[Coral-List] Copenhagen flop revisited: Gene Shinn again confusing weather and climate

John Bruno jbruno at unc.edu
Mon Oct 26 12:59:21 EDT 2009

As I pointed out a few weeks ago, Gene, like many anthropogenic  
climate change skeptics, is confusing weather and climate.  But you  
have to wonder if this ignorance is willful.  It may indeed have been  
cool in Florida last week.  I was in Amherst, MA then and was in  
shorts and a t-shirt.  But both facts are irrelevant in the debate  
over the role of people in the observed the climatic warming.  Is that  
not obvious?

That "it was cold in my home town last week!" is a very common skeptic  
argument, referred to as the “it’s freaking cold!” argument:

or the  “Wagga Wagga” argument:  http://www.grist.org/article/its-cold-today-in-wagga-wagga/

as in "it's cold today in Wagga Wagga!"

You can read the overview of skeptic arguments, including links that  
falsify them, I sent to the coral-list a while back here:  http://www.climateshifts.org/?p=2683

John Bruno
Associate Professor
UNC Chapel Hill

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