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July 15, 2012
Is the Current Heat wave Caused by Global Cooling?
Back in 2010 Judah Cohen, director of seasonal forecasting at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, a private consulting firm helping businesses manage weather and climate-related risk, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times arguing that the unusually nasty winter we experienced in North America was a result of Global Warming.
Cohen made the following argument:
In short, cold winter weather is attributable to global warming, at least according to Cohen.
I begged to differ at the time.
But Cohen's ideas gained much traction in the mainstream media and among the climate change crowd, and his views still inform the alarmists.
The Gang Green, those Environment Űber Alles types, have been trumpeting the unusually hot weather we have suffered in North America as evidence of thermogeddon. The New York Times thinks so, of course they are taking their cue from a recent IPCC report which suggested as much.
The Huffington Post had headlines fairly screaming the accusation:
And a host of others have jumped on the bandwagon, a bandwagon strangely empty when we faced cold winter weather and were told (quite correctly) "weather is not climate." Agreed, but sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, and now that we are enduring a little heat the gander wants the goose slathered in gravy..
This year is not even that unusual, as Randall Hoven has pointed out; due to unseasonably cool weather in Asia this is only the 10th warmest on record.
A thought occurred to me; if global warming leads to cold weather, can it not be argued global cooling leads to warm weather?
Apparently it can!
According to Dr. Tim Ball:
So, a dome of cold air locked in the Arctic is changing planetary weather patterns and pulling the hot air up from the tropics.
And the Arctic has shivered through an unusually cool summer and is poised for an early freeze-up.
There has been no statistically significant warming of the planet since 1995, and many researchers argue that we are entering a period of global cooling .If so, will we see more volatile weather events, more extreme heat waves, more unsettled climatic patterns? Perhaps we need to throw another log on the fire, belch out more carbon dioxide to keep the planet warm, lest we all melt in this terrible summer heat! Maybe it's time to stoke the coal furnaces! We need an international agreement to compel increased exhaust of greenhouse gases!
If they can make that case, why can't we?
Timothy Birdnow is a St. Louis based writer. His website is www.tbirdnow.mee.nu
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