GOP Lawmaker Tricks Obama’s Climate Adviser With Arctic Melting Article From 1922

Obama ‘s Chief Climate Adviser on 1920’s global warming: ‘It is a crisis we’re trying to address’
Responding to a 1922 Washington Post story detailing the then warming climate conditions in the Arctic, White House Climate Adviser Chistine Goldfuss tells Congressman Tom McClintock, “It is a crisis we’re trying to address.”
Oversight Hearing on the Impacts of the Obama CEQ’s Final Guidance for GHG Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change
House Committee on Natural Resources
September 21, 2016


California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock opened a congressional hearing by reading a Washington Post article detailing the “unheard of” impacts global warming had on the Arctic ecosystem.

“The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and some place the seals are finding the water too hot,” McClintock read in a Wednesday hearing, adding that reports “all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard of temperatures in the Arctic zone.”

McClintock went on, then asked President Barack Obama’s top climate adviser Christy Goldfuss if “this the crisis you’re referring to?” — referring to a new guidance her Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) staff issued on accounting for global warming impacts of federal agency actions.

“It is a crisis we’re trying to address,” Goldfuss said, totally unsuspecting of what was about to happen. “I’m not familiar with that specific report…” Goldfuss added.

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“Perhaps the reason is because it was November 2, 1922 that The Washington Post carried this article,” McClintock said.

It turns out McClintock was reading a Washington Post article from November 1922, not November 2015 as many listening, including Goldfuss, likely assumed.

In 1922, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported “so little ice as has ever been noted” in the Arctic. A Norwegian captain told NOAA the Arctic “of that region is not recognizable as the same region of 1868 to 1917.”

“Many old landmarks are so changed as to be unrecognizable,” NOAA reported. “At many points where glaciers formerly extended far into the sea they have entirely disappeared.”

Here’s what he said:

McClintock: “I think we can agree that global warming has been going on for a long time. It’s been going on and off since the last ice age.”

“In fact, I attended the president’s address at Yosemite this last year. I was struck by his noting that the glaciers in Yosemite were disappearing, and it occurred to me, had he given that speech on that very spot 12,000 years before he would have been covered by nearly 3,000 feet of ice,” he said.

“Doesn’t that predate the invention of the SUV?”

Goldfuss: “What I can speak to is the facts that scientists are pointing to now. So, as has been rightly pointed out, I am not a climate scientist, but what I have been…”

M: “And neither am I, but I do know history, and our pre-history tells us the climate’s always changing. We know that during the Jurassic period 150 million years ago atmospheric carbon dioxide were five times higher than they are today and it was the planet’s prolific period for new species.”

“Do you deny this science?”

G: “… 15 of the 16 hottest years on record have happened since 2000. We have now had 16 months of global averages broken.”

M: “I’m glad you brought that up because we know in recorded history that during the Roman warm period from about 250 to 400 A.D., much of Rome’s grain supply was grown in what are now the deserts of North Africa.”

“We know that during the Medieval warm period from the 10th through the 13th Centuries wine grapes were grown in northern Britain and Iceland and Greenland supported a thriving agricultural economy.”

“And we also know that during the Little Ice Age that followed, the Thames River froze solid every winter and advancing ice sheets destroyed many towns in Europe.”

McClintock then went on to press Goldfuss about the costs of the rule.

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Flashback 1820: Arctic climate rapidly warming. Ice disappearing.

Flashback 2009: Study: ‘Arctic warming from 1910–1940 proceeded at a significantly faster rate than the current 1970–2008 warming’ – Published in Geophysical Research Letters – Study: ‘The Arctic temperature changes are highly correlated with the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (AMO) suggesting the Atlantic Ocean thermohaline circulation is linked to the Arctic temperature variability on a multi-decadal time scale.’

Flashback 1925: ‘Arctic Climate Turning Warmer; Glaciers Melting’ – ‘Arctic climate has changed considerably in recent years’


20 Responses

  1. Climate change is a false premise for regulating carbon dioxide emissions. Nature converts CO2 to limestone. Climate change may or may not be occurring, but is is for sure NOT caused by human fossil fuels use. There is no empirical evidence that fossil fuels use affects climate. Likely causes are well documented elsewhere.

    Here’s why. Fossil fuels emit only 3% of total CO2 emissions. 95% comes from rotting vegetation. All the ambient CO2 in the atmosphere is promptly converted in the oceans to limestone and other carbonates. CO2 + CaO => CaCO3. The conversion rate increases with increasing CO2 partial pressure. An equilibrium-seeking mechanism.

    99.84% of all carbon on earth is already sequestered as sediments in the lithosphere. The oceans convert CO2 to carbonate almost as soon as it is emitted. Everything else is sophistry or mass hysteria.

    A modern coal power plant emits few pollutants except water vapor and carbon dioxide. Coal remains the lowest cost and most reliable source of electric energy.

      1. You are correct…. the CO2 level is going up and no-one disputes that…..

        Keep in mind that 10,000 ppm(v) is equivalent to 1% concentration in air. Back in 1985 there were scientific articles with headlines “In pursuit of Zero”….. It was about the strong drive to make scientific instruments more precise at lower concentrations well below the 1% level in recognition that some chemical such as lead and mercury seemed to be causing poisoning symptoms in humans even when the instruments could not measure the concentrations much below 1% .

        In the case of CO2 we breathe in oxygen from the atmosphere where it is converted so that we breath out CO2 as high as 40,000 ppm(v) = 4%…… with no harmful effects……

        Shut-ins were claiming that singing and talking to their plants helped to invigorate plant health and growth….. not realizing they were contributing valuable nutrients to those house plants.

    1. Thanks for showing everyone the source of the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere (and ocean): Fossil fuels emit only 3% of total CO2 emissions.

      Good job!



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    2. Really? are you saying that the black, soot -filled air of the industrial revolution in England was just a bit of mass hysteria? What University did you get your degree from? Byssinosis, also called “brown lung disease” or “Monday fever”, is an occupational lung … This disease often occurred in the times of the industrial revolution. Hooray Coal! seriously?

      1. That would be because at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution coal burning was done free in the open you might say without being processed as it is today, your comparison isn’t reality. Now if you lived during those times it very well would be a problem, but over time humans do learn how to do things better and cleaner.

      2. The criteria pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter caused problems with health and welfare. These have been well controlled in OECD countries (but not China & India) since 1980, and therefore are no longer a problem.

  2. It is clear the obscure denialist drivel used by disinformation blogs is obscure, and civil society is unaware of it.

    I suspect that soon lawmakers will get briefings about denialist drivel so they won’t be taken unawares.



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