The War Against Science Hearts Snow

Once upon a time a jerk drove home through a woodland every day. Every day, he’d flick a cigarette out his window as he passed. There was a drought, and everybody warned everybody else to be careful about flammable materials and woodlands. But our jerk said,

“I dunno what they’re talking about. I’ve never seen no woods catch fire on my account.”

Which brings to mind this:

The world has seen some extraordinary winter conditions in both hemispheres over the past year: snow in Johannesburg last June and in Baghdad in January, Arctic sea ice returning with a vengeance after a record retreat last summer, paralyzing blizzards in China, and a sharp drop in the globe’s average temperature.

It is no wonder that some scientists, opinion writers, political operatives and other people who challenge warnings about dangerous human-caused global warming have jumped on this as a teachable moment.

“Earth’s ‘Fever’ Breaks: Global COOLING Currently Under Way,” read a blog post and news release on Wednesday from Marc Morano, the communications director for the Republican minority on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Must be. Senator Imhoff’s main man Marc Morano is right on top of it. Who cares if

…a host of climate experts, including some who question the extent and risks of global warming, [say] it is mostly good old-fashioned weather, along with a cold kick from the tropical Pacific Ocean, which is in its La Niña phase for a few more months, a year after it was in the opposite warm El Niño pattern…

Many scientists also say that the cool spell in no way undermines the enormous body of evidence pointing to a warming world with disrupted weather patterns, less ice and rising seas should heat-trapping greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels and forests continue to accumulate in the air.

It’s cold outside! See? Al Gore is just a spoilsport. Fire up them smokestacks, rev the Hummer, and let’s warm the place.

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