A list of references used in my Letters to the Editor, so that the ill-informed can’t say that I’m “making stuff up”, or their personal favorite: “He doesn’t know the difference between weather and climate”. – Anthony
For my Letter April 22, 2022
It’s the year 2022. Cumulative effects of overpopulation, pollution and “climate catastrophe” have caused severe worldwide shortages of food, water and housing. Scientists confirm oceanographic reports saying the oceans are dying. The food chain is disrupted. Food is becoming scarce, and the temperature is so hot that heat waves have become year-round thanks to climate change aka “global warming.”
Homeless people are everywhere; only half the workforce is employed while the other half is barely making it. Many people are illiterate and few factories are producing new goods.
The homes of the elite are barricaded, with private security. Only the elite can afford air conditioning. Strawberries are now a delicacy at $75 a quart. The situation with food has gotten so bad that people are being harvested off the streets and “recycled protein” is being distributed to the population.
Yes, it’s the movie Soylent Green released in 1973, describing life in 2022.1
While some of the self-inflicted (thanks to COVID, PG&E, inflation) items above might be considered climate-caused today by serial doomsters frequenting here, the climate itself is not a catastrophe. March 2022 global temperatures measured by satellite are 0.27°F (0.15°C) and U.S. temperature (NOAA’s U.S. Climate Reference Network) is just 0.38°F (0.21°C) above normal; nearly undetectable fractions of a degree, with little change measured in 15 years.2,3
Soylent Green portrayed a “climate catastrophe” that hasn’t happened; everything else we experience today is self-inflicted. Runaway inflation and Democratic party policies are the real catastrophes today.4,5
— Anthony Watts, Chico
- Soylent Green, Movie released in 1973 PG 1h 37m, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070723/
- UAH Global Satellite Temperature, March 2022, https://www.drroyspencer.com/2022/04/uah-global-temperature-update-for-march-2022-0-15-deg-c/
- National Temperature Index, NOAA National Climatic Data Center, https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/temp-and-precip/national-temperature-index/time-series/anom-tavg/1/0
- Monthly 12-month inflation rate in the United States from February 2021 to February 2022, Statista, https://www.statista.com/statistics/273418/unadjusted-monthly-inflation-rate-in-the-us/
- These twenty-five Biden administration policies are raising energy costs, Americans for Prosperity, https://americansforprosperity.org/biden-policies-raising-gas-prices/
Some pertinent graphs for the reference reading impaired:
Further reading, covering hunger, energy and other topics related to this letter.
For my Letter December 14th, 2021
President Biden blames the recent tornado outbreak in Kentucky on “climate change.” Biden states, “The fact is we all know everything is more intense when the climate is warming and obviously it has some impact here …”1 Biden’s statement is laughably inept, and easily disproved.
First, the top five deadliest tornadoes in America all occurred between 1840 and 1936.2 Second, the last half of the 65-year U.S. tornado record had 40% fewer strong to violent tornadoes (EF3 rated or greater)3,4 than the first half. To claim that climate change is causing severe tornadoes is speculation and directly opposite data publicly available from the National Weather Service.5 While there’s an upward trend in all tornadoes, due to increased reporting courtesy of millions of cellphones and expanding populations, violent tornadoes are significantly down. (see graph below)
Third, the number of tornadoes this year has been below average, and in 2018, a record low year for tornadoes in the United States.5 Tornadoes in December aren’t unknown, or rare.
Finally, tornado outbreaks can’t happen without cold air, when cold air juxtaposes with warm moist air on a front, we get strong thunderstorms, and tornadoes.6 With a modestly warming world, the difference between equatorial and polar temperature lessens, which is why we have had a downward trend in violent tornadoes.7
They left can’t fix COVID, inflation, gas prices, shortages, or even get cargo ships unloaded, but they would have you believe we can tax the climate and weather into submission.
— Anthony Watts, Chico
For my Letter November 15, 2021:
A recent letter “Carbon fees a wise investment for our future”1 was so off-the-rails ridiculous that it deserves a factual rebuttal. The writer claims “A well-designed price on carbon would halve greenhouse gas emissions in a decade.” What he really means is an additional tax on gasoline, natural gas, coal, etc. He doesn’t say “tax”, as that’s a word greenies don’t like to use.
The result: higher prices to live our lives, while China and India, the main emitters on the planet, laugh at us.2 They pay lip service to climate goals, then ignore the goals for their own economic development.3
While China and India soared4, without any carbon taxes at all, the USA has significantly dropped its own emissions in 15 years, mainly from switching electrical generation from coal to natural gas, thanks in part to (gasp!) fracking.5 Oh, the horror!
