“After citing numerous challenges to the alleged 'settled science' of climate change, Dr Lindzen concluded his comments by saying "Perhaps we should stop accepting the term 'skeptic'. Skepticism implies doubts about a plausiable proposotion. The current global warming alarm hardly represents a plausible proposition, Twenty years of repetition and escalation of claims does not make it more plausible.”
Richard Lindzen, 17 Nov 2009, at US House of Representatives SubCommittee on Technology and Science
David Hume, An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals
Vaclav Klaus, May 2011.
Delingpole - http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100091710/vote-blue-go-green-ruin-britain/
Thomas Sowell, http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2011/07/05/politics_versus_reality
Donna Laframboise, http://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2011/08/02/greenpeaces-fear-machine/
Headline used for climate article in 2007: http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpage/2007/01/08/01291.html (hat tip: http://dailybayonet.com/?p=9095)
Professor Judith Curry http://judithcurry.com/2011/10/27/candid-comments-from-global-warming-scientists/
Julian Simon in 1995 (http://www.juliansimon.org/writings/Articles/EARTHDA5.txt)
MichaelC58, commenting on an article
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" ... I became outraged when I discovered that much of what the IPCC and the media were telling us was sheer nonsense and was not even supported by any scientific facts and measurements. To this day I still feel shame that as a scientist I made presentations of their science without first checking it."
Physicist and meteorologist Klaus-Eckart Puls, http://notrickszone.com/2012/05/09/the-belief-that-co2-can-regulate-climate-is-sheer-absurdity-says-prominent-german-meteorologist/
Removed 26 June 2012
"It is hard not to be dismayed by the feeble-mindedness of the useful idiots who are the cannon-fodder of Greenpeace, the World Wide Fund and suchlike sinister, corrupt, stinking-rich, taxpayer-subsidized environmentalist mega-corporations that cynically profit from the doom-laden falsehoods they so artfully but mendaciously peddle to the ignorant and the innocent."
Christopher Monckton, 25th June 2012. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/06/25/dont-worry-about-the-ickle-birdies/#more-66194
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"We all know that climate scientists have said their computer models show that the world is going to get warmer, and catastrophically so. And they are very sure of this. They are more reticent about their models’ almost unbroken record of overestimating future warming but, undeterred by these shortcomings, other scientists then take the model predictions as gospel truth and try work out what this warming might mean in terms of impacts on the real world. Then the economists get involved; they crunch the numbers even further, giving us the economic cost of the theoretical impacts of the hypothetical predictions of the unvalidated climate models."
Andrew Montford, 21st September 2012. http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2012/09/alex-salmond-is-betting-on-the-scots-subsidising-electricity-for-the-english/
Removed 11 October 2012
"It could not be simpler: if the rain falls or drought strikes; if the wind blows a gale or there is none at all; whether it’s heat or hard frost; it’s all ‘because of the greenhouse effect’, and we are to blame! An easy argument but stupid! The Fourth Report of the IPCC might just as well decree the suppression of all climatological textbooks, and replace them in our schools and universities with its press communiqués!"
Marcel Leroux. 'Global Warming: Myth or Reality' ( http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/11/tabloid-climatology-may-be-the-real-reason-for-the-marcel-leroux-william-connolley-wikipedia-dustup/#more-72268)
Removed 7 November 2012
"Anthony Watts is as much a part of the climate science community as are those who wrote the IPCC reports. It is just that those who wrote those reports consciously decided to exclude viewpoints such as Anthony’s."
Roger Pielke, http://pielkeclimatesci.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/interview-with-james-wynn-in-the-english-department-at-carnegie-mellon-university/ Referring to manager of this blog: http://wattsupwiththat.com/
Removed 15 November 2012
Removed 27 November 2012
"Note this well: when the people who talk loudest about saving the planet lack the self-discipline to avoid pointless air travel and consumption, when even they can’t bring themselves to forfeit their annual getaway in order to spare the environment, the rotten heart of the climate change movement becomes clear."
Donna Laframboise, http://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2012/11/27/the-climate-change-echo-chamber/
"On the Idiotic Notion that the Global Warming Skeptics are Anti-Science
"If we get no warming for another year or too, then there will be no school students who have experienced global warming in their lifetime."
