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AP: This Is What Global Warming Looks Like

From the always reactionary Associated Press:

This US summer is ‘what global warming looks like’

By SETH BORENSTEIN | July 3, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you want a glimpse of some of the worst of global warming, scientists suggest taking a look at U.S. weather in recent weeks.

Horrendous wildfires. Oppressive heat waves. Devastating droughts. Flooding from giant deluges. And a powerful freak wind storm called a derecho.

Aren’t we told whenever there are record-breaking cold winters, like there were across Europe and Russia last year, that it is foolish to base our conjectures on the short term weather?

These are the kinds of extremes climate scientists have predicted will come with climate change, although it’s far too early to say that is the cause. Nor will they say global warming is the reason 3,215 daily high temperature records were set in the month of June.

881 daily low temperature records were also set across the US in June.

Scientifically linking individual weather events to climate change takes intensive study, complicated mathematics, computer models and lots of time. Sometimes it isn’t caused by global warming. Weather is always variable; freak things happen.

But the AP will use an alarmist headline, anyway.

And this weather has been local. Europe, Asia and Africa aren’t having similar disasters now, although they’ve had their own extreme events in recent years.

But since at least 1988, climate scientists have warned that climate change would bring, in general, increased heat waves, more droughts, more sudden downpours, more widespread wildfires and worsening storms. In the United States, those extremes are happening here and now.

Just like we have extreme weather every year. In fact, we even had extreme weather before 1988.

So far this year, more than 2.1 million acres have burned in wildfires, more than 113 million people in the U.S. were in areas under extreme heat advisories last Friday, two-thirds of the country is experiencing drought, and earlier in June, deluges flooded Minnesota and Florida.

Just like every year, except the details change.

"This is what global warming looks like at the regional or personal level," said Jonathan Overpeck, professor of geosciences and atmospheric sciences at the University of Arizona. "The extra heat increases the odds of worse heat waves, droughts, storms and wildfire. This is certainly what I and many other climate scientists have been warning about."

According to Mr. Overpeck’s online biography: "Jonathan Overpeck, or "Peck" as he prefers to be called, is a founding co-director of the Institute of the Environment… He has published over 130 papers in climate and the environmental sciences, and recently served as a Coordinating Lead Author for the Nobel Prize winning UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment (2007)." — Which, of course, has been shot full of holes.

But the AP sure is able to find unbiased ‘scientists.’

Kevin Trenberth, head of climate analysis at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in fire-charred Colorado, said these are the very record-breaking conditions he has said would happen, but many people wouldn’t listen. So it’s I told-you-so time, he said

Kevin Trenberth’s name might sound familiar. It was all over the ‘hacked’ emails of Climate-Gate. In fact, Mr. Trenberth is said to have written the most atrocious email of them all. (See below.)

"What we’re seeing really is a window into what global warming really looks like," said Princeton University geosciences and international affairs professor Michael Oppenheimer. "It looks like heat. It looks like fires. It looks like this kind of environmental disasters."

From Mr. Oppenheimer’s online biography: "In the late 1980’s, Dr. Oppenheimer and a handful of other scientists organized two workshops under the auspices of the United Nations that helped precipitate the negotiations that resulted in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (signed at the 1992 Earth Summit) and the Kyoto Protocol. During that period, he co-founded the Climate Action Network. His research and advocacy work on acid rain also contributed to the passage of the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act."

So, again, there is very little scientific objectivity here.

Speaking of which, here is one of Mr. Trenberth’s Climate-gate emails, via James Delingpole at the UK’s Telegraph:

Climategate 2.0: the most damning email of them all

By James Delingpole | November 23rd, 2011

"What was the most damning email in the entire Climategate saga?" future historians will no doubt ask. "Was it the Hide the Decline one? Was it maybe the one where Michael Mann tries to recruit private detectives to spy on Steve McIntyre for the crime of debunking his Hockey Stick? Was it the one where Kevin Trenberth describes it as a "travesty" that he and his climate conspirators can’t account for the lack of warming?"

Nope. None of the above.

The worst, most toe curlingly awful, damning, vile, reprehensible, stomach-churningly dreadful email – the one that shows the Warmist junk-scientists in a light of such festering syphilitic repellence they can never possibly recover is this, the Christmas ditty specially written by Kevin Trenberth in celebration of the Nobel committee’s comedic decision to award the Peace Prize to Al Gore and the IPCC.

