Thanksgiving question

What are you thankful for?

To be more precise, what are climate hawks thankful for?

It’s been a tough year for climate hawks, which is all the more reason to focus for one day on the positive things.

I am thankful for climate scientists, who toil away for long hours away from their family, sometimes in the most inhospitable parts of the world, for not much money (sorry disinformers) — and do so thanklessly, indeed they do so in the face of anti-science cyber-bullying and hostility from sorry-ass disinformers — all in a desperate attempt to avert the gravest of human tragedies.  They are like the hero of Henrik Ibsen’s classic An Enemy of the People — which, come to think of it, someone should modernize into a climate science parable.

Anyway, what are you climate hawks thankful for today (aside from not being turkeys)?

46 Responses to Thanksgiving question

  1. WVhybrid says:

    In the first sentence of the third paragraph, don’t you mean inhospitable, i.e., unwelcoming….

    Have a great Thanksgiving.


  2. Prokaryotes says:

    I’m thankful for every single effort to bring the change we need, to counter catastrophic climate change.

  3. Gord says:

    It’s hard to say.

    For every positive list we make here at the Project we can make a counter list of negative things.

  4. Mike Roddy says:

    From the old brujo in Journey to Ixtlan (roughly, from memory):

    “This world is full of miracles. All we lack is more time to savor them”. I would also add being with those we love.

    There are a lot of brilliant and caring people who write for and speak up on this blog. My thanks today go to all of you.

  5. Jeff Huggins says:

    Giving Thanks

    I’m thankful for having some great friends and relatives and kids. Not all of them are concerned about climate change, but I’m working on it.

    I’m thankful for all the people putting all the time and effort into the climate issue, of course. I’m also thankful that the human brain is capable of creativity, and human feet are capable of walking and demonstrating, and that the new year will bring new opportunities to wake up and utilize those wonderful human assets.

    Also, I’m thankful for California — for more reasons than one. In addition to the recent elections, if it weren’t for California, I guess I’d be treading water in the Pacific Ocean right now, and that sounds cold on a day like today.

    Also I finished a little project just now, this AM, and I’m very thankful for that. “Thank goodness.”

    And I’ve got to thank you, Joe, and Sean and Climate Progress. CP and you have been very, very informative and helpful this year. Bravo! And that reminds me: I’m thankful that I had a chance to see you speak at Earth Day in Washington, and I’m thankful that you joined the GWEN group (Roger and Susan and etc.) for dinner that night, before being carried away by a limo to appear on TV … was it American Idol, or DWTS, or I forget what program? Anyhow, I’m thankful for all that. (And if it was DWTS, I’m thankful that I didn’t watch.)

    And I’m thankful for all the great commenters here. I’ve learned an amazing amount. Thanks!

    And I must say, I’m very thankful to have had a chance to meet Stephen Schneider a few times, and to hear him and his thoughts.

    And I’m thankful for music.

    Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving,


  6. Heraclitus says:

    I’m thankful for those climate scientists who toil in hospitable parts of the world too, but don’t you think those who toil in the inhospitable parts deserve a mention?

    [JR: Darn you Dragon NaturallySpeaking and my poor enunciation.]

  7. Roger Wehage says:

    That my Sciatica has taken my mind off Climate Change?

  8. Flin says:

    I thank for living above a bubble of hot water and 7 geothermal plants in my county.

  9. Heraclitus says:

    And I’m thankful for every single time anyone raises the issue of climate change in a positive way (and sometimes even just when it is raised no matter how negative they are being – any opportunity for discussion is better than ignoring it). Most of all of course I’m thankful for those who spend so much of their lives informing us and combating the disinformation, the professional scientists, the bloggers and the occasional main-stram journalist with integrity. But even those who comment on blogs, or just recommend posts – any tiny input that reminds us that there are a significant number of people who understand the issues and care about our futures.

  10. fj3 says:

    I’m thankful for espresso.

