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November 1st, 2012
01:38 PM ET

Moore on Global Warming: "We've allowed the ignoramuses to run the show on this"

Roughly two days removed from Superstorm Sandy making landfall in the Tri-State area, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed filmmaker Michael Moore, who shared his candid perspective on the meteorological factors contributing to recent extreme weather occurrences:

"We are in big trouble. And we're still having a debate in Congress as to whether or not there really is global warming," Moore explained in disbelief. "The majority of Americans believe that we've got a climate problem. And the majority of Americans believe in science."

Joining host Piers Morgan for a live, face to face interview, the man behind such films as "Bowling for Columbine" and "Fahrenheit 9/11" suggested that Sandy should be the storm to render any further debate obsolete:

"We've allowed the ignoramuses to run the show on this. And this storm should really put an end to that."

As Morgan suggested that perhaps the situation is based on a lack of long-term meteorological history, wondering if maybe it's a cycle that also existed 500 years ago, Moore admitted that was a possibility, but with extreme consequences:

"Yeah, it could be that. You want to take the risk? You want to take the risk of that? What if you are wrong?" he asked. "What if you're wrong and we're not prepared, like we weren't prepared for this. And we won't be prepared for the next thing. We weren't prepared for the drought this summer. How many times do we have to get punched in the face before we realize, 'you know what, somebody is punching me in the face?'"

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Moore and Morgan welcome CNN meteorologist Chad Myers, who adds his expertise and insight to a situation which Moore describes as "a dangerous road to go down."
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  1. John Q Public

    Well, he's partly right. It's an ignoramus running this show, and interviewing another ignoramus and a pig

    November 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Francois T

      If this is the full extent of your contribution to this discussion, why don't you stuff it next time?

      November 3, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Ben

        John Q Public got it right! Michael Moore is a moron of epic proportions.

        November 3, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tom Fries

        You are either a mikey lover or really like pork ! Which is it ??? Hummmmmmmmmmmmmm ?

        November 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIchelleObama'sGreasyPurpleTaint

      Michael Moore is a worthless sack of s**t. Every day I pray tht he gets *ss cancer.

      November 4, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jaimie

      We don't know with 100% certanty that Global Warming even played a part in this storm. What we do know, is that stupid people will prosecute those that disagree with them. History repeats itself, remember Galileo and the church.

      There are 7 billion people on the planet, that's a lot of CO2 being produced.

      When in doubt, it is best to err on the side of caution.

      November 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Rick

        Yeah, I guess 7 billion people is too many – let's see, who should pick a billion or two and kill them off so the rest of us can exhale in peace? That is where you tree huggers are pushing the debate...

        November 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jaimie

        Rick

        I like to think of myself as a middle of the road type of person. All you idiots on the far left and far right, need to learn how to think before you open you big mouths.

        As for the 7 billion. Yes, the planet is over populated. Let's get rid of all politicians, replace them with a giant supercomputer (an energy efficient one of course), and let it decide our future. Cuz, well cuz, we haven't been doing a very good job so far.

        November 5, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Jean Christophe

        Why are Americans still debating over this? All the scientist of the world outside of the US pretty much closed the debate 20 years ago.

        November 5, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Barry

        To stay on the side of caution is wise, but a society can also be over cautious. By doing nothing at all, the opportnity to act can become lost forever. I think what Mr. Moore is saying is that we have the opportunity to make our best effort to limit our carbon fingerprint knowing what we already know about our influence on Global Warming/Climate Change.
        This hurricane sounds a lot like a prelude to the one in the book "Concealed Integrity" by Dean Joseph. Hurricane Sandy is just the beginning of what is yet to come.

        November 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Fries

      Ignoramus implies somewhat, a lack of knowledge. Mikey is not an ignoramus because hi HAS NO KNOWLEDGE. But you are correct, he is a pig !

      November 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • rob

      Many of you are right on... call Michael Moore names, be gross too..cause it really addresses the question.

      Why are people so certain,and even arrogant about it? Would it be smarter to just assume its global warming, and make changes?

