Year in review – Climate Etc.’s greatest ‘hits’

by Judith Curry

2016 was ‘extremely likely’ to have been a memorable year.

Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President were the big events of 2016.  Among many other things, these events perhaps herald Skeptical climate scientists come in from the cold.

I’ve selected the best CE articles from 2016.  The selection was made by looking at the number of ‘hits’ from my wordpress statistics, and then eliminating any articles that received ‘hits’ owing to temporary newsworthiness (e.g. the Trump related articles) and any others that I didn’t quite think stood up to the test of time as being significant.

Here are  Climate Etc.’s  top 10  ‘hits’ for 2016:

Oh heck, it turned out to be 11 (1 is the ‘error bar’ on 10).  If you missed any of these the first time around, take a look.  I enjoyed rereading each of these (which was sort of my criteria for selecting them).

A special thanks to all of the guest posters during 2016: David Wojick, Frank Bosse, Turbulent Eddie, David Gattie, Kip Hansen, Nic Lewis, Rud Istvan, Lucas Bergkamp, Javier, Tomas Milanovic, Jim Steele, Donald Rapp, Greg Goodman, Planning Engineer, Jill Tietjen, Robin Guenier, Anthony Lucas, Larry Kummer, Andy West, Peter Davies, Peter Lang, Evan Hillebrand, Roger Caiazza, Yousaf Butt, Zeke Hausfather, Guido van der Werf.

To all denizens, my very best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous new year!

86 responses to “Year in review – Climate Etc.’s greatest ‘hits’

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  2. Curious George

    2016 was ‘extremely likely’ to have been a memorable year. 97% agree.

    Happy New Year, everybody. Let’s hope it will be a better year.

    • Happy New Year! Too many climate realists still pay too much attention to the climate models, ignoring obvious Mathematical Errors in IPCC Climate Models. What do the “3%” think?

      • With the amplifications removed the climate models would be fairly accurate. All models are wrong, let’s try make them useful.

      • Primitive equations, describing weather, have no stable solutions. Any “solution” extending more than few weeks from the initial state contains no non-trivial information. Any average or “ensemble” of any number of such solutions still has no information. These are basics of the information theory. These models cannot be made better.

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  4. Happy New Year! Let’s hope it is as good as 2016 has been.

  5. There is a better reading for lawyers: a lawsuit against alleged Climate Alarmism Racketeering Enterprise.

    Happy New Year!

  6. Wanting to add wishes for a Happy New Year to Dr. Curry, the named guest posters, and too many denizens to specify. It’s been a year of learning (some satisfying and some disturbing).

    With the new year comes a hope for renewed focus, renewed discovery, and renewed civility.

    Looking forward to making America Great Again while seeing others assist in same, and being joined by the many continuing great contributions of so many others.

    Warmest regards!

  7. Reblogged this on Climate Collections and commented:
    Excellent compilation Dr. Curry!
    Happy New Year!

  8. Happy New Year to Judy and all denizens. 2017 promises to be very interesting on both the Climate and the Etc. fronts.

  9. Judy,

    Thanks for another year of thoughtful and important work!

    The alarmist see black and white and I see red, to paraphrase Cyndi Lauper.

    Best, Steve

  10. Only six hours to go here. Happy new year to everyone!!

    I think probably all this climate thing will just blow over in 2017 and we can then concentrate on the important things :)


    • tonyb
      It has already happened here In the USA.
      We no longer have to fret over SLR or methane.
      It’s the Russians!
      They’re everywhere!
      First it was fluoride in the drinking water, now this.
      Thank Gaia that President Obama is giving Mr.Putin a good talking to.

      • Rebelronin

        Did you see the response from the Russian embassy in the UK concerning obamas posturing?

        Mind you, I thought the official response to the expulsion of russian diplomats from the US was classic… invitation to the children of US diplomats in Russia to a Christmas party!


      • Except our incoming Pres. Trump says it’s the Chinese inventing the climate hoax, stealing jobs, currency fixing causing trade imbalance, etc. They’re Everywhere!

