“Just look at all that global warming,” said more than a few clueless yokels as the snow began to fall in clumps yesterday afternoon. (Still falling as I write this, by the way. Tomorrow’s big dig promises to be tons of fun.) It’ll likely also be a subject on Dennis Miller’s radio show Monday morning, and Rush Limbaugh will probably likewise cite this weekend’s blizzard of the century-so-far as evidence that global warming is a gigantic hippie hoax that no one in his or her right mind could possibly believe.
There’s just one problem with this argument: It’s stupid. If he were better informed on the issue, Rush might call it retarded (but only in a satirical sense, of course . . .).
Global warming is measured by an increase in average global temperature over many years. It’s a worldwide trend. A cold winter in your hometown does nothing to disprove it. Shit, a colder than average day in the middle of summer does nothing to disprove it. It’s a long-term phenomenon.
I’m not a Nazi about this. I’m not some alarmist who thinks New York will be underwater in a few years. I have no reason to believe global warming isn’t happening and that we don’t have something to do with it, but I also believe there are lots of things related to this issue that serious people are still arguing about. Whether I buy them or not, there are good arguments against the existence of global warming, or at least against mankind’s contribution to it.
But snow on the ground in the eastern United States the first week of February ain’t one of them, so shut the fuck up.