It’s no secret that global warming campaigners think nothing of stretching the truth to the breaking point and beyond.

How about this whopper?

The LA Times ran an extensive piece citing work by Columbia University’s School of Journalism (steeped in global warming activism) that blames 1989’s Exxon Valdez oil spill on (you guessed it) global warming!

Yes unbelievably, climate alarmists now say the infamous Exxon Valdez oil spill – that multiple investigations said was caused by an inebriated captain and a crew that failed to follow proper protocol steering the vessel through Alaska’s Prince William Sound – is somehow linked to our SUV’s and smokestacks.

Fortunately this ridiculous nonsense is being called on the carpet.

The Washington Times shot back, “‘Blindingly stupid,’ ‘climate change fan fiction,’ ‘irrelevant’ and ‘ridiculous’ were among the insults hurled at the report, written by students from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism’s Energy and Environmental Reporting Project.”

“Anyone who has ever followed the story knows that the only ice responsible for the Exxon Valdez spill would be the ice cooling the captain’s many cocktails that night,” said Katie Brown of Energy in Depth. “But for anti-Exxon campaigners, no alternate theories (or should we say alternative facts?) are too outrageous to publish.”

Dr. Roy Spencer, a climate scientist at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, said, “ice always calves off glaciers, because snow falls on the mountains, and the ice flows downhill – no global warming needed.”  Read more at and at

So it appears, there they go again – ignoring the facts and attributing natural weather events, and in the case of Exxon Valdez “human error,” to global warming.  Too much of the media and academia are working in a fantasy world that exists only within their own computers.

Cheers to everyone who doused this foolishness with an icy-cold reality check.


  • Craig Rucker

    Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.