CBS Blames Global Warming for Lost Signal

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    The liberal media does follow the DNC talking points. Now "global warming" is to blame not only for the high SUMMER temps, but also for a CBS news truck overheating.

    Conservatives cannot make this stuff up - the libs keep giving us good material


    http://newsbusters.org/node/6694

    CBS's Schieffer: Global Warming Shut Down Our Remote Truck
    Posted by Ken Shepherd on August 1, 2006 - 16:19.
    On yesterday's "Evening News," CBS reporter Bob Orr's story on a global warming link to the heat wave was cut short due to an overheated satellite truck.


    “Just to underline how hot it is, the remote truck that Bob Orr was broadcasting from just overheated and we had to shut it down,” anchor Bob Schieffer explained as the story ended abruptly.

    Were I a conspiracy theorist I'd think it was just a gimmick to highlight CBS's slanted coverage of global warming as settled science. While Orr possibly could have included a dissenting view somewhere later in his half-aired report, I somehow doubt it.

    Before his report cut off, Orr cited Pew Center climatologist Jay Gulledge, who he said argues there "no longer any serious debate" on global warming.Gulledge also argues that it was pollution that staved off global warming in the 1970s.

    Funny thing is, back in the 1970s the media was trumpeting scientists who worried about global cooling.
     
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    Yea i think its hysterical when they print all these stories of it just being so hot. As if it never got hot in summers before. Cities will get higher temps in the summers the more they grow and urbanize the wilderness.
     
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    Heat Wave Grips the Northeast, CBS Blames Global Warming
    Posted by Michael Rule on August 1, 2006 - 13:08.
    On Tuesday’s "The Early Show" on CBS, substitute co-host and regular weatherman Dave Price alluded to global warming as the cause of the heat wave that has moved into the Northeast and Mid Atlantic regions:

    Dave Price: "Temperatures are hotter and they're longer-lasting and farther reaching. Experts are saying it's historic and global warming may be to blame."

    Price cited Jay Gulledge of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change as someone who believes Global warming is to blame:

    "According to Gulledge, global warming is the most likely culprit but he says whatever's causing it, the prognosis isn't good."

    A sound bite from Mr. Gulledge even linked the increase in hurricane activity to global warming:

    "We can expect more frequent, longer, hotter heat waves and we can apparently expect more tropical storms in the future as well that lead to hurricanes."

    There arise two problems from this story. First, that while most scientists agree the earth’s climate is getting warmer, they disagree on the cause. Statements on the Pew Center for Global Climate Change’s website, make it clear that the organization supports the notion that global warming is a man made phenomenon, a position held by many left wing environmental groups, yet not universally accepted by scientists. And second, for Mr. Gulledge to link the rise in violent hurricanes to global warming is preposterous as many scientists believe the frequency and intensity of hurricanes is cyclical.

    At the end of his segment, however, Price does show a clip of a meteorologist, Christopher Landsea, from the National Hurricane Center briefing President Bush on the upcoming hurricane season, and Mr. Price notes that Landsea isn’t convinced global warming is the cause.
     
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    I wonder if they blame Global warming for their lost ratings, too? :)
     
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    A guy with the last name Landsea works for the National Hurricane center?

    That's funny.
     
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    http://newsbusters.org/node/6705

    The Inconvenient Truth About Hurricanes and Global Warming
    Posted by Noel Sheppard on August 2, 2006 - 09:29.
    Since Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans last summer, there has been a lot of media and left-wing speculation that the apparition called global warming is responsible for an upsurge in hurricane activity and intensity. Fortunately, for those seeking sanity amidst the hysteria, a new study written by a group that includes two members of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration published in this week’s Science Magazine refutes this contention (hat tip to Gary Hall).

    Since this phantom meteorological nexus was first introduced to the public, it has become almost commonplace in the lexicon of the new religious cult known as the Global Warmingists, and is a mainstay of the sect’s leader, famed political scientist sans climatology degree Dr. Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. In fact, this is a central tenet in Gore’s recent schlockumentary, An Inconvenient Truth, as evidenced by the following passages at the movie’s website:

    • With 2005, the worst storm season ever experienced in America just behind us, it seems we may be reaching a tipping point – and Gore pulls no punches in explaining the dire situation.