  11. Wit's End says:

    I’m thankful because I got a wonderful email this morning from the organizer of the Pricing Carbon Conference (added as an update on my last blogpost) that was humbling in its honesty and kindness. I am also thankful that I am able to spend much of my time with two very little children who can always make me laugh, whether they are being alternately charming or rascally. I’m also grateful of course for Climate Progress, a wonderful community created and maintained by Joe Romm. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  12. sawmill creek says:

    I am thankful to the wounded warriors I have come to know. They have enriched my life, and their brotherhood is an inspiration.

  13. Leif says:

    I am thankful that we live to fight another day!

    Two Palms up,


  14. Tyler says:

    Hey, you use Dragon to blog? Is it any good?

    It’s not my Thanksgiving today, but I’m nonetheless thankful for having two thoughtful, sensitive and environmentally aware children who (sadly)are among a generation that will more clearly feel/see the impact of climate change and — finger’s crossed — take action where their parents failed.

  15. Alteredstory says:

    I’m thankful that I can still enjoy the chilly fall mornings, and that I got to see sunlight on the ice-ed over pond on my way to get milk.

    I’m thankful that the woods I grew up in are still standing, and the stream and pond I played in are full.

    I’m thankful that I haven’t forgotten WHAT I’m fighting for, and that I can still remember to take the time to enjoy that which I care about, and not lose it before it’s gone, in the name of fighting for it.

    I’m thankful that I have a job that allows me to work on climate education.

    I’m thankful that there will likely be snow soon, which will help me get my dog tired out so I don’t have to spend hours getting her to sprint up and down hills.

    I’m thankful for the dried apple slices in my pantry (ok, it’s a cabinet, but still).

    I’m thankful that I’m not alone in this fight.

  16. John McCormick says:

    Lots to be thankful for; including my wife and family.

    On the list of thinks for which I am thankful, I include Joe and the countless hours he devotes to keeping us informed and verbal.

    And, lest I overlook an unrelated and significant recent event: I am enjoying the fact that the “Hammer” might soon get the “slammer”. Justice is served and his crimes will not go unpunished.


    John McCormick

  17. Greg Junell says:

    I’m thankful for all the frozen methane staying frozen another year.

  18. Leland Palmer says:

    Joe Romm, scientists worldwide, China, and the internet, I guess.

    That’s where my hope lies.

    Obama and Chu, too, I guess, even though they weren’t successful in everything they tried, this time around.

    Perhaps I’m deluding myself, or have been hanging out on Climate Progress too much, but I think that information on potentially runaway global warming may have hit a global tipping point. The cat might be out of the bag, the information on the potential for a methane catastrophe may be out and firmly embedded in the network, never to be lost again.

    So, I give thanks for scientists and science, and the internet, which have given us information we can use to avoid the ultimate catastrophe and a means to transmit that information.

    Happy Thanksgiving, to all. :)

  19. I am thankful for people like John Abraham and Ray Weymann who are tireless in their efforts to engage the public about climate science. Truly inspiring – they keep me going.

  20. Climate Warrior says:

    I am thankful for you, Joe, and I am thankful that I stumbled across your blog this year. Your postings and all the great comments keep me connected to the science and so much more, as I work in my community. I go to your blog when I need to get away from the negative energy and infantile attacks of the disinformers (my mantra: forgive them, they know not what they do.)

    You help me keep my focus on what is important, and your blog helps me to connect to a much needed community of like-minded souls. Thank you so much.

  21. I’m thankful for the beauty and wonder of our world. To me, gratitude for this planet is as essential to the work before us as is a willingness to face the realities of climate change. Appreciation of what we have is a good antidote to despair, and reminds us of why the fight is worth everything we’ve got.

