Why is there so much preoccupation with atmospheric CO2 concentrations and reducing anthropogenic CO2 emissions when it is well documented in the peer-reviewed scientific literature that the CO2 contribution to the overall greenhouse effect is so weak that it can be easily supplanted by small changes in clouds and water vapor, or natural climate-changing constituents?


Thursday, 20 February 2014

Children of the Climate Scare Growing Up Badly

See how some of them are begging their parents, with a childish and offensive banner, to help rescue them from bad things:
The Guardian

These young people could have had climate scare talk directed at them in the nursery, at primary and secondary school, from the BBC and The Guardian and The Independent, and when they got to Oxford they met with climate scare evangelist Myles Allen (see his words at their site ).

Meanwhile, throughout their education so far, there has been no global warming of the kind used to launch this particular climate scare.  Remember Wirth’s hot meeting room in 1988?  Hansen’s hot testimony there? Gore’s stepladder?  The flood of books and websites for children and teachers pointing to rising global mean temperature as if that was irrefutable proof of a man-made catastrophe?   

There has been no upward movement of that particular measure for some 17 years (cue the invention of alternatives by the evangelists such as heat disappearing into oceans which had previously only been used by alarmists for hyping sea-level rises rather than for gobbling up infra-red from CO2 and keeping it out of the atmosphere by some magic yet to be elucidated).

What chance had these Children of the Scare? They seem to have little science (check out their 'Team'), and what they do have may have been distorted by the glib assurances and simple-minded notions about the so-called greenhouse effect and the relative importance of CO2 in the climate system pushed by climate campaigners.  In their world, for example, it is obvious, and needs no data, that hurricanes must get more frequent and more fierce. Trenberth after all, contrived a press conference to that effect to take advantage of a lively hurricane season in the USA*. Meanwhile, genuine experts in hurricanes pointed out that no such effect had been found (see Chap. 26 of The Delinquent Teenager for example).  Not so good for headlines, not so good for vivid tales in school books.  I wonder if many Children of the Scare have any notion of such reservations by experts?  Or that they can be found for each and every one of the various planks of the case for alarm?  I suspect not.

 As for urging investments into such as wind-subsidy farms, solar-subsidy farms, and associated manufacturing industries, my previous post illustrates some of the risks involved there.  The long string of green bankruptices in the States and elsewhere would seem to make the pursuit of such investments by pension funds a peculiar, and grossly irresponsible thing to do.

* That was 2004.  It seems he is still getting up to such tricks ten years later:  http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/02/19/comment-on-kevin-trenberths-interview-on-february-17-2014-an-example-of-misrepresenting-climate-science/

Note added 06 April 2014.  The launch event for this nasty escapade is described here: http://st-hughsmcr.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/launch-event-of-push-your-parents.html?showComment=1393543747300


  1. I wouldn't have thought I could have got more depressed about all this. I was wrong. I could and I did. After reading what I found by following your link to 'their team' I couldn't really work out whether I was angry, distressed or simply nearer accepting that I don't belong in this society.

    I went down the list of names and asked myself 'Does the description associated with this person sound like they might be useful to society? Apart from a few technical skills, I couldn't see that anyone listed could contribute anything of much value to anyone else. I have managed to stave off a personal meltdown of sorts by identifying that they are the victims of child abuse and not entirely responsible for their actions. That is, the useful thing that they have done is to provide good evidence that what they have been subjected to is religious indoctrination (see http://right2think.org/index.php/atheism-and-religion/120-religious-indoctrination-is-child-abuse).

    This is brave work you are doing JS. It is something that requires an ability to cope with the avalanche of crap that has descended on us all, so well done for keeping going. When politicians, middle classes and the media align in the way that they have, on matters that are driven forward by opinion rather than evidence and with the indoctrination led abuse of children, prospects look bleak. It needs at least one party to break from their cabal for any prospect of change within our lifetime?

    PS Is the Independent trying to out-Guardian the Guardian?

  2. It is depressing, but there is still hope that some children passing through the climate scare gauntlets at school and through the mass media will shrug it off immediately, and many others will do so later as and when they learn more about the tawdry campaigning and weak science to which they have been exposed. Thanks again for your encouragement for this blog.