      November 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. susanologyblog

    CNN, Piers and Moore SHAME ON YOU. You are perpetuating the sickness and hate that Obama created.. Such horrible language and really what is your message Moore? Showing the world how ignorant and disrespectful you are? That is the only message I got out of it. CNN please clean up your act, before it is too late. Do you really want to go the way of ABC, NBC,CBS?

    November 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Terraja

      You must be a republican. You're sick. What sickness has Obama perpetuated? Affordable health-care? Cause that's bad right?

      November 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • George

        Fair business practices, education, equality under the law, honesty, integrity, work as labor instead of as manipulating others for the sake of greed, and other values actually contained in the Bible and the teachings of Jesus... Basically everything the Republicans claim to want and believe but clearly oppose. Good for you Terraja. LOL

        November 2, 2012 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
      • Zimmer

        susanologyblog – fair post. Terraja and George are products of our wonderful system of public education. I'm sure both of them have lots of experience in science too, just like Michael Moore. Probably both have GEDs or BAs in Marketing, but somehow have an intuitive understanding of science. Typical liberals/democrats/progressive/insert-name-here people – with absolutely no scientific evidence in support, they claim Sandy is the product of global warming. I would love see the scientific experiment that was run to conclusively prove that. In recorded history (which is about 200 – 300 years old at best), we know that storms having certain levels of destructive force appear occasionally – hundred-year storms, thirty-year storms, etc. Sandy could very well be a 500-year storm or even a 1000-year storm. We have no way of knowing how our current climate affected Sandy's strength. But some of us need to look to every tragic event as confirmation of our prejudices, no matter how convoluted the logic needs to be.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • ajbuff

        Why do Republicans insist on hiding their heads in the sand and taking such a huge risk? Even if they are too limited to understand the reality of it, wouldn't they do all they could to slow it down and preserve the planet just out of caution – on what they must understand is at LEAST a possibility that they are wrong???? If there was a storm in the forecast that could wipe out your drinking water, and you didn't think it was likely to hit you, but there was even a remote chance that you were wrong, wouldn't you go out and stock up on drinking water? Or would you rather die (and be totally unprepared) out of some obstinacy that you were right? It's madness. I am convinced there is some other issue driving such stupidity. A hope for the end of days or something crazy.

        November 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ben

        Terraja, are you mentally ill? Obama has been a huge error in judgement. I pray he won't get re-elected. Michael Moore is simply stupid and rude.

        November 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Check facts

      What a sick person you are. With out facts you are ready to lynch President Obama who is doing a great job. No wonder President Obama's ranting is 80 percent this week. Check your facts. Romney wanted to scrap FEMA . Romney does not care for 47 percent of people. Romney does not like Hispanic, Blacks and Asian.
      God help you and ignorant American who chose to keep blinders on instead of seeing FACTS.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • George

        A cult by definition is a pseudo-religious group that serves the personal interests of an individual, like a living prophet or god in the form of a person everyone is sworn to obey. Romney took such an oath as a Mormon to obey his living prophet in Salt Lake City. See what the Mormon Church did to California in 2008 and tell me they have no political agenda. They are literally willing to say or do anything to achieve their objectives. Their idea of religious freedom is obedience (literally) to their prophet. Frankly, the Mormon Church reminds me of the Nazis, but more subtle–that and the common p0erson at the bottom is just a pawn being manipulated by their cult. They are extremely dangerous, and if you know anything about them, you also know they aren't Christians. I say these things as a peace-loving Buddhist. Don't we have enough problems without this one too?

        November 2, 2012 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Francois T

      Would you mind injecting some facts into this discussion instead of spewing gratuitous insults and ad hominem attacks?

      November 3, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • pbernasc

      since when relying on science and measurable facts is ignorant? Oh wit, you are a GOP voter, for you science is all a hoax .. right and God cam to earth on a UFO .. yeah, ... thank you for saving us from our ignorance.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • coflyboy

      I guess you'd rather CNN goes the way of Fox? Aren't we DONE with disinformation yet?

