Oops: Warmists Burned Over Melting Streetlights

Here’s one I never got around to yesterday (thanks to Gumball Brains for reminding me)

(Daily Caller) 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.

I caught those Tweets over at Tom Nelson’s blog yesterday. The post and picture are still up at Climate Fascist Progress, with this caveat

UPDATE: After we published this piece, we saw reports from people on the ground in Stillwater that the melting streetlights were due to a nearby fire. The person who took the photo, Patrick Hunter, described the scene: “Being the person that actually took this photo, I’d say that this was due to a fire semi-close by coupled with the unbelievable heat we are experiencing. Still an amazing photo and not fake as many are saying on here. Enjoy!”

So, they can’t even say “oops, we were wrong.” Because it appears as if it was a dumpster fire that caused the melting

Powerline catches Yahoo News pulling a fast one on the issue.

Anthony Watts: 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?

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7 Responses to “Oops: Warmists Burned Over Melting Streetlights”

  1. john says:

    with a better sense of humor you might have recognized the irony in the original tweet

  2. Nice try Think Progress and other Warmists blew it.

  3. Gumball_Brains says:

    hey silly john, sites like Yahoo would not past sarcasm as news.

    but, silly john may have a point… global warming makes dumpsters catch on fire spontaneously.

    and CAGW makes those dumpster fires hotter, occur more often, and burn larger. Proof is in the plastic light globes.

  4. The Quadfather says:

    Are the globes made of glass? If so, it would take a lot more heat than 114 degrees. More in the neighborhood of what an acetylene torch puts out. If they are in fact glass,it illustrates how dumb these global warmists actually are to fall for this! Judging by the photo of the fire, it is probably hot enough to completely melt away plastic globes.

  5. Gumball_Brains says:

    Nope.. they are plastic.

  6. Imnotbflat says:

    Yahoo jumped allover this story..Just goes to show you how far the liberal press will go to fabricate anything to prove their point..evn to lie and make up stuff..Global warming my eye..a dumpster fire we know know was the reason..Yahoo news shoud fire someone over this crap.

  7. They Wanted To Believe, so instead of doing that silly journalism stuff, they just went with the talking points. And were burned.

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