Wild Exaggeration and Egregious Lies – Watts Up With That?

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Wild Exaggeration and Egregious Lies – Watts Up With That?

Statement by Kip Hansen – May 6, 2021

Covering Climate Now’s propaganda efforts were “co-founded by Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation in association with The Guardian and WNYC in 2019. CCNow’s 460+ partners include some of the biggest names in the news “with the stated goal of” producing more informed and urgent climate stories to make climate a part of every beat in the newsroom. “In its base document, the CCNow Climate Emergency Statement, it partly says:“ … in order to preserve a livable planet, humanity must take immediate action. If the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is not reduced, the extraordinary heat, storms, forest fires and ice melt of 2020 will become routine and could “render a significant part of the earth uninhabitable …”. To achieve their goals, CCNow provides its partners with republishable stories from other partners (.pdf), editorial guides, story writing ideas, and a list of discussion points called Climate Science 101 by Katharine Hayhoe.

IImportant note: Call 911 immediately when you are choking or Chest pain as a result of reading this last sentence – in Europe, dial 112 – by doing United Kingdom, dial 112 or 999 – in the Australia, 000 or 112.

CCNow also provides the NPR Climate Guide with misinformation and disinformation on the climate as well as its own “fact sheet”. [ sic ] “Who Says It’s a Climate Emergency?” in addition to their list of ten “best practices” for climate propagandists.

If this is your first time hearing about CCNow please read my previous essays published here at WUWT, most recently The Climate Propaganda Cabal and Converting Opinions into Scientific Facts. There are also some earlier essays – here and here.

Last week, April 27, 2021, the CCNow website posted a list of the nine pieces we loved. One of them was:

How ocean warming is hastening the climate crisis – people have seen sea levels rise by at least 20 feet – can we still fix that? “By Harold R. Wanless

On the other hand, the article in The Nation is clearly labeled:

Based on an article for the Florida Climate Reporting Network’s “The Invading Sea” project, this article is published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalistic collaboration that strengthens reporting on climate history.

My quick review of web search results shows that this article, now a week old, was reposted or linked 16 times before I stopped counting.

This article represents the “big lie” aspect of professional propaganda. Big lies sell better and convince people better than picky little lies.

Here is the bottom line Big lie from this CCNow propaganda piece:

The climate emergency is bigger than many experts, elected officials and activists believe. Human greenhouse gas emissions have overheated the Earth’s atmosphere, causing heat waves, hurricanes and other extreme weather – this much is well known. The bigger problem is that the overheated atmosphere, in turn, has overheated the oceans, ensuring a catastrophic amount of future sea level rise.

As the oceans warm, the water rises – partly because warm water is expanding, but also because the warmer water has caused a large melt of the polar ice sheets. As a result, it is almost certain that the average sea level around the world will rise by at least 20 to 30 feet. That is enough to submerge large parts of many coastal cities where hundreds of millions of people live.

For many readers, let me point this out unnecessarily Not a single sentence or sentence in the first paragraph is true. The second paragraph does little better. But only because “warm water rises” – just not in the weird way Wanless says. [Technically, warming the water in the ocean causes expansion of the ocean’s water  —  the fact the ‘warmer water rises’ is not involved in this – it is the expansion that can lead to rising sea levels.] Nothing else in the second paragraph is true.

I hate to overdo it as I blame CCNow and Wanless for this, so let’s take a closer look at this:

The climate emergency is bigger than many experts, elected officials and activists believe. “ There is no such thing as a real physical climate emergency – there is just a common understanding that there is a climate emergency. At best, the sentence is an unsupported opinion (which is presented here as a fact). It would be hard for the real climate situation to be bigger (worse) than some of the more bizarre activists and politicians (“we have nine years left” – John Kerry).