  22. John Mason says:

    I’m thankful to know there are fellow fighters out there. I’m thankful for the beauty of waking up to an early-morning snowfall (first since 2005, same date) transforming the landscape today, and I’m thankful to my friend Wil Lloyd ( – I built the website a few years back – if you haven’t tasted the meat he produces you haven’t lived!)who let me do the regular clear-out of the lairage from his small, local abbatoir this afternoon, so that I have good amounts of chemical-free manure to lay down in my veg-garden and create more quality localised vegetables next year! I’m also grateful to the Transition Movement that got me inspired to “dig for victory” in the first place, and to Joe for providing a place where ideas may be exchanged without the usual trolls you get almost everywhere else.

    It really is a privilege to know you all, folks!

    Cheers – John

  23. paulm says:

    That people are finally starting seeing that AGW is happening and what it really means.
    And that Hansen and Bill will get a Noble prize for their efforts.

    Happy TG to y’all.

  24. Leif says:

    Who would of thought this even a year ago?

    Department of Navy recognized as a leader in energy savings!

  25. clearscience says:

    I’m thankful for all the information out there available in the climate blogosphere

  26. BBHY says:

    I am thankful for all the climate scientists who have investigated global warming. Without them, we wouldn’t know there was a problem, wouldn’t have any idea of what is going to happen in the future, and wouldn’t have the high level of confidence that we understand what we are doing to our climate.

    I am also thankful for all everyone who has worked to publicize the issue, whether it;s Al Gore, Joe Romm, Hanson, or the many, many other others. Otherwise we would all have to read scientific journals to know about it.

    I sincerely hope that next year we will be thankful that we are able to overcome the deniers and make serious progress in addressing fossil fuel generated CO2 emissions.

  27. Paul Klemencic says:

    I am thankful for Dr. Ray Bradley for a number of reasons:

    His request asking George Mason University to look into plagiarism and mis-representation of his work in the Wegman Report.

    His comment to a classic (and thoroughly disgusting) Anthony Watts post attacking “proxy data” from the Vostok ice core where the CO2 content of the trapped air was measured;

    Ray Bradley says:
    November 24, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    The graph that has generated so much interest was probably based on Figure 4 in the article by Raynaud et al (1990) published in Quaternary Science Reviews, but there have been so many other versions of that reproduced, I can’t be sure of its exact source. It is one of many figures and photographs which decorate the walls of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

    Your readers may be interested to learn that it takes many years before gas bubbles in polar ice sheets are sealed from contact with the atmosphere. Just how long it takes depends mainly on the accumulation rate, as that determines the depth at which the snow becomes compressed, from snow to firn to ice. Thus, ice cores will never record “today’s” level of greenhouse gases—they only provide historical data to compare with instrumentally recorded data. Where ice cores have been recovered from locations with very high accumulation rates a record of greenhouse gases can be obtained which extends in time up to a few decades ago, and these perfectly match the measured greenhouse gas values from remote locations around the world. Thus it is quite reasonable to plot the ice core greenhouse gas data with the instrumentally recorded data. This is well understood by students of paleoclimatology, but I can understand why it might not be so clear to those less familiar with the field.
    Those who would like to learn more could take a look at Chapter 5 in my book, Paleoclimatology (Academic Press, 1999).

    Dr. Bradley put this comment up in response to Anthony Watts’ post that ended thusly (please note AW’s weasel words at the end!):

    So it seems rather apparent that Dr. Bradley (or whoever made the graph) simply took the Vostok Ice Core CO2 paleo data and “spliced” it with the instrumental record on the end. Or, as Joe Romm likes to say “make stuff up”.

    The only problem is, as he presents it with the title of his graph: Greenhouse Gas Record from the Vostok Ice Core as shown below…

    Picture of Dr. Bradley in front of graph that decorates the walls of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    …it’s patently  false in my opinion. Ditto for the red Methane line, but that’s another story.

    Now here’s the problem. If you took surface temperature data from Antarctica, and spliced it with surface temperature data from Hawaii, and then presented it as the entire historical record from Antarctica, our friends would have a veritable “cow”.

