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Dear GOP: Please Stop “Bring ‘Em On”ing Mother Nature

February 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

This guest post comes from The Green Miles who, with reason, is appalled at the Virginia GOP’s determination to display its anti-science syndrome credentials for all the world to see. [Note: for a related, background, post, see: Cold Weather … the glaring need for context

You just had to do it, didn’t you, Republican Party of Virginia? Couldn’t let last weekend’s Snowmageddon go by without a taunting video the snow backed up your belief that global warming didn’t exist? And national Republicans giddily joined in.

Never get in all up in Mother Nature’s grill and sneer “Bring ’em on.”

Just five days later, the DC area is waking up to intense snowfall & 60 mile per hour wind gusts, creating whiteout conditions. Is this “normal,” Republicans?

We here in DC would kill for some of those placid, bucolic scenes featured in your video. Instead, we’re getting, simply put, a winter hurricane.

Which is exactly what climate scientists have been warning to expect as our climate continues to change unchecked. Just last week, the National Wildlife Federation issued a report on Global Warming & Oddball Winter Weather that warned, “Global warming is bringing a clear trend toward heavier precipitation events.”

And there are signs that even the national media, which can’t even be trusted to publicly state that trying to insure the uninsured is a good thing, is finally willing to call out Republican climate ignorance. Here’s TIME:

Brace yourselves now — this may be a case of politicians twisting the facts. There is some evidence that climate change could in fact make such massive snowstorms more common, even as the world continues to warm. As the meteorologist Jeff Masters points out in his excellent blog at Weather Underground, the two major storms that hit Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., this winter — in December and during the first weekend of February — are already among the 10 heaviest snowfalls those cities have ever recorded. The chance of that happening in the same winter is incredibly unlikely.

And that’s before today’s Snowstorm #3.

The facts of global warming are more clear than ever:

But hey, if you’re tired of the snow, global warming is here to help! Spring is now arriving 10-14 days sooner. We’ll be back to record heat waves before you know it!Cross-posted from Blue Virginia. Disclosure note: While I work for the National Wildlife Federation for my day job, I blog under The Green Miles on my personal time.

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Tags: anti-science syndrome · catastrophic climate change · Energy · Global Warming · global warming deniers · virginia

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  • 1 Climate Disruption: Airlifting snow from Washington, DC, to Vancouver, British Columbia // Feb 11, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    […] Prominent elements Republican Party and associated anti-science syndrome sufferers are gleefully (an…. The reality of Global Warming is that “warmth” isn’t what all of us will feel with each moment, after all that moment is weather, and that climate disruption can foster colder weather in one place and warmth in other areas.  Thus, Washington, DC, has had over 55 inches of snow, setting a record for snow levels (even while not setting records for cold temperatures for a winter — in fact, the “most average January since 1987“). At the same time that Washingtonians are digging out from over 30 inches of snow in six days, the Winter Olympic’s site has resorted to using trucks and helicopters to bring snow to competition sites as temperatures are in the balmy 40+ range Fahrenheit (some eight degrees above normal). Certainly, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded Vancouver the 2010 Winter Olympics, no one thought to have scheduled an airlift of snow between Washington, DC, and Vancouver. […]