Letters: 12/1/16

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Watch out for Tom Harris

The letter by Tom Harris recently published in the Weekly was part of a misinformation campaign organized by the right wing Heartland Institute, which in turn is supported by the coal industry, ALEC, the Koch brothers and others. Their purpose is to cast doubt on the climate disruptions that we are now experiencing.  The rest of the world knows very well that climate change is real and that it poses a major threat; the U.S. is the only country where there remains confusion and doubt, thanks to the right-wing climate denial campaign.

In his letter, Harris praises Trump for his dismissal of climate change, and cites Heartland Institute’s “Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).”  This is a fake organization meant to imitate IPCC, a legitimate international body.

I Googled his name, and found a long list of similar letters that appeared in newspapers in the U.S., Canada, Japan, the Philippines, Sydney, New Zealand, Argentina and elsewhere.  He sends out a constant stream of these climate denial letters, sometimes claiming a bogus Ph.D.

So keep this in mind when you come across climate denial material such as Harris’.

Arden Buck/Nederland

Man-made climate change is real

The letter from Tom Harris, “ A Climate Realist” (Nov. 17) praises Trump’s do-nothing approach to climate change and says, “The NIPCC shows that much of what we thought we knew about climate is either mistaken or highly debatable.”

What’s the NIPCC? It’s a front for the fossil fuel industry that’s named so that it sounds like the IPCC, the world’s most highly respected authority of climate change, which says anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is real and an existential threat.

Harris is a paid spokesperson for the fossil fuel industry. He’s a “co-sponsor” of The Heartland Institute which receives millions from the largest fossil fuel corporations in the U.S. and their “co-sponsors” have collectively received over $67 million from the Koch brothers and ExxonMobil, according to DeSmog Blog.

There is now 100 percent scientific consensus on AGW according a Harvard study. Another study from the National Physical Sciences Consortium, published earlier this year, shows that out of all the peer-reviewed climate science papers published in the past two years, over 24,000 of them, there is over 99.9 percent scientific consensus on AGW.

Harris has no scientific training and is not a scientist, much less a climate scientist. He’s a mechanical engineer turned PR man for the fossil fuel industry. His main job to pretend he is the “executive director” of a scientific institute, the impressive-sounding International Climate Science Coalition (which is non existent) and to write letters to the editor from Canada to papers all over the U.S. casting doubt on climate science. He regularly attacks the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nationwide, nonprofit grassroots organization that is working to get a revenue-neutral carbon pollution fee bill passed in Congress. If that happened, Harris’ checks would stop coming.

Why is Boulder Weekly publishing letters from a shill for the fossil fuel corporations that contain patent falsehoods? The duty of the press is to inform the public not to misinform them.

Pete Kuntz/Denver

Editor’s note: We don’t censor our letter writers, even the ones we completely disagree with. We put them in a section of the paper that makes it clear it is the opinion of the letter writer, not the paper. 

Miracle of the Caribbean

When Fidel Castro overthrew the corrupt Batista dictatorship that had impoverished the Cuban people, he was hailed as a modern hero by the media. As it became apparent that he intended to build an egalitarian society that directed the labor and resources of the island for the benefit of all Cubans rather than for the profit of an elitist few, this initial praise turned into alarm. American sugar conglomerates, oil refineries and mob-run casinos no longer had open access. This was clearly an un-American, Marxist development in the Western Hemisphere, which could not be tolerated. For nearly 60 years, against all odds, the Castro government has survived trade embargoes, assassination attempts, a bungled CIA-backed military invasion and the collapse of support from the Soviet Union and Venezuelan oil. It has not been a bed of roses for Cuba. Mankind has never shown itself to be more than marginally able to manage its darker impulses, which brings up two intriguing questions: Will Donald Trump, riding in on a wave of populist anger and promising law and order, greater prosperity and radical institutional change, turn out to be America’s Fidel Castro? And will conservatives finally see the establishment of their libertarian paradise?

Robert Porath/Boulder

Open letter to City Council

In light of recent political events and clear threats to immigrant and minority members in our community, I would like to ask that you declare Boulder to be a sanctuary city. In keeping with that I would like to suggest that the city works with churches, synagogues, religious groups and civic groups to facilitate the set up of a network of safe houses within the community and to give our police the duty to protect minorities, immigrants and the safe houses within our community.

Donna Bonetti/Boulder

  • TomHarrisICSC

    The above letters to the editor from Messieurs Buck and Kuntz are wrong in literally every point they make about me and the ICSC. This is typical of those who want to silence debate on this crucially important topic. I will send a letter to the editor correcting the mistakes of Buck and Kuntz.

    • Scientific crackpottery and crankiness is easy to spot for the educated, Tom.