    Or, if you took stock performance data from poorly performing Company “A” and spliced on better performing stock data from Company “B”, and then made a new graph and used that graph to sell investors on Company “A”, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) would have a veritable “cow” when they found out, wouldn’t they? People go to jail for such things.

    But hey, this is Climate Science.

    big h/t to WUWT reader Brian M. who sent the tip in via email.

    Addendum: I should add that I have no evidence that this graph has been used in any scientific publications or professional presentations by Dr. Bradley, I’m only pointing out that for this photo, which appears to be staged, what is presented doesn’t match the actual Vostok data. Readers should not extrapolate anything beyond this scope until new examples are presented. – Anthony

  28. paulm says:

    What not to be thankful for…shamed….just cant believe it….totally frustrated!
    The guy is a scoundrel!

    Harper government ends funding to climate research organization
    “Ottawa to lease out science vessel for oil exploration”

  29. Russell says:

    Let us give thanks for climate change driving that tropical bird, the turkey , into the forests of New England:

  30. I was feeling pretty good after reading all the comments and agreed with everyone that we can be thankful for Joe for putting up this blog which is highly informative (sure beats looking through all the climate journals all the time!!)and a boost to flagging spirits, and we can be thankful for all the intelligent comments and insights offered by some really well informed people. However, Paul M’s comment about what is going on with the Harper government in Canada was a big slap of reality. But that’s why we all try to get the word out as best we can. Even here in central Maine which is the reddest part of the state with the most deniers and dis informing politicians, my Towns in Transition group has been having some marginal success in exposing people to things they really don’t want to hear. So I’m thankful that I’ve been able to find enough like minded people in this area to do this necessary work and to slowly make an impact. Now whether the impact turns out to be enough, or whether we just get overwhelmed by events, such as the last election, remains to be seen. I tend to be very pessimistic and cynical, but I guess I’m also thankful that enough of my colleagues tend to optimists and it always seems to rub off on me just when I’m feeling the lowest and most pessimistic! Finally, I’m also thankful that I’m at that age when I can appreciate just being alive and experiencing everything that’s going on, whether it’s good or bad. We can always enjoy the good stuff on its own terms, but I’ve learned that we can also enjoy trying to right the bad stuff; the bigger the challenge, the harder the fight, and the greater the satisfaction at trying to match wits with fate. Win or lose, the attempt is what makes us human and alive!!!

  31. Jeff Daley says:

    The climate hawks need to tear apart this new book the deniersphere is now hyping. They think they got something here. “Slaying the Sky Dragon Death of the Greenhouse gas Theory.” You have to buy it off Amazon. More like usual denier lies.

  32. catman306 says:

    I’m thankful that the knowledge of climate change and man’s role in it is getting out to the general public. It’s like the first trickles coming from under an ice dam on lake Missoula that had been frozen solid just a few years ago. Joe is like the sunshine. Politicians and denialists line the dry river valley below. Watch out, guys! They are about to be swept away by the voices and rage of public opinion. History will not be kind to them, if there even is a written history.

  33. darth says:

    I am thankful for realizing that no matter how much FUD the dis-informers spread, the facts are the facts and will eventually prevail. I’m thankful for Joe and all the others who display the facts EVERY DAY for all to see.

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Gandhi (disputed according to Wikipedia, but still a good quote)

    We are in the fighting stage, so the next stage is we win!

  34. Richard Brenne says:

    I’m thankful for Joe Romm, Gail Zawacki, Mike Roddy, Leif Knutsen, Richard Pauli, Peter Sinclair, Lou Grinzo, Colorado Bob, Sailesh Rao, Prokaryotes, Jeff Huggins, Scott Mandia, John Mason, William P, Leland Palmer, Paul M, Sean Poole and all the rest of you.

