President Obama and I went to the global climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009. We ran into a solid wall of opposition from countries like China, India, and Brazil. The president and I literally had to crash a secret meeting between them to force real negotiations. We marched right by startled Chinese security officials. I had to duck under their outstretched arms. We got into the room--you should have seen the looks on the leaders' faces because they'd been dodging us all day and the president said wow, we've been looking for you. Persistence paid off..we did hammer out an agreement..
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
"Limits to Growth" co-author "argues that capitalism and democracy will continue to hamper climate action"
Randers, co-author of the seminal 1972 report "Limits to Growth," which highlighted the devastating impacts of economic and population growth on the Earth, argues that capitalism and democracy will continue to hamper climate action.
...And capitalism and democracy will remain strong for a very long time because people have trust in that system as it delivered impressive improvements in many people's quality of life over the past century, he said.
Note that "The Limits to Growth" was commissioned by the Club of Rome.
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Murthy said the issue was “personal” for him, since he once lost an uncle to a severe asthma attack. “We have more people exposed to triggers that can cause asthma attacks, and more asthma attacks mean more days of school missed. They mean more days of work missed. They mean more costly trips to the doctor,” Murthy said. “And they most importantly mean more scary moments for parents and for children.” In a background call with reporters ahead of the event, administration officials identified the elderly, children, minorities, the sick and low-income individuals as being at particularly high risk levels for injuries caused by extreme weather.
In his book “Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century,” Parker surveys the broad impact that long, harsh winters and cool, wet summers have had on human populations across the globe. Parker uses firsthand accounts and scientific evidence to examine how changing weather patterns caused famines, wars and political upheaval during that time. The book won the Society of Military History’s Distinguished Book Prize and a medal in 2014 from the British Academy for “a landmark academic achievement … which has transformed understanding of a particular subject.”
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Monday, April 06, 2015
3:20: "First of all there is man-made climate change ...it's a question of how much and is it good or bad..we don't understand the details. It's probably much less than is generally claimed. The most important thing is that there are huge non-climate effects of carbon dioxide which are overwhelmingly favorable which are not taken into account. To me that's the main issue--the Earth is actually growing greener..it's increasingly agricultural yields, it's increasing forests, it's increasing all kinds of growth... That's more important and more certain than the effects on climate.
5:20: CO2 is "enormously beneficial both to food production and also to biodiversity, preservation of species and everything else that's good. The remarkable thing is that these effects which have nothing to do with climate...are so much easier to measure than the effects on climate and so much more certain"
9:15: [On warmists] "There certainly is an enormous religion in which there are lots of true believers who think that climate change is evil and that we're going to run into big catastrophes if we don't do something drastic. That's a sort of belief system which exists...I don't understand it and I don't pretend to understand their motives."
11:00: "The real world is far more complicated than the models...I don't think any of these models can ever be predictive"
13:45 On sun's effect on climate: "The correlation is certainly there. Exactly how the activity of the sun influences the climate is not completely clear. Something to do with cosmic rays...probably an effect on clouds"
15:15 "CO2 is so beneficial in other ways, it would be crazy to try to reduce it"
16:40: "Average temperature of the Earth..is a very poorly defined thing anyway"
18:50: "Carbon dioxide will increase. We will continue to burn oil and coal; probably it does us good. The Earth will get greener as a result"
19:30: "[People from Asia] don't feel pessimistic at all...This sort of mood of doom and gloom...only is particularly in the academic communities, particularly in the western societies...The media have gone alone with it, but I think the general public has a lot more common sense."
20:20: Dyson brought along Lomborg's book "Cool It". Dyson says "I think it's the best general summary I've seen, in a way...I think he's very sound"
21:45: "Man-made climate change certainly is real..question is how much and whether it's good or bad...I would say it's on the whole good..it's not as large an effect as most people have imagined".
22:00: "I'm an optimist...Everything I look at has improved compared to the 1930s"
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Efficiency company CEO: "statistics we use to understand global climate phenomena are telling a tragic tale"; solution involves buying lots of efficiency products
Unfortunately, the statistics we use to understand global climate phenomena are telling a tragic tale, and we must find a way to change these trends. I believe that a large part of the solution to this process involves using mass production methodologies to roll out efficiency at a rapid and global scale.
