For the second time in a month, the Northeast is facing a massive snow storm. Thousands of flights have been canceled, and we're looking at well over a foot of snow in many parts of the eastern US. Not only that, but frigid temperatures and wind chill are coming in with the storm, ensuring that temperatures fall to well below zero for millions of Americans.
Whenever this kind of thing happens, I get annoyed. Not just because the weather is awful, but because I have to endure all the conservative talking heads cracking jokes about global warming. "Cold enough for you?" and "How's all that global warming working out for you?" seem to be the hot one-liners this year.
It's true that we've seen some startlingly cold temperatures, far below the norm. And it's true that we are getting a lot of storms and so one this winter that would seem to, on the surface at least, go against the widely understood notion of global warming.
But these quips and jeers are not only stupid, they're completely bogus. We're currently experiencing a harsh, cold winter, but the southern hemisphere is going through one of the hottest summers on record. Australia in particular is sweltering. And that's not the only evidence of climate change. You know all these snow storms we keep getting? They're linked to it as well.
It annoys the hell out of me that we have people out there who completely dismiss climate change out of hand. But what gets me more is why they do it. They don't listen to the scientific evidence, they don't have a discussion with people who are trained and experienced in the area of weather patterns. All they do is talk about the controversy.
Let me set the record straight. Just like with the theory of evolution and the origin of the universe, mainstream science is VASTLY in favor of climate change theory. The only people who dissent from those positions are the scientists on the payrolls of companies that would have to spend billions to counter climate change, or who are working for conservative think tanks. These pseudo-science "controversies" that are touted by the Right don't actually exist, but they try to use them to push their own personal beliefs into the mainstream discussion as credible alternatives to what is largely established fact in the science community.
Bundle up, stay safe, and keep the climate-change deniers at bay.