MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Lets Climate Alarmist Michael Mann Push for More Energy Crackdowns

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On Friday afternoon, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell spoke with environmental alarmist and frequent guest Michael Mann, giving the liberal activist a forum to call for more restrictions on fossil fuel use to allegedly avoid catastrophe in the future. Mann loves blaming every dire weather event on climate change, and he gets extremely angry when anyone mocks him for it.

The University of Pennsylvania professor put on display the latest example of liberals claiming that there is only a decade left to put new environmental regulations in place — a prediction made over and over again for several decades.

After beginning the segment with a report on recent tornado activity in Alabama, Mitchell suggested a link to global warming:

And this extreme weather, just like what we’re seeing in Alabama, has become an all too common sight in recent years. Now, a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that last year, 2022, was the sixth warmest year on record, melting Antarctic sea ice to near-record lows.

Then came a short piece by environmental affairs reporter Anne Thompson on a recent NOAA study finding 2022 was the sixth warmest year on record, with Thompson blaming extreme weather in California on global warming. Mitchell then followed up by having Mann on as a guest. He fretted that the regulations that have already been put in place are not enough:

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But the bad news is, as you alluded to, we’ve got to bring them down about 50 percent within the next decade to prevent a catastrophic warming of the planet of more than three degrees Fahrenheit, where we’ll see far worse events than what we’re already seeing now.

Mann added:

That’s going to require a substantial additional progress. So we’ve made some progress over the last two years over the standpoint of global negotiations, global commitments to lowering carbon emissions, but there’s a lot more work that needs to be done.

As she followed up, the MSNBC host gave credibility to alarmist predictions about what climate will be like 100 years from now: “And there’s one study that at least shows that by 2100, that half of the world’s glaciers will have melted, even with the commitments that were made in Paris.

After predicting that there will still be consequences for carbon dioxide already put in the atmosphere, he concluded:

But what the science tells us is that as soon as we stop putting carbon pollution into the atmosphere, the planet stops warming up, and these impacts stop getting worse. So that’s what our focus has to be — getting down to 50 percent — 50 percent reduction this decade and net emissions down to zero by mid-century. If we can do that, we’d prevent warming of three degrees Fahrenheit. We’d prevent the worst consequences.

This dose of climate alarmism by MSNBC was sponsored in part by Wayfair. Their contact information is linked.

Transcript follows:

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports

January 13, 2023

12:51 p.m. Eastern

ANDREA MITCHELL: And this extreme weather, just like what we’re seeing in Alabama, has become an all too common sight in recent years. Now, a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that last year, 2022, was the sixth warmest year on record, melting Antarctic sea ice to near-record lows. More now from NBC’s chief environmental affairs correspondent, Anne Thompson. 

ANNE THOMPSON: The jury is still out on the role of climate change in tornadoes, scientists say they know it can make storms stronger.

KATE CALVIN, NASA: One of the things you see with warming are more and longer and wider atmospheric rivers, like the ones that are hitting California today.

And the Earth’s hot streak rolls on. The overwhelming red on these global maps illustrates the trend — 2022, the sixth warmest on record according to NOAA — a trend researchers say will continue until we cut the climate emissions, changing our climate and making weather more extreme.

(…)

MICHAEL MANN, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: But in the longer term, we do continue to see a shift away from fossil fuel energy towards renewable energy. Global carbon emissions have stopped increasing. That’s the good news. But the bad news is, as you alluded to, we’ve got to bring them down about 50 percent within the next decade to prevent a catastrophic warming of the planet of more than three degrees Fahrenheit, where we’ll see far worse events than what we’re already seeing now.

That’s going to require a substantial additional progress. So we’ve made some progress over the last two years over the standpoint of global negotiations, global commitments to lowering carbon emissions, but there’s a lot more work that needs to be done.

MITCHELL: And there’s one study that at least shows that by 2100, that half of the world’s glaciers will have melted, even with the commitments that were made in Paris.

MANN: Yeah, there’s a certain amount of climate change that’s already locked in. A certain amount of additional warming of the oceans — I talked about that record heat content just destabilizing ice shelves off Antarctica that’s contributing to sea level rise. So we’re going to need to deal with the consequences of the warming that we’ve already created — the fossil fuels that we’ve already burned — the carbon pollution we’ve already produced.

But what the science tells us is that as soon as we stop putting carbon pollution into the atmosphere, the planet stops warming up, and these impacts stop getting worse. So that’s what our focus has to be — getting down to 50 percent — 50 percent reduction this decade and net emissions down to zero by mid-century. If we can do that, we’d prevent warming of three degrees Fahrenheit. We’d prevent the worse consequences

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