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‘Doomsday Clock’ Moved Back 1 Minute

A press release from the laughable Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:

‘Doomsday Clock’ Moves One Minute Away From Midnight

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Adjusts Clock From 5 to 6 Minutes Before Midnight; Encouraging Progress Seen Around Globe in Both Key Threat Areas:  Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change.

NEW YORK, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Citing a more "hopeful state of world affairs" in relation to the twin threats posed by nuclear weapons and climate change, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) is moving the minute hand of its famous Doomsday Clock one minute away from midnight. It is now 6 minutes to midnight.  The decision by the BAS Science and Security Board was made in consultation with the Bulletin’s Board of Sponsors, which includes 19 Nobel Laureates.

BAS announced the Clock change today at a news conference in New York City broadcast live at http://www.TurnBackTheClock.org for viewing around the globe.  The new BAS Web platform allows people in all nations to monitor and get involved in efforts to move the Doomsday Clock farther away from midnight.

In a statement supporting the decision to move the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock, the BAS Board said:  "It is 6 minutes to midnight. We are poised to bend the arc of history toward a world free of nuclear weapons.  For the first time since atomic bombs were dropped in 1945, leaders of nuclear weapons states are cooperating to vastly reduce their arsenals and secure all nuclear bomb-making material.  And for the first time ever, industrialized and developing countries alike are pledging to limit climate-changing gas emissions that could render our planet nearly uninhabitable.  These unprecedented steps are signs of a growing political will to tackle the two gravest threats to civilization — the terror of nuclear weapons and runaway climate change." 

Created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Doomsday Clock has been adjusted only 18 times prior to today, most recently in January 2007 and February 2002 after the events of 9/11. By moving the hand of the Clock away from midnight — the figurative end of civilization — the BAS Board of Directors is drawing attention to encouraging signs of progress.  At the same time, the small increment of the change reflects both the threats that remain around the globe and the danger that governments may fail to deliver on pledged actions on reducing nuclear weapons and mitigating climate change.

The BAS statement explains: "This hopeful state of world affairs leads the boards of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists — which include 19 Nobel laureates — to move the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock back from five to six minutes to midnight.  By shifting the hand back from midnight by only one additional minute, we emphasize how much needs to be accomplished, while at the same time recognizing signs of collaboration among the United States, Russia, the European Union, India, China, Brazil, and others on nuclear security and on climate stabilization."

The statement continues:  "A key to the new era of cooperation is a change in the U.S. government’s orientation toward international affairs brought about in part by the election of Obama.  With a more pragmatic, problem-solving approach, not only has Obama  initiated new arms reduction talks with Russia, he has started negotiations with Iran to close its nuclear enrichment program, and directed the U.S. government to lead a global effort to secure loose fissile material in four years.  He also presided over the U.N. Security Council last September where he supported a fissile material cutoff treaty and encouraged all countries to live up to their disarmament and nonproliferation obligations under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty …"

Lawrence Krauss, co-chair, BAS Board of Sponsors, foundation professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics departments, associate director, Beyond Center, co-director, Cosmology Initiative, and director, New Origins Initiative, Arizona State University, said:  "The time to begin to free ourselves from the terror of nuclear weapons and to slow drastic changes to our shared global environment is now.  We encourage scientists to fulfill their dual responsibilities of increasing their own, as well as the public’s understanding of these issues and to help lead the call to action.  We urge leaders to fulfill the promise of a nuclear weapon-free world and to act now to slow the pace of climate change. Finally, we call on citizens everywhere to raise their voices and compel public action for a safer world now and for future generations. Even though we are encouraged by recent developments, we are mindful of the fact that the Clock is ticking. "

Stephen Schneider, member, BAS Science and Security Board, professor of environmental biology and global change, Stanford University, co-director, Center for Environment Science and Policy of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and senior fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, said:  "We can no longer prevent global warming — it is upon us.  Rapidly melting polar icecaps, acidification of the oceans, loss of coral reefs, longer droughts, more devastating wildfires, and sea level rise that threatens island nations and seacoasts everywhere are clear signs of change in Earth’s climate. Disruptions of the monsoon seasons in India and China already threaten crop yields resulting in more frequent and severe food shortages than in the recent past … If we continue ‘business as usual’ our habitat could be disrupted beyond recognition, with consequences for our way of life that we cannot now foresee.  Without vigorous and immediate follow-up to the Copenhagen conference and well-conceived action we are all threatened by accelerating and irreversible changes to our planet …"

Jayantha Dhanapala, member, BAS Board of Sponsors, president, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, and chair, 1995 UN Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Conference, said: "In the saga of human history civilizations have been threatened both by natural causes and by man-made folly. Some have survived by making the necessary rational responses to the challenges. Others have gone under leaving only their ruins. Today it is the entire planet that stands imperiled by the danger of nuclear weapons and the real risk of climate change inexorably threatening our ecosystem. Both impending disasters are within our capabilities to remedy. The opportunity must be seized now out of a recognition that these are global dangers that transcend national boundaries."

