Boulder’s Top Global Warming Skeptic


For the past few months I have been doing contract work in Boulder for Jonathan Sawyer at a very aggressive radio startup called Xetawave. Unlike myself, Jonathan has no fear of getting right in the face of Boulder progressives about climate. (Note the Admiral epaulettes.) The first thing you see when you walk in the office is Mark Steyn’s book about Michael Mann. I don’t think anyone has ever accused Jonathan of being shy about sharing his opinions.


Jonathan Sawyer: Don’t believe climate models – Boulder Daily Camera


Xetawave designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of radio products intended for use in remote wireless networking applications.  Some of the large and growing list of applications include wind farms, power line maintenance, oil and gas (note the text on the electric vehicle above) and military training exercises. Xetawave products are widely used by people needing reliable, secure, low power and low cost remote control of industrial equipment. The small company is the most diverse group of people I have ever worked with, with a nearly equal split of men and women and people from many different countries.

I love working there and wrote this post of my own volition, with the permission of everyone in the company. I was not asked to write this and am not being compensated  for doing so. I’m doing it because I love the company. If you are in the market for top quality SCADA radios, you can contact Xetawave through their website.

Thanks to global warming, Jonathan wears shorts all year round.  It was -12F here last night – the coldest night Boulder has seen in a very long time.

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49 Responses to Boulder’s Top Global Warming Skeptic

  1. Gail Combs says:

    I am glad you finally found a great company to work for Tony.

    I will pass this along to the Techies at ChiefIO’s. I think E.M. may have some use for the equipment.

    • tonyheller says:

      Thank you Gail!

    • sam says:

      I have a suggestion after reading this article, which was one of the best I ever read!
      [ “There is plenty of evidence found in the Dutch archives that shows that over the centuries, parts of the Netherlands disappeared beneath the water during these warm periods, only to appear again when the climate turned colder. The famous Belgian city of Brugge, once known as “Venice of the North,” was a sea port during the warm period that set Europe free from the dark ages (when temperatures were much colder)
      The camps promoting global warming have been systematically erasing mention of these events in order to bolster the notion that today’s climate is unusual compared to our recent history. .. ]

      TH is really good at pulling up past studies and data, even ones that are on paper and digitizing them and putting the pict on this blog.. this would be an excellent edition.. The Netherlands (english-The lowerlands) there will be evidence that sea levels were in fact much higher back then! How do we get some of that stuff? I have a buddy that is dutch and went to visit him a few years ago, wish I would have known about this issue back then, I would have spent half the time search for evidence of this as I’m sure it’s all over the place.. It would be a good edition to this blog.. just look at wiki ‘medeival warm period’ total bullshit.. “it was just europe that was warm back then”, sheesh what a bunch of bullshit .. so just a warm europe made sea levels rise by 6 feet!

  2. annieoakley says:

    Oh, This is really, really great news! I am thrilled to hear this and I know it is the truth because You said it.

  3. Analitik says:

    Xetawave sounds like a great company with terrific staff. Given the election result, Colarado needs more people like them.

    I wish you all the best in fighting the good fight.

  4. Eric Simpson says:

    “The first thing you see when you walk in the office is Mark Steyn’s book about Michael Mann.”

    IF the 1930s were hotter worldwide then … the hockey stick, and AGW thesis, is a complete joke. Using the pointed gleaned from you Tony, I just commented in WUWT (with two graphics, I think I could show one graphic here at the end of the comment):

    Evidence that the 1930s were hotter worldwide than today:

    First, realize this:

    There’s no argument about this: the 1930s were hotter in the USA than now.

    In 1999 NASA’s James Hansen agreed:
    “It is clear that [in the USA] 1998 did not match the record warmth of 1934.”

    In 1978 the N.A.S. showed the Northern Hemisphere to be hotter:
    The Northern Hemisphere makes up 64% of the earth’s land.
    Plus, the Southern Hemisphere was particularly sparse at the time as far as thermometer placement.
    And the USA in particular had the most extensive reliable set of ground thermometers compared to the rest of the world. So, the temperatures in the rest of the world were probably, in the 1930s, more like the USA and the Northern Hemisphere.

    A final point, two days ago Judith Curry reported that the USA had much more hot days then today:

    • Gail Combs says:

      Spangled drongo @Jo Nova shows news reports in Australia had birds dropping dead during the heatwaves in Australia.

      spangled drongo
      January 15, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Good report by Piers Akerman in today’s DT on the BoM’s sleight of hand.

      If, as Gov Arthur Philip said in the first fleet journals, there were 20,000 dead birds per mile from heat stress in Feb 1791 [222 years ago], what must have the temperature been then?

      In my personal experience I have seen only ONE bird die in 50c heat.

      Extreme heat in 1896: Panic stricken people fled the outback on special trains as hundreds die.

