“Our lives matter, climate change is real. Stop trying to deny it.” Climate deniers: “We are coming for you.”
Distinguished climate scientist Judith Curry [has] decided to resign from her position at Georgia Tech. [She elaborates on her reasons why.]
“The deeper reasons have to do with my growing disenchantment with universities, the academic field of climate science and scientists.
“A deciding factor was that I no longer know what to say to students and postdocs regarding how to navigate the CRAZINESS in the field of climate science. Research and other professional activities are professionally rewarded only if they are channeled in certain directions approved by a politicized academic establishment — funding, ease of getting your papers published, getting hired in prestigious positions, appointments to prestigious committees and boards, professional recognition, etc.
“How young scientists are to navigate all this is beyond me, and it often becomes a battle of scientific integrity versus career suicide (I have worked through these issues with a number of skeptical young scientists).”
Climate Change is not about science, it is about politics. Climate Change is merely a vehicle for the left to advance its agenda of redistribution of wealth within the context of a planned, political economy. Some of the Climate Change activists admit this outright, but it is readily apparent to those capable of thinking critically. Every “solution” advanced by the Climate Change activists involves advancing the socialist, progressive agenda. Coincidence?
The comments from Climate Scienticians attacking Curry sound just like mean middle school girls attacking someone who doesn’t belong to their clique.
Curry is as dishonest as they come. Shes an attention seeker, whoring her credentials for adulation from angry old white men.
Friends of the Earth have promised to stop spreading horrible lies about fracking …. not because they’ve suddenly embraced a philosophy of honesty and fair political discourse, but because they lost a lawsuit and are being forced to.
Friends of the Earth spent more than a year trying to defend its claims, which were made in a fundraising leaflet, but has been forced to withdraw them.
The authority found that Friends of the Earth (FoE) failed to substantiate claims that fracking could cause cancer, contaminate water supplies, increase asthma rates and send house prices plummeting.
How would the left advance any part of their agenda if they were prohibited from lying?
Ida Auken is a Danish Member of Parliament and former Environment Minister. Her aspiration and vision for the future would have her (and everyone else) living a monastic and child-like existence; with no possessions, no personal privacy, and no responsibilities.
Welcome to the year 2030. Welcome to my city – or should I say, “our city”. I don’t own anything. I don’t own a car. I don’t own a house. I don’t own any appliances or any clothes….
In our city we don’t pay any rent, because someone else is using our free space whenever we do not need it. My living room is used for business meetings when I am not there…
Everything is designed for durability, repairability and recyclability. The materials are flowing more quickly in our economy and can be transformed to new products pretty easily. Environmental problems seem far away, since we only use clean energy and clean production methods. The air is clean, the water is clean and nobody would dare to touch the protected areas of nature because they constitute such value to our well being
When AI and robots took over so much of our work, we suddenly had time to eat well, sleep well and spend time with other people. The concept of rush hour makes no sense anymore, since the work that we do can be done at any time. I don’t really know if I would call it work anymore. It is more like thinking-time, creation-time and development-time.
In short, her ambition is to be a child who would never grow up; all of her concerns taken care of by others while she is freed from the responsibility for doing anything she doesn’t feel like doing.
I guess it’s less depressing for Ida Auken to contemplate a future in a Pan-European Urbanist Eco-Socialist Utopia than one in which she’s forced into a burqa and beaten for going out in public without a male relative.
The Environmentalist Extremists that run the state of Oregon have passed a law outlawing the use of coal to generate electricity. They also oppose nuclear power. And they oppose hydroelectric power because dams are icky. Environmental Extremists have also successfully sued to prevent the development of wind power.
What does that leave? Oh, right solar power.
Have you ever lived in Oregon? I have. Solar power is not exactly viable in a place where it rains, like, 270 days a year.
And they say conservatives are opposed to technological progress.
If only smug hippie liberalism could generate electricity, Oregon would look like Times Square.
Portland’s city council unanimously approved a resolution Friday effectively preventing any new gas stations from being built.
The city’s resolution prevents the construction of new facilities to transport or store oil, gasoline, coal, and natural gas within Portland, Ore.