    • The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has almost doubled in the last 30 years.

    Yet, as first reported by Martin Merzer of the Miami Herald on June 27, not all scientists are drinking Gore’s Kool-Aid:

    Studies that link global warming to an increase in hurricane ferocity might be full of hot air, according to a research paper that will be published Friday in a major scientific journal.

    The paper, co-written by Chris Landsea of the National Hurricane Center in West Miami-Dade, challenges earlier findings that hurricanes have grown more powerful in the last 30 years.

    Why do the authors believe the assertions of the Global Warmingists are all wet?

    It says those studies failed to account for technological improvements that now produce more accurate—and often higher—estimates of a storm’s power than were available in the past.

    This seems quite logical; Landsea, one of the leading hurricane researchers and experts in the nation, asked a pivotal question to drive home the point:

    “If you say, `Hey, the number of Category 4 and 5 storms has doubled since 1970,’ you have to ask where is that coming from and can we accept that as true.’’

    In reality, this part of the global warming debate began about a month before Hurricane Katrina made landfall last year when Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote a paper for Nature magazine entitled “Increasing Destructiveness of Tropical Cyclones Over the Past 30 Years.” As Merzer observed:

    [Emanuel] analyzed historical wind-speed reports by the hurricane center and concluded that the accumulated power of hurricanes in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico more than doubled since 1970.

    ‘’The large upswing in the last decade is unprecedented and probably reflects the effect of global warming,’’ Emanuel wrote.

    As one can imagine, for such statements, Emanuel became almost a pop hero to the mainstream media after Hurricane Katrina hit. He was even named to Time magazine’s “Top 100 People Who Shape Our World” list with an article about him entitled “The Man Who Saw Katrina Coming” that amazingly concluded:

    According to a TIME/ABC News/Stanford University poll, 85% of Americans now agree—about as close to unanimity as a fractious population like the U.S.’s ever reaches—that the earth is growing warmer. Emanuel alone did not drive us to that understanding. But just as nature has its trigger points, so does public opinion, and Emanuel was clearly one of the forces that nudged us across an important line.

    Yet, according to Merzer, Landsea and his team don’t agree with Emanuel’s findings:

    No connection has been found between global warming and the number of hurricanes. Many scientists believe that the current period of hyperactivity is caused mostly by long-term natural cycles unrelated to global warming.

    In fact, many meteorologists and climatologists have been warning for a number of years that hurricane activity is indeed cyclical, and that after a sub-normal period that began in the ’70s, some increase in activity was to be expected:

    Landsea agreed that the accumulated power of Atlantic hurricanes has increased, but said that was largely because the natural cycle has produced more storms. He said the accumulated power of hurricanes has remained constant elsewhere in the world, casting doubt on global warming as a cause in the Atlantic.

    However, the crux of the debate rests with technological enhancements to science and instrumentation in the past couple of decades that Emanuel appears to have ignored:

    More to the point, Landsea said, scientists who do not account for vast improvements in technology since the 1970s can produce flawed studies.

    Landsea and his team offered as an example a 1970 storm in Bangladesh that killed over 300,000 people:

    Using the technology available at that time and place, forecasters were unable to estimate that storm’s intensity. Now, with improved technology, that storm likely would be rated as the equivalent of a Category 4 or 5 hurricane.

    Yet, using 1970 technology, this devastating natural disaster wasn’t even considered a hurricane at the time. As Landsea astutely pointed out:

    ``If you miss that one, it shouldn’t be shocking if you’re missing a whole bunch of others that didn’t even hit land.’‘

    How vast has the improvement to meteorological technology been?

    In 1975, only two geostationary satellites monitored hurricanes. Now, eight more powerful satellites serve in that capacity, often prompting forecasters to produce higher wind estimates than might have been reported for a similar storm in the past.

