Jan 2, 2007

Global Warming, Schmobal Warming

The recent snowstorms in Denver have global warming detractors reveling in their incredulousness.

Why?

Because, according to them, if you think global warming has anything to do with that, you're deluded, and that it's proof that there's some kind of "Northeast bias" regarding this issue.

[thud]

Sorry, that was the sound of my forehead hitting my laptop.

Climate skeptic Pat Michaels on FOX's Your World with Neil Cavuto, according to Think Progress:
Uh, Neil, if you believe that warming causes cooling, you’re like my neighbors down in Virginia who think that if you put hot water in the ice cube tray, it freezes faster. It doesn’t work that way.

And in fact, in Denver, there were very few people who, I think, tried to conflate the snowstorm with warming, they just tried to ignore the fact, that in fact it’s snowing like crazy in Denver, despite the fact that unlike in the East, where there is no warming trend in the winter temperatures, there is a warming trend in the winter temperatures in Colorado.
Look. We all know it snows in Denver. We also know the Gulf states get hit with a hurricane from time to time. But for fuck's sake, anything out of the ordinary, while a possible outlier, can't be ignored as possible evidence supporting the theory of global warming. If you don't know for sure, why not err on the side of caution?

Oh, and P.S., hot water does freeze faster than cold water in the ice cube tray. Potential energy. Didn't you take physics? Hello, Mpemba effect (Props to the folks at UC Riverside for that).

1 comment:

Raphie Frank said...

Extreme weather events INCLUDING snowstorms is a pattern consistent with global warming patterns. The ignorance and, frankly, stupidity of any who deny the reality of global warming is beyond the realm of understanding.

Global icecaps melt = Larger amounts of water that evaporate into the atmosphere = uh... Hello? Hello? Didn't we get past the notion of "object permanence" somewhere as infants? Cover your eyes and it goes away?