Weather and climate aren’t the same thing

  It’s been a while, but I heard some guy on the radio argue the other day that the frequency of inaccurate weather forecasts by professional meteorologists is evidence that the claims regarding global warming made by climate scientists are pure nonsense. Wow! I had almost begun to think that theories like that one had long since been filed away with myths about a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It reminds me of something I jotted down from some source or another a few years ago. It read as follows: Scientists can’t...

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Who is the most stupid member of Congress?

  Of course, the answer to the question in the headline above does not come easily. There are lots of dimwits in Congress, and there always has been. It’s hard to say which of them has been the dumbest. But I became convinced years ago that Sen. James Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican and perhaps the leading global-warming skeptic in all of Washington, ranks among the most thick-headed lawmakers we’ve ever had.. Do you remember the so-called Climategate scandal of 2009? Most people have long since forgotten it, but it was a big...

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What will global-warming deniers say about this?

One of the advantages of believing in the scientific consensus regarding global warming and climate change is that you’re easily and often amused by the silly arguments advanced by folks who say the consensus is wrong. Take, for example, the big news reported just hours ago in The New York Times: A chunk of floating ice that weighs more than a trillion metric tons broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula, producing one of the largest icebergs ever recorded and providing a glimpse of how the Antarctic ice sheet might ultimately start to...

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There really isn’t much of a debate about global warming

  For the nine years of its existence, this blog has represented itself as a slant on politics in general. But climate change and global warming have become favorite subjects of mine, especially because they so often reveal the mulishness of Republicans. Indeed, I spend almost as much of my time reading about climate matters as I do about any other political issue. One peculiar thing about the so-called debate over global warming is that the dissension is mostly among folks who have nothing directly  to do with climate science. In that...

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Here’s a tired old myth about climate change

  In an article about Donald Trump I was reading the other day, there was a comment from some gullible fool to the effect that the scientific community was warning just a few decades ago that global cooling is more imminent than global warming. His gist was that the fuss over climate change is mostly nonsense since lots of the so-called experts have quickly changed their minds or were never of one opinion on the matter to begin with. There are other global-warming deniers who have delighted for years now in peddling the myth that...

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