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Global warming? Have you stepped outside lately?

Posted at 1:00 PM on February 5, 2007 by Jeff Horwich (6 Comments)

When the temperature drops to 15 or 30 below, like it did in Minnesota last night, and you're shielding your face from the bitter wind, it might feel natural to cock an eyebrow at all the global warming brouhaha. It's a nice line for office small-talk right about now: "If we're warming up, it sure doesn't feel like it out there!"

Of course, let's not forget that January was the warmest on record in the state, and 2005 globally was perhaps the hottest year ever recorded.

This prof in Arizona attempted to answer a newspaper reader's suggestion today that a cold winter counters global warming.

Of course, to some people like the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the chill of winter apparently makes global warming look somewhat appealing: "I don't think too many people would complain if winters in Minneapolis became more like winters in Kansas City." Hmmm...sounds nice. But what are those trade-offs again?

Comments (6)

I love how so many people seem to think that global warming means it has to be warm everywhere all the time. It's totally obvious that these people have all bothered to really look into and try to understand the science behind it. People are so smart.

Posted by Snoot | February 5, 2007 2:04 PM

"I love how so many people seem to think that global warming means it has to be warm everywhere all the time."

Totally. It always strikes me as odd how some people can laugh about how great warm winters in Minnesota will be without addressing what the summers will turn into. As someone who lived the last couple years with no AC I didn't find the 111 degree weather this summer very fun. Warm may not be the right word to describe that feeling . . .

Posted by Sanden Totten | February 5, 2007 3:16 PM

The science behind global warming is easy to understand. It's junk.

Posted by Michael Hampton | February 5, 2007 3:26 PM

Global Change should be the term used. Though it is a warming effect that we feel initially it is only the mildest of all the effects as a result. The process of global warming will only perpetuate its self exponentially. Sometimes humans are the straw that breaks the camels back and once its broken we have not the resources to reverse it. No whats far more scary than global warming is the idea that global warming can in fact instigate a much more deadly ice age. Think of how hard it would be to grow crops in constant winter. In Nigeria they have massive greenhouses where they grow all the flowers for the world for valentines day"pretty much". Technology can make it possible its the transition that I am worried about. Will politics allow the changes to happen before they are needed. Because there is going to be a certain freshwater shortage interim before any ice age or any result really and we need to start investing in infrastructure that pipes in water from the coasts and desalinates it for drinking and irrigation not just from lakes and rivers! Remember what happened to Babalonya people

Posted by Drew | February 5, 2007 10:51 PM

We run a blog on globalwarming, and our co-workers have been mocking it given this week's weather.

Meanwhile, the amount of skiing I've gotten in this winter is laughable. Minnesota's resorts must be suffering.

Posted by Julie | February 6, 2007 10:12 AM

Look, i think we are doing fine now, but if i was to become president, our houses would be covered in vines and we would be up to our neck in Owls, but, now im going for the Nobel prize, fortunately for me Florida doesn't get to vote.

Posted by Al Gore | February 7, 2007 7:11 PM

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