NBC Today Show host Al Roker started his segment by warning Americans to take cover, ensuring them that global warming is a real thing because government agencies say it is. In his dire warning to his viewers, Roker warned that we’re seeing the warmest temperatures in “recorded history.”
But what does that really mean—the warmest temperatures in “recorded history?”
Robert Tracinski of The Federalist explains – When you read the phrase “in recorded history,” you think we’re talking about a really long time—the time dating back to the first historical records in Sumeria, circa 3500 BC. (That’s what you’ll find if you look up the phrase “recorded history.”) That’s a time frame of 5,000 to 6,000 years. But in the case of the temperature record, it actually means only 135 years. Accurate, systematic, global thermometer measurements of surface temperatures go back only to 1880. That’s why the Times report, presumably after getting whacked for a wildly misleading opening sentence, changed it to: “Last year was the hottest on earth since record-keeping began in 1880.” Which is a whole lot less impressive.
Accurate, systematic, global thermometer measurements of surface temperatures go back only to 1880.
That “recorded history” gaffe is even worse when you consider that during “recorded history,” in the 5,000-year sense of the phrase, there’s good evidence that the Earth has been warmer than it is today.
Robert Traciniski’s article continues to deconstruct the false narrative that the earth is the warmest in “recorded history,” by exposing the “very short time” so-called “experts” are relying upon.
For example, about half of the warming that occurs in that time happens prior to 1940, before it could have been caused by human activity. This warming was probably a natural rebound from the Little Ice Age, a cool period that ended in the middle of the 19th century.
More broadly, all changes in temperature that we observe today are relatively small variations within a much larger trend on a geological time scale. We know that the earth is going through a series of freezing and warming cycles on a scale of tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of years. And it has mostly been freezing. We’re fortunate enough to live in a cozy, warm “interglacial” period between ice ages. So we’re all staring down the barrel of the next ice age, yet we’re spending our time worrying about global warming.
On the heels of some of the most frigid temperatures “recorded in history” across large swaths of America, Al Roker breathlessly attempts to keep the global warming enthusiasts from losing hope. Roker embarrassingly demands that his viewers heed his warning, citing a 2018 global climate report from NASA and NOAA. Roker pointed out, “This is not some fly-by-night organization or conspiracy theory, this is the government telling us, it’s the fourth warmest year globally ‘on record.'” Roker’s co-host and resident stock photo model turned meteorologist, Dylan Dreyer takes the unhinged panel’s hysteria to an entirely new level of ridiculousness, suggesting that if we could just eliminate humans, the earth could correct itself and there would be no more global warming. Dreyer, with a straight face, told the panel of breathless global warming alarmists, “I think if we all disappeared like this, the earth would go back and we would be fine.”
You first, Dylan…
Near the end of the segment, Today Show co-host Willie Heist ended the segment by suggesting anyone who doesn’t believe in
global warming climate change, is an idiot. Heist condescendingly spoke to his viewers: “You’ve gotta work pretty hard at this point to deny this is happening. There are people who say on a cold day like we had last week where it’s 77 degrees below zero in Minnesota. Well, as you all pointed out, it’s climate change, it’s not global warming.” Craig Melvin and his fellow hosts, like a flock of sheep, all resoundingly agreed.