Too good to check: CNN anchor blames asteroid on global warming

posted at 11:01 am on February 10, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

We’ve seen some pretty incredible things blamed on Global Warming over the years, ranging from hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards to earthquakes and plunging penguin populations. But for your Sunday morning entertainment, one anchor at CNN may have finally set the bar higher than anyone else shall ever manage. Deb Feyerick was caught by the folks at Newsbusters chatting with Bill Nye, “the science guy” and suggesting that an entirely different phenomenon might be pinned on the changing climate.

CNN anchor Deb Feyerick asked Saturday afternoon if an approaching asteroid, which will pass by Earth on February 15, “is an example of, perhaps, global warming?”

Moments earlier, before an ad break, she segued from the Northeast blizzard to a segment with Bill Nye “the science guy,” by pointing to global warming: “Every time we see a storm like this lately, the first question to pop into a lot of people’s minds is whether or not global warming is to blame? I’ll talk to Bill Nye, ‘the science guy,’ about devastating storms and climate change.”

As they come back from the break, she pitches the idea which seems to leave even Bill Nye flummoxed. Let’s go to the video, again, courtesy of Newsbusters.

Talk about something else that’s falling from the sky and that is an asteroid. What’s coming our way? Is this an effect of, perhaps, of global warming or is this just some meteoric occasion?

I’m not exactly sure what a “meteoric occasion” is or what would qualify as one. At first glance it sounds like some sort of theme party in Manhattan, but then you never really can tell what those folks are up to. Would a flood be either something caused by global warming or a precipitationic occasion? I’m almost afraid to ponder how she might describe frogs falling from the skies. Besides, if Ms. Fayerick had done her homework she would have found that Rachel Maddow already did a thorough investigation and discovered the cause of asteroids… the Tea Party.

In any event, I’ll leave you to have fun with this one.


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sharrukin on February 10, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Very interesting. Makes you realize how weak humans really are when compared with the natural universe. We’ve invented some amazing things, but none of them can compare to the energy output of a simple mass of ice and rock hurtling through space.

Good Solid B-Plus on February 10, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Very interesting. Makes you realize how weak humans really are when compared with the natural universe. We’ve invented some amazing things, but none of them can compare to the energy output of a simple mass of ice and rock hurtling through space.

Good Solid B-Plus on February 10, 2013 at 1:48 PM

The effects of a large impactor are nothing short of cataclysmic. Once they reach a certain size the effects become global. And even the large ones could hit us with little more than a few hours to a few days warning if they come in from an unusual trajectory.

sharrukin on February 10, 2013 at 1:56 PM

The effects of a large impactor are nothing short of cataclysmic. Once they reach a certain size the effects become global. And even the large ones could hit us with little more than a few hours to a few days warning if they come in from an unusual trajectory.

sharrukin on February 10, 2013 at 1:56 PM

I did the calculation for this sucker, 4179 Toutatis, which has come within 4 Lunar Distances; not close enough to freak us out, but extremely close given the enormity of space. If it hit us, it wouldn’t cause long-term global effects (according to conservative parameters like a 45 degree angle of incidence and a velocity of 17 km/s), but the surrounding area would be obliterated, 31 cubic miles of land would be vaporized, and the final impact crater would have a depth of 3230 feet and a diameter of 33.8 miles.

Good Solid B-Plus on February 10, 2013 at 2:08 PM

or is this just some meteoric occasion?

Contessa Brewer wants to know if Deb Feyerick has a degree in astrophysics.

BacaDog on February 10, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Another cow, of a stupid rate

Schadenfreude on February 10, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Well to be fair to her, she didn’t actually blame it on global warming, just asked the question..but it was an idiotic question indeed

sadsushi on February 10, 2013 at 2:15 PM

I did the calculation for this sucker, 4179 Toutatis, which has come within 4 Lunar Distances; not close enough to freak us out, but extremely close given the enormity of space. If it hit us, it wouldn’t cause long-term global effects (according to conservative parameters like a 45 degree angle of incidence and a velocity of 17 km/s), but the surrounding area would be obliterated, 31 cubic miles of land would be vaporized, and the final impact crater would have a depth of 3230 feet and a diameter of 33.8 miles.