  35. Will G. says:

    I’m thankful to the true climate hawks in Congress like Congressman Jay Inslee (WA), Senator Barbara Boxer, and Senator John Kerry.

  36. Wit's End says:

    come along…watch…read the whole thing, including the last comment – and then dance! gobble gobble!

  37. A Siegel says:

    I am thankful for Hopeful Pessimists. Those who understand the seriousness of our intertwined economic, energy, climate, and political challenges — and rather than giving up in the face of these challenges, fight to foster paths that will enable navigating this perfect storm. See:

  38. Alec Johnson says:

    I’m thankful for this website for sure and all the hard work Joe Romm puts into it. Likewise I’m thankful to and the many fine folk who keep that running. I’m eternally grateful for my children. Sadly the balance between what I’m thankful for and what I’m distressed and concerned about is way out of kilter. I’m hoping that next year I’ll be thankful that that has been redressed somewhat.

    Regardless, I’m thankful that I had a nice Thanksgiving with family today.

  39. Paul K2 says:

    I am thankful for the WUWT moderator that actually let a comment of mine escape moderation (the post is a smear attack on Dr. Ray Bradley):

    Paul K2 says:
    November 25, 2010 at 10:16 pm
    Smokey: My comment tried to direct you to read Dr. Bradley’s response, which you still clearly don’t understand; so you are missing the content of my comment completely.

    Here is a partial list of the errors in your comment, mostly because you are building on the mistakes in Mr. Watts’ original post.

    1. Mr. Bradley is actually Dr. Bradley.

    2. Dr. Bradley didn’t produce the graph of the data that Mr. Watts claims has been spliced. Dr. Bradley gave the link to the original paper, and identified the source of the display that Mr. Watts is criticizing. Claiming that Dr. Bradley is responsible for manipulating this data, would be like taking a photo of the Pope in New York with Trade Center in the background, and claiming the Pope was part of the 911 attack. Mr. Watts, for whatever reason, decided to smear Dr. Bradley with the attack on the graph of data. And a lot of comments here have made the same mistake, like Ron Cram, who say Dr. Bradley created the graph being criticized.

    3. None of the data in the graph is proxy data. You seem to believe that the CO2 level is calculated from a proxy, but this is incorrect. The data show CO2 directly measured in air extracted from boreholes in the Antarctic, so no proxy was involved. Mr. Watts has already admitted that is a mistake, earlier in these comments, so you may want to backtrack and read those comments.

    4. You seem to have bought into Mr. Watts’ claims that surface air readings or Mauna Loa data was spliced onto the graph. There is no good reason to believe that, and this conjecture by Mr. Watts is likely incorrect. I come to a very different conclusion. The exact data collected can’t be determined from the photo, but Dr. Bradley and others have give clues to source of the graph, and Ferdinand Engelbeen gives links to some sites where the data likely came from. It appears the air that tested at the higher and more recent readings came from boreholes, but from the layers of firn in the first 80 meters or so of the boreholes, but using a double seal collection apparatus. Much of this data was apparently collected in Antarctica from boreholes at Law Dome using methods developed at Siple Dome boreholes. The Law Dome air from the firn at a depth less than 30 meters was already exceeding 350 ppm CO2 according to data reported in Etheridge in 1996. Any recent measurements on those layers of firn would show readings exceeding 360 ppm CO2 as displayed in the graph. For Mr. Watts to pretend that there aren’t any CO2 measurements from Antarctic boreholes approaching these CO2 levels is disingenuous.

    5. My comment on the lack of logic, knowledge, and understanding by the people posting on this site, has just been confirmed by your error-ridden comment; so adds yet another error in your comments to this list. Clearly my comment was accurate, as you so readily proved.

