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Latest Fact Free Climate Garbage From The Telegraph

September 3, 2018
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By Paul Homewood


The latest climate garbage from the Telegraph:



I would not be as impertinent as to guess the political leanings of Maine’s lobstermen. But it would be fair to say they could be characterised as blue-collar workers and part of the demographic targeted by the Trump campaign.

A couple of weeks ago I spent some time with them and learned at first hand the impact climate change is having at least on one industry.

Blah, blah, blah

You can read the full article here, though it is on Premium.


But let’s take the examples he gives of how climate change is supposedly affecting the US:

1) Warming sea waters have seen lobsters migrate north. The same has been happening with cod – which are now in scant supply in Cape Cod. Melting ice caps and changing current patterns are threatening to have a devastating impact on the fishing industry.

GHGs cannot have any measurable effect on the temperature of deep oceans, it is simply not physically possible. Oceanographer, Dr Robert E Stevenson, explained this succinctly here.

Warmer seas there are purely the result of oceanic currents, which change all the time.

HH Lamb wrote about many of these changes in “Climate, History and the Modern World”. For instance, cod were plentiful even off west Greenland during the Middle Ages, but were forced to migrate to warmer waters during the Little Ice Age.

More recently, during the 1960s, Greenland cod again migrated to warmer waters:




As for lobster, maybe Millward would care to tell us how many miles they can walk in a day!


2) Take Texas and Florida which, only a few months ago were hit by devastating hurricanes. Both states backed Donald Trump in 2016. Hurricanes are not new, but the latest scientific evidence suggests that they have increased in intensity.

A study in Nature Geoscience, which was published in 2010, proved both prescient and alarming.  Stripping the study to its basics, it warned that the number of category four and five hurricanes has roughly doubled since the 1970s.

He conveniently ignores the fact that the US had just recorded the longest period on record without a major hurricane, dating back to 2005. The study he quotes references the period since 1970, but this is a dreadfully misleading starting point, as it was in the middle of the cold phase of the AMO.

According to NOAA, during warm phases of the AMO, the numbers of tropical storms that mature into severe hurricanes is much greater than during cool phases. Hence we see major Atlantic hurricanes at similar levels to today during the 1940s and 50s:



3) In Arizona, another solidly Republican state, records are being shattered as temperatures soar. Last month it was so hot that airlines cancelled dozens of flights to and from Phoenix. Motorists started carrying ice packs in their cars along with oven mitts so they can grasp the steering wheel

Ohio, a swing state which backed Trump in 2016, is suffering from a plague of algae blooms, which are killing fish and making water so toxic that signs are being posted at lakes warning people of high bacteria levels.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, which remains part of the federal government, climate change is warming the lakes creating a favourable environment for toxic blue-green algae.

Yet according to the Federal Climate Science Special Report from the US Global Change Research Program, heatwaves across the US used to be unbelievably worse than anything faced nowadays:



As for Millward’s dig at Trump, even if he had not exited Paris, would the US climate have been any different at all? The whole precept is ridiculous.

Meanwhile, thanks to shale gas, the US is one of the few countries in the world that actually reduced emissions last year, Trump or no Trump.

Perhaps next time the Telegraph wants to publish an article like this, they might like to actually check the facts first with someone who knows what they are talking about.

Something that David Millward patently does not.

  1. September 3, 2018 11:03 am

    It’s good to see all the top comments on that article are totally sceptical of it!

  2. September 3, 2018 12:25 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  3. September 3, 2018 12:50 pm

    I live in the recently red state of West Virginia. For decades we were at or near the bottom of the heap. Then with the 2014 elections, we became a red state with both the House of Delegates and the Senate being Republican for the first time in 83+ years. The first order of business, repealed former Governor, now Senator Joe Manchin’s cap and trade bill.

    Since that time, we now have “right to work” and voided the “prevailing wage.” Prevailing wage, took millions from those building things in the state and gave it to unions (not the workers) who then passed it on to the Democrat Party. My own town, Morgantown, ended up with an extra million $ to spend on road paving 2 summers ago and schools can be built and refurbished due to the extra money from the Prevailing Wage repeal.

    Donald J. Trump had been to WV and other coal-producing states, promising an end to Obama’s very real War on Coal. It had left most of the miners out of work with businesses closing due to lack of customers. The whole state was in dire financial straits with coal being shut down. The future was bleak indeed.

    Then came the magical night of November 8, 2016. Trump had said several times: “I will never, ever let you down”. He has made good on that promise and far exceeded it. Soon, coal mines were opening again and loaded coal trains were moving. Right now, the operators are advertising throughout the state for additional miners. EPA is not gone, but a lot of its teeth have been pulled and it is being brought into a proper role. Regulations are being cut right and left. Taxes were cut across the board. Pipelines are now being constructed–there is a huge pipefield near my home awaiting installation. Business is moving into the state due to recent state legislation and President Trump’s business-friendly administration. We are awash in natural gas.