      You’re a crank. You haven’t even elevated yourself to crackpottery yet.

      • CB

        “You’re a crank. You haven’t even elevated yourself to crackpottery yet.”

        Well, Tom Harris is a prostitute, first of all.

        He’s paid by the fossil fuel industry to lie about the dangerous nature of their product… that he appears unhinged and demented is no surprise, because he’s up against centuries of scientific understanding… and absolutely none of that matters to him, because he doesn’t care that no one takes him seriously. He’s paid regardless.

        “Tom Harris was a speaker at the Heartland Institute’s 7th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC7). DeSmogBlog researched the co-sponsors behind Heartland’s ICCC7 and found that they had collectively received over $67 million from ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers and the conservative Scaife family foundations.”

        http://www.desmogblog.com/tom-harris

        • Well, ok, that too. But scientifically he’s still a crank with not a single original published idea in his life. At least crackpots are original and occasionally have some interesting ideas and perspectives that are peripherally germane to the scientific problems solving process.

        • Graydon Tranquilla

          The truth revealed about DeSmogBlog that had to deflect attention by renaming themselves DeSmogCanada…..http://www.populartechnology.net/2011/04/truth-about-desmogblog.html

          • CB

            “The truth revealed about DeSmogBlog”

            lol! There are a lot of things to be found at Andrew K’s Poptech blog, but truth is not one of them.

            If you were skeptical that Desmog was telling the truth about Mr. Harris being affiliated with the fossil fuel industry’s primary propaganda outlet, you could always have gone to the source…

            See his adorable little face dancing across the stage there?

            There he goes! Look at him run…

            climateconferences.heartland.org/tom-harris-award-iccc9

      • Graydon Tranquilla

        Thomas – why does your comment remind me of the following verses from the Bible?

        1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

        3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

        • Because you are a religiously indoctrinated idiot?

          And you’re too stupid to overcome that disability?

          Forgive me for not reading beyond your first sentence.

          • Graydon Tranquilla

            Well then…. the next verse is even better….”6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”

          • You aren’t even in the science crank game like Tom.

            All you’ve got is woo woo nonsense.

          • Graydon Tranquilla

            Mere speculation on your part. But believe whatever your want to believe if it makes you feel good.

          • I’m not speculating that the scientific consensus is that Tom Harris is a scientific crank and a fossil fuel industry paid corporate shill.

          • Graydon Tranquilla is a ‘Senior Electrical Engineer for the Canadian Oil and Gas Industry’, apparently.

          • Graydon Tranquilla

            apparently…;-)

          • Graydon Tranquilla
          • You realize 1) that’s a british tabloid and 2) nobody is preventing you from spewing your insane Christian woo in public places.

            I can point out to you that Great Britain is the nation America defeated in the Revolutionary war and the War of 1812 so that it could be free, and America encoded its belief in freedom in a document called the United States Constitution, and America is a secular nation where tolerance of insane nutty religious beliefs does not extend to government policy and school classrooms.

          • Graydon Tranquilla

            As suspected…… you hate Christians.

          • Not at all. You are free to hold whatever nutty insane belief you wish, certainly in America before January 20th, 2017. What I want is churches that profit by the dissemination of nonsense insane nutty religious beliefs to be taxed, and I also want those insane delusional nutty beliefs kept out of public school classrooms and the American government.

            You do seem quick to embrace hate while accusing others of the same. Your stalking is interesting as well. Don’t worry, though,I have your IP.

          • Graydon Tranquilla

            good for you….

    • ozonator

      Dearest Koch-troll,

      You are to science what a waving arm is to air-guitar. I hear el Presidente tRump doesn’t like aliens from Canada even with a snowball-gag.

    • Anaussieinswitzerland

      Give it up, Tom.
      Your status as a paid liar for the fossil fuel industry is now a matter of record.

      • Graydon Tranquilla

        Who are you trying to deceive?

        • Anaussieinswitzerland

          Nobody. That’s Tom’s speciality.

    • Terry

      You mean the ICSC where you lied to donors for years saying that Since its formation in 2007, ICSC has never received financial support from corporations, foundations or governments. 99% of all donations have come from private individuals in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, United States and Canada.”
      Heartland donated 45,000 to ICSC in 2007

    • Terry

      You mean your organization the ICSC, which you LIED TO DONORS on the site by saying “Since its formation in 2007, ICSC has never received financial support from corporations, foundations or governments. 99% of all donations have come from private individuals in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, United States and Canada.”? The Heartland Institute’s IRS 2007 Form 990 revealed it donated $45,000 to ICSC in 2007, proving you LIED TO DONORS. The Heartland Institute is funded by the fossil fuel industry. You didn’t take this lie down until I showed you the proof. Shame on you for lying to people donating money to ICSC.
      That’s CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR Tom.

