The irony of this post, a “denier” pointing to the failure of the Governors Planning and Research staff to do some fact checking on their own “slap stick” work.  When you click down to the references, you will find them way out of date.  One has to wonder if this is the level of competence of the Governor’s staff, no wonder we are in deep economic trouble in California.

Watts Up With That?

UPDATE: 8/20/12 3:50 PM PDT The Governor’s office changes the page – see below.

I’ve been sitting on this one quietly for almost a week now, and nobody seems to have caught this glaring error in California Governor Jerry Brown’s new climate “denier slamming page” put together by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.

Like some government work I’ve seen, they didn’t seem to worry about quality control. My impetus for deciding to share the error today comes from Michael Tobis, of Planet 3.0, a warming advocate who I thought sure would have caught it. He writes:

Somebody working for Governor Jerry Brown (of whom, let me be quick to say, I am a fervent long-time admirer) has slapped together a page about climate denialism as part of an official State of California website about climate.

I would like to say that I think it gets…

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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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  1. Speaking of climate and the fantasy of the Maunder Minimum, have you checked your sunspots lately?

    Spotless Days
    Current Stretch: 0 days
    2012 total: 0 days (0%)
    2011 total: 2 days (<1%)
    2010 total: 51 days (14%)
    2009 total: 260 days (71%)
    Since 2004: 821 days
    Typical Solar Min: 486 days
    Update 18 Aug 2012

    • That is what comes of being blind *and* willfully ignorant.

      Keach, the tragectory is still on path for a grand minimum, with the current cycle failing even to match the last set of dimisnished expectations. An energetic sun has less than an 11 year cycle (we’re well past that) and perhaps only half of the cycle 23 maximum.

      In anycase, the activist state climate site is in support of the only massive tax hike that the voters can’t turn down in November. Without carbon taxes the house of cards that is the state budget will fall, and fooling some of the people all of the time beats trying to throttle the out of control state employee salary and benefits train.

  2. Much as you have listed all the intellectual accomplishments that can be done by a sixth grader and above, so you don’t need much more than a cupcake brain to know that when as much ice has melted as has melted this year, the planet is getting warmer.

  3. Russ says:


    It’s probably no coincidence that Gov. Jerry Brown recently launched a website to scare Californians into embracing his global-warming hype. The state is about to launch a cap-and-trade scheme that potentially will raise billions of dollars for the government, ostensibly to fight global warming.

    In reality, the money is likely to be diverted to more mundane political uses – like backfilling the huge budget hole perpetuated by Mr. Brown and the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

    If Mr. Brown were more honest, he would acknowledge that his intention isn’t to curb global warming, which we and many scientists maintain is a highly disputable threat. If he were straightforward, Mr. Brown would explain to Californians that his cap-and-trade penalties on large industrial emitters of greenhouse gases are nothing but a disguised tax to raise billions to finance already overblown government operations.’

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