Wednesday, February 2, 2011

one side doesn't get the science....

I love this from drudge:  Al Gore replies to Bill O'Reilly and quotes a non-scientist for backup. Here's his post:

An Answer for Bill February 1, 2011 : 11:43 AM

Last week on his show Bill O’Reilly asked, “Why has southern New York turned into the tundra?” and then said he had a call into me. I appreciate the question.
As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question for some time now and they say that increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming:
“In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air. When temperatures dip below freezing, a lot of moisture creates a lot of snow.”
“A rise in global temperature can create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters, along with increasingly violent storms, flooding, forest fires and loss of endangered species.” 

His quote is from Clarence Page at the Chicago Tribune, who assumes, like Gore, that we trust that because he says a scientist said it, a scientist said it...and neither attribute their information to the originator. Hmm.

Now, I love that this youtube video follows the link on drudge's page:

in which the exact opposite weather data means It's Global Warming's Fault...oops, I mean "man-made-global-warming's-fault."

So, if there's no snow, it's evidence of Global Climate Change, and if there's a lot of snow, it's evidence of Global Climate Change. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Drudge has updated to include an actual Weather Guy's take on all of this, too. He also makes a point that I make:
Bastardi adds that with the U.S. in the middle of one of its worst recessions in its history and the price of oil in question, he is extremely concerned about the prospect for more persistent cold weather in the coming years putting increased financial hardship on Americans.
"Cold is a lot worse than warm," Bastardi said, "and that's why your energy bill goes up during the winter time: because of the fact that it takes a lot to heat a house."

Yes, it's true folks, cold is worse than heat, that's why there are so many more people that live close to the equator than the arctic.... Read up on Lief Erikson if you want to get an idea of life with a warmer planet. Greenland, anyone? Vinland?

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