Pervez Hoodbhoy [sic], member, BAS Board of Sponsors, professor of high energy physics, and head, Physics Department, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan, said:  "We may be at a turning point, where major powers realize that nuclear weapons are useless for war-fighting or even for deterrence. Threats to security are more likely to come from economic collapse, groups bent on terrorizing civilians, or from resource scarcity exacerbated by climate change and exploding populations, rather than from conflict between nuclear-armed superpowers.  Against these new threats, nuclear weapons are a liability because their possession by a few countries stimulates desire in other countries and complicates things immensely."

Kennette Benedict, executive director, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, said: "The emerging trends in international cooperation will provide a basis for collaborative problem-solving for a safer world.  But a handful of government officials, no matter how bold their vision, will not be able, on their own, to deal with the threats to civilization that we now face.  Leaders and citizens around the world will need to summon the courage to overcome obstacles to nuclear security and climate protection.  That is why we have created TurnBackTheClock.org to allow citizens around the world a means by which to get involved and to inspire leaders to take action." …

Of course this follows like the night the day with the election of a radical left Democrat President.

But, notice how suddenly “climate change” is as much of a threat as nuclear war.

Yes, these are serious scientists all right.

After all, they include 19 Nobel Laureates.

As of yet there is no comment about moving the clock back from the Mullahs in Iran or Mr. Kim Jong-Il of North Korea.

(Thanks to Notsoyoungjim for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 14th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

22 Responses to “‘Doomsday Clock’ Moved Back 1 Minute”

  1. White_Polluter says:

    What is not actually reported is that, if not for Obama, the clock would have been moved forward 3 minutes, so actually, Obama gets credit for a 4 minute reversal, greater than any president in history.

  2. proreason says:

    Clear evidence that education and intelligence are not related in any way.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    I’m quite comfortable with the idea that the time of the Left’s World is almost up. Blow the trumpets and bring on 2012, I say. Maybe then the rest of us can finally work for true peace.

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    “.. the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists .. ”

    So .. if we were to drop the word “Atomic” from their name, it would reflect their group and activity much more accurately!

    They would then be simply (and purely) more “BS”!!!

    Another waste of time and dollars.

  5. beautyofreason says:

    These fools would not know real danger if it hit them.
    Their speech is just another wreath of laurels for dear POTUS.

    In the past year, Iran has been pushing for nuclear weapons with almost no action from our government or the UN short of words. Iran is now handing us deadlines. Taliban groups attacked the Pakistani government and almost tapped into the country’s nuclear arsenal. Putin affirmed his willingness to use nuclear weapons if forced into a conflict. Same for the North Korean leader. Venezuela and the little dictator Chavez are considering a “peaceful” nuclear program.

    Obama’s “cooperation” with the world is little more than a few speeches to applause – no action, just promises and a few harsh words when he has to appear tough. That and drones to Pakistan, minimal troop increases in Afghanistan, and billions of tax dollars to third world governments (900 million to Fatah in the West Bank, for instance).

    Going soft on dictators, misnamed “cooperation,” may end up getting more people killed than you would experience in a small-scale conflict. Over 50 million civilians died during World War II, perhaps a result that started with the appeasement of Munich and Neville Chamberlain’s “peace of our times.” Being peaceful doesn’t insure peace.

    These scientists fail miserably when they play politics. They are too mired in political side swipes and utopian beliefs to grasp human nature. They think that a net reduction of nuclear weapons is of equal goodness no matter where it occurs, be it the United States (stable) or Pakistan (insane). Forget that there is always some dictator, somewhere, who does not have the same qualms in using WMD. Also these scientists think that any conflict, no matter where it occurs, is equally bad, and that war can never be used to stop greater conflicts from developing (ex. Japan, Germany).

    Being smart clearly doesn’t mean that you’ll get it right.

  6. Reality Bytes says:

    Phew! Just enough time to kiss my ass goodbye. Thanks Barry!

