Sometimes you get what you wish for. Earlier this week I was watching a Fox Network video online, and saw the Bill O’Reilly-esque host Stuart Varney making mincemeat of a Sierra Club guest on a subject I thought we’d all put to bed: Is global warming real?
“That poor guy,” I thought. “You have to be really aggressive when you’re on with Fox. If you’re trying to ‘explain’—with facts and figures that go over the audience’s head—you’re losing the argument. I wish I had a chance to go head-to-head with Fox.”
Well, yesterday I did.
Through my colleagues at E/The Environmental Magazine
, I got the call to be on Fox Business News
with host Neil Cavuto. I had my five minutes under the studio lights. Yes, on Earth Day. Again, the subject was the reality of global warming—plus the high cost to business of addressing it. Fox had gotten hold of a report—accurate enough—that sea ice has been thickening in Antarctica.
Indeed it is, and there are many possible explanations, but the Antarctica information in isolation is not all that helpful. The Arctic and Greenland ice sheets have seen unprecedented melting. According to Joseph Romm, the former Energy Department leader who blogs at ClimateProgress.org
, the rate of glacial loss is a century ahead of where we thought we’d be at this point.
All the inland glaciers on the planet are melting, and Glacier National Park in Montana is now predicted to be ice-free by 2020
. This is the warmest decade on record, and 2005 was the warmest year on record (2007 and 1998 are tied for second). Sea level could rise five feet by the end of the century, according to the prestigious journal Nature
The Sierra Club, by the way, launched a campaign against Fox
two years ago for its “consistent pattern of misinformation on global warming.” But its representatives still brave Fox’s cameras!
Take a look at the video and post a comment below on whether I held my own.
Related on MNN: Peter Dykstra on the hypocrisy of Fox News.