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November 30, 2017

Cato climate scientist will speak here Thursday, Dec. 7

Patrick Michaels will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Stonebridge Events Center.
The director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in Warrenton.

Patrick Michaels will discuss “The Truth Behind Climate Change” at the Stoneridge Events Center. Admission will be free and open to the public.

Dr. Michaels is a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and was program chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society. He was a research professor of environmental sciences at University of Virginia for 30 years. Dr. Michaels was a contributing author and is a reviewer of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

His writing has been published in the major scientific journals, including Climate Research, Climatic Change, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Climate, Nature, and Science, as well as in popular serials worldwide. He is the author or editor of six books on climate and its impact, and he was an author of the climate “paper of the year” awarded by the Association of American Geographers in 2004.

Dr. Michaels earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological sciences and plant ecology from the University of Chicago. He received a doctorate in ecological climatology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1979.

Robert J. Touhey, managing partner of the Warrenton-based Virginia Strategic Security Group, organized the free event. For more information, call Mr. Touhey at 703-338-5991 ore email

The Stoneridge Events Center is at 7373 Comfort Inn Drive just north of Warrenton.

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Jim Griffin · November 29, 2017 at 10:42 am
Of course you are done! And not because of anything I wrote. You are done because of your own ridiculous claims, not the least of which is your outrageous falsehood that "NWO globalists" -- whose numbers include the Bush family -- intend the extermination of 6 billion people (or 90% of the world's population).

BTW, note to CO: We live in a community that stands rigidly opposed to growth in its own population lest we become more like some surrounding counties. Believing in population stability or even reduction is not the equivalent of genocide, but claiming others intend the deaths of billions is preposterous, and that's on you.
citizen observer · November 29, 2017 at 10:00 am
You would be a great politician JG, you've got the deny/deflect tactic nailed down. You take only one sentence from my initial statement and bend it to fit your needs, while totally disregarding the rest. Then accuse me falsely of backing away. I now know why many aren't wasting their time in discussions with you on here anymore.

My initial premise is while globalist Soros is paying Al Gore (who has a large carbon footprint that is hypocritical to his speeches) millions to promote global warming and shutting down our production capabilities; it will take only one EMP explosion over the US and above the Earth's stratosphere to wipe out our power grid and reduce our population by 90% in the year it takes to restore the grid. You can do your own research on the recent testimony to Congress.

So why did 2 Presidents give nuclear capabilities to 2 regimes that hate the US? I'd be willing to bet rotten globalist money was involved somewhere. And both Iran and North Korea are getting close to being able to perform such an attack. That was also mentioned in the recent congressional meeting.

Hopefully we can put some protections in place among the satellites to stop such an attack before it is too late.

I'm done, have a great day JG.
Jim Griffin · November 28, 2017 at 10:24 am
Another fail, CO. Not one of them "intends" such a result -- as asserted by you -- and now you are backing away from your claim of an "NWO globalist" conspiracy to reduce the population (one that specifically, according to you, includes the Bush family). Who is it now? Elites.

I get it: If you're predicting war or environmental disaster, you're going to see a population drop if it happens, but that is a far cry from wishing or intending such a thing would occur, and there's not a scintilla of evidence that there is any collaboration or conspiracy to make it happen.
citizen observer · November 28, 2017 at 10:16 am
Jim Griffin · November 26, 2017 at 2:02 pm
You readily insult, CO, but offer no evidence save for one quote from one so-called globalist.

Might we tie a single comment from one commentator to any broad category of people? Of course, and that is but one of the fallacies used by yourself and others to taint a broad swath of people with an absurd claim, in this case your asserted intentional coordinated genocide of more than 6 billion people, extrapolated from a single comment from one person.

Notable: Ted Turner predicted but never "intended" such an extinction, retracted it, his view alone, not one shared with a broad class of "globalists."
citizen observer · November 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm

As usual you need to do some research before putting your fact-less words in other people's mouth. The globalists cross party lines. They started under the elder Bush and have grown under every President since. They are comprised of ultra rich tycoons who want a global government that oversee a utopian society.

