Bugger: A brief introduction to climate contradictions

At some point in the late 1950s someone coined the term “Global Warming” when referring to Climate Change, and it has gained tractions since. Global Warming is catchy and easy to visualise, but it is infuriatingly easy for morons – and it is apt to call them morons – to use  any cold snap to pooh pooh the scientific consensus on global warming climate change.

I’ve already pointed out the nonsense of Douglas Carswell. Kindly, AngryMob directs me to the ignorant effluence spouting from Richard Littlejohn:

Ah, say the ‘experts’, there’s a difference between ‘weather’ and ‘climate’. They are forced to resort to semantics to sustain their insistence that the science is settled, even though they are all sitting there shivering like brass monkeys. They’d still cling to their belief in man-made warming if Hell froze over.

The idea that the difference between climate and weather is semantic would be laughable if it weren’t so depressing (Incidentally, if you want a “how to model climate in three easy steps” then please do look at Unity’s post here).

In response AngryMob treats us to the usual combination of ennui and anger that fills all those that have Littlejohn’s column for as long as he has:

So there you have it: the only difference between ‘weather’ and ‘climate’ according to Littlejohn is semantic. I wish everything in life was as simple as Littlejohn makes out, but sadly things are a little more complex than that and the cold weather outside today says nothing about climate change or the climate in general.

However, rather than take issue with Littlejohn I thought I would try something a little more intellectually stimulating and draw attention to something else.

When AngryMob says “the cold weather outside today says nothing about climate change or the climate in general” he is wrong. Continue reading

Linky Love for 8th January

  • Matthew Yglesias (again!) has an interesting look whether Social Democracy really is bad for growth.
  • Bo Beau D’Or has some snapshots of Ross and Brand circa the Sachsgate affair.
  • Mark Thoma makes some sensible arguments on unemployment insurance
  • Chris Dillow thinks more firms should be run like Waitrose, and few like M&S.
  • Tim Worstall questions how much money Iceland actually does owe the UK and the Netherlands.
  • Anton Vowl treats to some SNOW PANIC.
  • Giles Wilkes has an absolutely essential post on “how big” the state is, although you may have seen edited on Liberal Conspiracy, I recommend the full version. It’s more balanced.
  • Crispian Jago says if Homeopathy works he’ll drink his own piss. Watch him illustrate below, or at his own blog.