I will accept these responses from your Heartland Institute podcast as your opening round. I'll offer my rebuttals, evidence and questions. I agree to post your thoughtful responses unaltered. (Though it's looking like you're going to do your best to hide and ignore these critiques of your self-certain claims. Your silence will serve to expose your hypocrisy and inability to defend your statements on an even playing field.)
Steele: You mentioned there was the sort of the high temperatures, you know one of my biggest pet peeves is that every heat wave get's trumpeted as evidence of global warming,~ ~ ~ ~ ~
To begin with you don't specify who's doing the "trumpeting", so it's a meaningless complaint.
according to an analysis by NASA scientists.
Steele: but the heat waves usually occur under very dry conditions. Dry conditions allow the earth and air to heat up much more quickly. And when you get this high pressure settle in, it allows for greater solar insolation, that heats the land more quickly and that high pressure dome prevents convection that would carry away that heat, much like rolling up the windows in your car, watching your car heat up. And because water vapor makes up 80% of the greenhouse gases or even more, the heat waves are actually happening when there's a drop in the concentration of greenhouse gases.
Since you won't allow yourself to trust me, how about learning from the venerable Farmers Almanac?
Steele: But people are blaming heat wave increase on greenhouse gases.
For a person who claims to be educated and enlightened in the ways and accomplishments of science, to stand in front of an audience and ridicule the overwhelming scientific and technical understanding regarding CO2 and other greenhouse gases holding in more heat within our global climate system is unconscionable.
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Steele: Now the best example of how extreme heat can happen, is all, actually the world record was established in 1913 in Death Valley was the time when both the sun's energy and CO2 concentrations was very low.
Steele: And that record has stood for over a hundred years now. But we're not teaching people about these natural climate changes.
Steele: Everybody is just pushing it as every change, every extreme is due to CO2 and that's doing the public a gross disservice.
Global Warming Fired Up Heat Waves in 2013
Scientists find a link between increasing greenhouse gas emissions and deadly hot spells but drought and downpours proved more complicated …
ClimateWire | September 30, 2014
Blistering heat waves recorded around the globe in 2013 were linked to human-caused global warming, according to a broad survey of studies on extreme weather events published yesterday ...
Explaining Extreme Events of 2013
Of the five heat waves studied in the report, human-caused climate change was found to have clearly increased the severity and likelihood of those events. ...
Scientists Trace Extreme Heat in Australia to Climate Change
By Justin Gillis Sept. 29, 2014
“... When we look at the heat across the whole of Australia and the whole 12 months of 2013, we can say that this was virtually impossible without climate change,” said David Karoly, a climate scientist at the University of Melbourne who led some of the research. ...
U.S. Climate Has Already Changed, Study Finds, Citing Heat and Floods
By Justin Gillis May 6, 2014
The study, known as the National Climate Assessment, was prepared by a large scientific panel overseen by the government and received final approval at a meeting Tuesday.
Climate 101: How global warming is making heat waves and precipitation more extreme
Climate Communication - Science and Outreach
Heat Waves: The Details
A heat wave is generally defined as a period of several days to weeks of abnormally hot weather.
In the past 3-4 decades, there has been an increasing trend in high-humidity heat waves, which are characterized by the persistence of extremely high night-time temperature.1 The combination of high humidity and high night-time temperature can make for a deadly pairing, offering no relief and posing a particular threat for the elderly. Extreme heat events are responsible for more deaths annually than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined.2
At the same time, low-humidity heat waves associated with droughts and fueled in part by climate change contribute to the dry conditions that are driving wild fires.3 4
Numerous studies have documented that human-induced climate change has increased the frequency and severity of heat waves across the globe.5 ..
NOAA National Climate Data Center
Temperature, Precipitation, and Drought