In light of recent record-breaking snowstorms, both in the United States and Europe, I think it’s time to re-visit one of my favorite topics: global warming (or, as it’s been renamed in recent years, climate change).
The meteorological dogma of the Global Warm-ongers over the last several decades has been that man-made carbon dioxide and other so-called “greenhouse gases” have caused the Earth’s temperature to rise to dangerous levels, melting the icecaps and threatening life as we know it. How then can this phenomenon explain the kind of weather we’ve been experiencing this winter? That’s simple; the moisture added to the atmosphere by the melting icecaps manifests itself as precipitation in the form of snow. Bottom line: if there weren’t global warming, there wouldn’t be all this additional snow.
On the surface, this explanation has a certain amount of plausibility about it – until we examine what was being said about global warming and snow barely a decade ago.
On March 20, 2000, an article appeared in the UK Independent entitled “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past” (here’s a link to the article). The author, Charles Onians, quotes Dr. David Viner, a research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia (Note: CRU was later to be the source of the “Climategate” emails). Dr. Viner predicted that “within a few years, winter snowfall will become ‘a very rare and exciting event.’”
“‘Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,’ he said.”
In searching for articles about the recent snows in Great Britain, I discovered something very interesting. Parts of the UK enjoyed a White Christmas in 2009 as well, and on January 7, 2010, NASA reported that “[s]now blanketed Great Britain.” Here’s a link to NASA’s satellite imagery of the event, which “shows snow cover over the entire island of Great Britain.”
A “very rare and exciting event”? I think not.
But the British aren’t the only ones who predicted the end of snow as a result of climate change. On September 24, 2008, environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., in a Los Angeles Times op-ed entitled “Palin’s Big Oil infatuation” (here’s a link to the op-ed), reminisced about snow sledding in Virginia in his youth, blaming Sarah Palin and Big Oil for the demise of those wonderful times. Just over a year later, from December 2009 to February 2010 , the DC/Virginia area experienced record amounts of snow. And this December, snow reached as far south as Roanoke and Virginia Beach.
So what’s the answer: Does man-made climate change cause snowless winters, or does it cause blizzards? Another simple answer: yes.
My sister-in-law once told me that her philosophy professor declared that a statement that answers every question actually answers no questions. If anthropogenic global warming (AGW) can account for snow (as well as a lack of snow), for hurricanes (as well as a lack of hurricanes), for flooding (as well as droughts) – then it apparently answers all questions regarding climate.
Which means it answers none.