Good Solid B-Plus on February 10, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Those calculations are very conservative.

You would have massive losses in crops, transport, communications, and infrastructure. They know that widespread fires occurred following the K-T impact. They also suggest that a large injection of water into the atmosphere coupled with a sudden drops in temperature due to the dust could result in massive winter snowfall. The dust would rain/snow out of the atmosphere in a few days, or weeks but the effect would be devastating particularly on less wealthy food economies.

This is a good pdf article that deals with the subject in depth.

http://thelightofdayradioshow.com/PlanetX_Files/Comet-Asteroid-Impacts-and-Human-Society.pdf

sharrukin on February 10, 2013 at 2:23 PM

She should have asked Bill if the asteroid hit Guam, would the island capsize?

I love Libtard “science”.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 10, 2013 at 2:31 PM

This is a good pdf article that deals with the subject in depth.

http://thelightofdayradioshow.com/PlanetX_Files/Comet-Asteroid-Impacts-and-Human-Society.pdf

sharrukin on February 10, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Yeah, by “global effects” I meant more that it probably wouldn’t shift our orbit. But obviously it’d completely destroy all farmland and infrastructure within the impact region, and the surrounding regions would be effected by the combination of high speed air blasts, thermal radiation and the ejecta that is jettisoned from the initial impact zone. If it hit anywhere close to a major agricultural breadbasket or a major center of transportation/shipping, we’d basically be screwed.

Good Solid B-Plus on February 10, 2013 at 2:33 PM

If it hit anywhere close to a major agricultural breadbasket or a major center of transportation/shipping, we’d basically be screwed.

Good Solid B-Plus on February 10, 2013 at 2:33 PM

We would be better off than most places due to the abundance of food produced for the population. Livestock could be left to die, or be slaughtered, processed and packaged immediately with the animal feed released for human consumption. It would be something out of Mad Max but we might pull through. Nations already on the edge as far as food stocks go would collapse overnight. The biggest threat would be the lose of a years crop through weather effects, and the disruption in fuel supplies to the agricultural sector. No fuel for tractors and delivery trucks means no food.

sharrukin on February 10, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Very interesting. Makes you realize how weak humans really are when compared with the natural universe. We’ve invented some amazing things, but none of them can compare to the energy output of a simple mass of ice and rock hurtling through space.

Good Solid B-Plus on February 10, 2013 at 1:48 PM

We have steadily discovered ways to harness the power of the natural world around us and if the pattern continues we could do the same with the natural universe. If we can split atoms and fling space probes around planets using their gravitational force, we’ll be able to redirect asteroids and tame them like a wild horse.

Daemonocracy on February 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Yeah, whenever it snows outside, the first thought that comes to my mind is “Must be global warming.”

She missed the memo. You’re suppose to call it climate change now. That covers everything.. since nobody is ever going to deny the climate never changes.

And lets turn to Bill Nye, host of a kid’s TV show, to tell all of us adults how global warming causes asteroids.

You just can’t make this up.

JellyToast on February 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Reminds me of Dana Carvey’s Church Lady. Substitute the words “Global Warming” for “Sin” and there you have it. In real life, unfortunately.

Tennman on February 10, 2013 at 2:54 PM

We have steadily discovered ways to harness the power of the natural world around us and if the pattern continues we could do the same with the natural universe. If we can split atoms and fling space probes around planets using their gravitational force, we’ll be able to redirect asteroids and tame them like a wild horse.

Daemonocracy on February 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Maybe not tame them, but certainly deal with them. As posted on page 1, we’re dealing first with the problem of detection; once we can reliably detect even very small near-Earth objects, then we can deal with how to reliably divert them.

Good Solid B-Plus on February 10, 2013 at 2:56 PM

This makes perfect sense. The sun is the hottest thing in the solar system, and it has the must gravity. Therefore, the hotter a thing is the greater its gravitational pull. So as the Earth gets warmer, its gravity increases, attracting more asteroids. Really, this “science” thing isn’t so hard. You people should really get out and read a book or something.

Blacklake on February 10, 2013 at 3:06 PM

It’s because most reporters are science whizzes like these that nuclear energy in the US isn’t getting a fair shake much less reporting. As for Bill Nye — go find a real “Mr. Wizard.”