    This past year, state revenues have been coming in “above estimates” instead of the previous “below estimates” figures. For 2017, WV made the greatest percentage leap up of the 50 states in GDP. It feels good to be at the top of the heap with something good. Optimism abounds, except from the socialist Democrats. Financially, we aren’t quite out of the woods yet, but we are getting there fast is we can hold on to the Republican legislature and keep the sticky fingers of the Democrats off our budget.

    Yes, the red states are doing well, thank you. Utility prices are dropping for most and optimism for the future is the highest it has been for decades. Unemployment is the lowest ever across the board. That includes the lowest ever for the black population, the Hispanic population and those without high school diplomas.

    Thank you Mr. David Millward of the Telegraph for dire warnings that the sky is falling, but you can peddle your paper elsewhere. WE will keep President Donald J. Trump.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      September 3, 2018 1:18 pm

      Thank you, Joan. A good read with very interesting info.

    • dave permalink
      September 3, 2018 1:38 pm

      “…peddle your paper elsewhere…”

      Or use it for…

      • September 3, 2018 2:52 pm

        The bottom of a bird cage?

        As one wag in the late 1960’s pointed out about The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s “Daily Tar Heel”–“it comes folded in the perfect size to fit the bottom of a bird cage and the contents of the ‘Daily Tar Heel’ so perfectly match the usual contents of the bottom of the bird cage, you don’t have to change it for weeks.”

      • gallopingcamel permalink
        September 3, 2018 8:44 pm

        @Joan Gibson,
        LOL! As a long time member of the UNC (Chapel Hill) Rams club I have a pretty low opinion of the Daily Tarheel!

        The Duke university Chronicle is a little better especially when it features my old friend John Staddon going after sheer madness in the Divinity School:

      • September 4, 2018 12:45 pm

        gallopingcamel. I was at UNC from 1966-69 and received my MA in plant taxonomy/ecology with Dr. Albert E. Radford. During that time, I had a TA and was treated to late Senator Paul Wellstone’s shutdown of the campus and his intimidation of those of us–faculty and graduate student TA’s–who chose to follow the rules of the University rather than his dictates. He had a lectureship. I well remember (even what I was wearing) the morning I went from Coker Hall to the zoology building next door to teach a general ecology lab. I was met at the top of the steps by Wellstone’s goon squad who shrieked names at me, spit at me and pushed me backwards down the steps. I finally found an unguarded basement door and entered to teach my class. Finally the campus shut down for a couple of days.

        The University declined to support us and said whether or not we met classes was up to us. THEN, in a show of gallantry, they REMOVED campus security to avoid an incident leaving us to twist in the wind.

        I went back in 1981 and completed my PhD in plant ecosystems with Dr. Radford in 1987. I was his last student prior to his retirement. He had a couple to finish following it.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      September 3, 2018 1:50 pm

      Wonderful to hear the truth from somebody who is actually there. In the UK legacy media, everything is anti-Trump fake news, even is so called right leaning papers.

      • Colin Brooks permalink
        September 3, 2018 2:19 pm

        There are right leaning papers?? The only place I find common sense is in the Spectator 🙂

    • gallopingcamel permalink
      September 3, 2018 8:05 pm

      Obama’s “War on Coal” put miners out of work so there were retraining schemes. I spent months training hundreds of miners to install fiber optic cables.

      After a while I realized that very few of these good folks had been able to find jobs in fiber optics because the demand for fiber optics technicians was mostly in other states. Thus to find employment most of these miners would have to uproot their families.

      I thought the government existed to serve the people not make war on them.

      • September 4, 2018 12:58 pm

        These pointy headed Harvard bureaucrats who have never actually held a real job, but pontificate in the faculty lounge really frost me. Contrast them with Donald Trump who actually had to be successful in what he did.

        There is a great short video of him doing jobs in one of his hotels several years ago–he carried luggage, cleaned rooms, and other things. I just spent Aug. 16-20 in the Trump International Hotel in Washington for a Lance Wallnau (he is on Trump’s evangelical team as were many of the other participants) conference. We spent the time hearing about what was happening and how evangelicals were being used by Trump in solving inner city problems, etc. We also prayed for the country and for President Trump. The experience at the hotel was marvelous (we had special rates). EVERYONE there was kind, friendly and thoughtful. I even “met” Billy, the resident English sparrow who took up residence during the renovation of the Post Office Building into the hotel. The staff look after his needs. At breakfast one morning, the waiter said Billy was annoyed as they had not given him his bowl of water yet.

        Yes, we have an adult in the White House. One who understands not only work but excellence in what one does. Quite different from those pontificating from the faculty lounge as with the Obama administration where no one had actually held a job in the real world.

  4. Broadlands permalink
    September 3, 2018 2:16 pm

    The lobstermen and their scientists may not have bothered to read what was being done back in the early 1970s. Abundant research was showing that warmer waters caused the Maine lobsters to grow faster and get larger.

