Yes, it is “GLOBAL WARMING”

The website “Force Change” has a petition to get Fox News to stop calling “climate change” global warming. My answer: NO, NO, NOOOOOOOOO.

Look, the hero of “climate change” is James Hansen, who coined the phrase (correction: made popular the term) and gave it widespread attention when he used it IN FRONT OF CONGRESS. Your guy, the father of global warming, gave it that name. So how much more of what he said can be blatantly ignored or renamed because it’s not suiting one’s current purpose?

EVERY single graph I have ever seen on climate change advocates sites show ONLY numbers in excess of the average temperature. That’s called WARMING. Now, if Fox News is to change the name, a bunch of those anomalies are going to have start heading downward and into cooling. When that happens, then the use of “climate change” might be appropriate.

The theory of AGW is based on CO2 causing WARMING. Yes, that’s right. The whole theory is based on “WARMING”. Warming, warming, warming. Not one mention of cooling ever (at least not in regards to CO2. Only aerosols. And only after the “warming” slowed.) Just “local weather events”, which are weather events involving anything other than hotter temperatures. Wait, that didn’t work well. Which is probably why you warming believers are trying to welch out on the name. If you take “warm” out, maybe we’re too clueless to realize “warming” and “freezing” are different and that you only reference warm events when proving “climate change”. Wow, you really think we’re completely clueless, don’t you? No wonder WtD is depressed about the current disbelief in global warming.

Back to the “data”–all the trend lines on the graphs go up (where they don’t flatten out). I don’t ever see a long-term one (and long-term trends are all that count) going down. Going up is “warming”, right? So again, verification of GLOBAL WARMING.

I am now wondering: Is CO2 a greenhouse gas? I mean, the theory said it “warmed” the planet. But now we can’t say warming because “warming” isn’t true. It’s change. But cold is change, right? Cold doesn’t count because the planet’s average temperature is going up and CO2 causes WARMING. Dang, there’s that pesky word again. WARMING. So, back to “is CO2 a greenhouse gas”? If so, and we are putting it the air, then it would be GLOBAL WARMING, right????

So, unless you “climate change” people are willing to:
Disavow any association with the orinator of the theory that named this phenomena “global warming” and confused Fox News and everyone with the term,
Find some anamolies on the cooler side so the change is really “change” and not “warming”,
Find some long term graph trends that don’t show “warming”

I will hereby be using the term “global warming” and not climate change. Aiding and abetting a deception is not appropriate. I was willing to use the term as long as the WARMING was clearly understood. Since at least some of those on the believer’s side are now attempting to hide the true nature of their work, I will no longer use any term other than Global Warming.

Scientific badger

Scientific badger

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6 comments on “Yes, it is “GLOBAL WARMING”

  1. hparthur says:

    So, wasn’t it your point that James Hansen coined the term “global warming”, not “climate change”? That’s the way I read the sentence in context, particularly since your post is titled “… GLOBAL WARMING”. Your comments about Hansen seem to me to be indicating that he used the term “global warming” when he testified, not “climate change”. After all, you said: “Your guy, the father of global warming gave it that name.” Gave it “that” name, referring to “global warming”. Did I miss your intent. It seems that “youkipper” has slain a straw man.

    • A New Jersey scientist, Wally Broeker, is reportedly the one that originated the term (It is interesting to note that the name of the paper was “Climate Change: Are we on the Brink of a Pronounced Global warming?”, which included both terms.) However, on the NASA “What’s in a Name?” page where it says “But global warming became the dominant popular term in June 1988, when NASA scientist James E. Hansen had testified to Congress about climate, specifically referring to global warming. “He said: ‘global warming has reached a level such that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause and effect relationship between the greenhouse effect and the observed warming.’ Hansen’s testimony was very widely reported in popular and business media, and after that popular use of the term global warming exploded.”
      Since Hansen worked for NASA, I had no reason to question their statement. So YouKipper’s objection would have to be taken up with NASA.