      …In January 1896 a savage blast “like a furnace” stretched across Australia from east to west and lasted for weeks. The death toll reached 437 people in the eastern states….

      With this and people dropping dead in the streets from Perth through Adelaide to Sydney, the heat wave was described as being universal from west to east . It went north into Queensland and south through Victoria.…twice, by which time Australians considered themselves to be “Under Fire”.

      Later in 1896, heat waves also occurred in India, Burma, Borneo, America. (It was bad in New York. Listen here.) There was heat in England, Germany and Spain. 1896 was an example of extreme weather. [It was obviously the fault of the evil power stations, eh? Just 14 years earlier, Edison had built the first coal-fired electric generating station. If only people had understood just how dangerous it was. – Jo]….

      Jo then goes on to list some of the temperature records listed for cities at that time.

      • Eric Simpson says:

        Just 14 years earlier, Edison had built the first coal-fired electric generating station.

        Excellent detective work as I see you’ve found the culprit for that 1896 heatwave!!

        Wait, I thought they said coal cools the planet because of particulates (esp an ‘unscrubbed’ 1882 plant!). That is the kind of upside down anything goes reasoning that you see from the climate leftists:

        “The 1970s global cooling was caused by burning coal and oil. In contrast, later global warming was caused by burning coal and oil.” -climate leftist

        Btw, Gail, thanks a million again for sketching out for me how to upload images!

        • Gail Combs says:

          No problem Eric,

          I am ‘computer challenged’ and had to get Hubby to show me how to do it so I understand the frustration.

  5. Gail Combs says:

    Also Australia like the USA had good temperature records in the 1890s but those records are rarely shown to the public and when they are they have been massively ‘Adjusted’

    When it comes to our rare high-quality historic records, and the real long term trends of Australian weather, the silence is striking. There are some excellent historical records of long term temperature data from the late 1800s in Australia, which lie underused and largely ignored by the BOM.

    For the BOM, history almost appears to start in 1910, yet the modern type of Stevenson screen thermometer was installed across Australia starting as early as 1884 in Adelaide. Most stations in Queensland were converted as long ago as 1889 and in South Australia by 1892. Though states like NSW and Victoria were delayed until 1908…

    The BOM was set up in 1908. Before that there were Stevenson screens going in all over Australia, but somehow these records appear uninteresting to climate researchers. Could it be that the late 1800s would have been more captivating if they were colder? In the late 1800′s there was the widespread heatwave of 1896 killing hundreds of people and recording 50C plus temperatures across the continent as well as the infamous Federation Drought?…

    Adelaide has one of the longest running temperature records of the Southern Hemisphere. Todd’s meteorological plan started way back in 1856. As Pidgeon quotes, Todd was responsible for setting up the telegraph network in four states, and connected Australia to the world in 1872 through Darwin. He set up meteorology stations along the telegraph lines and collected the data coming in down the lines:

    Vanishing hot days of December 1931 — and BOM monthly averages hotter than every single day that month

    The BOM ACORN data set works better than airconditioning. In places near Eucla, where old newspapers record 43C, the BOM tells us the highest maximum that month was “under 27C”. Far to the north of there, the highest maximum stayed under 36C, but the average for that same whole month was above 36C. Go figure. It’s a new kind of maths…

    Notice the Adelaide records also show the 1940s peak in max temperature.

  6. Brian G Valentine says:

    I’m glad this guy is not afraid to call AGW a fraud. I’m not either.

    People need to speak out, enough is enough.

  7. RAH says:

    So happy for you that you’ve found a home that your happy with. It’s a big part of what makes life worth living. And it is great that your boss is a skeptic that I’m sure values what your doing when off the job and so makes it easy for you to travel to your various meetings and presentations. Sounds like the ideal situation for you.

  8. RickS says:

    Excuse the French but…

    What is this “extra” Tropical Low hanging over Hawaii, in the very early Winter time ???

    December ?

    Odd !

    These Storms can (Could) El Nino Southern California !!

    They’re right there !!!;

    Oh and, it’s a very brisk Santa Ana, Abe-Normal, Cold Santa Ana, their “usually”, warm ?

    Finally a Christmas with Christmas weather, nice cool weather !!!


    • griff says:

      check out the unseasonal procession of lows marching through the arctic currently and in the last 2 months…

      Still anomalously high temps up there in the arctic darkness, still record low sea ice extent…

      • AndyG55 says:

        Check out the fact that in a few days it will be up with every one of the last several years.

        That will really destroy you, won’t it little cretin.

        Will leave you even more mindlessly blathering than you are now.

      • Stephen Richards says:

        High temps at-15C Yeh alright ! Prat

  9. Wendy says:

    Tony, BP is supposedly relocating their houston onshore staff to Denver. There may be some opportunities there.