Hold onto your stomachs real tight boys and girls, here we go:

date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 08:58:09 -0700
from: Kevin Trenberth
subject: The first Nobel and other Christmas greetings
to: IPCC-group
Seasons greetings to you all, my fellow Nobel Laureates (even if we did not get to go to
I just want to wish you and your families all the best for the holiday season, and Merry
Christmas to those of you who celebrate that festival. As part of IPCC we have achieved
something to be proud of. Thank you for being a part of it with me.
At NCAR at the Christmas party a group made up a song that mentions by name all the NCAR
LAs in AR4. The song is below. You may appreciate it. (or not).
All the best for 2008.

Sung to tune of The first Noel
Our First Nobel
Our First Nobel, for the IPCC,
Goes to Beth, Bette, Bill, Jerry, Kathy and Guy.
Kevin, Linda, Paty, Re-to and so many more,
And we’re sharing the honor with Mister Al Gore.
Nobel, Nobel, a story to tell,
We hope our coworkers’ egos don’t swell.
The First Working Group said to sound the alarm,
Rising CO2 levels are causing great harm.
Temperatures and greenhouse gas are racing up neck and neck,
Soon the whole Earth will be hotter than heck.
Nobel, Nobel, the planet’s unwell,
This is the future the models foretell.
The Second Working Group said that change is assured,
>From the melting of glaciers to migration of birds.
>From loss of land and crops to habitats,
How can they make it much clearer than that?
Nobel, Nobel, the oceans swell,
Polar bears search for new places to dwell.
We must work to mitigate, tells us Working Group Three,
Change from fossil consumption to clean energy.
If we all do our share in reversing the trend,
Our children might have a clean Earth in the end.
Nobel, Nobel, sound the warning bell,
Let’s make a future where all can live well.
Nobel, Nobel, we are stars for a day,
Can an Oscar be far away?

Kevin E. Trenberth

This is not what science looks like.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “AP: This Is What Global Warming Looks Like”

  1. untrainable says:

    Let me begin by thanking the really smart person who explains climatology in terms we (derp!) can understand. Scientifically linking individual weather events to climate change takes intensive study, complicated mathematics, computer models and lots of time. Not to mention a most vivid imagination and the willingness to throw the scientific method out the window in lieu of political power and the driving force of this entire movement… Money.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. When they can reliably and accurately predict the weather more than one day in advance, I’ll reconsider their “science”. Until then I’ll give them the same weight I give to our local weatherman. Isn’t it interesting that 40 years ago we were being told that the earth’s climate was in danger. The change would be catastrophic. All life on earth would be changed forever because… we were on a downward trajectory toward another ice age.

    My favorite part of all this global warming junk pseudoscience is that the one factor these weasels never take into account… yup, you guessed it… THE FRIGGIN SUN. Morons.

    • Enthalpy says:

      Every time I see an article of this type, I think of Dr. Heidi Cullen, late of The Weather Channel and defender of the AGW faith. She was always going after the unbelievers among the AMS TV meteorologists stating that “If a meteorologist can’t speak to the fundamental science of climate change, then maybe the AMS shouldn’t give them a Seal of Approval.” Being wrong never slowed her down. Why can’t they let real science play out in all of this?

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    “more droughts, more sudden downpours” – interesting juxtaposition

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      The whole empty argument brought on by AGW freaks is so horrid that the only way they can “argue” their point-of-view is to claim that the rest of us rubes are just too stupid to realize that climate change will result in excess cold as well as excess heat.

      However, it’s really become a religion. It has all the dogma and belief system that any religion does and no evidence to support the mystical incantation of rising sea levels and melting glaciers.

      None of us will be alive in the future to witness a warmer earth…however with that said, the middle ages experienced some nasty droughts in Europe. The host/producer of the show ignorantly cited “climate change” as the reason culture in central England became more difficult then added “sound familiar?”.

      However, I did not see them uncover any SUV’s or oil-refining plants in their archaeological digs. Thus, if climate change happened, and I tend to believe that it did…over the course of just a half-century, then there had to be another reason. One that our modern-day “experts” don’t know.