      When YouKipper posted his comment, I added the “made it a popular term” due to the apparent contention of the use of the word “coined”. I used the term as “person who made the term popular, YouKipper seemed to be going for who first wrote the term in a paper, I think.

      (My apologies for the long wait for this comment to post.)

  2. You failed to “demonstrate” why Hansen is not the hero of climate change or why it was not he who coined the phrase “global warming”. Would that mean that you lack credibility?

    • youkipper says:

      Having been given a chance to check your claim and correct it we must assume that you are sticking by it and the only thing that stops my claims of your spreading of misinformation is that I didn’t lead you by the hand to information that as a ‘skeptic’ you should have checked.

      Gilbert Plass’ 1956 study was called ‘The Carbon Dioxide Theory of Climatic Change’ that’s 32 years before you claim he ‘coined’ ‘climate change.
      http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2153-3490.1956.tb01206.x/abstract

      Earl Barrett published a letter in Science in 1971 entitled simply ‘Climate Change’. That’s 15 years before your claims;
      http://www.aip.org/history/climate/bib.htm

      The IPCC was formed in 1988, ‘CC’ being ‘climate change’, That is the same year of Hansens appearance before Congress;

      “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was created in 1988 jointly by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in response to the appeal by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in December 1987 to address the issue of a possible future, human-induced CLIMATE CHANGE. (My Caps)
      http://www.eolss.net/Sample-Chapters/C12/E1-04-01-05.pdf

      The reason why Hansen talked about ‘Climate Change’ is because it was being discussed for over 30 years.

      You clearly don’t understand that Global Warming and Climate Change refer to two different physical phenomena.

      You have now not only lost any credibility but any claim to be an honest sceptic. I will not post further here on this subject.

      • Well, since you are no longer posting, that gives me a change to post a rebuttal and not worry about what you would think or say.

        My reference: http://www.climatecentral.org/library/faqs/what_is_the_difference_between_global_warming_and_climate_change

        Technically, Wally Broecker came up with the term “global warming”. I made a correction in the article to reflect more accurately James Hansen’s role. NASA’s website supports the correction:
        “But global warming became the dominant popular term in June 1988, when NASA scientist James E. Hansen had testified to Congress about climate, specifically referring to global warming. He said: “global warming has reached a level such that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause and effect relationship between the greenhouse effect and the observed warming.” Hansen’s testimony was very widely reported in popular and business media, and after that popular use of the term global warming exploded. Global change never gained traction in either the scientific literature or the popular media.”

        From Real Climate (2010):
        “Global warming is turning 35! Not only has the current spate of global warming been going on for about 35 years now, but also the term “global warming” will have its 35th anniversary next week. On 8 August 1975, Wally Broecker published his paper “Are we on the brink of a pronounced global warming?” in the journal Science.”
        As you see, Real Climate uses the term “global warming” quite proudly.

        The reason Force Change wants the term changed is not for scientific reasons–it’s because scientists look bad when there are huge blizzards while the planet is “warming”. The use of the term “climate change” was rejected by many because people would say “The climate is always changing”. So the word “anthropomorphic” (usually “man caused” or “human caused” because it’s easier) was added. However, the theory remains that the world is warming. That would be “global warming”. Trying to remove or hide that part by using “climate change” is trying to get around that this is all about CO2 and warming. If someone asks why the climate is changing, we are right back to “CO2 is WARMING the planet”. No escaping this reality.

        The use of the term “father of” is completely unscientific in this context. I found references to Lovelock, Arrhenius, Hansen and Broecker when looking up the term “Father of Global Warming”. Being an inexact term, the use of any of the above would be acceptable.

  3. youkipper says:

    “the hero of “climate change” is James Hansen, who coined the phrase”

    Since that is demonstrably untrue why should anyone believe anything you say? You are promoting untruths, either because you know them to be untrue and have an agenda, or you are gullible enough to trust sources that spread information and spout the same uncritically.

    Either way, this post and blog in general has no credibility.

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