Thanks, Media Matters!

by Paul Chesser, Heartland Institute Correspondent on September 10, 2009

in Blog

Fox News/Rush Limbaugh watchdog Media Matters for America did climate realists a big favor last night by posting a segment without comment from last night’s “O’Reilly Factor,” in which host Bill O. interviewed AccuWeather meteorologist Joe Bastardi about California wildfires and global warming. As O’Reilly explained, he invited Greenpeace to send a representative to appear on the program with Bastardi but the group declined to do so. That left the well-respected weatherman to present plenty of evidence that the fires have nothing to do with global warming. Witness:

1. Given an opportunity by O’Reilly to slam Greenpeace, Bastardi says “I don’t want to disparage them. They’ve done some good things.” But then he adds, “in this case their house of cards (the global warming-wildfires connection) goes up in smoke.”

2. (Illustrating with meteorological maps and that cool telestrator thing) “Over the last two years…whenever the Pacific Ocean starts cooling, and global temperatures start to cool, California gets dry….All this cold water off California means the air sinks over the top of California; when it sinks it dries out, so global cooling is actually a cause of drought in California…”

3. (Showing a temperature anomalies chart) “To prove to you the globe is actually cooling, if you look at the [IPCC] their forecast was for temperatures to go up, up, up, and over the last 10 years you can see — in an up-and-down manner — they are coming down. So for the last 10 years, it’s cooling.”

4. “While the earth was supposed to be warming a little bit, the atmosphere over the tropics was really supposed to be warming up quite a bit. (Shows model of tropical greenhouse warming) What has actually been happening? (replaces with chart of “reality” in the tropics) Nada.”

5. (Posts chart of accumulated cyclone energy trends) “And consequently, an inconvenient truth is, the tropical cyclone accumulated energy is down at record low levels, not record high levels.”

Watch for yourself, and pass along a big thanks to both MMFA and Greenpeace for letting facts reach the public without adding their lies and spin.

Lee Weida September 11, 2009 at 3:49 am

I watched this.. made perfect sense & I hope this info gets out to anyone who still has an open mind before "cap and tax" is initiated and drives us down to a 3rd world economy.

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