays is an interesting question. The title is “OpenSciEd Unit 7.6: How Do Changes in Earth’s System Impact Our Communities and What Can We Do About It?” Get it? Changes cause impact requiring community action. The standard alarmist formula, action not science.

You can find the junk here: https://www.openscied.org/instructional-materials/7-6-earths-resources-human-impact/

They even have a neat trick in their advertising. They claim the students “figure out” all this alarmism, saying this: “This unit on Earth’s resources and human impact begins with students observing news stories and headlines of drought and flood events across the United States. Students figure out that these drought and flood events are not normal and that both kinds of events seem to be related to rising temperatures.”
Also:
“Students figure out that the rising temperatures are caused by an imbalance in Earth’s carbon system, resulting in a variety of problems in different communities. The unit ends with students evaluating different kinds of solutions to these problems and how they are implemented in communities.”

A lot of student figuring, right? They must think a lot. Wrong! This is pure indoctrination.”

There is more in the article including a revealing lesson list. Please share it.

We need a campaign to block the adoption of these horrific lessons

David Dibbell
April 23, 2022 5:36 am

Let’s think about ocean tides and the interaction with the atmosphere. Tides are cyclic and irregular, but let’s just say there is an amplitude of 1 meter (3.28 feet) on a 12-hour period. Over 6 hours from low to high, the ocean surface performs work on the atmosphere by raising it 3.28 feet. The atmosphere above a square meter (10.8 square feet) weighs about 22,800 lbs at standard atmospheric pressure. 22,800 * 3.28 = 75,000 ft-lbs. 1 BTU = 778 ft-lbs, and 1 Watt = 3.412 BTU/hr. So over 6 hours, this interaction of the ocean surface to the atmosphere works out to 4.7 W/m^2. Then the reverse. Then keep repeating in irregular cycles. So the ocean-atmosphere interaction represents approximately +/- 4.7 W/m^2 of work and energy coupling using this simplified illustration.

The climate models must ignore this obvious surface-to-atmosphere work and energy interaction, yet are claimed to realistically project the result of an incremental radiative surface-to-atmosphere interaction of, say, 3.7 W/m^2 due to a doubling of carbon dioxide concentration since pre-industrial times.

So looking at it this way, my view is that it is “not even wrong” to claim the GCM’s have any diagnostic or predictive authority concerning GHG concentrations.

And don’t get me going about ocean swells.

April 23, 2022 5:53 am

With the conclusion of the recent WUWT essay competition it was announced that all the essay entries will eventually be posted as articles.

So far we’ve seen only three: winner and runner up of professional category and the winner only of the general public category.

Is it still the intention to post the remaining essays?

Janice Moore
Reply to  Phil Salmon
April 23, 2022 9:50 am

Hi, Mr. Salmon,

I, too, have asked that in the past week or so. David Hawkins, the 2nd place General winner, responded to my comment (about 2 weeks ago) about how odd it seemed that NONE of the 3 published winners responded to or even merely acknowledged the comments on the threads about their essays. Mr. Hawkins assured me that he was looking forward to responding.

When I posted my comment (it was, by the way, a “Reply” to one of yours, too late, alas, you had stopped returning to that thread), there was NO response from WUWT and not even a “thumbs up” from anyone.

Thus, I am again asking, here:

(maybe all caps will help… 😉 )

WHEN ARE THE REST OF THE ESSAY CONTEST ENTRIES GOING TO BE POSTED?

(why they haven’t been posted yet would be nice to know, but, letting go of that mystery…)

Anthony said (here: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/04/wuwt-contest-winners-announced/:

In addition to the two winning essays in each category posted here, I will publish ALL of the essays over the coming weeks. We don’t want the hard work of our contestants to go unnoticed and un-appreciated.

Well, you may be going unnoticed and unappreciated by WUWT, Mr. Salmon, but, this commenter appreciates you! 🙂 And I am still looking forward to reading your essay. 🤨

Janice, Essay Contest entrant (non-winner)

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Reply to  Janice Moore
April 24, 2022 11:11 am

Hi Janice
Thanks for your support
If you’re still reading this thread, here’s a sneak preview of my WUWT essay (“Climate Pandemonium”):

https://ptolemy2.wordpress.com/2021/11/13/climate-pandemonium/

Janice Moore
Reply to  Phil Salmon
April 24, 2022 3:43 pm

Dear Mr. Salmon,

Thank you for sharing that EXCELLENT essay. What a treasure trove! Your use of imagery is not only delightfully creative, but, helpful. You clearly understand your complex topic — for you are able to make it understandable to me who has only read (or even heard of, in many cases!) a small portion of your source material.

