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RUSH: I’ve been traveling around this summer, I’ve been up in the Northeast. It’s been cold up there. Every time I’ve been up there it’s been cold, and this week up in New York and Connecticut and so forth, 70 degrees for high temperatures and people going to bed at night wear long sleeve jammies and this sort of stuff. It’s so cold you can’t eat outside up there. That’s the second time this summer that’s happened. I’ve also noticed it’s not been that hot down there. Everybody gives me grief for staying in south Florida in the summertime. How can you possibly do it? I say, ‘Because it’s great down here.’ I sit outside every night. There’s a cool breeze coming off the ocean.

It’s just not as warm down there — and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has got a story here today that makes it official. ‘What Global Warming? West Palm Shows Few Signs of Rising Temperatures.’ Right here it is: ‘A study of new government climate data finds that temperatures across Florida are on the rise, but some places such as West Palm Beach are experiencing fewer signs of warmer-than-normal weather.’ This, of course, presents a mixed picture. Listen to this: ”Moving to West Palm Beach to a condo on the beach may be comfortable from a temperature and lifestyle standpoint, but it may not be your best bet [because of sea-level rise],’ said Jeff Chanton, a geologist and oceanographer at Florida State University.’ (laughing) I can’t believe this! The guy is urging people not to move down here because of sea level rise. But here’s the thing: Why is it cooler here in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach than it is anywhere else in South Florida and the rest of the state? The answer has to be me! What is it, ladies and gentlemen? When nature cools the planet, what happens? It belches out all kinds of pollution from a volcano or something like that, or dust from the Sahara Desert interferes with sunlight reaching reach here — and I’ve not discussed this publicly in great detail, but I have a pretty large place down here.

I have the largest. It’s four acres, and on this estate are five buildings, five houses, and I have the thermostat in every one of them, even though four of them aren’t occupied, at 68 degrees 24/7. I have the lights on in these things frequently for security reasons. I have my pool cooler. The pool temperature out there is 93 degrees, so I have the heat pump on 24/7 keeping the pool 86 degrees. I am doing my part. I’m belching so much carbon, and my footprint is so damn huge that it has to be what’s keeping West Palm Beach cooler than the rest of the state. I have a cigar once in a while, outside, inside, it doesn’t matter. We are constantly running. I have television sets all over the place, TiVos all over the place. DVD players are running constantly. I have a popcorn machine going nuts with coconut oil. (You know how bad that is for the environment.) So, um… (Laughing.) There’s gotta be a reason for this. There has to be a reason for it, and I will take the full credit for it. (interruption) You were in Chicago and you needed a jacket? Yeah, I know. I absolutely know. This notion of global warming, it’s countered by reality. Get this from London: ‘The use of domestic patio heaters, accused of contributing to global warming through their carbon dioxide emissions, is set to double in Britain in the coming year,’ because it’s cold out there.

People are putting these things out. You know what a patio heater is. They’re the things up there on the top of the patio that generate heat. ‘The Energy Savings Trust, an independent organisation with the aim of cutting greenhouse gas emissions, said ownership of the heaters would rise from 1.2 million to 2.3 million.’ Philip Sellwood, the Trust’s chief executive, doesn’t like this development. This is not good. All these patio heaters. He said, ”Why don’t people just wear a jumper,’ meaning put on a sweater or some clothes. Get lost, pal! It’s none of your damn business what people do on their patios, and guess what? You know they have this smoking ban in Great Britain now, and that’s forced people out of the pubs, just like happens here. The smokers, the huddles masses gather outside. It doesn’t matter what the weather is. They’re out there rain, snow, heat, whatever. The same thing is happening in Britain. So the pub owners, in order to serve the smokers that they can’t serve inside, put patio heaters outside the entrance, and all these ‘experts,’ here we go with the unintended consequences of their actions. All these experts now are terribly, terribly upset. ”People are also influencing the larger, more damaging commercial sector with a third of pub goers choosing pubs where there is a patio heater,’ Sellwood said.’ Of course they’re going to do that!


RUSH: Chuck in Portland, Oregon, glad you waited, sir. Welcome to the program.

CALLER: Rush, mega dittos.

RUSH: Thank you, sir.

CALLER: I just love your show. You’re the man.

RUSH: I appreciate that.

CALLER: Hey, I just called because I heard at the top of the show you’re talking about the weather cooling off in Florida, and it’s just amazing that you say this on a day that research comes out by Dr. James O’Brien from Florida State University at Tallahassee, his research shows — and he took 50 years’ worth of records from National Weather Service stations in the southeast United States, where you live —

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: — all over that area.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: — and guess what, in the rural areas it’s cooling off. It’s not warming. The only areas that the temperature has warmed were in areas where there was urban growth. Phoenix was one of the places where they said the temperature had gone up in his research, and we know the reason for that. It’s the urban heat element effect. It has nothing to do with carbon dioxide.

RUSH: Of course, of course. I saw a story the other day that some of the National Weather Service’s official temperature monitoring stations have their thermometers next to air-conditioning exhaust unit, the outside compressors and so forth.


RUSH: It’s safe to say that the accuracy of daily temperatures is also in question. When we’re talking tenths and five-tenths of a degree warming, your measurements have to be accurate if you’re going to get that detailed over the degree which the climate is warming up. I don’t know. I think it’s all founded in everybody’s tendency to just think that doom and gloom is around the corner.

CALLER: Well, you’re right about the carbon dioxide theory, too. It’s a farce. It’s a government farce to get tax money from us. And here’s something else for your listeners to consider, if I may. If you take a look at what everybody agrees has happened in the last hundred years, everybody says, ‘Well, the temperature has gone up about one degree.’ Okay, let’s say we agree to that, and recently research has shown that global precipitation has increased about 7% in the last hundred years at the same time — and this goes right into what Roy Spencer has been saying. He’s dead on the money with this, too. If you consider the amount of energy that has to be lost from the earth’s surface to accomplish the 7% increase in precipitation and the one degree rise in temperature, that’s almost ten watts per square meter of energy lost from the surface. Now, if CO2 is causing the warming, theoretically if you double CO2, you can only get three watts per square meter but we haven’t even gotten that far. We’ve only increased it by 30%. So the back radiation from CO2 could only be one watt versus the ten we’ve lost. So this doesn’t add up. It doesn’t make any sense, and carbon dioxide cannot be the cause of the warming or the global increase in precipitation.

RUSH: There’s not enough of it in the atmosphere. But people don’t understand that because of Algore’s movie and all the news the last 20 years, all the carbon that we’re belching with the pictures of smokestacks and so forth. But there’s not enough carbon in the atmosphere, despite what they say, to bring all that about anyway.

CALLER: You’re absolutely right. And furthermore, the carbon dioxide — you know, the radiation that gets saturated at 12 parts per million saturates it, so if you go over that, you’re not increasing the back radiation from it very much at all. It’s very minute compared to all the other things going on that actually dominate and change the climate. And water vapor is the main constituent that controls the amount of radiation that —

RUSH: That’s exactly right. You’re a meteorologist, it sounds like?

CALLER: Yeah. I’ve been a meteorologist for 30 years. I listen to the show every day, and I love Roy Spencer. I love your guests that you have on to talk about this, because they’re the ones that are correct about this. The climate models cannot do what these people say that they can do.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: They’re very crude, gross estimates of things that —

RUSH: They are a political tool, just like the charts on the great war on poverty. Chuck, I gotta run because of the constraints of time. Thanks a bunch.

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