On the Huffington Post today, global warming campaigner Laurie David opines about the weather in Dallas as she takes her morning run:
Time magazine had it right when they described the planet’s illness from global warming as being sick with the flu and going from night shivers to a cold sweat. That is exactly what is happening. 70 degrees in January and 40 degrees in April.
What’s really interesting is that most of the comments take issue with her post. Here they are:
Laurie I thought it was getting warmer not colder. We have a warm January and everyone says it’s proof of global warming; we have the coldest February in a century and everyone says it proof of global warming. When it rains, it’s proof; when it snows it’s proof; if it’s sunny it’s proof; if it’s cloudy it;s proof. It’s called weather. Here in New England we say if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute. A day, month, year, decade, or century in the life of our planet is nothing. Get real – you’ll soon be praying for an air conditioned room in Texas.
By: matconly on April 10, 2007 at 11:07am
Aren’t you embarrassed at all for being suckered for global warming?
By: Macho733 on April 10, 2007 at 11:08am
The trouble with the IPCC report is that there is no downside to alarmist extrapolation or attribution of climate change to anthropogenic causes. If they turn out to be wrong, everyone will join in a collective sigh of relief. On the contrary there is every reason why climatologists are positively motivated to go along: more prestige, more funding, job security.
Let’s be honest about it, these governmental institutions are just as liable to get us into crusades like the war on poverty, the war on drugs and the war on terror.
By: cognate on April 10, 2007 at 11:12am
I am sorry, but having widely varying weather in Spring time, especially April, is really rather normal.
By: JIM3CH on April 10, 2007 at 11:16am
Do you really think that if everyone in the U.S. takes your advice and turns down their thermostat and drives a Prius it will end the global warming problem? Their are billions of people on this planet that live on nothing and they all want to have a lifestyle as privileged as yours. However the solution is for them to cut back so that you can continue your elitest, wasteful, super-consuming, gluttonous lifestyle. I don’t know where you live or how big your house is but I am willing to bet that it uses a lot more energy than mine does. If you are really that concerned why don’t you renounce your greedy, over consumptive ways and live in a one room log cabin so that you personally have less of a negative impact on this earth. Instead you would rather continue to be a jetsettting super consumer and tell everybody else to live on nothing. Guess what – we already are. Since this society is set up to steal from the middle class and give to the rich we all live really conservative lifestyles and this isn’t by choice. And by the way, I don’t care about your cold hands. I am at work with cold hands and cold feet, not jogging and riding around on a tour bus. By the way I am as anti- republican as you are and I am concerned about how the super consumers are destroying my home. The trouble is that you are one of them and you are trying to disguise yourself as something else with a few clever props. You need to practice what you preach. Just another comment that you won’t have the nerve to post since you only post things that agree with you.
By: jimmiefree on April 10, 2007 at 11:19am
I drove from Mesquite to Odessa on Saturday. Once we got past Ft. Worth the wintry mix started. The temperature was hovering between 26 and 29 degrees the entire trip. The only thing that kept the I20 open was the constant truck traffic and the sudden temperature drop.
60 miles east of Odessa the weather turned to a full fledged snowstorm and only one lane was open. The accumulation melted off quickly because the pavement was so warm.
I had an old timer at a rest stop tell me he had never seen the mesquite trees fooled before. He stated they never bud before the last freeze. There were leaves on the mesquites this time and the blue bonnets were covered in snow.
It is not unusual for Texas to have a late “cold snap” this late in the spring. It is unusual for it to be this cold and have ice, sleet and snow.
By: NativeTexan on April 10, 2007 at 11:31am
Thank you Laurie for all you do with Climate Change education. It is a shame that so many people still think that our current weather proves or disproves “Global Warming”.
There are also many misconceptions comparing weather forcasts with 1 degree of climate change. There is no connection between the reliability of next weeks weather and measuring and predicting climate change. The data that we have for global temperature changes are very reliable and reinforced by various sources.
By: ageofdeception on April 10, 2007 at 11:42am
I’m with jimmiefree.
By: lynchcheney on April 10, 2007 at 11:46am
I will believe the global warming consensus of top scientist over any politician or political pundit and especially over the PR machines of the corporations who are responsible. Corporations have much more to lose than any scientist has to gain as a result of global warming science. Cognate’s conspiracy theory that scientists are promoting global warming theory for prestige is ludicrous. Corporations have more at stake than anybody.
Having said that, I’m from Texas, and a cold snap around Easter is not uncommon. I’m 37, and I remember having snow on Easter a couple of times when I was a kid. So, I agree that not every weather event is proof of global warming. This sort of over-reaction doesn’t do any good.
By: dasein1969 on April 10, 2007 at 11:48am