Cold, bitter winter is “proof” of global warming

by Michael Fumento on January 28, 2010

in Blog

“Winter offered as proof of warming” declares a headline in the print edition of the Washington Post, although perhaps the irony of that  later struck the editors and they softened it a bit in the online edition to “Harsh winter a sign of disruptive climate change, report says.”

Nothing especially outrageous here. The enviros have been doing this for years; indeed, it’s why they adopted the term “global climate change” so that any change in climate or even just weather – which obviously this is – can be portrayed as a result of man’s nefarious activities in putting greenhouse gases into the air. The report, incidentally, is from the National Wildlife Federation that makes money by promoting global warming in the same way that GM makes money selling trucks.

But folks are having trouble buying it. A poll released Mondaypoll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press asked respondents to rank 21 issues in terms of priority. Global warming came in dead last. It’s come in last before, but this time just 28 percent of those surveyed list global warming as a top priority, down from 35 percent in 2008.

sarah January 30, 2010 at 7:04 am

ya, proof, hardly…….. can someone please tell me what it will take to "un-prove" global warming? It seems like everything (and I mean everything) is pointed to as being one more sign of global warming. There has to be some data that could invalidate the "theory". If the theory can't be proved wrong, it's not a theory, it's a statement.

Joseph February 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm

There's an essential problem with your logic, theories rarely have any contradicting evidence. That's what makes them theories, there is nothing that would disprove global warming, in fact the status of "theory" is the highest status something can attain scientifically without it being mathematical. The theory of global warming has been tested and all results have been found to be consistent with global warming. So no, there isn't anything that can disprove global warming, just as there isn't anything to disprove evolution or relativity. Global warming is overwhelmingly supported by people who know what they're talking about and is almost certainly occuring, and yes lots of snow is a result of it.

Rob from U of MD February 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I'm sitting here in DC in 30+ inches of snow…but that's besides the point. Any time research is done with a predetermined agenda/outcome then it is outright bad science (that includes both sides). And Joseph, to be a theory a statement has to be something you can test through observation. You don't "prove" a theory by looking for things that match up with the theory, you try to prove it wrong any way possible, and when it holds up, then and only then is it considered a good theory. Oh, and did I mention the results have to be repeatable by other scientists as well? Not just the scientists working to prove global warming so politicians have more reason to control and regulate our life. But remember, Newton's laws of gravitation were considered the most concrete theory of all time, yet it was rendered obsolete by Einstein's theory of relativity.

Rene January 31, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I believe the theory has been proved wrong and right, but obviously not conclusively, it's about build-up of CO2, and whether we did it, and how much the amount we made is causing the build-up. My thought is vertical, do we have enough fossil fuel to burn to increase the level of co2 to dangerous and unrecoverable levels? If we don't burn it, China, and other countries are taking what they can get to burn, and one way or another, the threat will end. Can we, the one's without influence, survive this amount of burning of fuel? I mean the rest of the oil and coal, and wood, and whatever makes co2 with our "unnatural" influence, is that enough to destroy us? The fossil fuel is going to burn, whoever does it doesn't matter, it may, or may not affect us, but we will have to come up with something else, but can we afford it? We will, when our economy comes up, so why not burn it now? It will help our economy, and help destroy the "evil" oil at the same time. Yeah, I'm sticking with not giving up our power right now, until we can AFFORD IT.

pojoe February 3, 2010 at 7:05 am

the comment that are made support big oil dont you people see that its about profit any big oil and coal dont care about you your children or your grandchildren try breathing your automoblie exhaust fumes and see if you can adept,because thats what your children will be breathing yes we can AFFORD IT is your money more important than your children and grandchildren???…

Followthemoney February 3, 2010 at 10:43 am

This website ( is run by the Competitive Enterprise Institute which is funded by Exxon Mobil and Ford. Therefore, everything read on this site should be taken with a grain of salt. Don't believe me? Go to to see that they have registered this site and then go to Wikipedia to look up the Competitive Enterprise Institute to see who their major contributors are.

Danielle February 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Okay, like wtf!

why is global warming last? like c'mon i know terrorists are awful but if there was no earth there'd be no terrorists (okay bad example but you get my point!)!

SO STILL WTF!!!!!!!!!

pojoe February 4, 2010 at 8:59 am

you skeptics are like horses with blinders only see in front of you and only see one thing PROFIT no matter what harm it long term harm it causes.

estesdream February 7, 2010 at 6:49 am

Did anyone notice that 15 months ago Robert Kennedy's son, RFK. Jr., stated that there will be NO MORE snow or cold in D.C.?? When are the so called intellectual pea brains going to stop pushing their OWN agenda as facts to us?

bob February 10, 2010 at 10:09 am

this sucks!

notre dome February 12, 2010 at 1:29 pm

are you kidding me?! global warming leads to everything from death to homeless for animals. this has been putting animals in jeopardy! if people give it a 28%, then people don't care about anything else but themselves…

Jim February 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm

You are a idiot

Gulf Coast February 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Snow from Texas all along the Gulf Coast and Southern States. Hey Al Gore how's that Global warming working out for ya.

Alicia Meyer February 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Global Warming and Climate Change is the biggest environmental issue that we face these days. the long term effects of these environmental changes to a nations economy is quite damaging. there would be a shortage in food supply as well as on water supply too.

John February 15, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I have just wasted 15 minutes of my life reading what the loons have to say on the issue. My personal favorite is “Global warming is overwhelmingly supported by people who know what they’re talking about…". WOW… Where to begin on this one? The loons are looking at everything from the negative impact on the economy to food shortages, all without one single substantiating fact. If the world’s greatest minds cannot agree on the "theory" (FYI… I love this one too) of global climate change, what makes you think the average Joe’s, including myself, can figure it out in a blog.


Most of you are idiots…. and yes the ones that take offence to my words… you know who you are!


Gary February 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

You environmentalists insisted that our cars and trucks be cleaned up from emitting so much pollution, and Detroit did that. Refineries got rid of the lead and sulfur in our gas and diesel. Cars, trucks and factories today, in the U.S. at least, for the most part emit no more than water vapor and CO2, a vast improvement over yesterday.

The you waffled about for awhile, complaining that Americans weren't polluting anymore, and hit upon CO2 as a "pollutant."

Enough! Show me a factory spewing out CO2 and I'll show you an active volcano spewing the same! Tax that, Al Gore.

Loren Hoy February 23, 2010 at 8:09 am

I am wondering if anyone has read studies that show the percentages: Man made pollutions compared to natural (say errupting volcanoes, or active volcanos, and other natural forces that pollute.) I have heard that man-caused pollution pales in comparison to natural pollution, and that if all man-caused pollution was curtailed the cycles of heat and cold would continue basically unchanged.

Mike February 19, 2010 at 3:02 am

I say we blame Bush for global warming. He is being blamed by the big O for everything else (poverty, bad economy, homelessness, crime, rain, etc., etc.). After all, he has the same initials. That has to mean something.

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