Thursday, March 22, 2007

Icicles in Buffalo

Those global warming skeptics, darn them! I just knew one would say something so clever, so diabolical, that Al Gore would be forced to admit it’s all a big hoax.
The Washington Post reports that Senator James Inhofe (R-Fossil Fuels) thought he had Gore flummoxed with this clever question:
Displaying a photograph of icicles in Buffalo, Inhofe demanded: "How come you guys never seem to notice it when it gets cold?
Yeah Al; why is it cold in Buffalo? Have you thought of that?
As I’ve noted before, there is a difference between weather and climate:
Weather is what’s happening in a specific place at a specific time and changes moment by moment. Climate encompasses the entire planet and changes slowly.
The overall temperature of the planet Earth might change by a fraction of a degree over the course of a decade. Not in the most dire worst case scenario, with the glaciers gone and the ice caps melted, is it imagined that the climate could change so much as to preclude the formation of icicles in Buffalo.
Some of the reaction against Gore is based on disbelief in the science, while some is personal:
A sour Dennis Hastert (Ill.), the former House speaker, called him "a personality and now a movie star."
"Rin Tin Tin was a movie star," Gore demurred. "I just have a slide show."

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