Climate Surrealism

I LOVE it here in the Tropics.

I LOVE it here in the Tropics.

The UN’s IPCC has updated its climate change report, and true blue environmentalists are responding with typical scientific rationalism:

A meteorologist who has covered weather for the Wall Street Journal tweeted that he has decided not to have children in order to leave a lighter carbon footprint, and is considering having a vasectomy.

He also vowed to stop flying after the world’s recent climate-change report made him cry.

Eric Holthaus was reacting to the findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which released a report on Friday that found it was ‘extremely likely’ that humans are causing warming trends seen in the last several decades.

On Friday afternoon the weatherman tweeted: 'No children, happy to go extinct.

On Friday the weatherman tweeted: ‘No children, happy to go extinct.’ Don’t let us stop you.

Calm down. Have a Piña Colada.

Calm down. Have a Piña Colada.

What’s the word for this kind of reaction? Groping for it, need some help here, maybe the help of an eminent MIT climatologist…?

Top MIT scientist: Newest UN climate report is ‘hilariously’ flawed

Not all scientists are panicking about global warming — one of them finds the alarmism “hilarious.”

A top climate scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lambasted a new report by the UN’s climate bureaucracy that blamed mankind as the main cause of global warming and whitewashed the fact that there has been a hiatus in warming for the last 15 years.

“I think that the latest IPCC report has truly sunk to level of hilarious incoherence,” Dr. Richard Lindzen told Climate Depot, a global warming skeptic news site. “They are proclaiming increased confidence in their models as the discrepancies between their models and observations increase.”

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claimed it was 95 percent sure that global warming was mainly driven by human burning of fossil fuels that produce greenhouse gases. The I.P.C.C. also glossed over the fact that the Earth has not warmed in the past 15 years, arguing that the heat was absorbed by the ocean.

“Their excuse for the absence of warming over the past 17 years is that the heat is hiding in the deep ocean,” Lindzen added. “However, this is simply an admission that the models fail to simulate the exchanges of heat between the surface layers and the deeper oceans.”

“However, it is this heat transport that plays a major role in natural internal variability of climate, and the IPCC assertions that observed warming can be attributed to man depend crucially on their assertion that these models accurately simulate natural internal variability,” Lindzen continued. “Thus, they now, somewhat obscurely, admit that their crucial assumption was totally unjustified.”

I know nuthink!

I know nuthink!

Oddly enough, there seems to be another government scandal involved:

The Associated Press obtained documents that show the Obama administration and some European governments pressured UN climate scientists to downplay or even omit data that shows the world hasn’t warmed in over a decade.

“Germany called for the reference to the slowdown to be deleted, saying a time span of 10-15 years was misleading in the context of climate change, which is measured over decades and centuries,” the AP report said. “The U.S. also urged the authors to include the ‘leading hypothesis’ that the reduction in warming is linked to more heat being transferred to the deep ocean.”

Global warming skeptics have exploited such data to show that the science behind manmade global warming is faulty and politically driven.

“[I]n attributing warming to man, they fail to point out that the warming has been small, and totally consistent with there being nothing to be alarmed about,” Lindzen said. “It is quite amazing to see the contortions the IPCC has to go through in order to keep the international climate agenda going.”

Amazing. And don’t forget hilarious.

Let's Dance. But if you don't mind, I'll lead.

Let’s Dance. But if you don’t mind, I’ll lead. You don’t have the stones for it.

The surreal aspect isn’t the fact of a whitewashed report. Or even the evidence of government conspiracy to commit fraud. It’s the ongoing hysteria of those who insist they are the devotees of real science in the face of so much evidence that their philosophically fallacious “consensus science” is demonstrably wrong. The poor little weatherman who wants to go extinct isn’t alone. CNN is a whole TV network that’s just as happy to ignore the iceberg which has already sunk their ship of fools:

All Friday morning, every hour on the hour, CNN has been broadcasting a fear-mongering segment about rising water levels in the city of Miami, Florida. The hysterical CNN reporter not only blames Global Warming but also any country that burns energy. You can watch the segment below, but what you won’t see are CNN anchors Carol Costello and Ashleigh Banfield fret over the fact that we are all doomed.

What the anti-science CNN is withholding from its audience, though, is the good news that there actually is no Global Warming. Global temperatures have not increased for fifteen years. Moreover, we have just learned that the Antarctic sea ice is at its highest level in 35 years.

What happened to my swimming pool?

What happened to my swimming pool?

I also heard a segment on NPR a week ago in which analysts in educated accents repeated the same weary crap about the threat of climate change, and I notice that the science propaganda channels are still rerunning their endless catalogue of (sometimes decade old) documentaries about this and that consequence of global warming which our fearless academics and technocrats are trying to save the planet from. Al Gore, Obama, and John Kerry are still sounding the alarm of the knowing elders about our carbon footprints, and I can only conclude that they kind of missed this evidence, which should be simple enough for even a dilettante elitist millionaire to understand:

A bitter wind blows off the Arctic Ocean but the mother polar bear and her two cubs standing just 50ft in front of me are in their element.

For more than an hour I watch from a boat just offshore, transfixed and oblivious to the below-freezing temperatures, as the four-month-old twins gambol across the snow.

