OK, so it’s unfair to suggest crazy winter weather across the country means global warming’s all bunk. At the risk of sounding like an egghead, you can have anomalous episodes any time that are irrelevant to the macro-climate trend. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is right about that.
But let’s be fair. If you say 50-plus inches of snow in Washington, D.C., breaking a record set at the turn of the century — that’s the 19th to the 20th century — means nothing, then don’t argue that one especially bad hurricane season, like 2005 (Katrina, Rita, Wilma), proves climate doom. Which is what a number of global warming prophets did. This year’s harsher winter and 2005′s hurricanes-on-steroids season are blips compared to real climate trends, measured in hundreds and thousands of years.
While we’re at it, another public debate no-no: Claiming everything that happens with the weather — hot, cold, rainy, dry, blizzards, no blizzards, hurricanes, no hurricanes — all prove human-caused global warming. You can come up with any hypothesis you want if you claim everything is evidence of it.