Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Dear Mr. Al Gore...

Dear Mr. Gore--

You wrote in/on your journal about how all these snowpocalypses, snowmageddons, and (my personal favorite) snudgement days, far from providing cause for pause regarding man-made global warming, actually tie right into it: 
Last week on his show Bill O’Reilly asked, “Why has southern New York turned into the tundra?” and then said he had a call into me. I appreciate the question.

As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question for some time now and they say that increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming:

“In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air. When temperatures dip below freezing, a lot of moisture creates a lot of snow.”

“A rise in global temperature can create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters, along with increasingly violent storms, flooding, forest fires and loss of endangered species.”

Yeah, yeah, Al.  We've heard it all before.

What about the fact that for many, the temperatures aren't merely "dipping below freezing"?  What about those of us who have experienced a colder winter than usual-- snow or no snow?

Never mind, though.  I'm sure you can find someone to explain away whatever inconvenient truth we may suggest.  (Life is so much easier when you just ignore or unceremoniously deny the importance of Climategate, isn't it?)

...I do wonder about things, sometimes, though...

...Things like the warm period of the Middle Ages... the Little Ice Age... the warnings in the 1970s of the threat of a looming ice age (which never came)...

I wonder if the type of weather described in (Laura Ingalls Wilder's) The Long Winter was just some sort of meteorological foreshadowing of all these global-warming-caused blizzards...

Get back to me on that, won't you, Al?
Thanks ever so much!

P.S.  Oh, and thanks again for inventing this whole Internet thing!  Did you know, that's how I met my husband!  Come to think of it, I really owe you a lot... so... sorry for being such a brat today.  It's these darn cold temperatures putting me in a bad mood!