Posts tagged "Global Warming"
Pat Robertson: God shut off D.C. power as a ‘fun’ way to punish Dems for climate lies (via Raw Story )

Television preacher Pat Robertson on Thursday explained that God had caused a brief power outage in Washington, D.C. to mock Senate Democrats who held a late-night discussion about climate change. The office of the Architect of the Capitol said on Wednesday…

h/t: Cliff Weathers at AlterNet


Bill Nye

Bill Nye “The Science Guy” implored Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Sunday to stop wasting time by denying that the climate was changing and to start leading the charge to do something about it.

Nye began his debate with Blackburn on NBC’s Meet the Press by applauding President Barack Obama’s call to create a $1 billion fund to prepare for climate change.

"What I’ve always said, we need to do everything all at once," Nye explained. "And this is an opportunity for the United States to innovate, to be the world leader in new technologies."

Blackburn, however, shot back that Nye was just an “actor,” while she was a member of Congress.

"What we have to do is look at the information we get from climate scientists, and as you said, there is not agreement around the fact of exactly what is causing this," Blackburn opined.

Nye pointed out that Blackburn and other climate change deniers were trying to introduce uncertainty.

"This is unscientific, this is not logical," he said. "It is a way, apparently, that the fossil fuel industry had dealt with our politics. This is not good. You don’t need a PhD in climate science to understand what’s going on, that we have overwhelming evidence that the climate is changing. That you cannot tie any one event to that is not the same as doubt about the whole thing."

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From the 01.22.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

h/t: ProgLegs at Daily Kos

Glenn Beck kicked off his television program last night with a fake local newscast reporting on the record-breaking cold weather that has engulfed much of the country for the last few days in order to drive home the right-wing theory that climate change cannot be real because it still gets cold and snows.

During the segment, it even began “snowing” in the studio, which is why Beck was covered in glitter when he got serious and told his audience that, a hundred years from now, people will look back on this period in time as “the biggest theft ever in the history of the world” since the effort to fight climate change is nothing more than "a push for more power and to take more of your money."


From the 01.07.2014 edition of TheBlazeTV’s The Glenn Beck Program:

h/t: RWW

Today on the 700 Club, televangelist Pat Robertson claimed that the recent cold snap in North America and a ship stuck in Antarctica prove that climate change is nothing but a myth. Of course, both of his assertions are extremely dubious. While the New York Times notes that “97 to 98 percent of working climate scientists accept the evidence for human-induced climate change,” Robertson claimed that the scientists are merely lying to make money…something Robertson would never do.

“It’s getting warmer in Jupiter—and they don’t have any SUVs driving around in Jupiter—it has nothing to do with greenhouse gases it has to do with the action of the sun, there’s either two much sun or not enough sun,” Robertson said. “Think about how much money is involved. It’s money, they’re going to get a river of money.”

“Then you have politicians who want to take control and the progressives always want control, just like with health care, they want control; the EPA in America wants control of all of our energy.”

From the 01.07.2014 edition of CBN’s The 700 Club:

h/t: RWW

Fox Business host Stuart Varney: Ice in Antarctica proves ‘global cooling’ (via Raw Story )

Fox Business host Stuart Varney said on Tuesday that his theory of “global cooling” had been proven when a research ship recently got stuck in ice near Antarctica. The habitual climate-change denier reported that all 52 passengers of the Russian…


Conservative pundit and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson questioned the reality of climate change by comparing it to the second coming of Jesus Christ, saying the difference is that “Jesus will return.” But mounting evidence shows that climate change has already taken hold and will worsen if left unchecked, a fact accepted by many in the Christian community.

On January 2, Erickson sparked controversy on Twitter after he tweeted that “[t]he difference between people who believe in the 2nd coming of Jesus and those who believe in global warming is that Jesus will return”:


Erickson’s claim contradicts the position put forward by ranking members of the Christian community. In his inaugural mass on March 19, Pope Francis called upon “all men and women of goodwill” to be “protectors […] of the environment”:

Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of good will: let us be ‘protectors’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.

Catholic leaders have explicitly linked this need to be stewards of the environment with the fight against global climate change. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced in 2001 that it accepts the scientific consensus and “the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change”:

As Catholic bishops, we make no independent judgment on the plausibility of “global warming.” Rather, we accept the consensus findings of so many scientists and the conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a basis for continued research and prudent action (see the sidebar: The Science of Global Climate Change). Scientists engaged in this research consistently acknowledge the difficulties of accurate measurement and forecasting. Models of measurement evolve and vary in reliability. Researchers and advocates on all sides of the issue often have stakes in policy outcomes, as do advocates of various courses of public policy. News reports can oversimplify findings or focus on controversy rather than areas of consensus. Accordingly, interpretation of scientific data and conclusions in public discussion can be difficult and contentious matters.

Catholic bishops are not alone in calling on Christians to accept the science that speaks to the urgent need for action against manmade climate change. A number of Christian institutions have called upon members to take action against climate change. In 2006, the Evangelical Climate Initiative, a group that includes more than 300 evangelical Christian leaders from across the United States, urged members of the evangelical Christian faith to fight climate change because it “hit[s] the poor the hardest.”

h/t: MMFA


Thanks for clearing that up, Dave.

