Fox Business Analyst Neil Cavuto Says Answer to Record Heat is to Drill More

I want to declare an early winner in my idiotic statement of the week award to Fox Business host Neil Cavuto for saying Tuesday  that we should drill more in response to our historic heat wave. Even through crude oil production is at its highest levels since 2002.

Yes, because drilling always brings down the temperature. I mean, it hasn’t worked so far, so why shouldn’t we do more of it?

I mean, if you want to drill baby drill, we are already drilling, baby.

I’m sorry, and look: I know it’s only Thursday, but it doesn’t get more bargain-basement stupid than this. Even though the Republican Party has been setting new historic lows for stupidity since 2010, I defy any Republican to outdo Cavuto between now and next week.

Go ahead. I dare you. I double dog dare you. Romney, you got something?

Watch Cavuto’s award winning performance on Fox Business Network:

The new king of stupid says his butt is burning. Clearly, nothing is burning in that head of his – unless it’s a guttering candle:

“There’s nothing like a heat wave to burn my energy butt. This country is roasting. It’s screaming for energy, and we’re still blocking so much energy. We got no drilling, right? Just spending more green on green that invariably comes up red.”

Screaming for energy, yes. Screaming for better regulated less greedy and corrupt power companies even more. Not to mention a little thing called infrastructure – money to build a better, more efficient power grid. One that doesn’t shut down if a bird craps on it. Cavuto is too stupid to comprehend that it wasn’t a lack of energy that troubled us during this heat crisis but the ability of power companies to provide that power to us, the consumer.

Yes, we can respond to the disease’s symptoms by creating more power for us to consume in our air conditioned homes and cars and boats and planes but we could also attack the disease itself by combating the cause of it: man-made carbon emissions.

But Cavuto, like all Republicans do lately, sees drilling as a panacea, a cure for whatever ails you. Gas prices high? Drill. Economy slow? Drill. Too hot for ya? Drill. Maybe drilling even cures drought. We already know prayer isn’t a solution and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack admitted as much when he said “If I had a rain prayer or rain dance I could do, I would do it.”

Be thankful Rick Perry didn’t get that job.

Ignoring record oil production, Cavuto, in true Fox fashion, resorts to outright dishonesty; he simply invents facts:

“To be all in on energy, you have to consider all forms of energy, and I’m with the [Obama] administration on that. What fries me is I don’t think the administration really is in on that. [They’re] talking a very good game about expanding fossil fuels but stopping them at every pipeline pass and favoring untested fuels.”

First, Obama hasn’t put the breaks on fossil fuels. Remember that thing about the highest levels of crude oil production since 2002? And liberals aren’t upset because Obama has blocked the Keystone XL Pipeline. He hasn’t. Far from it. We are concerned about high levels of Republican corruption where the pipeline is concerned. And about the little fact that the pipeline will raise the price of gas.

Second, global warming has already screwed up the weather.  We’re suffering from the worst drought since 1956, with 55 percent of the continental U.S. enduring moderate drought or worse, says the National Climatic Data Center.  We have drought disasters in 26 states.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that Joe Glauber, chief economist at the Agriculture Department opines that “The drought could get a lot worse before it gets better”

Yes, drilling is certain to fix that! Let’s lay waste to the lower 48.

Cavuto’s expert opinion is that the global economy has been “very sucky” but what about the climate? With the weather already shot, why not crap in our water and in the air as well?

I don’t think it’s going too far out on a limb here to say Cavuto has shit for brains. I mean, sure, I’m no neurologist but the symptoms are all there. If we drill at all, it ought to be into his skull to see what’s inside. My guess is you’ll get a sewer smell.

Now some of you will say, why are you launching ad hominem attacks against Neil Cavuto? Aren’t you always against ad hominem attacks?

Well yes I am. But an ad hominem attack is by definition an attack on the person rather than one addressing the argument itself. I am also addressing the argument; it’s just that the argument is stupid. Just look at what Cavuto says about global warming: Revealing a typically conservative understanding of science as something you can “believe in” or not, he says that the “problem” with global warming theories is that people believe them.

The problem wouldn’t be that it’s getting hotter. The problem isn’t with fact. For Cavuto, as for all Republicans, facts are something you can believe or not.

The real problem seems to be, from the outside looking in, that as Stephen Colbert said, reality has a liberal bias. NOAA, the folks who keep track of this sort of thing, point out the inconvenient truth that 16 of the last 17 years have been the hottest on record. According to NOAA’s State of the Climate in 2009, “Each of the last three decades has been much warmer than the decade before. At the time, the 1980s was the hottest decade on record. In the 1990s, every year was warmer than the average of the previous decade. The 2000s were warmer still.”

NASA, home to another bunch of scientists (rather than business analysts), agrees, pointing out that according to their Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS),  ”January 2000 to December 2009 was the warmest decade on record” and that “In the past three decades, the GISS surface temperature record shows an upward trend of about 0.36 degrees F (0.2 degrees C) per decade. In total, average global temperatures have increased by about 1.5 degrees F (0.8 degrees C) since 1880.”

Despite this preponderance of factual evidence, Cavuto had a few things to say about those of us who point to global warming in relation to our record heat wave just a few days ago on July 5:

 

Watch the latest video at <a href=”http://video.foxbusiness.com”>video.foxbusiness.com</a>Watch the latest video at <a href=”http://video.foxbusiness.com”>video.foxbusiness.com</a>Cavuto goes after Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Eugene Robinson like I’m going after Cavuto here. But Robinson’s claim isn’t actually stupid. Cavuto, having the usual GOP counter-argument ready to hand, that because it’s actually colder than normal someplace in the country that global warming is bogus:  ”Newsflash!” he says. “It’s summer!”

