Whether the weather is hot or cold, global warming remains the new climate orthodoxy. Even a terrible winter last year has not shaken Europe’s belief in a coming climate change apocalypse.
Winter 2011 was a pleasant no-show for most of the United States, setting hundreds of warm temperature records. The warmer temps set off the predictable warnings that it was because of global warming, and cold winters were becoming a thing of the past.
“The planet is getting warmer and it will continue to warm on average as we go into the future,” climate scientist Jim Hurrell, with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said.
A Freeze on Global Warming?
Except that one year ago, the winter season set cold and snow records, and heavy snow even collapsed the roof of the Minneapolis Metrodome.
Europe has seen record-setting cold and snow for the past few years. More than 600 people died from a historic arctic cold snap across the continent this year.
Europe used to get warnings about warmer and warmer winters, too. Not so much anymore.
Still, man-made climate change remains an article of faith and law in Europe, where publicly disputing the theory could end your career.
It doesn’t matter how much Europe looks like the North Pole, climate skeptics aren’t just wrong, they’re treated as bad people.