Saturday, February 13, 2010

Washington DC covered in snow proves global warming wrong

It seems to be the logic of some right wing ‘journalists’ and uninformed people that the amount of snow falling in certain places lately – though noticeably not at the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics – somehow debunks the science of global warming or climate change. What’s being referred to as ’snowpocalypse’ – I guess that’s all they could come up with – has virtually shut down my hometown of Washington, DC. Luckily I live in London now, where people usually freak out at the sight of a lone snowflake see-sawing its way onto the perpetually sodden earth, where it promptly melts, never to be seen or heard from again. Yet the same facile arguments have been used here.

To reiterate what should be the obvious: Weather is not climate, events are not patterns, your backyard is not the world (even if it is Washington, DC) climate change is not just global warming, blah, blah, blah… I mean, did you guys like not see The Day After Tomorrow??

Anyway, watch this segment from the Rachel Maddow Show, which explains things in humorous, simple way – including some examples of the coolest way to win a basketball game – plus some actual science.

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