Jason Trager is CEO and co-founder of Persistent Efficiency, maker of the stick-on energy sensor. He is an energy scientist and sustainability engineer with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Sunday, April 05, 2015
We’re always told that revenue from emissions trading or a carbon tax will be used for energy and climate change adaptation purposes. But Inslee has let the mask slip and made obvious that it is a lie. Liberal politicians especially are drooling for a carbon tax as a new revenue source. It isn’t going to be rebated to taxpayers. It isn’t going to be used as a bargaining chip for a decent tax reform. It’s going to be used to pay for more government goodies.
Inslee isn’t the first to let the mask slip. In California, Jerry Brown is planning to use emissions trading funds to pay for his high-speed-rail-to-nowhere project, on the ludicrous grounds that high-speed rail will reduce emissions. (The opposite is likely the case.) No one should fall for the carbon tax trap.
Baffling stuff from Washington Gov. Inslee: He's selling anti-CO2 policy as being about kids' lungs and education, not AGW
The deeper reason he is pushing for tough new air-quality policies is to combat worsening health problems, like asthma in children, that are caused by pollution. “It’s not the flowers,” he said. “It’s kids’ lungs.”
“You don’t even have to allude to climate change,” Mr. Inslee, a first-term Democrat, said in an interview. “One can support this simply on the fact that you want to support the education of your children.”
Saturday, April 04, 2015
1998: Hockey stick hype coincided with real-life temperature spike. Scientists and public fooled by natural variation?
My hypothesis is that the natural 1998 temperature spike was crucial in selling both scientists and the public on the validity of Mann's bogus hockey stick. If the exact same paper had been published after, say, an 18+ year hiatus, not nearly as many people would have been fooled.
This article looks back at the late 1990s
Many scientists who had until then remained sceptical of climate change were convinced and the headlines and broadcasts meant that large swathes of the public were simultaneously concerned about the activities of the oil companies, the profligate use of coal and oil in developed countries, and the amount of carbon dioxide pouring into the atmosphere.IPCC TAR and the hockey stick | Climate Etc.
JC comments: Christy’s assessment, when combined with the UEA emails, provides substantial insight into how this hockey stick travesty occurred. My main unanswered question is: How did Michael Mann become a Lead Author on the TAR? He received his Ph.D. in 1998, and presumably he was nominated or selected before the ink was dry on his Ph.D. It is my suspicion that the U.S. did not nominate Mann (why would they nominate someone for this chapter without a Ph.D.?) Here is the only thing I can find on the U.S. nomination process [link]. Instead, I suspect that the IPCC Bureau selected Mann; it seems that someone (John Houghton?) was enamored of the hockey stick and wanted to see it featured prominently in the TAR. The actual selection of Lead Authors by the IPCC Bureau is indeed a mysterious process.Note in Mann's book "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars", page 26, Mann suggests that skepticism was just fine in the early 1990s--you might say his advisor Barry Saltzman was skeptical, and Mann's "was closer to Barry's position than Hansen's or Schneider's.
Note the 1998 temperature spike.
Glaciers Down to the Mason-Dixon Line!
"Warm periods like ours last only 10,000 years, but ours has already lasted 12,000. So if the rhythm is right, we are over-ready for a return of the ice,” Smith said in his comment on the January 18, 1977, ABC evening newscast.
He cited “experts like Reid Bryson” who based their worries on “cooler temperature readings in the Great Plains” and elsewhere and the “retreat of the heat-loving Armadillo from Nebraska to the southwest and to Mexico.” Bryson argued the return to an ice age had begun in 1945.
In 2006, Gavin Schmidt claimed that greenhouses gases "quite clearly" caused the warming over the last few decades
Why? Well, warm periods have occured in the past, and if not the medieval period, then probably the last interglacial (120,000 years ago), certainly the Pliocene (3 million years ago), without question the (Eocene 50 million years), and in particular the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (55 million years ago), and so on. Current theories of climate change do not rely on whether today’s temperatures are ‘unprecedented’. Instead they examine the physical causes of climate change and match up what we know about their physical effects and time history and see which of the multiple drivers or combination can best explain the observations. For the last few decades, that is quite clearly the rise in greenhouse gases, punctuated by the occasional volcano and mitigated slightly by the concomittant rise in particulate pollution.
Friday, April 03, 2015
It's a panel of warmists, but lots of interesting admissions are made, such as that evidence fitting the warmist narrative is over-emphasized.
At 7:00, Hulme says "there has been a pause for sure". He admits in the early 1990s, there was "an idea that [surface temperature would] rise in a linear way...maybe we didn't understand enough about natural cycles".
At 8:00, Hulme admits that in the mid-1990s, there was "a rather simplistic understanding" of global warming. "Models at that time did not have a rich enough understanding of how the oceans worked in order to point out that actually rhythms of the climate could produce pauses and hiatuses".
