Slate: You People Really Need To Stop Focusing On This Wonderful Weather! Because Doom!

Slate continues its trek towards Bat Guano Crazy, and is really upset over that study, which I’ve mentioned, about people really enjoying the wonderful weather created during the current warm period. Warmists like to blame it mostly/solely on the activities of Mankind (thought most refuse to give up their own outsized carbon footprints), Skeptics say it is mostly/solely caused by nature. Just like the previous Holocene warm periods.

It Doesn’t Matter If You Think It’s Nice Out
Our understanding of global climate change needs to move beyond our personal experiences of weather.

It’s raining in Washington, D.C., as I write this, drops tapping out a steady beat that recalls the rhythms of my Oregon childhood. There’s something familiar about this weather, whatever its imperfections. Meanwhile, 1,100 miles to the southwest, a storm system threatens Dallas with tornadoes and massive hailstones. And in Maine, record April snowfalls blanketed the region just days ago. From my desk, though, these anomalies seem impossibly distant—problems that I might read about later but certainly won’t experience.

I am not alone in my easy ignorance. Research published recently in the journal Nature proposes that 40 years of seemingly pleasant weather may be blinding many Americans to the realities of global climate change. Explaining their work in the New York Times, the two researchers, Patrick J. Egan and Megan Mullin, write, “80 percent of Americans now find themselves living in counties where the weather is more pleasant than it was four decades ago.” For most of us, the winters are milder, while the summers remain temperate. Happy with the way things are, Egan and Mullin propose, we have little reason to consider that the clement weather we experience today may evolve into a harsher climate down the road.

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So, don’t fall for this great weather! Because great weather is bad! And we’ll be doooooooomed soon! Our computer models, the ones that failed to actually predict the last 18+ years of the Pause, tell us so!

Cult of Climastrology member and article writer Josh Brogan wants you to forget all about how you feel, though

It may, however, be that weather—mild or extreme—has never been the right lens through which to consider climate change at all.

Trenberth is right, of course, that for many, the weather only truly registers when it is unavoidably bad, but even then it does not seem to persuade us to do something about it. There’s likely more at play here than the assumption of selfishness that underlies Egan and Mullin’s work: Weather is inherently confined by the local and immediate conditions of space and time, a question of what we perceive rather than what is. To talk about the weather is to talk about about where we are, what we’re feeling and experiencing, and not about the world that exists beyond our narrowly bounded horizons. In the same way that climate is long-term and weather is short-term, climate change is a global development, while weather names a more local and personal set of experiences. In that sense, focusing on it may actually blind us to the larger stakes.

Essentially, through the rest of the bloviating article, he wants us to think globally. OK. The rest of the world is tending to have great weather, too. No one is doomed from a minuscule 1.4 degree Fahrenheit increase in temperatures since 1850. The earth was not doomed when the temperatures were higher during previous Holocene warm periods. Warmists are welcome to go for it, though, and consider that their own use of fossil fuels and their large carbon footprints are killing Gaia, per their talking points. If they really believe this, they will act accordingly within their own lives. Why won’t they?

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