White Christmas Courtesy of Global Warming
Vol: 87 Issue: 25 Thursday, December 25, 2008
For many Americans, Christmas 2008 hasn’t yet begun. They are still stuck in airports and train stations across the country. About 500 flights were canceled at O’Hare on Tuesday — another hundred canceled on Christmas Eve.
Amtrak also reported improvement Wednesday. Trains out of Chicago and elsewhere were leaving on time – or relatively close to it – unlike Tuesday when several trains were canceled and some 600 furious travelers waited for as much as 22 hours for delayed trains at Chicago’s Union Station.
About a third of the country is under a winter storm watch for Christmas Day, from the West Coast to western Colorado. Among the areas covered by the winter storm watch is Cochise County, Arizona (on the US-Mexico border.)
More than half of the United States woke up to a white Christmas this year. And so did ALL of Canada (for the first time in decades.)
The UN global warming conference held in Poland last week faced a serious challenge from over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe who are criticizing the climate claims made by the UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Ozone Ranger (and former vice-president) Al Gore.
Set for release this week, a newly updated U.S. Senate Minority Report features the dissenting voices of over 650 international scientists, many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN.
The report has added about 250 scientists (and growing) in 2008 to the over 400 scientists who spoke out in 2007.
The over 650 dissenting scientists are more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers.
But for the True Believers, the cold weather and the dissenting scientists are just more proof that global warming is a real problem. And if colder weather is a consequence of global warming, that is a real problem, indeed.
Recently, Fox News listed ten things that that were blamed on global warming over the past year.
1) Ted Turner told PBS’s Charlie Rose that in a few decades, global warming will make the world so warm that crops won’t grow, and “most of the people will have died and the rest of us will become cannibals.”
2) Scotland’s Daily Mirror says that reason nobody has spotted the Loch Ness Monster is because it was killed by global warming.
3) Thanks to global warming, the price of beer is going up.
4) USAToday reported last April that global warming will cause America to be overrun by giant Burmese pythons by the year 2100.
5) Global warming causes kidney stones, according to a study conducted by the University of Texas in July.
6) Global warming is reducing the yield for Japanese whalers, who complain global warming makes whales skinnier.
7) The recent surge in shark attacks in Florida is because of global warming, says Florida University shark expert George Burgess. He told the UK Guardian in May that shark attacks were caused by human activity.
“As the population continues to rise, so does the number of people in the water for recreation. And as long as we have an increase in human hours in the water, we will have an increase in shark bites,” he said.
Shark attacks could also be the result of global warming and rising sea temperatures, the Guardian said.
8) Representative Ed Markey (D-Ma) blamed the 1993 crash of the US military Blackhawk in Somali on global warming. (I”m not making this up.) Markey told a bunch of students visiting the Capitol;
“In Somalia back in 1993, climate change, according to 11 three- and four-star generals, resulted in a drought which led to famine. That famine translated to international aid we sent in to Somalia, which then led to the U.S. having to send in forces to separate all the groups that were fighting over the aid, which led to Black Hawk Down.”
9) National Geographic says that global warming is causing penguin babies to freeze to death. “Many, many, many of them thousands of them were dying,” explorer Jon Bowermaster told National Geographic. Witnessing the mass penguin death “painted a clear and grim picture” of global warming.
“It’s not just melting ice,” Bowermaster said. “It’s actually killing these cute little birds that are so popular in the movies.” (Gasp! Not movie penguin babies! They’re sooo cute!!)
10) Finally, rounding out the list of looming global warming catastrophes is a predicted invasion of killer stingrays. Global warming is going to drive killer stingrays, like the one that killed Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, to the shores of Britain after a 5-foot -long marbled stingray was captured by fishermen, the Daily Mail reported in June.
To recap, global warming is responsible for freezing temperatures, record snowfalls, Christmas travel delays, cannibalism, kidney stones, frozen penguin babies, skinny whales expensive beer and a coming invasion of giant Burmese pythons.
Oh . . . and a partridge in a pear tree.