The writer then claims “Solar and wind are the cheapest new energy sources in most of the world.” Well, that’s just hogwash, er, greenwash. Look at California, the wind/solar state, with an average electricity price of 18 cents per kilowatt-hour (with summer tiers reaching up to 400% more)6 compared to non-green Nevada, at 8.3 cents kW/h year-round.7 Next, PG&E in cahoots with corrupt PUCC is about to give home solar owners a colonoscopy, dropping reimbursement for solar generated electricity down to 25% of what it was with NEM3, coming in January 2022.8
If you think you’re being gouged to “save the planet” now, just wait.
Anthony Watts, Chico
- Letter, Carbon fees a wise investment for our future, Gordon Gregory, Chico Enterprise-Record November 5, 2021, https://www.chicoer.com/2021/11/05/letter-carbon-fees-a-wise-investment-for-our-future/
- The Real Story of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance, https://www.eeia.org/aboutus/about-one.cfm?Getone=yes&category=Current&ID=530
- Glasgow climate pledges are ‘lip service’ without far more aggressive plans, https://www.gpb.org/news/2021/11/10/glasgow-climate-pledges-are-lip-service-without-far-more-aggressive-plans
- EIA: U.S. CO2 Emissions Declined 11% in 2020 – No Change in Rising Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide, https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/04/16/eia-u-s-co2-emissions-declined-11-in-2020-no-change-in-rising-atmospheric-carbon-dioxide/
- THERE’S NO DEBATE FRACKING BRINGS DOWN GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, Energy In Depth, https://www.energyindepth.org/theres-no-debate-fracking-brings-down-greenhouse-gas-emissions/
- PG&E’s Tiered Rate Plan (E-1), https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/rate-plans/rate-plan-options/tiered-base-plan/tiered-base-plan.page
- State Electricity Profiles, EIA, https://www.eia.gov/electricity/state/
- Net metering 3.0: what does it mean for you, https://news.energysage.com/net-metering-3-0/
For my Letter on October 30, 2021:
For those wondering about the recent heavy rains, here’s some data. The Chico State University Farm is the official station of record, recording 4.41 inches of rain on Sunday, earning fourth in the all-time record. Chico’s heaviest rain occurred on January 3, 1916 with 5.73 inches in a single day.1
While Chico didn’t have a weather station back then, the highest rainfall ever likely occurred in January 1862, during the “Great Flood”.2 This was an atmospheric river event like we experienced Sunday, but lasted several days, dumping 24.63 inches of rain in San Francisco, 66 inches in Los Angeles, leaving downtown Sacramento underwater.
December 20 1955, had huge amounts of rain in a 24-hours, with Shasta County recording a record 15.34 inches in just one day. On December 23, 1955, the Russian River reached a crest of 49.7 feet in Guerneville, the highest ever recorded there, and a broken levee along the Feather River on Christmas Eve flooded Yuba City, drowning 37 people.3
The American River Watershed Project noted: Native Americans who’d lived for centuries in the region “knew the Sacramento Valley as an inland sea when the rains came,” and their “storytellers told of water filling the valley from the Coast Range to the Sierra.” 4
This all occurred well before “climate change” started being blamed for every weather event. Imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth from woke media and keyboard warriors if those events occurred today.
– Anthony Watts, Chico
- Kuyperlocalweather, https://kuyperlocalweather.com/home/f/sunday-soaker
- Great Flood of 1862, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Flood_of_1862
- Remembering California’s Great Flood Of 1862, https://sfist.com/2017/01/16/remembering_caifornias_great_flood/
- California Megaflood: Lessons from a Forgotten Catastrophe https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/atmospheric-rivers-california-megaflood-lessons-from-forgotten-catastrophe/
For my Letter on October 19th, 2021:
Many recent letters mentioned my name negatively related to my pragmatic views on climate. They ranged from the derogatory (BS) to the hilarious (I’m paid to have an opinion), the fact is, I’m not.
They were all of a meme, “weather man bad.”
I used to be entirely on the other side of the issue. I used to be a climate activist, until I met Jim Goodridge, former California state climatologist, who retired here and befriended me, showing me how to look at climate data objectively.1 He pointed out that data has no agenda, but some people who “manage” data do. All of our climate data is “adjusted”.2
Another said we “… have a team of 12,000 meteorologists, biologists, climate scientists, etc.” implying don’t listen to my opinion, listen the theirs. Ironically, they’re under government pay; they don’t toe the line, they don’t advance, or get research funding.3 Trust the government, that’s your answer?
If you are brave enough to visit the reference link I provide with each of my letters, you might learn to think objectively too, rather than believing scary climate headlines purveyed by the media. If any of you are brave enough, I’ll debate you on-stage, anytime.
