Climate Change Denial · Global Warming

LA GOP candidate for Congress: Climate change is a hoax, can be disproved with thermometer

Lenar Whitney screen cap


I’ve often wondered how the GOP (particularly the Tea Party faction) can be so wrong on so many levels about so many things and still get any votes at all.

The Raw Story

A Louisiana State Representative, seeking her district’s U.S. House seat, has posted a campaign video calling climate change “the greatest deception in the history of mankind,”  and stating that it can be disproved using a simple thermometer.

In the video Lenar Whitney, who is running for the seat representing Louisiana’s sixth congressional district being vacated by Republican Bill Cassidy, claims climate change is being pushed by liberals, including former Vice President Al Gore, as a way to gain more power for government and raise taxes.

Using terminology usually associated with former half-term Governor Sarah Palin, Whitney claims that her pronouncement that climate change is a fraud, “caused liberals in the lamestream media to become unglued,” before equating herself with George Orwell, who once said: “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

Calling former VP Al Gore’s “propaganda” film “The (sic) Inconvenient Truth,” Whitney explains that scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming can be disproved using a “thermometer.”

“Any ten-year-old can invalidate their thesis with one of the simplest scientific devices known to man. A thermometer.”

“The Earth has done nothing but get colder each year since the films release,” Whitney adds. “God certainly has a wonderful sense of irony.”

“The conspiracy of global warming has had a devastating effect on the American Dream,” she continues before lauding the work of America’s oil companies.

“It was the burning of oil that energized the foundation of a real middle class in the twentieth century. Giving them luxuries like electric lights, refrigeration, and automobiles, ” Whitney says. “But now, both capitalism and our energy industry are under attack and the hopes of global warming is the dagger.”

Whitney later asserts that an increased focus on oil production in the U.S. would “cripple the economies of Middle Eastern nations who spend much of their oil profits developing new ways to blow the United States off the face of the Earth.”

Watch the video below uploaded to YouTube by Lenar Whitney:

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Watch The Daily Show mock Trump and other global warming deniers

The Week

Fox News is having a field day using the freezing weather to question climate change. Jon Stewart isn’t amused.

Jon Stewart started out the first Daily Show of 2014 by vowing to give up all discussion of divisive and controversial subjects, like politics and religion. Obviously — thankfully — that didn’t last much longer than his decision to talk about the weather.

The weather, of course, is frigidly cold in New York and throughout much of the rest of the United States, which has predictably empowered global warming deniers. After a series of purposefully awkward jokes, Stewart made the relevant points: The global climate and your city’s weather aren’t the same thing, extreme weather of all types is actually baked into global warming, and globally we’ve notched at least 12 of the hottest years on record since 1995. None of that matters to the talking heads at Fox News, who predict that this cold snap — the “polar vortex” — will end all talk of global warming for good.

This isn’t all that unexpected — as John Aziz points out, belief in global warming fluctuates with the weather. But that doesn’t mean Fox News should fan those doubts, Stewart said. After a strange tangent about how angry his balls are, he lamented: “Apparently decades of peer-reviewed scientific study can be, like a ficus plant, destroyed in one cold weekend.”

Stewart really exploded when Fox Business host Stuart Varney acknowledged that his dismissal of global warming is “just my opinion.” Stewart then took on the common talking point that climate scientists are cooking the data on global warming because of the money and prestige from being a climate scientist — or, as Fox News’ Eric Bolling phrased it: “I think these scientists are laughing from their lavish laboratories and their vacations up at the arctic and their nice boats that are well-equipped.”

So corporations making millions by denying climate change are unimpeachable, Stewart paraphrased, “but keep an eye on those tricky climate scientist thousandaires.” If only there were an expert we all trusted to settle the debate once and for all, Stewart said — before noting Fox News’ turned to, of all people, Donald Trump.

Trump inserted himself into the conversation with a series of weather-related tweets, which he has interspersed with inspirational tweets about entrepreneurialism since late December. A sampling:

After taking some potshots at Trump’s hair, Stewart turned to senior climate correspondent Jessica Williams. The mocking of Trump continued as The Daily Show‘s makeup department got a rare chance to show off its special effects talents.

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Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Volumes on Map of New York 1979-2012

Visuals that have no narration, sometimes says it all…

From the author:

Andy Lee Robinson 2 days ago

…it started off as a ‘simple’ raytraced illustration showing the difference between 1979 and 2012 requested by Joe Romm for a Think Progress article on Cryosat II measurements confirming the PIOMAS data.

I then wanted to see how it would look evolving through the years, which was quite a challenge – I had to write all the code specifically, and it took weeks!