"A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal." Ted Turner, a globalist, in an interview with Audubon Magazine.

I won't even start on those talking about the Koch brothers (whom I don't like or respect either), but fail to mention George Soros, another globalist. Soros was quoted in Newsweek in 1979 that his main goal is to bring the US down. He has paid a politician named Al Gore millions of dollars to promote global warming in an attempt to shut down US industries. Gore is not a scientist and flies around the world in a private jet, instead of commercial airlines, adding a large carbon footprint to the atmosphere. Oh, but of course. He is part of the new Soros bought government; do as I say, not as I do.
Jim Griffin · November 25, 2017 at 11:19 am

It is difficult to take you seriously when you allege, as you do here, that "globalists" -- you've previously said this includes the Bush family -- "intend" the eradication of over 6 billion people (90% of the world's population.

It strains credibility long past its breaking point. Suggesting that those with whom you disagree would condemn billions to death -- let alone 6 billion, 90% of the current population -- is beyond the pale of rational discourse.
citizen observer · November 25, 2017 at 11:09 am
No one has been able to answer what the dinosaurs did wrong to cause the last ice age.

The earth has been constantly changing in its million+ years of existence, and will continue to do so. Some things we might be able to control and others we cannot.

We couldn't continue polluting like we were in the 50s, 60s, and 70s; but we also can't shut down all production and I doubt all americans are willing to give up their cars and airplanes to go back to horse travel.
In my lifetime I think we have done a good job of addressing the problem, however we don't control the whole planet. The Paris Accord would have been a good start if the US hadn't been about the only ones putting money in the pot and there had been enforceable goals placed on those receiving monies. Unfortunately that is not how it was.
So what's the answer? Shut down all modernization and go back to living like the dinosaurs? The globalists intend to drop the world's population by 90% so most of us won't be around anyway.
Jim Griffin · November 23, 2017 at 10:55 am
Patrick Michaels' repeated resume claims of association with the 2007 Nobel Prize awarded to Al Gore and the UN panel are howlingly funny because he disagrees with Gore and the panel, denies the claims that led to Gore and the UN panel receiving the Nobel Prize. It's as hokey as would be a claim to involvement with the Super Bowl when in fact you lost to the winner during the season.
Jim Griffin · November 22, 2017 at 11:20 am

or shortened to:

Says it all, and while I have an open mind towards disagreement and believe everyone is entitled to their own POV, it is difficult to accept the notion that we are all entitled to our own set of facts.
T.C. · November 21, 2017 at 9:40 am
A professional climate change denier, paid by fossil fuel companies to muddy the waters. From Wikipedia:

On July 27, 2006 ABC News reported that a Colorado energy cooperative, the Intermountain Rural Electric Association, had given Michaels $100,000.[37] An Associated Press report said that the donations had been made after Michaels had "told Western business leaders ... that he was running out of money for his analyses of other scientists' global warming research" and noted that the cooperative had a vested interest in opposing mandatory carbon dioxide caps, a situation that raised conflict of interest concerns.

Michaels acknowledged on CNN that 40 per cent of his funding came from the oil industry.[39] According to Fred Pearce, fossil fuel companies have helped fund Michaels' projects, including his World Climate Report, published every year since 1994, and his "advocacy science consulting firm", New Hope Environmental Services.

A 2005 article published by the Seattle Times reported that Michaels had received more than $165,000 in fuel-industry funding, including money from the coal industry to publish his own climate journal.
MissB · November 21, 2017 at 9:02 am
To keep it in perspective, keep in the mind The Cato Institute is founded by and funded by the Koch Brothers.
4thEstateWatch · November 21, 2017 at 8:37 am
Might be beneficial to your readers to mention Dr. Michaels' political perspective in addition to his qualifications; he is, essentially, a climate change denier who minimizes the dangers of rising global temperatures while acknowledging the phenomenon itself is happening.
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