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The real deniers of climate change

Foolish doom-criers stand fast despite a chill

David Deming — The Washington Times — April 23, 2013

The Northern Hemisphere is experiencing unusually cold weather. Snow cover  last December was the greatest since satellite monitoring began in 1966. The  United Kingdom had the coldest March weather in 50 years, and there were more  than a thousand record low temperatures in the United States. The Irish  meteorological office reported that March “temperatures were the lowest on  record nearly everywhere.” Spring snowfall in Europe was also high. In Moscow,  the snow depth was the highest in 134 years of observation. In Kiev, authorities  had to bring in military vehicles  to clear snow from the streets.

Cold-weather extremes are a natural climatic variation, and this is exactly  the point. If the world were experiencing a climate crisis owing to global  warming, there shouldn’t be a single record low temperature anywhere in the  world. The Associated Press has assured us, though, that this cold spell is not  only consistent with a warming globe, it is actually caused by global warming.  The proffered explanation is that cold weather in Europe is a result of melting  sea ice in the Arctic. If this special pleading strikes you as unusually  tendentious, it is all in the best tradition of explaining away  ex post facto   any weather event that appears to contradict the ruling paradigm.

In 2000, British climate researcher and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate  Change contributor David Viner told the  Independent that “within a few years, winter snowfall will become a very rare  and exciting event.” Sadly, he predicted, “children just aren’t going to know  what snow is.” In 2008, environmental activist Robert  F. Kennedy Jr. wrote in the Los Angeles  Times that “snow is so scarce today that most Virginia children probably  don’t own a sled.”

On Feb. 6, 2010, the eastern United States was hit by a blizzard  (“Snowmageddon”) that produced from 20 to 35 inches of snow. Three days later, a  second blizzard added 10 to 20 more inches of snow. In Washington, D.C., it was  the highest seasonal snowfall since record-keeping began in 1888. According to  the National Climatic Data Center, there were “hundreds of record snowfall  accumulations” across the United States during the 2009-10 winter season. Within  a few days, the blizzards in the eastern U.S. were dismissed as the natural  consequence of global warming. On Feb. 12, National Geographic News informed us  that “global warming is the main culprit behind this month’s eastern U.S.  snowstorms.”

On Feb. 8-10 of this year, the eastern United States was again struck by a  blizzard that produced record snowfall, hurricane-strength gusts of wind, and  left 700,000 people without electric power. On Feb. 18, the Associated Press  provided the oxymoronic excuse that global warming produces “less snow and more  blizzards.” You can’t make this stuff up.   Continue reading, here….

(Tip of the hat to Climate Change Lies)

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