Fear and Loathing, Irony and Deception

By: Dr. Ricky Rood , 12:11 AM GMT on êواêر 10, 2017

Fear and Loathing, Irony and Deception

Surely, some will think that I will sound like an apologist in this blog. Oh, well.

Several colleagues have told me that my last blog / editorial was a struggle to find optimism. After finishing that blog, I had no sense of optimism. (I expect an updated version of the editorial will be published in the February print edition of EOS.)

A common emotion among my climate friends is a feeling of loss, much like the death of someone close. I feel threat to my livelihood, my health insurance, and my retirement. I feel threat to the practice science and the use of science-based knowledge. I feel threat to the country – to the stubborn checks and balances built into our government to support a participatory democracy.

However, we have what we have.

During the presidential transition, a number of statements hostile to climate science and climate scientists have risen and, perhaps, fallen. There was the request for names of climate scientists in the Department of Energy. There were the statements about NASA’s Earth observations being cut or eliminated – some sort of merger with NOAA, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. There is the ongoing anxiety, in some cases panic, about the collection, management, and provision of climate data by the U.S. government. There are the many concerns about the future of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Climate change is a political issue. It may be motivated and informed by scientific investigation, but it is a political issue. It is a political issue that is intertwined with energy policy. By extension, it is intertwined with the economy. Climate change is entangled with beliefs, self-identification, and power structures.

The responses to the Trump election by the climate community are not monolithic or simple. The responses that seem to dominate in public are panic and simplistic, speculative fear. These responses play into the political strategy of those who dismiss or oppose climate change as an important environmental and societal issue. Panic and fear-based speculation about the damage that will be wrought by hostile actors increase the likelihood that those fears will come true. I believe that is the classic definition of irony. A response that limits itself to outrage at political appointees, and in some cases, dismissal of those appointees as laughable, uninformed individuals, virtually assures the success of those appointees in their new jobs.

A point of my previous editorial was that there is opportunity in what, on the surface, appears as an absolute disaster for climate policy, climate science, and climate professionals. To take advantage of those opportunities requires leadership, organization, presence, and recognition that there are points of negotiation and possibility.

I have been called by colleagues and journalists to get my comments on, for example, the efforts by some scientists and activists to archive and preserve climate data. Whenever I get a call on a subject like this, it seems that they want an answer that either substantiates or amplifies the narrative of war and peace, good and bad, evil and virtue. Usually, however, I find such amplification to be less than useful and, sincerely, not justified. Often my comments end up on the cutting room floor.

When I am asked about Rick Perry, the nominee for Energy Secretary, having said that he wants to shut down the Department of Energy or, more generally, about Trump’s transition team’s hostility towards the EPA, my first response is that there is precedence. This is not new. Spencer Abraham was an Energy Secretary who rather famously, as an elected politician, wanted to eliminate the Department.

The same is true with NASA. Through most of my career at NASA, there were some politicians who wanted to eliminate the Earth observing parts of NASA. There were budget markups with potentially devastating consequences. There were proposals to combine NASA, NOAA, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Some of these proposals made sense. At the same time, they could be construed as an analogue to corporate mergers, which are used as an opportunity to eliminate those functions and those people that are unwanted by the corporate leaders. The contrast between sensible reforms and existential threat is a frequent characteristic of political back and forth.

We are a country often based on conflicting points of views, presented with prejudice, and resolved with some sort of balance of the points of view or adjudication. We do not rely, primarily, on evidence-based, deliberative, decision making.

We do, in fact, have some models of what we might expect to happen. Several states, North Carolina, Texas, and Florida, have tried to suppress and control the language of climate change. Most recently there is the example of Wisconsin (link1, link2, link3). As carefully documented with before and after examples of the words, the human influence on climate change was purged from the web pages of the Department of Natural Resources. Our changing climate is framed as a child, going through a mysterious change. Rather than having an evidence-based foundation for rational planning, we leave climate change to Providence and a response based on reaction and whim. By leaving the causes of climate change out of the language, they are left out of public policy, and there is an unnecessary increase in risk.

