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Tom Halla
December 22, 2023 10:08 am

Nomatter what happens, it is due to climate change!

Reply to  Tom Halla
December 22, 2023 10:10 am

President Gay of Harvard says, “No matter what happens, it’s due to climate change.”

Reply to  Scissor
December 22, 2023 11:01 am

“It’s due to climate change. No matter what happens,”

President Gay.


Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  HotScot
December 22, 2023 11:25 am

climate change is due to climate change

climate nut jobs 🙂

Bill Powers
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 22, 2023 11:46 am

When one considers that the climate changed before man discovered the use for fossil fuel as energy or better yet that it changed before man period, then a reasonable conclusion is that climate change is due to climate change

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Bill Powers
December 22, 2023 11:54 am

exactly- every change for whatever reason (geologic, the sun, volcanoes, whatever) will cause more changes

like evolution- a new species arises and it effects everything else in its ecosystem- the system adjusts, it doesn’t collapse

then come naked apes- they change things- the system adjusts- it doesn’t collapse- there is no fuc*ing emergency- ticks me off living here in Wokeachusetts!

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 23, 2023 3:43 am

Climate change is a new source of power, more powerful than coal, oil or nuclear. It is more effective than old-fashioned ‘tyranny’ in allowing politicians to have complete control over people, against their free will. Because they don’t have to use spears, arrows or bullets to dominate the people. They only have to say those powerful words ‘due to climate change’.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Johanus
December 23, 2023 4:11 am

it’s Kafkaesque

Reply to  Scissor
December 22, 2023 12:24 pm

No more like it is due to racism. Another whipping pole of the left.

Reply to  rah
December 22, 2023 1:07 pm

Climate change is due to racism.

Reply to  Tony_G
December 22, 2023 1:31 pm

and racism is due to climate change.

David Wojick
Reply to  Tom Halla
December 22, 2023 10:24 am

Only if it is bad. No land falling hurricanes for over a decade is never blamed on climate change. Or a nice warm winter. Etc.

Gunga Din
Reply to  David Wojick
December 22, 2023 2:05 pm

If it’s not bad, it’s not mentioned.
The MSM will focus on something else.
(OH! Look! A squirrel just drowned in Wokeachusetts!)

December 22, 2023 10:12 am

Pure genius on the part of Scott Adams to sum the whole thing up so simply.

December 22, 2023 10:18 am

A bit off-topic: don’t tell the alarmists, but that catastrophically melting Antarctic sea ice due to the boiling oceans and the infernal temperatures of 2023? Well, it’s back at 1979 levels. (1979 in red, 2023 in blue).
Crisis narrowly averted [/sarc].

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Krishna Gans
Reply to  Tommy2b
December 22, 2023 10:29 am

What crisis ? 😀

Reply to  Krishna Gans
December 22, 2023 11:07 am

The 😉 Crisis.

Y’know….the thing.

Rich Davis
Reply to  HotScot
December 22, 2023 11:59 am

End quotation. Repeat the line.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Krishna Gans
December 22, 2023 2:16 pm

What crisis!?!
The “Existential” one that no one would notice if they weren’t told it was there, Silly!
(And before anyone mentions hurricanes, floods, droughts, etc., name a time before the first “fossil” was burned when such things didn’t occur?)

Reply to  Tommy2b
December 22, 2023 10:40 am
Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Paul Homewood
December 22, 2023 11:44 am

nice chart and informative!

Octopuses help solve a long-standing mystery of West Antarctica demise

(It’s pay-walled so I’m posting all of it- not because I agree- but it’s another example of climate scientists trying too hard?)

If all of the ice covering western Antarctica today melted, global sea level would rise 4 to 5 meters higher, causing major flooding and issues for communities worldwide. It’s a worrying scenario, but it’s happened before. Just ask an octopus.