Christopher Essex makes your point about turbulence (and some of your other arguments) in his lecture “6 Impossible Things.” Just wanted you to know there are others out there (and, of course, Richard Lindzen and Murry Salby, and many others, too) of your calibre arguing for science integrity.

How REFRESHING your precise use of footnotes was — each assertion backed up by a cite — COOL.

And I could go on praising your fine article — both for the intriguing, powerfully persuasive, content and for your lucid, skillful, writing.

But, I don’t want to be a “spoiler.” E.g., about that maltreated NASA scientist (grr!). And, boy, spoiling most certainly ought to be possible — to not publish this essay would be shameful.

You clearly put a LOT of thought (and research) into it.

I’m sorry that such a fine work of an obviously extraordinary mind is going begging for publishing on WUWT where articles of much less quality (along with many of excellent quality) are published regularly.

Again, thank you.

Here’s hoping (and I prayed, too) WUWT gets its act together….🤨

And, yes, indeed… “all shall be well, and all manner of things
shall

be

well.”

For, “it is well with my soul.” (1)

With admiration,

Janice

P.S. Yes! It is OK for humans to be here, “very good,” 😉 in fact. I recognized that fox video — The Dodo is one of my favorite youtube channels. 🙂

1 Horatio Spafford — line from hymn written c. 1873 after losing his children at sea.

Reply to  Janice Moore
April 26, 2022 2:57 pm

Always a delight to talk with you Janice – God bless ya!

Janice Moore
Reply to  Phil Salmon
April 26, 2022 5:39 pm

😊

TonyL
April 23, 2022 6:39 am

GAWD – I *hate* NASA-GISS

@ Old Man Winter:
You around? I have a new plot for you, if you are here.
Just say hello, I will be checking in every now and again.

I downloaded the latest and greatest NOAA-LOTI global temperature set.
Nice, easy for a computer program to read in and in a clean useful format.
Graph it up, Easy-Breezy and done! Could not be better.

Just got the greatest GISS-LOTI global temperature set.
It is set up as “Human Readable” (what a joke) with
1) Rows and Columns
2) Blocks of years with 20 years to the block.
3) Except the first Block which has 21 years.
4) Except the last one which has 1.
5) Each block has a header which needs to be deleted.
6) The Row-Column blocks need to be flattened to:
YEAR–MONTH–DataPoint

There is no way on this Earth that the R-Studio package would ever make good
sense of that mess, Which is what I use for all my data plotting and graphics.
Sooo……..

I just got done writing a command line utility program in C to do the job.
HOURS to get this done.
I KNEW I *hated* NASA-GISS, I had just forgotten why.
NOW I remember.

Well, now the program is written, and I can download and convert easily.
So at least I have that.
I have just a few plots with NASA and NOAA data sets and I only update them every couple of years. Now was about the time.

Anybody else play Fun And Games with the GISS-LOTI file format?

Janice Moore
Reply to  TonyL
April 23, 2022 9:57 am

“Careless and imprecise [data management] is no accident.
It is a conscious attempt to confuse and deceive.”

George Orwell

TonyL
Reply to  Janice Moore
April 23, 2022 10:15 am

Well, isn’t that an interesting thought.
NASA-GISS did all that just to make life difficult in people like me to discourage us from scrutinizing the data set too closely.
Just for that I shall update my plots as planned and then scrutinize them extra close.
Then I shall look them over again.
You know.
Just to be sure.

Janice Moore
Reply to  TonyL
April 23, 2022 10:19 am

😄

bdgwx
Reply to  TonyL
April 24, 2022 3:27 pm

You can modify the gio.py file to output the data in any format you want.

Bindidon
Reply to  TonyL
April 23, 2022 1:23 pm

Where is your problem?

Did you ever download and process GHCN daily (over 40,000 stations) ?

