|Alma mater||Pennsylvania State University (1978)|
Joe Bastardi (born July 18, 1955) is a professional meteorologist and weather forecaster. He is a frequent guest on TV news shows. Bastardi is an outspoken denier of human-induced global warming whose public statements frequently contradict the scientific consensus on climate change.
Bastardi was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He spent his childhood moving frequently, first to Texas in 1960, then to Somers Point, New Jersey in 1965. He enrolled at Penn State University, where he was a member of the varsity wrestling team. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in meteorology in 1978. In 1992 Bastardi married Jessica Jane Strunck, also a Penn State graduate. They have a son Garrett (born 1996) and a daughter Jessica (born 1998). In his free time, Bastardi enjoys bodybuilding, and has won the NABBA American Bodybuilding Championships.
Bastardi's forecasts were previously offered free to the public on AccuWeather's main site. However, in the early 2000s, AccuWeather launched its "professional site," and his forecasts were made available to paying subscribers only, up until his departure from AccuWeather in 2011. Despite his recent focus on private forecasting, Bastardi occasionally appears on cable news channels, such as CNN and Fox News.
Bastardi produced several weather analysis videos, including "Bastardi's Big Dog" and "Long Ranger". His Long Ranger video features his thoughts on long-range trends. In addition to his videos, Bastardi contributed to official AccuWeather press releases, such as annual winter forecasts. Bastardi wrote a column that summarized his views in the videos. Bastardi sometimes contributed columns several times a day when a storm is approaching. He maintains that he has not taken a day off since 2002, including "Christmas and Easter."
As of October 2022[update] Bastardi is currently a Chief Forecaster at WeatherBELL Analytics LLC. At WeatherBELL Analytics he provides frequently updated blog postings and videos on the weather through WeatherBELL Premium, as well as services for commercial clients. Bastardi prefers to make definitive, rather than probabilistic, predictions.
Stance on global warming
Among Bastardi's positions that are at odds with the science: he has asserted that the world was warmer in the 1930s than today, that the human contribution of carbon dioxide is too small to have any effect, and that warming is caused by sunspots and exchange with warmer oceans. He argues in his columns that extreme weather events occur naturally and that there is not enough evidence to state that such events are unusual. In 2011, Bastardi wrote that, as he had predicted three years earlier, global average temperature was falling, and by 2030 would return to levels seen in the late 1970s due to the "triple-crown of cooling" comprising oceanic temperature cycles, solar radiation cycles, and volcanic activity.
Bastardi asserts that the changes due to carbon dioxide are tiny compared to other factors so it cannot cause global warming. He writes "In the entire geological history of the planet, there has been no known linkage between CO2 and temperatures." Bastardi also states that carbon dioxide cannot cause global warming because this would violate the first law of thermodynamics. He has further explained:
CO2 cannot cause global warming. I'll tell you why. It doesn't mix well with the atmosphere, for one. For two, its specific gravity is 1 1/2 times that of the rest of the atmosphere. It heats and cools much quicker. Its radiative processes are much different. So it cannot -- it literally cannot cause global warming. --- Joe Bastardi, Fox Business, March 9, 2012.
Bastardi is a signatory to the Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change, which asserts "there is no convincing evidence that CO2 emissions from modern industrial activity has in the past, is now, or will in the future cause catastrophic climate change."
Bastardi and science popularizer Bill Nye have clashed over climate change. In 2010 they debated on Fox TV. In 2015–2016 Bastardi and Nye publicly challenged each other with predictions of mean global surface temperature in the near term.
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- Waldman, Scott (2021-02-25). "Fringe weatherman advised Abbott before deadly Texas storm". E&E News. Retrieved 2022-10-30.
- Shaffer, Matthew (January 14, 2011). "Bastardi's Wager: A meteorologist has a challenge for climate scientists". National Review Online. Archived from the original on January 30, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
- Bastardi, Joe (2018). The Climate Chronicles: Inconvenient Revelations You Won't Hear From Al Gore--And Others (2 ed.). Create Space. ISBN 978-1984371409.
- Bastardi, Joe; Payne, Jordan (2020). The Weaponization of Weather in the Phony Climate War. Gatekeeper Press. ISBN 978-1662903656.
- Fong, Jocelyn; Theel, Shauna (August 17, 2011). "Why Is Fox Going To Joe Bastardi For Climate Change Analysis?". Media Matters for America. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
- "Climate Change Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction". Fox & Friends Weekend. August 6, 2011. Fox News Channel. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
- "Massive Floods Hit the Northeast; Interview with Judge Chuck Weller". Larry King Live. June 28, 2006. CNN. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
- Bastardi, Joe (June 28, 2011). "Can America Last? Only If We Use the Lessons of the Past". Statecollege.com. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
- Bastardi, The Climate Chronicles, pp. 22–23
- Bastardi, The Climate Chronicles, p. 27
- Fong, Jocelyn (March 9, 2012). "Fox News Science, Again". Media Matters for America.
- "Manhattan Declaration on Climate Change" (Press release). The Heartland Institute. March 4, 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2013-06-03.
- "Climate experts who signed the Manhattan Declaration". International Climate Science Coalition. Archived from the original on 2013-05-29. Retrieved 2013-06-03.
- "Bill Nye the Science Guy and AccuWeather Meteorologist Joe Bastardi Debate Global Warming". Fox News. February 23, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
- "Bill Nye Made a $20,000 Bet With a Climate Change Denier". Time. April 20, 2016.
- "Bill Nye Made a $20,000 Bet to Shut Up Climate Change Deniers". Yahoo!. April 22, 2016.
- Bastardi, Joe (November 9, 2015). "Some Questions for Bill Nye Six Years After Our 'O'Reilly Factor' Debate". Patriot Post. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
- Bill Nye 2016 Forecast Challenge. Star Talk Radio. April 19, 2016. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved April 18, 2018.