Fox News Responds To Record Heat Waves By Predicting Global Cooling

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In response to the fourth hottest July in U.S. history — the hottest ever in Oklahoma and Texas — Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News is reheating climate denier myths. Saturday’s Fox & Friends show featured climate zombie Joe Bastardi, a wrestler and weatherman who believes the rapid global warming since the 1950s is a natural blip in the climate. Hosts Alisyn Camerota and Dave Briggs claimed that a “new NASA study” debunks man-made global warming. Bastardi then cited “the first law of thermodynamics” and “La Chatelier’s principle” to argue that the greenhouse effect from a 40 percent increase in a “trace gas” isn’t physically possible:

BASTARDI: When you look at carbon dioxide, it increases 1.5 parts per million each year. We contribute 3 percent of that, which means means that the human contribution is one part per 20 billion. Do you realize how small that is for a trace gas necessary for life on the planet? it is almost incomprehensible that this has taken off the way it has, the whole argument, it contradicts what we call the first law of thermodynamics: energy can neither be created or destroyed. So to look for input of energy into the atmosphere, you have to come from a foreign source and it is already out there. Carbon dioxide may be a part of it. May be the sun.

CAMEROTA: And what is that principle of Le Chatelier? Have I pronounced zat propairlee?

BASTARDI: I don’t know, but making a mistake his name isn’t as bad as making a mistake with mine. That any system in distress, physical or chemical in the atmosphere, tries to return to normal. That is why you see temperatures leveling off. We have warmed up overall the last 20 to 30 years, over the last two hundred years, because of sun spot cycles, you can trace it to the sun spot cycles, and you can trace it to the oceans. Look, in the next 20 to 30 years global temperatures should return to where they were in the 70′s.

Watch it:

The paper that Camerota and Bastardi claim is a “NASA study” is no such thing — it’s a mathematically and scientifically flawed paper by climate denier Roy Spencer, a University of Alabama professor.

Most of Bastardi’s lies and obfuscations are so trite that one can simply refer to SkepticalScience’s list by number: #2, #7, #21, #32, #62, #78, and #132. Bastardi’s appeal to the first law of thermodynamics is actually a new one — usually deniers try to claim that the greenhouse effect violates the second law of thermodynamics (#59). The invocation of Le Chatelier’s principle has some merit. Once humans stop adding fossil-based greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the planet’s geochemical systems will restore an equilibrium — in many hundreds of thousands of years.

(HT: Michael Cote)

Transcript:

CAMEROTA: The global warming debate is heating up yet again as a new NASA study seems to debunk whether global warming is man made.

BRIGGS: A new Rasmussen poll says 69 percent of Americans believe that some scientists lied in the research to support their own theory. So what is the real story? We will look at the facts with Joe Bastardi, chief meteorologist from Weather Bell. it is easy for people to see the numbers because across the country all states are at record high in July. In Texas, Rick Reichmuth shows up 40-plus days of 100 degrees or more. So they say, it must be global warming. It must be man caused, right?

BASTARDI: First of all, they are not acquainted with the 30′s and 40′s and 50′s and the climate was far worst and the global climate which we cannot measure as well. It has to do with the back and forth of the ocean. But this study by NASA, and I know the Dr. Roy Spencer pretty well. This is pretty intuitive. We sort of knew that this was going to happen. Simply because of the fact that when you look at carbon dioxide, it increases 1.5 parts per million each year. We contribute 3 percent of that, which means means that the human contribution is one part per 20 billion. Do you realize how small that is for a trace gas necessary for life on the planet? it is almost incomprehensible that this has taken off the way it has, the whole argument, it contradicts what we call the first law of thermodynamics: energy can neither be created or destroyed. So to look for input of energy into the atmosphere, you have to come from a foreign source and it is already out there. Carbon dioxide may be a part of it. May be the sun.

CAMEROTA: And what is that principle of Le Chatelier? Have I pronouncing zat propairlee?

BASTARDI: I don’t know, but making a mistake his name isn’t as bad as making a mistake with mine. That any system in distress, physical or chemical in the atmosphere, tries to return to normal. That is why you see temperatures leveling off. We have warmed up overall over the last 20 to 30 years, over the last two hundred years, because of sun spot cycles, you can trace it to the sun spot cycles, and you can trace it to the movement of the oceans. The big thing is this. Look, in the next 20 to 30 years global temperatures should return to where they were in the 70′s. We have a way to measure that objectively, not re-adjusting data or proxy tree rings or whatever. Since 1978 we have been training satellites to measure the temperatures without having to readjust things. If the temperature returns back to where it was in the 70′s because we switched the cycle in the Pacific, the Atlantic starts getting cooler now, you have your natural cycle, you have your answer. What is the big deal? In the mean time, it has leveled off the last 10 or 15 years anyway and they cannot find the missing heat, and they see the heat escaping into space and not being trapped. Seems to me –

BRIGGS: The numbers don’t add up.

BASTARDI: This heat wave going on is impressive. I said back in February, the least you could do is wait for the heat waves and the hurricane season to come on before you blame snow and cooling by global warming.

CAMEROTA: What will Al Gore do with all this information?

BASTARDI: I don’t know.

CAMEROTA: I’d love to see his reaction this morning.

BASTARDI: i would like to talk to him.

CAMEROTA: Let’s give him a call!

BASTARDI: Nobody on the other side wants to talk to me.

BRIGGS: Al, call Joe.

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