This sort of political messaging, which I always view as a sin of omission or information hiding, is deceptive. It is, however, standard behavior in politics and business. In fact, in Wisconsin it is not new. In 2015, I wrote a blog on Wisconsin’s Board of Commissioners of Public Lands not allowing its employees to discuss how climate change affects the lands that it oversees. (A collection of Wisconsin articles.)

This type of message management should be expected as a tactic. Indeed, if I were in the government, I could think of a host of ways to disrupt the federal provision and interpretation of climate data. There are easy ways to take down servers. I expect that much of the excellent analysis placed in the public domain during the Obama administration to sink far below the surface. I expect the hard-earned improvements of climate services to stagnate.

I do not think that observational data will be destroyed; I suspect that would break the law, and presently, I think that we will remain a country of law.

I expect that there will be attempts to weaken many environmental laws. I worry that participation in the panic and fear-based speculation will divert attention from the important issues.

I worry that exaggeration and amplification of anxiety in social media will fuel ineffective fury.

Though I pointed out examples, above, of similar attacks on climate science in the past, I do not mean to suggest, hence, all will be all right. We are in the situation when the executive vigor and legislative wherewithal are in position to do considerable damage. There is the ability to appoint and confirm judges sympathetic to environmental regulation as damaging to business and economic growth. However, there is also the fact that President-elect Trump has proved to be difficult to characterize, resistant to traditional partisan classification, and prone to swift changes of position. Hence, there should be moments of opportunity, which requires leadership, organization, presence, and recognition that there are points of negotiation and possibility.

However, we have what we have. Climate change is a political issue, and it is a political issue that will require political tactics until it is settled policy on a foundation of the settled science.

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86. CaneFreeCR
04:49 PM GMT on êواêر 23, 2017
Quoting 77. georgevandenberghe:



The collective noun for baboons is "Congress"

This explains a lot.
I just realized that the new president has put a skulk of foxes in charge of the nation's "henhouses". That also explains a lot!
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85. 999Ai2016
04:41 PM GMT on êواêر 23, 2017
Psychological 'vaccine' could help immunize public against 'fake news' on climate change
Phys.org - January 23, 2017.
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84. Patrap
04:05 PM GMT on êواêر 23, 2017
"The Party told you to reject all evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command."

~George Orwell, 1984
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82. 999Ai2016
09:34 PM GMT on êواêر 22, 2017
Drought in E. Africa leaves millions in need of aid
Deutsche Welle - January 6.
(...) Need to adapt:
Aid organizations say time is running out. They want to tackle the crisis by supplying seed, food aid or water for the livestock. But long-term assistance is also needed. Extreme weather conditions are recurring more often than in the past because of climate change.
"We are trying to find ways to alert the pastoralists to what is happening. They are going to have to adapt to the changing climatic conditions," said development expert Titus Mung'ou from Kenya. That includes stocking up on reserve supplies during the rainy season. Access to seed and fertilizer is also important. "Climate scientists should be working closely with the pastoralists," he said.


Lesson learned? An urgent call for action in the Horn of Africa, January 2017
ReliefWeb.int.

Funds urgently needed, as Southern Africa enters peak of hunger crisis
ReliefWeb/CARE - January 10.

=========

Worst wildfires in Chile in a decade
Wildfire Today - January 22.

January 22, Aqua-Modis (via NASA Worldview).
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80. Patrap
04:08 PM GMT on êواêر 20, 2017
R.E.M. - It's the End of the World As We Know It

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79. Xandra
02:57 PM GMT on êواêر 20, 2017
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77. georgevandenberghe
03:31 AM GMT on êواêر 20, 2017
Quoting 70. BaltimoreBrian:

Collective nouns can be interesting

A flock of sheep
A school of fish
A murder of crows

However, there's no collective noun for climatologists as far as I know. I believe that the collective noun for a group of climatologists should be 'quandary'. As in "a quandary of climatologists signed a letter opposing the president's new energy policy...". What say you?


