Kimberly Guilfoyle, who Trump called before pulling out of Paris accord, has a history of mocking climate change concerns

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Fox host Kimberly Guilfoyle claimed that President Donald Trump called her for advice before announcing his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. Guilfoyle has been an outspoken critic of efforts to fight climate change, and has previously attacked public figures for speaking out about the threat of climate change, pushed false claims surrounding the science of climate change, and has even suggested that climate change is not real.


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Guilfoyle claims Trump asked for her advice before he withdrew from Paris climate accord

Trump announces withdrawal from Paris accord. President Donald Trump announced on June 1 that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord. [The New York Times, 6/1/17]

Fox’s Kimberly Guilfoyle says Trump called her to discuss climate change before announcing his decision to pull out. Hours after Trump announced his decision on the Paris climate accord, Fox host Kimberly Guilfoyle said that Trump had called her “this morning at 8 a.m.” to discuss “climate change, taxes. The Five.” She added that the Paris accord is not “a deal that anybody should be crying about.” From the June 1 edition of Fox News’ The Five:

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE (CO-HOST): I don't think this is a deal that anybody should be crying about. Like we said, it's non-binding, and the United States is already a clean energy, oil and gas leader. So, we can keep doing what we're doing, we can keep reducing our emissions. Why would we in fact put ourselves at an economic disadvantage, giving and subsidizing an economic windfall to other countries, in sort of a climate redistribution of wealth scheme? It makes no sense to me.

I think he did the brave and courageous thing, and in fact, I told him that this morning at 8 a.m., when he called. And I spoke to him about it, and this was something very much so on his mind, but he seemed like--

GREG GUTFELD (CO-HOST): Wait a second, who called you?

GUILFOYLE: The president.

GUTFELD: Why?

DANA PERINO (CO-HOST): To ask about climate change?

GUTFELD: Why did he call you?

GUILFOYLE: Climate change, taxes. The Five. [Fox News, The Five, 6/1/17]

Guilfoyle has repeatedly mocked concerns about climate change and pushed climate change myths

Guilfoyle: Obama administration put out a "false narrative" on climate change to get people to "march and go nuts.” Guilfoyle claimed that the Obama administration “refused to comply with requests to release the internal data and the information” on climate change and instead “put forward a false narrative” so they could “get people to come out and march and go nuts about this.” From the April 24 edition of The Five:

GREG GUTFELD (CO-HOST): Why should debate scare [Bill] Nye? Because climate fear is his livelihood. It’s his game. And if you don’t play along, then you’re off the field. And that way, he can't lose. And so far, it works. It got him a new show.

[…]

Kimberly, you’re a prosecutor, which is like being a scientist.

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE (CO-HOST): Yes. A prosecutor of justice, Greg.

GUTFELD: That’s right. Science is about stating a theory, then attempting to disprove it. You want people to disprove it because that makes your theory or hypothesis stronger. He doesn't want that. Why?

GUILFOYLE: Well, because he doesn't want the facts and the science out there because then he might lose his show, right? So there’d be a problem. And you can't walk with intention and talk with intention if the facts get in the way, right? But this is what we saw, too, during the Obama administration. Sorry to upset you, Bob. But they refused to comply with requests to release the internal data and the information that, really, the public has a right to see, to back these claims up, right? What are they so afraid of? Why don't they want to turn it over, despite subpoenas and requests? They do this thing to try to hide it because they want to put forward a false narrative so that they can get people to come out and march and go nuts about this, saying that the Earth is going to be over, and the whole deal, and get upset about cumulus clouds. [Fox News, The Five, 4/24/17]

Guilfoyle suggested climate change wasn’t real because a zoo had snow in January. Guilfoyle quipped, “Oh, but I thought there was climate change,” after watching a video of a polar bear playing in snow at the Portland Zoo in January. [Fox News, The Five, 1/12/17]

Guilfoyle agreed that people criticizing climate deniers “have a lot in common with ISIS.” Fox co-host Greg Gutfeld lamented that climate change skeptics were facing pushback and claimed that people “are out trying to penalizes skeptics, adding that “they have a lot in common with ISIS.” Guilfoyle responded, “Yes. Exactly.” From the April 22, 2016, edition of The Five:

