We start the year with a cartoon of none other than Simon Reeve on the BBC’s Arctic Live programme. This year he has been in trouble for telling fibs about Reindeer decline. Last year he was telling us it was warm in the Arctic. Next we have snowflakes getting all shook up by President Trump, something that seems to have been happening all year – at least they are in a safe space. On the right and on a similar theme we have ‘The Inconsolables’, how America voted for Trump despite all the alarmist rhetoric and damage to the environment – maybe it was because of it. Below that a cartoon on the infamous ‘alternative facts’ phrase used by Kellyanne Conway – we have had a whole year of them. The final cartoon is one from the end of COP22 in 2016 – a plea for the main issue in climate, money.
Top left is a cartoon on the Green blob’s fear of Trump and his sensible attitude to fossil fuels. In the centre is one of my favourite cartoons of the year “Are EU Green?” – a mad cartoon for the truly mad outcome of renewable energy targets – burning ‘protected’ forests. To the right is James Delingpole, climate expert, and all round brilliant journalist who week by week incisively uncovers the rottenness of Climate change activism and the Green blob. Bottom right is a small cartoon at a talk – I forget which one! The idea is that the man made contribution to CO2 levels is like… And on the far left a lovely lump of coal – Mother nature’s battery.
Top left, end-to-end encryption is suitably cryptic – there were stories (e.g. this one) about governments needing to be able to read everyone’s social media so I thought how we used to chat back when we first started thinking it might be a fun idea. Top right, I was commissioned to do a cartoon about noisy wind turbines in Hawaii – not such a paradise after all. Bottom right, a cartoon about the extraordinary way the media don’t ask what Roger Pielke Jr – they make it up instead, bizarre. Bottom left is another commission for this website – the idea is that science, and specifically the greenhouse- warming hypothesis, needs experiments. If we hadn’t gone to the moon we might still think it was made of cheese.