Major media outlets are repeating a claim by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that last month was the hottest “in the history of the planet.” It comes during a worldwide push by Western governments, the U.N. and media corporations to convince the public of global warming ahead of global tax hikes for carbon emissions.
While climatologists immediately discredited Sanders’s claim, pointing to years of study and ice core samples from the Antarctic, those scientists have failed to get the media attention for their long-accepted data.
On Aug. 13, soon after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) claimed that July was “Earth’s hottest on record,” Sanders wrote in a tweet: “July was the hottest month in recorded history. I will say that again — we just experienced the hottest month EVER in the history of the planet.”
In response to a request for comment, a spokesperson for Sanders sent articles from The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, and National Public Radio that covered NOAA’s announcement.
The temperature records that NOAA used for its analysis extend back 142 years. Earth, however, is a little older than that.
NOAA has itself pointed out that Earth was probably significantly warmer than at the present for much of the past. Every elementary school student knows that during the age of dinosaurs, North America was tropical. And it was even hotter during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. In fact, Earth’s upper atmosphere may have reached temperatures of more than 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit in its distant past.
Foregoing elementary school science, more recently, the Medieval Warm Period may have been characterized by temperatures as warm or warmer than temperatures in recent years, both in the North Atlantic, where shifting temperatures are thought to have opened up Greenland and the North American continent to Viking exploration, and globally.
Additionally, other analyses suggest that last month wasn’t the hottest since even modern recordkeeping began. The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) temperature data set indicates that July 2020, July 2019, July 2016, July 2010, and July 1998 were as warm or warmer than last month. The European Union’s Earth observation program, Copernicus, found that July was not the hottest on record. Not to mention the 1930s which in the U.S. resulted in the Great Dust Bowl.
“Copernicus, NASA, and NOAA data sets agree that the four warmest Julys are: 2016, 2019, 2020, and 2021,” Ahira Sánchez-Lugo, a physical scientist with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), told The Epoch Times. “The ranks for each individual year might vary, but the three data sets are very close to each other.”
When asked to confirm whether Bernie Sanders’s claim that July 2021 was “the hottest month EVER in the history of the planet” was true or false, the NOAA spokesperson did not immediately respond.
Climatologists and others have pointed out the false narrative.
“Earth was 25 [degrees Fahrenheit] warmer than today for millions of years! How is this ignorance not a national story? Imagine if Trump said this!” Alex Epstein, proprietor of the website EnergyTalkingPoints.com, wrote in a tweet.
Unbelievable media failure on climate:
2 days ago, @BernieSanders proclaimed "we just experienced the hottest month EVER in the history of the planet."
Earth was 25°F warmer than today for millions of years! How is this ignorance not a national story? Imagine if Trump said this! pic.twitter.com/wVb5ah3tJC
— Alex Epstein (@AlexEpstein) August 16, 2021
Tony Heller, a geologist, electrical engineer, and environmentalist who manages RealClimateScience.com, addressed Sanders’s tweet in a video posted on YouTube. Heller pointed out that ice overage at or near the poles, considered an important indicator of global warming, has been increasing. Antarctic sea ice coverage, for example, has reached 6.32 million square miles—“the largest sea ice extent since 2015,” according to NOAA.
Heller points out in the video that “fifty-three million years ago, palm trees grew on Antarctica.”
Sanders’s tweet is not the first scientific comment from a lawmaker to raise eyebrows. In 2010, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) expressed concern that overpopulation could cause the island of Guam to capsize.
In 2019, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) claimed that “the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.” More recently, she has attributed climate change to “the trampling of indigenous rights” as well as “the trampling of racial justice.”
And then there’s former Vice President Al Gore.