  • Graydon Tranquilla

    Anyone with a brain and a little bit of knowledge about this issue knows the article is bullshit propaganda. Boulder Weekly editor should be ashamed to allow it to go to print and it makes the news media complicit in undermining our democratic system.

    • TomHarrisICSC

      You mean the attack letters against me are propaganda, I assume.

      • No, what the letter means is that you are an obvious crank.

      • The1TruthSpeaker

        Nope
        Your lies are paid propaganda.

    • Ok, no problem, that’s easily solved by you.

      Just post me a link to your energy science.

      http://lifeform.net/archimedes/Quantum_Initiative.pdf

      • Graydon Tranquilla

        We’ve already used microwave plasma to shake carbon black out of a natural gas stream……. insitu allowing only hydrogen or hydrogen enriched natural gas to pass through the discharge thanks to Natural Gas sector R&D….. and their is a major and lucrative worldwide market for carbon black. And much like your chosen direction there is Black Light power and their bogus hydrino theory to pull the wool over the eyes of the technically challenged naive investors….. http://brilliantlightpower.com/

        So why is it then when I see someone playing the bully card I suspect they are up to no good?

        • Who is this ‘we’ that you refer to? You?

          Carbon black is toxic, you know that, right?

          • Graydon Tranquilla

            True…. it is toxic….. and the demand is rising sharply… not just ubiquitous throughout the vehicle tire industry but also now throughout the nanotechnology and carbon fiber CRP related industries etc. from vehicle panels and li-poly batteries etc. But you know that already.

          • It’s especially toxic when recycled from used rubber products.

            Like tires and stuff.

      • Dale

        Thomas states, “Just post me a link to your energy science.”

        Then you will state yours, correct?
        Or, I suppose you could go first as I would be interested to know exactly where you’ve apparently gained information that dispels all the scientific knowledge we’ve accumulated over the years.

        • Again, I must question who this ‘we’ is you are referring to. All I see is some guy named Dale. But if you were alert you would see that every comment I make on Disqus carries with it a link in my Disqus profile. It’s only fair. I can save you some time, though. The ArXiv.

          You might notice too I already posted a link to my energy essay.

          • Dale

            Thomas first makes an ad hominem attack on Tom Harris and then tries to back up his unsupported assault by introducing a self-written article which has little or nothing to do with his false accusations.
            Thomas then goes on the state, “Again, I must question who this ‘we’ is you are referring to.” suggesting that this is something which has already been asked of me and secondly failing to acknowledge any understanding of “we” in the context of which it was written, which obviously refers to current unbiased scientific knowledge.
            I’m not going to pretend to have any great depth of understanding of the chemical or physical breakdown of the properties of energy as it’s not germane to Tom Harris’ article to which this entire discussion should be directed.
            In short, if you have noted something specific to the comments of Tom Harris in which he has erred, then spit it out rather than contorting yourself around some self-imagined rebuttal. If you just want to launch ad hominem attacks on what “you” believe, then save it, as no one other than yourself is interested. Attempting to inject completely unrelated material into this discussion is silly and useless at best.
            Feel free to have the last word…

          • Blah blah blah, you will just have to forgive me for not reading your long rant, It looks like you put a lot of effort into that.

            Tom Harris is a science denialist. I, on the other hand, am a theoretical physicist and a rocket scientist who has done a bit of work in quantum chemistry. America is confronted with a serious problem, in the form of a 0.7 Watt per square meter top the the atmosphere continuous energy imbalance caused by an increased atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration of 400 ppm and now rising at a rate of 3 ppm per year. That’s the setup here. What I have done is written an essay, which I graciously provided you with a link to here, which you can read or not read as you choose, which describes a possible course of action that could greatly reduce the cost and increase the effectiveness of two dimensional optical energy absorption, emission, transmission, reflection, attenuation and modulation surfaces, necessary in order to exploit the immense amount of energy in the form of solar irradiance reaching the surface of the earth and indeed, in deep space. Grok that, nut.

            Here is how I identify authoritarian personalities in internet article comment forums and threads. They constantly refer to themselves as a ‘we’ and are unable to recognize that they are individuals who speak only for themselves here.

            This is a free and open unmoderated Disqus comment forum on a internet newspaper article. As an American living in a free nation, with first amendment freedom of expression rights, I’m absolutely sure that I am free to insert whatever discussion points I wish into the conversation here, Dale.

            Tom Harris is a crank and you can’t control this conversation.