The collective noun for baboons is "Congress"

This explains a lot.
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76. Daisyworld
03:24 AM GMT on êواêر 20, 2017
For the record, this news source is not in my usual reads, but some interesting stories came across Oilprices.com today:

Why Big Oil Is Unprepared For The Coming Energy War

Peter Tertzakian | Oilprice.com | January 19, 2017

Recently, I gave a presentation on the future of energy to an audience of about 250 oil and gas professionals. Halfway through, I asked the carbon crowd to, "Raise your hand if you have driven an electric vehicle."

It took me less than five seconds to squint and visually sift out the elevated hands.

Five adventuresome people, or about 2 percent of the audience acknowledged that they had taken a ride on a lithium horse.

"Isn't that a bit disconcerting?" I asked. "By now all of you in the room should be aware that new-age electric vehicles represent the first meaningful threat to your monopoly in powering the transportation market."

I went on to ask, "Don't you think you should at least go to a Tesla, Nissan or BMW dealership and test drive the looming adversary?"

Silence.

I wasn't surprised by the results of my straw poll. Hear-nothing, see-nothing attitudes are common within entrenched industries that have long forgotten how to fight for market share…

[]


Solar Could Be A Cheaper Power Source Than Coal Within A Decade

Michael McDonald | Oilprice.com | January 19, 2017

Coal already faces tremendous competition in the U.S. from low cost natural gas, and pressure from environmentalists concerned about its pollution. The last thing the coal industry needs are more problems. But when it rains it pours… or in this case when it’s sunny the solar industry looks to rain on coal.

Coal cost an average of roughly $0.06 per kWh globally which makes it the cheapest power source on average around the world. (Natural gas is much more expensive outside the U.S.) Solar is looking to usurp the title of cheapest power source though.

In 2016, countries from Chile to the United Arab Emirates broke records with deals to generate electricity from sunshine for less than 3 cents a kilowatt-hour, half the average global cost of coal power. This year Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Mexico are poised to hold auctions and tenders which could see solar generation prices fall even further.

The solar industry is operating more and more efficiently each year with solar prices down an average of 62 percent since 2009, and every part of the solar supply chain becoming more efficient and lowering costs. Economies of scale, increasing manufacturing expertise, and new technology like diamond wire cutting tools have all helped make solar’s progress the envy of the energy complex…

[]
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75. Some1Has2BtheRookie
04:29 PM GMT on êواêر 19, 2017
Quoting 74. BaltimoreBrian:

Tillerson doesn't deny climate change but dodges questions about Exxon's role in sowing doubt


Tillerson has not denied climate change and he has not denied that the burning of fossil fuels contributes to the changing climate. Tillerson has maintained that it is an engineering problem and that we can adapt. Tillerson has never offered any of Exxon's engineers to work on the problem. Tillerson has never offered any money to fund the research towards the engineering. Tillerson has never offered any proposals as to how engineering could accomplish the goals of mitigating climate change. Tillerson seems to recognize the problems of a changing climate but, at the same time, he wants to leave himself and Exxon out of it.
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74. BaltimoreBrian
04:51 AM GMT on êواêر 19, 2017
73. Dr. Ricky Rood , Professor
03:38 AM GMT on êواêر 19, 2017
I like that.

