RUSH: This is last night on CNN International’s newsroom and they’re talking about Hurricane Florence. The anchor is a guy named John Vause, and his guest is former Democrat candidate for Congress, geologist, and executive director of Blueprint Earth Jess Phoenix. Here’s the question and answer, first bite…
VAUSE: There is a lot of, uh, unusual stuff happening when it comes to the weather. Begging the question, “What does climate change have to do with all this?” Jess Phoenix is a geologist and executive director of Blueprint Earth, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the earth’s environment. Boy, you got your work cut out for you, don’t you?
PHOENIX: Oh, yeah. It’s a good time to be in the environmental business!
RUSH: It’s a good time to be in the environmental business! So even though you heard me warn everybody — if this hurricane is exactly what they’re saying, it’s devastating and don’t mess around with it — and you’ve also heard me say that the left has polluted and corrupted practically everything they’ve touched, including weather and weather forecasting. Here comes this guy on CNN talking to some guy that runs a nonprofit, “Boy, you’ve got your work cut out for you!” What do you mean, “You’ve got your work cut out for you”?
What work does a nonprofit have to do, particularly a nonprofit on climate and the environment? What do they have to do but sit around and watch? “Boy, you’ve got your work cut out for you, haven’t you?” And this guy says, “Oh, yeah, it’s a good time to be in the environmentalist business!” What does that mean? A good time to be in the environmental business? This guy sounds excited it’s a hurricane about to hit. He sounds excited that it’s big. “… executive director of Blueprint Earth, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the earth’s environment.” All right. Now, but this continued as the CNN anchor continues to query the director of Blueprint Earth.
VAUSE: This is what life looks like, I guess, on an overheated planet. The important point with all of this shadow, though, is that, you know, climate change didn’t cause hurricanes or the typhoons, but they made them worse because this is a natural disaster — potentially a man-made catastrophe — because of the choices we’ve made.
PHOENIX: Right. And what we’re doing —
RUSH: Wait, stop, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Cue it back to the top there, Friday. Did you notice this guy says, “Look. Climate change didn’t cause the hurricanes,” right? Then, at the end of the question, it is “potentially a man-made catastrophe.” It is not man-made. We cannot make a hurricane and we can’t stop a hurricane and we can’t redirect a hours per week. We cannot weaken a hurricane. We cannot strengthen a hurricane. We can’t do anything with hurricanes but try to adapt to them and deal with them as they happen. Okay. I just had to point that out. He says, “Climate change didn’t cause it… but this is a man-made catastrophe because of the choices we’ve made.”
So here’s the whole bite again…
VAUSE: This is what life looks like I guess an overheated planet.
VAUSE: The important point with all of this shadow, though, is that, you know, climate change didn’t cause hurricanes or the typhoons, but they made them worse —
VAUSE: — because this is a natural disaster, potentially a man-made catastrophe because of the choices we’ve made.
PHOENIX: Right, and what we’re doing is interfering with the way the jet stream operates. I mean, the jet stream is the current of air that actually goes from west to east. Uhhh, and that’s why flights going west to east take a lot less time than going east to west here in the States. Normally that jet stream, uh, would push a lot of these storms back out into the open ocean. But now the jet stream’s up further north than it was before, and that’s because the tropical regions are actually expanding.
RUSH: This is absolute BS! And they get on my case for talking about weather when I’m not a weather expert. This babe… It sounds like a babe. Pardon my hearing if this is a guy. I’ve not… Jess. Who knows. But the tropics are expanding because of climate change? That’s not what’s going on here! Even I, not a weather expert, understand the concept of the Atlantic high! The Atlantic high is a high-pressure area over the Atlantic Ocean, and it sits there.
It’s annual. It sits there, and some years it moves and some years it doesn’t! Where it happens to be right now is akin to planting a concrete barrier in the way of this hurricane. It has nothing to do with the tropics expanding! It has to do with general meteorology and physics. There’s a high-pressure area. Hurricanes are low pressure areas. High pressure is gonna defeat low pressure every time, particularly the side of this high-pressure area. This hurricane cannot overcome it. It’s high-pressure areas that steer hurricanes.
If the Atlantic high were not there or if it were further out over the Atlantic, this hurricane would have turned already and been on its way over to the U.K. or in that direction and would have missed the United States. The reason this hurricane is making a beeline — and the reason it hasn’t changed much at all — is because of the Atlantic high. It has nothing to do with the tropics moving the jet stream. So now we have the power to move the jet stream — which, of course, she says goes west to east but this hurricane’s going east to west of course that doesn’t work out because the tropics moved.
