Sunday, 25 January 2009

Denying Global Warming Because It's Winter

Now that it's the middle of winter and it's cold outside, dumb people are up in arms denouncing the threat of global warming and climate change.

It seems that now is the perfect time to view the scientists warnings (and satellite images of polar ice melting) as one big hoax designed to scare people.

The attacks are many and reminiscent of something from the "let's hate on something" bandwagon. Not to mention they are bored and don't have much to do this time of year, so why not.

Here's one of the first things a dumb person will say with regards to global warming:

"But 2008 was one of the coldest years!"

This is true, but only in the last 8 years or so. One has to consider that the general trend has been upward. Climate change doesn't follow smooth linear trends; the kind that dumb people can follow.

Dumb people also have short memories. Back in the 1980s the 2008 temperatures would have been considered warmer than normal.

Facts can be a bitch but in an effort to stand their ground dumb people will say things like:

"I'm so sick of hearing about this!"

Which is unavoidably followed by:

"Guys like that scam artist Al Gore are making a ton of money off this!"

If someone is making a living and maybe even getting rich then it must be false right? In that case let's denounce religious establishments as well since they are also in a way spreading "fear" and making lots of money in the process. And they are doing it all based on beliefs, and not at all based on facts.

But surely, anyone can understand that releasing many billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the air each year will eventually have negative results.

Furthermore, pollution and global warming is something you can feel, and over time measure. And shouldn't an upward temperature trend over the last hundred plus years at least make the idea plausible? And what if the rate of temperature increase closely matches the rate of increase of global carbon emissions, especially in the last 60 years. Shouldn't that at least make the idea plausible? Not according to some.

Have a look at the chart that "proves" global warming is not real. I pretended I was a dumb person and added the note you see on the bottom right. The original chart is courtesy of the UK Meteorological Office. NASA also has a similar chart (

Click on image for larger view

There you go. Over the last 100 years there are at least eight distinct regions that "prove" global warming is fake. Somebody send me a cheque.

1 comment:

Citrus* said...

Amazing post, as a TA for a climatology class, I deal with these shitheads on a daily basis.