Steve Case
Reply to  TonyL
April 24, 2022 6:20 am

Do mean the GISTEMP Land Ocean Temperature Index LOTI ?

Yeah, unscrambling the whole thing into a format of single
columns YYYY MM DATA is a chore, but you only have to
build the program once. I use Microsoft Excel

But I don’t bother to use it anymore, I just track the number
of changes they make every month. So far this year it looks
like this:

2022
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
291 243 252

Those changes have added up over time so that over the
last 25 years temperature has increased from 0.75°/Century
to 1°/Century.

bdgwx
Reply to  TonyL
April 24, 2022 3:25 pm

They have two formats. I think you must be using the one most unfriendly to automated processing. I use this format which is far easier to process.

Last edited 2 months ago by bdgwx
Steve Case
Reply to  bdgwx
April 26, 2022 7:19 am

Thanks for that link.

John Bell
April 23, 2022 6:47 am

At the LIFETIME gym yesterday, a magazine left on an exercise bike “Experience Life” May 2022 some kind of in house mag, well on page 78 is a climate scare article “endangered foods” by Michael Dregni about a bunch of foods endangered by CC, bananas, coffee, avocados, rice. Rice? I will tell him about rising grain production. Some people think it should be their life’s work to scare others. I bet Dregni uses fossil fuels every day.

Scissor
April 23, 2022 6:51 am

There was some discussion of NASA scientist Peter Kalmus the other day.

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/16/ipcc-scientists-climate-doom-is-more-doomier-than-people-realise/#comment-3500102

Here’s an Earth Day quote from Peter, “As I often say, we can’t solve Earth breakdown without a redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor and justice for most affected peoples, and we need to raise up their voices. My message shouldn’t really be “polarizing” to anyone but the rich and fossil fuel executives”

https://twitter.com/ClimateHuman/status/1517604231020040192

Scissor
Reply to  Scissor
April 23, 2022 7:10 am
fretslider
Reply to  Scissor
April 23, 2022 7:37 am

At a time like this I re-read Atlas Shrugged. There are a great many parallels.

From each according to ability to each according to need…

And all that.

H.R.
Reply to  Scissor
April 23, 2022 7:38 am

Scissor, quoting Peter K: “[…] and we need to raise up their voices.”

Castrating males would take care of that. 😲

(Ugh! I scared myself!) 🤢

Scissor
Reply to  H.R.
April 23, 2022 9:48 am

Sounds like a booster.

Teddy Lee
April 23, 2022 7:21 am

Ah! Come on folks. The big B is brill at partying.

beng135
April 23, 2022 8:35 am

Something, apparently google, has corrupted or usurped Louis Motls’ excellent blog, the Reference Frame. Brings up a request to sign into a google account, and I assure, he’s NO fan of google.

motls.blogspot.com/?m=1

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  beng135
April 23, 2022 3:07 pm

I just gave it a try, and it says only invitees are allowed to view.

Roy Martin
Reply to  beng135
April 23, 2022 3:31 pm

Seems he has restricted access – I logged in and got this message:

“This blog is open to invited readers only”

beng135
Reply to  beng135
April 24, 2022 5:01 am

Asked the question over at Chiefo’s blog (https://chiefio.wordpress.com/) and they say he was saying he was going to restrict his blog, which strangely was managed by google, tho I’m certain he despised google. I’d wager he was threatened “cancellation” by google because of his conservatism.

April 23, 2022 8:46 am

Same policies for the USA, Europe and Australia – just switch fracking for oil sands.

EDITORIAL: Pull the plug on PM’s power plan | Toronto Sun

Politicians and economists do their usual Kabuki theatre – creating excessive inflation with runaway spending and then crushing it with high interest rates – like killing flies on a glass table, with a sledgehammer.

