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Global Warming Alarmists Plan Back'Fires' Again
August 3, 2012

Posted by Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov

Global Warming Alarmists Plan "Back'Fires'" Again

Alarmists Claimed Melting Street Lamps Caused by Global Warming - Turns Out they Melted Due to a Dumpster Fire

Fox News: Liberal Plan Back'Fires'

Michelle Malkin: Sen. Inhofe reveals the ‘global warming' that melted street lamps in Oklahoma by Doug Powers: After further analysis I think the warming alarmists might be on to something. Look what became visible when I zoomed in on part of the photo of the melting street light:

Watts Up With That: Alarmist fact checking - street lights don't melt at 115°F: I wonder if it ever occurred to these guys to check to see how many streetlights melt in Phoenix (or Riyadh and Baghdad) each year where the temperature routinely reaches 115°F and as high as 122°F ? Or why only two globes melted on one side? They are High density polyethelene HDPE Polyethylene White Street Light Globes, Melting Point: 266°F 130°C

Daily Caller: Dumpster fire, not global warming, melted Oklahoma streetlamps: Always a lightning rod for global warming activists' discontent, Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe was treated to some challenging tweets Thursday after the left-wing blog ThinkProgress posted a photo of melting street lights in his home state and claimed they were the result of global warming."WOW. It's so hot in Oklahoma that the streetlights are melting," ThinkProgress declared, noting the temperature topping off at 114 degrees."Hey Senator @InhofePress, even your streetlights are saying #ImTooHot http://ow.ly/cHbX4," the Climate Reality Project tweeted later, linking to the ThinkProgress claim."Senator Inhofe, God may be trying to get your attention. Check out this picture http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/08/02/630211/in-oklahoma-its-so-hot-the-street-lights-are-melting/ ..." added Environmental activist Bill McKibben, highlighted by blogger Tom Nelson. That tweet was later deleted. But according to KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, the street lamps melted because of a dumpster fire in the area the night before. KFOR first posted the streetlamp photo on its Facebook page. "That is the consensus in the newsroom," a KFOR staffer confirmed to The Daily Caller.

Newsbusters: Soros-Funded Propaganda Machine Think Progress Falsely Claims Global Warming Melted Street Lights in Oklahoma: So eager are the shills at the George Soros-funded far-left website Think Progress to find evidence of global warming that on Thursday they falsely blamed melting street lights in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on the heat ... Pretty pathetic! Anthony Watts observed: I wonder if it ever occurred to these guys to check to see how many streetlights melt in Phoenix (or Riyadh and Baghdad) each year where the temperature routinely reaches 115°F and as high as 122°F ? Or why only two globes melted on one side? Watts later identified that these globes are made of high density polyethelene with a melting point of 266 degrees. Why should we expect a far-left propaganda machine to do research that might impede its agenda? Soros must be pleased with the bang he's getting for his buck.

Powerline: Liberals: Global Warming Is Causing Street Lights to Melt!: There is a sad postscript to this story, however. Yahoo News, which I believe has more readers (or, at least, casual viewers) than any newspaper, picked up the story of the melting street lights in Oklahoma. It reproduced Think Progress's photo, with the headline: "Oklahoma is so hot that street lamps are melting." The alleged phenomenon was highlighted on the main Yahoo page, where millions of people presumably saw it ... But if you keep reading, you learn that Yahoo knows better: "It's possible the heat itself isn't responsible for the event - it's being reported on Facebook that a nearby dumpster fire may have been the cause of the melting plastic light housings. Still, that dumpster fire was caused and aggravated by the record heat and dryness. And if dangerous, spontaneous fires aren't reason enough to go green, we don't know what is."

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