The Union’s Climate Change Columnist Cannot Handle the Truth

When Jeff Ackerman told me he did not need any more columns on climate change, as he paid professionals to do that, like Amy Goodman

Here is the latest from that stupid b….. ops let me compose myself:

Interestingly, there is a direct link between Big Tobacco and the climate deniers. Many of the older climate science denialists got their start as hired guns for Big Tobacco, arguing against the threats posed by secondhand smoke.

These climate “skeptics” are scattered throughout an assortment of so-called free-market think tanks, including Americans for Prosperity, the Cato Institute, the American Petroleum Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and The Heartland Institute.

Guided by global public-relations firms like Hill and Knowlton, these groups mount media campaigns to challenge respected climate-change reports, with little or no scientific backing to their claims. While fossil-fuel giants like ExxonMobil traditionally funded these denial groups, negative publicity has driven the funders into the shadows.

Amy darling, where are the names of these wicked people? Oh, yes if you published their name they would take your stupid ass to court and win.

If Amy had done her research she would have discovered that ExxonMobil funding for the Heartland Institute was specifically for health care education and had nothing to do with climate change.

Watt Up With That is most widely read climate blog on the planet and it not funded by big oil. It is a self funded operation by my friend Anthony Watts.

Here are some 2014 stats on his skeptical reach:

About 2,500,000 people visit MoMA in New York every year. This blog was viewed about 44,000,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at MoMA, it would take about 18 years for that many people to see it.

The busiest day of the year was September 16th with 344,980 views. The most popular post that day was Obama’s Lonely Climate Summit – world leaders are staying home.

In 2014, there were 2,108 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 12,368 posts.

Visitor have come from 237 countries. Anyone can come and debate the posts and the linked climate science papers and studies. Those posting comments often find errors in the papers data, logic, or conclusions and report them in the comments. It is the best crowdsourced scientific review on the planet!

Yes, there is a little bit of the silly crap in the comments like that promoted by Amy Goodman, but it is soon dispatched by the more knowledgable posters.

Amy concludes:

Denialists were just blowing smoke back then for Big Tobacco, as they are now for Big Oil and Coal. This time, the consequences of their professional lying on climate could easily spell death and disaster for billions of us here on planet Earth.

My conclusion:

The well funded warmist organizations, like the Sierra Club ($97,757,678), Environmental Defense Fund ($111,915,678), National Resources Defense Council ($98,701,7007), National Audubon Society ($96,206,883), Greenpeace Fund ($84,726518), National Wildlfe Federation ($84,726,518) are creating climate hysteria and millions are going to die because our political leaders have been scared into preparing for global warming, when there is going to be a rapid on set of long term global cooling, shortening growing season and creating world wide starvation.

Just think, they probably bought Amy Goodman off with just a Washington D.C. lunch. Yes, she is that dumb.

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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11 Responses to The Union’s Climate Change Columnist Cannot Handle the Truth

  1. Bonnie McGuire says:

    Thanks For providing more information Russ. I mentally scanned Goodman’s article because it’s getting too repulsive reading the political propaganda. Too much lying and corruption.b


  2. Jon says:

    Don’t like Amy Goodman’s credentials? OK, yet again I come back to the reality of multi-billion dollar institutions and their economists who agree with her and the reality of human influenced climate change. Note today’s article in the Union regarding Squaw Valley. Most of the major ski operators in this country are presently building their 10 year+ strategic plans around this reality.
    Anthony Watts knows more than them? Excuse me if I find that farfetched.


    • Russ Steele says:


      Anthony has a business providing reliable weather reports to motels, hotels and casinos, who have found that TV weather is hyped. In a previous job my company worked with Caltrans on traveler information systems and we held meetings with the Casino owners and their #1 travel information was highly reliable weather reports for customers. TV was scaring the customer when ever a few show flakes started flying, and the customers went home. On the other hand, the TV metrologist who missed reporting snow storms, they ended up with trapped customers sleeping in the halls, not good customer relations. So the need was for accurate weather reports and forecasts, and Anthony’s company provides that service.

