Thursday, April 12, 2007

Global Warming? You've got to be kidding...

This picture was taken yesterday morning - we got some more white stuff during the night, and it's still there as of 2:30 p.m. Thursday. (If you look closely, you can see that it was snowing at the time I took this picture.) This is the first time that I can ever remember having measurable snowfall beyond the first week of April -not to mention that we just had one of the coldest Easters on record (and an April Easter at that).

So much for "global warming." The only hot air I've noticed is that which occurs whenever Al Gore opens his yap.

5 comments:

theinscrutableone said...

Fear not, O skeptical one! The global warming crowd has an explanation for everything. In this case, they may tell you that whereas higher temperatures are due to climate change, colder temperatures are due to the weather. Got that? Good!

I've gleaned this insight, as well as many others, from The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming. Among other amusing tidbits, this book reveals that one reason why measured global temperatures have increased since 1990 is on account of the fall of the Soviet Union, a sizable network of weather measurement stations in Siberia were shut down. Guess what happens to your average temperature when a bunch of your coldest weather stations go offline?

Lastly, I'm no fan of evolution, but I thought that that crowd taught that the era of the dinosaurs was a lot hotter than any period we've seen since. What was the cause of global warming then? Belching dinosaurs?

:-)

Dave

wordsmith said...

Lastly, I'm no fan of evolution, but I thought that that crowd taught that the era of the dinosaurs was a lot hotter than any period we've seen since. What was the cause of global warming then? Belching dinosaurs?


Or belching politicians - nearly the same thing.

I've also heard that farting bovine could account for the increase in greenhouse gases. Then we'd have to include all the pork in D.C., too...

timotheus said...

I am with you! In fact, I am pro-global warming! I so sick of cold and wish I had the power to warm the planet. It is so freezing outside right now in Clarksburg, WV. I told my friends to let their car engines run all night. If that what it takes to warm the planet I am all for it.

Timotheus
http://www.skubalon.net

theinscrutableone said...

While going through a fit of daydreaming, I came up with the solution to global warming!

What many folks don't remember is that before the media hopped on the global warming bandwagon, they were beating the drum for...ta da...global cooling. Yup, in the 1970's, the type of climate change we were to fear was that the earth was getting colder.

The main culprit for global cooling was reputed to be air pollution. Pollution, you see, was blocking solar radiation from reaching the earth.

So what's changed since the global cooling scare of thirty years ago? Must be air pollution: back then there was enough to keep things cool, but since we've been cleaning up the air, we no longer have enough carcinogenic matter floating around the atmosphere to keep temperatures down.

Solution: roll back air pollution controls on industry, automobiles, etc.. This will cause our planet's solar shield to be replenished, saving our polar ice caps and ski resorts in one fell swoop. There's another benefit to this policy besides lower global temperatures: businesses will be freed from spending money on expensive pollution controls, resulting in lower prices for all!

Come to think of it, though, maybe we won't have to change anything to get global cooling going again. As a matter of fact, China and India have been booming in recent years. Since they have yet to adopt strict pollution controls (and, besides, as developing nations are exempt from the Kyoto accords), their growing emissions stand to be a means to turn global warming into global cooling just in time for the news media to start beating on a new climate change drum.

:-)

Dave

wordsmith said...

Your memory is good, but you're forgetting one crucial impediment to the global cooling scenario: you'd have to duct tape the mouths of everyone inside the Beltway :)

I remember one Dennis the Menace story where his mother was instructing him on how to be an eco-friendly consumer, and in the course of that little ditty she posited the global cooling theory (as well as global warming too, IIRC). I guess Ketcham was trying to cover all bases.

The best theory that I've heard, though, is that since the fall of Communism, left-wing socialists have fallen upon hard times. Consequently, they've needed to come up with a new scare tactic to get everyone on board with their agenda. Global warming will do very nicely, thank you. (I actually think that this theory has some merit.) Hence Mr. Gore has no pangs of conscience leaving his humongous carbon footprint for which he purchased the appropriate environmental indulgences, as long as the rest of us mere mortals buy the scaremongers' line and live like aging hippies still hanging out at U Cal Berkeley.