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February 4, 2011

St. Al of the Apocalypse

William M. Briggs, Statistician on Planet Earth Al Gore Explains "Snowmageddonn"

Ever notice how talk of climate change always devolves to the apocalyptic? Floods! Droughts! Floods and droughts simultaneously! Windstorms! Deadly hurricanes! Heat waves! Democrats voting republican! One horror after another. This despite all historical and paleoclimatic evidence that warmer times were better, at least in terms biological. Why won't global warming be responsible for a "dramatic" increase in pleasant sunny afternoons? How come we won't see an "unprecedented" number of warm, laconic evenings? Why won't there be an "inconvenient" rise in bountiful harvests?

Posted by Vanderleun at February 4, 2011 10:10 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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A laundry ship, like the USS Walter Mondale of Simpsons fame.

Posted by: Bill K. at February 4, 2011 12:20 PM

Let us see that fatuous panic merchant grow tomatoes in a block of ice.

Posted by: Peccable at February 4, 2011 2:05 PM

I live in Canada, where we already have a word for Global Warming; it's called "a blessing", and the term dates back all the way to pioneer days. Probably further, as native Indians no doubt welcomed winters where they and the game they hunted didn't starve to death under massive snowfalls or froze in -30 temperatures. But such considerations are forgotten in the face of reports of uncomfortable polar bears making do on small ice floes, even though that's balanced by bigger grazing grounds for caribou.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at February 5, 2011 8:36 AM

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