Quoting 70. BaltimoreBrian:

Collective nouns can be interesting

A flock of sheep
A school of fish
A murder of crows

However, there's no collective noun for meteorologists as far as I know. I believe that the collective noun for a group of climatologists should be 'quandary'. As in "a quandary of climatologists signed a letter opposing the president's new energy policy...". What say you?
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71. JohnLonergan
12:40 AM GMT on êواêر 19, 2017
In his most recent post, Tamino removes the the influence of el Niño, volcanic eruptions, and solar variations from the three major surface temperature datasets( NASA, NOAA, and HadCRUT4) .Below are the charts for NOAA:

Unadjusted NOAA data:



Adjusted NOAA data:



Read the rest here
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70. BaltimoreBrian
12:10 AM GMT on êواêر 19, 2017
Collective nouns can be interesting

A flock of sheep
A school of fish
A murder of crows

However, there's no collective noun for climatologists as far as I know. I believe that the collective noun for a group of climatologists should be 'quandary'. As in "a quandary of climatologists signed a letter opposing the president's new energy policy...". What say you?
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69. Xandra
10:15 PM GMT on êواêر 18, 2017
Quoting 53. Xandra:

Simon Donner:
‏@simondonner

Too much competition I assume

BREAKING: APNewsBreak: Ringling Bros. circus says it is closing down 'The Greatest Show on Earth,' following a 146-year run.


Michael E. Mann:
‏@MichaelEMann Michael E. Mann

Yes--you can now watch a clown show for free 24/7, any U.S. cable news network...
RT @simondonner


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68. BaltimoreBrian
04:47 AM GMT on êواêر 18, 2017
Obama administration cuts second $500M check to Green Climate Fund
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67. Some1Has2BtheRookie
08:52 PM GMT on êواêر 17, 2017
World needs to invest $25 trillion in new oil capacity over next 25 years, Saudi Aramco's CEO says

"Speaking Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Amin Nasser told a Wall Street Journal panel that $25 trillion would need to be invested over the 25 years on new oil capacity to meet rising demand. He added that renewable energy will gain a market share over the long term but it would not be dominant."

Really? Were we to suggest that we should invest 1 trillion dollars, 1/25 of what Nasser is asking for, on renewable energy sources over the next 25 years the fossil fuel industries' apologists would claim that this would destroy the world economy. Imagine where we could be in 25 years if the world invested 25 trillion dollars towards renewable energy sources during that time.

""It will take decades for [renewables] to replace petroleum resources. So what we are doing in Saudi Aramco, we are building our capacity in the oil," he said"

News flash for you, Mr. Nasser. 25 years for further oil investments to meet rising energy demands IS decades.

Moral of the story:
Fossil fuels are a finite source for meeting our energy needs. Should we not have a well established renewable energy source in place long before fossil fuels become depleted then the costs will be much higher than 25 trillion dollars over the following 25 years. Fossil fuels will become too expensive to use long before they become depleted. That old "supply and demand" price adjustment thingy will still be a thing then.
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66. JohnLonergan
12:38 PM GMT on êواêر 17, 2017
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65. BaltimoreBrian
03:58 AM GMT on êواêر 17, 2017
Concerns over first snow and common leopards found in same area (with video)
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63. BaltimoreBrian
12:27 AM GMT on êواêر 17, 2017
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62. 999Ai2016
08:24 PM GMT on êواêر 16, 2017
Jennifer Francis - A New Arctic Feedback (December 2016):
Youtube video link

The Smoking Gun of Arctic Warmth Leads To A Stunning Indictment
AGU Blogosphere - December 2016.
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61. CaneFreeCR
05:41 PM GMT on êواêر 16, 2017
Quoting 60. BaltimoreBrian:
(snip)*** With a Major Oil Discovery, Guyana Is Poised to Become a Top Producer
Brian, I think that last headline should have been slightly different: "With a Major Oil Discovery, Guyana Is Poised to Become a Top Polluter" :-) (I know you didn't write it)
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59. BaltimoreBrian
04:29 AM GMT on êواêر 16, 2017
Dr. Rood, thank you for the information on the Hieronymus Bosch documentary. I'll be viewing it soon!
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58. Daisyworld
01:49 AM GMT on êواêر 16, 2017
Antarctic Science Lab On the Move to Escape Breaking Ice

Tom Metcalfe | Live Science | January 10, 2017

A British scientific base in Antarctica is on the move to a new location, to avoid being cut adrift by a crack in a floating ice shelf.

