The Wichita Eagle is my home town newspaper. I read it — and subscribe to it — seven days a week. On most stories, they do a good job.
But, like so many other media outlets, they have a giant pro-global warming bias. Their coverage is virtually 100% “pro” global warming.
Yesterday, they wrote and published, as heavy snow was falling on the city and temperatures were hovering in the single digits,
In The Eagle’s Opinion Line Extra, someone recently asked, “Hey, Al Gore — how’s the global warming gig working out?”
Last week, as much of the nation was dealing with a historic snowfall, the former vice president countered criticism that such storms are evidence against man-made global warming. “Here’s a basic fact,” he said. “There is about 4 percent more water vapor in the atmosphere today than there was in 1970” — moisture, caused by warmer oceans and air, that is turning into big, heavy snow and rain, he said.
There is so much wrong with this it is difficult to know where to start but let’s focus on the three biggest items:
- “Consistent with man-made global warming.” According to Gore, everything is “consistent with” man-made global warming. Drought, flood, heat, cold, snow. It would be news if Gore said something wasn’t consistent with global warming.
- Atmospheric science does not know how much moisture was in the atmosphere in 1970. The weather balloon measurements from that time are not comparable to today’s estimates from weather satellite.
- As I have written about two previous times in the last week, there is no ‘global warming’ at the moment!
Here is the proof there is no global warming as these large snow storms have occurred the last six weeks.
|Current atmospheric temperatures. Click to enlarge. Courtesy,
University of Alabama, Huntsville.
As sensed by weather satellite, current lower atmospheric temperatures are slightly below normal. Ocean temperatures are also below normal at the moment.
If temperatures are below normal, it is impossible that these storms were caused by “global warming.”
One would think, before writing these stories, the writer would check on current global temperatures, which can be done here. One would also think they would seek a source other than Mr. Gore, who has no background in atmospheric science and who has large financial interests in the outcome of global warming and environmental legislation and policies. This is routinely done by journalists covering almost every other topic, but the basic rules of journalism seem to be suspended when it comes to global warming (for another recent example involving both NBC and CBS News, click here).
I have never understood why the coverage of “global warming” is so one-sided. Regardless, I urge the media to apply as much scrutiny to pro-global warming stories as they do stories on other controversial topics.