“Our work is not done yet, but we feel that with this unanimous vote, there is good chance that the codifying language is going to be strong and signal to the fossil fuel industry that Portland is not open for their business” Adriana Voss-Andreae, director of a local environmental group, told the left-wing news site Climate Progress.
Environmentalists claim the resolution is a huge victory over energy interests. Not passing the resolution would have been “apocalyptic” according to activists, because Portland is an important crossroad for the global energy trade and contains several oil refineries and pipelines.
Does anyone see, now, that the stereotype of the Democrat Left as anti-business, environmental extremist fanatics ia more than a little bit justified?
Mark Ruffalo plays a scientist in the Avenger movies; this, to the left, makes him an authority on science. He is now demanding that California ban all fossil fuels.
Actor and environmental activist Mark Ruffalo is calling on California Gov. Jerry Brown to end the state’s usage of fossil fuels for oil extraction and move to 100 percent renewable energy.
“This is really mankind’s greatest threat, and it should take some serious problem solving on all of our parts,” Ruffalo told the paper. “And we don’t really have to give up anything to do it.”
Nothing except warm homes, affordable food, reliable transportation, middle class jobs, and… oh, yeah, Freedom.
Speaking of Hollywood Moonbats, Quentin Tarantino… who because he makes incredibly violent movies featuring criminals is regarded as an authority on matters of law and order… says that the police are “murderers.”
The “Pulp Fiction’’ director took part in an anti-cop rally less than a week after an officer was killed on the job.
“When I see murders, I do not stand by . . . I have to call the murderers the murderers,” the director — notorious for his violent movies — told a crowd of protesters in Washington Square Park on Saturday, adding that cops are too often “murderers.”
Nevertheless, when his new film opens, he will protected by these same “murderers,” and not representatives of the#BlackLivesMatter movement.
Today (I think it’s today, not totally up on these things), the hippie left celebrates “Earth Day,” which was co-founded by a radical hippie environmentalist who murdered his girlfriend and composted her body. You can honor Earth Day by starting a tire fire, or burning 9,180 gallons of jet fuel like the president did. They have roughly the same environmental impact.
This was making the rounds on Teh Facebooks earlier today:
Predictions made on the first Earth Day, 1970:
“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” – George Wald, Harvard Biologist
“Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” – New York Times editorial, the day after the first Earth Day
“By… some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” – Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist
“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” – Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University
“Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….” – Life Magazine, January 1970
This is the same crowd assuring us that “Global Warming is real, it is caused by human activity. The science is settled!”
Then, as now, the solution was the same: Enact the progressive socialist agenda, submit to Government control, dismantle global enterprise.
California is a deep blue, one-party state where even the last “Republican” governor signed on to the Democrats’ reckless spending, Amnesty, and environmental extremism. The drought that is ravaging California has nothing to do with Global Warming, it’s just normal cyclical weather. It has everything to do with environmental extremism and a political class that will spend $100Billion on a Train-to-Nowhere, but can’t find the money to develop a sustainable water infrastructure.
But the biggest problem in California is that the government has refused to build the reservoirs and dams necessary to actually save water when the rain does come. As the Wall Street Journal points out, Israel has weathered droughts for years. So has Arizona. Both built infrastructure. California has not, largely because politicians like Jerry Brown stopped such construction decades ago. The Wall Street Journal points out:
Money is not the obstacle. Since 2000 voters have approved five bonds authorizing $22 billion in spending for water improvements… desalination projects have been abandoned…
Because no sooner is an infrastructure project proposed than the Sierra Club and a hundred other Environmentalist Denominations file lawsuits demanding it be stopped. Environmentalists have actually put a measure on the ballot to dismantle existing water reservoirs. Environmentalism is a fundamentalist, extremist religion that says nothing should ever be built anywhere if it could potentially annoy wildlife. It’s not “NIMBY,” it’s “BANANA: Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody.”
It also doesn’t help California’s problems that they flush 2.6 million acre-feet of usable water into the ocean because environmentalists are worried about their sacred fish.