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) announced on New Year's Eve that the first module of the Halley VI Research Station was towed by tractors to a new site on the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica's Weddell Sea, 14 miles (23 kilometers) east of its former location.

The remaining seven main buildings of the modular research base will be towed to the new site over the coming weeks, as the relocation team takes advantage of the 24 hours of daylight during the brief Antarctic summer. [See Photos of the Antarctic Research Base Being Moved]

"It's been a very positive couple of days for the team," BAS officials posted on the organization's Facebook page on Dec. 31. "Last night they managed to successfully tow the first of the eight Halley modules to the new site at Halley 6a."


A growing chasm in the ice southeast of the base threatens to cut the Halley VI base off from the main ice shelf. (Credit: British Antarctic Survey)

The modern Halley base is the sixth British research station of that name built on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf since 1956. Each of its main modules is equipped with hydraulic legs and skis, but this is the first time they have been moved since the new base became operational in 2012.

The Brunt Ice Shelf is typically around 490 feet (150 meters) thick. But scientists have learned that a long-dormant chasm in the ice southeast of the base is now growing by more than 1 mile (1.7 kilometers) each year, and threatens to eventually cut the base off from the inland section of the ice shelf.

Surveys of the ice shelf have located a new site for the base, inland of the chasm, and preparations to move the base buildings began last year, according to the BAS.

Now that the relocation of the Halley base is underway, BAS staff have only a few weeks left of polar summer to complete the move.

"Each summer season is very short — about nine weeks," BAS operations director Tim Stockings said in a statement. "And because the ice and the weather are unpredictable, we have to be flexible in our approach."

"We are especially keen to minimize the disruption to the science programs. We have planned the move in stages — the science infrastructure that captures environmental data will remain in place while the station's modules move," Stockings said.

The BAS hopes to have the Halley VI base fully operational at the new site by the 2017/2018 Antarctic summer, when the environmental programs will also be relocated.

BAS communications manager Athena Dinar said it would take up to 15 hours for specialized tractors to tow each of the eight Halley modules over the 14 miles (23 kilometers) to the new site. "It will be taken very slowly as the [operational] modules have not been towed before," she told Live Science.

The eight main Halley modules provide accommodation and research facilities for around 60 British scientists and support staff during the Antarctic summer months, Dinar said. Over the winter months, a few staff members keep the base operational and the experiments running.

Watching the skies

Britain's Halley base has played an important role in studies of the Earth's atmosphere. Weather and atmospheric data, including measurements of ozone in the Earth's upper atmosphere, have been collected since the first base, Halley I, was established in 1956, according to the BAS.

In 1985, scientists at Halley VI discovered Antarctica's "ozone hole" — a region of ozone-depleted air in the upper atmosphere over the continent that worsens during the south-polar spring.

Subsequent research linked the Antarctic ozone hole to the accumulation in the Earth’s upper atmosphere of chlorine-based chemicals, such as the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) once used as refrigerants and in aerosol cans. The discovery led to the development of the Montreal Protocol, a global effort adopted in 1987 to eliminate the use of CFCs and other ozone-depleting chemicals.

As well as continuing measurements of the ozone layer and other physical processes in the atmosphere, current research programs at Halley VI include taking advantage of the base's location near the South Pole to monitor interactions between the solar wind and the Earth's magnetic fields, which can trigger frequent displays of the aurora australis, or southern lights.
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57. Xandra
12:33 AM GMT on êواêر 16, 2017
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56. BaltimoreBrian
11:01 PM GMT on êواêر 15, 2017
Quoting 55. LowerCal:

I improved the link.
Thank you :) I'm improving it in the comment as well.
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55. LowerCal
09:03 PM GMT on êواêر 15, 2017
Quoting 29. BaltimoreBrian:

How a moon slows the decay of Pluto's atmosphere
I improved the link.
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54. LowerCal
08:53 PM GMT on êواêر 15, 2017
Find the "Why?" here:

Quoting 25. 999Ai2016:

Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere
Medium.com - December 2016.
.... we have no real choice but to act — and, in fact, climate action will make most people not only safer, but better off — big changes are coming, far sooner than most Americans understand.

