Bow-tie wearing conservative commentator Tucker Carlson, who currently faces a firestorm from critics on the right and the left for saying that football player Michael Vick —the ex-con who served time for his part in an illegal dog-fighting ring—should have been executed, is also on the hot seat for a recent segment where he mocked climate scientists.
Sitting in for equally befuddled Fox opinion host Sean Hannity, Carlson alleged that climate scientists don’t know anything about what’s going on with the “weather” and that they should just admit that they’re making things up as they go along. He said recent winter storms disprove global warming, yet finds himself amazed that climate scientists are now pushing severe winter weather as proof of it.
I’m shocked, shocked!
Along with climate science debunker Chris Horner*, author of Red Hot Lies, Carlson maintained the pretense throughout the segment that until recently climate scientists had solely talked about the weather getting hotter, saying they had called winter “a thing of the past.” But now that he says their global warming doomsday scenarios haven’t come to pass, Carlson muses incredulously:
The story keeps changing…ten years ago the idea was that climate is getting warmer, that’s how you know we have global warming. And if you deny that you’re basically a Holocaust denier. And now if it’s colder than average, that’s still global warming.
Carlson suggests that the all-seasons extreme weather theory from climate scientists is brand spanking new.
Something old, something new
But interestingly, last night, when I was watching an episode of the brilliant TV series Northern Exposure – courtesy of Netflix— a line in the episode shows that the “warming as cooling” notion was already in the popular mind almost twenty years ago.
In the episode titled “On Your Own,” which originally aired November 9, 1992, Anthony Edwards (later of ER fame) played new Cicely resident Mike Monroe. Monroe, who lives in a sterile geodesic dome to avoid environmental toxins, tells Maggie about climate chaos. Showing her charts he’s monitoring on desertification, Monroe explains that it’s the result of man’s impact on the earth. He says:
The greenhouse effect. Global warming. The earth is cooking itself. Could bring on the next ice age.
So if the idea was already being circulated on an ordinary CBS network TV show back in ’92 that CO2 induced warming could result in weather extremes, colder weather, and even a new ice age, then it had clearly already filtered from obscure science into pop culture, making Carlson’s claims of its novelty now either more evidence of his lack of research and reptilian brain stupidity or his knowing prevarication.
At what point are climate debunkers going to drop their lame pretenses? Do they have to wait for their own kids to be ravaged by storms, disease, and a lower quality of life, or might they consider action on climate change sooner than that?
*Chris Horner is not a climate scientist but an attorney.
– Lindsay Curren