But wait, there’s more! I just completed a book on climate, illustrating how there’s really no climate disaster looming around the corner.4 I’m told 300,000 copies will be printed and sent to educators and students around the country. I’ll make sure my detractors get copies. You’re welcome.
- James D. Goodridge – climate skeptic pioneer and mentor, 1928-2020 https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/01/09/james-d-goodridge-climate-skeptic-pioneer-and-mentor-1928-2020/
- A comparison of adjusted -vs- unadjusted surface data https://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/01/a-comparison-of-adjusted-vs-unadjusted-surface-data/
- Climate Change:Analysis of Reported Federal Funding federal climate change funding was $13.2 billion across 19 agencies in 2017 https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-18-223
- The book:
For my Letter on October 9th, 2021:
I laughed at Jorge Smirnoff’s acknowledgement of my book gift0. I set a simple trap for him, and he predictably fell in. He avoided stating the title of the book I gave him “A Disgrace to the Profession“1, “The worlds scientists, in their own words, on Michael Mann, his hockey stick, and their damage to science.”
Science is objective and factual. Scientists, less so. Nothing could be truer about self-declared Nobel Prize winner2, climatologist Dr. Michael Mann. Mann’s hubris precedes him.
Smirnoff confuses “following the science” with “following the scientists,” such as Mann.
If science was never questioned, you’d still be believing Earth was the center of the universe3, drinking cocaine (Coca-Cola)4, giving kids heroin infused cough syrup5 was a good idea, using cyclamate6 to sweeten coffee, “knowing” Earth’s tectonic plates didn’t move7, Earth is 75,000 years old,8 and that “cold-fusion”9 actually works.
You’d still believe ulcers were caused by stress, rather than a curable infection of heliobacter pylori, discovered in 1982,10 yet rejected for over 20 years,11 and finally awarded the Nobel Prize12 in 2005. Cures don’t generate a long-term revenue stream, treatment does. The same goes with “climate science”, which is now a multi-billion-dollar business.13 To question it is to threaten revenue.
Doubt is essential to science. If you don’t understand how science works, you can’t understand how to think about new information. With the book gift, I demonstrated Mr. Smirnoff can’t (and won’t) assimilate new information – because it goes against his belief system.
0. Letter: Thank you for the book … now, about that, Chico Enterprise-Record, October 6, 2021, https://www.chicoer.com/2021/10/06/letter-thank-you-for-the-book-now-about-that/
- “A Disgrace to the Profession” – September 1, 2015 by Mark Steyn https://www.amazon.com/Disgrace-Profession34-Mark-Steyn-editor/dp/0986398330
- Professor Mann claims to win Nobel Prize; Nobel Committee says he has not, Examiner.com Oct. 26, 2012 https://web.archive.org/web/20130118003918/http:/www.examiner.com/article/professor-mann-claims-to-win-nobel-prize-nobel-committee-says-he-has-not
- History of the center of the Universe, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_center_of_the_Universe
- Putting The Coke In Coca-Cola®: The Original Recipe For America’s Most Iconic Drink, https://vertavahealth.com/blog/cocaine-in-coca-cola/
- From cough medicine to deadly addiction, a century of heroin and drug-abuse policy, Yale School of Medicine, 1999, https://medicine.yale.edu/news/yale-medicine-magazine/from-cough-medicine-to-deadly-addiction-a-century/
- The FDA Orders a Total Cyclamate Ban, Aug. 23, 1970, New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/1970/08/23/archives/the-fda-orders-a-total-cyclamate-ban-another-switch.html
- Shaking up Earth, ScienceNews, https://www.sciencenews.org/century/earth-history-plate-tectonics-volcanoes-earthquakes
- Past Research on the Age of the Earth, University of Illinois, https://publish.illinois.edu/clair-patterson/past-research-on-the-age-of-the-earth/
- Cold fusion died 25 years ago, but the research lives on, Chemical and Engineering News, November 7, 2016, https://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i44/Cold-fusion-died-25-years.html
- Nobel prize is awarded to doctors who discovered H pylori, Oct. 8th, 2005, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1246068/
- The Doctor Who Drank Infectious Broth, Gave Himself an Ulcer, and Solved a Medical Mystery, Discover Magazine, Apr 7, 2010, https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/the-doctor-who-drank-infectious-broth-gave-himself-an-ulcer-and-solved-a-medical-mystery
- The Nobel Committee. Press Release, 3 October 2005, https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/medicine/2005/press-release/
- Multi-billion dollar climate change fund hits barrier, 20 October 2011, International Institute for Environment and Development, https://www.iied.org/multi-billion-dollar-climate-change-fund-hits-barrier
For my Letter on September 23, 2021:
I laughed out loud when I read the letter1 claiming “We need to prepare for sea level rising 30 feet in the next 15 years.” “100s of millions [are] going to have to move…”
The farce is strong with this one.
