Even the left laughs at global warming now

So-called "global warming" has shrunk from problem to punch line. And now, Leftists are laughing, too. It’s hard not to chuckle at the idea of Earth boiling in a carbon cauldron when the news won’t cooperate:

— Nearly four inches of snow blanketed the United Arab Emirates’ Jebel Jais region for just the second time in recorded history on January 24. Citizens were speechless. The local dialect has no word for snowfall.

— Dutchmen on ice skates sped past windmills as canals in Holland froze in mid-January for the first time since 1997. Defense Minister Eimert van Middelkoop, who inhabits a renovated 17th Century windmill, stumbled on the ice and fractured his wrist.

— January saw northern Minnesota’s temperatures plunge to 38 below zero, forcing ski-resort closures. A Frazee, Minnesota dog-sled race was cancelled, due to excessive snow. Snow whitened Surf City, North Carolina’s beaches. Days ago, ice glazed Florida’s citrus groves.

As Earth faces global cooling, both troglodyte Right-wingers and lachrymose Left-wingers find Albert Gore’s simmering-planet hypothesis increasingly hilarious:

— "In terms of (global warming’s) capacity to cause the human species harm, I don’t think it makes it into the top 10," Dr. Robert Giegengack, former chairman of University of Pennsylvania’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, told the Pennsylvania Gazette. Giegengack voted for Gore in 2000, and says he likely would again.

— Commentator Harold Ambler declared January 3 on HuffingtonPost.com that he voted for Barack Obama "for a thousand times a thousand reasons." He added that Gore "owes the world an apology for his actions regarding global warming." He called Gore’s assertion that "the science is in" on this issue "the biggest whopper ever sold to the public in the history of mankind."

— "Not only is it false that human activity has any significant effect on global warming or the weather in general, but for the record, global warming is over," retired Navy meteorologist Dr. Martin Hertzberg wrote on carbon-sense.com. The physical chemist and self-described "scientist and life-long liberal Democrat" added: "The average temperature of Earth’s atmosphere has declined over the last 10 years. From the El Nino Year of 1998 until Jan. 2007, it dropped a quarter of a degree Celsius (0.45 degrees Fahrenheit). From Jan 2007 to the spring of 2008, it dropped a whopping three-quarters of a degree Celsius (1.35 degrees Fahrenheit). Those data further prove that the fear-mongering hysteria about human-caused global warming is completely unjustified and is totally counterproductive to our Nation’s essential needs and security."

— "It is a tribute to the scientific ignorance of politicians and journalists that they keep regurgitating the nonsense about human-caused global warming," veteran Left-wing commentator and Nation magazine columnist Alexander Cockburn wrote. "The greenhouse fear mongers rely on unverified, crudely oversimplified models to finger mankind’s sinful contribution — and carbon trafficking, just like the old indulgences, is powered by guilt, credulity, cynicism, and greed."

Some Leftists believe the collective hallucination of warmism distracts from what they consider urgent progressive priorities:

— "The most destructive force on the planet is power-driven financiers and profit-driven corporations and their cartels backed by military might," University of Ottawa physics professor Dr. Denis Rancourt has written. "The global warming myth is a red herring that contributes to hiding this truth."

— Social historian Dr. David Noble of Canada’s York University concurs. He has lamented that warmism is "diverting attention from the radical challenges of the global justice movements."

— Geophysicist Dr. Claude Allegre, previously Education Minister in France’s late 1990s Socialist government, denounced the "prophets of doom of global warming." He sounded amused in a September 2006 L’Express article. "The ecology of helpless protesting has become a very lucrative business for some people."

"The so-called ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is not holding up," Senator James Inhofe (R — Oklahoma) told his colleagues January 8. "It is becoming increasingly clear that skepticism about man-made global warming fear is not a partisan left vs. right issue."

So-called "global warming" has accomplished the impossible: It has united liberals and conservatives in laughter.

(Deroy Murdock is a columnist and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. E-mail him at deroy.Murdock(at)gmail.com)


  1. GeriatricMom

    People who choose to ignore global warming will inflict great damage on the entire world. We are generating greenhouse gasses (CO2, methane, etc.) faster than they can be dissipated. Scientists at MIT state the threat is real and only going to get worse. We can’t afford to do nothing and see if a problem develops. By the time it’s obvious to everyone the climate will have changed drastically.

    Please see this article, along with the accompanying video.