      • Graydon Tranquilla

        As expected from you a innocent looking request to evoke a valid reference to scientifically sound material so that your kind can then viciously slander the author of such material. Sigh….. try this one for size…..https://books.google.ca/books?hl=en&lr=&id=JC_n2gjByuAC&oi=fnd&pg=PR3&dq=energy+myths+and+realities&ots=4KSejZ4RTm&sig=NH1F5SBufCwTPp4ubDyhTmRVAho#v=onepage&q=energy%20myths%20and%20realities&f=false

        • Science isn’t slander friendly and I am not beholden to you insanely stupid fundamentalist Christian commnens and/or requests.

          • Graydon Tranquilla

            Oh… I get it now….. You are a shill making ridiculous statements and slandering Tom Harris so that others on the extreme mean green side will have 2nd thoughts about remaining on that bandwagon…….;-)

          • Actually, no, I’m a theoretical physicist and a rocket scientist telling you personally that I couldn’t care less if you and Tom Harris overturn the scientific consensus or fall off the hay wagon.

          • Graydon Tranquilla

            Here this all…. Thomas claims to be a theoretical physicist and a rocket scientist. Checking nearly all his 5477 posts of which nearly all have only one up vote, likely by himself, there is absolutely no evidence nor revealing of such scientific acumen but in fact the revelation to scientific illiteracy throughout….

            Give it up Thomas. And BTW – I do not continue debates with liars.

          • Feel free to stop, or not. I care not.

            Science isn’t determined by vote, and Disqus isn’t science, it’s an article comment forum. I don’t up vote or down vote on comment forums and I only I vote in the voting booth, However, every comment I make on Disqus contains my name, which when clicked on leads to my Disqus profile, which contains a link to my blog, which at the very bottom contains my email address and finally, a like to my website document repository. It’s all very straightforward, and you are free to present me with any crank or crackpot idea or theory you have right here, and I will peruse it when of if I have the time. It’s all very straightforward online 21st century science and science publishing. So what was your point?

          • Graydon Tranquilla
          • Yes, and Skeptical Raptor is another science crank named Michael Simpson, who no longer edits the Wikipedia entry on the Younger Dryas impact hypothesis wiki page because it has been clearly demonstrated to the Wikipedia editors that he is incompetent.

          • Wallace Frantz

            Let’s vote for falling off the wagon.

          • The1TruthSpeaker

            What slander?
            It takes only 10 minutes of search to discover what a fraud Harris is. All of his talking points come from the Heritage Foundation.

          • Graydon Tranquilla

            What a ridiculous statement….. Who could possibly believe you?

        • I know enough to be able to find out that you are ‘Graydon Tranquilla, Senior Electrical Engineer for the Canadian Oil and Gas Industry’. Case closed.

    • The1TruthSpeaker

      Since everything about Harris being an oil company shill was true and he’s notorious for writing lies..

      • Graydon Tranquilla

        Interesting….Even if true, so what…..that would be no more corrupt than what the now corrupt mean green movement is up to IMHO. In any case https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/872e60e436afcdf0b430ec86857b7b9b55fd9972c2e43f882a26797c8c5559ad.png where is your evidence? Or are you simply regurgitating, then embellishing false and misleading information?

        • The1TruthSpeaker

          The evidence is in. I’m tired of presenting the evidence over and over again to traitors trying to hide the reality of climate change.
          I have yet to see one denier spokesman that hasn’t been paid to spread their lies and half-truths

          • Graydon Tranquilla

            Be tired then….only evidence is circumstantial….and meager IMHO.

          • The1TruthSpeaker

            Then you haven’t read any of the scientific publications.

          • Graydon Tranquilla

            In addition to many years researching both sides of this issue I also read IPCC AR5…. within it I also did a word search for the term “hiatus”…..found over 30 entries! Try reading it sometime and you too will see a serious disconnect between what is states, its request to pursue the science further to resolve the dozens of unresolved remaining issues and the extreme disconnect between what it states and what Al Gore has “prophesied” and failed to materialize since its release in 2006. Now we have thousands or possibly millions of Al’s gorons graduating from public school systems who are dangerously misled. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f55be3d5169fca4c07186f9231c877858acca962347e9d80b9ad58711c266207.jpg

          • The1TruthSpeaker

            Promoting the nonexistent hiatus. Wow

          • Graydon Tranquilla

            Don’t tell me that you never bothered to read IPCC AR5? I dare you to download the 1500 page document and do your own word search for “hiatus”…… Maybe you can resolve the final word count for us. I gave up counting around 33 but there are more….

          • Scott Drysdale

            Actually if you choose to download the 1500 page IPCC AR5 and do your own word search you will discover at least 25 hits on the word “hiatus” if not many more. So how do you explain this relative to all the recent claims by so many others that there has been at least an 18 year hiatus?