      • Tonyb
        Did see the Russian response.
        Long ago when I was a musician, we played a gig at the Russian embassy in DC.
        The Russian security guys were so cool and funny.
        Opposite of the US Secret Service guys.
        They also handled their liquor way better.
        I look for a return of sarcasm, flippancy, ruggedness, cowboy respect,
        and humor in place of eight years of whining in 2017.

        Lawrence Giver
        So it was the Chinese that invented the climate hoax?
        I had mistakenly attributed it to Maggie Thatcher.

      • Putin’s lack of response is as close as you will get to an admission of guilt from him.

      • Jimd

        You do realise that obama was sidelined and outflanked. He was made to look a political novice. Putin has got bigger fish to fry with a president in his ascendancy not a lame duck.

        Anyway it’s a few minutes to 2017 so may I wish you a happy new year


      • Tony, Happy New Year to you over in England as an ex-pat myself.
        Putin is trying to make nice because he thinks the sanctions will be up for negotiation. Trump is falling for it too, as Putin plays on his narcissism which is a potentially dangerous weakness. For Trump a successful year would be not getting into a war with anyone. Let’s just hope for that.

      • Jim D,

        Putin is making Obama look like a petulant child. His response to invite diplomats and their families to a party is showing utter contempt for the feckless piece of sh!t leaving office. Even before the election, the insult from China on the tarmac would have caused any leader with the slightest self respect to react strongly, but our subject in chief just bent over and took it.

        Obama is looking like a two year old being dragged off to bed screaming about his legacy. The world is laughing so hard they are pissing in their pants. Passing regulations to be overturned in 3 weeks. But but but, my legacy!

        Obama is playing tough with the Russians not because of any information he hasn’t had for months. He’s doing it to try and delegitimize Trump and both Trump and Putin are laughing about it.

        Obama is spending a month building a thousand sand castles on a beach. A big wave called Trump will was them away in one fell swoop.

        By the time Trump and Congress are done it will be as if he was never there, except for a few hundred liberal judge appointments.

        I’ll leave you with this purloined joke:

        One sunny day in January, 2017, an old man approaches the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue where he’d been sitting on a park bench. He speaks to the U.S. Marine standing guard and says, I would like to go in and meet with President Obama. The Marine looks at the man and says, Sir, Mr. Obama is no longer President and no longer resides here. The old man says, Okay, and walks away.

        The following day the same man approaches the White House and says to the same Marine, I would like to go in and meet with President Obama. The Marine again tells the man, Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Obama is no longer President and no longer resides here. The man thanks him and again just walks away.

        The third day the same man approaches the White House and speaks to the very same U.S. Marine, saying, I would like to go in and meet with President Obama. The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looks at the man and says, Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Obama. I’ve told you already that Mr. Obama is no longer the President and no longer resides here. Don’t you understand?

        The old man looks at the Marine and says, Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it. The Marine snaps to attention, salutes, and says, See you tomorrow, Sir!

      • Certainly your story depicts the simpleton mindset of a Trump supporter. Thanks for that. As for Trump complaining he feels boxed in by Obama’s move, expect world leaders to box him in on many issues. Welcome to the club. Now he has to choose between Putin and US intelligence, which is only a hard choice for him. At some point in the future he may have to choose between Putin and NATO. Hopefully he starts taking intelligence briefings seriously because that should be a two-way exchange where he gets to ask for information that he needs for decisions. I am fairly sure Obama would have had a lot more curiosity in those briefings while Trump’s description sounds quite passive, making him more like Bush the W, who just didn’t ask enough questions on some fairly important topics.

      • “Certainly your story depicts the simpleton mindset of a Trump supporter.”

        That certainly depicts the simpleton mindset of a political dilettante. Keep dismissing people who didn’t vote the way you approve as simpleton’s Jim. That’s the ticket.

