Video: The Year Climate Change Got Real For Americans

Another great video from master climate de-crocker, Peter Sinclair:


3 Responses to Video: The Year Climate Change Got Real For Americans

  1. Mike Roddy says:

    Nice job, Peter, especially in tracking down the right people for their comments. As for 2012 being a turning point, we have seen no evidence of that in Washington, and not nearly enough of it in the media. The scientists who said as much were essentially talking to each other as far as the public is concerned. Many of us thought Katrina would wake people up, but in a few years public opinion on climate regressed to its prior mean.

    I’m troubled by the quality of the surveys claiming that 80% of Americans consider global warming to be a problem, and 57% think that serious government action is called for. Without knowing the methodology of these reports, it’s fair to say that these numbers are likely to be soft. If they were solid, we would not continue to watch a muzzled Congress and ho-hum media. The New York Times would be creating a Climate Desk, and not dismantling the one (Environment) that climate was folded into.

    This doesn’t mean we need to be pessimistic about eventual serious action, but clearly a rough year for the climate won’t drive it. Washington and our media companies are the problem, and they won’t change until the people force them to.

  2. Daniel Coffey says:

    Very nicely done. I think the Cloverfield parts were a little dangerous as a message, as Cloverfield is a made up thing and global warming is NOT. Juxtaposes such things is confusing for those not steeped in the joke.

    Second point: Jim Hansen’s reference to latent heat, while technically correct, is a message lost upon a large number of people. The language of global warming couched in terms of climate change and obscure technical or thermodynamic terms is the quickest way to confuse people. His message is absolutely correct, but not very many people can understand it, and that isolates scientists from the larger population who are relying upon them.

    Third: The placement of “cooling” comments was very well done, but passed to rapidly. I think the audience is not given enough time to understand who the deniers are. For those who follow this topic a great deal, these faces are familiar. Others may not recognize them. A little more treatment of them might be useful.

    Great work. Too bad there was so much material too work with.

  3. Joan Savage says:

    I was more impressed with the other video, or part 2, on Sampling Greenland, The Dark Snow Project, which has turned to crowd-sourcing for funding. If it can happen, they will test the surface of Greenland and be able to find out if soot from forest fires and other soot emissions have settled there. Bill McKibben is adding his voice, and people have given about $61 thousand of the $150,000 needed.