          • The1TruthSpeaker

            Repeating the denier meme (Yawn).

          • John Galt

            Sorry to disappoint you but the claim that the word hiatus appears more that 25 times in the latest IPCC AR5 report is, in fact, true. You can download parts A and B at the following link then perform the pdf file word search yourself……… BTW – You do understand what IPCC and AR5 mean don’t you? And BTW they are now working on AR6 so as to resolve some additional shortcomings based on more recent scientific findings so as to regain some lost credibility due to the long span of time whereby catastrophic hurricanes have failed to materialize etc. Here is the hotlink to make your task simpler…. 😉 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d432fbc2890537859eeb5a026a2fe263ed1f2d7524bd1c20dea053949b52662f.png

          • The1TruthSpeaker

            Got you the first time. The word shows up a lot. But, since no hiatus ever occurred that factoid is meaningless.

          • John Galt

            The graphed data discrepancy is therefore due to pre-existing errors such that the only path forward was to make adjustments to the most recent data so that previous erroneous data would not have to be totally discarded.

          • Graydon Tranquilla

            Read hundreds of articles on both sides of the issue.

          • The1TruthSpeaker

            Then you know that anyone that denies the reality of global warming is lying.

          • Graydon Tranquilla

            We cannot control the planet’s climate without restricting our current freedom and in particular our religious freedom(s). Which is perhaps a factor in why US Universities, science agencies and science medias took are hard stand against Christian scientists back around 2008 purging them from the ranks in large numbers.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysenkoism
            https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154293847948619&set=a.10153056139608619.1073741867.675918618&type=3&theater

          • The1TruthSpeaker

            Are you talking about the Christian Scientest group or scientists that are Christians?

          • John Galt

            Allow me to interject IMHO – He likely is referring to scientists who are also Christians…. NOT Christian Science sect nor Scientology….https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Science

          • John Galt

            Obviously you are NOT a scientist and most likely are still in grade school considering your utterly atrocious spelling errors.

          • The1TruthSpeaker

            And you couldn’t answer the question.

          • John Galt

            Not all questions are worthy of an answer.

          • Graydon Tranquilla

            Anyone who denies truth/facts is more than likely a liar. The challenge ofcourse is in discerning truth/facts on any issue. As an example we have a winter weather phenomena where I live called a “chinook”. Visitors unfamiliar with this natural weather phenomena will think the consequential spring like weather or hiatus in our winter season is ipso facto, evidence of catastrophic AGW…… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c3b2db8f0edea177b2948c461c445aa20a9b2a258f574197d6690d97c337b8c2.jpg

  • ozonator

    After many years, TOM HARRIS, and the rest of the deniers, have yet to predict even flaming candles on a Koch brothers birthday cake during their regular free lunches that look a lot like racketeering.

    For example, “ozonator correct agw fireball prediction”
    “About 161,000 results (0.75 seconds)”

    https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&gl=us&tbm=&authuser=0&q=ozonator+correct+agw+fireball+prediction&oq=ozonator+correct+agw+fireball+prediction&gs_l=news-cc.1.1.43j43i53.2711.15752.0.17838.46.5.3.38.41.0.70.330.5.5.0…0.0…1ac.1.r7Y7x7PoQa0

    “If risk assessment only involved responding to possible outcomes, then the nations of the world would be building an asteroid defense system. After all, a large asteroid impact could destroy all life on Earth, perhaps even shatter the planet itself, a far worse scenario than even the most extreme global warming forecasts. … Dealing with the possibility of catastrophic human-caused climate change should result in a similar analysis as that of a possible asteroid strike. … anything but catastrophic” (“Trump Is Right on Climate Change. Dems and GOP Must Follow Him”; BY TOM HARRIS; pjmedia.com, 9/26/16 – will be considered for crimes against humanity by survivors).

    To be fair and balanced, Tom Harris is an illegal non-Mexican alien from Canada, executive director of the International EssoKochs’ 2014 Excellence in Extreme Media Outfall Propaganda Award and International Climate Science Coal-i-tion, and heartland.org flunky, mechanical engineer, fossil fuel lobbyist, and strategist.

  • TomHarrisICSC

    interesting to see the toxic stuff coming from climate alarmists – the sure sign of a weak position.

    • I can’t possibly lose a debate to ad hominem when no such debate exists.

    • Wallace Frantz

      Tom Harris; do explain how truth is toxic.