      November 8, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Is the Jersey shore becoming uninhabitable? Should they rebuild on land that will inevitably be swept away again? Will homeowner insurance premiums increase for all Americans to pay for those who choose to live on perilous land? Will Manhattan property values crash? Will Atlantic City become a ghost town?

    November 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom Fries

      Well, it seems as if we already have the answer. – New Orleans. Wh would build in a hole, below sea level then cry when the wind and water came ?
      The government is also at fault. The National Flood Insurance program guarentees people will be able, when floodid, to rebuild exactly where they were only to be flooded again ??
      Something wrong with this picture !

      November 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. ben dussan

    Piers, Mike and the meteorologist appear to be missing the boat by stating matter of factly their opinions that Sandy is a byproduct of globalwarming/climatechange. There is no doubt that the aftermath of "hurricane Sandy" is the byproduct of the synergistic and random combination of the cat1 Sandy (providing the destructive wind gusts, and rain), the approaching storm packed with Canadian arctic air (resulting in Mike's 50 degree hurricane) and the added high tide effect (adding insult to injury to the flooding) from a full moon.
    As to Mike's comment to the effect that why not heed the warnings just in case globalwarming/climatechange becomes a reality: then shouldn't something be done just in case we earthling are blasted by a meteorite or any other apocalyptic event?
    Shame on CNN for airing such unscientific nonsense!

    November 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • NoOne22

      I think it is interesting that so many people argue that believing global warming played a role in this storm is unscientific. Where is the science that shows it did not? The fact is, we don't know.

      And for those people who keep arguing that we should not make changes because global warming has not been proven. Look at history, how many times have we Americans waited too long until the problem became a disaster before acting. It sure would be nice to prevent a disaster before it happened because we did not wait until there was no other option.

      November 8, 2012 at 3:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. M. Finn

    Not one question about his new ad with a bunch of cranky old farts???? What a timid "wus"!!!!!!

    November 1, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Richard Oak Harbor, WA

      Congress does not need to legislate new laws for a federal response to Superstorm Sandy. FEMA has standard policies which automatically kick in and are indeed working in the background. Insurance companies will pay for rebuilding. Time will diminish the inconvenience.

      November 1, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. CNN Bias

    Hey CNN, where is my post???

    November 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Kathy

    What a jerk is Erin Burnett. One day soon she will be hounded like she hounds people who are doing a great job. She should be fired she is not journalist. She makes judgement with out facts. She fight like a witch with fangs out, God help her husband. Erin Burnett has the most irrating voice. How did Erin Burnett get her job with CNN? Shame on CNN. This woman is full of anger and hate she is best suited with Fox New or New Max.

    November 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • George

      Amen. I honestly get a better report of the news from Jon Stewart than the rest of the week from CNN. Her and Piers both need to go. Corporate CNN needs to remember what Ted Turner did that made CNN great. It wasn't about putting on biased talk-shows pretending to be news but really being entertainment. CNN had real reporters, like Anderson Cooper and John King who reported the facts without speculation or interpretation. JUST THE FACTS PLEASE! We want news not the drama and prejudice of Erin Burnett or Piers Morgan. It would be nice if there was a law requiring factual basis, but the Republicans would never approve because nothing they say would be reported.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. laurie

    Piers: stop prosecuting the response to the storm. Booker is right...plenty of time to figure out
    whether or not the prep was enough later on...just ask about the progress & problems without criticism for once.
    Your tone is unnecessary and can actually augment "anger" as you see it. Are you hoping to incite anger?

    November 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anon

      Piers, I often share your views. But your horror at what happened to the parents of the baby transported from the NYU NICU is a bit OTT – It's the phrase that you repeat regarding imagining nothing worse.. Lucky you if you really can't imagine anything worse as a parent. The baby is and will be fine. What about the 2 and 4 year olds who will not be? It seems you are using it to attack the hospital admins. I agree there are lessons to be learned. But couldn't it have been an awful lot worse?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jaimie

        NYU messed up. They probably pay their CEO a tonne of money, but can't afford to put in a proper backup generator system.

