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Sunday, February 4, 2007

Reflections

Mark Steyn has some fun with climate change dogma in his column today:

If the science is so solid, maybe they could drag it out to the Arctic for the poor polar bears to live on now that the ice is melting faster than a coed's heart at an Al Gore lecture.

The silliest argument is the anecdotal one: "You only have to look outside your window to see that climate change is happening." Outside my window in northern New England last week, it was minus 20 Fahrenheit. Very cold. Must be the old climate change kicking in, right? After all, December was very mild. Which was itself a sign of climate change.

A few years ago, the little old lady who served as my town's historian for many decades combed over the farmers' diaries from two centuries ago that various neighbors had donated to her: From the daily records of 15 Januarys, she concluded that three were what we'd now regard as classic New Hampshire winters, ideal for lumbering or winter sports; eight had January thaws, and four had no snow at all. This was in the pre-industrial 18th century.

Today, faced with eight thaws and four entirely snowless Januarys, we'd all be running around shrieking that the great Gaia is displeased. Wake up and smell the CO2, people! We need to toss another virgin into the volcano. A virgin SUV, that is. Brand-new model, straight off the assembly line, cupholders never been used. And as the upholstery howls in agony, we natives will stand around chanting along with High Priestess Natalie Cole's classic recording: ''Unsustainable, that's what you are.''
Mark's full article is here.

Then there's this: A complete list of things caused by global warming

and finally, believe it or not, this fellow actually read the IPCC Summary for Policymakers (released Friday to a frenzied, catastrophe-hungry media) and concludes that the IPCC Report Doesn't Prove Causality.

2 comments:

Kingal said...

I'm in Winterpeg at the moment and we want to know how we can get some global warming.
It was -39C with -51C wind chill this morning. Please help!!

Bill said...

Al, it's a balmy -20C here in the banana belt of Southern Ontario. Forecast is for more of the same all this week.

Don't know when this heat wave is going to break - must be global warming!