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Fire and Ice …

March 2nd, 2009 · 8 Comments

10,000+ people are descending on Congress to lobby on climate change as part of Powershift 09. And, many of those will participate in what might be the largest climate change disobedience action in history: the Capitol Climate Action to seek to shut down the coal-fired Capitol Power Plant. Meanwhile, the DC area (along with much of the East Coast) is hit with a major snowstorm. The Federal Government is on a two-hour delay and schools around the area are shut down.

For those who don’t get that weather isn’t climate, a snowy day in March is not some contradiction of science on Global Warming, they are confused when mass efforts to highlight the seriousness of the climate crisis intersect with major weather events that seem (SEEM) to contradict the realities of the dangerous changes that humanity is recklessly driving. Some joke about “The Gore Effect”, suggesting that the best predictor of a DC snow storm is Al Gore being scheduled to testify before Congress. (They will, of course, forget when he is there in hotter weather if they can find a snow or ice event …) Today reinforces that shallow observation.

Without a doubt, expect “journalists” to include shallow (and snide) comments about “snow storm” in any discussions of Powershift and the Capitol Climate Action. Expect Marc Morano and the global warming denier sound machine to spread messages and one-liners making these links.

Will they, however, mention that Australia is burning up and drowning at the same time? (Any mention of Australia’s Black Saturday when laughing about Washington’s White Monday?) Will they have any discussions of flooding in Washington State or how much of the US is in drought (including 97% of Texas) and how Texas farmers are suffering? Sigh … perhaps not.

Will they emphasize that thousands were willing, even amid such lousy weather, to show up and risk arrest to highlight coal’s risks?

Will they have the sense to discuss that this is Global, not your backyard, Warming and that is why some prefer “Climate Change” to be able to better explain how the weather pattern disruption can mean more snow or rain in place A while place B is baking in severe, extended drought conditions?

Will the reporters have the common sense to remind people of a simple fact? More snowfall in your backyard doesn’t mean global warming hasn’t stopped!

As my kids gleefully play in the snow, ecstatic that school is cancelled, I wonder if any reporter will have the sense to highlight someone saying something like this:

“Yeah, ain’t it great!

Sometimes the climate crisis will bring us fun things like a snow day in March in DC, and sometimes it will bring us deathly heat waves across entire continents.

The one thing that we know we can count on if we don’t get a handle on it: it will definitely bring an unpredictability to our weather that will wreak havoc on our economy, our public health systems, and the way we live our daily lives.”

Tags: Global Warming · climate change · journalism

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wonk Room » On Day Of Youth Climate Protest, Extreme Weather Grips Nation // Mar 2, 2009 at 11:10 am

    [...] in Power Shift ‘09 are descending on the U.S. Capitol to demand Congress take action to fight climate change. While students from South Dakota to North Carolina lobby their elected officials, others will be [...]

  • 2 What’s in a name? Warming; Change; Chaos; Disruption; Catastrophe; Climaticide // Mar 3, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    [...] to CO2 increased concentrations, flooding, etc …) And, the term can create confusion amid a snowstorm or cold weather event or a few years of reduced heat loads (after all, this is mainly, not fully, driven by humanity [...]

  • 3 Climate Progress » Blog Archive » Power Shift: A Day of youth climate protest in DC // Apr 3, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    [...] in Power Shift ‘09 are descending on the U.S. Capitol to demand Congress take action to fight climate change. While students from South Dakota to North Carolina lobby their elected officials, others will be [...]

  • 4 New record temperatures all the time: of course George Will and deniers will write about this! // Nov 17, 2009 at 6:26 am

    [...] Global warming deniers (self-proclaimed “skeptics”) are enthralled with cherry-picking d…and screaming to high heaven every time there is a record cold temperature or some weather event that provides a good photo op for pimping falsehoods about global warming.  Where’s my Global Warming, Dude?, for example, could be called a check-up spot for the weirdest COLD weather. Reading deceiving sites like that, one could believe that everywhere you turn, all the time, your most serious concern should be to make sure you have your winter parka firmly closed before you venture out into an-ever cooling planet.   This systematic drumbeat of specific factual information (about a snowstorm here or a record cold temperature there or …) that totals up to less than truthiness is one of the angles of deception that undermine the general population’s ability to understand actual science and actual truth about what is going on with climate change. [...]

  • 5 Dark, Cold, Wet Copenhagen and Global Warming // Nov 23, 2009 at 1:17 pm

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  • 6 Cold Weather … the glaring need for context // Jan 10, 2010 at 9:16 pm

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  • 7 A. Siegel: "Boy, It’s Cold Outside" and the Nature of Climate Change / Global Warming | X News Now // Jan 12, 2010 at 7:01 am

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  • 8 What’s in a name? // May 6, 2010 at 5:14 am

    [...] to CO2 increased concentrations, flooding, etc …) And, the term can create confusion amid a snowstorm or cold weather event or a few years of reduced heat loads (after all, this is mainly, not fully, driven by humanity [...]

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