When someone says Global Warming is bogus because we have a colder than normal winter, the climate change bunch say you cannot judge the climate by isolated incidents like a hard winter, or a snowstorm in Florida.
But in the liberal media headlines today was this:
"Is climate change driving Hurricane Irene"
The story goes on to say that this hurricane is somehow proof positive that climate change is a fact.
What they fail to tell readers is that these hurricanes are not all that unusual - they have happened periodically for all of recorded history. Strange how they can cry that a snowfall in Florida or a cold winter is too "short term" to affect climate, but the minute a normal hurricane hits, or a tornado streaks through, suddenly it's "climate change."
Look, folks - one event, or one season does not constitute "climate" - it is simply "weather", and there is a vast difference. So, too, with the short span of the 150 years we have been recording weather - in a world 4.5 billion years old, 150 years is nothing more than a moment in time. To use it to make claims of global warming is absurd, and shows complete ignoorance of the subject.
Yes, there is "climate change" - and has been for over 4 billion years. Nothing stagnates in nature - even the dead decompose. All collective scientific knowledge concerning the earth's climate over 4 billion years indicates that the normal mean temperature of our planet is 2-4 degrees warmer than it is now. Until the Little Ice Age hit around 1300, wine was made in England. Since the LIA, it had to be produced in southern France because England is (still) too cold. LIA lasted until about 1850. We are still coming out of it - it takes a LONG time to exit an ice age - even a little one. So, the Earth probably is getting warmer - as it should. But it has little, if anything to do with our meager presence, and there is nothing we can do about it.
More important is the fact that the Earth's climate, throughout its history, has been cyclical. That means if it is not getting warmer, it is getting colder. And history has proven over and over that Mankind thrives in the warmest periods, and tends to die off in the colder periods. In other words, warm is good, cold is not good.
Frankly, we should stop all the nonsense of trying to stop global warming, and start making plans to survive the next cooling cycle which, in fact, will come our way sooner or later.