  10. griff says:

    So – no change in the climate in Boulder?

    I hear that spring snowmelt has been getting earlier (1 to 4 weeks) ??

    • AndyG55 says:

      “So – no change in the climate in Boulder?”

      Nope.. not much anywhere else either.

      Thankfully we live in a time of unprecedentedly stable climate.

      Extreme weather events down in number and energy.

      A good recovery from the spiteful cold of the LIA.

      Arctic sea ice open for trade for at least a few weeks a year.

      Atmospheric CO2 increasing, biosphere expanding allowing the feeding of the increasing world population.

      Let’s hope we don’t stuff it up by doing something monumentally stupid like going back to wind power, or reliance on an energy supply that only works 8 hours a day at maximum.

      Surely humans aren’t that stupid !!!

      • Gail Combs says:

        “Thankfully we live in a time of unprecedentedly stable climate.”

        That is why the Chicken Littles are so funny. Now temperature swings of 10C to 16C like a D-O event can produce IN A DECADE, now THAT is Climate Change For YA!

        D-O events from Greenland Ice Core. (Evidence has bee found else where too.)

      • R. Shearer says:

        I’ve been in the Boulder area since early 80’s. The weather is highly variable but in that variability, the growing season is getting shorter, at least last year was. I’ve never been colder here than last weekend.

        • Gail Combs says:

          The last four summers here in mid North Carolina were mild enough that my high temperature sensitive white clover did not go crispy critter in summer.

          I have lived here for over twenty years and always before the clover disappeared by July.

          • annieoakley says:

            Poor Tomato crops all over Colorado. Nights were colder, no warm up in the spring, early light frost.

          • Colorado Wellington says:

            Tsk, tsk, Annie. How can you say these things? Why don’t you let griff explain to you how the growing season got longer in Colorado? Everyone knows that global warming makes winters warm first and it only gets balmier from there. Let’s plant some citrus trees to cash in on climate change!

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      I hear that spring snowmelt has been getting earlier (1 to 4 weeks) ??

      Is it happening a lot, griff?

    • Colorado Wellington says:
  11. I can testify that getting anything accurate about energy published in the Boulder Chimera (as we called the Boulder Camera at Access to Energy) is a feat. That monopoly is almost hermetically sealed against reproducible results, and has been since 1981 at least.

  12. stpaulchuck says:

    even climate models don’t believe climate models
    you have a less than random chance of a climate model actually predicting the climate

  13. De Paus says:

    Forget Rock and Roll, here is the new Snowdance from Saudi Arabia: posted December 20, 2016

  14. Dan Pangburn says:

    Thermalization and the complete dominance of water vapor in reverse-thermalization explain why CO2 has no significant effect on climate. Terrestrial EMR absorbed by CO2 is effectively rerouted to space via water vapor.

    Because the duration between absorption and emission of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) for CO2 molecules is approximately 6 micro seconds (µs) but thermalization (the process of absorbing EMR and conducting the absorbed energy to other molecules) for any atmospheric molecule at sea level takes approximately 0.0002 µs, essentially all terrestrial radiation absorbed by CO2 is thermalized. Similarly, all EMR absorbed by water vapor (WV) is thermalized. The thermalized energy is expressed in the froth of molecular velocity and spin with molecular speeds characterized by the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution. It is observed as temperature and pressure of the gas.

    Molecular species are identified as greenhouse gases (ghg) by the property that they absorb/emit EMR at wavelengths of significant terrestrial radiation (approximately 6-100 microns (µm). CO2 absorbs/emits at only one wavelength in that range (15 µm broadened at sea level to about 14-16 µm by pressure, etc.). Water vapor molecules, however, have, according to a count reported in a 1938 paper (Astrophysical Journal, June 1938, v 87, no 8, p 499) “about 170 lines in the range 75-550 cm-1” [133-18.2 µm].

    Global average WV at sea level is approximately 1.5% = 15,000 ppmv while CO2 is only 505 ppmv so there are approximately 15000/505 = 29.7 times as many WV molecules as CO2 molecules. Thus in the typical case, there are 29.7 X 170 ≈ 5100 absorption/emission ‘opportunities’ for WV plus one opportunity for CO2 for a total of 5101. If you double the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, the number of opportunities increases to 5102. The resultant increase in warming effect (if any) is (5102-5101)/5101 = 0.000196. This increase of about 0.02% is insignificant.

    Climate sensitivity is not significantly different from zero.

    Identification of the three factors, in an equation which matches average global temperature (98% 1895-2015), is at

  15. RickS says:

    Southern California Reporting !

    This is odd ?

    “We” are currently getting a [ Sub-Tropical ] Tropical Storm with sustained Winds of 25 to 35mph with gusts to 50 in moderate to heavy rainfall !