“Humankind’s greenhouse gas emissions have overheated the earth’s atmosphere, causing heat waves, hurricanes and other extreme weather – this much is well known.” There is no scientific consensus that the earth’s atmosphere has been “overheated”. It is assumed that increasing CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere have led to slight warming – but only since the middle of the 20th century. Many think this little warming and the CO2 it could have caused are beneficial, including some of the smartest people in America. The real world data on global heat waves, hurricanes, and extreme weather do not support the claim that the minor warming has “unleashed”[ed] Punish heat waves, hurricanes and other extreme weather ”- this is the climate activist’s favorite meme, not a fact. For more information on the facts, see the dedicated pages of this website and here. [ Readers:  Please supply links in comments to reliable graphs showing that the CCNow/Wanless claims are false. ] As this point is largely disputed by experts on forest fires, heat waves, hurricanes and extreme weather, it cannot be said to be “generally understood”.

“The bigger problem is that the overheated atmosphere has, in turn, overheated the oceans, ensuring catastrophic future sea level rise.” The oceans haven’t overheated – that’s just not true in any way – it’s difficult to even scientifically prove it the oceans have warmed in each considerable, climatically important Path. Measuring sea water temperature is an ongoing project and we have a very short time series of even moderately reliable data. It is insane to say that the tiny amount (if any) of warming seawater “assure[ed] a catastrophic amount of future sea level rise. ”

I’ll leave the readers to analyze the rest of the second paragraph. But let’s take another look at the idea that sea levels are sure to rise “20 to 30 feet”.

Wanless States: But if the seas rise 20 feet or more in the next 100 to 200 years – this is our development now – the outlook is bleak. In this scenario, sea levels could rise by two feet by 2040, three feet by 2050, and much more. “

This link leads to “NOAA Technical Report NOS CO-OPS 083 – GLOBAL AND REGIONAL ADVANCE SCENARIOS FOR THE UNITED STATES” [ .pdf ] what will not surprise you does not say such a thing. The NOAA document does not state that the most extreme scenario (RCP8.5) is our current trajectory. None of the scenarios predict a sea level rise of 2 feet by 2040 or 3 feet by 2050, even under RCP8.5 (a scenario now widely considered highly improbable to impossible).

Even under impossible RCP8.5 conditions, NOAA only predicts 16 inches (2040) and 25 inches (2050). [yellow highlight] – However, in the real world we only saw the 0.03m (30mm) predicted for 2010-2020 for the lowest scenario [blue highlight] . Wanless is apparently getting its claim our current trajectory at 20-30 feet from the lower right corner, highlighted in red, RCP8.5 at 2200.

Adding an insult to the injury, Wanless claims in his article that “Today the oceans are rising six millimeters a year (over two inches per decade), and that rate will continue to accelerate dramatically.” The only thing that is correct in this sentence is that 60mm is over two inches. Wanless’ link to a CSIRO page is broken, but current sea levels are rising, according to NOAA:

Not 6 mm / year, but 3.3 mm / year and level for the last two or three years. [ source: https://climate.nasa.gov/  to see this graph select Sea Level from right hand bottom section of the graphic at the top of the page.]

You may be wondering, “How can an article with so many blatant, gross errors – wild exaggerations, inaccuracies, and falsehoods – get published in The Nation?” That could be the wrong question. Better to ask, “How was it published by AGU on EOS in their science news section?”

The answer is: The Nation, AGU and EOS are all partners of CCNow.

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Author’s comment:

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the associated online magazine, EOShave even given up the pretext of science and decided to team up with the recognized propaganda effort Covering Climate Now to convince the world that there is a climate emergency, so they will willingly give up fossil fuels. This example today shows that this effort extends to posting wild exaggerations and outrageous lies to get The Message – Propaganda’s on Big lie in the game.

To be honest, I don’t know how it came about and at the same time I am sad and outraged.

This has now gone well beyond the knocking back of climate alarmists at AGU meetings in the 1990s. Where are the real scientists who are members of the AGU? How can they be silent when EOS publishes such articles without disclaimer. Shame.

Note: As always, I fixed some obvious typos the first time I read it after it was published.

Address your comments to “Kip. . . “So I’ll see her for sure when you talk to me.

Thank you for reading.

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