But some people totally understand: the ones who stand to lose money from these changes.

....
Outstanding link, 999!
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53. Xandra
12:42 PM GMT on êواêر 15, 2017
Simon Donner:
‏@simondonner

Too much competition I assume

BREAKING: APNewsBreak: Ringling Bros. circus says it is closing down 'The Greatest Show on Earth,' following a 146-year run.


Michael E. Mann:
‏@MichaelEMann Michael E. Mann

Yes--you can now watch a clown show for free 24/7, any U.S. cable news network...
RT @simondonner
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52. Dr. Ricky Rood , Professor
12:20 AM GMT on êواêر 15, 2017
Here is IMDB ... on Amazon, Vimeo

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5337758/

I am surprised by how bad the reviews are. Some called it boring! I found it fascinating in all of its themes.


Quoting 39. BaltimoreBrian:

Dr. Rood, I did not see the recent documentary on Bosch--if the one you're thinking of is online somewhere I'd love you to post the link--on my blog if you like. I remember him from a sophomore art appreciation course. And if you visit my blog you'll see I've gone medieval lately. There are some other close-up details from his works that I decided not to post because they could be "too much".
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51. Xandra
12:16 AM GMT on êواêر 15, 2017
Quoting Michael Moore:

"5. Trump has nominated in Rex Tillerson the most powerful corporate CEO in the world as "our" Secretary of State. Why would the quarter-billionaire head of the world's richest corporation want a "government job?" So that he, a personal friend of Putin's, can get the US sanctions lifted off Russia so that his company, ExxonMobil, can get back to their exclusive oil deal with Russia -- which will eventually net ExxonMobil three TRILLION dollars. This is nothing less than a bold, audacious robbery in broad daylight -- and it says a lot about you and me that they think they can get away with it."
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50. Daisyworld
10:11 PM GMT on êواêر 14, 2017
Meanwhile, outside the bubble...



Source: NOAA National Centers for Environmental information, Climate at a Glance: Global Time Series, published December 2016, retrieved on January 14, 2017 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/<
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49. iceagecoming
04:35 PM GMT on êواêر 14, 2017
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38607862

Again and again, all these items reference below normal temps, and no drought, and lots of snow, all contrary to the warmist religious belief AGW, Welcome to reality, but then like the last administration, living in a bubble has that effect, and fake news.

Tata mates.
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48. Some1Has2BtheRookie
08:52 PM GMT on êواêر 13, 2017
Global climate update:
ATTENTION!

As of January 13, 2017, iceagecoming's discovery is that winters do indeed still exist on our planet. This discovery leads us to believe that the global warming hoax/scare/fear mongering that is being propagated by the commie/pinko/leftist/socialist that want to take over the world just to tax us in to oblivion is, in fact, include preferred denier psuedo-science talking point here. Yes. It does appear that glaciers are advancing towards the equator at an alarming rate. Fear not those of you that feel the shivers that course their way through your freezing bodies as you read this. Iceagecoming is offering to us our salvation from such a dreadful end! He is starting a new clothing line!


note - hand mittens and scarfs are optional wear. Those being most threatened by the advancing glaciers should opt for both. Just saying.

