With the nation’s capital buried in several feet of snow and the federal government brought to a halt by Mother Nature, conservatives are mocking former Vice President Al Gore and his crusade to curb global climate change.
The vocal doubters of global warming frequently use any unseasonal snowfall or cold spell to mock Gore, despite the fact that climate scientists study long-term trends and give little weight to one-time occurrences or random meteorological events.
But the historic snowfall in Washington — coinciding with a push from Democrats to enact legislation capping carbon emissions — has left conservatives crowing that fears of environmental catastrophe make no sense.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) jabbed at Gore on Twitter Tuesday, writing that “it’s going to keep snowing in D.C. until Al Gore cries ‘uncle.’”
When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked Tuesday about passing the climate change bill, he quipped, “Where’s Al Gore now?”
Most climate scientists would disagree with the two senators — both of whom are frequent critics of cap-and-trade legislation — pointing to numerous studies indicating that carbon emissions have contributed to rising global temperatures.
Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity brought up the former vice president while introducing a story about the massive snowfall during his Fox News show Monday.
“It’s the most severe winter storm in years, which would seem to contradict Al Gore’s hysterical global warming theories,” Hannity said.
And former House Speaker Newt Gingrich mocked Gore on Twitter on Saturday after the first full day of snow.
“Historic snowstorm in Washington — third this year — where is Al Gore to explain it snows this heavily as a sign global warming is imminent,” the former Georgia Republican wrote.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin also made waves this week for disputing global climate change but without pointing directly to Gore.
During a [closed-door] speech Monday in California, Palin called evidence of global warming a “bunch of snake oil science.”
(ChattahBox)—-The record-breaking “snowmageddon” that has paralyzed the mid-Atlantic region, causing power outages, and the deaths of several people, has become fodder for global warming denying Republicans who have pointed to the snowstorm as proof that climate change does not exist. Despite the fact that short-term changes in weather have no bearing on the science of climate change, Republicans are not about to allow reality to get in the way of their nonsensical claims. And the family of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), one of the most rabid climate change deniers in Congress, decided to build an igloo on the National Mall and call it “Al Gore’s New Home,” to draw attention to their belief that the snowstorm invalidates decades worth of climate change science.
In fact, 2000-2009 was the warmest decade on record. And this past January was the warmest January on record worldwide.
Sen. Inhofe’s daughter Molly Rapert; her husband, Jimmy; and their four children built the large igloo apparently to engage in a fun-filled anti-science and global warming denying family activity.
The offensive right-wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh weighed in, saying It’s “absurd” that the Obama administration proposed a global warming agency amidst “record-setting cold weather.”
And the dim Gretchen Carlson of Fox & Friends remarked on the “dichotomy” created by “big snowstorms” occurring while “the Obama administration [is] talking about creating a new federal office to study global warming.”
From MEDIA MATTERS:
[Glenn] Beck on D.C.’s snow: “I believe God is just saying, ‘I got your global warming here, eh?’ “
(If you have the stomach for it, you can llisten to Glenn Blechhh making an ass of himself at the MEDIA MATTERS link)