      They have created the narrative, falsified evidence, made the story up out of whole cloth and expect the rest of us to just believe it. If we don’t we’re somehow mental pedestrians who can’t figure out how a zipper works…or feed ourselves.

      This type of elite arrogance surfaces and re-surfaces throughout history. All it needs is a group of people who are insulated from reality and who get their funding from other elites who are political power-brokers. Henry the Eighth, The Medici family, Dukes, Lords and land barons of the middle ages.

      Nothing new. Nothing at all.

    • Right of the People says:


      Don’t forget the droughts of the 1930s. The dust bowl out in the center of the country and in Australia they had a ten year long drought the nearly killed the sheep industry. Was that “global warming, climate change” too?

      In the midst of all this terrible global warming here in Vermont we had the coldest winter on record. I would have loved some “global warming” that year.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:


    “If I had a kid who was global warming, it would look like this.”

  4. wirenut says:

    And Man has Spoken! I use a full roll of global warming freaks once a week. They seem to go down without much trouble, and with seldom plungeing.

  5. Chase says:

    Not exactly on point with Global Warming, but the libtards are working two angles for to use in seeking to place blame and make mileage out of the fires in the West –

    Guns blamed for sparking some wildfires in West

    “We’re not trying to pull away anyone’s right to bear arms. I want to emphasize that,” said Louinda Downs, a county commissioner in fire-prone Davis County, Utah. “We’re just saying, target practice in winter. Target practice on the gun range. When your pleasure hobby is infringing or threatening someone else’s right to have property or life, shouldn’t we be able to somehow have some authority so we can restrict that?”


  6. captainfish says:

    “If you want a glimpse of some of the worst of global warming, scientists suggest taking a look at U.S. weather in recent weeks.”

    Interesting. Well, if this is the worst it gets, then our future is pretty safe. Because, all we have now is pretty common. Put that NE’rn storm out in the plains and we call that a normal spring storm.

    And as for those fires in Colorado? Thanks to Obama and the EPA and the Forest Service, they are preventing the use of large tanker air fleet. They limit the size of tanker planes to no more than 5,000 gallons and ONLY award flight contracts to small businesses.

    Thanks to that, the Evergreen’s 25,000 gallon 747 tanker sits unused. As well as some of the 10-15,000 gallon tankers.

    Obama: “I like watching it burn”

  7. canary says:

    I do not believe one bit heat records are being broken. They didn’t even say in how long.
    You can’t even trust the weather news.

    And global warmers will go so far to say that it needs to get hotter in the summer and colder in the winter.

  8. canary says:

    All this weather has happened since the beginning of the earth. The plagues, floods, tornadoes, etc.

    I guess they don’t like Benjamin Franklin for taking the lightening in the sky.

    Now we have idiots in the media reporting the madness of men such as studying Dino’s manure.

  9. AcornsRNutz says:

    Oh, record heat in the US brings back the term “global warming”, which shows up a lot less when record cold is blamed on “climate change”. This is pathetic.

  10. Tater Salad says:

    This is what The President, Barack Obama’s green energy and global arming looks like:

    Your taxes, your money and your lively hood have been “Re-Distributed” by the way of Obama-Cronyism. Here is the list of failed and bankrupt green energy companies that have also donated to the Barack Obama re-election campaign. ( Cut & Paste )

    List Of Failed Green Energy Jobs – By Obama

    Solar Trust of America: FAIL
    Bright Source: FAIL
    Solyndra: FAIL – ($535 Million)
    LSP Energy: (Light Squared) FAIL
    Energy Conversion Devices: FAIL
    Abound Solar: FAIL
    SunPower: FAIL
    Beacon Power: FAIL
    Ecotality: FAIL
    A123 Solar: FAIL
    UniSolar: FAIL
    Azure Dynamics: FAIL
    Evergreen Solar: FAIL – ($5.3 Million)
    Ener1: FAIL .
    Geothermal Power ($98.5 million)
    Embraer of Brazil ($1 billion)
    Siga Technology Inc ($433 million)
    Granite Reliable Wind Generation ($168.9 million)
    Tonopah Solar Company – Crescent Dunes ($737 million)
    CH2M Hill ( $2 Billion)
    Spectra Watt ($500,000) bankrupted
    Mountain Plaza ($424,000) bankrupted

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