Turquet’s octopuses, a species of cephalopod found in the Southern Ocean, were able to move around a melted West Antarctic Ice Sheet as recently as 125,000 years ago, according to new research published Thursday in the journal Science. That timing is key, because it’s also the last time temperatures on Earth matched today’s exceptional heat. It could suggest another ice-free period in the region may be nigh, signaling a coming collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

“The findings are concerning as they provide very strong evidence that [the] West Antarctic Ice Sheet becomes unstable and collapses when global temperatures warm by more than 1.5C above preindustrial and if that warming is sustained,” Tim Naish, a co-author of the new study, said in an email.

“The world is on track to pass the 1.5C climate target in the next five years” due to warming from greenhouse gas emissions, added Naish, a paleoclimatologist at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet has collapsed multiple times during past warm periods in Earth’s history. Those warm periods were caused by normal variations in Earth’s orbit, which altered the amount of sunlight hitting the planet over tens of thousands of years, unlike today’s human-induced global warming.

Some records indicate the ice sheet naturally collapsed sometime in the past 1 million years, but scientists lacked evidence to better pinpoint the time. Now, octopuses would be their clock.

Turquet’s octopuses may not be the most charismatic animals on the continent, but the small seafloor-dwelling creatures have inhabited the region for millions of years. Individuals only live for a handful of years, but their DNA is a time capsule of the lives of their ancestors.

Like performing a 23andMe test on a human, the team analyzed genetic material from nearly 100 octopuses from the Southern Ocean preserved in museums and for research. Some samples were decades old and degraded, but new genetic sequencing technology allowed the team to analyze the genomic data in higher resolution than ever before.

The findings were surprising. Octopuses located thousands of miles apart around the continent — in the Weddell, Amundsen and Ross seas — were genetically similar. Today, the ice sheet physically separates those seas. Given that Antarctic octopuses don’t travel much, it’s unlikely they trekked around the continent. So, how did the species branch out to such distances?

Using the same types of models to test past human migration patterns, the team simulated different scenarios to figure out the octopuses’ historical voyages. They ran hundreds of thousands of variations under scenarios in which the ice sheet was completely intact, partially collapsed and completely collapsed.

One path stood out: The octopuses traveled in direct routes between the seas after the western ice sheet fully melted, opening up gaps in the rocks between the regions.

The octopuses “found pathways [in the sea] for them to migrate” over generations, said Sally Lau, lead author of the study and a biologist at James Cook University. “When they migrate, they interbreed with each other, and [genes flow] from one population to the other population.”

Scientists worry the Last Interglacial period could be an indicator of what’s to come for today’s Earth. Today’s global temperatures are already about 1.2 degrees Celsius above the preindustrial average. Without any foreseeable technological solution to remove carbon from our atmosphere, Naish said we are “dangerously close to triggering collapse of the Antarctic Ice Sheet,” which would continue to raise global sea levels for centuries.

“We are certain that if we keep the amount of warming at the level we are experiencing right now, sea level will ultimately reach that level” seen during the Last Interglacial, said Tina van de Flierdt, a paleoclimate researcher at Imperial College London who was not involved in the study. “What we do not know is how fast this will happen.”

Sea levels are already projected to increase 30 centimeters by the end of this century, but van de Flierdt said the rise could be as high as 1 or 2 meters if the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapses at 1.5 or 2 degrees of warming — as the study suggests.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 22, 2023 1:35 pm

The entirety of the Holocene Optimum, at least 5000 years long, were several degrees warmer than today, and nothing bad happened. In fact life and civilization thrived.

Richard Page
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 22, 2023 4:06 pm

So the frickin’ geniuses have just rediscovered that the last interglacial was warmer than this one. Well doesn’t that just deserve the slow handclap! The rest is complete crap as per usual.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Richard Page
December 23, 2023 8:43 am

it deserves a one hand handclap

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 23, 2023 6:15 am

I saw four or five articles written yesterday on this same subject.

There are a lot of alarmist climate change parrots out there. And the reason is they get paid to be climate alarmist parrots.