Thanks atomicinsights.com!

jamesgreenidge on February 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Some twenty years ago, I began to notice that every time there was a prediction of a snow storm, if I could go to the supermarket and find an Entenmann’s Danish with no nuts that it would be a bad storm.

I blame Global Warming on the fact that Entenmann’s stopped making the Danish with no nuts.

J_Crater on February 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

As the earth warms, it becomes naturally more attractive to meteors.

That’s settled science somewhere, I’m sure.

profitsbeard on February 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Anyone covering this here yet?
Seems Petraeus was sold out by his bodyguards while John Brennan ran a secret drone war on terrorists without really telling anyone. Just too good.Rumors are Benghazi was terror types retaliation for Brennan’s secret war. They got pissed.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2276139/David-Petraeus-CIA-directors-bodyguards-exposed-affair-Paula-Broadwell-claims-Benghazi-The-Definitive-Report.html#axzz2KVQpNCmp

Here’s more:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/the_secret_war_behind_benghazi_mKbP26KAwILn2KKMs8NIWM/1

rodguy911 on February 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM

his makes perfect sense. The sun is the hottest thing in the solar system, and it has the must gravity. Therefore, the hotter a thing is the greater its gravitational pull. So as the Earth gets warmer, its gravity increases, attracting more asteroids. Really, this “science” thing isn’t so hard. You people should really get out and read a book or something.

Blacklake on February 10, 2013 at 3:06 PM

I really hope you meant this sarcastically.

hachiban on February 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Time for a comic book series thrilling us all with tales of the superhuman bark and his arch nemesis GW.

The opening tale could be about how barky and his minions devised a plan to shut down ineqaulity in the economy and while he was at it he cooled down the planet so we wouldn’t get hit by meteors.

Should be good for 10-15% of the registered voters to change to democrate based on his superhuman abilities.

acyl72 on February 10, 2013 at 3:55 PM

I did the calculation for this sucker, 4179 Toutatis, which has come within 4 Lunar Distances; not close enough to freak us out, but extremely close given the enormity of space. If it hit us, it wouldn’t cause long-term global effects (according to conservative parameters like a 45 degree angle of incidence and a velocity of 17 km/s), but the surrounding area would be obliterated, 31 cubic miles of land would be vaporized, and the final impact crater would have a depth of 3230 feet and a diameter of 33.8 miles.

Good Solid B-Plus on February 10, 2013 at 2:08 PM

This would be classed as a “headwind”. Much too large for a speed bump.

BobMbx on February 10, 2013 at 4:25 PM

She makes Rick Sanchez seem intelligent.

vcferlita on February 10, 2013 at 4:25 PM

All doubts are removed: Deb is a natural blonde.

stop2think on February 10, 2013 at 4:43 PM

No, Deb, the first thought that comes to mind is that some idiot, like you, would pop up and blame it all on agw. She must have mastered in Women’s Studies at an Ivy League school and is a leader in the dumbing down of America.

Kissmygrits on February 10, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Oh my gawd. These people are too stupid to vote. So much for Darwin’s theory that survival is the purview of the fittest among a species.

totherightofthem on February 10, 2013 at 4:54 PM

…global warming is responsible for… “ugly“

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Busted. Sorry, everyone.

Ugly on February 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM

…global warming is responsible for… “ugly“

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Busted. Sorry, everyone.

Ugly on February 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM

(:->)
…haven’t seen you for a while!

KOOLAID2 on February 10, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I’ve been around… not online as much as I used to be, though ;)

Ugly on February 10, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Well, the “Global Warming Combo Platter” at Pancho Taco down the street has been known to lead to localized “meteoric events” …

M240H on February 10, 2013 at 7:16 PM

That people still watch CNN is explained by the Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect:

http://seekerblog.com/2006/01/31/the-murray-gell-mann-amnesia-effect/

theCork on February 10, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Miss Teenage South Carolina finally grew up and got a CNN job.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww

NoPain on February 10, 2013 at 8:07 PM

There is absolutely nothing we could do technologically to stop such an impact, and sooner or later we will be hit.

jcmorris on February 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

You have no clue what you are talking about.
Bruce Willis is still alive & he most certainly will get the job done if asked.
All he needs in return is a six pack & a cigar.