Environmentalism is a religion of the Left, and one they are quite keen to use the Power of the State to convert and/or punish non-believers. Case in point, in Seattle WA … a state so manifestly leftist they have an open revolutionary socialist on their city council … those who sin against Gaia are… literally…. receiving scarlet letters.
In Seattle, wasting food will now earn you a scarlet letter — well, a scarlet tag, to be more accurate.
The bright red tag, posted on a garbage bin, tells everyone who sees it that you’ve violated a new city law that makes it illegal to put food into trash cans.
“I’m sure neighbors are going to see these on their other neighbors’ cans,” says Rodney Watkins, a lead driver for Recology CleanScapes, a waste contractor for the city. He’s on the front lines of enforcing these rules.
Yeah, one of the wonders of progressivism is the way it gives enough power to annoying busybodies to turn them into Der Kommissarr. One can only imagine the horrors that Rodney Watkins daydreams about inflicting on the sinners and heretics who offend Gaia with their filth and defiance.
We allowed the Eich/Mozilla brouhaha to obscure this, but it addresses the same underlying problem: the fascist intolerance of the “progressive” Left.
Charles Koch: I’m Fighting to Restore a Free Society
Updated April 2, 2014 7:47 p.m. ET
I have devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives. It is those principles—the principles of a free society—that have shaped my life, my family, our company and America itself.
Unfortunately, the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation’s own government…[and] we have no choice but to fight for those principles. I have been doing so for more than 50 years, primarily through educational efforts. It was only in the past decade that I realized the need to also engage in the political process.
…In a truly free society, any business that disrespects its customers will fail, and deserves to do so. The same should be true of any government that disrespects its citizens. The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you…
More than 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson warned that this could happen. “The natural progress of things,” Jefferson wrote, “is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” He knew that no government could possibly run citizens’ lives for the better. The more government tries to control, the greater the disaster, as shown by the current health-care debacle…
Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents. They engage in character assassination. (I should know, as the almost daily target of their attacks.) This is the approach that Arthur Schopenhauer described in the 19th century, that Saul Alinsky famously advocated in the 20th, and that so many despots have infamously practiced…
…I have spent decades opposing cronyism and all political favors, including mandates, subsidies and protective tariffs—even when we benefit from them. I believe that cronyism is nothing more than welfare for the rich and powerful, and should be abolished…
He gives more, including some facts/details. (I’d reprint the article fully, except I haven’t obtained permission.) RTWT.
UPDATE: Also not to be missed is Kevin D. Williamson on The Liberal Gulag.
Welcome to the Liberal Gulag.
That term may be perverse, but it is not an exaggeration. Mr. [Adam] Weinstein [of Mother Jones] specifically called for political activists, ranging from commentators to think-tank researchers, to be locked in cages as punishment for their political beliefs. “Those denialists should face jail,” he wrote. “You still can’t” — banality alert! — “yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater. You shouldn’t be able to yell ‘balderdash’ at 10,883 scientific journal articles a year.” “Balderdash” — a felony. At the risk of being repetitious, let’s dwell on that for a minute: The Left is calling on people to be prosecuted for speaking their minds regarding their beliefs on an important public-policy question that is, as a political matter, the subject of hot dispute. That is the stuff of Soviet repression.
And much more.
…It’s just probably not man-made.
Bruce re-tweeted this graphic from Sam Thiessen’s stream. I don’t necessarily agree with its exact argument about volcanism. But it is a nifty reminder that we’ve always had climate swings – and our latest swing is within the natural norms:
From what I understand (feel free to update me/everyone in the comments), the man-made CO2 increases are insufficient to explain any of these swings, and recent atmospheric measurements show a distinct *lack* of effects or “signature” that should come from any CO2 Greenhouse effect.
Given that, and given the normality of global climate change, there is precious little reason to blame it on humankind. The major advocates of Blaming Man are people with axes to grind: they want to keep getting their multi-billions of research & conference grants, they want their companies to be given government subsidies, they want world socialism, etc.
In case you missed these (as I had):
On February 20th, the noted meteorologist, Dr. Roy W. Spencer, fed up with being called a “denier” of global warming, posted a commentary on his blog titled “Time to push back against the global warming Nazis.”