    Mr Watts: Until this moment, sir, I think I never gauged your cruelty or your recklessness… Let us not assassinate this scientist further, sir. You’ve done enough. … Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

    (with full credit and my admiration for Joseph Nye Welch in responding to Senator McCarthy)

  40. Roger says:

    As a climate hawk, to name just a few, I’m thankful for Al, Bill, Climate Progress, Gail, GWEN, Jeff, Jim, Joe, Obama and Plan C!
    More later…

  41. chlduvth70s says:

    Thank you most bountiful and beautiful Earth. We are blessed and humbled by your magnificent abundance and perfect splendour. Your rough, exquisite, glorious beauty keeps us mindful of our precious minutes and hours here with you and those whom we love – children, friends, family, elders. May we each as we can, as we must, and as we will, honor you and keep you safe through all our days.

  42. I would like to thank Dana Rohrabacher for being such a prime example of the fossil fuel funded (F-cubed) disinformation so prevalent amongst the political ‘leadership’ in the US.

    Dana’s web site:

    Global Warming

    provides the context to his rambling spoiling statements at the recent House Science & Technology Subcommittee Hearing on Climate Change Science, being further illuminated by this quote from Wiki:

    During a congressional hearing on climate change on February 8, 2007, Rohrabacher pensively mused that previous warming cycles may have been caused by carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by “dinosaur flatulence.”

    What puzzles me is that he, and Ralph Hall too, do not appear to have studied any of the testimony provided by the panelists.

    I would also like to see comment on the figures cherry picked without adequate explanation from that article by Santer et. al. shown at about 01:21:48 on the C-SPAN video (Page 5 of Michaels’ written testimony). Did Rohrabacher understand what he was looking at let alone the implications on the testimony?

  43. Anne says:

    I am thankful for Joe Romm: critical thinker, clear writer, sharp wit, big heart. CP is most certainly “the indispensible blog” — independent journalism at its best. Don’t stop — keep it coming, so we can be even more thankful for you next year!

    I am also thankful that I had the honor and pleasure of knowing Dr. Steve Schneider. His sudden passing in July this year was tragic. His contribution to climate science and policy, and the way the media covers it, was immeasurable. His quick wit and humor, combined with his passionate love of discovering and sharing scientific truths, and his indefatigable perseverance even in the face of adversity (“Patient from Hell is a must read) serves as a valuable inspiration to us all. I will carry Steve in my heart and mind as I join with all of you to fight the good fight. Rest in peace, Steve Schneider, and thank you for all you did for us and the planet, I am just certain that Mother Earth is eternally grateful.

    Thanks again Joe, for all you do. Keep it up! And do let us know all the good ideas that came out of the strategic planning retreat for CAP. Can’t wait to hear all about it!


  44. Raul M. says:

    I’m thankful that nature and wisdom may say
    The same.

  45. Roger says:

    YES, CLIMATE CHANGE IS OFF! (Sarcasm alert ON.)

    Since I kicked the TV habit, I only watch the tube when, e.g., the Obamas are being interviewed for the holidays by Barbara Walters, such as now.

    And, having done that on “black Friday,” a perfectly named day for these topics to be introduced to clueless Americans, I’m very thankful that our energy situation, and climate change, are NOT considered to be very serious, urgent, worldwide existential–nor even minor problems.

    For, if they were of any great concern, Walters surely would have asked Obama about them…or President, or First Lady, Obama surely would have mentioned them–or would have at least uttered the words “energy” or “planet” or “climate” in a wide-ranging, A to Z, hour-long interview. What a relief!

    From watching the 11 pm news, all is well too–just a few people hurt in the crushing rush to jam their way into the stores to buy more STUFF!

    We frustrated climate hawks won’t need to introduce “Plan C” in order to raise citizen awareness, and encourage government action after all.

  46. Eve says:

    I am thankful for the birds chirping outside my window, the majestic
    cedar trees in our yard (even though they make me sneeze), for tigers and pussycats and for the privilege of another day on this beautiful planet. I am thankful for all you guys out there who “get it” and
    for the many people all around the world contributing in all kinds of ways to the effort to live sanely and peacefully and to protect the