At 11:20, Czerski claims "scientists tend to be really happy, actually, when [reality] doesn't meet their models, because it means they're going to learn something. There tends to be a delight in it, rather than a disappointment."
At 11:30, Heap asks why Antarctic sea ice has grown, when 95% of the best 50 models had Antarctic sea ice *decreasing* over the last 30 years.
At 19:58, Mark Lynas says "if you're in the polar regions, you might be able to grow pineapples in 2080".
I was inspired by Tom Nelson to utilise Twitter a lot to express my climate views. I know Twitter is public, and anyone can see it. But this supension's a timely reminder that Twitter is also an organ of the establishment. They monitor and surveille, and will shut up free speech if their schemes such as global warming are threatened.
Tom Nelson is an important account for us climate sceptics and not having it damages Twitter's credibility as a platform for free speech, and for an open exchange of views.
Although in the scheme of things it will statistically be just be a blip for a company as large as Twitter if sceptics boycott en masse, it will be a blow to the Twitter brand.
I VERY much appreciate the idea of boycotting Twitter, but since I think that's Mann et al's dream, let's not do it.
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Although there is the possibility that the vessel was carrying too much cargo, the main theory “is that a large body of ice shattered the vessel’s hull, sinking it,” said a source. The Interfax news agency echoed those words, saying that “drifting ice in the chilly Pacific waters may have played a role.”
Long-Awaited 'Jump' In Global Warming Now Appears 'Imminent' | ThinkProgress
Flashback: "Climatology's Nutcracker" was a very vivid example of junk climate scientists' intense fear of public debate
Totally settled science: Dessler says Ringberg "consensus was that there are lots of legitimate ways to get ECS as high as 5°C"
Consensus was that there are lots of legitimate ways to get ECS as high as 5°C.
Take one step back and you see that birds are far more threatened by the combination of fossil fuels and climate change than they are by any other threat, including cats and wind turbines combined. Times a thousand.
"blog by Sir Richard Branson demanding a crackdown on global warming has been met with a barrage of criticism"
A blog by Sir Richard Branson demanding a crackdown on global warming has been met with a barrage of criticism, including a rather blunt response from comedian Frankie Boyle. Branson called for urgent action over low levels of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, but critics said it was rich coming from an airline boss who was also investing heavily in space travel. Boyle replied on Twitter: "You own an airline you mad c**t."
After rescuing, displaying and educating the public about reptiles for two years, The Maritime Reptile Zoo in Dartmouth is closing its doors.
Museum Curator Mike MacDonald says they have experienced financial difficulties, in part, due to the harsh winter, which they can’t recover from. “The winter… has been extremely rough on us,” says MacDonald. “Just with all of the snow storms, nobody’s coming in. We don’t have parking in our parking spot for everybody, and the funds aren’t there to keep it open anymore.”
Heroic warmist Emanuel allegedly "has made a particular effort “not to preach to the converted, but to go to the heart of skepticism”"
Kerry Emanuel, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences at MIT, whose research has shown the potential for stronger hurricanes as a result of climate change, said that he has made a particular effort “not to preach to the converted, but to go to the heart of skepticism.”
I interviewed Trenberth this week, and he told me that he thinks “a jump is imminent.” When I asked whether he considers that “likely,” he answered, “I am going to say yes. Somewhat cautiously because this is sticking my neck out.” Trenberth explained that it’s significant the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) “seems to have gone strongly positive” because that is “perhaps the best single indicator to me that a jump is imminent.” During a PDO, he explains, “the distribution of heat in the oceans changes along with some ocean currents.”
Nelson’s suspension comes within two weeks of Twitter suspending global warming skeptic Steven Goddard, a noted blogger who has been labelled as a “denier” by environmentalists. Goddard, a pseudonym he blogs under, was suspended for violating Twitter’s rules. goddard had been previously warned by Twitter of that other users had accused him of “non-violent threats” and “abusive behavior.” Goddard denied these accusations. “I have never violated any Twitter rules, and Twitter has failed to respond to my requests to provide any details,” Goddard said.
@Twitter @Support is not playing by their own rules in the unfair suspension of climate skeptic Tom Nelson
I don’t regularly take up causes on WUWT, but this one sticks in my craw for the sheer pointlessness of it all. To borrow an overused phrase from the warmist movement, this is a “canary in the coal mine for free speech and climate skepticism”.
