When an attempt to parody your position is your position…

…it’s a sign that you may want to rethink both.
One of the Atop the ACLU hacks has, with the usual level of sophistication, offered this “dismissal” of anthropogenic climate change by way of a story about manatees clustering along the Florida mainland thanks to unusually cold waters this winter:

“When it gets cold, it’s weather. Or global warming causes cold temps. Something like that. The Believers excuses get confusing. Then they jump in the SUV and leave the car idling for a long time while picking the kiddies up.”

Actually, this “parody” of wingnuts’ own lack of understanding of climate change almost couldn’t be more accurate. The concepts of data points, trends, and time scales mean no more to them then the correct use of an apostrophe; the idea that processes leading to warming in one region of the planet could engender cooling in others (such as polar ice melting and cooling the air in subtropical regions) is completely beyond their understanding; and the compulsion to substitute jokes about manatees and SUVs for comprehension (think “Evolution? Seems to me there’s still monkeys out there!”) is a sine qua non of scientifically illiterate, inconsequential pundits.
Also, the Stop the ACLU hack left out an interesting part of the article he cites, written by a Baltimore meteorologist:

Most noticeable is the [manatees’] behavior in the winter. A huge debate has been going on for decades about the Indian River in Florida. A nuclear power plant pumps out warm water in the winter that is attractive for the manatees, but also prevents them from traveling farther south to warmer waters.

So have human activities played any demonstrable roles in changing ecosystems through modulation of temperature? Nah, that’s just libtard’s saying climate is more then weather just like they say years are different from hours and even days, LOL!!!
The futility of the nutter position on climate change is just as easily revealed using handy counterexamples. It is 47 degrees Fahrenheit in southern New Hampshire today–over 37 degrees warmer than it was just 60 or so hours ago. Just think, at that rate the landscape will be literally boiling within a week and a half! Of course, you never see anyone arguing for the reality of climate change resorting to examples this frivolous, but every winter brings a three-or four-month stream of idiotic Internet posts about how the cold weather outside “proves” something. And the unapologetic lack of reasoning skills at work here carries over into everything these people say.

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  1. #1 by natural cynic on February 8, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    Just think, if we didn’t have AGW, the temperature would be 46 degrees and 60 hours ago it would have been 9 degrees. And a similar situation in 50 years would cause a range from maybe 13 to 50. Not much, but the ice caps and glaciers will certainly change.

  2. #2 by natural cynic on February 8, 2009 - 2:09 pm

    Just think, if we didn’t have AGW, the temperature would be 46 degrees and 60 hours ago it would have been 9 degrees. And a similar situation in 50 years would cause a range from maybe 13 to 50. Not much, but the ice caps and glaciers will certainly change.

  3. #3 by Gerry L on February 8, 2009 - 5:03 pm

    Actually, the Indian River manatees have been hired by the local chamber of commerce to boost tourism. The power plant has created a little viewing area (with parking) so snow birds can come see the manatees in their man-made spa.

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