Fox News was working overtime Friday, as record freezing temperatures continued to pound the Midwest and East, to make viewers believe that climate change isn’t real.
“First, it was, ‘global warming,’ then it was, ‘climate change,’” said Fox & Friends co-host Ed Henry. “Now, maybe, ‘extreme weather?’ The left keeps rolling out new terms, but pushing the same agenda.”
Boisterous talk radio host Mike Slater, who ostensibly came on the show to explain the terminology, said: “They’re not winning the argument. That’s what the left does when they don’t win the argument; they change the words. So, with immigration, it was, ‘alien,’ to, ‘illegal immigrant,’ to, ‘undocumented,’ and now, ‘DREAMers.’”
In reality, global warming is the increase in temperature of the earth’s atmosphere caused by greater levels of carbon dioxide and other environmental pollutants. But carbon pollution doesn’t just warm the planet—research shows it has also changed heat, rain, and snow patterns, in addition to creating specific “extreme weather” events, such as extended heavy downpours, damaging high winds, or severe droughts.
Despite overwhelming consensus about the validity of these separate scientific terms, Slater pressed on, calling the concept of global warming a “hard sell when it is 6 degrees outside.”
“There’s always been extreme weather,” said Slater. “There’s been extreme weather since the founding—beginning of the planet. There’s been hurricanes, and wildfires, and all the rest. There’s been extreme weather well before the combustible engine was invented.”
Henry chimed in: “So, any time there’s bad weather, they're going to say, ‘Ah-ha, we’re right.’”
Slater replied: “A hundred percent, that’s it, again, anything to justify taking your money.”
“Here’s what I want to know,” he continued. “What’s the ideal temperature? What’s the perfect temperature, right? Because, the left, they feel as though they can fine tune the planet—”
Henry interjected: “I like it at about 68.”
Slater concluded: “But, like, honestly, like, what’s—what are we going for? What’s the idea? What’s the goal? I don’t know what their perfect temperature really is, but they feel like they can fine tune it to exactly what they want.”
Meanwhile, hours earlier, Tucker Carlson’s show scrutinized progressive Democrats’ Green New Deal bill by taking aim at wind power, which he called “a scam.”
“It’s an elaborate ripoff perpetrated on impoverished rural America by a few heavily subsidized corporations that are getting rich from making the landscape uglier,” he ranted. “How is wind power going to heat your house when it’s 30 below?”
The Tucker Carlson Tonight host’s bluster came the same day that energy utilities begged residents in frozen Michigan and Minnesota to turn down their thermostats as the natural-gas providers found their fuel in short supply and struggled to keep up with demand.