Fox News Channel: Global Warming or Approaching Ice Age?

Written by Paul Mackie on . Posted in Learn

Sarene Marshall, managing director of the global climate change program at The Nature Conservancy, appeared on the Fox News Channel’s FOX & Friends this morning to debate whether there is “global warming or an ice age approaching.” (See the video below.)

She was pitted against Brian Sussman, a conservative talk radio host for KSFO in San Francisco and author of Climategate: A Veteran Meteorologist Exposes the Global Warming Scam. Debating a topic that admittedly makes the FOX host’s “head spin,” Marshall said she is confident in the overwhelming science showing man-made climate change.

“Unfortunately, global warming is a little bit of a confusing term to most people because it makes us think that every single day, every single place must be hotter than it was before. And, in fact, what we’re seeing is a very chaotic environment and it’s caused by people and the actions we’re taking with fossil fuels.”

The host countered that there is a lot of snow and it feels colder. Marshall answered that “more snow is actually one of the impacts of a rising temperature on Earth. Warmer air holds more moisture, and that moisture must come down.”

To the host’s question about whether more snow is evidence of global warming, Sussman said that the term started as global warming, then became climate change, and now the Obama Administration is calling it “climatic disruption, which sounds like something you should treat with an ointment.”

He then went on to say that, in the past 160 years, the global temperature has only risen a little more than 1 degree Fahrenheit. He claimed that most of the warming occurred before the 1940s and that the hottest decade on record is the 1930s, but where he gets his one nugget that is supposed to sway us to his point of view becomes even less convincing when attempting a web search for any kind of reliable source.

Sussman added, “If you’re going to have global warming, you better have global warming. Thank you very much. Check, please.”

Marshall responded to Sussman’s end-of-the-debate declaration with actual data, noting that “we just passed the warmest decade on record. That temperature increase you point to is an average temperature on the globe, but we’ve seen places like Alaska that are warming much faster, which is contributing to melting of sea ice and is contributing to rising ocean levels, warming oceans, warming seas. The evidence is all around us and people see it every day.”

To see more about the wacky weather of 2010 and its relation to climate change, click here.

Paul Mackie is associate director of strategic communications for climate change at The Nature Conservancy

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