Every year we have the same sequence of events. There will be a few days in succession when temperatures fall far below average values, combined with fairly heavy snowfall. This is what we who live in the northeast call ‘winter’. And sure enough, this will be followed by amusement among some members of the media that this conclusively proves that global warming is some gigantic hoax being perpetrated on the US by a conspiracy of scientists, liberals, and the rest of the world.
The assertion that cold weather proves that the Earth is not warming is accompanied by the same triumphant look we see when the argument against evolution that goes “If we are descended from monkeys, then how come there are still monkeys? Huh? Huh?” is trotted out.
The Daily Show once again tries to deal with this phenomenon, now as ritualized on Fox News as the war on Christmas.
(These clips aired on January 6, 2014. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post. If the videos autoplay, please see here for a diagnosis and possible solutions.)