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Fishel's Quest wins award, continues climate change discussion

Posted November 8, 2015

WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel and photographer Richard Adkins traveled to Point Barrow, Alaska, on a quest for information about climate change.

What does RTDNAC/AP stand for? Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas/Associated Press! These 2 organizations presented their annual awards Saturday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Club, and I couldn't be more proud to work for WRAL, winners of 17 total awards, 10 of those first place.

I was in a group entered in the Documentary category with our "Exploring Climate Change" special. We (Richard Adkins, Nate Johnson, Waliya Lari, Steve Loyd and myself) were fortunate to win first place.

While all contributed, there is one person I need to talk about. Richard Adkins, the photographer who worked with me, is not only a gifted photographer but a gifted storyteller as well. He knew the story I wanted to tell, and used his incredible skills to help me tell that story, both with words and pictures. Without him? No award!

Also, our management had the guts to let us tackle the religious and political sides of this issue, which is considered taboo in many circles.

Of course some will claim that this is just another way that the liberal media rewards its own for promoting their socialist/Marxist agenda. To those individuals, I suggest a cessation of blind tribal loyalty to their political ideology to be replaced with a pursuit of good science, and follow that good science wherever it may lead.

This isn't about ideology. What it is about is advocating the pursuit of the best science we can get our hands on. I've heard all the arguments: "it's all based on computer models," and "it's not science but a religion," and "how can we be so arrogant to think we can alter something that God created."

The science behind climate change has been on the books for nearly 200 years. If you don't accept that science, then consider a life without electricity or any other science-based convenience you take for granted.

God gave us a powerful mind, and he commanded us to be good stewards of the Earth. God gave us the ability to harm his gift to us. That was His decision, not ours.

If deep down inside you really accept the science but hate the solutions, consider the economic benefits of the US leading the charge on creating new energy technologies. This would be a novel example of two very contrasting parties coming up with an idea that satisfies both groups. Wow, could that work? It used to. How bout a little Tip O'Neill/Ronald Reagan action? Those two actually cared deeply about the country and used that commonality for the good of America. Unconditional loyalty to a tribe prevents that commonality from ever being shared.

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  • Ncsu Ninetytwo Nov 19, 2015
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    Holy Cow! These news, weather and journalist people gave themselves 120 awards (they must feel really good about themselves)...........and they do this every year.

    http://rtdnac.org/awards/page/15069145/

  • Ncsu Ninetytwo Nov 13, 2015
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    http://www.populartechnology.net/2009/10/peer-reviewed-papers-supporting.html

    1350 PEER REVIEWED PAPERS SUPPORTING SKEPTIC ARGUMENTS ABOUT ACC/AGW ALARMISM

  • Franklin Nanney Nov 12, 2015
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    Congrats Greg! Your award is well deserved. Your piece was thoughtful and objective.

  • David Herman Nov 9, 2015
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    I'll give you an award if you give me one. Greg sure knows how to pat himself on the back. An award nobody cares or knew about until the recipients let us know about it. Impressed!

  • Mark Colyer Nov 9, 2015
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    That's like winning the Oscar for those obscure categories that are twenty words long. Or like when they hand out trophies at Pizza Hut to all of the T-Ball team players.

  • David Herman Nov 8, 2015
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    I'm a Christian and an environmentalist. This does not mean that I beleive in things that are not true. If i must beleive in things that are clearly untrue to meet your definition then you are a strange person indeed.

  • David Herman Nov 8, 2015
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    Its hit the head of the nail with the hammer. The nail does not hit the hammer. And who is hating? Seems like Greg cast that stone.

  • David Herman Nov 8, 2015
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    We disagree because there is no tangible evidence we can see that there is any substantive climate change. Funny how its always somewhere else that they go to get anecdotal evidence(great science by the way). Let's stand near some melting snow and film it and claim its due to man made climate change. Great job Greg! So scientific of you! You are siding with the likes of Al Gore, that in itself diminishes your credibility. Gore has been exposed as a snake oil salesmen at best and more likely has committed fraud by making millions off of his fear mongoring through junk speeches and his carbon credit schemes. We do realize that in order to be awarded and cajoled in your field that you must conform Greg. You are nearing the twilight of your career and want to leave your mark. We get it! Being a weatherman is a cool deal Greg, revel in it! Don't go out with a lack of credibility by promoting junk. Please stick with the local weather and leave the politics to the politicians.

  • David Herman Nov 8, 2015
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    Casual observation will tell you there is no substantive climate change in North Carolina at least. There have been no increases in ocean water levels anywhere on earth yet we are constantly being told that third world communities are being forced from there homes due to it. By now we were supposed to be basking in insufferable heat according to the likes of Gore and Fischel. Not to mention of the brutal cold winter we had last year or the last two years of relatively mild summers. And you wonder why we don't trust leftist's? Give us a a prediction that actually comes to pass and then we can talk .

  • Paul Stroud Nov 8, 2015
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    You guys are funny, you say show me the science. It's all out there. But that's not enough, you don't believe anything cause it comes from science, those corrupt guys. So, if not from science, who would you believe, Rush Limbaugh?

    The problem is, there is NO evidence we could provide that you would believe. It doesn't exist. You wouldn't change you mind, even if you incontrovertible evidence. Whereas, if you were to show me something, peer-reviewed that shows why it's either not happening or not man-made. I would be happy to read it an re-consider my standpoint.

    So, to you, I ask, please show me the peer-reviewed science that shows it's not happening. I don't want some second hand hearsay from idontbelieveinclimatechange dot com. Show me the hard science that show's it's not happening.

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