President Beclowns Self – California Drought Caused by Climate Change

Today President Obama will pitch a new $1 billion climate change resilience fund during his visit to the state.  How will this fund create more water for the central valley  farmers?  It will not, but it may help with the economic impact if Congress goes along. Obama’s feel good fund must be approved by Congress. According to the press release, the fund is to help valley communities dealing with negative weather that’s the result of climate change. Yes, climate change cause by — wait, wait for it— humans!

According The Hill blog:

During a call with reporters on Thursday evening, the assistant to the president on science and technology, John Holdren, said, without any doubt, the severe drought plaguing California and a number of other states across the country is tied to climate change.

“Weather practically everywhere is being caused by climate change,” Holdren said.

Climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer rips Holdren for ‘another silly pseudo-science rambling’ . . . ’His statement is not based in science’ . . . ‘The idea that any of the weather we are seeing is in any significant way due to humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions verges on irrationality’

So, let me ask, what caused earlier droughts in California in the early 1800s (here) and in the 1930s (here). Human greenhouse emissions? Animal farts? California’s climate is controlled by natural cycles, PDOs, AMOs and sunspots.

President Obama is beclowning himself with a science advisor like Holder.   But, fear not as the science illiterate talking heads on the news, the low information voters,  the progressive idiots in the Legislature and Governor Brown will sop up Holders foolish science swill with relish.  Prepare yourself for the fawning media blitz — humans responsible for climate change and the California drought.

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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5 Responses to President Beclowns Self – California Drought Caused by Climate Change

  1. stevefrisch says:

    This from John Holdren’s biography:

    “Holdren was born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, and grew up in San Mateo, California. He trained in aeronautics, astronautics and plasma physics and earned a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965 and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1970 supervised by Oscar Buneman. He taught at Harvard for 13 years and at the University of California, Berkeley for more than two decades. His work has focused on the causes and consequences of global environmental change, energy technologies and policies, ways to reduce the dangers from nuclear weapons and materials, and science and technology policy. He has also taken measures to contextualize the U.S.’s current energy challenge, noting the role that nuclear energy could play.

    Holdren was chair of the Executive Committee of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs from 1987 until 1997 and delivered the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance lecture on behalf of Pugwash Conferences in December 1995. From 1993 until 2003, he was chair of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academy of Sciences, and Co-Chairman of the bipartisan National Committee on Energy Policy from 2002 until 2007. Holdren was elected President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2006–2007), and served as board Chairman (2007–2008). He was the founding chair of the advisory board for Innovations, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges published by MIT Press, and has written and lectured extensively on the topic of global warming.

    Holdren is the author of over 200 articles and papers, and he has co-authored and co-edited some 20 books and book-length reports, including:

    Science in the White House. Science, May 2009, 567.

    Policy for Energy Technology Innovation. Acting in Time on Energy Policy, (with Laura Diaz Anadon, Max H. Bazerman, David T. Ellwood, Kelly Sims Gallagher, William H. Hogan, Henry Lee, and Daniel Schrag), Brookings Institution Press, 2009.

    The Future of Climate Change Policy: The U.S.’s Last Chance to Lead. Scientific American 2008 Earth 3.0 Supplement. October 13, 2008, 20-21.

    Convincing the Climate Change Skeptics. Boston Globe, August 4, 2008.

    Ending the Energy Stalemate: A Bipartisan Strategy To Meet America’s Energy Challenges. Presentation at the National Academies 2008 Energy Summit, Washington, D.C., March 14, 2008.

    Global Climatic Disruption: Risks and Opportunities. Presentation at Investor Summit on Climate Risk, New York, February 14, 2008.

    Meeting the Climate-Change Challenge. The John H. Chafee Memorial Lecture, National Council for Science and the Environment, Washington, D.C., January 17, 2008.”


    Clearly a man on a witch hunt. We live in a world where credential and experience are a liability. I am continuously amazed at the depths of anti-intellectualism when the stakes are high.


    • Russ Steele says:

      What amazes me is how a person as accomplished as Holdren, can rise to become a Presidential Science Advisor while demonstrating such a lack of critical thinking skills.


  2. Sean says:

    Holdren is the product of a government funded academic system that is better at building credentials than competence. This pseudo scientist is the perfect foil for our pseudo commander in chief. Holdren loves to the clarion for global calamity. With such incompetence at the top, he just might get it.


  3. Russ Steele says:

    Larry Ledwick writes in the Comments at Watts Up With That

    Has anyone else noticed that if you replace the word “climate change” with “witches” most of these statements would be perfectly acceptable if read in a newspaper from 200-300 years ago?

    While no single extreme weather event can be attributed directly to witches, Obama will stress the scientific understanding of how witches make events such as the drought more extreme, said John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    We are just repeating the hysteria of a by gone era with new names for the cause.


  4. Russ Steele says:

    Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach at Watts UP With That

    In discussing President Obama’s latest boondoggle, the one billion (with a “b) dollar Climate Resilience Plan, The US Under-Assistant Minister of Scientific Silly Walks, John Holdren, wandered way off of the party line. The party line in question, of course, is …

    “Although we can’t ascribe any given weather event to climate change, we still insist that blah blah blah …”

    Perhaps Holdren’s teleprompter was broken, but anyhow, here’s what he said (emphasis mine):

    During a call with reporters on Thursday evening, the assistant to the president on science and technology, John Holdren, said, without any doubt, the severe drought plaguing California and a number of other states across the country is tied to climate change.

    Now, that quote was bad enough, since everyone from the IPCC to my cat agrees that

    • There is no link between historical post-Little-Ice-Age warming and extreme weather, and

    • Droughts are more common in colder times than in warmer times, and

    • For the last decade and a half there’s been no statistically significant warming, certainly not enough to cause increased extreme weather.

    • We have neither the understanding nor the information necessary to ascribe ANY single weather event to climate change, and we’re a long ways from having either one.

    But despite Holdren going way off piste in his comment, it wasn’t truly of the quality needed for a quote of the week. It wasn’t concise enough for an epigram … or for an epitaph, for that matter.

    However, just when it all looked hopeless, Holdren rallied, came back and captured the gold by uttering the deathless words that will ring forever in the halls of climate academe:

    Weather practically everywhere is being caused by climate change.

    There you have it, folks, Holdren’s Law of Climate Causation, all you need to know about droughts and such … weather practically everywhere is being caused by climate change.

    Read the rest HERE:


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