Hopefully this isn’t news to too many people, but snowstorms do not disprove climate change.
“As the Earth gets warmer and more moisture gets absorbed into the atmosphere, we are steadily loading the dice in favor of more extreme storms in all seasons, capable of causing greater impacts on society,” says scientist Jeff Masters. “If the climate continues to warm, we should expect an increase in heavy snow events for a few decades, until the climate grows so warm that we pass the point where it’s too warm for it to snow heavily.”
Okay, that’s a scientist’s perspective. Maybe you’d prefer to hear politicians’ and pundits’ anecdotal experience instead? Here are four notable figures who will have you believe that just because temperatures haven’t stopped going above freezing altogether that global warming must be a hoax:
1. Donald Trump
Leave it to Donald Trump to kill the joy of a new year. On January 1st, Trump tweeted, “This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bulls*** has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps, and our GW scientists are stuck in ice.”
How dare environmentalists interfere with the rich’s ability to make more money! (Why is it only considered “expensive” when it’s a detriment to businesses that can afford it?) Call off the activists because it’s cold!
As for the scientists stuck in the ice, they didn’t exactly freeze into place. Science writer Chris Mooney explains that they got trapped after ice broke off from a glacier — the result of climate change.
2. Sarah Palin
“Global warming my gluteus maximus,” Sarah Palin wrote on her Facebook page. This comment was attached to a photo of her child playing in the snow. Most Alaskans wouldn’t assume that snow had to disappear from their state altogether and abruptly for global warming to be valid, but most Alaskans also aren’t the former Governor, I suppose.
That, or it’s a talking point that Palin is milking for effect. The year before, Palin posted a picture of a different child in sub-zero temperature and similarly asked, “What global warming?” Funny how she didn’t make a similar point during the state’s record warm streak that year.
3. Jim DeMint
A few years ago, then South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint tweeted a similar sentiment: ”It’s going to keep snowing in DC until Al Gore cries ‘uncle’.” Get it? Surely the former Vice President will be forced to admit his global warming platform is a charade now that a foot of snow is on the ground!
Fortunately, Gore hasn’t given up his environmental crusade. As for DeMint, after serving in Congress for 14 years, he resigned last year to head The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank that will allow him to continue sharing his climate skepticism.
4. Rush Limbaugh
Shock jock Rush Limbaugh weighed in on the recent cold weather surge with a slam of his own. On his show, he said, “I would love to see Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Hillary sitting outside on the 50 yard line of Green Bay the whole game, and then afterwards do a presentation for us all on global warming.”
As Mother Jones points out, the winter in Wisconsin is not indicative of the weather elsewhere. In the Southern Hemisphere, currently experiencing its summer, the temperature is hovering around 120 degrees Farenheit in Australia.