Sam Champion Uses Freezing Cold to Tout Global Warming

On Thursday's "Good Morning America," weatherman and global warming alarmist Sam Champion slipped some reassuring words about the validity of climate change into his report on the bone chilling temperatures hitting much of the country. After admitting that NASA had declared 2008 to be the coldest year since 2000, he added, "But they [NASA] caution this was caused in part by a cooling La Nina in the pacific and warn global warming is still playing an important part in our changing climate."

Champion then played a clip of a NASA climate scientist and global warming proponent Gavin Schmidt admonishing, "And, so, it's a little bit difficult to talk about global warming when you're going to have the coldest day of the year. But you have to realize that weather isn't abolished just because there's a long-term trend in the climate."

The liberal weatherman faced a similar problem on April 6, 2007. On that day, he delivered this brutal weather report:

SAM CHAMPION: But it’s a shot of cold air and it’s opened the door for arctic air all the way through the nation. Call it about two thirds of the nation getting this push of arctic cold. This is normally a December, mid-December pattern. As this cold air goes, look at the shades of blue in just about all areas.

Champion then proceeded to segue into yet another discussion of global warming. And, of course, this is the same ABC personality who once hosted a segment that fretted about "billions" dying from climate change.

A transcript of the brief mention of global warming on the January 15 show, which aired at 7:04am, follows:

SAM CHAMPION: It feels like the coldest winter in years. And a report from NASA climate scientists says 2008 was the coolest year since 2000. But they caution this was caused in part by a cooling La Nina in the pacific and warn global warming is still playing an important part in our changing climate.

GAVIN SCHMIDT (Climate Scientist, NASA Goddard Inst. For Space Studies): And, so, it's a little bit difficult to talk about global warming when you're going to have the coldest day of the year. But you have to realize that weather isn't abolished just because there's a long-term trend in the climate.

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org