As anyone knows who lives in the DC metro area and/or has been following the Climategate scandal at East Anglia University and/or has been watching the slow–motion train wreck that the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has become, “global warming” is out, especially since it flies in the face of the evidence of the last decade. Next to go, apparently, will be the catch-all “climate change,” at least if Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, former seminary president turned Center for American Progress activist is to be believed. Offered in its place is–I kid you not–“global weirding”:
The world’s weather is changing, and changing in dramatic and erratic ways. Hunter Lovins, co-founder of the Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Institute, is credited with creating the term “global weirding” as a much more descriptive term for what’s happening to our weather patterns than the “global warming” or even “climate change.”
Thomas Friedman, in his book Hot, Flat and Crowded, subscribes to the Lovins thesis. Friedman notes, “sweet-sounding ‘global warming’ doesn’t really capture what’s likely to happen. I prefer the term ‘global weirding,’ coined by Hunter Lovins…because the rise in average global temperature [which hasn’t been detected for more than 10 years now–DF] is going to lead to all sorts of crazy things — from hotter heat spells and droughts in some places, to colder cold spells and more violent storms, more intense flooding, forest fires and species loss in other places.”
Friedman also subscribes to the superiority of Chinese autocracy to Western democracy, so I’m not sure I’d cite him as a go-to guy on much of anything. In any case, what this is suggesting is that, contrary to the often repeated mantra that individual weather events don’t offer reliable indications about the climate as a whole, we are now supposed to rely on…individual weather events to give reliable indications about climate change.
Last year in Colorado, we had summer snows in Denver, along with prolonged winter snows in May and June in the mountains. I used to think that “global warming” would mean longer summers, and milder winters. That’s before I knew that climate change meant erratic and violent and unpredictable.
Is this the snow apocalypse, a world-ending snow, as the term “snowmageddon” implies, or is it an in-your-face, indisputable example of “global weirding”?
Here’s what’s not weird. Much as I would like to believe that shoveling 30 inches of snow would provide members of Congress, and anti-climate legislation lobbyists, with much-needed insight into the realities of climate change, it’s not likely that there will be a wide-spread epiphany among the doubters.
You know, for years big snowstorms across the United States were dismissed as contrary to global warming dogma. “Just anomalies…isolated events…nothing scientifically important about them.” They certainly weren’t supposed to derail the drive to place control of much of the world’s economy in the hands of green bureaucrats who know what’s good for the great unwashed. Now, we’re supposed to turn on a dime and consider this winter’s big snows proof that “global weirding” is happening, which means we should…place control of much of the world’s economy in the hands of green bureaucrats who know what’s good for the great unwashed.
Human beings can still refuse to see what is right in front of them, even when it’s piled up five feet high and very, very cold.
STOP! The arrogance of this attitude is a demonstration of why people like Thistlethwaite are driving Americans right into the hands of their opponents. She has the gall to declare that those of us who doubt that the science is truly settled, who see scientists and activists being exposed for shoddy if not fraudulent practices, who are unimpressed with the game of constantly shifting goalposts, who suspect that something other than human activity may be the driving force behind climate changes, whose response to the evidence that runs counter to the prevailing hysteria is not to stick our fingers in our ears and run around yelling “I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!”–we’re the ones who refuse to see what it right in front of us?!
Hunter Thompson once famously write that “when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” Susan Thistlethwaite, priestess of the Religion of Green, has turned something, but whether it’s pro or not, only she knows.
UPDATE: Thistlethwaite has changed her column by adding the following information about what the weirding set will be doing this weekend, if the weather will permit them to get to church:
It’s global weirding, in fact, and that’s climate change in its erratic weather pattern manifestation. Hundreds of churches that belong to Interfaith Power and Light, an interfaith group that educates congregations on climate change and helps them make energy efficient changes, will get Bible-based versions of that message this weekend. Interfaith Power and Light is organizing a “National Preach-In” on global warming this weekend. Valentine’s weekend will become a weekend of awareness of the religious imperative to confront “global weirding.”
I hope some of the sermons this weekend are about the sin of refusing to see the effects of “global weirding” when they are right in front of you. Human beings, sinful as we are, can still refuse to see what is right in front of us, even when it’s piled up five feet high and very, very cold.
Interfaith Power and Light has evidently not gotten the memo that “global warming” is so 2000s. It’s 2010, and the correct phrase is “climate change” or “global weirding.” As for those sermons, if I wanted to listen to people ramble on ignorantly about global whatever, I’d read the IPCC report aloud.
I also wanted to put up this exchange between Eve Ensler, well-known climatologist who in her spare time wrote The Vagina Monologues, and Joy Behar, climatologist and part-time unfunny comedienne:
ENSLER: Well, I just think the idea that she doesn’t believe in global warming is bizarre.
BEHAR: Every scientist at every note believes in it but Sarah Palin doesn’t believe in it.
ENSLER: And I think we just kind of have to walk around the world at this point and look at what is happening to nature and earthquakes and tsunamis.
I know they’re just empty-headed moonbats, but I couldn’t help myself.