This is gibberish, folks. This is full-fledged gibberish that CNN put on television last night as expertise, and they don’t know what they’re talking about. Neither the host nor the guest. But we’re not finished because we have one more sound bite, and that is, “Whose fault is all this?” The question from the anchor is this: “Trump has rolled back Obama-era regulations. It would be one thing if the U.S. government did nothing to fight climate change. It’s quite another to see it actively working to make climate change worse.” So that’s the question.
Trump is making climate change worse because we backed out of Paris, which had no teeth and did nothing. There isn’t a single climate change accord which would do anything to lower temperatures because it’s not possible to do it. But yet because we’re pulling out of Obama regulations, Trump is now actively working to make the environment worse, actively working to make it hotter, actively working to make climate change worse, and here’s the learned answer.
PHOENIX: We have a history of Republican presidents actually taking environmental action. You had Nixon created the EPA.
VAUSE: He did! Yes!
PHOENIX: You had Ronald Reagan dealing with chlorofluorocarbons. You had George W. Bush who actually, uhh, dealt with cap and trade —
PHOENIX: — to put in limits —
PHOENIX: — so that we could help deal with these sort of challenges that we’re facing. And Trump is, I’d say, the first president in recent memory, probably ever, who has actively worked against a conservative principle —
PHOENIX: — which is to conserve the natural environment.
RUSH: Right. Again, a total incorrect mis-definition of “conservative” and “conserve,” and this is never what they mean when they start ripping conservatives anyway. But, I mean, this is classic. In the meantime, you have all of this, I mean, genuine ignorance. Neither of these two have the slightest idea what they’re talking about, and it’s all over prime time television even though it’s CNN and nobody saw it.
In the meantime, they’re out there saying that I am telling people to ignore the hurricane because it’s just a bunch of hype to promote climate change, which is what this babe did. “It’s a great time to be in the environmental business!” What the hell does that mean on any of this. You think this is bad? Wait ’til you hear. We’ve got people blaming Trump for the response to Hurricane Florence, and I don’t know if you know it yet, but Hurricane Florence hasn’t hit yet, and so there hasn’t been any “response” to Hurricane Florence actually making landfall.
Oh, that reminds me of another thing. I said something yesterday that you heard in the excerpt from yesterday’s program that these hurricanes from the first moment when you see the cone, when they’re first forecast, I can’t recall a one of them that’s actually ever hit where a four-day, five-day, six-day forecast predicted it would hit. This is not to be critical, folks. It’s just a recognition that these things are too complex and massive to be able to predict precise. That’s why the cone is 200 miles wide. They don’t…
I mean, they can’t narrow it down any more than that. If they could, they would. This is not a criticism. It’s an acknowledgment of what is. I know some people in North Carolina and I told them a couple days ago. They were panicking. I said, “My best guess is that this is not gonna hit where they’re saying it’s gonna hit today. It’s gonna move. The track is gonna move between now and when it hits,” and sure enough it has. That high-pressure area is so strong, it’s actually turning — and forecasts show that the hurricane is going to stop moving northwest.
It’s gonna pause and then turn back southwest, and it’s gonna start perhaps hugging the North Carolina-South Carolina coast before it goes inland. That is one powerful high-pressure area that’s steering this thing back to the southwest, when it’s basically on a north-northeast track right now. But if you go back and you look at the forecast tracks four or five days ago, they were practically right at Wrightsville City, North Carolina, splitting the state.
And I was telling the people that live in North Carolina, “It isn’t gonna be that,” and it isn’t. I’m not saying they’re making it up. Do not misunderstand. I’m just saying forecast changes as it gets closer. The data becomes more accurate, becomes more reliable — and sure enough, the forecast track changed late yesterday afternoon. There was one model, the European model, the ECMWF, that started moving south and west. They decided to follow it, decided to trust it, and that’s what the track is now.
RUSH: So now people are confused between the jet stream and the Gulf Stream. The jet stream is a flow of air at rapid speed at altitude, and it does go around the globe from east to west — or west to east, rather. The Gulf Stream is water. The Gulf Stream is off the coast of Florida. And when you get out to it, you can see it. And it basically runs north to south or northwest to southeast. And the Gulf Stream is actually like a conveyor belt. It runs all the way very close to the U.K. and on the surface and then comes as a conveyor belt back to Florida underneath it.
And it is crucial, the Gulf Stream is crucial in keeping temperatures in the U.K. moderate. It limits their winters ’cause it carries warm air with it on the surface. And of course there was a report not long ago that we were destroying the Gulf Stream because of climate change. And nothing could be further from the truth. The Gulf Stream is as strong and powerful as ever. The jet stream, it alternately dips south, stays in Canada, depending on winter or summer, but it has nothing to do with the tropics and climate change for this hurricane.