~I see Katherine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, has said that we climate deniers are "sinful". Who knew the Episcopal Church still had sins? Presumably climate denialism is the exception that proves the rule.
At any rate, the Twitter mutaween, acting either on the Episcopal edict or on the usual abuse of the complaints procedure by the Big Climate mullahs, have now shut down yet another climate dissident - the great Tom Nelson, whose perceptive observations and tireless research I have often reTweeted. As Joanne Nova recommends, contact @support and @twitter and let them know how you feel about their serving as blasphemy cops for climate apostasy.
Jo, by the way, is one of the authors I'm proud to appear beside in the new book Climate Change: The Facts. It's available in eBook format from Amazon and all the usual outlets. But you can also order it in paperback direct from SteynOnline - and I'll be happy to autograph it for you or any tedious warm-mongering loved one who might benefit from an alternative point of view.
And as we see, from Kenya to Indiana to Twitter, the "alternative point of view" is a far more endangered species than the polar bear.
Guardian surveys nearly 50 "green" companies; finds just three of them support Obama's Clean Power Plan
The survey consisted of calls and emails to nearly 50 corporations that work with three environmental groups – Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund US – that have identified the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan as a top priority. These are Fortune 500 global companies that tout their sustainability efforts and celebrate their environmental partnerships.
Just three of them – Starbucks, Mars and Google – support the Clean Power Plan, which is a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s climate change efforts. Caterpillar and CSX Corp, a coal-carrying railroad, oppose the EPA plan. The vast majority take no position.
Huge, preposterous lie still on Apple's web site: "All our data centers are powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources"
Apple – Environmental Responsibility – Climate Change
All our data centers are powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources, which result in zero greenhouse gas emissions2012: Two Views on Apple's Coal-Powered Data Center | MIT Technology Review
Apple is feeling heat from Greenpeace today. The environmental group singled out the image-conscious IT leader for building data centers in regions that rely heavily on coal in its yearly report rankings of cloud computing companies. Apple gets 55 percent of its power from coal, according to Greenpeace, which is about the same as the nation’s overall energy mix, but higher than all other 14 ranked companies.
More and more, West Coast tech companies are building their U.S. facilities on the east coast and around Chicago, where coal power is plentiful and cheap. Greenpeace criticized Apple because it has no data center policy that takes clean energy into account. The company got an “F” grade for infrastructure siting as its iCloud data center rises in Maiden, North Carolina, where the local utility Duke Energy relies mostly on coal and nuclear power. Apple, shot back in a statement calling Greenpeace’s claims exaggerated. It noted its North Carolina center will draw more than 60 percent of its electricity from on-site solar panels and fuel cells and that it is building a 100 percent renewable data center in Oregon.
Bishop Hill: "I must say I am watching the behaviour of the Twitter management carefully, as it looks somewhat alarming"
I must say I am watching the behaviour of the Twitter management carefully, as it looks somewhat alarming. As Anthony reports, Tom Nelson has been suspended for asking if a Katharine Hayhoe graph was "crap". That's asking, not saying. Meanwhile Gavin Schmidt describes a different graph as crap (that's saying, not asking) and it's all fine and dandy.
President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are no longer "broke" if their choice of holiday destinations is any indication. A short article at DominicanToday.com colorfully reports that the famous couple was in the Dominican Republic to "hobnob with tycoons at Dominican resorts" around the turn of the year. And while the Clintons are responsible for their own expenses, the U.S. taxpayer picks up the tab for Secret Service protection, and the hotel bill alone for this trip totaled at least $104,093.
45 years ago, scientists wanted to ban fossil fuels to prevent a new ice age and flooding of coastal cities.
we are now on a plane, and what we are flying into is the hyperobject global warming. But the doomed flight we are on looks not so much like the terrorist action of 9/11 than the tragedy of Germanwings flight 9525. The pilot locked out of the cockpit is democracy and the pilot who has locked himself in is capitalism
CO2-induced crop failure update: Corn prices dove to a five-year low this week, driven lower by heavy supplies of the grain
Corn prices dove to a five-year low this week, driven lower by heavy supplies of the grain. On Tuesday, the USDA released its quarterly grain stockpile report, showing a whopping 1.236 billion bushels of corn leftover from last year. Meanwhile, as farmers begin harvesting this year’s crop, conditions are better than had been anticipated, indicating that this year’s record-breaking crop is likely larger than previously thought, seemingly confirming an old trader’s adage “big crops get bigger, small crops get smaller.”