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Businessweek Hurricane Sandy Cover: ‘It’s Global Warming, Stupid’

Thanks to New york City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, the issue of global warming may finally be getting some much-needed attention.  Better late than never, as they say…

The Huffington Post

Bloomberg Businessweek’s cover story this week takes a direct approach to linking Hurricane Sandy and climate change.

As the storm approached the East Coast on Monday, many media outlets considered the link between the hurricane and climate change vital to its coverage. While the connection was broached on social media sites like Twitter, the discussion did not get noticeable attention on cable new networks that were continuously covering the storm.

Bloomberg Businessweek, however, made the connection loud and clear with its cover story. Above a photo of a flooded, powerless city street, the headline “IT’S GLOBAL WARMING, STUPID” appears in bold, underlined text.

Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel tweeted, “Our cover story this week may generate controversy, but only among the stupid.”


bloomberg businessweek sandy

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Freak heat burst hikes Wichita temperature by nearly 20 degrees in 20 minutes _ after midnight

Oh, but “global warming is a hoax” according to most right-wingers. 

If nothing else, this report should at least give them food for thought on the issue…

The Washington Post – National

 Published: June 10

An unusual weather pattern caused temperatures in Wichita, Kan. to soar nearly 20 degrees in 20 minutes even though the sun had long gone down.National Weather Service meteorologist Stephanie Dunten says the heat burst hiked temperatures from 85 to 102 degrees in 20 minutes, beginning at 12:22 a.m. Thursday.

She says a pocket of air in the upper atmosphere collapsed, and when it hit the ground it sent winds of more than 50 mph through parts of the city.

The Wichita Eagle says that during a heat burst, rain falling from higher elevations cools air beneath it as it evaporates. The cooler air then descends quickly to the surface. As it falls, it is compressed and warms dramatically.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Al Gore Responds To Bill O’Reilly: Yes, There Can Be Snow And Global Warming At The Same Time


You can set your watch by it every year. Whenever there’s snow on the ground, as sure there are children hoping for a snow day, there’s someone out there smugly shaking their head and saying, “Guess Al Gore was wrong about that whole Global Warming thing, huh?” This year that person was Bill O’Reilly and, this year, he actually got a response from none other than Gore himself.

It started with a moment on the January 27th episode of The O’Reilly Factor where the Fox News host asked why “southern New York turned into the tundra.” He then joked that he had “a call in to Al Gore.” Yuk yuk. Mega burn.

Gore responded to the remark in a typically dry and calm response. You can really imagine it being read in Gore’s voice. Don’t though. You’ll fall asleep and miss what he’s actually saying:

“I appreciate the question.

As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question for some time now and they say that increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming:

‘In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air. When temperatures dip below freezing, a lot of moisture creates a lot of snow.’

‘A rise in global temperature can create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters, along with increasingly violent storms, flooding, forest fires and loss of endangered species.’”

Those quotes there are from a Chicago Tribune column by Clarence Page. Of course, since Page is a journalist, he’s probably not to be trusted. And he quotes scientists who are totally not to be trusted. God, Gore and company are such dumb dumbs.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to walk through all the snow (that’s right, hippies. SNOW!) down the street to get a pack of cigarettes. Sure, scientists claim they’ll give me cancer but I don’t have cancer yet, therefore I never will ever.

(h/t The Hill via Gawker)

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Karl Rove: ‘Climate Is Gone’

There goes that GOP hubris again.  Karl Rove seems pretty sure of his claim that any legislation toward climate change is now null and void with the GOP majority in the House. 

I really don’t like these people.

Think Progress

Republican strategist Karl Rove, who helped organize the outside groups that spent millions to install Republicans in the midterm elections, spent election day celebrating with Pennsylvania’s growing drilling industry. Like other corporate sectors, the fossil industry is hoping that Republicans will be able to roll back regulations that limit their profit-seeking at the expense of people’s health and safety. Rove told the attendees of a shale-gas conference in Philadelphia that the incoming Republican House of Representatives “sure as heck” won’t pass legislation to limit greenhouse pollution from fossil fuels:

Climate is gone,” said Rove, the keynote speaker on the opening day of a two-day shale-gas conference sponsored by Hart Energy Publishing L.L.P. And Rove told the trade show, “I don’t think you need to worry” the new Congress will consider proposed legislation to put the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing under federal rather than state regulation. The procedure, known as “fracking,” is responsible for the dramatic growth of shale-gas drilling in formations such as Pennsylvania’s vast Marcellus Shale.

Rove’s pronouncement that the “climate is gone” may be more accurate than he realizes. The Geological Society of London is warning that the planet will take 100,000 years to recover from man’s global warming pollution, the permanently warmer Arctic is altering weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, and scientists continue to warn that global policy ambitions — if the United States even acted — are likely too weak to avoid catastrophe.