For years polar bears have been the poster boys of global warming – routinely reported to be threatened with extinction due to melting ice-packs and rising sea temperatures.

Hope: Despite concerns about future extinction, polar bear populations appear to have stabilised.

Indeed, when they were put on the US Endangered Species list in 2008, they were the first to be registered solely because of the perceived threat of global warming.

One prominent scientist said their numbers would be reduced by 70 per cent by 2050 while global warming proponents – including Al Gore and Sir David Attenborough – used emotive imagery to highlight their ‘demise’.

Yet there is one small problem: many polar bear populations worldwide are now stable, if not increasing.

According to a report compiled this year on Canadian polar bear populations by academics at Lakehead University, Ontario, only one out of 13 areas showed declining numbers. In fact, in some areas numbers have steadily increased…

Those who insist the bear population is healthy are not popular.

Dr Susan Crockford, an evolutionary biologist and expert on polar bears, was criticised as a ‘climate change denier’ when she published a paper called Ten Good Reasons Not To Worry About Polar Bears earlier this year.

Population forecasting expert Dr J Scott Armstrong agrees: ‘The decision by the US Senate in 2008 to name the polar bear as an endangered species because of global warming was based on flawed information.

‘The fact is it is almost impossible to get an accurate figure for the number of polar bears – they do not stay in one territory.’

Where's our food stamps?

Where’s our food stamps? Do we really have to do a million-bear march on DC? Okay. On our way.

I’m thinking that in many ways this has become a silly topic. It’s never really been about science. It’s been about a weird combination of dumbshit New Age Gaia mythology, cynical leftist political ideology, and the old reliables, money and careers. It would be funny if it weren’t so pernicious and ultimately nihilist. That’s why we have this age old graphic.

That would be us on the right, and the left on the left.

That would be us on the right, and the left on the left.

But because it’s so absurd, so out and out ludicrous, it’s been a long time since I delved into the political muck of it. Here’s a piece worth reading and the best, most illustrative paragraph in it:

Religion has ritual. Global-warming alarmism has recycling and Earth Day celebrations. Some religions persecute heretics. Some global-warming alarmists identify “denialists” and liken them to Holocaust deniers. Religions build grand places of worship. Global-warming alarmists promote the construction of windmills and solar farms that uneconomically produce intermittent electricity. Global-warming alarmism even has indulgences like the ones Martin Luther protested. You can buy carbon offsets to gain forgiveness for travel on carbon-emitting private jet aircraft

Hence the hair shirts and self flagellation of the most devout. They’re so far into the faith aspect of their science that nothing — no fact, no absence of fact — has any power to change their conviction. Understandable with religion. But science is not religion. Consensus actually hasn’t any meaning as a word in science. But try telling that to the Gaia loons. What I’m guessing is that polar bears have a much hardier survival instinct than left wing “idealists.”

Something you want to say to me?

Something you want to say to me?

Or you can say it to me. I promise I won't be listening either.

Or you can say it to me. I promise I won’t be listening either. Just call me Sir Real.

Uh, btw, weathermen of the TV news world — weather isn’t climate. No wonder the Weather Channel is confused. I remember South Jersey heat in summers 50 years ago that would make your hair curl, no white Christmases for a decade. We didn’t call it climate change. We called it what it was. Weather.

9 thoughts on “Climate Surrealism

  1. A great post. Terrific pictures with even better captions. And Raebert says it all.

    And those people make money from this. Disgusting.

  2. Have you heard that Popular has shut down their comments section? The reason given is that too many people have been denying evolution & global warming, or “bedrock scientific fact”, as they call it. True story.

  3. Hmmmm. Freudian love of Penguins…. Crosby…

    Just kidding. You need to laugh more, kid. Read my newest post. Love to hear a chuckle sometime.

    • Okay, I liked the one with the polar bears looking for their food stamps. That made me “LOL”.

      I’ve also been chuckling at the 0-4 Steelers. Plus, Gruden Night Football starts in a scant few hours.


      • Uuuuuunh, okay.

        But you seem permanently CLENCHED. Have you reached the point, for example, where Gruden is just funny? Not annoying but his own own laugh machine? Please advise.

        Where I am with Raebert. He’s too complicated to figure out. So I laugh at at him and love him equally. No stress.

  4. I knew that the polar bears were way out of the danger zone, but it’s wonderful to see so many in the company of The Deerhound here. I wonder if they’d get along!

    There’s no good segue into my favorite ‘fun fact’ about polar bears, so I’ll just come out with it: in order to avoid detection while hunting prey below the surface of the water, polar bears will cover their black noses with one paw and essentially turn invisible to the prey below.

    Great post, right in my wheelhouse. I’ve been following the IPCC report from the leak, to the publishing, to the follow up report for Policy Makers — read, the dumbed-down, purely alarmist version.

    You mention Gaia theory in passing, but did you ever hear the ultimate irony? James Lovelock, the old hippie / scientist behind the wacky ideas, recently came clean about climate change. He actually did what a scientist is supposed to do, reevaluate with new data, and he came to realize how alarmist he’d been. Good for him, but how many did he mislead?

    Anyway, great post, great pics of those beautiful white bears. But my favorite pic was the last one.

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