Freakish blizzards and freezing temperatures on the East Coast are making it embarrassing to raise the question of global warming. But the New York Times assures us, in a front-page story, that the blizzards themselves might be evidence of climate change. Or possibly not. The truth is, nobody knows. And yet, after weighing the evidence and admitting that it is scanty, the Times concludes that the snow probably is evidence in favor of the global-warming hypothesis.
In other words, if the government scientists are correct, look for more snow.
Or else, if the snowstorms stop now, look for government scientists to come up with another theory. During the 2008 presidential campaign, we were told that the "anemic winters" in Virginia demonstrated the reality of climate change. Now a muscular winter allegedly demonstrates the same thing.
What does the snow-free season in Vancouver show? Global warming. What does the record heat in Rio illustrate? Global warming. Show us a climatological report that doesn't demonstrate global warming, and we'll take the hypothesis more seriously.
The Times is probably right; we should "look for more snow"-- in one form or another.
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Posted by: TheJournalist64 -
Feb. 11, 2010 10:47 PM ET USA
I said when all this malarkey heated up a few years back, and Internet Gore started fulminating about it, that the whole hoax was concocted by some scientists to make more research money available for climatology. Well, they got all that and more. A little like teens sneaking out for a smoke and then, when caught where they shouldn't have been, claiming they saw a heavenly apparition.
Posted by: New Sister -
Feb. 11, 2010 8:56 PM ET USA
Either way, Al Gore needs a shovel!
Posted by: jeremiahjj -
Feb. 11, 2010 7:15 PM ET USA
The Times is right; folks in the Northern Hemisphere should always look for more snow, especially in January and February. The folks down south can reverse that expectation. This has been the case for the last, oh, 4 billion years or so -- except for 10,000-year climate swings.