    I’vvvvve never seen this (It) before !!

    I watched this Storm from days ago, when it was centered over Kauai, for about 24hrs, it then moved further South over the Big Island (I told all who would listen this, “What is a Extra-Tropical Storm doing over Hawaii” ?

    It’s almost Winter (Today is the first day of Winter) ??

    Then I took “one” day off of not following it and BAM, now it’s off of Cabo San Lucas about 300 or 400 miles (West) and moving up the Coast towards Southern California ??? !

    I’ve been watching (Observing) Southern California Weather (And basically every where else) since El Nino 1977/1978, this has “never” happened !!!


    I have waited forever for a Storm like this, no its not a Hurricane (We don’t get Hurricanes) and it’s not a true Tropical Storm (We are approximately 34° degrees North latitude, far outside of 22.5°), but man this is GREAT !

    WHAT A STORM !!!

    The winds hitting the sides of my house (Windows) with horizontal rains pounding feel like some-where-else !

    Florida/Texas (But much cooler) just hit Good-ole-Southern-California…

    This is INCREDIBLE !


    It took a loooong time (Storms like this) to get here !

    GREAT start to Winter


  16. RickS says:

    Oh and…

    Just because someone says it, that “doesn’t” mean it’s “reality” !

    Eyes don’t lie…

  17. RickS says:

    The Storm intensity is in increasing !

    Wind is up, still raining

  18. Rah says:

    Lack of melt over an extended period is the most prominent early sign that a period of glaciation is beginning. It is not so much how cold the winters are but how cool the summers are. If this were not so then hyper vulcanism would not be recognized as a contributing factor to causing ice ages.

    • Gail Combs says:

      Agreed, RAH

      My Geo prof many moons ago said it was LOTS of snow and lack of melt in the summer. That is mild but snowy winters and mild summers and not super cold winters are the key to glaciation.

      Really cold weather generally means not much snow because of the lack of evaporation. The Wisconsin Ice Age was characterized in the ice cores by DUST.

      The ice that had formed from falling snow during the transition from the last of the cold, dry, windy ice ages to the first of the warm, wet calms of the modern 10,000-year-long Holocene climate is 1,678 meters, just over a mile, down the GISP2 core. Rendered in ice, what exactly would it look like, this boundary of epochs? The young American scientists had read the literature from Chet Langway, Willi Dansgaard, Hans Oeschger, Wally Broecker, and others, and they had heard from the Europeans, who were about a year ahead of them in drilling at Summit. Yet still they were not entirely prepared for what they saw that day in the ice, for the suddenness of it.”

      “‘You did not need to be a trained ice core observer to see this,’ recalled Alley. ‘Ken Taylor is sitting there with the ECM and he’s running along and his green line is going wee, wee, wee, wee – Boing! Weep! Woop! And then it stays down.’ Dust in the windy ice age atmosphere lowered the acidity of the core to a completely new state. ‘We’re just standing there and he just draws a picture of it,”‘Alley said.”

      …although eventually the disquiet would find concrete expression in numerous articles and presentations as the scientists became accustomed to the large truth of abrupt climate change and immersed themselves in its fine details. Alley recalled later: ‘Those of us who were down there in that trench at that time knew right then that our picture of the world had changed. There’s a whole bunch of us who came out of that ice core project who have since dedicated ourselves to understanding abrupt climate change.'”

      “In the GISP2 science trench, the tray holding the section of core rolled down the assembly line and then it was Alley’s turn at the ice. “It slides across in front of me and I’m trying to identify years: ‘That’s a year, that’s a year and that’s a year, and – woops, that one’s only half as thick.’ And it’s sitting there just looking at you. And there’s a huge change in the appearance of the ice, it goes from being clear to being not clear, having a lot of dust.”

      Climate Crash: Abrupt Climate Change and What it Means for our Future by John D. Cox (John Henry Press, an imprint of the National Academies Press, ISBN: 0-309-54565-X, 224 pages, 2005

      The switch from the Wisconsin Ice Age to the Holocene happened in JUST ONE YEAR! I find that truly incredible.

  19. Rick says:

    “JUST ONE YEAR! I find that truly incredible.”
    Dare we use the ‘s’ word; scary.
    Like George Carlin said ‘the planet’ ignores any hubris that mankind imagines for itself without batting so much as an eyelash.

  20. bit chilly says:

    congratulations tony, you will thrive in any work place with an open minded attitude. i am sure your new employers will be delighted with their new colleague.
    i have a feeling were are past the peak of the agw scam, slowly the chickens will come home to roost .

    by the looks of this the dial back has already begun.

  21. zeos386sx says:

    I was just reading the manual for the xeta9 and clicked on a link to youtube about the spectrum analyzer, and I said to myself I recognize that voice.

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