Dumb Things Media Said About Climate Change

8. Fox Guest: “For every one scientist” that accepts climate consensus “I’ll give you 10 scientists that said it’s not manmade.”

A Fox News guest made up statistics on Feb. 4, denying that 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is real and manmade. Discussing climate change, Republican strategist Brad Blakeman said, “for every one scientist that says there is, I’ll give you 10 scientists that said it’s not manmade.”

7. Fox Host: Only “corrupt” scientists believe in climate change.

On Fox News Radio, Brian Kilmeade harangued a caller for commending President Obama’s statement on climate change, saying that climatologists who accept the scientific consensus on climate change are “the corrupt ones.” Kilmeade went on to ask the caller, “How do they make their living, climatologists? Telling everyone their industry has to be addressed.”

6. Ben Stein On Fox News: Despite what “global warming terrorists will tell us, the science is not clear on” climate change.

On the Fox Business Network, Ben Stein said that “there is no cost that is too high to pay to save the Earth,” but that regulations should not be enacted because the consensus on manmade climate change “is not 100 percent unanimous, despite what the … global warming terrorists would tell us.”

5. Weather Channel Founder: Polar bears have increased because “eskimos” are now “more civilized.”

The founder of The Weather Channel, now a weatherman for a local San Diego television station, claimed that polar bear populations are increasing because “Eskimos” are hunting them less and have “become more civilized.” In fact, most polar bear populations are on the decline, and face an existential threat from global warming and declining Arctic sea ice.

4. Fox News: Climate “deniers” are those who accept climate change.

Fox News tried to reclaim the phrase “climate denier” to refer to those who accept the scientific consensus on manmade climate change. Fox host Steve Doocy promoted National Review Editor Rich Lowry’s co-option of the term “climate denier,” which Lowry previously condemned as a way of equating climate “skeptics” with Holocaust deniers. Lowry argued that those who support action on climate change are ignoring that temperatures “have been flat for 10 or 15 years,” which Doocy labeled an “inconvenient truth.” A recent study rebutted that “inconvenient truth,” finding with 94 percent probability that there has been warming during that short time frame.

3. CBS: Global warming “pause” is an “inconvenient truth” that “emerged on the way to the apocalypse.”

This year, mainstream media were not immune from pushing the type of foolish rhetoric that regularly crops up in the conservative media. Echoing the Fox News segment above, CBS said the speedbump in global warming was an “inconvenient truth” that “emerged on the way to the apocalypse.” CBS’ Mark Phillips called it “ammunition” for “skeptics” and immediately proved it by interviewing Benny Peiser, who used the pause to cast doubt on the urgent need to address climate change. But the alleged “pause” may have never actually happened: the rate of atmospheric temperature increase over the last 16 years proceeded at the same pace as it has since 1951 according to a recent study. And in any case, none of this contradicts the long-term trend of global warming, especially as oceans are warming 15 times faster than in the past 10,000 years.

2. Bloomberg News: Publishes claim that carbon dioxide emissions lead to “happy plants.”

Bloomberg News published a claim from Marc Morano—who is paid by an oil industry funded organization to confuse the public about climate change and has no scientific background—that catastrophically high levels of CO2 should be “welcome[d]” because “plants are going to be happy.” However, his argument ignored CO2 emissions’ contribution to global warming, which is connected to rapid changes in rainfall patterns, severe drought and increased risk of plant species extinction.

1. CNBC Co-Host: “CO2 is not a demon.”

On May 17, CNBC’s Squawk Box featured the co-author of a Wall Street Journal op-ed that claimed that people should be “clamoring for more” CO2, as it is a “boon to plant life”—an article which led to widespread criticism.  Co-host Joe Kernen celebrated the op-ed, saying he wanted to “make the point that CO2 is not a demon.” But he ignored top climate scientists’ warnings that CO2 levels above 350 parts per million (ppm) will eventually result in catastrophic climate change—and CO2 levels have already passed 400 ppm this year. Kernen’s misleading argument fit right in with this year’s climate skeptic narrative, and the absurd claims to which media turned to dismiss climate change.

Source | EcoWatch

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