"A GW prayer to “fix” your local weather?
[sigh] What a surprise, another science iliterate christian.
—A Quantum Liberal "
(From Porno Christian's Can I Get a Little Global Warming Over Here?)
"And the -21 reference is a silly one, if thats what you're trying to use to promote the Fraser Institute's (er, Exxon) line that Global warming doesn't exist. There will always be days like this where it feels like winter should.. but it took 2 months to get to it; December and January temps were way above normal for most of the country, and we've had a long cycle going many years back now where temperatures continue to rise and unpredictable weather increases..."
(From Stephen Taylor's Liberal vs. Conservative Narratives.)
And right here in comments, I jokingly made a reference to the plus side of global warming on a day when going outdoors forced me to cover up so much of my face, that they would have banned me for life from Herouxville. The response at 11:59:00 AM was:
"Global warming is a concept that applies to the AVERAGE increase (not day-to-day increase) in global temperatures around the world."
For anyone who is actually confused on this point, the very knowledgeable Lorrie Goldstein gives us the straight goods in today's column, It's the Weather, Stupid!
The unusually mild temperatures we were experiencing a few weeks ago were no more indicative of "global warming" (contrary to many hysterical media reports at the time) than the recent cold snap is evidence of "global cooling."
In fact, these are both examples of "the weather" -- not "climate change." Climate change is not about day-to-day, month-to-month or even year-to-year weather events, no single one of which can be blamed conclusively or exclusively on man-made global warming.
Rather, it is about long-term changes in the earth's climate, brought about by both natural and (it is now believed) man-made phenomenon, spanning decades, centuries, millennia, even millions of years.
Thank you, Lorrie.
Most Blogging Tories are aware of the important distinction, but the Environiks do not tolerate any kind of humour or irreverence directed at this very serious crisis. In fact, we should probably refrain from using any levity at all or else we may be inviting a Global- Warming Jihad. We risk having George Bush and Stephen Harper burned lockstep in effigy by dry ice.
Obviously, this issue is far too volatile for humour or sarcasm.
Thank you. Now, back to your regularly scheduled blogging.