Spencer: Whoever came up with [97% hype], it was very powerful. It was a good idea. It was very misleading, but it was a good idea. There are different ways people handle that. I use the angle that based on the way they come up with the 97 percent, John and I could be considered part of the 97 percent. This is where things get all muddy. They call us global warming deniers. It's a great soundbite except what do we exactly deny? Or the science is settled. OK, what science is settled? You never hear the specifics.
...Christy: NASA, NOAA, EPA, DOE, those are agencies. Agency leaders are appointed by the government, by the current administration. They do not represent objective independent scientific organizations. They can't. They are appointed by the head. They try. People who come out with different views in their organizations are found to be squashed. There is an agenda in those agencies, so it does not surprise me when they go full bore on something like climate change. They are marching to the drum of the administration. It's always been that way. But this administration has been extremely opaque. When you try to go provide information to EPA like these pictures, they will just dismiss it. They will come up with their findings and will not provide you with background for information so that you will know they made a scientific finding. There are skeptics in NASA and NOAA, a good number. But they are quiet. They know in this administration, they don't speak out.
Spencer: I know that they're not unbiased. Most of them probably really do believe we're destroying the earth. When I talk to scientists who should be objective over a beer at the end of the day, I will argue with them and their final position will always be, 'Yeah, but we need to get away from fossil fuels anyway.' Where did that come from? Are you an expert in alternative energy sources and what they cost? How many poor people are you going to hurt? How many more people are you going to make poor through energy poverty because they are paying five to 10 times as much for their energy? These guys in government are not unbiased and they have pressures from above. Those organizations, NASA and NOAA, they are part of the executive branch. So the White House has some influence over what direction they go. The heads are political appointees so you have political influence from the top down on scientists. And that's a problem.
AL.com: What about the value of renewable energy sources?
Christy: I am for any energy source that is affordable and doesn't destroy the environment. If carbon dioxide was a poisonous gas, I'd be against it. Carbon dioxide makes things grow. The world used to have five times as much carbon dioxide as it does now. Plants love this stuff. It creates more food. CO2 is not the problem.
Traditional knowledge has always shown there are more bears out there than scientists estimate, Pokiak told CBC News: "That's part of the traditional knowledge we wanted to collect." The study, published by the Wildlife Management Advisory Council, came from interviews with 75 hunters in all six Inuvialuit communities over a three-year period. It found traditional knowledge holders in the region say the bears are healthy and their population is stable.
Washington Post claims "one hour long downslope warming event at one location in Antarctica is evidence of global warming"
The Washington Post is claiming that a one hour long downslope warming event at one location in Antarctica is evidence of global warming. At 6 am on March 24, Esperanza Station had strong westerly downslope winds which raised the temperature for an hour. By noon, temperatures had dropped and by mid-afternoon were back to freezing. How anyone could be dense enough to believe this has anything to do with global warming, defies explanation.
The only man on the panel — Teri’s human resources department head PK Agarwal — was removed after the complainant objected to his inclusion, saying he was biased and had advised her to compromise on the matter internally and not press charges.
CO2-induced crop failure update: [soybean] meal futures traded in Chicago dropped 30% in the past year on record global harvests
Supplies from India cost more than global rates after benchmark [soybean] meal futures traded in Chicago dropped 30% in the past year on record global harvests
PLAINVILLE - Live harness horse racing will resume at Plainridge Park Casino April 15, two weeks later than originally scheduled. The track owners said more time was needed because of problems created by the near-record-setting winter weather.
A low temperature of 12 degrees at the Akron-Canton Airport Saturday tied an all-time record low set in 1982, according to National Weather Service.
A remarkable event has occurred. “Global warming” the blue eyed boy of the politically correct and environmentalists has fallen down the ranking and behind the more scientific and impartial: “climate change”.
What fantastic publicity. Twitter suspended Steven Goddard’s account last week, then reinstated it after getting inundated with complaints. Now Tom Nelson’s twitter account is gone, also “suspended”, because he used the word “crap” in response to Gavin Schmidt using the word “crap”. ...The word is that trolls abuse the “report abuse” link to get skeptics silenced. We note Michael Mann recommends blocking and reporting. What else can you do when you don’t have an answer?
One of the world's best-known climate contrarians, Bjorn Lomborg, will establish a base in Perth as his influence in Australia grows. The controversial Dane has struck a four-year deal with the University of Western Australia to run a policy research centre in its business school, which will focus on the nation's future prosperity.