        As for the 2 and 4 year olds. I don't know all the facts, but it seems to me, that the mother messed up on multiple occasions. Taking the kids out in the storm, letting them get washed away, then running for help, instead of chasing after them.

        November 5, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    This is exactly why people should at least have the most minor solar or wind power generating ability on every home. I have no pity for the majority of people who have their homes in tact complaining about having no electricity.
    The human race only makes changes when the worst is on the horizon, lets see if this does anything at all

    November 1, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jaimie

      Good point about the solar panels. Maybe the gov can start a program to make all house have them. It would create a lot of jobs (hopefully not in china).

      Hopefully, we can learn some things from this disaster. Like how stupid a lot of people are are. Did people not hear about the storm 2 days before it happened. Did they not make contingency plans? How did all those houses catch fire? Were people really trying to stay warm by having indoor barbeques?

      I hate to say it, but I'll bet a lot of the deaths, and suffereing are a result of people's own stupidity.

      November 5, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Odwinlee Dee

    Really – you tackle the poor sap who runs the energy recovery operation for NYC as if he could predict which tree was going to fall on which power line?? You sacrificed the opportunity to ask intelligent, insightful and emergency recovery advice for a sensational "scolding" of a guy who is giving more than humanly possibly against all odds...

    November 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Charles Albert

    Piers was way out of line tonight, his witch hunt for people to blame was abominable. I would like to see him in the position of trying to predict an act of nature, and to set up reactions, without going overboard and out of line , while staying in his required budget. ASININE, was his media example of people trying to drum up issues to harp on.
    Go back to the London tabloids!

    November 1, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. LAW

    Piers Morgan is not really bright enough to be taking the prime time spot he has on CNN. He really needs help with the questions he asks

    November 1, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. William Holder

    The MET Office confirms there has been no significant warming in 16 years. A guest on your show tonight confirmed that hurricane activity or intensity is unremarkable. There has been no acceleration in sea level rise. This means that observations of temperature, hurricanes and sea level rise don't suggest that our CO2 emissions have any discernable impact on climate change. Who are the deniers here???? Visit WUWT.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Main Stream

    Piers Morgan is such a biased joke. What an incredible pretense for journalism. Why even have guest on his "show". He should simply spend an hour telling us what to think and do.........just forget guest, they just get in the way. Sad, really sad.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Main Stream

    Epiphany!!!! I agree with piers on one thing.........Con-Ed lets work to quickly get power restored.........you can begin by cutting the power to Piers' set and diverting it to those who deserve it!

    November 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • George

      This is a brilliant idea! Having lost everything twice in my life, once included my children–and nobody came to my rescue–I have no sympathy for sniveling. People like Piers have everyone else convinced that they should be demanding instant results even though they are only one family among millions affected. Like everyone knows what is happening to them and will come running to their aide. Quit sniveling and do something for yourself. Good for you Main Stream. Your cynicism is appreciated.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Marilyn

    I did like that Moore pointed out that reporters are putting themselves in danger when they report from flooded waters or windy settings, it's dangerous and should not be allowed, do we have to have a death for someone to notice that this is insane.

    November 1, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. beth

    I LOVE MICHAEL MOORE! He should be more discriminatory though as to what talk shows he chooses to appear on. Can't stomach Piers Morgan

    November 2, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • b dussan

      beth, mike should think before speaking, so as to avoid expressing opinions, his and others, as facts!

      November 2, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. George

    Let me answer your questions Piers, especially since you can't find people really qualified to answer. Meteorologists, glaciologists, geologists, paleontologists, physical chemists, astro and geo-physicists don't typically talk to each other, so they miss a lot. It doesn't help that the average PhD in physics graduate from Harvard doesn't know the Earth's tilt causes the seasons.
    As a retired academic dean but still-active physicist, I'm uniquely qualified. Don't take my word for what I am about to say because I'm not the only scientist who has independently reached these numbers and results.