Badger40 on February 10, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Oh my gawd. These people are too stupid to vote. So much for Darwin’s theory that survival is the purview of the fittest among a species.

totherightofthem on February 10, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Ah, but vote, they do. Apparently, multiple times.

Midas on February 10, 2013 at 9:00 PM

There is absolutely nothing we could do technologically to stop such an impact, and sooner or later we will be hit.

jcmorris on February 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

You have no clue what you are talking about.
Bruce Willis is still alive & he most certainly will get the job done if asked.
All he needs in return is a six pack & a cigar.

Badger40 on February 10, 2013 at 8:19 PM

LOL… seriously, we really have no defense against the small ones in this 50-500 meter diameter range. On average, the Earth is hit by one of these size objects about once every 1200 years.

For a perfect example of what a 50 meter wide, iron/nickel asteroid can do, have a look at Meteor Crater, AZ.

jcmorris on February 10, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Sometimes the druggie from the street asks a more intelligent question, where oh where do they get these people from?

mixplix on February 11, 2013 at 4:27 AM

More likely it is the result of really large people from another galaxy not instituting commonsense gun control. I’m working on the premise that anything is more likely than it being caused by global warming.

claudius on February 11, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Not uncommon for news people, I’ve even had personal experience. A number of years ago, a train derailed near our house. A news “lady” knocked on our door to interview me, and saw my three little boys when I answered the door. The first thing she asked me was “Do you let your little boys play on the train tracks?”

I answered, “Only if they have their guns and knives on them”.

End of interview. It was never used on the evening news, not that I watch it anyway.

moo on February 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM

I did the calculation for this sucker, 4179 Toutatis, which has come within 4 Lunar Distances; not close enough to freak us out, but extremely close given the enormity of space. If it hit us, it wouldn’t cause long-term global effects (according to conservative parameters like a 45 degree angle of incidence and a velocity of 17 km/s), but the surrounding area would be obliterated, 31 cubic miles of land would be vaporized, and the final impact crater would have a depth of 3230 feet and a diameter of 33.8 miles.

Good Solid B-Plus on February 10, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Well then, let’s hope it hits Washington, D.C., so that we can start over again.

Cherokee on February 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM

The full moon, and related higher tides, are the result of global warming, ya know.

JackM on February 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM

I wonder if Piers Morgan would change his stance on gun control, if I shot the asteriod into little, bitty pieces with my AR-15?

JackM on February 11, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Wow! That sure blows a huge hole in the old saying ‘There’s no such thing as a stupid question’, doesn’t it?

Russ in OR on February 11, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Airhead.

Ward Cleaver on February 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

The Stupid is strong with this one…

rgranger on February 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Good Solid B-Plu,
That could do a lot of harm good, DC, Mecca, San Francisco, but I am sure it would hit someplace where it would actually do some harm.

rgranger on February 11, 2013 at 10:34 AM

More like UNIVERSAL WARMING, we need to save the universe…

Pest on February 11, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Wow, what a shocker! A lefty makes an absolutely moronic connection that has absolutely no basis in fact or science! What is shocking is all of the lefty sheep that will parrot what this imbecile said as being true!

Sadly, this is just further proof we (the US) are doomed!

Liberty or Death on February 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

The Left is never called-out on their lies and they have become so comfortable in telling ever bigger lies that they don’t even worry about making them somewhat plausible anymore.

CNN: Communist News Network – what else would you expect from them?

Axion on February 11, 2013 at 2:05 PM

She is The Legitimate News Media…

RalphyBoy on February 12, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Well to be fair to her, she didn’t actually blame it on global warming, just asked the question..but it was an idiotic question indeed

sadsushi on February 10, 2013 at 2:15 PM

To even pose the question in you mind, much less actually verbalize it, is beyond stupid.

98ZJUSMC on February 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Quintuple facepalm.

And isn’t she with the network that believes Rubio’s sip of water is his doom?

Lord, help us…QUICK!

Kenz on February 14, 2013 at 2:33 AM

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