Once “you open the door to killing,” Barton added, “it’s got a lot of different manifestations” because the nation immediately falls under the judgment of God as He removes his protection and "whap, here comes storms like we’ve never seen before and here comes floods and here comes climate stuff that we can’t explain; all of the hot times and all the cold times and not enough rain and too much rain and we’re flooding over here and we’ve got droughts over here … And today we’re saying ‘oh no, it’s global warming." No, we opened a door that lost God’s protection over our environment and that’s our choice." 


(via Climate Change Denier Glenn Beck: ‘If Anyone Does Anything In This Company Because Of Global Warming, They’re Fired’ | Right Wing Watch)

Outraged that employees in his organization had begun placing recycling bins throughout The Blaze’s headquarters and studio and replaced individual water bottles with a water cooler, Glenn Beck brought the Vice President of Studio Operations onto his radio program today to explain why these changes were taking place.

When she claimed that doing so was saving the company money, Beck not only didn’t buy it but also didn’t really care and instead issued a new company-wide policy that any employee who buys a compact fluorescent light bulb when non-CFL options are available will be fired.

"Global warming is a pile of crap," Beck declared, adding that he would be issuing a memo informing everyone that “if anyone does anything in this company because of global warming, they’re fired.”

More Than Half Of CNBC’s Climate Change Coverage Was Misleading. Twenty-four out of the 47 substantial mentions or segments on climate change on CNBC, or just over 51 percent of coverage, cast doubt on whether manmade climate change existed.

Half of CNBC's climate coverage cast doubt on it

This count does not include segments that did not deny the existence of manmade climate change, but suggested that we should not make changes in order to address it. For instance, former Hewlett-Packer CEO and Republican advisor Carly Fiorina lamented that President Barack Obama mentioned climate change in his State of the Union address, saying “what [Obama] didn’t say was what scientists also agree on … that no nation acting alone can make any measurable improvement in climate change, in fact it will require a global response, sustained over many decades, and costing trillions upon trillions of dollars.” [CNBC, State of the Union coverage, 2/12/13]

CNBC’s Only Full Segment On Climate Was “In Defense Of Carbon Dioxide.”

  • The only scientist that CNBC hosted on climate change in the first half of 2013 was William Happer, a physicist who has not published any peer-reviewed climate research, and who is the chairman of the fossil fuel industry-funded George C. Marshall Institute. Happer starred in the only full segment that CNBC dedicated to climate change in the first half of 2013. That segment, on Squawk Box, was based on a widely denounced Wall Street Journal op-ed that Happer co-wrote titled “In Defense of Carbon Dioxide.” [Media Matters5/9/13] [CNBC, Squawk Box5/17/13] [Media Matters5/12/13]
  • Several CNBC figures, including host Larry Kudlow, co-anchor Joe Kernen, and contributor Rick Santelli deny manmade climate change. However, CNBC guests who spoke about climate change in the first half of 2013 were primarily business experts and mostly accepted the science demonstrating manmade climate change. For instance, Byron Wien, Vice Chairman of Blackstone Advisory Partners, told CNBC that climate change was hurting crop yields, thereby raising the cost of food. CNBC later hosted contributor Dennis Gartman to dispute Wien, saying “I don’t think man has much to do with” the changing climate. [Blackstone, 1/2/13] [CNBC, Fast Money1/9/13]
  • The only other CNBC guest that cast doubt on climate science was Reynolds Wolf, a Weather Channel meteorologist who denied manmade climate change three times on air.

CNBC's guests in climate coverage

Strategic Businesses Acknowledge And Evaluate Climate Change Impacts

On Wednesday night, Minnesota State Representative Glenn Gruenhagen (R-Glencoe) took to the House floor to talk about climate change and renewable energy.

Using sources such as the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Gruenhagen told his colleagues that climate change is a “complete United Nations fraud and lie…. The latest facts from CPAC show that in the last sixteen years there’s been no global warming.”

While it is common practice among climate skeptics to claim that the Earth is no longer warming, the fact is global temperatures are rising. 2010 was the hottest year on record and every year of the 2000s was warmer than1990s average. Over 30 million people were displaced by climate-related extreme weather events in 2012, and it is increasingly likely millions more will be displaced in the near future.

Indeed, Minnesota residents are feeling the very real impacts of climate change. The MinnPostreports that three 1,000 year floods have occurred in the state in the last eight years as a result of shifts in rainfall patterns. Extreme drought is occurring not just in Minnesota but almost every state, and climate change is having cumulative stress on the Great Lakes. Rising levels of water vapor in the warming atmosphere are spiking heat indexes and associated health warnings.

Gruenhagen aside, the majority of lawmakers in Minnesota have recognized the importance of enacting policies to address climate change and in 2007, implemented one of the highestrenewable energy standards in the nation – laws which require electric utilities companies to produce a portion of their electricity from wind, solar, and other renewable sources. Indeed, Minnesota ranks seventh in the nation in overall wind energy capacity and lawmakers in the state recently agreed to a solar energy standard.

h/t: Climate Progress