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Hot or Not? Global Warming2 min read

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Several recent news stories have brought attention to the global warming non-debate debate. Here are some of my favorites.

1. The NY Times, conservative rag that it is, finds numerous scientists who thinks thal Al Gore goes a little over the top with his catastrophic predictions.

2. For some global warming is a matter of life and death, at least when you are Timothy Ball, a former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg, and you have received death threats for questioning the status quo.

3. We should stop using fossil fuels and use more fuels like ethanol as long as we don’t actually you know have to produce the ethanol. Protestors in Brazil don’t want the country to cut down trees in order to produce more ethanol. So in order to save the trees, we should all avoid ethanol and use good old gasoline instead?

4. Speaking of the joys of ethanol, did you know that it takes food from poor Mexicans? The country is facing a shortage of corn because much has been used to produce the inefficient fuel.

5. Finally, I feel kinda bad, but this is my favorite of the bunch. I’ll just quote the AP’s lead sentence "A North Pole expedition meant to bring attention to global warming was called off after one of the explorers got frostbite."
Now I completely understand that the North Pole is going to be cold global warming or not, so that is not really brings home the irony of the story. No, that is found later in the article:

Then there was the cold — quite a bit colder, Atwood [trip organizer] said, then Bancroft and Arnesen [explorers] had expected. One night they measured the temperature inside their tent at 58 degrees below zero, and outside temperatures were exceeding 100 below zero at times, Atwood said.

But never fear, are temperatures colder than normal a reason to cast doubt on their global warming theory? Nope, they have it all figured out.

"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."

It’s not that global warming is so much "warming" as it is unpredictable. Then wouldn’t it be global unpredictability instead? Now that I can get behind.