Heidi Cullen

  • Aired:  08/25/10
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Heidi Cullen attributes the current extreme floods, droughts and heat to global warming. (4:24)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A GLOBAL

WARMING ALARMIST WHO HAS WRITTEN

A BOOK CALLED "THE WEATHER OF

THE FUTURE."

MY FORECAST, SUNNY WITH CHANCE

OF NAILING.

MY GUEST, PLEASE WELCOME HEIDI

CULLEN.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

MS. CULLEN, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR COMING ON.

PLEASE, DON'T GET UP YOU'RE, A

LADY.

SIT DOWN, SIT DOWN.

NOW, MADAM, YOU ARE A SENIOR

RESEARCH SCIENTIST AT CLIMATE

CENTRAL, AND YOUR BOOK IS

"WEATHER OF THE FUTURE: HEAT

WAVE

, EXTREME STORMS AND OTHER

SCENES OF A CLIMATE-CHANGED

PLANET."

I HATE TO BURST YOUR BUBBLE, BUT

PEOPLE DON'T CARE ABOUT CLIMATE

CHANGE ANYMORE.

YOU'VE SEEN THE POLLS, RIGHT?

THREE YEARS AGO EVERYONE'S LIKE,

AL GORE, CLIMATE CHANGE, GIVE

HIM AN OSCAR.

NOW WE'RE LIKE, EH.

>> THERE'S STILL A LOT OF PEOPLE

WHO CARE PASSIONATELY ABOUT THE

SUBJECT.

>> Stephen: I CARED ABOUT IT

THREE WEEKS AGO WHEN WE INVITED

YOU ON.

IT WAS VERY HOT.

NOW IT'S COOLER.

[LAUGHTER]

AND I'M WONDERING...

[APPLAUSE]

I'M WONDERING WHAT I WAS SCARED

ABOUT.

REFRIGHTEN ME.

REFRIGHTEN ME.

>> MY GOODNESS, THERE'S SO MANY

FRIGHTENING THINGS GOING ON

BETWEEN THE FLOODS IN PAKISTAN.

>> Stephen: NOT HERE, THOUGH.

>> THE HEAT WAVE.

>> Stephen: VERY SAD.

DON'T GET ME WRONG.

>> THE HEAT WAVE IN RUSSIA.

30% OF THEIR WHEAT FIELD WAS

LOST DUE TO DROUGHT, TREMENDOUS

WILDFIRES.

IN A WAY WHAT WE'RE EXPERIENCING

NOW IS A WAY TO THINK ABOUT THE

FUTURE AND SORT OF HELP US PUT

INTO PERSPECTIVE WHAT CLIMATE

CHANGE WILL ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, ALL

RIGHT, ALL RIGHT.

YOU SAY "WEATHER OF THE FUTURE."

YOU TALK A GOOD GAME, BUT YOU'RE

TALKING WEATHER OF THE FUTURE,

AND YOU'RE MODELING OUT TO 2050.

OKAY.

SAM CHAMPION ONLY GIVES ME A

TEN-DAY FORECAST.

OKAY.

>> RIGHT, RIGHT.

>> Stephen: YOUR NAME DOESN'T

EVEN HAVE A WEATHER PATTERN.

YOUR NAME ISN'T STORM FIELDS OR

DALLAS RAINS OR LARRY SPRINKLE.

THOSE ARE REAL WEATHERMEN AND

THEY ONLY GIVE ME A TEN-DAY

FORECAST.

HOW CAN YOU MODEL OUT TO 2050?

>> THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU.

>> ONE OF THE IMPORTANT THINGS

TO DO IS DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN

CLIMATE WEATHER.

AND YOU SAID IT VERY, VERY WELL

WHERE YOU SAID CLIMATE IS

THOUSANDS OF LITTLE WEATHERS.

>> Stephen: RIGHT.

>> ANOTHER WAY OF THINKING ABOUT

IT IS CRIME IS WHAT YOU EXPECT,

WHETHER IS WHAT YOU GET.

NOW WITH GLOBAL WARMING, CLIMATE

IS WHAT WE EXPECT AND WEATHER IS

WHAT GETS IT, SO MORE EXTREME

FLOODS, MORE EXTREME DROUGHTS,

MORE EXTREME HEAT.

>> Stephen: BUT THESE DAYS

THAT'S VERY POPULAR.

THE KIDS WANT EVERYTHING TO BE

EXTREME, WOW.

YOU KNOW?

IT'S NOT JUST RAIN, IT'S

RAIIIIN.

IT'S SNOWING OUTSIDE, MOTHER

[BLEEPED].

WHAT'S THE WORST THING THAT'S

GOING TO HAPPEN?

WHAT'S THE TIDAL WAVE?

WHAT'S THE 2012 JERRY

BRUCKHEIMER DEATH SCENARIO OF

GLOBAL WARMING?

>> THERE'S MANY.

I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE

THINGS.

>> Stephen: NAME ONE.

NAME ONE.

>> OKAY.

FOR EXAMPLE, A PLACE LIKE BANK

OF

BANGLADESH, 25% OF THE COUNTRY

COULD BE INUNDATED DUE TO SEA

LEVEL RISE.

>> Stephen: SO 20% COVERED

WITH WATER?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: HOW MANY PEOPLE

ARE WE DISPLACING?

>> 15 PEOPLE -- 15 MILLION COULD

BE CLIMATE REFUGEES.

>> Stephen: HOW MANY PEOPLE

COULD WE FIT IN GREENLAND?

WHAT'S THAT HOLD?

>> I THINK IT WOULD BE HARD TO

GET THEM THERE.

>> Stephen: COULDN'T WE JUST

SET THEM UP THERE?

>> I SUPPOSE.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

ARE WE GOING TO FIX THIS?

I BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE.

DON'T GET ME WRONG.

I BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE.

I DON'T BELIEVE WE SHOULD TAKE

ANY ACTION.

[LAUGHTER]

>> OKAY.

WELL, YOU KNOW, I THINK ONE OF

THE THINGS THAT WE SHOULD REALLY

SORT OF WRAP OUR ARMS AROUND IS

THE FACT THAT EVERYTHING THAT WE

DO TODAY IN TERMS OF ADAPTING TO

THE FACT THAT OUR CLIMATE IS

CHANGING PAYS OFF IN THE LONG

RUN.

ONE ESTIMATE IS THAT FOR EVERY

$1 WE INVEST IN INFRASTRUCTURE

UPGRADES, IT PAYS UP BACK $4 IN

THE LONG RUN.

>> Stephen: FOR EVERY DOLLAR I

INVEST IN THE GREEN ENERGY

FUTURE, I GET FOUR BACK?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: THAT SOUNDS LIKE A

PYRAMID SCHEME.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

HEIDI C