  • TomHarrisICSC

    I suggest people watch this 90 second amateur video I just uploaded on global cooling:

    https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=suXBZuubgEc&feature=vm

    • cunudiun

      At least you admit you’re an amateur. In case anyone can’t find it from his broken link, this is to a video of Tom Harris maintaining the fact that Ottawa, Canada had snow this mid-November is a harbinger of global cooling. Some of Tom’s American viewers might be too stupid to know what November in Ottawa is like, but I’m not. I live here. Tom, since you say you have really lived in Ottawa all this time and find a mid-November snowfall exceptional, I have to ask you Where have you been keeping your head? See for example https://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080830211229AAx761O . (I haven’t bother to dig up the real weather data, and neither have you. I dare you.) Here is a newscast of that snowstorm, which did notice, “Mother Nature is ahead of the game across Ontario and Quebec,” but said no more than that about the storm’s earliness. Certainly nothing like what Tom fantasized in the video. Trump’s victory must really have you feeling your oats Tom, to be comfortable producing manure like this.

    • Wallace Frantz

      You are so horribly messed up Tom Harris… ….. Global warming has so adversely effected the climate and weather conditions of the Arctic Region with the massive loss of both land and sea ice that has seriously effected normal weather conditions all across Canada, Siberia and the US…

      There is no “Global Cooling ” happening. Global warming is now in super mode as several of the dangerous feedback loops to global warming have now kicked in.

      • TomHarrisICSC

        I did not say global cooling was happening – please watch the video and add you comments after it.

        Where is the evidence that Global warming is now in super mode – here is the main graph: http://climate4you.com/images/MSU%20UAH%20GlobalMonthlyTempSince1979%20With37monthRunningAverage%20With201505Reference.gif

        • Wallace Frantz

          Ha ha haaa Tom Harris, you wrote, > (“I did not say global cooling was happening – please watch the video and add you comments after it.”)…

          Haa haa haaa, the headline of your video is, Ta ta ta, “November May Be The Start of Global Cooling”.

          The evidence that global warming is now in Super Mode is what is occurring in the Arctic Region where temperatures have risen several degrees F. and the Arctic’s perennial ice is now all gone.

          In addition; the atmospheric CH4 level in the Arctic Region has risen to over 2300ppb, which is incredible. You should know the climate and weather conditions of the Arctic is the driving force for climate and weather conditions globally.

          • TomHarrisICSC

            That warming may be increasing quickly in a region is regional warming, not global. Globally, there has been little change in the statistical average.

            You say, “the Arctic’s perennial ice is now all gone.” Here is the sea ice extent graph:

            http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/N_stddev_timeseries.png

            Does this look like it “is now all gone.”

          • Wallace Frantz

            Thin and often rotten winter sea ice is NOT perennial old, several feet thick ice Tom Harris.

            That winter sea ice you posted a graph for will all be melted come next late spring and summer season.

            Funny how one who tries to sound so well educated on the global environmental issues such as global warming does not know what Arctic Ocean perennial ice is or should say was.

          • TomHarrisICSC

            You are just being abusive.

          • Wallace Frantz

            The truth is abusive for you Tom Harris… Got it.

            Have you ever sought mental health treatment for mental problems Mr. Harris?

          • cunudiun

            “All gone” may simply be a figure of speech. In any case, look at the reality you just posted. The tip of blue line is today, and it is the lowest it has ever been on this date, and we have now been in this record territory since mid-October. Pretty shoddy of you, Tom Harris, to post propaganda online that goes against message. Heartland should fine you.

          • DrRaeMD

            Maybe not, but it looks like it’s going away — doesn’t this concern you? You know without the Arctic Ice we will heat up faster as the sea water will absorb, rather than reflect, the sun, right?

        • John Christy and Roy Spencer are worse cranks than you, Tom, because they claim they are scientists. You and Lamar Smith, non scientists that you are merely claim that the MSU represents and TRUMPS the bulk of the multiple lines of evidence that are available. That’s called crankyness.

        • cunudiun

          “please watch the video and add you comments after it.”

          I added my comment after the video, but you erased it. It was simply a reference to https://ca.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080830211229AAx761O without comment. But you erased it.

      • CB

        “There is no “Global Cooling ” happening.”

        There is no global cooling happening. “Climate4You” is not a reliable source of information. NASA is:

        climate.nasa.gov/system/internal_resources/details/original/87_Q10-temp-anomaly-740px.jpg

        • TomHarrisICSC

          Note how, so far in the 21st century, there is no warming above.

          • CB

            “Note how, so far in the 21st century, there is no warming above.”

            Instead, I’d rather note that you are lying about the warming that’s occurred in the 21st century.

            Now why are you being paid to lie when you’re so incompetent?

            Is the industry really getting its money’s worth from someone who constantly humiliates himself?

