Denier dementia: a weather forecast

Might it be in the water? Could it be in the air? Or more likely it’s a matter of a unique dementia that strikes those who listen to rightwing talk radio or watch Fox News. The climate change deniers are on a roll because of the blizzard of 2010 on the East Coast. And they are getting ready to roll right into Longmont and Denver Metro with the forecast of the first winter storm of the season. The logic goes something like this: If it’s cold anywhere, then there is no such thing as global warming.

Watch Sam Seder’s most remarkable “weather forecast.”

  1 comment for “Denier dementia: a weather forecast

  1. Gregory Iwan
    January 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    As I’ve heard it from the writer here, many confuse “climate” with “weather.” I taught college geography, and my students know the difference. Here’s the key, for anyone who cares: the atmosphere always tries to balance out its energy budget. This always, always means some places are “too cold,” while others are
    “too hot.” But look at the rains in northeast Australia (and their similar travails in 2008). The real point to climate change (PLEASE, let us not say, “global warming;” that’s a gross oversimplification!!!) is that the atmosphere now contains more energy than at any time in recorded history. That excess means extreme weather, as climate change takes at least decades or centuries to play out. The SUV crowd doesn’t care about its grandkids (that’s why they worry about their grandkids’ share of the national debt). Confused? Well, debt won’t mean a whole lot when the grain supply heads for zero and the new Atlantic coastline is somewhere in western Pennsylvania.

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