1988 : The Start Of The Global Warming Scam

The US experienced a severe heatwave and drought during the summer of 1988, the Mississippi River nearly dried up, one third of Yellowstone Park burned up, and it was the perfect time for James Hansen to start the global warming scam. He told Congress that he was 99% certain the heatwave was due to CO2, and that heatwaves would get much worse starting in the 1990’s.

Iowa was hot, so it wasn’t hard to get the useful idiots at the Des Moines Register on board with a front page headline declaring 1988 to be the hottest year ever, less than half way through the year.

24 Jun 1988, Page 1 – The Des Moines Register

05 Oct 1988, Page 2 – Arizona Daily Star

The days ahead of his testimony were record hot in the US. Late June temperatures had been plummeting in the US for 60 years, but the heat of 1988 provided the perfect opportunity for James Hansen to perjure himself before Congress and get his scam going.

Almost the entire country was over 90 degrees, and Iowa was over 100 degrees – which made the Des Moines Register easy pickings for a scam.

It was the hottest June on record in the DC area, with 21 days over 95 degrees. Since then, the frequency of 95 degree days has dropped by about 90%.

In order to really make sure they got the global warming scam going, Hansen and his fellow climate scamster Senator Tim Wirth  of Colorado sabotaged the air conditioning at Congress the night before the June 23 hearing.

we called the Weather Bureau and found out what historically was the hottest day of the summer. Well, it was June 6 or June 9 or whatever it was, so we scheduled the hearing that day, and bingo: It was the hottest day on record in Washington, or close to it. It was stiflingly hot that summer. [At] the same time you had this drought all across the country, so the linkage between the Hansen hearing and the drought became very intense.

… What we did it was went in the night before and opened all the windows, I will admit, right? So that the air conditioning wasn’t working inside the room and so when the, when the hearing occurred there was not only bliss, which is television cameras in double figures, but it was really hot. …  So Hansen’s giving this testimony, you’ve got these television cameras back there heating up the room, and the air conditioning in the room didn’t appear to work. So it was sort of a perfect collection of events that happened that day, with the wonderful Jim Hansen, who was wiping his brow at the witness table and giving this remarkable testimony.

Interviews – Timothy Wirth | Hot Politics | FRONTLINE | PBS

By December of 1988, global temperatures had plummeted due to La Nina, which Hansen declared to be an unusual ocean current. Hansen was forced to back off his hottest year ever claim, so he replaced it with a claim that hurricanes would get 50% stronger.

Ellensburg Daily Record 


Since then, both major hurricanes and droughts have plummeted in the US.

HURDAT Re-analysis

Climate at a Glance | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

By 1999, it was obvious even to Hansen that his 1988 Congressional testimony was garbage.

NASA GISS: Science Briefs: Whither U.S. Climate?

Hansen was upset that the US was cooling.

His heat, hurricane and drought forecasts had failed, so Hansen got into a new business which became the basis of the ongoing scam – data tampering.

Without Hansen’s bold move into massive data tampering, the global warming scam would have been dead decades ago. Hansen quickly learned that he could use the trust NASA had built up during the Apollo program as cover to turn cooling into warming. All things become possible once a scientist makes the move into data tampering and fraud.

Make no mistake about it, the people behind this scam are criminals – not scientists. They have nothing but failed predictions and fraud in their past and present.

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36 Responses to 1988 : The Start Of The Global Warming Scam

  1. gator69 says:

    My sincerest apologies to Martha and the Vandellas, et al…

    Hansen In The Heat

    Callin’ out around the world, are you ready for a grand new cheat?
    Summer’s here and the time is right, for Hansen in the heat
    Hansen in Chicago (Hansen in the heat)
    Clown in New Orleans (Hansen in the heat)
    In New York City

    All we need is panic, heat panic,
    There’ll be panic everywhere
    There’ll be bullshit spoken, no records broken,
    Hansen in the heat

    Oh don’t you care about the polar bear, just as long as you despair.
    So come on every lie, he’ll unfurl
    Everywhere, around the world

    There’ll be panic, it’s Hansen in the heat
    This is an invitation, across the nation,
    A chance for sheep to bleat
    There’ll be moanin’ groanin’, and panic dronin’
    Hansen in the heat

    Philadelphia P.A., Baltimore and D.C now,
    Can’t forget the motor city,
    All we need is panic, heat panic
    There’ll be panic everywhere
    There’ll be bullshit spoken, no records broken
    Hansen in the heat

