Stossel Regales Fox and Friends With Stupid Arguments

The three-headed imbecile that hosts Fox and Friends welcomed John Stossel on to the show this week and he regaled them with all manner of stupid arguments about climate change while decrying the “ridiculous” things people believe. He even prompted one of them to flash back to Saturday morning cartoons.

“A lot of Americans believe in ridiculous stuff,” co-host Steve Doocy told Stossel. “Let’s start with climate change.”

Stossel said that he believed that the “climate changes, always has, always will.” But he argued that a “climate catastrophe” was absurd.

“Every year, fewer people die from the weather because of fossil fuels,” the Fox Business host observed. “They are able to protect themselves. Big difference between ‘climate change is going to kill us,’ and ‘climate changes.’”

“So, you are saying that it would be reasonable to point out the pluses of fossil fuels,” Hasselbeck noted.

“In the short term, lives are being saved if the planet warms,” Stossel agreed. “There is some good evidence man contributes to global warming. But I say, so what? We can deal with that. It’s not a catastrophe. And cold is far worse for hurting people than warmth.”

Yeah, because that’s exactly what’s going to happen — everything is just going to get warmer and then people won’t stop freezing to death. Seriously, this should be incredibly embarrassing for any literate adult to say out loud on television. The whole planet isn’t getting warmer, the oceans are getting warmer and that is disrupting weather patterns enormously. It’s also causing rising sea levels and having a huge influence on agriculture. The combination of those things will lead to starvation, water shortages, extreme weather patterns, refugees from areas no longer habitable and all kinds of serious problems like that.

But that kind of thing takes some education and intelligence to understand, so Stossel prefers to peddle this third-grader’s understanding of climate change. Speaking of which, his diatribe got Brian Kilmeade waxing nostalgic:

“How do these ridiculous things get stuck in our heads?” Doocy asked.

According to Stossel, evolution had made humans “hyper-alert” in case there was a “saber-toothed tiger around.”

“As real or not as it may be,” Hasselbeck said.

The saber-toothed cat reference evoked a memory from co-host Brian Kilmeade, who had been quiet throughout most of the segment.

“As I remember in that series Land of the Lost,” Kilmeade remarked. “Do you remember that? That’s when the — yeah, Land of the Lost was afternoons on Saturdays… It was crazy to see men try to survive in times of dinosaurs.”

Uh, Brian…it was a fucking cartoon. Not reality.

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  • NitricAcid

    I thought it was a live-action science fiction show….

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    According to Stossel, evolution had made humans “hyper-alert” in case there was a “saber-toothed tiger around.”

    That’s the opposite of the long-term dangers we’re terrible at recognizing and reacting to, like Global Warming.

  • http://tierra-de-antilopes.blogspot.com.ar/ tierra de antilopes

    “As real or not as it may be,” LOOOOL!!!

  • Doug Little

    Modus wins again.

  • Loqi

    And cold is far worse for hurting people than warmth.

    So you admit that warmer climate is bad because warmth is better for hurting people?

  • theguy

    “fewer people die from the weather because of fossil fuels”

    Never mind the possibility that people could heat their homes with nuclear or renewable energy. Never mind that fossil fuel pollution kills. Apparently we should be grateful for (literally) dirty capitalism.

    A couple years ago, I remember a libertarian friend talking about Stossel favorably; saying how Stossel was once a liberal until he read the evidence (haha) and became a free marketer. From what I’ve seen, Stossel has really gone off the deep end.

    Reminds me of the quote (and I forget who said it) “there’s nothing worse than the fervor of a convert” (paraphrased)

  • inquisitiveraven

    Modus, are you okay? Modus? That was a completely serious, and sadly accurate comment. No satire at all.

    @NitricAcid: Yep. Although it might be more accurately described as science fantasy, i.e. fantasy with sf trappings.

  • Abby Normal

    I loved Land of the Lost. NitricAcid is correct; it was indeed live action, along with claymation dinosaurs. I was in kindergarten at the time and loved all things dinosaur. I started reading everything I could find about those giant lizards. I remember distinctly the moment I learned that cavemen and dinosaurs were separated by millions of years. I felt so betrayed by popular media’s portrayal of prehistoric times. My father used it as a teachable moment to drive home the importance of skepticism, especially about what I see on television.

    I’ve sometimes wondered what my life would have been like if I hadn’t learned the value of research and critical thinking. So thank you Brian Kilmeade, there but for the grace of good parenting go I.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    inquisitiveraven ‘Modus, are you okay? Modus? That was a completely serious, and sadly accurate comment. No satire at all.”

    It was satire. And you Liberals think us Conservatives can’t do whatever the opposite of a Poe is! As my father knew, and his father before him, and his father before him, there’s no such thing as “long-term danger’, since the Rapture is due in my lifetime.

  • alanb

    So what if the changing weather patterns affect agriculture. The farmers can just pick up their farms and move them somewhere else.

  • Michael Heath

    theguy writes:

    A couple years ago, I remember a libertarian friend talking about Stossel favorably; saying how Stossel was once a liberal until he read the evidence (haha) . . .

    Hey! That’s exactly where I started laughing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    “refugees from areas no longer habitable and all kinds of serious problems like that.”

    A thought experiment: if we framed climate change in terms of “more nonwhites/nonchristians are going to try to get into America” could we get more wingnuts on board?

    As for Stossel, he didn’t look at the evidence. He got smacked in the head by a pro wrestler. His descent into libertarian stupidity is the result of a traumatic brain injury.

  • gerryl

    Is there any possibility that Kilmeade is actually a Colbert-like plant? I can hear in my head Colbert saying something like that “Land of the Lost” bit. Does Kilmeade just play the fool and, in reality, have us all fooled?

  • skinnercitycyclist

    @gerryl #13

    Yeah, he’s a “Colbert-like plant,” just like Mark Kessler.

  • thebookofdave

    @1

    I thought it was a live-action science fiction show…

    Are you referring to Land of the Lost, or Fox and Friends?

  • iangould

    “And cold is far worse for hurting people than warmth.”

    Well sure – if you don’t consider people who live around the equator (and who are mostly non-white) as “people”.

  • thebookofdave

    The three-headed imbecile that hosts Fox and Friends

    Ahh…so I guess you’re a Trinitarian, then.