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How 2 cold winters in Eastern North America doesn’t disprove climate change/global warming.

When it gets as cold as it has this winter (and last), you often see message boards yelling, “How about that global warming!” … as if these winters prove to those who are climate change skeptics (or climate change deniers, as I call them) that global warming or climate change is just one big government conspiracy theory to drive everyone’s taxes up and prevent people from getting rich(er) and insert government interference into everyone’s lives.

I saw a great counterpost to that from a poster on the popular Weather Underground weather site, explaining to a climate change denier why the current cold trend in the Eastern North America does not […]

Climate change sceptic sponsored study group: Global warming is real.

This is very amusing:

The Earth’s surface really is getting warmer, a new analysis by a US scientific group set up in the wake of the “Climategate” affair has concluded. The Berkeley Earth Project has used new methods and some new data, but finds the same warming trend seen by groups such as the UK Met Office and Nasa. The project received funds from sources that back organizations lobbying against action on climate change.

Where did those funds come from?

…Funding came from a number of sources, including charitable foundations maintained by the Koch brothers, the billionaire US industrialists, who have also donated large sums to organisations lobbying against acceptance […]

An observation of mine on the weather/climate change

When a cold snap or a blizzard hits the US deep South, those people who are climate change skeptics are quick to denounce “global warming” or “climate change” as being fake, or hooey, or so on.

I’ve not heard that same claim however over the worst heat wave to grip North American in well over 2o years. There’s either a lot of silence out there, or they NOW embrace the idea that it’s a “random weather event”.

That’s called trying to have the climate change argument both ways.

A lack of consistency in arguments

The Atlantic Coast gets hit by record snowfall, and immediately the climate change skeptics come out of the woodwork. “This proves climate change and global warming is a hoax!” they scream. Presently at the Olympics, Vancouver’s interior inland is expected to hit 16 Celsius today – temperatures they don’t normally get to June. Snow or lack thereof has been a problem at Cypress Mountain for a month and a half prior to the Games even starting. I’ve also read it’s the warmest February in the Vancouver/Lower mainland area in almost 100 years.

I’m not seeing those same sceptics turning around and saying, “hmm, maybe global warming IS real!”, because of […]

Well, Harper's being consistent here anyhow

Harper decided not to bother speaking at the Copenhagen Environmental Summit; he decided to send Environment Minister Jim Prentice instead to make Canada’s speech:

Gordon Brown, Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – and Jim Prentice? While other world leaders have taken to the podium this week to address delegates at the Copenhagen climate talks, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is sending his environment minister in his place.

Harper has other plans – he will join other leaders at a dinner hosted by the Queen of Denmark

Nice to see Harper is trying to groom Jim Prentice to the world stage.

One thing you can say though – Harper is […]

Canadian Olympics athletes urge Harper to support climate change agreement

This is called knowing when to effectively use your time in the spotlight to highlight important issues, such as climate change:

Canada’s Winter Olympic athletes are calling on the prime minister to support an agreement on cutting greenhouse gases at the UN conference on climate change in Copenhagen. Former Olympic skier Thomas Grandi delivered a letter, signed by 20 athletes including Olympic gold medallists Jennifer Heil, Hayley Wickenheiser and Beckie Scott, to Stephen Harper’s constituency office in Calgary on Wednesday. The athletes want Harper to help in the reaching of an agreement on reducing emissions at the summit of international leaders.

Well played, but don’t be surprised if the Conservative […]

Get Colby Cosh onto this right away..

This prelude to a climate change article in the NY Times by the Washington Monthly is an appropriate segue to my title, which I’ll explain in a bit:

Some of the lazier lawmakers and activists on the far-right not only reject all of the science on climate change, but in light of the CRU emails, have also decided that evidence itself is no longer worth considering. Reality, meanwhile, is indifferent to the demands of indolent ideologues.

And here’s the article that’s being referred to by the Monthly:

Despite recent fluctuations in global temperature year to year, which fueled claims of global cooling, a sustained global warming trend shows no signs […]

A short climate/weather observation

No measurable snow fell in Toronto today; this is the first time in 162 years, according to the Toronto meteorologists, that no measurable snowfall fell in the city of Toronto (during the entire month of November) . With isolated exceptions, that is pretty much also the case for the rest of Southern/Southwestern Ontario. If the opposite scenario had happened – where the province/city of Toronto had the most snow in November in 162 years – you can bet the skeptics of climate change would be all over the place having a field day in the media about how global warming/climate change wasn’t real; this was proof etc.

Now, I’m not […]

In other news, Colby Cosh is back.

More on the Afghanistan inquiry soon, but in case you missed it, Colby “I think global warming is overblown” Cosh, recently let go by the departed from the National Post, has found employment at Macleans. You can guess what he’s writing about – he’s picked up where he left off by spewing the same nonsense on climate change that he was spewing at the NP.

It’s no surprise he’d try to claim that all these hacked emails somehow discredit global warming and climate change, but as other more credible people on this file show, they clearly don’t do that. Colby is just blowing hot air here.

UPDATE – 12:03 pm […]

Harper about to show again to the world we’re dinosaurs on climate change.

This isnt surprising at all, but it continues to be embarrassing:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper appears set to clash with European Union leaders over Canada’s climate change efforts at an annual summit.. A draft version of the communiqué to be signed in Prague tomorrow indicates Canada is resisting a push to bring its greenhouse gas fighting efforts into line with those of the vast majority of nations. European Union leaders decided to insist on a summit declaration that recognizes 1990 as the baseline year to measure greenhouse gas emission reductions. That date is the global norm as well as the date recognized by the majority of Canadian provinces and municipalities […]

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