    There are many ways to review the weather record of Earth, and several things are sure. First, industrialization cut short the mini-ice age that resulted in the year without a summer (1814) with global warming. Man-made global warming means the next ice age will be major and soon. As a European like me, you may recall that Europe is suppose to be in an ice age right now. Second, this is the worst weather event since the storm that nearly wiped out the Clovis People about 10,000 years ago. Third, global warming is accelerating meaning the trigger for an ice age is soon. Fourth, we are at the coincidence of a 5200 year cycle and a 62,000,000 year cycle leaving us most exposed to subtle intergalactic cosmic radiation. It's not the end of the world, though if we keep misbehaving it will be our extinction.

    Global warming has both human and natural causes compounding arguably to result in Snowball Earth III by mid-century–and the first time since the Great Oxygen Event (2.4 BYA) that the biosphere and physical environment collaborated in such a catastrophe. This is not an over-night event, or a single weather incident we can just ride out. We are talking changes affecting weather dramatically for millions of years. Astro-physical phenomena contribute very subtly to the background radiation subtly changing the energy (Joules) long before we can observe temperature changes. Water and ozone help keep this in check until something dramatic happens, like a threshold (enthalpy) is reached.

    With our uncontrolled population growth, we are already straining resources. Uncontrolled economic growth in the form of modern feudalism disguised as free-market capitalism (face it, the banks own everything making the working class glorified slaves/serfs) means hyper-consumerism which is as addictive as any drug, and more deadly than any plague. We can't stop the global warming, but we can control our population and the destruction of our environment so we stand a chance of adapting to the changing conditions. If we don't, this will be the last century humanity walks this Earth. I'm not being dramatic. I'm actually being overly generous because my computations differ from Newton's by only six years–possibly a calendar error, or perhaps two different points of the same set of events. There is a probability that two-billion people will survive this century–and about the same that none will survive. The most likely number is about five-hundred million. They will need to evolve or perish. That is just the way things are.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • George

      I nearly forgot the real question my argument poses: Do we want to be in control of our own future, or are we so bent on immediate gain and greed that we'll chose our extinction to "win?"

      November 2, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • dreamer96

      A wild animal will eat of it's own leg, caught in a trap to get free again, and hobble off....and if that animal gets caught again..they will do it again...Soon they end up eating themselves up, because they can not hunt anymore..or become easy prey for other wild hunters....Weirdest thing you can ever magine seeing...Natural selection has a way of working, in ways we do not notice at first...We are just to dumb to notice it in the fiorst place..

      November 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. mydressagejourney

    The media focuses on the drama of the storm...the deaths and rescues..and anything that might increase ratings. They avoid reporting on the obvious: Why are we having these freak storms? What could be causing it? What can we do about it? The reporters are a bunch of idiots and we just go along with it.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • George

      Read my answer to this in the next comment above. Don't be mistaken: this isn't a news program, it is entertainment. Real reporting is nearly extinct, certainly not profitable to corporate America, and most definitely not agreeable to the religious right and even many on the left. As George Orwell said, Ignorance is Strength. Welcome to the Mnistry of Truth. : )

      November 2, 2012 at 4:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. R M 125

    Michael who?

    November 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. jj

    Read the book "The Coming Global Superstorm" by Whitley Strieber and Art Bell. The problem is not global warming. It is extreme weather. And it is now here. Move inland.

    November 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Carlos Martinez

    Well ....Hi all
    I need to comment on this I guest we forgot something important here the SPACE CLIMATE nobody said anything but all the changes ea on the SUN and other factors in space are affecting the earth. NASA knows....We need the earth is the only home but the earth don't need us.....

    bless to all....

    Carlos

    November 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Helena

    Why is it so hard for people to accept the truth about global warming? The results are right before their eyes! Glacier National Park needs to be renamed because the glaciers have melted. THERE ARE NO GACIERS ANYMORE. How did that happen in just my short lifetime (58)? Not to mention how it affects us all economically. MY homeowners insurance premium will probably go up now by at least a couple of hundred dollars, which at the moment, I simply can't afford. Hmmmm, I guess it's a 1% v. 99% hing again ...

