Great swaths of Britain are buried under more than a foot of snow as the
country shivers through the coldest winter since 1981. Airports have
been shut down, trains have been canceled, and the army had to be called
out to rescue more than 1,000 motorists stranded in Hampshire.
In Germany, most of which is also blanketed in white, temperatures have
dipped to record lows of -7.6 F degrees. In Norway, reports the AP, the
thermometer read -42 F degrees Jan. 5, the coldest reading since 1987.
The eastern two-thirds of the United States are coping with unusually
severe cold. Atlantic, Iowa posted a temperature of 29 below zero,
breaking a record set in 1958. Florida's $9.3-billion citrus crop hangs
in the balance as the coldest weather in years is draping palm fronds
with icicles and causing iguanas to drop frozen from the trees.
Could it be global cooling? A Tory MP was jeered for suggesting as much
in parliament. If the members had been hooting the unscientific use of
particular weather to draw vast conclusions about climate, the derision
would have been justified. But the avatars of climate change have been
over-interpreting changeable weather for years. So the members were
probably just towing the climate change party line with their catcalls.
The cold snap has spurred the "warmists" to spin control. Here's a
typical AP headline: "Cold Weather Doesn't Disprove Global Warming:
Experts." And this from the Voice of America: "Meteorologists: Global
Warming and Cold Weather Go Hand-In-Hand." The World Meteorological
Organization is at pains to distinguish between weather and climate. "I
think we have to be careful not to interpret any single event as a proof
of either warming or the fact that warming has stopped," cautioned
Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.
Ah. Where has he been? As recently as 11 months ago, when brushfires
raged across Australia, the "experts" were ready with interpretations.
"Why Global Warming May Be Fueling Australia's Fires," reported Time
magazine. The Huffington Post quoted Neville Nicholls, "an expert on
climate change and wildfires" at Australia's Monash University: "The
terrible events of the past couple of weeks are, without doubt, partly
the result of global warming and the greenhouse effect." Can't have
doubt, can we?
CBS's morning show chimed in with this report from correspondent Daniel
Sieberg: " … a dire new warning from scientists says the amount of
greenhouse gas emissions worldwide is higher than predicted …
Scientists say those higher temperatures are fueling the intensity of
wildfires, now raging in places like Australia … (It's) a vicious
cycle each changing ecosystem affecting the other and made worse by
human activities. For environmentalists and many others, it's a cycle
that needs to be broken. And soon."
When Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf coast, "warmist" gnomes were
thick on the ground, inviting us to conclude that Katrina's deadly force
resulted from global warming and that the world was entering an era of
fierce storms, fires, and floods a green apocalypse. Al Gore
mentioned Katrina in "An Inconvenient Truth," asking, "How in God's name
could that happen here? There had been warnings that hurricanes would
get stronger. There were warnings that this hurricane … would cause
the kind of damage that it ultimately did cause. And one question that
we, as a people, need to decide is how we react when we hear warnings
from the leading scientists in the world."
Those scientists (whether they are "leading" or not is a subjective
matter) supplied their own panicky conclusions. A study published in the
"Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists" concluded that
"Global warming caused by humans is largely responsible for heating
hurricane-forming regions of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, probably
increasing the intensity of the storms." The Boston Globe quoted lead
scientist Ben Santer of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
"Natural variability doesn't cut it for the observed ocean temperatures.
The study suggests we are responsible."
Just by the way, the 2009 hurricane season was unusually mild.
For more than a decade now, the climate avengers have seized upon every
warm summer, forest fire, hurricane, and tornado to grind their ax.
Here's one last example from the Washington Post two years ago: "Last
year was the warmest in the continental United States in the past 112
years capping a nine-year warming streak 'unprecedented in the
historical record' that was driven in part by the burning of fossil
fuels, the government reported yesterday … Many researchers are
concerned that rising temperatures could lead to widespread melting of
the polar ice caps, resulting in higher sea levels and more extreme
droughts and storms."
They hooted when a British politician cited the cold weather as evidence
of a "cooling trend." But she learned her "science" from the masters.