'Andy scrase' commenting here: http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/3/5/a-despotism-over-the-mind.html
"We have normal people like me who realize that to be green is to be irrational, misanthropic and morally defective. I do think clarity is important." Rich Koslovich
"Secretary [of Education] Bennett makes, I think, an interesting analogy. He says that if you serve a child a rotten hamburger in
Ronald Reagan, http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1988/022288a.htm
"The global warming scientific establishment is starting to look like the final days of the Soviet Union. On the surface it appears impregnable and the dissidents are a minor problem. But the huge soviet edifice quickly collapsed when people lost their fear of the system and the functionaries stopped following orders. There came a point when everyone decided to stop living a lie."
Norman Rogers, http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/05/is_roy_spencer_the_worlds_most_important_scientist.html
"Reassuring people about environmental and resource scares is not easy. It is like reassuring a small child that night noises do not imply danger. You can investigate room after room with the child. But the fears reappear later, and are directed to places you did not investigate. Perhaps vague fears are an ineradicable part of our nature, so long as we lack solid knowledge of the actual conditions. But policymakers must try to rise above the childish and primitive thinking of these scares, and to gain the necessary knowledge, so as not to make costly and destructive decisions. "
Julian Simon, http://www.juliansimon.com/writings/Ultimate_Resource/TCHAR18.txt
"So here’s my own message to young people currently in their twenties:
While your “settled science” – that proud consensus – is a roll-call of the vain pretentious,
Your fellow travellers, who so richly gain, from coasting on this gravy train.
But when your friends are wrong – which is hardly new – you label it as “Peer Review”.
Peter Hitchens, http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2014/04/beware-of-the-green-rapture-it-may-not-happen-.html
"A few years back, we were going to be killed by global cooling , overpopulation, pesticide residues, West Nile virus, bird flu, Y2K, cellphone radiation, mad cow disease, etc. Now it's global warming. Reporters don't make these scares up. The recent hype about global warming comes from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Most of its members are serious scientists. But reporters don't realize that those scientists, like bird flu specialists, have every incentive to hype the risk. If their computer models (which so far have been wrong) predict disaster, they get attention and money. If they say, "I'm not sure," they get nothing."
John Stossel, http://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2014/04/16/earth-daze-n1824928/page/full
"We live in a world where one in six deaths are caused by easily curable infectious diseases; one in eight deaths stem from air pollution, mostly from cooking indoors with dung and twigs; and billions of people live in abject poverty, with no electricity and little food. We ought never to have entertained the notion that the world’s greatest challenge could be to reduce temperature rises in our generation by a fraction of a degree."
Bjorn Lomborg, http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/bj-rn-lomborg-says-that-the-un-climate-panel-s-latest-report-tells-a-story-that-politicians-would-prefer-to-ignore
"Intolerant belief is clawing back the ground it lost in the age of enlightenment, but the people doing it this time around are actually crusading fundamentalists pretending to be scientists. They’re nothing more than a new age sect of clerics who’ve allowed their messianic beliefs to swamp their judgement to the point where they’ve essentially traduced a branch of science, but for the best of all possible intentions. They are, after all, on a mission to save the very planet."
'Angry, condescending academics are nothing new. And ridding the world of them would not make it a better place. But the Academy had a culture — was a culture — in which pig-ignorant angry, condescending academics could be kept in check, either by squabbles with each other, or through institutions like peer-review or through criticism from more reasonable academics. Either as cause or effect, academe seems no longer able to foster debate, especially on the issue of climate change.'
Ben Pile, http://www.climate-resistance.org/2014/06/why-do-environmentalists-hate-liberty.html
"But the one truly bonkers thing to do would be to go unilaterally into a policy of subsidising the rich to install technologies that drive up the cost of energy, desecrate the countryside, kill golden eagles, clear-cut swamp forests in North Carolina, turn grain into motor fuel, so driving up the price of food and killing people, and prevent poor people in Africa getting loans to build coal-fired, cheap power stations instead of inhaling smoke from wood fires cut from virgin forests."
Matt Ridley http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/9176121/armageddon-averted/
"I dislike appeals to authority on principle, but appeals to authority in climate science are especially absurd, given that the authorities are so laughably unauthoritative."
Mark Steyn, http://www.steynonline.com/6547/when-science-is-settled-by-government
'“things are, in fact, more complicated than we thought.”
'The global warming hypothesis was a godsend to the New Left. It provided a means of attacking industry and capitalism through the one great essential to modern life, energy. Anyone who questioned the dogma was subject to insults and threats, including the appalling crudity and tastelessness of being likened to the holocaust deniers.' John Brignell, 2008
'A vociferous belief in the danger of climate change may be a marker for a shallow thinker. It doesn't take a lot of research to realize that the "we are doomed by climate change" story is full of holes.'
