a danger to our nation. the deniers that is. i don't understand what being conservative has to do with having your eyes open. does anyone else? i already think it's much too late to save our planet, but we don't have to have our heads in the sand do we?
by Jocelyn Fong
by Jocelyn Fong
On his radio show yesterday, Rush Limbaugh declared that "almost no temperature records were broken" during the recent heat wave and that media outlets who reported on "record-breaking" heat were telling "a bunch of lies" to "advance a political agenda of liberalism."
Limbaugh's remarks echo a Newsbusters post in which Noel Sheppard claims that "almost no temperature records were actually broken." He came to this conclusion by ignoring most of the temperature records. Nevertheless, Sheppard's claim was picked up not only by Limbaugh but also Fox Nation:..................
Here's the data (from NOAA) on the number of U.S. records broken or tied in the month of July so far:
- All-Time Highest Maximum Temperature: 70
- All-Time Highest Minimum Temperature: 175
- Monthly Highest Maximum Temperature: 125
- Monthly Highest Minimum Temperature: 330
- Daily Highest Maximum Temperature: 2,125
- Daily Highest Minimum Temperature: 4,787
Downplaying the heat wave, Limbaugh claimed "It does this every year." Is that true?
Not according to Christopher Vaccaro, a spokesman for the National Weather Service who told the New York Times that "this is different":
"One could say, 'Oh, it's summer, its late July, it's hot,' " said Christopher Vaccaro, a spokesman for the National Weather Service. "But this is different."According to Mr. Vaccaro, this heat wave is exceptional not only for its strength, but also for its breadth and duration...................