      • The character was fictional, but doesn’t come off as a genius, so I commented on that, and that maybe he was a Trump supporter, but perhaps not. I don’t know. You tell me.

      • JimD wrote:

        Now he has to choose between Putin and US intelligence, which is only a hard choice for him.

        Jim, I did technical work for the US intelligence community back in the ’80s and ’90s. I also am co-inventor on a number of patents relating to computer technology (some of these patents are from my work for the intelligence community). I actually know something about this subject, unlike almost all of the journalists who pretend to “report” on it.

        You do not understand how the intelligence bureaucracy works. There are indeed a lot of bright people working at the low levels. Unfortunately, the upper levels are dominated by political hacks who say what their elected bosses want to hear. Surely, you remember the fake WMDs in Iraq? (And, yes, I knew the claims were fake — but the media ignored everyone who actually knew the truth and went with Dubya’s lies.)

        Technically, it is very, very hard to definitively identify any reasonably competent hackers, especially if they are operating out of a country in which US authorities cannot serve search warrants.

        Is it possible the US intelligence flacks have information that will prove convincing? Well… they certainly have not shown it yet.

        Right now, it smells to me like “fake news,” like the fake WMDs.

        But, perhaps, you would rather not hear from someone with actual technical knowledge on the subject.

        Happy New Year!

        Dave Miller in Sacramento

      • Physicist dave

        That is exactly how the United Nations and The EU work. It is those with
        Political ambitions ( or those who owe someone a favour, are owed a favour or practice general nepotism ) who generally call the shots .

        You can’t have it both ways, Bearing in mind it was claimed by democrats that the reinvestigation by a govt agency of clintons emails at a very late date was a Political action. Either they are impartial or they are not .


      • Curious George

        Tony: UN, EU – time to sharpen pitchforks.

      • We also remember George W ignoring US intelligence when it wasn’t convenient to him (AQ determined to attack prior to 9/11, and Saddam’s yellowcake from Niger which US intelligence correctly disagreed with and he still put in his address to congress). Currently US intelligence is flashing red lights about continued efforts by Russians, and he wants to ignore them. His choice. History judges whether he has a harmful naivety about Putin.

      • Jimd

        Trump has been around a long time and has experienced numerous different scenarios And problems and double dealing in numerous countries

        . I do not think he will be as naive as you seem to think, or as Obama has been . In the latters case he had little experience and getting a Nobel just for being elected would go to anyone’s head. It did mine when I got a Nobel as an EU citizen when that organisation was inexplicably awarded the peace prize.


      • Curious George

        Both organisations have a purpose, but both need root and branch reform and a reminder they are not sovereign states in their own right but are there to do their paying members bidding within a framework that needs to be redefined.


      • Given Trump’s and Tillerson’s friendship with Putin, the intelligence community may need to be careful about giving away some of their intelligence gathering techniques on Russia to them. With Trump, there’s always the blab factor to consider because he can’t keep his mouth shut. If I was in intelligence, I would not trust Trump with these kinds of secrets given his proclivities, and would hide them from him as much as possible.

      • Tonyb, Obama was brought in to get us out of two wars and a recession, and not mishandle disasters like Katrina which was Bush’s problem with using inexperienced cronies in important positions. This Obama did while also maintaining all the major global friendships which is a tight line to tread. Trump’s us versus them attitude to life is more like Bush’s, and could be a diplomatic disaster, especially as his “us” seems to include Putin at this point.

      • “….not mishandle disasters like Katrina which was Bush’s problem with using inexperienced cronies in important positions.”

        More leftie revision of history. The democrats Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin were exposed as completely incompetent.

        Back to Putin, who’d ever thought that it would be the Russians who made good the democrats’ promise of transparency?

        And isn’t kind of curious that everyone who was telling us before the election that the emails and secret server were no big deal and besides no one cared are now insisting that it was a huge deal and everyone cared?

        More fake news from the liberal fake media.

      • It was Brownie who lost his job, because if he had one responsibility it was to get FEMA working correctly, and he didn’t. Brownie was a horse breeder and a room-mate at college of someone in GWB’s transition team. This speaks for itself.

