I’ve often argued that climate change is a perfect example of just how simple-minded and shortsighted conservatives can be. One of the biggest issues I face when debating many of them is their complete inability to see the forest for the trees. Almost everything with them is based on simplistic talking points and instant gratification. If it requires complex explanations, or in-depth critical thinking, forget about it. You might as well just waste your time talking to a wall, because they’re not going to understand or care about a single thing you’re saying.
But climate change is something that requires people to look at the big picture instead of just “what I see with my own eyes.” It also requires the ability for those discussing it to understand that “weather” is not the same thing as “climate.” For example, if it snows in Los Angeles, that doesn’t change the overall climate of this nation’s second most populated city. Though changes in climate can have an impact on weather patterns.
See, just that statement alone is often too complex for many conservatives to grasp when it comes to the very real issue of climate change.
When those of us who believe that humans are driving climate change (most people and about 97 percent of the world’s scientists), we’re talking about an issue that’s impacting the entire planet. When those who deny climate change talk about this issue, they’re only talking about what they see with their own eyes. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen conservatives ridiculously use weather in a pathetic attempt to “debunk” the reality of climate change.
Especially when it’s winter.
But I’m not sure if this level of stupidity has ever been quite exemplified in such a perfect way as yesterday when Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) brought a snowball to the Senate floor to support his belief that climate change is a hoax.
“In case we have forgotten, because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, I ask the chair, you know what this is?” Inhofe said, holding up a snowball. “It’s a snowball, from outside here. So it’s very, very cold out. Very unseasonable.”
Yes, in certain parts of the country there have been below normal temperatures. Hell, there’s even been record snow. Nobody is disputing any of that. But what this idiot fails to understand is that these freak weather phenomenons are actually proof that climate change is happening. Not only that, but when you factor in the entirety of the United States, the country as a whole has seen a much warmer winter than normal. But, again, I’m using big picture thinking. I’m using indisputable scientific data provided by NOAA to discuss the changes in our nation’s overall climate – while Inhofe went outside, grabbed a snowball and claimed that snow debunks climate change.
Do you see the difference?
As someone who firmly supports the vast majority of the world’s scientists who believe humans are driving climate change, when I’m dealing with climate change deniers I really feel like I’m dealing with someone who has the mentality of a 4-year-old.
“Oh, but there’s snow outside. So much for global warming!”
But one thing I always notice when summer arrives is that when we see record heat waves, and massive droughts striking various parts of the country, suddenly I don’t see Fox News pundits or Republican politicians paying much attention to the weather.
Funny how that works, isn’t it?
Watch Inhofe’s comments on the Senate floor below via C-SPAN:
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