Climate campaigners have rounded on the energy minister, Matthew Hancock, for hiring a private jet to fly himself back to London after signing a deal with the Mexican president in Aberdeen to help combat climate change.
The public’s conclusion that “climate change” is under control is natural, which is why the cult has lately been so frantic in claiming that everything from droughts to typhoons is a sign of climate-change wrath. Monsters are needed, because the people are no longer afraid. Expect the distinction between “climate” and “weather” to erode further, on a highly selective basis, as the movement’s hunger for nourishing headlines grows more acute.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
“I don’t see any serious volume potential there, and their pricing for what they build may be fine, but it’s certainly at the upper end, so I just don’t see it as a volume product,” he said.
The nonprofit launched by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is shutting down its energy policy program, according to its director — paradoxically, a likely sign that Steyer’s efforts to make climate change a major political issue in 2016 are intensifying.
AGW may result in a larger new range for bald eagles: Interesting stuff from warmist Jonathan Franzen
[belief in AGW made] very grocery-store run a guilt trip...[because of AGW] North America’s avifauna may well become more diverse...[for bald eagles] melting of ice in Alaska and Canada may actually result in a larger new range..Climate change is everyone’s fault—in other words, no one’s. We can all feel good about deploring it
..Ten years ago, we were told that we had ten years to take the kind of drastic actions needed to prevent global temperatures from rising more than two degrees Celsius in this century. Today we hear, from some of the very same activists, that we still have ten years.
...Jamieson suggests that America’s inaction on climate change is the result of democracy
..Absent any indication of direct harm, what makes intuitive moral sense is to live the life I was given, be a good citizen, be kind to the people near me, and conserve as well as I reasonably can.
oceans have been warming since the end of the last glaciation over 10,000 years ago and will continue to warm until the next glaciation
Stein attempts to use the ocean's storage capacity to explain the warming pause since 1998. But oceanographers acknowledge that good data on ocean warming have only been available for about 20 years. So her point lacks credibility. Carl Wunsch, professor of oceanography at MIT, observes that oceans have been warming since the end of the last glaciation over 10,000 years ago and will continue to warm until the next glaciation.
Nature itself appears to have shown that the claim of man-made, catastrophic climate change is a myth, and the disillusioned believers of such dire predictions are acting out in ways that clinical psychologist Festinger documented in a group devastated by the failure of the predicted arrival of an alien spaceship in December 1954. He coined the term “cognitive dissonance” to describe the coping mechanisms used by the members of this group. In layman’s terms, the “Say It Isn't So" song title by Daryl Hall & John Oates, describes the response by group members.
Sixty years later, cognitive dissonance is expressed via more vituperative mechanisms. Simple denial is displaced by vicious counter attack. The rage of the queen in Alice in Wonderland (“off with their heads”) is vocalized by leaders of the manmade, climate change cult. Former vice president Al Gore at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas March 2015: “The former vice president focused on the need to ‘punish climate-change deniers,’ saying politicians should pay a price for rejecting ‘accepted science,' said the Chicago Tribune.”
The George Mason study quotes one reporter as saying, “there is pretty much understanding across the board in the United States media now that this is real, this is true, it’s happening, [and] we’re responsible. That debate is over. [Thus] in this day and age, including climate denialists (sic) in a story about climate change is generally irrelevant.”
...the IPCC must become a more attractive place for social-science and humanities scholars who are not usually involved in the climate field and might find IPCC involvement daunting. The IPCC process is dominated by insiders who move from assessment to assessment and are tolerant of the crushing rounds of review and layers of oversight that consume hundreds of hours and require travel to the corners of the globe. Practically nothing else in science service has such a high ratio of input to output. The IPCC must use volunteers' time more efficiently.
I think my suspension was a result of warmists abusing Twitter's "report abuse" function. I suspect that at least one of these people knows more specifics about my case: Gavin Schmidt, Katharine Hayhoe, Michael Mann.
If calling a graph "crap" is grounds for suspension, why isn't @ClimateofGavin suspended?
Updates: Mark Steyn asks a good question here:
Not being able to win arguments on merits, a complaint was apparently made to ban/suspend Tom Nelson from Twitter for using the very same description of a graph that climate scientist Gavin Schmidt made.Small Dead Animals linked to this post here.
Iowahawk called for my reinstatement, but with an unfortunate typo in my twitter handle (it's @taN123, not @tam123).
April 2, 2015: Current lead story on Twitchy: Mark Steyn wants to know why Twitter ‘suspended another climate dissident’
Above story linked to in a tweet from Michelle Malkin (800k followers):