“When politicians and scientists started calling people like me ‘deniers’, they crossed the line. They are still doing it,” said Dr. Spencer. “They indirectly equate (1) the skeptics’ view that global warming is not necessarily all manmade nor a serious problem with (2) the denial that the Nazi’s extermination of millions of Jews ever happened.” The Holocaust happened, but global warming’s latest natural cycle ended about 17 years ago and, as a lot of people have noticed, it has been getting cold since then.
“Like the Nazis,” said Dr. Spencer, “they advocate the supreme authority of the state (fascism), which in turn supports their scientific research to support their cause…”
2) Greenpeace co-founder questions ‘Climate Change’ ideology. From Breitbart’s coverage:
Mr Moore, 67, told a U.S. Senate Committee: “There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years.”
“Today, we live in an unusually cold period in the history of life on Earth and there is no reason to believe that a warmer climate would be anything but beneficial for humans and the majority of other species.”
…”I describe the climate change movement as a combination of an extreme political ideology and a religious cult all rolled into one. It’s a very, very dangerous social phenomenon. It causes them to think they have the right to dictate what we do.”
Global Warming Will Cause 180,000 More Rapes by 2099
Whoopi Goldberg has yet to comment on whether these would be “rapes” or “rape-rapes.”
It occurs to me that if Christian bakers and florists had compared being forced to participate in gay marriage to rape, they would have been mocked mercilessly; rightfully so. But leftwing nutjobs comparing an ultrasound to rape? A-OK.
And, of course, Richard Mourduck’s outrageous statement that children that were the product of rape were still worthy of love and protection cost him a senate seat.
But Planned Parenthood, an organization that protects rapists as a matter of policy, are progressive-left heroes.
Global Warming Climate Change Polar Vortex news, Lake Superior has 90% frozen over and will freeze over completely before the end of Winter. This has not happened since 1996; typical ice cover for this time of year is 30%.
But we have to outlaw coal and energy costs must “necessarily skyrocket” because “the Earth has a fever.” The science is settled! There’s scientific consensus! It’s the law!
And to fight the menace of ManBearPig, Obama’s EPA is preparing to jack up your energy costs 70-80%.
Mr. Barack Obama, addressing the 35-40% of the country that still supports him last night, proclaimed that “Climate Change Is a Fact.”
At the precise time he was making this comment:
- Atlanta, Georgia was virtually shut down due to a snow emergency.
- Ice, sleet and snow were raining down on Florida
- 4,500 public school students in Birmingham, Alabama had spent the day trapped in their schools by winter weather
- New Orleans, Louisiana, was coping with snow and ice.
Also, my homeland looks like this:
The Climate Change Cultists (is that word too rude to describe people who fanatically believe that everyone must radically alter their behavior in order to avoid a scientifically implausible apocalyptic doomsday scenario?) will say, “But Climate Change can mean weather will get colder OR warmer, and there may be more OR fewer extreme weather events.” Forgive my skepticism, but is that not tantamount to saying, Climate change means the weather will continue doing what it always has done?
Mr. Albert A. Gore, Jr… Nobel Laureate and Widely Respected Environmental Policy Expert… while meeting in Switzerland last week with a group of global dignitaries advanced the opinion that Government-run programs in “fertility management” were essential to stopping the menace of climate change. And he highlighted as his example the dangerous rise in the population of dark-skinned people from Africa.
“Africa is projected to have more people than China and India by mid-century; more than China and India combined by end of the century, and this is one of the causal factors that must be addressed,” the failed presidential candidate added.
So, if you oppose the Government forcing third parties to pay for a woman’s contraception, that means you want the Government *in* the bedroom. But if you support the Government taking active measures to regulate human reproduction, does that mean you want Government “out* of the bedroom?
Or maybe the left is just willing to make an exception in this case because if we put just enough of the right kind of Government in people’s bedroom, we can stop the climate from changing.
P.S. Mr. Gore has four children.
