The Skeptical Science Escalator … of Alarmism

Escalating hysteria

Escalating hysteria – click to watch

No visit to the Skeptical Science website is complete without having one of their smug “escalator” graphics shoved down your throat.

Not content with the temperature escalator, which paints anyone who questions their zealous devotion to “The Cause” as a simpleton, they have now come up with the sea ice escalator, along similar lines.

So finally, ladies and gentlemen, we present the Australian Climate Madness version of [drum roll, please], The Escalator!!!

CLICK HERE to watch animation (opens in new window).


  1. Oh, this is wonderful! I laughed so hard I cried. Thank you – I do hope this spreads, it’s too delightful not to.

    Cheers! 🙂

  2. You gotta love SkS’s use of dramatic graphs. There’s a direct correlation between the use of dramatic graphs and the slowly but surely exposure of the global warming swindle peddled by SkS.

  3. I can see I am going to get a lot of use out of this one. Thanks guys.

  4. Hi Simon,

    Love it – could you also do a couple of these animations with the long-term ice core data over the past 4,000

    and 10,000 years

    Best wishes!

    • You’ll have to give me some time! I spent a good hour on my employer’s time doing the first one…

    • These aren’t global temperature histories. They’re regional temperature histories for Greenland. There are regions of the globe that have been warmer in the past, but the overall global temperature has never been higher.

      Saying global warming isn’t happening because one region is cooler than before is like saying the stock market isn’t going up because one particular stock is crashing.

  5. Reblogged this on Power To The People and commented:
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  6. This is hilarious, although perhaps not in the way intended.

    No, what’s really funny is that you don’t understand what makes this chart fundamentally different from the SkS escalators, even though it’s pretty durn obvious to anyone who’s not wearing blinders.

  7. “Its SATIRE Duh” as against SCIENCE derr .

    • Look, I know you guys are tied up earnestly saving the planet, but maybe spare some time to grow a sense of humour?

      • I love that. Every time someone doesn’t laugh at something that’s not funny, the response is “Get a sense of humor!”

        Well, my sense of humor is just fine, thank you very much. I’m renowned for it. Just the other day I got an email from a coworker that said (I am NOT making this up), “Charles, sometimes you make me laugh so hard my sides ache.”

        But things are funny only if they’re funny. This isn’t. There is a critical difference between this and the SkS escalators. They are different in a very fundamental way, which makes it not good satire.

        PS: It’s not the planet I’m interested in saving. It’s my grandchildren, and theirs. I’m no environmentalist. Not by a long shot.

  8. The point skeptical science makes is that short term cherry picked timeframe show warming and cooling, but the long term trend is upward and attribution studies show that greenhouse gases are to blame.

  9. “Think of the children or the grandchildren oh boo hoo” boy are we fed up with sooks trying to play on our emotions about “the children”. If you really cared about “the children” why would you want them locked down to some punitive tax, for some rightous, futile attempt to combat a non problem?

  10. This is stupid. All you’ve done is zero in on a small part of the larger graph to give the impression that the temperature trend is relatively stable. This is the exact deceptive tactic the temperature escalator graphic was calling you and your lot out on. Try charting the data back to 1970 like the original did and see if your false-equivocation still holds up.

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