Mar 14, 2007

"One of the things we see with global warming is unpredictability." [LINK]

The opening sentence from an AP dispatch:

A North Pole expedition meant to bring attention to global warming was called off after one of the explorers got frostbite.
Yes, they froze their asses off. To stay would have meant losing fingers and toes. One hundred freaking degrees below zero. But here's the fun closing quote from Ann Atwood, one of the expedition's organizers:
Atwood said there was some irony that a trip to call attention to global warming was scuttled in part by extreme cold temperatures. "They were experiencing temperatures that weren't expected with global warming," Atwood said. "But one of the things we see with global warming is unpredictability."
Actually, as exemplified by this statement, one of the things we're seeing with global warming is its unfalsifiability. Had the expedition encountered unusually warm temperatures, it surely would have served to exemplify a clear warming trend. Since they did not, global warming still serves as a handy explanation for unexpectedly frigid temperatures. I mean, really. These people didn't expect it to be outrageously cold up at the north pole, and they blame this oversight on global warming?

[Via Belmont Club]

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