Imagine if the day after tomorrow, all of the climate scienticians at the UN, the EPA, and around the world released the following statement: “Our predictions of catastrophic global warming have not been borne out by the empirical data collected over the last thirty years. The models we used to predict global warming failed to take into account such factors as cloud formation, solar activity, and numerous other natural phenomena. All evidence gathered to data suggests that human activity has a negligible impact on the global macroclimate compared with other natural phenomena.”
All of the above is true, but to imagine the pushers of Global Warming admitting it is impossible. The progressive secular left has gotten into the gravity well of the Global Warming myth so deeply it is impossible for them to escape. Ponder how that came to be.
Certainly, there is money involved; there is a vast gravy train of Government and private grants to study Global Warming, and an even larger gravy train of Government (taxpayer) subsidies to well-connected cronies in the “Green Energy” field. But another reason the progressive left can’t give up on Global Warming is that to do so would mean admitting that what they call “science” was wrong.
This latter point is important. The progressive left treats science not as a structured and rational way to explain natural phenomena but as a cudgel against religious belief,traditional values, and individual liberty. “Your archaic superstitions and magical sky-gods are no match for our almighty and infallible Science!” they proclaim. Admitting that the empirical data does not support catastrophic global warming … the Ragnarok of secular progressivism… would be tantamount to admitting their God had failed.
It would be a lot easier to back off now if they had been more honest thirty-odd years ago, and said, “We have a hypothesis that human activity may contribute to warming of the global climate. We need to study this phenomenon and determine if the hypothess is valid.” Instead, they leapt immediately to, “The Earth has a fever, and free enterprise is going to destroy the planet unless the global capitalist system is dismantled and individual liberties are subjugated to Government for the collective good.” (This was the central thesis of Al Gore’s “Earth in the Balance.”)
The left likes to say “The Science is settled.” But the fact is, as far as they were concerned, the science was settled as soon as it became apparent that Global Warming could be used to advance the progressive socialist agenda. At that point, the progressive left abandoned real science in favor of “Science.”
Real science is infallible, because real science does not jump to conclusions and try to backfill them with data afterwards. Real science admits when the hypothesis is unsupported by the data. Real science has no political agenda. Real science is not inherently hostile toward religion, but merely indifferent to it.
It’s an ironic twist, is it not, that the secular progressivism left has more to fear from real science than the Religious Right? And just as ironic that because they abandoned real science, the progressive left has to maintain a lie for fear of losing the credibility they claim from “Science.”
The ONT on AoSHQ last night linked to this article on how easy and fun it is to pick on the Global Warming Cult.
The global warming alarmists are the easiest people to troll in the entire world. You don’t even have to make a particularly good or original joke to set them off. Just say “Man, this cold weather sure does disprove global warming,” sit back, and watch the fireworks.
The thing about the Global Warming Cult is that the vast majority of them know as little about climatology, atmospheric science, meterology, or indeed basic science as the average Obama voter knows about economics; that is to say damn little and what they think they know is wrong.
Those ignorant dupes believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming (a.k.a. ManBearPig) because they believe that nature is good and people, especially male white capitalist people, are bad. This narrative has been drilled into them by schools, media, and politicians since they were young and it shapes their worldview.
They don’t believe in ManBearPig because of science, but because ManBearPig aligns with a fairytale narrative that they can understand: White people with money are giving mother Earth a fever and killing polar bears.
This is what makes them incredibly easy to mock; and incredibly hopeless to see reason.
Record, bone-snapping, super-bitter cold has spread across most of the North American landmass. -25F (-31C) in Fargo, North Dakota, -31F (-35C) in International Falls, Minnesota, and -15F (-26C) in Indianapolis and Chicago. Also, a cabal of climate scienticians on a mission to prove Global Warming got stuck in Antarctic ice and had to be rescued (although the MFM went out of their way to avoid mentioning that they were climate scienticians on a mission to prove Global Warming is real).
As the Empirical Data stubbornly refuses to align with the Holy Climate Change
Prophecies Models, there is a chance that some might lose their faith in the Cult of Smart People. Fear not, brethren, for MSDNC has put forth a highly respected, completely credible voice of reason to assuage any of your climate change doubts; and he’s wearing a white lab coat and everything.