Wednesday, 9 December 2009
|0950 - Al Gore says climate is changing before our eyes|
Gore joined CNN Morning today to explain that global warming is real.
I went to pick vakkotaur up from work at the tail end of the blizzard. When we got back home, there was so much global warming in our driveway that the car got stuck and we had to dig it out.
When was the last time Al Gore used a snow shovel?
current mood: annoyed
I'm happy to dispute a lot of the climate modeling that goes on, and especially some of the conclusions, but I'd also like to point out that "climate change" doesn't disallow local fluctuations in counter-intuitive directions.
There's good evidence to show that one of the recent ice ages began when a warming trend dumped huge amounts of fresh water into the north atlantic, shutting down the conveyor that brings tropical water into the northern hemisphere.
Yeah, we've got the usual snow here in Utah, too. But that's not doing jack for the Antarctic glaciers that are at their lowest levels in recorded history. Brandishing anecdotal evidence doesn't help the case against oh-no-carbon-panic-etc.
Same here. I haven't seen snow like this around the lower altitude areas of colorado since the early to mid 80's. Of course, it's been getting a little colder every year since the highs of the 90's around here.
(I remember going sledding as a kid, but around 1989-1990 we stopped getting enough snow to sled to the point that when we wanted to go, we had to drive up a couple thousand feet higher in elevation... Right now and last year there was plenty of snow.)
what's in a name....
Honestly 'climate change' is a better name, 'global warming' only has relevance for climatologists.
As someone who did physics I would call it 'raising of the energy in the climate system'. The evidence for that I've seen from multiple independent sources, so even if I have not checked the raw data, I'm personally not doubting that.
The net effect is a rising of the global temperature, but in reality it just means that there is more energy in the system. More energy means more powerful weather, which can mean colder weather, or like here: a warm, stormy and very wet autumn/early winter.
Re: what's in a name....
Calling it "climate change" is just the anthropogenic global warming cultists' way of trying to hide the fact that temperatures are declining.
Here in Winnipeg, we've been directly spraying aerosol cans into the air for years in order to bring on global warming.
Al gore probably has a guy doing the snow shovel for him