This is a ridiculous study. It would take thousands of years for the ice to melt. And they are just pulling that 1.5C figure out of thin air, just like the original climate alarmists pulled it out of thin air. They are seeing what they want/expect to see.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
December 23, 2023 9:20 pm

“The West Antarctic Ice Sheet has collapsed multiple times during past warm periods in Earth’s history. Those warm periods were caused by normal variations in Earth’s orbit, which altered the amount of sunlight hitting the planet over tens of thousands of years”

Apart from the fact that the paper appears to be circular logic, in that the model doesn’t allow a marine creature to find its way through the water that always exists around the edge of an ice sheet, it says that the ice sheet has collapsed multiple times before for exactly the reasons that we are in an inter-glacial now.

Woopy doo.

John Aqua
December 22, 2023 10:53 am


December 22, 2023 11:06 am

When climate models fail to predict the climate, it’s due to climate change.

Reply to  doonman
December 22, 2023 11:24 am

Well player sir.

Reply to  TimTheToolMan
December 22, 2023 11:24 am

Typo? Climate change.

Reply to  TimTheToolMan
December 22, 2023 12:40 pm

Be brave… acknowledge and accept………!😁

Gunga Din
Reply to  TimTheToolMan
December 22, 2023 2:19 pm

A Tipo point?
(I’m very familiar with them.)

December 22, 2023 11:14 am


Guidance will ‘stunt the growth of a critical industry before it has even begun,’

John Oliver
December 22, 2023 11:39 am

Bret Weinstein was interviewed recently on the Rubin Report : titled “my final warning” he just came out and said it about the climate change narrative “ it’s complete bullshit” and between the wokeness and corruption and rent seekers and no moral compass and surveillance technology-Well he said we are screwed. We have to stop this, this is not a thing that is going to simply fade away like a “ fad” It is a thing way bigger and worse than that.

Reply to  John Oliver
December 22, 2023 1:59 pm

Interesting – it seems Bret Weinstein has seen the light. A year or two ago he was a true believer in AGW.

Richard Page
Reply to  Graemethecat
December 22, 2023 4:08 pm

Somebody must’ve stopped the payments.

Reply to  Richard Page
December 22, 2023 5:40 pm

Is it because all his liberal friends now hate all those evil J@ws who are going all gen@cide on those sweet H@m@s musl!ms (99% in G@za), so he no longer feels he must support their other religion?

Of course I am stereotyping his religion based on his name. But having believed the CAGW BS in the past, I can assume he is a liberal.

Reply to  Graemethecat
December 22, 2023 7:02 pm

Bret Weinstein was “red pilled” by his experience as a professor at Evergreen College. Once you stop trusting the authorities and the so called experts, the lies jump out at you as evident and overt. You just can’t unsee and go back to naive complacency.

December 22, 2023 12:07 pm

It depends on which excuse the Left needs at the moment. It’s either climate change, racism, sexism, homophobia, “inequity”, imperialism, white supremacy, MAGA/Trump, etc.

Reply to  johnesm
December 22, 2023 12:18 pm

As a side note, “islamaphobia” is a subcategory of racism, even though Palestinians and other Arabs are technically Caucasian, it’s just that they aren’t European.

Reply to  johnesm
December 22, 2023 1:24 pm

Not only was their major prophet Caucasian, he was also a slaver – captured, sold traded, and owned slaves. I find it very revealing that the cancel crowd won’t say a word about that.

Reply to  jtom
December 22, 2023 1:37 pm

According to the left, holding non-Europeans to any kind of standard is proof of racism.

Reply to  jtom
December 23, 2023 9:28 pm

He is my direct ancestor (yours too), but we are not responsible for our ancestors. Racism is basically claiming that people are responsible for their ancestors. Islamophobia is actually not racism, because it relates to beliefs not ancestry.

Richard Page
Reply to  johnesm
December 22, 2023 4:14 pm

I know the term has been changed a bit and now applies to only one group from there but the peoples of the Middle East are all Semites – Arabs, Jews and descendants of the Phoenicians and Akkadians – Islamophobia is actually antisemitism.

