According to the latest Fox Hack with a “really long business card,” libertarian Myron Ebell, global warming has no negative impacts and scientists are living in a fantasy world if they think that.
Now, before you dismiss him, consider this: he’s a libertarian and thus, has experience living in fantasy worlds. This should be something he can expertly pontificate upon.
The day after President Obama tee’d offed the right by likening climate change to terrorism, host of Fox and Friends and resident paste-eater Steve Doocy announced that Fox was going to host a “fair and balanced” debate on the subject.
I didn’t, and couldn’t, type that with a straight face.
The “debate” was between Bob Deans of the Natural Resources Defense Council and tool Myron Ebell of the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Dean began by pointing out that the science is settled: burning fossil fuels is causing the planet to warm. He added that:
We just finished the hottest summer on record globally. The 15 hottest years on record globally, Steve, have all come since 1997. And we know that this is being caused by the carbon pollution that’s coming from burning fossil fuels. So, that’s the piece that’s been settled.
Ebell, however, argued that this warming was clearly untrue, because it didn’t match what the computer models had predicted. He then trotted out the empty claim that there hasn’t been any warming in the last 20-some years, a claim that only the audaciously stupid even pretend is true anymore:
We are in a fairly warm period right now. But for the last 17 or 18 years, there has been no warming. There has been no increase in the global mean temperature. So, this whole debate has really been answered. Global warming is not a crisis.
He continued to deny reality in a similar vein throughout the mockery of a debate, holding tightly to the red herring that because the computer predictions were wrong, global climate change isn’t happening. He claimed that we are “we are not having more heat waves, we are not having more big storms. We haven’t had any hurricanes this year, for example.” He then concluded “So, I think that this is a kind of fantasy world that they’re living in.”
In a 2012 PBS documentary, Ebell explained why CEI “experts” would never admit that the science was settled, and while he babbled about “moral high ground” (Ebell, please, you’re a libertarian capitalist; you have no morals), the truth is painfully obvious to anyone willing to go looking — like the Washington Post:
“CEI relies on donations from individuals, foundations and corporations. The most generous sponsors of last year’s annual dinner at the Capital Hilton were the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Exxon Mobil, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and Pfizer. Other contributors included General Motors, the American Petroleum Institute, the American Plastics Council, the Chlorine Chemistry Council and Arch Coal.”
What do you know, he’s got a long business card, after all.