    “’More satellites with improved imagery mean that you get `stronger’ hurricanes without the hurricanes changing at all,’’ Landsea said.

    That is no less than a threefold increase in hurricane measurement capability. Might this be responsible for the detection of more storms today of greater magnitude? Obviously, Landsea et al believe so.

    To put this in proper perspective, in 1975, Americans weren’t walking around with cellular phones in their pockets, or sitting in their dens with computers on their laps possessing the processing power of many buildings worth of IBM mainframes. Consider, too, how technology has advanced medicine in the past 30 years, and what C-T scans and MRIs can detect today versus back then. Such tools now can tell a pregnant mother that all of the vital organs within her fetus have formed, and can identify fingers, toes, and ribs. Eighteen years ago when my wife was pregnant with our first child, ultrasounds barely showed a mass of cells with a heart beating.

    Unfortunately, though every member of the media today directly benefits from such technological enhancements in their professional and private lives, few seem willing to consider how this is impacting the fields of meteorology and climatology.

    Since Merzer filed his report last Thursday, with Landsea et al’s full article published the following day, virtually no mainstream media outlet has paid much attention. A LexisNexis search identified absolutely no television coverage of this study on any of the broadcast networks or cable news channels. And, America’s leading dailies have either not reported the findings, or have completely buried it as indicated by the following Google news search.

    I guess it’s safe to say that the legacy media will only report studies that support their Global Warmingist philosophies, and that Landsea certainly won’t be one of Time’s “Top 100 People Who Shape Our World” next year.
     
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    Nah, that's caused by the vast right wing conspiracy.
     
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    That's typical of the MSM. How anyone can say the main stream media isn't biased towards the left is a joke. It's not just what they report, it's how they report it and what they choose to ignore.

    When the "memogate" story broke there were four, count 'em, FOUR different articles from the AP at iwon.com under their "Top Stories" banner. Four. A couple of weeks later when CBS retracted the story? I found ONE article and that was under the "Entertainment" banner and that article was mostly about the damage the story did to Dan Rathers career.

    Although, to give the media the benefit of the doubt, we New Englanders are used to the local media playing up stories about the weather. It's the heat in the summer, snow in the winter. I bet this comimg winter will be the worst on record. We had a real mild winter last year, snow wise. But they can't blame that on Global Warming. No, that was caused by the fact that I had my house renovated and I got my garage back before winter set in. So, of course, it hardly ever snowed.
     
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    Weatherman Wars!
    Posted by Geoffrey Dickens on August 2, 2006 - 15:08.
    On yesterday's The Early Show, as noted by Michael Rule, CBS's Dave Price blamed the current heat wave on global warming but over on NBC's Today this morning, as noted by Mark Finklestein, Al Roker refused to take Matt Lauer's bait to do the same. While Roker hedged a bit and didn't completely rule out global warming as a cause, the fact that he expressed some reservations contrasted with Price who went as far to take time out of the weather update to cite his "experts." Still one can only assume Roker will be brought back in line by Lauer. After all it was Lauer who brought viewers this very serious and sober piece of journalism. The following is a quick recap of the different takes taken by the CBS and NBC morning weathermen:

    Dave Price: "Temperatures are hotter and they're longer-lasting and farther reaching. Experts are saying it's historic and global warming may be to blame."

    VS.

    Matt Lauer: "You hear people put up with the heat and then they say global warming. This is global warming. What do you think?"

    Al Roker: "We get heat waves. This is not unusual. It's been five years since we've had one of this magnitude but it happens, it doesn't support nor negate global warming."
     
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    I am sick and tired of this global warming crap. If global warming is such a big problem why is it most of the heat records were made 70 years ago!?

    I can clearly explain in two words why its so hot lately: It's summer!

    I dont know if the left understands this, but in the summer its supposed to be hot. its always been hot in the summer.

    Much like its always cold in the winter. but hey global warming causes tempatures to drop as well. After all Hollywood has told us that Global warming is going to cause the next ice age.

    Please people.
     

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