GREG GUTFELD (CO-HOST): To get these bozos to care about ISIS, you would have to link beheadings to a carbon footprint. They have their priorities completely backwards. These are the folks that would condemn Christian bakeries, but don't even think about the fact that gays are being thrown off of buildings in Iran. It's nuts. Or Iraq. An overwhelming majority of climate hysterics do not read the literature because they were told they didn't have to. When the president said the science is settled, that got them a class exemption from science class. And if you understand science, you know the whole point of it, the engine of science is to be willing to be proven wrong. The only way you know you can be right is to be skeptical. A true scientist is skeptical, now you have these guys that are out trying to penalize skeptics, they're trying to tie them to corruption. This is an affront to science. Enlightenment got rid of this persecution, and they're bringing it back. It makes me think they have a lot in common with ISIS because they both wanna go back to the 7th century.

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE (CO-HOST): Yes. Exactly. [Fox News, The Five, 4/22/16]

Guilfoyle belittled Obama’s focus on climate change as “an obsession with cumulus clouds.” Guilfoyle attacked then-President Barack Obama and other figures worrying about climate changed as having “an obsession with cumulus clouds.” From the April 22, 2016, edition of The Five:

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE (CO-HOST): It's Earth Day. And if you believe the hysteria from some celebrities and politicians, global warming is going to destroy the planet.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

LEONARDO DICARPIO, ACTOR: Climate change is happening faster than even the most pessimistic of scientists warned us decades ago. And it's become a run-away freight train bringing with it an impending disaster for all living things.

BERNIE SANDERS, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: When we look at climate change, we have got to realize that this is a global environmental crisis of unprecedented urgency.

HILLARY CLINTON, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We need to talk about this issue. And we should talk about it in terms of the extraordinary threats that climate change pose to our country and our world.

BARACK OBAMA, UNITED STATES PRESIDENT: Climate change is a trend that affects all trends. Economic trends, security trends, everything will be impacted.

ALEC BALDWIN, ACTOR: So much of what's going on now is something what we have to treat as if it's a mental illness. I believe that climate change denial is a form of mental illness.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

[...]

GUILFOYLE: All right Dana, when you see the juxtaposition, the real credible threat on national security on the world of ISIS, balanced with an obsession with cumulus clouds like; does it make any sense to you? [Fox News, The Five, 4/22/16, via Nexis]

Guilfoyle mocked people “obsessing” over climate change. Guilfoyle criticized Obama and others for “obsessing” about climate change as opposed to ISIS, suggesting that people worried about climate change were “obsessing about it at night, with a little cloud over [their] head, woe is me.” From the December 11, 2015, edition of The Five:

ERIC BOLLING (CO-HOST): Hang in there guys. I want to do this. And we want to get to this sound bite. If you think you're going to get something different under a potential President Hillary Clinton, then listen to this.

[BEGIN VIDEO]

HILLARY CLINTON: I think his, his take on what needs to be done, is close to mine. I think we have to intensify and accelerate and really kind of get the world behind us.

[END VIDEO]

BOLLING: All right, let's bring it this way. Sounds like -- I don't know, Barack Obama 2.0.

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE (CO-HOST): Well that's exactly what it is going to be, and if you're loving that and you love climate change and like obsessing about it at night, with a little cloud over your head, woe is me. Or if you're scared to death of like ISIS and the fact that the administration is hiding under the covers, instead of getting out and burning down ISIS flag and crushing them completely -- yeah, make your choices then with confidence. But don't cry about it when you get the exact same thing. She is part and parcel of his failed foreign policy and national security, fact. [Fox News, The Five, 12/11/15]

Guilfoyle claimed Obama comments on climate and terrorism were “disturbing” and made her feel ill. Guilfoyle criticized Obama for saying that the Paris climate talks would show terrorists that the world “stands as one,” saying, “We got the memo, we signed for the package. We know you love the weather. Stop.” Guilfoyle added that Obama’s comments were “really disturbing” and that she needed “a giant dose of antibiotics to cure me from the ills that the president is making me feel right now.” From the November 24, 2015, edition of The Five:

