Media continue to intensify global warming reports while overlooking unseasonal cold, finds Grumpy Editor. Latest example was the excitement at CBS News.
Matthew Balan at NewsBusters points out, “Scott Pelley hyped the latest global warming report on Wednesday's CBS Evening News, proclaiming that "climate scientists have never seen greenhouse gas readings like what they announced today...scientists with the United Nations said that greenhouse gases, which influence climate change, have hit their highest level in 800,000 years,” pinning the blame on industry ramping up in the developing world.
Were any eyebrows raised at CBS on the 800,000 years reference? At around 797,987 B.C., Grumpy Editor wonders what kind of weather instruments and tree rings were used to calculate "warming."
Nothing is mentioned about meteorological specialists in United Nations’ purposes and principles that include maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and “to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character.”
Meanwhile, most media are quiet about unusual cold smacking parts of the U.S. The Climate Depot website reveals Spokane International Airport received 1.9 inches of snow Tuesday, snapping a 66-year-old daily record. It edged the 1.8 inches recorded on Nov. 5, 1947. Also on Nov. 5, a record snowfall of 5.7 inches was measured in Sioux Falls, S.D., breaking the old record of 1.5 inches set in 1959.
Into the mix, NewsBusters last Thursday reports: “Far from disappearing, Antarctic ice levels reached a record high on Sept. 22.”
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Zombies in Washington? The latest Rasmussen Reports finds 37 percent of adults surveyed feel zombies would do a better job running the U.S. today. On the other hand, the survey notes just as many (37 percent) believe the federal government would do a better job than zombies in running the country while 26 percent can’t decide between the two.