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'When I ask them what they want, a typical response is “radical transformation of the economy” to reduce income inequality, racism and sexism and, of course, to end climate change. Government will command these changes to achieve this transformation. These are young Stalinists who are willing to suspend almost every basic freedom and civil liberty for “the greater good.'
Stephen Moore, http://patriotpost.us/opinion/39101
'There’s something Eric Hoffer said: “Intellectuals cannot operate at room temperature.” There always has to be a crisis–some terrible reason why their superior wisdom and virtue must be imposed on the unthinking masses. It doesn’t matter what the crisis is. A hundred years ago it was eugenics. At the time of the first Earth Day a generation ago, the big scare was global cooling, a big ice age. They go from one to the other. It meets their psychological needs and gives them a reason for exercising their power.'
Thomas Sowell, http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2009/11/29/intellectuals-cannot-operate-at-room-temperature/#undefined
'Millions die worldwide every year because they do not have cheap, clean, continuous, low-tech, coal-fired electricity, to replace the wood, grass and animal dung fires they must use to cook their food and heat their homes. Given the growing and flagrant discrepancies between prediction and observation that we have revealed here for the first time, the moral case for defunding the profiteers of climate doom and redeploying the money to give coal-fired light and heat to the world's poorest people is overwhelming.
'The Climate activist appeal to reason has failed – their evidence sucks, their models don’t work, public interest is plummeting, and their habit of calling people names, when their shoddy science is questioned, is starting to wear thin. The obvious, if audacious solution – roll back the clock, and restore the Dark Age of unquestioning obedience to arbitrary authority.'
Eric Worral, http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/03/31/the-new-dark-age-exploiting-faith-to-coerce-climate-obedience/
'After a couple of decades in the fight, we’ve hung on in through the bad old days and are not just still in it, but are finally gaining substantial ground. We’ve got some real rather than cardboard heroes in our ranks. Pick a reputation you like or a person; Lindzen, Moore, Steyn, Vahrenholt, Ridley, Soon, Montford, Curry, Bellamy, Nova, Dyson, Watts, Bengtsson and Verdier, to name but a few.'
Removed 08 May 2016
'I must say, I find the green obsession with frightening the kids with apocalyptic fairy tales, dressed up as predictions, a little disturbing. '
Eric Worrall http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/08/20/claim-you-need-science-fiction-to-make-sense-of-climate-change/
Removed 20 Sep 2016
'Computer modelling of the earth's climate is a valid activity carried out in private between consenting adults who understand its considerable limitations. Using it to scare the human race into believing they or their children are in danger of drowning as a result of their own modern lifestyles is criminal. Ironically, the climate science industry is largely populated by individuals who are in it precisely in order to fund their own modern lifestyles.'
esmiff, in a comment here: http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2016/5/13/how-low-can-ecs-go.html
'First, the non-climatic effects of carbon dioxide are dominant over the climatic effects and are overwhelmingly beneficial. Second, the climatic effects observed in the real world are much less damaging than the effects predicted by the climate models, and have also been frequently beneficial.'
in Foreword to http://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2015/10/benefits1.pdf
'Ever notice how actual climate results are never part of the claimed benefits of green energy? Measures of success are always carbon emissions reduced, houses powered, kilowatts generated, and carbon credits purchased. No one ever talks about actual reductions in temperature or about droughts, floods, or hurricanes to be averted by using renewable energy. Adoption of green policies is as hollow as building a hospital and never curing a patient or raising an army and never taking a hill.'
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/08/22/apple-and-google-pour-billions-down-a-green-drain/ 'The climate change debate is being dominated not by scientists, but by pseudo-scientist ideology-driven zealots. They approach it backward, with a conclusion firmly in mind. Whatever they can contort into supporting the hypothesis, they keep. All else they often reject or downplay. The facts are made submissive to the conclusion.'
'Finally, it is essential that intellectual integrity be restored to the scientific profession. Too much money has been devoted to funding global warming scientists, who have depended for their livelihood on a high level of public and political anxiety about global warming, and have hence tended to suppress the evidence against the popular hysteria. .... Enlightenment standards of scientific integrity have been subverted by government cash and media hysteria. For the sake of all our futures this must never be allowed to happen again.'
Martin Hutchinson, http://www.tbwns.com/2015/07/20/the-bears-lair-global-warming-hysteria-one-huge-ghastly-mistake/
"The statistical methods used in the paper are so bad as to merit use in a class on how not to do applied statistics.