      • harkin1 says “And isn’t kind of curious that everyone who was telling us before the election that the emails and secret server were no big deal and besides no one cared are now insisting that it was a huge deal and everyone cared?”
        It is easy to turn that one round and say how the potential of hacking was such a big deal in the Clinton server investigation, but now that it has verifiably happened to the Dems, Trump just says move on, and would prefer not to have it talked about anymore.

      • Count me among the simplistic Jim D, as I thoroughly enjoyed Charles’ post.

        But then I already knew that, being a former torpedoman. You know, strong back,weak mind.

      • JimD wrote:

        We also remember George W ignoring US intelligence when it wasn’t convenient to him.

        What an utterly bizarre statement!

        On the most critical intelligence issue of all — the question of whether Saddam had WMDs — the then Director of Central Intelligence, George Tenet, told Dubya what he wanted to hear: that it was a “slam dunk” that Saddam had WMDs.

        Yes, a lot of us who had played at lower positions for the intelligence community knew it was all a lie. But, the big honcho faked it.

        All indications are that the supposed positive proof of Russian hacks is the WMD fraud all over again — the top guys tell the sitting president what he wants to hear, even though people with actual knowledge know better.

        Jim are you really completely clueless about the games played by top people in bureaucracies?? If you have never seen this yourself, you are either very young or very, very good at ignoring the world around you.


      • tonyb wrote to me:

        You can’t have it both ways, Bearing in mind it was claimed by democrats that the reinvestigation by a govt agency of clintons emails at a very late date was a Political action.

        Indeed. On that, I am actually inclined to agree with Hillary’s supporters. I think Comey’s behavior was contemptibly unprofessional: if he thought Hillary committed a crime, he should have recommended prosecution. If not, he should simply have kept his mouth shut. But, his repeated posturing in public… well, I do not know what his goal was, but I suspect it did cost Hillary the election.

        Interesting how many people on the left were willing to denounce Comey’s slimy behavior but are unable to see through the current scam.


    • Tonyb
      Happy new years to you. Time to start fresh with Brexit and Trump.

      Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth and meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart. “(brave heart) HW Longfellow


      • Scott

        A happy new year to you.

        I am looking forward with great eagerness to Brexit and hope that it will prove a catalyst for the EU to drastically reform itself for the benefit of our European friends who are stuck n an organisation that has far exceeded its Apparent brief.

        If it could revert to the organisation we had until around 1995 or at least pre euro, I am sure we would not have voted to leave.


      • Tony, I hope simply that you can pull it off at all. Brexit appears stalled It seems that all you have to do is say “we’re out!” Then restructure.

      • Jim2

        We are awaiting a supreme court ruling expected literally any day. That will determine how the govt then proceeds


  11. Have an Interesting New Year to all.



    • Woohoo? We don’t want any of that sort of unseemly behaviour at our genteel e- salon.


      • Tonyb, on New Years eve in some parts of the world there is NO unseemly behavior. Provided one consumes enough champagne to forget the unseemly.
        My favorite opera–which will start via DVD just after the second college football playoff game OhioState v. Clemson– Die Fledermaus. Now my favorite version of same is recorded from London, sung provacatively in three+ languages (German, English, Italian, plus fake Hungarian) and starred Dame Tiri Te Kawana and Hermann Prey. The disc is ready, and has been a personal tradition since I first saw it live auf Deutsch in Wein am gleichem Jahrestag.

      • Rud

        I saw that at the Verona amphitheatre a few years ago. If you are quick it is currently playing in Vienna. A great opera.


