MSNBC's Chris Jansing began her Monday show with the news of the horrible typhoon that ravaged the Philippines a day earlier. The Philippines tragedy received approximately three minutes of coverage before Jansing teamed up with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and launched into a one-sided segment blaming the storm on climate change and bashing the Republican Party for their stance on the global warming theory.
The segment began with Jansing asking Byran Norcorss of the Weather Channel if global warming had anything to do with this and other recent storms. The meteorologist answered the scientific consensus was no. Not getting the answer she wanted Jansing turned to Senator Bernie Sanders and lead him through a speech promoting the climate change theory, with some Republican bashing thrown in.
Senator is there reasonable debate and if so will action on climate change ever gain any political traction?
Well, Chris, that's a great question. I think it's very clear that the scientific community, the people who have most studied this issue overwhelmingly believe that, A-global warming is real, B-that it is caused by human activities. C-that it is already causing severe damage in the United States and all over the world. And d-when we're talking about the possibility, and this is what the predictions are, that by the year 2100 this planet may have a temperature of 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than it is right now. What we're looking at is real catastrophe unless we begin to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy. It saddens me very much, and I know people are totally frustrated with what goes on in congress right now for 100 different reasons. But the idea that you have a major political party that is rejecting -- rejecting all of the science out there and it's preventing us from going forward in the kind of ways that we have got to go forward to save this planet is enormously distressing.
Senator Saunders forgot that even the most avid global warming proponents accept the fact that the Earth hasn't warmed in 16 years, that there are scientists who believe the warming period was caused by natural climate fluctuations, that others believe it was caused by the now closed hole in the ozone layer and still others say it was caused by solar activity.
The Senator also ignored that there are respected scientists predicting that by the year 2100 we will be in the middle of a mini-ice age.
Ignoring what she heard from the Weather Channel's Norcorss just moments before, Jansing asks Saunders another question, this time suggesting warming was the cause of the storm.
It's obviously not just a humanitarian imperative, and that's what we're seeing in the Philippines right now, but it's an economic imperative. When you look at the numbers at what kind of damage is caused by these storms, it's off the charts.