Feb 23, 2010
The Great Global Warming Debate: Kittens, polar bears and climate change
by Tim Mattingly
In the scientific community, climate change is often viewed in extremes, categorized by kittens and polar bears.
Somewhere in the world, stray kittens are huddled together for warmth, attempting to ward off global cooling’s icy tentacles. And at the same time, polar bear cubs are drowning because global warming just turned their back yard into a swimming pool resort.
Following record snowfall across the country, cat-collector scientists rallied around their cooling agenda, according to Fox News.
“A snowy winter doesn’t disprove or prove global warming,” Head of the Global Snow Lab at Rutgers University David Robinson and lead winter forecaster at the National Weather Service Dan Petersen said, according to the AP.
The wintery onslaught we are experiencing is referred to as a cold snap — a sudden and unexpected plunge in temperatures, often accompanied by a sharp increase in Snuggie sales. This weather “has nothing to do with long-term trends,” Petersen said, according to the AP.
Bill Nye, the “Science Guy” and polar bear ally, came to the defense of the global warming cause.
“If you want to get serious about it, these guys claiming that the snow in Washington disproves climate change are almost unpatriotic,” Nye said, according to Fox News.
Bill Nye does not lie.
In addition, while America may appear to be caught in a wintery war zone, our northern Canadian neighbors in Vancouver are suffering a snow shortage just in time for the Winter Olympics, according to the AP.
So, while southern, kitten-hugging conservatives may ridicule Al Gore from beneath their polar bear skin blankets, our current climate situation is not as straightforward as it seems.
“What brings the flakes down is a combination of cold and precipitation,” climate change expert and former Energy Department official Joseph Romm said, according to Fox News. “And since warmer air holds more moisture, global warming and heavy snowfall can coexist, so long as temperatures keeping dipping below 32 degrees.”
While unorthodox winter snowfall is not proof of our world warming or cooling, it highlights an important issue in the science community — global cooling advocates are unpatriotic and environmental-polar-bear poachers. Current weather patterns also show just how volatile our planet’s climate truly is.
In this respect, the climate can be viewed in the light of an automobile. If there is a problem with a car, it is best to get it fixed instead of running it until it breaks down. And while we can always buy a new car, we only have one planet.
Oberlin College professor David Orr’s solution to our unstable environment is to “limit the emission of heat trapping-gases,“ according to the AP. But unfortunately, all the data substantiating Orr’s proposals has gone missing.
Until we have reliable information about climate correction, the best course of action is to do our part to keep the earth clean, while also establishing equal rights for polar bears and kittens.
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