      • Saw Aida at the same roman Verona ampitheater back when we lived in Munich. Real elephants, even. Spent six years on the Munich season ticket opera list. Repatriated to US (Chicago) with only 14 more years to wait in Munich. Was a season member of Chicago Lyric Opera for two decades. Now Florida Grand Opera, not so great but we still go occaisionally depending on opera and singers. All their sets come down from New York’s Met.
        My first ever opera was Faust, performed at Boston’s Hyde Auditorium (hardly the BSO) as a musicology class requirement of my then Wellesley fiancé. Thought was just a date. Nope. Hooked from the beginning. We lasted 30 years before she left (later to be elected president [for 1 year, mostly a fund raising position]) of the Chicago Symphony Ordhestra. while opera will last forever. Turned out I really liked opera, and she really liked the symphony. In my now seasoned opinion, any orchestral perfomance can be reheard via a decent sound system recording. Mine is a Bose 501 surround. But opera can only be experienced in person. Even like the great BBC recording of Fledermaus at Covent Garden (which I will watch this New Years Eve after the game) are a pale imitation of the real thing.
        …Die Fledermaus… in English in act two scene 3, a toast Champagne…
        Highest regards.

      • Rud

        Absolutely agree that opera, like fireworks, can only be experienced in person in order to get the full Experience. Also thoroughly enjoyed the opera at bregenz which, as you know, takes place over the lake, also enjoyed the opera at the newly restored Trieste theatre as it was so unexpected and highly atmospheric. You sound a real opera buff.

        Anyone reading this should be aware that even if you are not sure if you like opera, that a visit to Verona during the summer season is a real treat as the action takes place in the well preserved roman amphitheatre.


      • Curious George

        Deutsch in Wein is a great idea. May 2017 be great. (I am a little skeptical; we did elect Donald J Trump, not Robin Hood; the best I really hope for is “interesting”.) English seems to have been expelled from the Brussels. Long live English in whiskey!

      • Simple stereo.

        I have Vandersteen Model 1b, a Jolida 202 amp, and a rega record player. A squeezebox DAC for my digital music.

        Best thing I bought was furman power cleaner/surge protecter.

      • So Rud,

        You like opera?

        A happy new year to you. Seeing as how the Seahawks will be playing the Pack next week, and this year passed them as my 2nd favorite team after the Skins, I’ll be curious which team I end up rooting for. I have a copy of Ray Nitchstke’s autobiography signed by him. Been a Packer fan for a long, long time. Even worked there for a few months.

  12. Actually, I don’t think 2017 will be very exciting f in terms of what we learn technically that is new about climate change. There will undoubtedly be some political realignment, and the policies toward fossil fuels will likely change. There will be more papers published, more erudite commentaries on the state of things, and certainly more rhetoric. But we will remain ignorant regarding clouds, we will continue to have only fragmentary data on the Earth’s heat balance, the roles of oceans and the Arctic will remain murky, we will underestimate the effects of land clearing and land development, the establishment will continue to focus entirely on CO2 when that is only part of the equation, and belief systems will continue to prevail over data-based interpretations. What I am particularly anxious to follow is the path of satellite measured global average temperature as we come down in the aftermath of a major El Nino. Will temperatures revert back to the plateau of 1998-2015, or will they establish a new plateau, a few tenths of a degree higher than the “pause”? Ominously, the Sept, Oct and Nov temperatures did not drop!

    • A happy 2017 to all and greetings at my first post here, from Coogee by the seaside Downunder. Donald Rapp, your observations and expectations are indeed likely, but we have seen some shifts of interest regards the relative importance of multidecadal systems to calculations of Transient and Equilibrium Climate Response. In a recent twitter exchange (29 Dec) Dr Curry wrote “Attribution is the key policy relevant issue” and previously (27 Nov) “if climate sensitivity is on lower end and internal variability on upper end . ..” From my perspective, these two simple statements made as part of larger conversations are highlights for 2016 because they address the coupled energy-climate policy and scientific aspects of this very wide-ranging topic.

