Chris Hayes, like most extreme leftists at MSNBC, has a long history of using hyperbolic rhetoric to panic people into going along with their radical agenda. (He also has a reputation of being wrong a lot on these topics.) On Monday night’s episode of All In, Hayes did his best to live up to his network’s standards by fear-mongering over climate change, and the lack of climate infrastructure spending in the bipartisan infrastructure deal.
Hayes ranted about how hot it was in Portland and how that was evidence of climate change. (Can someone please buy Chris Hayes a calendar? It's almost July!) The unhinged MSNBC host cynically tried to use the Surfside collapse in Miami to promote his extreme climate agenda.
Think about this. We are talking about a bipartisan infrastructure bill for 21st century America. What do you think are the most pressing infrastructure questions we face? The way we generate energy, the way we use energy, and the way we harden ourselves against climate disasters so that, I don't know, streetcar cables don't melt. Those are the things at the center of infrastructure. And as investigators sift through what happened at that building that collapsed in Miami last week, that catastrophic failure is actually a reminder of our incredible civilizational achievements through technology and regulation and laws and bureaucracy and inspections, right.
We have built this impressive structures that almost never fall down. That's the norm we are accustomed to in the built environment. And this disaster warns us of the catastrophe that looms if that starts to go away. And we are now entering an era in which the pressures on every built structure will be increased by the driving story of this century, the warming planet.
Climate change is connected to the building collapse in Miami? How low can these people go? It must be terrifying to be a liberal. They are afraid of everything, and there's no crisis they won't exploit.
This is not the first time Chris Hayes has made absolutely ludicrous statements while fear-mongering about climate change. Back in 2012, Hayes compared climate change to the fight to end slavery, and during a bizarre and cringe-inducing promo for MSNBC, Hayes said climate change is "the biggest governing challenge I think we've ever faced."
The Civil War? World War I and II? The Great Depression? 9/11? Nah! Climate Change is a much bigger challenge according to the world of Chris Hayes. This guy really needs psychological help if he truly believes that.
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MSNBC's All In With Chris Hayes
8:00 p.m. Eastern
CHRIS HAYES: Good evening from New York. I'm Chris Hayes. It was 115 degrees Fahrenheit in Portland, Oregon, today. Breaking yesterday's record of 112 degrees. To state the obvious, it should not be 115 degrees in Portland. Normal high temperatures at this time of the year in the city are in the low-to-mid 70s. This is not just happening in Portland, as you may have seen. Oregon's Capitol city of Salem also reached 114 degrees. Seattle, Washington, hit a record-breaking 107 degrees today.
In fact, the weather across the pacific northwest of the United States is downright dystopian right now. Like something out of a climate science, fiction novel but a peek into our climate future that is now made present. All this is happening because of phenonium called the heat dome, where high pressure in the atmosphere traps hot ocean air kind of like a lid. Heat domes are not uncommon in the summer. They account for heatwaves, But this one is incredibly intense and vast. The kind of extreme weather event that climate change is making more and more common.
The national weather service in Seattle put out this straightforward warning last night. I’ll read it to you, quote, “with morning lows already starting in all-time record territory temperatures will skyrocket at sunrise. As there is no previous occurrence of the event we are experiencing in the local climatological record it's somewhat disconcerting to have no analogy to work with. Temperature records will fall in impressive fashion.”
No analogy for this in the entire climatological record. You know, the national weather service, incredible part of our government right? Staffed by civil servants, local branches known as weather forecast offices, nationwide, it's their job to essentially be our climate watch men and women and here they are, you know, standing sentry on the wall, waving a huge red flag, warning us of approaching danger. Some of those offices around the country have approached this event with a kind of jocular gallows humor. Las Vegas branch tweeting yesterday, “looks like the odds of Portland tying Las Vegas' all-time record 117 degrees tomorrow is 17%”.
National weather service in Portland, “do we need to remind you that heat is our thing?” The Austin, Texas, office, noting that Portland's all-time record high of 112 yesterday is also the record high in their city, in Austin. This meteorologist pointed out that Portland was expected to be hotter than 99.8% of Earth yesterday with only the Sahara desert, Persian Gulf, and California's deserts reaching higher temperatures. So those are the numbers. And they are all kind of mind-blowing. But the effects are even more brutal. Put simply, humans cannot function very well in this kind of heat. We have not evolved to deal with 112 degrees. The pacific northwest where Summers are usually pretty temperate and many people do not have air conditioning, it sure as heck is not designed for it.
