The continental United States has been slammed by cold temperatures and it is difficult to escape images of Buffalo’s massive snowfall. When there is a big snowstorm, climate science deniers gleefully crow “Where’s Global Warming” and otherwise in a way that resonates with (sadly, too large) a segment of the population and is gleefully played by media outlets looking for shallowly amusing items to spread around.
A la Senator James Inhofe (R-ExxonMobil) dragging out his children to make an igloo on the Mall mocking Al Gore, the science denial community leverages what is going on in backyards and on TV broadcasts to confuse people about reality.
Yes, Buffalo is having a massive, massive snowstorm. (And, I do not envy — sympathize greatly with — those who are trying to deal with its impacts — from shoveling massive amounts of snow, to worrying about whether your home will cave in, to …) For too many, that (beautiful) white stuff somehow is a disproving item when it comes to climate change science. To try to explain that, in fact, the snow is related to climate change opens the door for ill-educated mockery. Yet, it is …
And, well, there are times when Twitter catches it all.
“So much for global warming!” said the Buffaloan from under 6 ft of snow condensed out of extra water evaporated from an unusually warm lake
— how now (@brownpau) November 20, 2014
NOTE: Excellent discussion re Climate Change & Lake Effect Snow. Highly recommended.
The Twitter Where’s the global warming feed is interesting — mixing actual science with standard denialist tripe. For example,
I’ll bet with all that snow in Buffalo the residents are cursing that dang global warming. Where’s Gore when you need him?
— Jeff Miller (@Jamn4Jesus) November 21, 2014
To be clear, there are rational and knowledgable people speaking up as well.
— Daniel (@DanFmTo) November 21, 2014
And, another one of my favorites …
finally heard it from someone. “hey, where’s this global warming thing?” funny joke! he didn’t realize he doesn’t live on the entire planet
— tucker walsh (@tjwalsh1) November 20, 2014