      We ought all be keenly aware of the order of the climate-related hierarchy, weather-seasons-events-oscillations-climate change, in our at-times excitable analyses, and keep in mind climate change (anthropogenic, as defined) is a century level matter. There will be much ado about ENSO and models and internal variability over start of the year until the ‘Arctic show’ starts. Key to discussions will be models counting internal variability as nil but ignoring the fact that the ‘nil’ is over the longest term rather than at ‘mid-cycle’ or at ‘event-end’. Counting the most recent past as warmest ever when his is due to an event will be obsessive. Separating out attribution from natural variation ought become a major focus over the next years.

      I agree that the incremental step-up of warming following ENSO is interesting, and determining if this is due to addition of sunlight-warming to the ocean heat pool, an underlying PDO/AMO effect, a revealed effect due to increased carbon dioxide atmospheric concentration and how this relates to the Current Warm Period as a natural phenomenon and to climate change (as defined) will all be interesting to consider and research.

      For policy, aka attribution, it will be interesting to detect whether alternate energy generation methods will be (I feel better, and more correctly) assigned to the various nations’ policies of energy efficiency, and a broadening base of energy production.

      For science, it will be great to see a greater emphasis on the study of UHI/built environments, of water resource management over decadal periods and the ocean systems even better studied in relation to events, multi-decadal patterns.

      Looking forward to Climate Etc continuing to providing great relevant discussion points over the year(s) ahead.
      And why the Lawyers and when the next Stadium :)

      cheers, John from Coogee

  13. Have a good Hogmanay folks.

    And come 2017, lang may yer lum reek!

    ([Long may your chimney smoke] a traditional Scottish reference to having the wealth and good fortune to keep the fire in your house burning [coal] and benefit from its many qualities).

    Ironic really.

    • Curious George

      Scotch whisky tastes after a peat smoke. I hope that your quote refers to a peat smoke. Have a good Hogmanay!

      • No George, it refers to coal. A traditional Hogmanay staple to ‘First Foot’ with (be the first visitor to someone’s house in the New Year) which also includes something to eat (typically shortbread, region dependent) and something to drink (traditionally Whisky almost everywhere). They represent Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need’s and predate him by many years.

        Proof positive that our elders knew more without computer predictions, than we do with.

        We are not entering a climate crisis, we are emerging from one.

      • Laphroig.

  14. I would greatly appreciate a list of the most significant climate research results of 2016 or an idea where to look. A brief search turned up mostly propaganda.

  15. Since the term ‘AD’ is not politically correct any longer, may I wish a
    Happy Anno Domini 2017
    to all

    • Peace on Earth, can it be
      Year from now, perhaps we’ll see
      See the day of glory
      See the day, when men of good will
      Live in peace, live in peace again
      Peace on Earth, can it be
      Can it be

    • Speaking of PC, I was attending a wedding and during the reception wanted to check on the scores of the Seahawks and Redskins games. Start typing Seahawks and it comes up in four letters. Type Redskins and, well you have to type Redskins. Even now, having typed it 3 times, it won’t come up.

      We had a coyote in the front yard a couple of weeks ago. I’d rather collect a bounty on showing up SJW’s than on potting or trapping a rather cool member of the canine species. Cool if for no other reason than it’s one animal expanding its territory. Niche fillers are cool for a lot of reasons.

  16. In the area of energy policy, I feel optimistic about 2017 being a good year for encouraging the economic, reliable and environmentally responsible expansion of the power system. My appreciation to all in this forum and best wishes for the new year.

    • I wish I could be optimistic about the future of energy policy in the UK. But the lunatics are still in charge of the energy asylum. The Brexit vote has just rearranged the deck chairs.

  17. Happy New Year, everyone! It’s been a fun year on CE! Hope it has another great one in ’17.

  18. Reflecting upon the last year is entertaining since we now have past events already in the books. The trick though, is looking to see what 2017 will bring. In My Humble Opinion: 2017 will be a time for retrenchment. Identifying and undoing many regulations, policies and practices of agencies previously charged with making the progressive world a reality beginning with EPA, Energy, Treasury, Commerce, NASA/NOAA, etc.