    November 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. rednaxelat

    I'm glad Chad Myers has finally started to come around. Most meteorologists are so undereducated on climatology. Our local guy out here in San Diego John Coleman is particularly depressingly ignorant, and I know Chad has been in the denier camp in the past. Sandy has had a huge effect, then. Let's pray it's enough to overcome the remaining obstructionists!

    November 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. TopView20

    Piers Morgan, why don't you either declare yourself to be an entertainer, OR act like a journalist? Do not feed Americans more confusion perceptions. We have science, we have data, we have historical weather information. Who cares what congress says. A responsible journalist does not disregard science for the sake of a "attention-getter" topic. We know about climate. Nobody knows about congress.

    November 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. PlanetThoughts

    I wonder how many books and scientific articles have been read by most of the people commenting here. I especially believe that those denying human-caused global warming/climate change prefer to speak without real information, other than Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, and similar cold-hearted sources. Despite Michael Moore's somewhat off-beat appearance, he manages to put his finger right on major issues and speaks out. I admire him for that; if you don't like what he says, but care about the issue, in this case climate change, then read widely and come back to comment afterwards. Just so you know, I have read many books on the topic, and spoken to a number of climate scientists, geologists, and others in similar scientific fields. They all believed the planet is warming, that the situation is dangerous, and that by far the biggest contributor to the overall warming is human activity.

    November 4, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • b dussan

      Well it appears that planet thoughts doesn't know what she/he's talking about since the statements appear to be nothing more than opinions expressed as facts, as evidenced by saying that "...They all believed...." It is a FACT that Science is all about KNOWING and UNDERSTANDING and it has NOTHING to do about beliefs!

      November 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Fernando

        You're parsing his language. When a scientist states that he/she "believes" a body of evidence that supports a theory, the semantic connotation of "belief", when used in this context, means that a high level of confidence based on extensive scientific research is given to the theory. I may now have opened the door for you to accuse me of referring to mere "theories", while you may have transcended flimsy theories and have arrived at "truths".

        November 5, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
      • b dussan

        Well, it seems that you are postulating a semantic connotation theory of belief. As a scientist, I always try to avoid stating my "believes"; instead, I simply state that I understand and/or know, AND express my opinions explicitly as SUCH, and NOT as facts.

        The fact that I stated about Science is NOT a theory: it is just a fact, nothing less, nothing more.

        November 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaimie

      Most people don't believe in global warming for 1 simple reason. They don't want their energy costs to go up.

      Even if it was a proven fact. They would still oppose it, as they don't want to pay extra for teir energy needs.

      November 5, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  27. gctwnl

    From 1979 to 2000 the average summer ice volume in the Arctic was 12,000 cubic kilometers. Last summer is was 3,000 cubic kilometers. This is a positive feedback loop we will be unable to stop. Less ice means more sun warmth gets added to the ocean.

    Four major aspects drive global temperatures:
    – Solar cycle (11 years). Effects are relatively small
    – El-Nino/El-Ninja. El Nino means the oceans have hot water on top and the atmosphere heats up. El-Ninja: the colder waters rise to the top. When this happens, the colder waters suck up some of the extra energy in the atmosphere and it dampens the temperature rising in the atmosphere. Temporarily. Until El Nino reappears.
    – Excess of greenhouse gases, mainly Carbon Dioxide and Methane (stronger but shorter lasting)
    – If a large volcano erupts, it temporarily lowers the atmospheric temperature

    Climate change deniers cherry pick dates so the volcano/El Nino/sunspot works in their favor. They have been able to keep that up for a while. Next year, however, El-Nino might return, sun activity will be max. So, unless we get a large volcano erupting, we'll see records on temperature (with storms to match) and low ice volume records in the Arctic.

    There is only one solution: drastically reduce our energy consumption. Energy must become far more expensive. I don't see that happening, humans are just not smart enough. So, we're in for a rough ride.