    Oh don’t you care about the polar bear, just as long as you despair
    So come on every lie, he’ll unfurl
    Everywhere, around the world

    It’s Hansen, Hansen in the heat
    Way down in L.A., every day, it’s Hansen in the heat
    Lets form a big strong lie, that we’ll all fry,
    It’s Hansen’ in the heat
    Across the ocean blue, alarmist coup
    It’s Hansen in the heat

    • GeologyJim says:

      Excellent parody, Gator, with spot-on rhymes and rhythms

      Maybe the Minnesotans 4 Global Warming could record it [heh-heh]

      Thanks for a good laugh

  2. Kent Clizbe says:

    Note that the Iowa newspaper article you call out is a syndication of a New York Times article. The “reporter” is Philip Shabecoff. He was clearly in the vanguard of PC-Progressives determined to destroy American capitalism via “environmentalism.”



  3. Anonymous Commentator says:

    He’s a posterboy for folks who spend life repeating what brought them early success.

    30 years of his crap because real science is hard.

  4. Kris Johanson says:

    All life on earth depends on their being adequate CO2 in the atmosphere. Without it, all life would quickly cease.

    The entire plant kingdom – all vegetation – is literally built out of CO2. Everything from the majestic Douglas Fir tree to the endless fields of wheat and corn – are constructed from carbon atoms which are fixed directly from the thin, whisp of CO2 present in the air. Does fiber, starch, sugar, cellulose, and lignin come from the dirt or from fertilizer? NO. It comes from the 1/2500 molecules of air which are CO2. People don’t stop and think about this.

    It’s known as the Calvin Cycle – taught in every high school biology class – named after the Berkeley chemist who discovered/detailed it in the ’50s, and represents one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century.

  5. TA says:

    1988 wasn’t even as hot as the 1950’s much less the 1930’s. Hansen’s claim was a distortion of reality. As it turns out, it was a very expensive distortion of reality.

    Thanks, Tony, for the new graph comparing the 1999 U.S. chart to the 2017 U.S. chart.

    Someone should go to jail over this obvious deception. There was only one reason to change the charts like this: To make it look like CAGW is real. This deception has managed to fool and scare millions of people and caused them to do irrational things as a result.

    • R. Shearer says:

      Boris at another blog said, “In cave in rural France is painting circa 5000 BC, and is tell story. One day is rain much and lightening is loud and scary. Leader of cave community is explain danger of lightening and is predict end of world if citizenry is not work hard for stopping of lightening. Every citizenry of community must bring it portion of berries and meat for sacrificial god and make incantation. Leader of cave community is so very smart, is not help hunt and gather, but is must make strategy and “guide” community for self-preservation technique.

      Then one day, particular citizen is look up and see is still lightening, but is look around and is still alive. Other citizen is still alive. Lightening is come and go, and community is survive.

      This Citizen is make comment at next cave meeting and soon after is “accidentally” fall in tar pit. Leader of cave community is explain danger of tar pit and is predict end of world if citizenry is not work hard for prevention of tar pit…”

  6. Anon says:

    Ah, Senator Wirth… here is another one from him:

    How Climate Alarmism Advances International Political Agendas:

    Former U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth (D-CO), then representing the Clinton-Gore administration as U.S undersecretary of state for global issues, addressing the same Rio Climate Summit audience, agreed: “We have got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.” (Wirth now heads the U.N. Foundation which lobbies for hundreds of billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to help underdeveloped countries fight climate change.)


    • RAH says:

      And that is why the left will support the meme even if Arctic ice reaches Iceland and temperatures drop 5 deg. F globally. No matter what the climate or weather does it will still be mans fault because it provides a ready excuse for increasing the power of the government over the people.

    • Frank K. says:

      RAH – that’s because climate science and its attendant “activism” have never been about science. It’s all about promoting extreme left wing progressivism.

      • RAH says:

        Yep! And about greed. They get paid well to create the false data and fodder for the false narrative. The government provides funding for the lies and liars and uses what they fabricate for an excuse for their social engineering.

        People say that the lefts reaction to Trump’s election was all about shock that Hillary lost. Well at first that was true. Now they recognize the fact that their revolution has been interrupted and they are merely fighting to stop the roll back of the “progress” they’ve made towards destroying the Republic.

  7. John F. Hultquist says:

    … our analysis makes clear that climate trends have been fundamentally different …” [Hansen et al., 1999a]

    This suggests they knew CO2 and the climate did not follow their idea of what it was supposed to be doing.
    It would have made a good pivot point.
    Too bad they missed it.