Tide gauge records at San Francisco Bay, going back to 1854 (way before SUV’s were blamed for destroying our future) show a steady rising sea level trend of just 1.97 millimeters/year.2 That’s just 0.078 inches per year. In 15 years, that would be just 1.17 inches, or 358.83 inches (29.9 feet) short of the claim.
For the claim to come true in 15 years, global ice melt would have to be over 300 times the current rate – not even plausible even under the worst-case climate scenario.
Some perspective – in 1989 a U.N. official went on record to say in the Associated Press “…entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.”3 Of course, that never happened. The source of failed fearmongering? The same – computer climate model projections. Then there’s this doozy from the U.N. high priests of doom. In 2005, the U.N. claimed, “Rising sea levels…will create up to 50 million environmental refugees by the end of the decade.”4 Nope, didn’t come true, and the U.N. “disappeared” the claim from its website in 2011.5
- Letter: Get ready for rapid rise of the seas, Chico Enterprise-Record, August 30, 2021
- Relative Sea Level Trend, Tide Gauge #9414290 San Francisco, California, NOAA Tides and Currents. https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/sltrends_station.shtml?id=9414290
- Rising Sea Level Threat May Wipe Entire Nations Off the Face of the Earth, Associated Press, 1989 News Archive, https://apnews.com/article/bd45c372caf118ec99964ea547880cd0
- 50m environmental refugees by end of decade, UN warns, The Guardian, 12 Oct 2005.
- The UN “disappears” 50 million climate refugees, then botches the disappearing attempt, WattsUpWithThat, April 15, 2011, https://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/04/15/the-un-disappears-50-million-climate-refugees-then-botches-the-disappearing-attempt/
For my letter in the in the Chico Enterprise-Record September 14th:
Some recent letters here remind me of the Washington Post story titled Why we shouldn’t give in to climate despair,1 saying people are so upset over climate change they are suffering mental health issues labeled “climate despair.”
“Young adults are among the groups most vulnerable to feelings of depression and anxiety related to climate change, said Leslie Davenport, a climate psychology educator and consultant who is a member of a directory of climate-aware therapists.”
All this because of a small rise in global temperature over the past 150 years.
WaPo thinks people need mental-health treatment to cope with climate change. What they may in fact need treatment for is disorder known as “catastrophizing.” Psychology Today defines it this way:2
“Catastrophizing is a cognitive distortion that prompts people to jump to the worst possible conclusion, usually with very limited information or objective reason to despair. When a situation is upsetting, but not necessarily catastrophic, they still feel like they are in the midst of a crisis.”
What’s missing for those who think climate change poses “an existential threat” to people is the fact that the human condition is actually far better than it was than 100 years ago.
Also, climate related deaths are also way down, approaching zero.6,7 (See figure below.)
These facts are something to feel good about.
For my letter published week of 8/9/21 in the Chico Enterprise Record.
I’m glad all the armchair climatologists have had a chance to weigh in about how terrible it is that I have an opinion contrary to theirs. Meanwhile, this week, the public is treated to a new round of scary climate stories courtesy of the U.N. (United Nations)
The new UN climate report1 is nothing new. If you track the history of U.N. climate statements, all the way back in 1972, Maurice Strong, first UN Environment Program director warned that “the world had just 10 years to avoid catastrophe2” and he was speaking of global cooling then2A. When the alarm switched to global warming, similar gloomy statements were made by the U.N. in 19823, 19894, 19905, 20076, 20157, and in 2018.8 Example: “If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late,” said former UN/IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri in 2007 6 .
It seems climate disaster is always just 5-10 years away; the “before it is too late” claim has come and gone, many times.
Just last week, climate scientists admitted that their new AR6 generation of global climate models such as RCP8.5 are ‘implausibly hot’9 and therefore incorrectly predicting a hellishly hot future. Their admission raises questions on the reliability of UN temperature forecasts often touted in the media and used to promote extreme climate action10.
Climate is defined as 30 years weather averaged in a given area11. Climate doesn’t change the weather, weather changes the climate. But, somehow, believers erroneously think every weather event is actually climate12.
- https://twitter.com/RogerPielkeJr/status/1424716497797091338 (Dr. Pielke is a climatologist)
- https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/noaa-n/climate/climate_weather.html (see section “What Climate Means“)