Networks Do 92 Climate Change Stories; Fail to Mention ‘Lull’ in Warming All 92 Times

By on August 14, 2013

Recent years’ slowdown in global warming completely ignored by networks 92 climate change stories in 2013.

Stories citing experts or the latest studies promoting alarmism get covered more than 8 times as often as critical experts and studies.

Although many scientists say no, ABC, CBS and NBC continue to link weather events like tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves and more to climate change nearly one-fourth of the time.

President Barack Obama’s new climate change initiative will purportedly share “a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change and lead global efforts to fight it.” Although he intends to demand action, most Americans do not see climate change as a “major threat,” according to Pew Research.

The Washington Post reported Obama will include “a plan to limit carbon-dioxide emissions from existing power plants.” That’s an agenda item the media will love. It was just a month ago when CBS “This Morning” interviewed Time magazine senior writer Jeffrey Kluger on May 11 who said “we have to curb the use of fossil fuels.”

No doubt the broadcast networks will cheer the president’s efforts, since they’ve spent years warning of the threat of climate change, even in the face of science that challenges their view. This year they’ve worried about many things including “raging infernos, surging seas, howling winds,” reported alarmist claims that weren’t accurate and connected weather to climate when scientists disagree. The networks have also completely ignored the “lull” in warming in recent years, in all 92 stories about climate change they reported in 2013.

One ABC report was typical, warning: “Many cities had record warmth, including Washington, D.C. where a lack of action on manmade climate change is likely to mean 2012 is just a glimpse into an unpleasant future, according to many scientists.”

Just since Jan. 1, 2013, ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news programs have aired 92 stories about “climate change” or “global warming.” Not a single one of those stories mentioned the “warming plateau” reported even by The New York Times on June 10. The Times wrote, “The rise in the surface temperature of earth has been markedly slower over the last 15 years than in the 20 years before that. And that lull in warming has occurred even as greenhouse gases have accumulated in the atmosphere at a record pace.” Even though the Times piece wasn’t published until June 10, a warming slowdown had been reported by foreign media outlets in November 2012, and by The Economist online in March, Reuters in April and BBC online in May of 2013.

The problems with climate forecasting models weren’t mentioned either, even though a researcher at Sweden’s University of Gothenburg found that many climate models couldn’t correctly model known temperatures in China. Investor’s Business Daily reported on March 28 that “Only half of the 21 analyzed climate models were able to reproduce the changes in some regions of China,” he said. “Few models can well reproduce the nationwide change.”

In an interview with Der Spiegel on June 20, German climate scientist Hans von Storch of the Meteorological Institute of the University of Hamburg pointed to the major problems of climate modeling. “So far, no one has been able to provide a compelling answer to why climate change seems to be taking a break. We’re facing a puzzle. Recent CO2 emissions have actually risen even more steeply than we feared. As a result, according to most climate models, we should have seen temperatures rise by around 0.25 degrees Celsius (0.45 degrees Fahrenheit) over the past 10 years. That hasn’t happened. In fact, the increase over the last 15 years was just 0.06 degrees Celsius (0.11 degrees Fahrenheit) — a value very close to zero. This is a serious scientific problem that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will have to confront when it presents its next Assessment Report late next year,” he explained.

The Media Research Center’s Business and Media Institute looked at all the “climate change” or “global warming” stories from Jan. 1, 2013, through June 15, 2013, aired on ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news programs. BMI found that out there were more than 8 times as many stories that cited a study or included a scientist promoting global warming alarmism than cited a study or included a scientist challenging alarmism (25 stories to 3 stories). Nearly one-fourth of the stories this year (22 of 92) also connected (or at least asked if there was a connection) weather events like hurricanes, tornadoes, snow or flooding to climate change, in spite of the many scientific critics of those claims.

Of course in 2010, when the weather seemed to contradict the message of global warming alarmism Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said, “It is important that people recognize that weather is not the same thing as climate.”

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  • frankfan42

    Global warming is a religion, with dogma that one does not question, high “priests” that are supposedly infallable (Gore), and leads the charge of righteousness that seeks to save us from ourselves. The fact that it cannot be explained why there has been NO global warming in 15 years casts significant doubt on the theories, conclusions and methods of the sect. The truth is this is NOT an altruistic movement, it is most emphatically about control and financial plunder.

  • Roger Scott

    “Global warming is a religion,” Zzzzzzz. Global warming is based upon meteorological measurements, physics, and computer science. No-one is trying to seek to “save us from ourselves.” – all I want is that you don’t screw up this planet for my current family and those yet to be born. I don’t come to your yard to pee, so why do you feel it’s ok for you mess with my stuff, to pollute my air and mess with my rainfall?

    There is no need to use the quantities of fossil fuels currently used and renewables are just that – renewable – once you have them they are pretty much free thereafter (unlike fossil prices that just keep going up). How is that about “financial plunder”?

    Renewables are also less polluting, better for health (especially in cities) – what’s not to like? They as give us a local energy source so we don’t have to rely in buying in from abroad. You can generate your own power from your own roof or yard – where’s the “control” in that?

    As for the “The fact that it cannot be explained why there has been NO global warming in 15 years” is bunkum one two counts; one there has been warming, it’s just not the air that’s being warmed! The sea is rising due to thermal expansion and melting of land ice (something that is more advanced than previously thought). That takes a ton of energy. Secondly,There is no way to win with you; if I say temperatures are rising, you will say “But they were so much hotter a gizzion million years ago”, if I say ” 15 years is a blip in a timeline” you will say but you 100 year predictions got these 15 years wrong”.

    Wake up Frank. Climates are changing. We have droughts, floods and wildfires. We have heatwaves and prolonged cold spells. The difference is that they are all happening at the same time. That is not something humans have seen before at this scale. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Please.