Added:
Iceagecoming is starting a petition to end winters on our planet. You can sign this petition here - http://www.iceagecoming.too.hot.to.care.nul

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47. iceagecoming
07:05 PM GMT on êواêر 13, 2017
A block of ice containing a drowned fox who broke through the thin ice of the Danube river four days earlier sits on the bank of the Danube river in Fridingen, southern Germany, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. (Johannes Stehle/dpa via AP)

http://ww4.hdnux.com/photos/56/36/36/12183479/3/9 20x920.jpg




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46. iceagecoming
06:53 PM GMT on êواêر 13, 2017


image for comment 44
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45. iceagecoming
06:51 PM GMT on êواêر 13, 2017
https://www.wunderground.com/news/alaska-frigid-bel ow-zero-temperatures-january-2017

Here we go, something on the horizon, could it be 40 below, don't know!

every time they forecast 5 above, it ends up at 7 below, odd how that works. (not)
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44. iceagecoming
06:43 PM GMT on êواêر 13, 2017
Warming update!
European deep freeze.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/eu rope-refugees-freeze-to-death-hypothermia-bulgaria -athens-cold-weather-serbia-sleeping-rough-a752010 6.html

Link





Link
Refugees freezing to death across Europe after 'continued failure' on crisis leaves thousands at risk
Two Iraqi men were found dead after walking for 48 hours through heavy snow

Lizzie Dearden, Niamh McIntyre @lizziedearden Wednesday 11 January 2017






CHICAGO (CBS) — Trains were running on a limited basis Thursday after weather was blamed for shutting down the South Shore Line.

Ice on overhead electric lines stopped several trains literally in their tracks.

Riders trying to get into the city found themselves sitting on trains for six or seven hours. Eventually, a decision was made to return them to their originating stations. And even then it was taking hours to get them back to where they started.



Link


News | Environment | Local
Portland Area Hit With Historic Snowfall Tuesday Night, More On The Way
by Bryan M. Vance Follow , Dave Blanchard Follow , and Conrad Wilson

Link


And the list goes on. and on, and on,,,,,,,
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43. Patrap
02:48 PM GMT on êواêر 13, 2017
Deep Dish Derp on a Friday.

Complete gish gallop of nothing.

For a first post, you could have drawn a clown maybe?

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42. Dauber303
12:15 PM GMT on êواêر 13, 2017
We can agree on your analysis of potential tactics, even if we don't agree necessarily on all of the data.
The other thing you could add to your list of effective tactics is persistence. What is presented should be consistent, what is given as accompanying verbage should always be consistent. And the point of view of science could be more consistent. Persistence is the quality you and your fellow scientists are missing. Build it from consistency.

The other thimng I would point out, is the media campaigns and social media shrieking is not productive. I ignore the FB screms and take the media with a very large grain of salt. Make your messsage more consumable.
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41. BaltimoreBrian
11:32 PM GMT on êواêر 12, 2017
*** Scientists Map Vast Peat Swamps, a Storehouse of Carbon, in Central Africa
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40. BaltimoreBrian
11:28 PM GMT on êواêر 12, 2017
Quoting 38. CaneFreeCR:

Re: Comment 34 - Bappit

President Trump will tweet you right! Making America grate again! W didn't do enough.
Trump tweeting as foretold in the complete chronicles of Jean Froissart (1337-1405), in the Froissart of Louis of Gruuthuse edition from the 1470s:

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39. BaltimoreBrian
11:11 PM GMT on êواêر 12, 2017
Dr. Rood, I did not see the recent documentary on Bosch--if the one you're thinking of is online somewhere I'd love you to post the link--on my blog if you like. I remember him from a sophomore art appreciation course. And if you visit my blog you'll see I've gone medieval lately. There are some other close-up details from his works that I decided not to post because they could be "too much".
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38. CaneFreeCR
08:31 PM GMT on êواêر 11, 2017
Re: Comment 34 - Bappit

President Trump will tweet you right! Making America grate again! W didn't do enough.
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37. Dr. Ricky Rood , Professor
08:07 PM GMT on êواêر 11, 2017
Have you seen the recent documentary on Bosch? I thought it excellent.

Quoting 28. BaltimoreBrian:

How climate change denier brains became that way, detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch.


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36. HotToddy62
07:33 PM GMT on êواêر 11, 2017
comment 34. bappit
You should win the Internet today for that comment.
+ 1,000
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