I heard that Al Gore uses electricity at his house and flies in an aero-plane sometimes

This is what it looked like outside ATTWIW Worldwide HQ at around 10 this morning, after some warmer temperatures and a light misty rain had actually melted some of the snow we got overnight:

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For more perspective, here’s what it looked like as I was about a third of the way through the hour plus job of shoveling our walk:

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Luckily the power has stayed on so far, although with another couple of inches plus higher winds on the way tonight I’m still not counting any chickens.

I noticed yesterday that the global warming deniers crowd was yukking it up (via) over the fact that the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee had scheduled a “big global warming hearing” for Wednesday and, ROFLMAO, it snowed a lot in DC that day!

According to Weather.com, there’s a 100 percent chance of snow on February 13 with a high temperature that day of a balmy 36° F. The Weather Underground forecast for temperatures following the global warming hearing is no less hilarious…

HAHAHA stupid liberals the joke’s on you, just like all that snow! Except, here’s the thing, yesterday’s hearing was called “Extreme Weather Events: The Costs of Not Being Prepared.” And we all know there’s nothing extreme about a storm dumping a foot plus of snow and/or ice all over the southeastern US in the middle of February:

People in communities in upstate South Carolina were shocked to see snow accumulations in the double digits, something that had not happened for 26 years.

See? This kind of thing routinely happens about four times every century or so.

Wait, there’s more from the “HAHA it snowed suck it” folks:

Now, your garden variety global warming apologist will read this post and say something along the lines of, “It’s not ‘global warming’ anymore — it’s ‘climate change.’ And these extreme weather events are all because of man-made climate change, and of course you should be preparing for them, just like that hearing says.”


Unfortunately for the apologists, all the time and money they spent hyping the threat of global warming led some people, like me, to conclude that they were worried about…global warming. You don’t get to just change your name around and pretend everything’s rosy when the circumstances inconveniently fail to support your chosen brand identity.

This is unimpeachable, apart from how nobody ever actually “changed the name” from global warming to climate change. One describes the phenomenon, the other describes one of the effects of that phenomenon, and in fact “climate change” appears in the scientific literature earlier and far more frequently than “global warming.”

Well, I’m not being entirely accurate here. One person did propose changing the name–Frank Luntz, advising Republican politicians on how to talk about global warming without making it sound so threatening.

And while we’re on the topic of preparation for extreme events: it’s winter. Snow happens. In summer, hot happens. In the fall, hurricanes happen. Climates do change, but it’s just silly to pretend that every weather event — no matter how big or small or hot or cold — is somehow related to your crackpot political agenda.

See if you can spot the problem with that sentence given the overall thrust of the article in which it appears. I’ll wait.

The PR strategy from the global warming hysterics is eerily reminiscent of that game you play with a pre-schooler where the rules constantly change but somehow the child always wins.

In this case, we know “the child,” which represents all the silly people worried about climate change, is winning because nobody is doing anything about the problem. Yeah, success!

A man named Patrick Michaels at Forbes, which is essential reading if you want to know about how American workers are oppressing capitalists by checking Facebook at work, or about how the ungrateful 99% should be doing more to honor rich people, since giving them all our money clearly isn’t good enough, worries that all this overblown global warming hype might cause people to stop paying attention to science at all:

[Australian climate scientist Garth] Paltridge lays out the well-known uncertainties in climate forecasting. These include our inability to properly simulate clouds that are anything like what we see in the real world, the embarrassing lack of average surface warming now in its 17th year, and the fumbling (and contradictory) attempts to explain it away.

While the politically correct name for the last 17 years is “the pause,” it’s much more like the P-wave, which reflects the crustal slippage that occurs before the shaking (and tsunami, if beneath the sea) of a catastrophic earthquake. Humans can’t feel them, but many animals can, which is why birds alight shortly before all hell breaks loose.

This is concerning, except for the part where there hasn’t been a pause so much as the development of a more accurate forecasting model that still says we’re adding more heat to the global climate system, and the part where all the things that climate change models predict should happen are, you know, happening:

So what’s been happening while global warming was apparently having a holiday?

Here’s a chart from Australia’s CSIRO science agency showing sea level rise in recent decades. The drop you can see around 2011 was actually down to water being temporarily stored on the Australian land mass following the major flooding and rainfall event that year.

Chart showing global sea level rise
Global sea level continues to rise, driven by melting ice sheets, glaciers and warming and expanding oceans. Image: CSIRO

The cryosphere – the Earth’s icey areas – obviously don’t think much of the notion that global warming might have stopped.

A study last year in the journal Science looked at glaciers in all regions of the world. The study found that the world’s glaciers were melting at a rate of 259 billion tonnes a year between 2003 and 2009.

What about the ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland, which together hold about 99 per cent of the world’s fresh water?

Between 1992 and 2001, ice was melting from the two main ice sheets at a rate of about 64 billion tonnes a year, according to the latest IPCC assessment of the science.

From 2002 to 2011, the ice sheets were melting at a rate of about 362 billion tonnes a year – an almost six-fold increase.  What was that about a pause in global warming?

People suffering in extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding, I would argue, don’t stand there muttering: “At least the average global temperature on the earth’s surface is 0.2C less than some climate models thought it would be.”

During this lovely comfortable hiatus when we’re told by some that global warming has stopped and so we can all stop being such worry pots, what else has been going on?

Australia has experienced its hottest year on record after the most widespread heat wave on record. The risk of bushfires is on the rise.

The UK is experiencing extreme flooding – again.

Other research has found that globally, all this extra warmth means that monthly heat records are being broken five times more often.

Even if we do want to look at globally averaged temperatures, the “hiatus” has given the world its hottest decade since records began in 1850.

But Michaels is right: “we” have definitely stopped paying attention to science.

3 thoughts on “I heard that Al Gore uses electricity at his house and flies in an aero-plane sometimes

  1. Have all these climate change alarmists not heard of natural evolution. For thousands of years the climate has been changing remember not that long ago we had an ice age whoops excuse my ignorance that must have been caused by humans. It would seem that every time the world changes it must be caused by human intervention. What a load of cods wallow.

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