If we want to control inflation and improve the economy, do this :
[ I’ve done this before – see https://energy-experts-international.com/ ]
–             cut excessive government spending, which is now utterly destructive
–             do not raise interest rates significantly;
–             encourage new energy production by returning the innovative tax and royalty terms that I/we initiated in the 1980’s and 90’s;
–             quash the ridiculous carbon tax to “fight global warming” in a now-cooling world (as we correctly predicted since 2002);
–             complete much-needed oil pipelines to the East and West Coasts and to the Gulf of Mexico;
–             quash grid-connected intermittent green-energy (wind & solar) electrical generation schemes and subsidies – costly and destructive;
–             quash food-for-fuel schemes and subsidies for corn ethanol and biodiesel that never made sense;
–             quash hydrogen-for fuel schemes – methane (natural gas) is a much better and safer fuel;
–             incentivize waste-to-energy technologies – IF they work cleanly and efficiently;
–             incentivize fertilizer production with 100% CCA tax terms, similar to my oilsands incentives introduced in the 1980’s;
–             incentivize agricultural production and processing with 100% CCA rates;
–             increase CCA rates on most/all manufacturing and quash the silly half-year rule on all CCA calculations;
–             shun all woke politicians, media and fellow-travellers who promoted costly and destructive climate and covid scams.
Regards, Allan MacRae, Calgary

Ref:
SCIENTIFIC COMPETENCE – THE ABILITY TO CORRECTLY PREDICT
20Oct2021, Update 18Mar2022
https://correctpredictions.ca/

Reply to  Allan MacRae
April 26, 2022 11:00 am

Cap Allon at Electoverse.net just posted this warning:
 
THE ROCKEFELLERS, WORLD BANK, IMF AND WEF ALL WARN OF A “MASSIVE GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS”
April 26, 2022 Cap Allon
The world faces a “human catastrophe” from a food crisis. The elites are broadcasting warnings. Heed them.
 
No irony there – these elites are the same rats who promoted the Climate-and-Covid-lies that led to this food crisis.
 
I’ve been predicting energy and food shortages for years, starting about now.

Recent posts:
 
I published on 18Mar2022, primarily because of global cooling and Ukraine:
This year there may be grain shortages – I’m going to research this further in the next days.
 
Here is a recent article on food shortages – I have not verified the contents and do not know the author.
20 Facts About The Emerging Global Food Shortage That Should Chill You To The Core
Michael Snyder April 3, 2022
 
Meanwhile, our idiot leaders obsess about false global warming / climate scares in a cooling world.

Reply to  Allan MacRae
April 27, 2022 1:22 pm

Told you so, 20 years ago…

CENTURY-OLD LOWS FALL ACROSS IOWA; TORONTO’S DELAYED SPRING; + LA NIÑA “STRUGGLING TO BREAK”, EXPECTED TO LINGER INTO WINTER
April 27, 2022 Cap Allon
The COLD TIMES are returning…

SCIENTIFIC COMPETENCE – THE ABILITY TO CORRECTLY PREDICT October 20, 2021. Update April 8, 2022
https://correctpredictions.ca/
“The ability to correctly predict is the best objective measure of scientific and technical competence.
Following are the correct predictions of Allan MacRae and colleagues on two important subjects:
– GLOBAL WARMING ALARMISM
– COVID-19 LOCKDOWNS AND ”VACCINES
Our scientific predictions on both these subjects are infinitely more accurate than the mainstream narratives, which have been false and baselessly alarmist to date.”
 

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Reply to  Allan MacRae
April 29, 2022 11:22 pm

HISTORIC FREEZE RETURNS TO SE ASIA; + SNOW, RAIN, COLD KEEPS U.S. FARMERS FROM PLANTING CORN, YET AMERICA CONTINUES TO SELL TO CHINA
April 29, 2022 Cap Allon
 “It’s just too cold for corn,” said one Iowa farmer, with the forecast for May failing to offer much hope…

Reply to  Allan MacRae
April 30, 2022 7:17 am

Note to wattsup censors: Who do you think you are helping by censoring my posts?
I increasingly wonder if wattsup has switched sides. Several posts are now missing.