Writing Observer
Reply to  Richard Page
December 22, 2023 9:16 pm

That leaves out the extremely large number of Muslims that are NOT Semitic at all. And being cautious about ANY Muslim is simply intelligent – it is an ideology that is not in the least compatible with civilized values.

In the wider world, too, the “anti-Semitism” is actually a hatred of Judaism, whether they are Hebrew descended or not. In the area that the Romans named “Palestine,” it is an ancient hatred of the Hebrew tribes by the other Semitic tribes. Has very little to do with actual religious beliefs; the Koran simply wrote those down.

Richard Page
Reply to  Writing Observer
December 23, 2023 12:15 am

True – talking about religious groups as if they were distinct ethnic groups is always going to be a problem, whether Jewish, Muslim, Christian or any other religion.

Reply to  johnesm
December 22, 2023 5:45 pm

But a View host said Jews are not a race. So since they are white, they are part of the white supremacy cult.

J Boles
Reply to  johnesm
December 22, 2023 1:48 pm

OH! How about the big greedy corporations with their jack boots on their (leftists) necks, holding them down, well vee vill SEIZE the means of production and shut it down due to climastrology, but don’t worry prices will not rise.

Gunga Din
Reply to  johnesm
December 22, 2023 2:29 pm

The Left with it’s enablers are experts at changing the definitions of words and then misapplying the labels they made up themselves.

John Oliver
Reply to  johnesm
December 22, 2023 5:22 pm

There has been a remarkable change amongst some “intellectuals” that frankly I have to admit I stereotyped. Bret and Eric have actually seen the light ( yes even got demonetized to some extent- a badge of honor in my view) Amazing, I will pull back a little on my Harvard grad bashing ( I used to have respect for Ivy League in old days was a group to discuss cutting edge thought science and technology with ;then we’ll, we know what happened.

December 22, 2023 12:22 pm

All good humor has an element of truth!

December 22, 2023 1:49 pm

If “climate change” causes a drought, and then “climate change” causes flooding in the same area – does “climate change” cure climate change???

Edward Katz
December 22, 2023 2:25 pm

In addition, we can see how much the “threat” of climate change is altering fossil fuel use worldwide by considering these figures. The IEA admits that coal consumption increased more than 1.5% globally during the first half of 2023, while the US Energy Information Administration claims oil use is on track to hit 101 million barrels/day this year, another record. As well, the S&P Global Commodities Insights estimates the US is on track to produce enough oil daily to represent a 154% increase over 2005 levels. So we can see it’s only the alarmists getting excited about the “climate crisis”; the rest of us are going about our business in the most convenient and efficient ways as possible; i.e., utilizing the resources that work, not just pipe dreams.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Edward Katz
December 23, 2023 6:34 am

Good report.

December 22, 2023 2:42 pm

“I’m loving the Colorado overreach. The decision will be reversed. Trump’s poll numbers will go up. But best of all, this gives you permission to assume the 2020 election was rigged — without proof — because “stop Trump at any cost” is evident in this decision.”

Scott Adams – Blame Orange Man for everything is evident.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  bonbon
December 23, 2023 6:37 am

The U.S. Supreme Court will overturn the ruling of the Colorado Supreme Court. Otherwise, there will be chaos.

Republicans in some States are already making moves to remove Joe Biden from their State’s ballot, so the U.S. Supreme Court needs to strke down the Colorado ruling, otherwise there will be civil war of one form or another.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 23, 2023 9:33 pm

Republicans would do much better if they worked as hard as they could to ensure that Joe Biden could stand for the next presidential election.

Ireneusz Palmowski
December 23, 2023 1:53 am

Thunderstorms in Australia.
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Reply to  Ireneusz Palmowski
December 23, 2023 11:10 am

We got a ripper thunderstorm a few days ago here in the Hunter Valley.

Hail (only smallish) and lots of thunder bolts and lightning….. very very frightening! 😉

Electricity cutting in and out.. No real damage , just lots of tree debris to clean up.

December 24, 2023 4:08 pm

Id rather it melted.

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