    To initiate substantive change in most bureaucracies, and this present regime is no exception, I believe that whittling out entrenched figures whose beliefs are part and parcel of the current operating paradigm; ie, eliminating emitted CO2 which they view as a poison, these regulators and their agenda will take time.

    Moving people out of positions of power and burrowed in layers of bureaucracy, will allow revelations of a host of information biases and misinformation promulgated as facts. Scrutiny, transparency: “shake it and see what falls out.” Such a movement will set the stage for some “reanalysis” of climate science as it is currently practiced and possible emphasis for the future. By the end of Trump’s term, the climate science ground will be fertile for new directions. At that point, enough will have changed that those whose views have previously been mocked, will feel encouraged enough to help by participating in and formulating new directions in weather, climate and environmental science.

    Four years to “clean the Augeas Stable.”

  19. Is much of our effort to combat global warming actually making things worse… redux:

    Human CO2 Fever Much Worse that Cigarettes for Society. What say the consensus? What say the government scientists? Here’s why we should believe in scientists and why red wine is good for us and now it’s not and why diet causes ulcers and now it doesn’t and why breakfast is the most important meal of the day but only if you sell Kellogg’s cereal or Florida orange juice and why you should avoid eggs because they’ll cause high cholesterol and why that is no longer true and how the food pyramid is real science and all of the old food pyramids were bad science and carrots are good for your eyes and since cows live exclusively on a vegetarian diet, so can you.

    We must believe the government scientists because the public is the real problem. Sure, sure, the global warming hoax is academia’s knowing deception on the people. But, the government’s scientists know the public; and, they have nothing but contempt for them and their employers. Who wouldn’t: as the country goes broke the voters continue to return the same dishonest anti-business people to public office. Just throw the public a bone like raising the minimum wage, again. It is dishonest because it does not help those it is supposed to help — just the reverse: that’s basic econ that is taught even in the public schools going back to the 60s during the first two years of prerequisite college courses in biology and sex education.

  20. Happy New Year. 2016 was a tipping point.

  21. A Happy New Year to Judith and all denizens at
    the Climate Etc e-salon. Wishing ye all tipping points,
    but in a good way, trumpets and other celebrating
    of the open society. A serf.

    • … and ter kim -non-pareil,
      who sayeth fittingly re
      that New Year Resolution …
      ‘ Wage, wage war against
      the lying and the fright.


    • Beth

      Thank you for eleven minutes twenty six seconds of Handel’s Messiah.

      My remembrance has been participation in almost 3 decades of a 300 voice community choir and local symphony orchestra’s Christmas rendition of Handel’s work. As the voices move and with the orchestra’s counterpoint, the piece seems never the same year after year.

      This presentation is yet another variance that proves, the same score never produces the same emotive outcome.

      Happy New Year.

      • RiHo08

        Handel’s Messiah – like
        james joyce’s ‘Yes!’
        Anuther variation is this,
        Beethoven’s ‘Tempest’ played
        by Kemff, my mother played thus-
        and that on which it’s based …
        O Shakespeare! Human creativity,
        sea – change into something rich
        and strange, fizz ‘n trial ‘n error
        and i don’t know where i’m headin’
        with this … )

        Happy New Year from a serf.

  22. Have you discovered the EPA mistake?
    Do you know why CO2, although it is a ghg, has no significant effect on climate?
    If not yet, perhaps in 2017.

  23. To my favorite climate scientist… Happy New Year Judith and hopefully the prospects for you in the U.S. are better than those here in Canada (actually, they almost have to be).

  24. The opposite of DROUGHT is FLOOD RISK INCREASE and the average is what can predict– it is all we can predict with any degree of mathematical reliability not to mention, ethical responsibility. Everything else is dogma.

  25. Happy New Year, Dr Curry and Climate Etc!

    If memory serves (and sometimes it doesn’t) the discussion of the year on CE was, I believe, a guest post where accounting (or lack thereof) of C02 in the atmosphere got chewed up and spit out.

    I think it took it’s toll on the Warmers who participated, because I don’t see them around much anymore.


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