NEW STUDY CONFIRMS COVID JAB CAUSES HEPATITIS IN KIDS

The bad news about these toxic Covid-19 “ vaccines” just keeps coming.
One of my friends said the following to me last week, and then sent me this:

“I have been saying that I have noticed so many people that look jaundiced in the last couple of months. Now this…”

NEW STUDY CONFIRMING COVID VACCINE CAUSES SEVERE AUTOIMMUNE-HEPATITIS IS PUBLISHED DAYS AFTER W.H.O ISSUED ‘GLOBAL ALERT’ ABOUT NEW SEVERE HEPATITIS AMONG CHILDREN
By The Exposé on April 28, 2022
https://dailyexpose.uk/2022/04/28/new-study-confirms-covid-jab-causes-hepatitis-kids/

I emailed our Alberta government on 8Jan2021 to NOT deploy the toxic Covid-19 “vaccines”. All risk and no reward.
I hate being correct – all those innocent kids… all those I’ve known since they were tiny… this news breaks me…

“I am sore wounded but not slain
I will lay me down and bleed a while
And then rise up to fight again”
― John Dryden 1631

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Robert Alfred Taylor
April 23, 2022 4:48 pm

In my entirely non expert opinion the whole woke nonsense is infantile narcissism.What happens when the Narcissist Loses control over you? https://youtu.be/lKxmFPmzzx4?t=86

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Robert Alfred Taylor
April 23, 2022 11:32 pm

Narcissism plays a big part. Wanting to be different, screaming for attention, needing to be a victim, all part of it.

HotScot
April 23, 2022 5:19 pm

Is the rise of the Right enough?

We are slow to anger, and tentative in our response, but will the words of Yamamoto following Pearl Harbour be prophetic: “I fear we have awoken a sleeping giant” (paraphrasing).

The left are desperate enough to roll out Obama to prop Biden up.

The mid terms will be a disaster for the Democrats unless they react between now and November. And they will react, there is nothing more certain.

Will Europeans and Americans unite against climate tyranny before it’s too late and we’re all freezing in our beds? And just how do we unite?

observa
April 23, 2022 6:35 pm

Join the dots with increasing skepticism-
BMW joins Toyota in denouncing a fully electric future – Drive
as Elon the market leader spruiks for more affordable lithium-
Musk says mine lithium and mint money – PM – ABC Radio
Affordable timely supply is now a massive problem and the climate changers continue to subsidize demand? Clueless drongos.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  observa
April 24, 2022 6:32 am

To switch the 31.5m ICEVs in the UK to BEVs would take an estimated 207,000 tonnes of cobalt, 264,600 tonnes of lithium carbonate and large numbers of tonnes of other minerals such as neodymium, dysprosium and copper.. This amount is twice the current annual production of cobalt and three quarters of the yearly production of lithium.

Replacing the more than 1.4 billion ICEVs worldwide would need forty times these amounts.

Many of these minerals are also essential to unreliable green energy.

It is obvious that full electrification of vehicles is more or less impossible and the car makers know this.

‘Mining our green future’ Prof. Richard Herrington, Dept. Earth Sciences, Natural History Museum, London, UK.
Nature Reviews https://doi.org/10.1038/s41578-021-00325-9

Ireneusz Palmowski
April 24, 2022 10:25 am

Very strong temperature drop of the Peruvian Current. comment imagecomment image

April 24, 2022 11:51 am

Just watching the BBC’s “Changing Planet” new series. First episode contains these ambitious claims for the next 7 years:

– half of coral reefs already destroyed by ocean warming; 70% will be gone within 7 years

– in 7 years (the term of their study) plankton concentration in sea water will fall by half, starving creatures such as manta rays

– Iceland’s largest glacier will retreat a mile in the next 7 years

– ice free Arctic in summer in 13 years (“some scientists”)

– Arctic de-icing will result in a big increase in shipping across the Arctic, disrupting whale ecosystems

– Pangolins will go extinct in Southeast Asia

– Entire Mekong river system in Cambodia “collapses”

And so on…
Testable predictions – wouldn’t Karl Popper be pleased!

Laws of Nature
April 24, 2022 12:09 pm

Hi there, so far I did not see any article addressing Maggie Astor´s NYT article
https://www.nytimes.com/explain/2022/04/22/climate/climate-change-causes-effects

I would comment that rather than finding the right answer many of those questions are answered with just one answer (typically the most alarming one).

The first answer for example to the question “Why are extreme cold weather events happening if the planet is warming? ” claims that climate change warms the arctic (seemingly implying that would be anthropogenic warming only) and thus changes the polar vortex.This answer omits completely that this topic is highly controversial!Not only no currently existing model can predict that vortex successfully, but also similar oscillations have happened in the past at colder temperatures and completely different arctic condition I am afraid that makes this whole effort pretty meaningless, a journalist should know better.

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