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Jun 9, 2013
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A slightly different cartoon today as it is a parody of a lovely illustration by artist Steve Brodner for an article in This American Life The American Prospect (see update below). The article is wide of the mark and Anthony, who feature's in Steve's image, and I decided to create something that expressed another view point. You can read Anthony's post here and Steve's own blog post about the original article here.

Here is Steve's illustration:

And here is the title panel:

Here is our riposte:


Click any of the images to enlarge.

My huge thanks to Anthony who provided essential feedback and ideas over the weekend to get the cartoon right. Anthony also provided some references, see below. (Update: He also spotted a typo in the panel, that and the URL now fixed)

Lastly, I have already had some interest in producing a poster, so let me know if there are any other takers.

Cartoons by Josh

References to names:

Al Carbon Billionaire Gore: Al Gore could become world's first carbon billionaire - UK Telegraph, Nov 3, 2009

Gavin Real Climate Disappoints Schmidt: One could even ask whether the effort that we have put into RealClimate has been in vain. The legend of the Titanic - RealClimate, 3 May 2012

James Death Train Hansen: Coal-fired power stations are death factories. Close them "The trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains." - UK Guardian, 14 February 2009

Mikey One Tree Hockey Stick Mann: Climategate reveals 'the most influential tree in the world' -UK Telegraph, 05 Dec 2009

Stephan It's a conspiracy Lewandowsky: 10 conspiracy theorists makes a moon landing paper for Stephan Lewandowsky JoNova, September 6th, 2012

Peter The Thief Gleick: Breaking, Gleick Confesses, WUWT, Feb 20, 2012

Eric The Red Antarctic Steig: O’Donnell et al 2010 Refutes Steig et al 2009, ClimateAudit, Dec 2, 2010

Scott Super Mandia: Climate Craziness of the Week: Supermandia, WUWT, October 31, 2011

Kevin It's a travesty there's no wamin' Trenberth: The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't. Climategate Emails, Wed, 14 Oct 2009


Update on Jun 10, 2013 by Registered CommenterJosh

Over on WUWT Ric Werne's comments that Steve Broder's illsutration was not for 'This American Life' (a radio station):

"Brodner’s cartoon was done in hopes of getting it published at THE AMERICAN PROSPECT. The cartoon exists at Brodner’s blog and various skeptical site who are having fun with it, I don’t see it at yet."

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