Season’s Greetings From the Fox News Climate Deniers

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"Season’s Greetings From the Fox News Climate Deniers"

by Jill Fitzsimmons, cross-posted from Media Matters

As winter descends, Fox is keeping with its annual tradition of using snowstorms and cold temperatures to mock global warming.

The suggestion that local winter weather somehow disproves global, long-term warming trends is a recurring theme at Fox, despite its faulty logic. During the hot summer months, Fox News’ silence on global warming is deafening. But like clockwork, when the snow starts to accumulate so does Fox’s climate coverage.

Here are some of the highlights from recent years:

These attempts to downplay the threat of global warming should come as no surprise coming from Fox, which routinely ignores evidence of climate change, but goes out of its way to spread misinformation and hypescandals” in an attempt to cast doubt on the scientific consensus.

But as meteorologist Jeff Masters explained, “heavy snowstorms are not inconsistent with a warming planet. In fact, as the Earth gets warmer and more moisture gets absorbed into the atmosphere, we are steadily loading the dice in favor of more extreme storms in all seasons.”

A 2009 report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program stated that “strong cold season storms are likely to become stronger and more frequent” in the Northeast and upper Midwest as a result of climate change.

So for all of Fox’s misguided sarcasm, it’s likely that some big snowstorms in the U.S. are, in part, a symptom of a changing climate.

– Jill Fitzsimmons is a researcher with Media Matters for America, where this piece was originally published.

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9 Responses to Season’s Greetings From the Fox News Climate Deniers

  1. Leif says:

    Cliff Mass weather blog had a post today with response to questions and comments about the unusual NW weather this winter. (Seattle is looking at all time record dry for December.)
    I posted this Comment:

    Could that “some reason” in fact be the late freeze of the open Arctic waters. The north Pacific is one of two major entry points for warm air to enter and replace the rising air above the open Arctic, the other being the North Atlantic. As winter settles in the continental land mass cools much faster than the open water so that air must sink and go someplace. South would be the obvious call IMO. Thus bringing cold Arctic air further south and replacement warn Pacific air further north. Jet Streams shift, weather patterns shift. Anchorage AK has had rare “Winter Rain” in December and temperatures similar to ours here in NW WA at times this winter. Wondering where the Pacific NW rain went, look further afield. Wondering why? I would suspect Climatic Disruption might be a good place to start.

    Want warmer deep south winters? Replace early freeze in the Arctic. IMHO…

  2. Dennis says:

    It’s pushing to 60 degrees right outside Fox’s Washington, D.C. studios today. People are walking around in shorts in winter. But will Faux News report on that?

  3. This crosses the line into criminal deception.

    Really, how do they plan to erase all that embarrassing spew?

    I would think it dangerously risky to have the video survive. Easy prosecution.

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  5. Ernest says:

    Well, I’m seeing my (Republican) extended family this Xmas, complete with dinner conversation. My short explanation is that there’s a reason why there’s two separate words, “climate” and “weather”. (These climate scientists must really be talking about something else when they talk about 2 degrees C rise.)

    The concise metaphor of throwing open the refrigerator door to the arctic and more moisture in the air also quickly conveys an explanation for the snow.

  6. MarkfromLexington says:

    It was 63 degrees F here about an hour ago.

    According to Weather Underground, that ties us for the high temperature record that was set in 1990.

    My rhododendroms had a few blossoms on them a few days ago.

  7. Tim Scanlon says:

    Clearly Fox have not seen this video:

  8. MikeB58 says:

    Fox News is Satire or video tabloid not actually news. I feel sorry for the misguided sould who think otherwise.