Another Climate Scam Bites The Dust

Pika on the left, climate scientist Andrew Dessler on the right.

Eighteen years ago experts said Pikas were doomed because of global warming.

31 Dec 2004, 27 – Longview Daily News at

Here is a study from 2011 predicting extinction for Pikas.

“The rules of the extinction game have changed,” said Erik Beever, a research ecologist at the U.S. Geologic Survey’s Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center in Montana and lead author of the peer-reviewed paper, which will soon be published in the print edition of the journal Global Change Biology.”

Climate Change Spells Extinction for a Mountain Species, Research Shows | Reuters

One year earlier in 2010 it was reported that Pikas were thriving,

“Pikas Prove Flexible Amid Warming
The mountain-dwelling pika, which many predicted might be one of climate change’s first casualties, is thriving in the Sierra Nevada.

Pikas Prove Flexible Amid Warming : Discovery News

Now they admit they were wrong, but plan to shift their scam to other species.

“Although climate change is a serious threat to the survival of many species on Earth, according to a new, extensive review by Arizona State University Emeritus Professor Andrew Smith, published in the October 2020 issue of the Journal of Mammalogy, the American pika is currently adapting remarkably well.

Good News: Pikas Now Predicted to Persist

h/t Steve Milloy

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14 Responses to Another Climate Scam Bites The Dust

  1. Jack the Insider says:

    Happy New Year Tony. Keep up the excellent work. From everyone down under!

  2. Steven Fraser says:

    Happy New Year, Tony, and to all the Realclimatescience fans everywhere!

  3. Michael Abbott says:

    You would think that the pika’s ability to thrive in different terrains and climates, Alberta to New Mexico, would have given a clue as to their endurance and adaptability. Still, the research made it possible for him to carry on working by funding him so not all bad from his point of view. It’s another case of validity given by being peer-reviewed further denigrating that stamp of approval.

    This case is fairly trivial in itself but there have been lots of these wrong bits of nonsense which cumulatively give the impression that there is a global catastrophe happening and it’s scaring our children and people with childlike brains.

    • Torgo says:

      “our children and people with childlike brains”

      That’s a bon mot. Mind if I steal it?

      Between all the adult children believing the asserted narrative about COVID, Ukraine, and Climate Change, usually all 3, it applies to so many of our neighbors.

  4. ” rising extinction rates of the Pika for the first time ” ?

    Having just undertaken a basic internet search of the Pika family what strikes one almost immediately are the multiple extinctions of Pika species during the much warmer Miocene , Pliocene and the colder Pleistocene epochs…

    The North American species of Pika according to a Wikipedia entry , migrated to the America’s twice .

    [ i] O spanglei during the late Miocene or early Pliocene when temperatures were significantly hotter
    [ii] O whartoni [ giant pika ] and small pika species via the Bering Land Bridge during the inaugural Pleistocene epoch some 2 million years ago

    Riddle me this : If this particular North American dwarf Pika [ what fates befell its bigger cousins ?] is so susceptible to global warming heating up its habitats how did the critters manage to survive the glacial and mountain snowline retreats of the Eemian / Sangamonian interglacial 130 000 – 115000 BP and the Holocene Thermal Optimum 8000 – 5000 BP when temperatures were 3- 2 hotter than the so called “hottest years on record ” ?

  5. Happy New Year to you and Kirye Tony and hope 2023 ushers in good times for you both

  6. Disillusioned says:

    As long as ‘experts’ continue to be plied with financial incentives, they will not stop at nothing to create new ‘serious threats to survival’, which, in turn makes it easier for the public to relinquish more of their freedoms to the Cabal. It is that simple.

    It is what we saw with the Plandemic – medical institutions and doctors were financially plied and steered for Cabal-approved diagnoses and treatments, which much of the public willingly accepted and submitted to because of the Cabal-created fears.

    We are being attacked on all fronts. As planned. Question Authority

  7. dm says:

    NO more federal funding for you, Prof. Smith!!

    Instead, you will be persecuted like Dr. Pielke, Dr. Ridd, Dr. Lomborg and other climate realists.

  8. rah says:

    The Pika are smarter than the “scientists” that claimed their demise was imminent.

  9. Nolan Parker says:

    Geeze! Had I Only Known that I could have made a living wandering around, watching, counting, taking pictures of goofy little animals and writing scary things about their incredible importance to the world and their impending doom instead of actually working my fool ASS OFF, I might have done that. Taxpayers support the Research that is used to make our lives more miserable. Fuuuk…

  10. Russell Cook says:

    The line in the first article “mountain-dwelling relative of the rabbit roughly half as big as a football” has its entertainment value. The ones I’ve seen during my summer vacations in pretty much the same small collection of mountain areas of southwest Colorado could fit comfortably in the palm of your hand with a little space left over. But the next inconvenient truth detail that undercuts the article is how the populations I’ve seen summer after summer from 1989 to this past summer haven’t moved one inch up or down the talus slopes they live in, and there’s never been a summer when I haven’t heard a consistent population of the li’l squeakers on those slopes.

  11. gareth says:

    “Pika on the left, climate scientist Andrew Dessler on the right.”

    Tee hee … I do the same with the Abington Guinea Pig Climate Prognostication press release each Candlemass day.

    (and the guinea pig always predicts an early spring, which just confirms everything that Al & Greta have been warning about…)

  12. Bob G says:

    shocking that slightly warmer weather didn’t kill off the pica. lmao

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