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October 22, 2014

Polar Vortex Does Not Negate Global Warming

Climate change doubters are using the extreme cold hitting most of the nation as evidence to support their cause. Do they have a case?

Climate experts say, no. The cold snap is merely a blip in long-term planetary climate trends.

Politico: “Most climate researchers say the great weight of the long-term trends points to the reality that big changes are afoot: For example, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that according to global temperature data going back to 1880, all 10 of the warmest years on record have occurred since 1998.”

“Michael Mann, the Penn State climatologist who has often been at the center of the fights over global warming, accused climate skeptics of using ‘discredited talking points’ in hopes of ‘hijacking the serious conversation we need to have about how we are going to deal with the very real risks of climate change.'”

“Two-thirds of Americans believe that climate change is occurring, according to recent surveys. But less than half believe the evidence definitively shows humans are responsible.”

  • David Bluefeather

    The only thing lower than the temperature in the polar vortex, is the IQ of the average Fox News viewer.

  • Iofiel

    The great Chicago freeze is being bookended by weekends in the 40’s and 50’s. In December and January. Yet the fact that there was a cold, snowy snap in Chicago in winter means global warming must be a hoax.

  • DemInExile

    So Politico reports “Most climate researchers say….”

    I’d like to know which climate researchers feel this blip singlehandedly proves climate change to be false, because there are either climate researcher out there that feel this way, or Politico’s reporting sucks. It should read “ALL climate researchers say….” you boneheads.

  • http://foundersfollies.blogspot.com/ Chredon

    Here in North Carolina, we had record-breaking lows on Tuesday.

    We are scheduled to have record-breaking highs on Saturday.

    The problem of global climate change isn’t that it’s getting hotter and hotter. It’s that by adding more energy to the system, you are creating more powerful and more extreme weather systems – hot and cold.

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