"Personally I’ve always wondered if there is a correspondence between promotion of green ideas, and poor life choices made by far too many of our children – if you tell a child they have no future, that the world is about to be destroyed, that its all their parent’s fault, and that there is nothing they can do about it, don’t expect them to be enthusiastic about doing their homework."
Eric Worrall, http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/08/15/a-climate-of-despair-climategate-had-more-effect-than-we-realize/
"The origins of warmism lie in a cocktail of ideas which includes anti-industrial nature worship, post-colonial guilt, a post-Enlightenment belief in scientists as a new priesthood of the truth, a hatred of population growth, a revulsion against the widespread increase in wealth and a belief in world government."
"Thanks to climate change scams, swine flu and a whole host of own-goals, the status of the white-coated prima donnas and narcissists has never been lower in the public esteem. It was Rush Limbaugh, of all unlikely candidates, who at the height of the Climategate exposé made the thoughtful point that more than climate was at stake: the credibility of the entire scientific community was collapsing. He was right. After a period of priest-like authority, the pointy-heads in lab coats have re-assumed the role of mad cranks they enjoyed from the days of Frankenstein to boys’ comics in the 1950s."
Gerald Warner http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/geraldwarner/100022443/government-scientific-advisers-who-needs-these-nuts-in-white-coats/
"Climate Change. A term, which attempts to take the natural weather pattern and attribute it to the activities of humans. Heavily adopted recently for use to promote cave living, the idea that humans are a noxious virus on planet Earth, and the practice of greater separation between the rich and the poor. " One of the definitions of 'climate change' in the Urban Dictionary (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=climate%20change)
"A senior Australian police officer specializing in organised-crime frauds tells me the pattern of fraud on the part of a handful of climate scientists may yet lead to prosecutions.
Christopher Monckton, early in 2013 (
"Every year climate science seems to get less sure until I want to shout 'Just vanish back into obscurity until you've got a handle on this mess! Go on, go to your room and don't come out till your predictions last longer than it takes the ink to dry on them.' "
"There’s a line of dialogue in the original Terminator movie, where Kyle Reese is trying to get Sarah Connor to get her head right about what she’s up against. It’s very appropriate when dealing with a dedicated climate activist. “Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.”
That’s all you need to know about them, and after that, the only thing remaining is to figure out is how to beat them." - Pointman, http://thepointman.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/know-your-enemy-the-climate-activist/
"Misleading public claims. An over-hyped press release. A paper which neglects to include materially relevant and contradictory information central to its core argument. All in all, just a normal day in climate science!"
Roger Pielke Jnr in connection with junk promoted by Munich Re - arch-exploiters of climate scaremongering.
"Expensive energy is not a good thing for anyone, wealthy or poor. And in particular, more expensive energy condemns the poor to lives of increased misery and privation ... So I’m sorry, but I am totally unwilling to trade inexpensive energy today, which is the real actual salvation of the poor today, for some imagined possible slight reduction in the temperature fifty years from now."
Willis Eschenbach, http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/01/13/we-have-met-the-1-and-he-is-us/
"The blind adherence to the harebrained idea that climate models can generate "realistic"
simulations of climate is the principal reason why I remain a climate skeptic. From my
background in turbulence I look forward with grim anticipation to the day that climate
models will run with a horizontal resolution of less than a kilometer. The horrible
predictability problems of turbulent flows then will descend on climate science with a
Henk Tennekes, http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/commentaries/tennekes_essays_climate_models.pdf
"Rig public enquiries, hound blameless people out of their jobs, breach Freedom of Information laws, abuse the scientific method, lie, threaten, bribe, cheat, adopt nakedly political positions in taxpayer-funded academic and advisory posts that ought to be strictly neutral, trample on property rights, destroy rainforests, drive up food prices (causing unrest in the Middle East and starvation in the Third World), raise taxes, remove personal freedoms, artificially raise energy prices, featherbed rent-seekers, blight landscapes, deceive voters, twist evidence, force everyone to use expensive, dim light bulbs, frighten schoolchildren, bully adults, increase unemployment, destroy democratic accountability, take control of global governance and impose a New World Order."
James Delingpole, 'Watermelons' (quoted here: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100196238/why-we-fight/)
“The science is in, the truth is out, the models are off, green investments are down, Al Gore is through, the game is up and the scare is over.”
Viscount Monckton in Gibraltar, http://www.chronicle.gi/headlines_details.php?id=26352