This winter there have been cold temperatures throughout the US, significant snowing in the Midwest and Northeast, and a team of climate scientists found their ship locked in sea ice near Antarctica (South Pole).
According to several conservatives, all of this cold weather news supposedly means that there is no such thing as climate change or global warming.
Donald Trump recently tweeted, "This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bulls-- has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice."
Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) tossed in his scientific observations on Twitter, "'Global warming' isn't so warm these days."
The right-wing news aggregator Matt Drudge has screamed cold weather headlines on DrudgeReport.com, such as: "MINNESOTA 'WORST' DEEP FREEZE IN 20 YEARS...
WINDCHILLS MAY HIT -50°... BLAST: UP TO 30" OF SNOW IN NEW ENGLAND... 'EXPOSED SKIN FREEZES IN 15 MINS'... KILLER CHILLER MAP...AMERICANS SPENT $7.45 BILLION FIGHTING 'GLOBAL WARMING' -- IN OTHER COUNTRIES...
ANTARCTIC ICE SHELF MELT 'LOWEST EVER RECORDED'...NOW ANTARTIC RESCUE SHIP STUCK IN ICE..."
Fox Business' Stuart Varney came to the conclusion, "We're looking at global cooling, forget this global warming," notes MediaMatters.org.
However, these claims are not based on scientific trends over decades, but rather on shocking headlines of individual events.
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Conservatives also fail to mention that it is not just winter on earth, but also summer with Australia, which is setting record hot temperatures of up to 120 degrees.
Professor John Turner, of the Climate Variability and Modelling project at the British Antarctic Survey, recently wrote a brainy explanation for The Guardian about why the increase in sea ice in Antarctica is really not that impressive.
Some commentators have remarked on what they describe as the ‘irony’ of researchers studying the impact of a warming planet themselves being impeded by heavy ice. With some even suggesting that the situation is itself evidence that global warming is exaggerated.
...In the Antarctic the increase in annual mean sea ice extent is only just over 1% per decade, making it impossible at present to separate natural variability from any human influence.
According to a recent report on climate change from the National Academy of Sciences, more evidence of global warming's effects are the coral reefs that are dying out due to the warmer than usual ocean water, notes ThinkProgress.org.