Wednesday, October 24, 2007

CNN Blames Fires On Global Warming

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CNN Blames Fires On Global Warming
By Paul Detrick

CNN exploited a national tragedy on October 23 by finding a way to blame global warming for wildfires.

During the October 23 “Anderson Cooper 360: In the Line of Fire,” Cooper reported from Southern California saying, “People are wondering if these fires are a result of global warming in some way.”

Although Cooper admitted that, “no one really knows for sure,” the broadcast still took the time to predict the future with CNN’s Tom Foreman who warned of a possible “century of fires, just like what we're seeing now” as a result of global warming.

"Climatologists say, while we can't blame on fire on climate change, we can say that these factors are combining in that area [Southern California] to set up what could be a century of fires just like what we're seeing now," said Foreman.

Foreman cautioned viewers that, “greater periods of rain” that fuel “increased vegetation growth” over the next century may provide a “potential link between these fires and global warming.”

He then pointed to a map showing “plant growth is expected to double or even triple as a result of greater periods of rain, driven by climate change.”

Earlier in the broadcast Cooper also plugged CNN’s documentary:

“At the top of the next hour, as I said, the big picture. These fires are really a piece of it. Fire, drought, global warming, climate change, deforestation, it is all connected, tonight, 9:00 p.m. Eastern…‘Planet in Peril’ starts in just 30 minutes.”

But was there a source refuting the claims that global warming was to blame for the fires in California? Nope. Not one.

Alan Zarembo’s story in the Washington Spokesman-Review that was attributed to the Los Angeles Times asked a similar question to Cooper’s broadcast, “Are the massive fires burning across Southern California a product of global warming?”

But, Zarembo came up with a much different answer:

“Scientists said it would be difficult to make that case, given the combustible mix of drought and wind that has plagued the region for centuries or more,” said the reporter.

“Southern California is already perfect for wildfire, and the small changes from global warming are unlikely to make it much worse at this time.”

A climate scientist at the University of California, Merced, told Zarembo that these wildfires are the result of two “staples of the region's climatic history,” meaning “strong Santa Ana winds” and “a drought that turned much of the hillsides to bone-dry kindling.”

"Neither can be attributed to climate change," said the UC Merced professor.

The Media Research Center’s Brent Baker wrote on October 23 that "NBC Nightly News” also made the case linking global warming to the California fires.


According to notes from CNN's Monday news meeting network president Jon Klein tells employees to use the California fire tragedy to "push" their "Planet in Peril" special, but warns reporters not to "irresponsibly link" the fires to "Global Warming."


Blogger Sonny said...

Er.....Ah....... I experience Climate Change every single day. In fact, I experienced it in Chicago where I was born 65 years ago, again every day when I lived in Michigan, and every day since moving here in Naples, FL

God - Bush has been screwing up my life even before he was born!

6:33 PM  
Anonymous catsala said...

Global warming didn't create the California fires! From someone who used to live there, I have to say that is just flat-out ridiculous.

11:22 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

I agree, catsala! Californiastan has been the 'cutting edge' of lunartick ideas from before my birth!
Their environmental policies are literally, to die for...
Sonny-Too true! I've experienced some wide swings of change, in a single day! Back in 1957, my Mother and I were down here in Florida, my Dad was in Greenland. Ons Sunday, Mom was talking to him on ham was 48 degrees where he was and 29 where we were! What were we experiencing? Global warming or the next ice age?
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!


3:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sonny I lived in Ft. Myers from 1973-1985. Ya we had "climate change" there too, so I know what you mean about Bush and Cheney's shifty ways!

Catsala and TMW you have to know something about the majority of lefties. As far as I know, most of them DON'T believe in G-d. He reserved a spot inside of us for His own use. When we turn away from Him that "spot" WILL fill with some sort of garbage since nature abhors a vacuum.

The brains of leftists become veritable garbage cans of false beliefs when G-d is excluded. Good and bad are flipped around, just look at the Israeli-Pali issue and the left.
Man becomes god. This belief is at the very heart of this climate change fraud. Every nation on earth would have to belch out industrial pollution at a "Chinese" level for twenty years to equal the particulate expulsion of ONE Volcanic eruption.

These are two concepts that we conservatives KNOW in our bones to be true, yet they don't penetrate the leftist fog.


4:01 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Hi Sonny! Yeah, we've had so much global warming in Seattle, I've had my windows opens about 5 days this summer...

1:04 AM  

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