  7. GetBackJack says:

    Pretty well proves they are unaware of Scripture.

  8. Reality Bytes says:

    “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

    Mark 13:32

    http://www.biblegateway.com

    good reference. Lord knows we S&L’rs could use it.

    • jobeth says:

      My favorite…

      “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,”
      Romans 1:22

      Seems real wisdom is only as far away as this book of Books. Whether you believe or not…the Bible seems to have all the real answers. :-D If only they knew of it’s existance.

  9. lunaticcringeradio says:

    so the closer iran comes to developing nuclear weapons, and being that george bush is out and obama is in, that’s the reason that things are safer?

    it’s obvious these “scientists” aren’t rationally looking at a the reasonable threats building, but rather they feels it’s safe to polish a political agenda they believe knowing they wont be taken to task.

    any want to bat that these “scientists” have some strong affiliation with the “scientists” that say global warming is man made and a threat.

    what if some nutty terrorist nation pops one their nuclear firecrackers off without them forwarding the clock, how stooopid and out of touch would they look. or is this “clock” really only an indication of what threat the “scientists” perceive that america offers with it’s weapons. i have a feeling this “clock” looks like a salvador dali picture, ie skewed and warped.

  10. Tater Salad says:

    Stimulus money from Obama is going out faster than it can be counted and to his so-called “friends”.

    The latest example of this is a $500,000 grant to Michael Mann, Professor at Penn State University and unintended c0-star of the ClimateGate e-mail scandal. The leaked e-mails revealed collaboration among scientists to stifle dissenting views on the extent of man-made global warming.

    Mann is also the creator of the “Hockey Stick” graph, which purported to show a sharp increase in recent temperatures. That work has been thoroughly discredited by researcher Stephen McIntyre. Yet, in June 2009, the National Science Foundation awarded Mann a three-year $500,000 to further study the climate’s response to human activity. According to the grant award:

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I guess this is one case where “Mann is responsible for global warming”. Maybe that’s what they meant all along.

  11. Rip Cord says:

    Someone needs to come up with a JOB clock. Wouldn’t ya love to know what TIME it is on that one? LOL

    • 2old2givea says:

      Rip Cord, that’s actually an EXCELLENT idea… Brilliant!

      I’m very serious. Do the countdown clock on the REAL unemployment numbers, not just the official unemployment number. None of that “saved jobs” crap. Probably have to show it based an average of x previous months, some formula, but show it actually counting, like the National Debt site. For now, it would be counting down.

      What about number/percentages of privately-owned and government-owned businesses? You know what I mean, to show the government taking so much ownership in the banking industry, automobile industry, taking over student loans…

      WAIT! Combine it with a clock like the Doomsday Clock but let’s call it “The Tyranny Clock.” It needs to be done before Healthcare is a done deal. I don’t know, but I think it would be a powerful image and dammit, we need a powerful image. HUGE tick when Obama sworn in, ticks closer with all the TARPs, Stimulus, regulation of CO2, taking ownership in businesses, etc., etc., projected ticks for if Healthcare is passed, Cap and Trade, and so forth.

      Even if things were set right tomorrow, it would – and should – serve as a reminder for us and future generations to never let our guard down again, to scrutinize everything.

      The site would have to be able to handle a lot of traffic (ahem!). Again, this needs to be done FAST. I really like the idea of “The Tyranny Clock.” Is it really that nutty of an idea?

    • lunaticcringeradio says:

      it’d be spinning too fast into the negative to read right now.

    • 2old2givea says:

      Ah, c’mon “lunatic” you’re being too negative. (Sorry, I *really* could not help myself.)
      Just the fact that Brown is giving Croaked such a run for her and her lobbyist’s money should tick it down.

  12. wirenut says:

    This has all the ingredients of a Gary Larson, FAR SIDE cartoon. Fat lab coat intellectuals with Coke bottle glasses, some with facial hair to highlight their wisdom. All have pen pocket protectors with an instant read thermometer.
    Sure, their all scientists, but who needs a taxonomist or a paleontologist to tell me . THE END IS HERE! The foibles of this collected mass needs to be exposed. In order for you to fortify your credibility, a weather predicting ewe sheep named “Toby” would help also.

  13. beefeater says:

    And next week the press will turn it’s attention to that other important harbinger of the future…

    Punxsutawney Phil!

  14. Liberals Demise says:

    This is total Bullshiite!!
    Ask The Israelis how close the clock is!!


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