            “2015 was the warmest year since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to a new analysis by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.”

            http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-noaa-analyses-reveal-record-shattering-global-warm-temperatures-in-2015

          • Terry

            Again, I notice you conveniently don’t mention that due to the high temperatures reported this year, 2016 will be the warmest year in the 136 years of modern data-keeping.

          • cunudiun
          • TomHarrisICSC
          • cunudiun

            “note the big drop in the last few months”

            How stupid does Tom Harris think we are?
            https://tamino.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/how-stupid-does-david-rose-think-you-are/

          • Constant Gardener

            This graph shows that we are above the record-breaking year of 2015. Maybe don’t share David Rose’s dumbasserry.

          • TomHarrisICSC

            no wonder people like you keep your identity secret with such a foul mouth.

          • Constant Gardener

            Why so delicate, Tom? You drop flaming BS on us constantly. You object to accurate descriptions? And, also, it is ineluctably true that David Rose’s brand of denialism fits the very definition of “dumbassery.”

            It’s science, Tom. We need to be precise.

          • cunudiun

            Ok, then just deal with the “dumb” part. Master statistician Tamino has done a whole series on why Tom Harris’ “note the big drop in the last few months” could only be the product of a cranium devoid of grey matter. Starting with https://tamino.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/how-stupid-does-david-rose-think-you-are/

          • Constant Gardener

            I would pay big bucks to watch Tamino take apart Harris’ nescience. Though, since Harris is only parroting his betters, Rose, Delingpole, and Whitehouse, I guess we’re getting it for free!

          • Evan Jones II

            Foul is spewing untruths and lies concerning a vital public issue, which you have repeatedly have done, Tom.

          • Evan Jones II

            Best you go back to o school and learn basic science, OldBoy Tom.
            Looks like an upward trend line to us here in reality land and not in denialville

          • Constant Gardener

            Now that polar air is falling across Canada and the U.S. we can expect Tom “Coal-shill” Harris to to be up with a global cooling tall tale in 3…2…1.

          • TomHarrisICSC

            What an hypocrite you are, mocking people while hiding behind your anonymous Constant Gardener.

          • Constant Gardener

            You don’t seem to know what “hypocrite” means. You drunk, Tom? If I were actively working to consign my children and grandchildren to climate disruption, I’d drink. You’re probably hammered, the way you live.

    • jmac

      Tom Harris is another paid shill for the fossil fuel boys, just like monckton. Here is another “article” produced by Tom Harris, analyzed by seven actual climate scientists.
      http://climatefeedback.org/evaluation/tom-harris-deceptive-temperature-record-claims/

    • Terry

      Not interested in wading through your links or watching your youtube videos Tom. I have noticed others say the same.
      Due to the high temperatures reported this year, 2016 will be the warmest year in the 136 years of modern data-keeping.
      Kind of throws out claims that the global warming trend has “paused” doesn’t it Tom?

  • TomHarrisICSC

    Here is what was just posted by an extreme weather expert after my video on the Canada Free Press page promoting my little video:

    Mississauga_Dad • 13 hours ago

    It’s a good thing we have Global Warming – otherwise we could be in real trouble. Most recent ‘climate’ and weather reports for Winter 2016/2017 Northern and Southern hemispheres – as reported in national media or national weather ministries:

    Tokyo – November first snow in 54 years.

    Hawaii – December 1 parts of Hawaii record RECORD 4 FEET of snow.

    Moscow – airport reported snow daily from Oct. 29 to Nov. 8.

    Stockholm – most snow to fall in November in 111 years of records.

    Siberia – European model forecasts temperatures to reach an astonishing 50 degrees below normal.

    U.K. – set for HEAVIEST SNOWFALL in years. Long-range forecast warns BRITAIN is facing the heaviest snowfalls in years this winter unleashing FOUR MONTHS of heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures.

    U.S. – Frequent storms to bring above-normal snowfall to northeastern US; a damaging freeze in central Florida in mid- to late January this year; the chill could spell disaster for the area’s citrus farmers; northern plains & midwest – Temperatures will plummet as the season goes on, averaging 6 to 9 degrees lower overall than last winter.

    Canada – Most of the country will see a cold or very cold winter with the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, the north and the Maritimes expected to shiver until spring. The cold will start in October and won’t really go away. Mid-January and February will be the worst.

    Australia – (June – September) Super Cold’ Winter for Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra.
    South America – (June – September) An early taste of winter in South America. Temperatures plummet in Argentina, southern Brazil and Paraguay.

    Antarctica – Antarctic sea ice has barely changed from where it was 100 years ago, scientists have discovered, after poring over the logbooks of great polar explorers such as Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton. It also explains why sea ice levels in the South Pole have begun to rise again in recent years, a trend which has left climate scientists scratching their heads.

