Tuesday, February 03, 2009
More global warming
With about four inches of global warming overnight and more on its way, the climate change industry is moving into high gear to defend its turf. It gets a hearing in the warmist Telegraph which runs a story headed, "Snow is consistent with global warming, say scientists".
Britain, it tells us, may be in the grip of the coldest winter for 30 years but the current cold snap does not mean that climate change is going into reverse. In fact, the surprise with which we have greeted the extreme conditions only reinforces how our climate has changed over the years.
Confronted with this speciousness, most people have difficulty suppressing the sniggers, except that these people are deadly serious. There is no way they are going to let go of the gravy train and admit reality.
Thus we get Dr Myles Allen, head of the Climate Dynamics group at Department of Physics, University of Oxford, leading the charge. "If it wasn't for global warming this cold snap would happen much more regularly. What is interesting is that we are now surprised by this kind of weather. I doubt we would have been in the 1950s because it was much more common.”
"As for snowfall …" Well, Dr Allen has an answer for that. It "could actually increase in the short term because of global warming. We have all heard the expression 'too cold to snow' and we have always expected precipitation to increase." Thus, "All the indicators still suggest that we are warming up in line with predictions."
So there you have it from the horse's mouth (or backside). If it is hot, its global warming, if it's wet, its global warming, and if it's cold, it's global warming. And if it snows, it's definitely global warming.
With Britain being so unprepared for the current round of global warming though, we hear from David Frost, director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce. "I wonder," he says, "whether we have become a bit too complacent or we are being a bit too bowled over by the constant talk of global warming and the fact that temperatures are always going to rise, and therefore when something like this does happen we are caught very much on the hop."
The man adds that, "We should be perhaps planning on the basis that there is more freak weather about and we shouldn't just buckle to it. There should be more planning going into it."
He has a point. But, with the warmist fixation, cold weather is not on the agenda of the climate change industry. But they need to ask themselves how many times the nation has been brought to a halt by the magnificent heatwaves we've all been enjoying recently, and how that compares with the estimated loss of £3 billion to the economy brought about by this very modest layer of the white stuff.