    Of course… over-fishing is part of the problem, not warmer waters that were similarly warm back in the 1920s and 1930s.

  5. September 3, 2018 2:53 pm

    Of course neither Trump nor anyone else can change US weather.

    July 1901 was the hottest month over the contiguous United States until the 1930s, and is currently surpassed only by the Julys of 1931, 1934, 1936 and 2012. It remains the hottest month on record in Kentucky and West Virginia.

  6. Green Sand permalink
    September 3, 2018 3:37 pm

    Interesting wording for the headline:-

    ‘UK weather: 2018 beats 1976 to become England’s hottest summer on record’

    “This year was the hottest summer on record for England, with average temperatures narrowly beating those seen in 1976.

    But despite the weeks-long heatwaves, 2018 was only the joint-hottest summer on record for the UK as a whole, the Met Office has said……”

    Ho hum…..

    • Athelstan permalink
      September 3, 2018 4:10 pm

      England? right…………….. read Kew, Gravesend, Heathrow and gatwick?

      I don’t believe a word of it, as hot as 76 – no chance.

  7. Athelstan permalink
    September 3, 2018 6:08 pm

    With profound apologies to, Mr. Christopher Booker.

    Millward carries on the strong DT tradition of BS green lunacy reportage , blobists, environ and mentalists. I am betting that, we all can remember the mad but sad green loony Geoffrey Lean, Millward a perfect fit.
    Recall lulu, I bet you can. And various other silly chicken littles, AEP has a go occasionally and the gal who’s name I on the tip – ah Gillian Ambrose energy despondent.
    How come people like the aforementioned, with the exception of maybe AEP – hold down jobs really escapes me, are people so uncritical, indeed collectively, has the UK public switched off their critical faculties?

    If you observe, all balanced, clear insight, objective, responsible reporting has disappeared from all of the pages of UK newspapers and to think people used to laugh at Tass and Pravda and think, I’ll never happen here!

    Let me tell them, it ****ing did, welcome to the UK’s own version of the parallel universe Socialist Utopia – Mrs May styled..

  8. Joe Public permalink
    September 3, 2018 6:21 pm


    Folk in Maine would be conspicuously silent:

    Click to access lobster.graph.pdf

    • manicbeancounter permalink
      September 3, 2018 7:23 pm

      Great graph Joe. Shows the annual lobster catch stuck at around 20 million pounds from 1950 to the late 1980s, then rising to over 100 million pounds after 2010.
      Like with crop yields it shows that however climate changes, whether for better or worse, any changes will be insignificant compared to human ingenuity in increasing yields.

  9. Genghis permalink
    September 3, 2018 7:13 pm

    I’d like to know where NOAA got the satellite imagery that shows what is going on in the mid Atlantic in the 1800s.

    • dave permalink
      September 3, 2018 10:13 pm

      “I’d like to know where…”

      Some aliens, who enjoyed a self-catering holiday in Area 51 a few years ago, left some of their holiday snaps from their previous visit in the 1800s.

    • Athelstan permalink
      September 4, 2018 12:13 am

      NOAA can bend time man, just like it bends the truth.

  10. September 4, 2018 1:50 am

    Arizona is doing just fine, thank you. It gets hot here in the summer; but there’s no trend or spike upwards to speak of – if anything it’s been quite mild the last few summers here. As far as driving with mitts on, I can’t speak to that ’cause I ride a Triumph Bonneville T100 with full protective gear all summer and it doesn’t bother me at all. It’s beautiful here.

    I have a logger set up and it logs temperature and humidity every 3 minutes. It just hasn’t been that hot lately. Two summers ago, summer of 2016, there was an interesting pattern: an early June heatwave (got tons of press) and then temperatures dropped and humidity climbed. The next year was similar, but the early June heatwave wasn’t as high, and it wasn’t as humid.

    Then this year was a real outlier for me (I’ve been here since 1995…). Temperatures weren’t that high, but it has been quite humid for Phoenix and we’ve had a tremendous monsoon season – lots of scattered, heavy rains. The joke is it only rains seven inches a year in Phoenix, but you’ll never forget that night!

    Anyhow; getting hotter? Not happening.

    And an interesting factoid: Maricopa County, home of Phoenix, Arizona, was the fastest growing county in the US last year. This is a beautiful place. Just gets hot in the summer; but it’s tolerable.

    • dave permalink
      September 4, 2018 8:33 am

      One unintended consequence of the Scottish and ‘Brexit’ independence referenda has been the currency of the phrase “Project Fear.” When a lot of silly stories appear, with a theme that the ordinary people are endangering the natural order and must be disciplined, we can just call it the old ridiculous campaign nonsense that it is, using these two words.

      Of course, raising fears does work for a little while, but it is a tactic that fails badly if the doom does not occur.

      Milward is the latest in a long line of “correspondents” with an agenda, smugly misinterpreting the USA to Europe. Alistair Cooke was, of course, the master.

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