AP Omitted Quotes from Climate Professor That Did Not Fit the Global-Warming Narrative

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AP reporter, Seth Borenstein, sent questions to meteorologist and climate expert Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr., a professor at Colorado University, but did not use any of his answers because they did not fit the narrative of extreme weather due to global warming.  Pielke said that billion-dollar storms were increasing but only because of inflation. A billion dollars in 2012 had the same value as $170 million in 1980. The damage from these storms, in terms of GDP, has not increased at all. This response was not reported. -GEG

An Associated Press reporter sent some questions to Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. about what role global warming played in this year’s slew of billion-dollar natural disasters.

Pielke, an expert on natural disaster costs, apparently didn’t give AP reporter Seth Borenstein the answers he was looking for, because his ensuing article didn’t have any quotes from the University of Colorado professor.

Pielke’s answers largely reflected the work he’s been doing for years — that there’s no evidence global warming is making weather more extreme. Any increase in natural disaster costs is caused by an increase in wealth and population, according to Pielke’s research.

Borenstein, however, did quote Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann, who claimed global warming was “impacting extreme weather in ways we hadn’t anticipated.”

Mann is an ardent advocate for liberal policies to address global warming, and has even suggested the fossil fuel industry has launched a campaign to marginalize his work. Mann recently gave an academic freedom lecture at the University of Michigan, where he attacked his critics as “climate deniers” shilling for energy companies.

Borenstein also quoted a meteorologist at the insurance company Munich Re, who said a bigger role in natural disaster costs is that more people are living in areas prone to extreme weather.

Pielke suggested his answers didn’t match the narrative Borenstein was looking for.

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