Other than their grating self-righteousness, the most annoying thing about global warmists is their double standards.
Case in point. All over North America for the past few weeks, they’ve been screaming how dare the Republican right and Fox News in the U.S. suggest the recent wave of record snowfalls and cold temperatures south of the border are evidence man-made global warming is a hoax.
Indeed, warmist piling on has been almost as impressive as the snow drifts that recently paralyzed Washington, D.C.
Now, before the warmists have a stroke, let it be said they have a point.
Weather isn’t climate and no single weather event, or season, or several cold and snowy seasons, can fairly be used to discount the theory of man-made global warming.
Indeed, in a warming world, precipitation increases (at least where it doesn’t decrease) and thus, heavy snowfalls aren’t automatic evidence of global cooling. To the contrary, warmists contend, record snowfalls are a sure sign of global warming.
Thus, when the family of Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, considered the anti-Christ by global warmists, builds an igloo near the U.S. Capitol declaring it “Al Gore’s New Home” that’s not fair ... It’s funny, but it’s not fair.
Ditto Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, tweeting the snow would fall “until Al Gore cries uncle.” Again, unfair ... Still funny, though.
Ditto Fox News — whose pundits express similar views, only more loudly.
After all, global warming is a complex issue and the public’s understanding is not helped by simplistic, sensationalistic portrayals of it.
Of course, global warmists — who have condemned Republican tactics — would never stoop to them, right? Wrong.
We whisk you to Vancouver just before the Olympics where — shocking, this — there wasn’t any snow, because, as all Canadians know, Vancouver is always buried in about, what,— a metre of the white stuff, at this time of year? (Insert laughter here.)
So, given the somewhat unsurprising news Olympic officials were trucking in snow to Cypress Mountain, site of the freestyle skiing and snowboard events, how did Canadian warmists respond?
Well, here’s our most famous environmentalist, David Suzuki, calmly commenting.
“I’ve watched in horror as the snow just melted away from Cypress Mountain and it’s even more horrifying to me to think of helicopters airlifting snow from Manning Park to fill it back up again.”
In addition to Suzuki’s apparently low tolerance for horror, climatically speaking, his foundation chimed in man-made global warming clearly had a hand in the lack of snow.
So, just to review the warmist perspective:
(1) North of the 49th parallel — global warming explains the lack of snow.
(2) South of the 49th parallel — global warming explains the snow.
(1) Warmists can use single weather events to prove global warming.
(2) Opponents can’t use single weather events to disprove global warming.
Does it not occur to warmists that stuff like this is one of the reasons more and more people are starting to think of them as the intellectual heirs of Chicken Little?
As for Canada’s warmist media, if you’re wondering why fewer people are buying your argument neither climategate nor the growing scientific controversies engulfing the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is news, ask yourself this.
How many of you (justifiably) criticized Inhofe, DeMint and Fox for what they said? Now, how many of you criticized Suzuki and his foundation for what they said? Oops.
A final assignment for warmists. Go to your video bible, Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, and find in all those dramatic visual images linking global warming to present-day heat waves, droughts, floods, melting glaciers, rising sea levels and hurricanes, one image — just one — linking global warming to record snowstorms.
Trust me, you won’t find any, because that would have gotten in the way of Gore’s painfully simplistic argument that more greenhouse gas emissions simply means more heat.
And the problem is, when you live by the sword, you die by the sword, as the warmists are now discovering.