And he mocks the experts at NOAA in the process. Because of course, a Fox Business analyst knows more about climate than NOAA.

And then there is this little issue, just reported:

2010 and 2012 NASA images from the University of Delaware showing crack in the Petermann Glacier

A chunk of ice twice the size of Manhattan has parted from Greenland’s Petermann glacier, a break researchers at the University of Delaware and Canadian Ice Service attributed to warmer ocean temperatures.

I don’t know why Cavuto might think the oceans are warming up but it’s a good bet it has something to do with global warming. You know: that liberal plot. There is a great deal of hot air coming from Cavuto, I admit, but not enough to crack a glacier.

Water, not air temperature is the culprit, but the air is getting warmer, as the Post reveals:

Air temperatures in the region have warmed more than 4.5 degrees Fahrenheit, or 2.5 degrees Celsius since 1987, a rate five times that of the rest of the world.

So no, I am not launching an ad hominem attack on Neil Cavuto. I am pointing out that factually, the man is either stupid or insane or an audacious liar. If you can think of a fourth possibility, drop me a line. But keep in mind that there’s no saying he’s not all three.

He’s a Republican in the year 2012, after all. Anything is possible.

12 Replies to “Fox Business Analyst Neil Cavuto Says Answer to Record Heat is to Drill More”

  1. These people who are not scientists and do not understand the science surrounding climate change, need to keep their mouths shut and let the scientists do their work. They do not need interference from “news” personalities or politicians who use issues for political gain. I’m not saying we shouldn’t question, but we should not question based on our own political ideology. Science does not have an ideology.

  2. Nice Cavuto… There is no global warming, so lets drill drill drill (which we already are) and that will solve everything… Or, maybe it’s closer to: we need more energy so we can run our AC in perpetuity…

  3. Where are they getting these poll numbers? Their ass. And, there is NO clean coal. Drill more to solve the drought. I didn’t know oil replaces water as a good source of irrigation. We are trying that in the ocean, though. We are screwed by total stupidity. And gas fracking has destroyed the entire natural water system of every state it is in. thanks to Cheney, oil companies don’t have to tell you what is in their fracking fluid.

  4. Climate change (the term that I prefer)… his arguments are similar to the ones I’ve heard in this state in favor of a law which gives big breaks to the big corporations who build “solar farms”, while penalizing the individual who tries to have his own alternate energy source. I don’t know how that bill has progressed, but the thing is, they’re doing their best at all levels to pump more money into the pockets of the rich while leaving the rest of us to suffer.

    His arguments are pointed at the ignorant who think that the price of gas is because “Obama” (President Obama) isn’t allowing Big Oil to drill enough, and they’ve been programmed with “Supply vs Demand = price” enough that they can’t see that it’s speculation and profit that is the main cause of the price at the pumps (I’ve read that as much as half of the price of each gallon of gas is pure in-the-rich-pockets profits, either directly -up to a third- or indirectly).

    I’ve made some “Good Christian” conservatives really angry when I pointed out to them that both their profits and their gross sales are matters of public record, and that I think 30+ percent profit is excessive – especially since it’s coming out of the pockets of the 99%.

  5. Saddest part of this atrocity is that Fox’s audience will believe every word, or Cavuto wouldn’t have said it. It just verifies that America is exceptional for the stupidity of its citizens.

  6. Hmmm… interesting idea… that programming (brainwashing/thought control/whatever people want to call it) causes stupidity.

    It would make sense, because someone who is programmed WILL say and do stupid things.

  7. Down is up and up is down when you’re a “conservative” in 2012. Screw the fact that we don’t have any private investors willing to build new power plants or improve the old ones, let’s ramp up the power production in the ones that have the worst problems. Ignore the fact that the world’s climate is changing, and focus on attempting to convince scientists who know better that man has nothing to do with it. Vote to declare the PPACA Unconstitutional in your state, making sure that every citizen is forced to buy private insurance or pay a Federal fine. Maybe “conservatives” would be interested in flushing themselves down the nearest toilet – at least temperatures are a few degrees lower in the water…

  8. The fourth reason Cavuto is an a-hole is that he thinks religiously. That is, no facts will be allowed to enter his bubble brain.

    Cause look, anyone who would ever vote Repiglicker again, after EVERYTHING they believe was proved wrong for all the world to see by the Bush decade, must be wearing a tinfoil nightecap.

  9. Doesn’t he realize that this heat wave would be the time to really try the solar energy out? I know they are just trying to protect fossil fuels, but this seems to be the perfect time to talk about solar panels all over where the heat has been setting records, even through the winter.

  10. Especially with the incredible amount of power that strikes the earth… roughly between 2 and maybe 8 kWh per meter squared per day (that’s a lot – figure out how much area your roof has and multiply it). For our mobile home, that’s between 180 and 720 kWh per day… way WAY more than we use (and during the summer, most of our electricity goes to keep the house cooler and dry). Of course, solar panels aren’t all that efficient, but if we could get 10% (which I believe with today’s panels isn’t that great), that’s still 18kWh in the winter… when electricity use is low, and 72kWh in the summer – and using solar panels on the roof would reduce the AC load on this place significantly.

    I don’t think we use nearly that much each day, even with roaring air conditioners and computers running.

    Add in a solar water heater… and it’s even better!

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