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE (CO-HOST): Yeah this is really disturbing and I'm trying to think if I can speed-dial my doctor for a giant dose of antibiotics to cure me from the ills that the president is making me feel right now. I don't understand. Why would he even bring it up? Like, enough, we got it. We got the memo, we signed for the package. We know you love the weather. Stop. I mean, can you imagine poor [French] President [Francois] Hollande is in there going, "Hey, come on, can we get some action here, can we get some focus?" And he's saying I remember my romantic times in Paris and wow, we're going to stick it to the terrorists when we start talking about climate change. [Fox News, The Five, 11/24/15]

Guilfoyle: “America is in big trouble” if leading on climate change is Obama’s “idea of leadership.” Guilfoyle criticized Obama for saying his “definition of leadership would be leading on climate change and international accord,” calling the remark a “debacle” and claiming “America is in big trouble if that's his idea of leadership.” From the October 12, 2015, edition of The Five:

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE (CO-HOST): But when it comes to world leadership, President Obama can't hide his disdain for people who compare him to Russian President Vladimir Putin. In an interview with 60 Minutes last night, Obama defended his Syria strategy, while taking a swipe at Putin. And he also shed some light on what his idea of world leadership really is.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

OBAMA: If you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops then, in order to prop up, your only ally is leadership then, we've got a different definition of leadership. My definition of leadership would be leading on climate change and international accord, with potential we're getting pairs (ph).

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GUILFOYLE: This is a debacle. America is in big trouble if that's his idea of leadership. [Fox News, The Five, 10/12/15, via Nexis]

Guilfoyle pushed a baseless climate science conspiracy theory. During the February 10, 2015, edition of The Five, Guilfoyle pushed a Telegraph columnist's false claim that scientific agencies intentionally adjusted years of weather station data to show a global warming trend that isn't really there, saying it showed “fraud science.” In actuality, historical temperature records are routinely subject to peer-reviewed adjustments to account for changes to measuring instruments, the time of day measurements are taken, and other factors -- and they do not negate a global warming trend. [Media Matters, 2/10/15]

Guilfoyle: It’s “ridiculous” to act like climate change is the biggest concern facing America. Guilfoyle criticized John Kerry and Hillary Clinton for suggesting that climate change was one of “the most consequential” challenges facing America that ranked up there with poverty and terrorism, calling their comments “ridiculous” and accusing them of just “sticking to the ideology and making the talking points." From the September 4, 2014, edition of The Five:

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE (CO-HOST): What would you say is the most urgent challenge facing our country right now? ISIS? Maybe Iran's nukes? Well, according to Hillary Clinton it's climate change.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

HILLARY CLINTON, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE: This is the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face as a nation and a world. I'm absolutely confident we can forge the kind of clean energy future that our children and grandchildren deserve before it's too late.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GUILFOYLE: And she's not the only secretary of state on that band wagon. Here's John Kerry earlier this year.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JOHN KERRY, SECRETARY OF STATE: Think about this. Terrorism. Epidemics. Poverty. The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. All challenges that know no borders. The reality is that climate change ranks right up there with every single one of them; perhaps even the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

GUILFOYLE: All right. Figure that one out. And Kerry took his message up a lot this week, arguing it's in the Bible for us to protect the planet.

[...]

GUILFOYLE: Freezing in here. I've heard of this climate change.

[...]

Climate change is of more consequence of a threat to the United States?

[...]

GUILFOYLE: You know what? That's just like sticking to the ideology and making the talking points, because that sounds ridiculous, Bob. It really does. You think that's the biggest concern, it's bigger than ISIS or any of these other issues that are facing Americans, like people who can't support their families and don't have jobs and don't have food and can't put gas in their car, in case of any of these things? Let's get a focus, Dana. [Fox News, The Five, 9/4/14, via Nexis]

Guilfoyle misleadingly claimed we were in a “cooling phase.” In response to Greg Gutfeld claiming “climate scientists” changed the term to “climate change” because the data was “inaccurate,” Guilfoyle during the April 22, 2013, edition of The Five misleadingly claimed, “Now we’re in a cooling phase for the past 10 years. That sort of puts a wrinkle into it.” Multiple reports have shown the claim to be misleading. [Fox News, The Five, 4/22/13, via Nexis; Media Matters, 4/23/13; The Guardian, 11/24/15; The Atlantic, 5/12/17]

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