December 29, 2011

CNBC’s Joe Kernen Rips John Harwood’s Knee-Jerk ‘Global Warming’ Reaction to Mild Winter

CNBCsquawkboxPic122911After the news portion of a “Warmer Weather Hurting Retail” segment on the impact of the mild winter on retail sales thus far appearing early this morning on CNBC, Joe Kernen and John Harwood got into it over the relevance and influence of so-called “global warming” (I guess Harwood didn’t get the memo that it’s “climate change” now).

Picking up at the 2:10 mark of the video:

Courtney Reagan: Now while the temperatures have begun to drop in many areas of the country, it could be too late for seasonal apparel sales. It’s going to be hard to sell gloves in February when we’re already past most of winter.

John Harwood: This global warming is a killer.

Courtney Reagan: I knew you were going to say that and I wasn’t going to go there!

Joe Kernen: You say that (women panel members, especially Michelle Caruso Cabrera, give it the “oh no, here we go” treatment), but no no no, wait a minute, John. (We have) the same, the same carbon concentration last year as this year. Last year we were just talking about the record frigid temperatures. How do you have the variability from last year and this year based on the same carbon? Why wasn’t it warm last year like this year because we had the same carbon concentration?

John Harwood (in a kidding tone): You don’t have any empathy for retailers, do you?

(after crosstalk)

Kernen: But the great thing for the climate change people is that they attributed the snow last year also to global warming. So you have a frigid, freezing winter with lots of snow — global warming. You have a warm … (inaudible) … Doesn’t that tell you something?

The conversation then went to the continued popularity of Uggs.

In a subsequent segment on the Italian debt situation, a guest humorously referred back to the global warming discussion, saying that “things are going to melt down there a lot sooner than they do everywhere else.”

Nice job by Kernen in asking the logical questions which really can’t be answered by the warmist crowd.

Separately in a later interview, Harwood gave away his leftist lean when he took the position that a Mitt Romney win in Iowa’s caucuses might turn the Republican race for the presidential nomination into a short-term rout for the former Massachusetts governor, who has been the fave of the establishment press all year. On what planet, John? Not the one which has South Carolina in it.

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  1. That screen cap is hilarious, was that right after he made his global warming statement?

    Anyway, what I wanted to point out is a glaring error that they made and it is really stunning. Why did they all keep talking this nonsense about a “mild winter” and “we are already past most of winter” when winter has barely begun???

    Cripes, we’ve still got all of January, all of February and the beginning of March to go! Winter started a mere one week ago. (Dec. 22.) What the hell? Did these people flunk grade school? Can they not afford calenders at CNBC?

    Comment by zf — December 29, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

  2. #1, it was right when he mentioned it, in the spot I noted in the post, which is why I captured it.

    Comment by TBlumer — December 29, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

  3. #2, Good catch!

    Comment by zf — December 29, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

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  5. Of course no mention as to the reason why there was a lack of snow so far this season? The Jet Stream is higher up north than usual at this time of year. So is the Jet Stream affected by AGW or are there other natural forces at work, you know like the position of the Moon which is “a” known influence upon the Jet Stream.

    Comment by dscott — December 29, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

  6. Don’t you know? “Global warming” or “climate change” explains everything. Get with the program, pal.

    Comment by TBlumer — December 29, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

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