CNN's Miles O'Brien Paints Senator on Quixotic Quest against Global Warming Reality
Climate change science is complex and chock-full of heated disputes between dissenting scientists, but CNNâs âAmerican Morningâ portrayed Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe (R) as striving against the winds of scientific unanimity on global warming.
âThe evidence of global warming seems overwhelming, but thereâs one U.S. senator who says itâs all a hoax. Weâll take a look at his lonely battle this morning,â teased co-anchor Soledad OâBrien. The graphic onscreen read âWarming âHoax.ââ
Co-anchor Miles OâBrien narrated a slanted story that pitted Inhofe against a âshifting centerâ on climate change, including within Inhofeâs own Republican Party. Of course, OâBrien didnât mention that the two Republicans he cited as active on global warming are liberal-leaning moderates like Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Rep. Christopher Shays (Conn.).
While OâBrien closed his story telling viewers that Inhofe has received money from oil company executives, he left out Shaysâ ties to environmental groups like the League of Conservation Voters. The League is a liberal environmentalist lobby that opposes nuclear energy production, despite the fact that nuclear energy is a âgreenhouse gasâ-free alternative to the coal-fired power plants that produce much of Americaâs electricity.
Whatâs more, far from being a lone crusader on a quixotic quest, Inhofeâs skepticism is shared by respected climate experts, such as Colorado State University (CSU) hurricane expert William Gray and climate professor emeritus Roger Pielke, Sr.
âSimplicity is hard to come by because Earth is a giant, complex heat-moving machine,â Jaffe added in his September 24 article.
Canadian mathematician Christopher Essex told Jaffe the computer climate models global warming proponents rely on are complex. With âonly one atmosphereâ one âcanât hold everything steady and change just one variable to see what happens,â Essex noted, pointing to the difficulty, even near impossibility, of running controlled experiments to test climatic hypotheses.
Indeed, CSUâs Gray generally eschews models and âlooks at the history and patterns of weather to find trends.â
Perhaps with good reason.
As the Business & Media Institute (BMI) reported earlier this week, scientists like Dr. Patrick Michaels of the University of Virginia have noted that warming models donât always live up to forecasts. For example, in 1988 NASAâs Dr. James Hansen predicted a 0.45-degree Celsius average global temperature spike between 1988 and 1997. Actual results from measurements over that nine-year period showed only a 0.24-degree increase as measured by satellite and 0.36 as measured by weather balloon.
CNNâs OâBrien also neglected to note the heart of Inhofeâs Senate floor speech: the 100-plus-year history of the mediaâs falling for the climate change fad du jour.
In fact, in his September 25 floor speech, Inhofe quoted numerous times from a comprehensive BMI study, âFire & Ice,â which delved into the mediaâs history of glomming onto global cooling and global warming scares alternately since 1895. The May 2006 study showed among other things that the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, was marked âamidst hysteria about the dangers of a new ice ageâ and that only three months earlier, âon January 11, The Washington Post told readers to âget a good grip on your long johns, cold weather haters â the worst may be yet to come.ââ