    Arctic – Since hitting its earliest minimum extent since 1997, Arctic sea ice has been expanding at a phenomenal rate. Already it is greater than at the same date in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Put another way, it is the fourth highest extent in the last ten years. Even more remarkably, ice growth since the start of the month is actually the greatest on record, since daily figures started to be kept in 1987

    • CB

      “Since hitting its earliest minimum extent since 1997, Arctic sea ice has been expanding at a phenomenal rate.”

      Citation?

      Gone missing, of course…

      “November 30, 2016: Arctic sea-ice growth slower than ever. ESA’s CryoSat satellite has found that the Arctic has one of the lowest volumes of sea ice of any November, matching record lows in 2011 and 2012.”

      phys.org/news/2016-11-arctic-sea-ice-growth-slower.html

    • Terry

      Guess you missed the memo Tom. Studies have shown global warming results in colder winter weather.

    • Anaussieinswitzerland

      LOL

      Mississauga_Dad = Extreme weather expert.

      Yeah, right.

      Ahahahaha!

    • cunudiun

      Tom Harris, do really endorse that hodge podge? Did you even read it? There are four isolated single day records from Tokyo, Hawaii, Moscow and Stockholm. Then there are somebody’s weather forecasts for U.K., U.S., Canada, Australia and South America. Then something about Antarctic sea ice, the extent of which is not a direct measure of global warming and thus irrelevant, and, finally, a complete falsehood (or several of them) about Arctic sea ice: “Already it is greater than at the same date in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.” In fact on this day it is at a lower point than in any of those years or any other recorded year. Maybe you have seen this graph.
      http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/N_stddev_timeseries.png

    • Terry

      Your extreme weather expert is “Mississauga-Dad”?
      Now we know who your “experts” are.

      • cunudiun

        Tom Harris has gotten extremely sloppy since the Trump victory, and abandoned all sense of decorum when it comes to adhering to the evidentiary rules of science. Not that a disciple of the NIPCC had much to begin with, but now he shamelessly parrots Mississauga_Dad and makes a kindergarten-level mistake with a graph, or he releases a ridiculous video of himself being astounded by an Ottawa snowfall in November. Maybe Trump’s victory has put him on some kind of intoxicant binge, because he sure seems stupider of late than usual. Or perhaps I misunderestimate him and this is really a cold calculated play to appeal to the legions with a preference for stupidity Trump has proven are out there.

    • DrRaeMD

      Your own graph, which yo link to below, disproves your ridiculous claim about Arctic sea ice. Here, I’ll repost it for you: http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/images/daily_images/N_stddev_timeseries.png

      • cunudiun

        It’s completely laughable. Tom Harris doesn’t even know how to read the graph he posted! If he ever was an engineer, he’s left that far behind him. He’s nothing but an ad man at present.

  • Graydon Tranquilla
    • You already posted that link. Twice is called spamming.

      Skeptical Raptor is another science crank named Michael Simpson, who no longer edits the Wikipedia entry on the Younger Dryas impact hypothesis wiki page because it has been clearly demonstrated to the Wikipedia editors that he is incompetent.

      And the Younger Dryas impact hypothesis itself, although generally now considered to be a somewhat failed hypothesis, has done more for the understanding of nanodiamonds than you will ever know, being the incompetent research amateur that you are.

  • Scott Drysdale

    Beware of individuals posing here as scientists here who go out of their way to malign those they oppose without logical justification…..http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/wikipedia-lunatics-follow/

  • Scott Drysdale

    What kind of person would choose an online alias or pseudonym called “The1TruthSpeaker” except possibly someone who is demented or an outright liar pretending to speak truth.

  • Robert

    Thanks to Arden Buck and Pete Kuntz for taking the time to craft well written, accurate letters!

  • Terry

    Tom Harris’ bio on the APCO site, which has of course since been removed, reveals his working relationships with oil, gas and coal clients. See below:
    “Mr. Harris has worked with private companies and trade associations to successfully position these entities and their interests with media and before various government committees and regulatory bodies.
    Specifically, he has worked with oil and gas, coal, nuclear, environmental and aerospace clients for whom he has conducted effective media and public relations campaigns.”
    See the entire bio below:..
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/28077b06c77d7118106aaeca780468c95ab3c58330d835b351e0c131f3337afd.jpg

  • Terry

    Learn more about Tom Harris. Click on link below
    http://tomharrisicsc.blogspot.ca/2016/12/tom-harris-paid-shill.html

  • Terry

    Learn more about Tom Harris. Click on link below….
    http://tomharrisicsc.blogspot.ca/2016/12/tom-harris-paid-shill.html