    Hansen and friends overplayed their thinking. When they started they should have realized Earth was playing a weather trick. The problems they thought might come from much CO2 in the atmosphere were far in the future – more like 2088 than 1988.
    Nevertheless, they started with shouting “This is it – this is global warming” – even as they realized Earth’s atmosphere was fundamentally different from their (wrong) hypothesis.
    This is like the person that blows a big toe off while getting the revolver out of its holster. Gets lots of attention. But no good comes of it.

  8. Jon Williams says:

    Yup, 1998 was definitely a hot one, but one year is not climate, its weather.
    Climate is about trends. See if you can spot the trend below.

    Hint: years that start with 20

    • AndyG55 says:

      Thank goodness we are not looking at dates starting with 18.

      Be VERY glad for the NATURAL and highly beneficial warming out of the COLDEST period in 10,000 years.

    • gator69 says:

      Not this crap again. Fake temperatures that make fake records. Zzzzzzzz…..

    • sunsettommy says:

      do you realize your post is highly misleading?

      What you leave out is what the IPCC talks about in every one of their reports. Here is what they said in 1990:

      “Based on current model results, we predict:
      • under the IPCC Business-as-Usual (Scenario A)
      emissions of greenhouse gases, a rate of increase of
      global mean temperature during the next century of
      about 0 3°C per decade (with an uncertainty range of
      0 2°C to 0 5°C per decade), this is greater than that
      seen over the past 10,000 years This will result in a
      likely increase in global mean temperature of about
      1°C above the present value by 2025…”

      We have NEVER reached over .20C per decade since 1990. The per decade warming rate since 1979 is less that half the projected rate from the IPCC.

      IPCC= .30C per decade
      Satellite data since 1979= .13C per decade.

  9. Kris Johanson says:

    Chemistry textbooks started getting interesting around the 1850-1870 period.

    This is from 1856, in a very famous chemistry book from that period by Yeomans.

    Note that all the major chemistry texts in the mid-to-late 1800’s listed atmospheric CO2 at 400-500 ppm.

  10. Andy DC says:

    Having had close friends that were NOAA insiders, I know they wanted to trot out the global warming scare in the late 1970’s. But 1977, 1978 and 1979 were the three coldest consecutive winters in US history, sea ice was at an all time high and there had been a clear cooling trend since 1940. So they did not want to look like total idiots and thus they had to put the “project” on hold.

    The first half of the 1980’s also provided some of the coldest outbreaks and most damaging citrus freezes on record. Chicago reached -26, Atlanta -9 and the Florida oranges froze solid in 1981, 1983 and 1985. But finally, there seemed to be some moderation by 1988 and that big June heatwave provided the perfect format for them to finally go public with their nonsense.

  11. Colorado Wellington says:


    This fellow from the New York University was invited to guest blog at Instapundit while Glenn Reynolds takes a vacation. This is his take on “countering ideas” and “interesting questions“:

    STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: “Big Oil backs carbon tax push”

    Axios’ Amy Harder is reporting that four of the world’s biggest oil and natural gas producers, environmental groups and political leaders, are announcing a unified push urging Congress to enact a carbon tax to address climate change on Wednesday.

    It’s way too simplistic to scoff at this as just “political correctness” or a PR stunt. These companies are too smart and are spending way too much money to dismiss out of hand. Perhaps, just maybe, there is an effort to take the religious zeal out of discussion about climate change and look at the issue without panic or polarization. The Climate Leadership Council is proposing a four-part plan that seems to address the issue like grownups. In an earlier column, Harder wrote:

    “I think we’re at a point where most Republicans accept the climate is warming but don’t see it as world ending and don’t see a solution that’ll really make a real impact,” said a Republican strategist who has held positions in GOP political campaigns and congressional offices.”

    If you are convinced that any talk of climate change is a total scam and should be ignored, you’re really no better than the religious zealots screaming “the science is settled!” to shut down debate and discovery. I think debate and discovery is always a good thing, especially when adults are doing the debating and the discussion is driven by policy examination instead of tribalism.

    Posted at 11:59 am by Charles Glasser


    I don’t think I have ever seen a beating like he’s getting in the comment section. 410+ comments so far.

    • gator69 says:

      It is almost always the case that attorneys benefit greatly from a severe and public spanking. Better luck next time Jr.

  12. GW Smith says:

    Great job, Tony! You make the case ironclad. There is no argument left. You are the best there is at exposing these crooks.

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