[Cuts to video]
REPORTER: You didn't have to go far in Portland to find people impacted by this record-breaking heat. We met Wendy checking into the Crystal hotel downtown.
WOMAN: I am here because we don't have air conditioning and it's so hot and we wanted to give our dog a chance to cool off.
REPORTER: She said paying for a two-night stay was way less costly than buying an A/C unit.
REPORTER: These are the lines to check-in at the DoubleTree, near Seatac on Saturday and a search for a hotel in Seattle this weekend through Monday shows room after room sold out. On that same block, Zeus cafe also had to close early.
CAFE OWNER: Mainly for the safety of my staff. You know, so we want to make sure that we only have minimal equipment running.
REPORTER: Lots of other places had to close, too. The Oregon zoo shut down at 12:30 Sunday because it's too hot for the animals and customers. It will close early Monday, too.
REPORTER: Triman has suspended all max services until tomorrow morning because of the heat.
REPORTER: We also know that the Portland streetcar is going to be out of commission until Tuesday as well. You can see this picture how the cable melted from the record-breaking heat on Sunday and will continue to have today.
[Cuts back to live]
HAYES: In the midst of all this, everything shutting down, remember we are just 25 days from the start of the already postponed Tokyo Olympics, happening in 2021, and it just so happens that the University of Oregon Eugene just hosted outdoor Olympic trials yesterday. These final competitions were held to determine which athletes will represent the United States in the track and field events. Temperatures in Eugene were well over 100 degrees when an athlete in the heptathlon competition fainted just before the javelin throw and had to be wheeled off the field. The trials were delayed by five hours, resuming only after the worst of the afternoon heat had passed.
Again, the human body is just not designed for any kind of exertion at these temperatures. Even elite Olympic-level athletes cannot do it. It doesn't work. And more and more of the world will be catapulted into that red zone of physiological danger, day by day, week by week, year by year. Ok? So that is one story from this weekend. And the other big story that was playing out in Washington, D.C., which you may have followed, may have seen news about, is the bipartisan infrastructure deal.
Remember it was negotiated by a group of moderate Republicans, so-called, and Democrats, and the bipartisan bill is smaller, considerably than what Joe Biden initially proposed, but the idea that was announced last week is that would pass alongside an additional larger spending bill that would only need democratic votes. Republican leadership is now coming out in staunch opposition to precisely that plan. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pushing back, claiming Democrats want to hold the bipartisan bill hostage over a separate and partisan process.
Now, this may seem like the normal thrust and perry of legislative compromise. But let's remember the issue at the center of this entire thing, this whole debate is that President Biden's original infrastructure proposal included more than $300 billion in climate change-specific investments. That has now all been pulled out of the bipartisan deal and moved into the additional bill the Democrats would pass by reconciliation. Think about this. We are talking about a bipartisan infrastructure bill for 21st century America. What do you think are the most impressing infrastructure questions we face? The way we generate energy, the way we use energy, and the way we harden ourselves against climate disasters so that, I don't know, streetcar cables don't melt. Those are the things at the center of infrastructure. And as investigators sift through what happened at that building that collapsed in Miami last week, that catastrophic failure is actually a reminder of our incredible civilizational achievements through technology and regulation and laws and bureaucracy and inspections, right.
We have built this impressive structures that almost never fall down. That's the norm we are accustomed to in the built environment. And this disaster warns us of the catastrophe that looms if that starts to go away. And we are now entering an era in which the pressures on every built structure will be increased by the driving story of this century, the warming planet. So, Think of the utter madness of surveying this world we live in and thinking about what kind of infrastructure the federal government should invest in, should build, develop, invest, and deciding, you know what? Let's get rid of the climate stuff. That's what the Republicans and the Democrats who cut the deal did. And the question now is, will Democrats actually be able to pass another bill that includes the climate stuff. If they do not, none of it is worth doing. There is no distinction between infrastructure bill and the climate bill. They are the same thing. Just go ask the people of Portland.