      That said, Anthony does not pretend to be the smartest guy on the block, but he started a program to validate the historical weather stations and Ellen and I were volunteers going around the country doing station assessments. You can find all the details at

      The real power of Watts Up With That is the crowdsourced review of peer-reviewed climate papers that often turned out to be pal-reviewed papers, with bad data, cherry picked data, inappropriate software modeling, logic failures, etc. It is not Anthony, it is the thousands of smart people who read and comment on his blog. He is often an invited speaker to climate change conferences.

      As for the ski resorts. They have to develop these plans before they can get grants to expand their facilities, especially in National Forest who have gone batshit crazy over preparing for AGW. It is all about CO2, when in fact the controlling forces in the Sierra are the PDO, ENSO and the resulting La Niña and El Niño cycles that determine the amount of moisture that the Sierra gets every year. In the past cold PDO, which we are in now, is very dry, the only time we get large quantities of snow during cold PDO is when a wet El Niño is riding on top of the cold PDO. We are expecting a very weak El Niño this winter, resulting in an average moisture, the jet stream will determine if it is snow. A quiet sun, will most likely bring colder jet streams. The process has nothing to do with CO2 levels, it is ocean and the sun. Not mentioned in the article about the ski slopes preparing their GHG reduction plans, that are required to be eligible for improvement grants. No mention of natural cycles are allowed in those plans.

      I hope this help you understand the issues. If you have question, please ask. Or do a little research on WUWT.


      • Jon says:

        Speaking of invited speakers, I take it you won’t be attending James Hansen’s speech down in South Lake Tahoe on January 8? YubaNet has the details.


      • Russ Steele says:

        No, I will not be attending, but I will be interested in what he has to say. While he is anti-coal, he is pro nuclear, which I think it is the end solution for air pollution issues.


      • Jon says:

        I’m open minded on nuclear, in the right setting. But coal is dead in this country; DEAD for all intents and purposes as a significant fuel looking forward. Now also beginning its death-slide in formerly coal friendly Australia as well. No going back. Besides its atmospheric impact, the cost of extraction, transport and use of coal is getting too costly. Good riddance. Regardless of fracking bans in spots, we will remain awash in natural gas with production and pipelines continuing its expansion in most current pockets. Gotta make the wellheads more secure with methane release still a major problem. I agree with Obama- if we can do that, it has to be a bridge fuel as we transition to renewables.


      • Russ Steele says:

        The only practical renewable is nuclear energy, as the wind and solar are not performing as predicted and require subsides to function. Coal is still cheaper and more reliable than solar and wind, it will be around for a long long time. In the US we have a 500 year supply and the world will soon come to realize that CO2 emissions are not the case of climate change. A Republican House, Senate and President will take care of that problem.


      • Jon says:

        The EPA regs on CO2 and coal aren’t going away. Industry is already adjusting and moving to gas. You would deny this fact? As for politics, we will not see a full Republican govt. after the 2016 elections for the same reasons we saw in 2012 (when everyone votes Dems win the White House), so no one is counting on rollback of key regulations. Besides tough regs, the successful protests and non-permits for new US and Canadian coal shipping ports are creating an expensive logjam for the coal industry, making it much more costly. China is committing to coal reductions for its mere survival. The stock prices of coal outfits have been plummeting, and will not come back (like they inevitably will with petroleum and gas). Sorry Mitch McConnell.


      • Russ Steele says:

        Time will determine the out come. You are correct, switching to gas is a good move, their is lots of it and it cheap.


  3. Russ Steele says:

    Oh, one more thought, I have not received any big oil or coal checks either. But, I do donate to some of the conservative organizations on Amy’s hit list.


  4. Russ Steele says:

    Oh yes, and Big Oil and Coal paid for this also:

    They bought off Mother Nature to stop the warming. According to Amy Goodman this is how the climate change world works.


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