    November 4, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  28. G. Who

    A film-maker suddenly becomes a weather expert... what will he do next... heart surgery?

    November 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. lex

    Moore is a 1% who deserves to be a zero,. He is fat, moronic, and makes money off of people who are stupid enough to accept him as a human being.

    And besides whatecver is happeningf, his budies are going to do nothing about it. Even Obama has been silent.

    Perhaps Moore has sold or told his friends to sell their seashore holdings?

    November 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Dan

    Part of me wishes he wouldn't open his mouth. Global warming is a huge issue, but when he talks about it, it becomes a lefty political wack-o thing, b/c he is a lefty political wack-o.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  31. MMLies

    Now Michael Moore is an expert on science and weather? Michael go away and quit spewing your propaganda you 1%-er. Michael Moore is a big time capitalist who feigns disgust with the very system that he participates in and benefits from. Go live in the jungle and move from your giant estate you hypocrite.

    November 5, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  32. angryersmell

    When Mother Nature lays a beatdown on humanity (she's going too...soon), based on the content of most of these comments, about 95% of you are going to deserve it.

    November 5, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Smokestack

    The facts are: is global warming happening? Yes. Did it play a major part in this storm? No. Anyone who watched a CNN or Weather Channel meteroligist in the days prior to the storm landing may recall them explaining what was contibuting to the possibility of a "perfect storm" where certain meterological scenarios are in place to create such a storm. In this case we had 1) the tropical hurricane, 2) the jet stream that basically "steered" the storm 3) the massive storm in the north mid-west behind the jet stream pushing to the east that caused the snow events and eventually combined with the hurricane.

    November 5, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jean Christophe

      Yes...and what caused all those big storms? Duh

      November 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • b dussan

      Yes! And on top of that, there was the full moon that resulted in a HIGHER tide, thus exacerbating the flooding induced by the winds from the enhanced hurricane.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Fernando

    I've never listened to or had a conversation with a global warming denier who didn't eventually reveal carrying an unwieldy, debilitating burden of hatred. Those who ascribe to the dominant theory of human-caused global warming may want to take heed and avoid falling into the hate trap. I know a seriously overweight denier and my last thought regarding his ideology would be how obese he is, and after reading these irrational posts, I'll be careful to keep it that way.

    November 5, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tomadzo

      Really? You're branding obese people as deniers? You do realize the guy blaming Sandy on global warming is as big as a house right? Size has nothing to do with it. I think you only gave light to your own bigotry.

      November 8, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Donald

    Global warming / cooling happens naturally.

    The ONLY influence that man has on weather is the ILLEGAL and UNETHICAL use of weather control via HAARP and ELF (google those if you'd like)

    A hurricane that steers it's way into the most highly dense population area of the east coast, one week before the presidential election? C'monnn!. This smells of globalist all the way and people are too stupid to either realize it or want to deny it exists.

    HAARP and ELF are real and they have been for a number of years to manipulate our weather.

    November 5, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  36. clustercrock

    Wow, people can be vicious and insulting. Right or wrong, everybody has an opinion. It doesn't take an expert in weather to tell us that something, somehow is drastically changing for the worse. The weather is getting more and more volatile all over this planet. I'm sure the depletion of the ozone isn't helping. I DEFINITELY don't think that the catastrophe's that have been occurring in the past 10 years are coincidence. The warning signs are there, but people are in denial and divert the blame and miss the big picture. It's only going to get worse.

    November 5, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Barry's Brother

    You know you're country has gone into the dumpster when we listen to an idiot that needs to make the news with crazy comments just to keep his career alive. The weather is changing, but it's not because of man made carbon dioxide emissions. Moore needs to do a little more research. I just can't bring myself to listen to a guy who makes mediocre movies for a living speaking out on science.

    November 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Sheesh

    I HATE MICHAEL MOOR-ON!!

    November 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Dan

    Let's interview a bad, bloated film maker about global warming. That makes a lot of sense.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Huh?