  2. almandine

    If you could spell crevice your argument would seem much more reasonable. Failing that, Al Gore has a monied interest in this whole enterprise… as do most of those who do the clamoring.

  3. Janice

    Maybe these folks need to get their collective heads out of their posterior cravaces and listen to Al Gore’s presentation before the Senate’s Global Climate Change committee last Wednesday. Climate change is very real and it’s not going away. We need to deal with this today, not when it’s convenient for the knuckle-dragging republicans. Look where their backwards greed driven values have put us – facing global climate change on every front.

    If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
    Mark Twain

  4. ckaye99

    Gad dang it, we still have a serious problem with air pollution! I knew the global warming model was incorrect but went along with it because it made people start thinking about alternative energy sources and all the flora and fauna we’ve been killing. Now certain reactionaries are going to say “the hell with it, let’s go back to doing what we’ve been doing”, and that is wrong!

    We have a much more serious problem on our hands than is openly acknowledged at this time. Bush had all scientists working for NASA, the military (same thing), and other branches sign what were basically gag orders a few years ago, and that was for a reason – it didn’t come out of the blue. I have come to believe they are hiding some serious shit from us that needs to be out in the open, and no, I am not some mad conspiracy theorist. You could guess something was up just by watching their actions this past few years.


  5. AustinRanter

    Our very existence is a theory. Hmmm, the existence of the universe is a theory. But these theories are the foundation to every known mechanical and electronic techology, all modern day medicines, and if you exercise just a wee bit of thinking…theoretical science has touched nearly every aspect of our lives.

    The Popes visits around the world can be brought into our homes via television and satellite directly resulting from theoretical science, but yet the Pope would love to turn the clock of ages back to a time when the Pope held absolute power of allowing selected advances in life necessities and even death over all who could be within the church’s reach.

    Note: Edited after my original post. ***Let me add that most so-called Conservatives would vote with the Religious Right (all anti-science religions) to shutdown science and theory based ideas. Their main grievence is that the only reason science exist is to prove that there is no god. Or…it’s impossible for a single cell organism to evolve to all of the species that exist today. That is really stupid. I think that if science is trying to prove anything related to religion…if would be to prove there is a god. That would sure as hell make their work a lot easier when it comes to the diversification of life-forms on earth.

    The nature of climate is a wonderous thing. But, if we are to ever understand climate at any level, then we have to rely on theoretical climate science.

    The clues to the final fate of the earth’s climate will be revealed. But the Pope, or those like him in other religious disciplines, won’t be delivering any meaningful or advancing information as to the possibilities to be sorted out.

    As individuals…we don’t have to subscribe to any specific theory…but only to lend ourselves to at least examine all of theories and ask our governments to bring together the world’s leading climatologist to work in concert to get us closer to answers that will help us to prepare for whatever the future might bestow.

    Our leading theories are not an “All or Nothing”, written in stone postulations. They are pathways to understanding…and hopefully will lead to solutions to all of most exotic scientific questions.

  6. storky

    I laugh at those who examine one data point and call it a trend.
    I’m laughing at YOU, Delroy!

  7. remoran

    “Never stop questioning.” Einstein
    The economy holds sway over everything else. Also, most people have no concept of time, connectivity and cause and effect. Go to Alaska or to the Antarctic and ask scientists about global warming and climate change and CO2 levels and look at the evidence. Jokes today, reality tomorrow, something which will take hold after the Super Bowl.

  8. John Farley

    Most Americans believe that the world is getting warmer, as a result of human activities, mainly by burning fossil fuels. Among scientists who study climate change, support for global warming is nearly universal. Yes, the climate has changed in the past, and there have been big changes (e.g., ice ages) in the past that were not caused by human activities. But the warming that is occurring right now is at least partially caused by humans. The case is very strong. Among scientists, the debate is mostly over how much global warming is occurring (and will occur in the future), not about whether or not it is happening.

    I have written a summary of “The Case for Modern Anthropogenic Global Warming”, accessible to non-scientists. It can be found online at


    Mr. Deroy Murdock specifically cites Alexander Cockburn, leftwing journalist, columnist for The Nation, and editor of CounterPunch.org website. Cockburn agrees that the Earth is getting warmer, but thinks that human activies did not cause the warming. My essay specifically answers the arguments advanced by Cockburn.

    John W. Farley
    Professor of Physics
    Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas