On Thursday and Friday, CNN has been closing out the year 2018 fearmongering about global warming as CNN meterologist Chad Myers linked "manmade climate change" to extreme weather events from the year, and CNN medical reporter Sanjay Gupta warned of "premature death of thousands of Americans" to come in the future from climate change.
In a pre-recorded piece that aired on Thursday morning's CNN Newsroom regarding the top eight health-related stories of the year, Gupta intoned as he introduced the number one spot:
In November, a U.S. government report about climate change will result in the premature death of thousands of Americans -- a startling conclusion. And you don't have to look far to see what they mean. From the wildfires in the West to the tick and mosquito-borne infections in the Northeast to the droughts in the South.
He then continued: "But there are climate change skeptics who dismiss the report." After a clip of President Donald Trump stating that he did not believe in the alarmism, Sanjay countered:
But, look, seeing is believing. This is the Elephant Butte Reservoir for the Rio Grande. It used to be brimming to the top -- now, it's only three percent full. Less and less snow melt is feeing the river, which is leading some Texans to implement some drastic measures.
On Friday morning's New Day, there was a pre-recorded piece on the top eight extreme natural disaster events from the year, including several that were weather-related. Myers fretted that the U.S. "takes a step backward" in fighting global warming as he introduced the segment: "2018 brought another year of extreme weather and natural disasters to the U.S. -- impacts of manmade climate change evident in every region of the country, even as the U.S. takes a step backward in fighting this global crisis."
Myers spent six and a half minutes listing out eight natural disasters, including flooding, hurricanes and wildfires, as he claimed "manmade climate change" was to blame for some of them. He warned: "Increasingly, scientists are concerned that hurricanes like Michael and Florence could be the new normal. Increased heat, especially in the oceans, can potentially lead to stronger and wetter storms."
Perhaps no place in the U.S. has begun to see the consequences of climate change more than California. Years of record drought were replaced by historic flooding in late 2017. That yo-yo effect laid the perfect foundation for large and destructive wildfires and deadly mudslides.