    Michael Moore's carcass is polluting the planet more than anything I can imagine. Disgusting! And we should listen to this tub of lard about anything?

    November 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Sumsanity

    Michael Moore is sooo fat ...
    How fat is he?
    He has his own climate.

    November 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  42. DownUnder

    What do you yanks expect?!? You gullibles fell for Bush and got the oil, now the price is being paid for the pollution. Yeah.... shoulda went Gore, no?

    November 7, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Tomadzo

    I find it so frustrating that people boil climate change down to single events. Climate change is not the same as weather. You have to look at all of the relevant factors and chart changes over time. Something like the pattern of hottest Summers on record over the last half century and such are much more relevant factors than single events out of the normal. I wouldn't make light and say that a major blizzard was proof that global warming wasn't happening either, like Sen McConnell joked about a couple of years ago.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  44. James Whittaker

    There are three reasons for Global Warming:
    1) European nations came up with it around 1997 – knowing that their socialist's form of government will cause massive debts across Europe so they 'invented' it as a way to get the rest of the Industrial Nations to pay a tax and the money will go towards paying down their debts. The United Nations are already getting into the "super tax scheme" by proposing taxing Internet providers. Everybody over in Europe is looking for quick tax scams so they can continue global socialism. Former VP Gore was duped and got his prize to make Americans 'think' that global warming is real. It is a real phenomenon but the scam is to take money away from rich countries, like the USA.
    2) Global warming is not caused by carbon emissions but by the hundreds of satellites revolving around the Earth – these satellites are causing a 'microwave effects' inside the Earth's atmosphere, raising temperature level.
    3) God kept his "remaining treasures' away from the world but because of the 'oil greed' from the Muslim nations and communist nations taking control of the world's resources; God is lifting the remaining natural resources to the free world – warming these areas in the North and South Poles will generate prosperity for his people the next 500 years. God is warming the Earth to prevent evil nations from controlling the world's natural resources.

    November 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  45. So What

    So let's take action on global warming! ...what action did you have in mind exactly. Should we all go buy a Prius and stop using disposable diapers? Does anyone think that will make one bit of difference? Global warming is a locomotive bigger than we can stop. It makes me really happy to see a few peope on this discussion board mentioning the real problem – global overpopulation. Until you can stop the BRIC nations' populations from growing and aspiring to the American ideal, your Prius and your compost pile are precisely futile. Anyone think they have a good solution to stop overpopulation? Good luck with that.

    Short of population control, I find it hard to believe that the future will progress in any direction other than the following: every drop of petroleum that can be sucked out of the earth and every scrap of coal/tar sand/etc. that can burn will be burnt. Eventually, the remaining deposits will be so deep and dirty that renewable energy sources will be cheaper to produce (and probably all energy will be more scarce and much more expensive than it is today). If we all go buy a Prius and purchase eco-friendly bottles, maybe it will take another 5 years to get to the same end point. Yay.

    This may sound like a nihilist approach, I guess it is. If you like to spend your time getting worked up over things that you have no control over, I'd suggest you spend a bunch of your time worrying about climate change and what actions we should take to prevent it. Box that glacier... The action you can take, if you live near a warm body of water such as the Atlantic or the Gulf, you can move elsewhere, or you can do what the residents there do already – deal with some hurricanes from time to time. If you really want to solve the global warming problem, forget about the Priuses and the compostable forks, those measures are jokeworthy – do something about overpopulation. If you can solve that one, you'd do a real service to the planet, and humanity. I have no solution to offer you, I don't think you'll get enough consensus from the other 7 billion reproducers.

    November 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • b dussan

      While so what is correct about overpopulation being a real problem, so what misses some of the real problems, in addition to basically agreeing that global warming is a real problem. Some of the real problems are the contamination and poisoning of the biosphere, our food supplies and medications with as yet unknown detrimental effects on us. Another real problem missed by so what is the fact that we are WASTING AWAY our natural resources. And WE are the MAIN problem!

      November 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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