Conservative snow-trolling of global warming expected to reach record highs today

By Scott Kaufman
Monday, January 6, 2014 13:35 EDT
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A man walks along a snow covered street in the southeastern Serbian town of Medvedja. A cold snap kept Europe in its icy grip on Thursday, pushing the death toll to 160 as countries from Italy to Ukraine struggled to cope with temperatures that plunged to record lows in some places. (AFP Photo/Sasa Djordjevic)
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Conservatives are having a field day “sticking it” to liberals about the weather. They have no time for scientific theories like “Arctic amplification,” which only perfectly models how general warming trends can lead to increasingly severe cold snaps. After all, like evolution, Arctic amplification is “just a theory.”

The common refrain, in light of the “polar vortex” sweeping the country, reads a little something — and just about as intelligently — as this:

Even fictional antagonists, like “Shooter McGavin” from Adam Sandler’s magnum opus Happy Gilmore, are declaring global warming a dead issue:

Some conservatives are, however, attempting to take the high road:

Of course, they fail to realize that they’re talking not about the underlying theory, but what it’s called in the popular press. Declaring that a theory’s “named wrong” doesn’t disprove it any more than the fact that the Obamacare website launch was a disaster “proves” that the Affordable Care Act will destroy America.

Given that the “polar vortex” engulfing the nation sounds like a plan masterminded by a mustache-twirling evil genius, the story requires a villain, and conservatives have found theirs:

The larger conservative outlets are following suit, refusing to acknowledge that cold weather could be a cascade effect of global warming. For example, Red State‘s Erick Erickson designed what looks to him like a scientific study:

Rush Limbaugh, of course, just thinks liberals are making it all up:

Conservative radio host Bryan Fischer has issued a series of “catastrophic global warming alerts”:

But, of course, reason should win out in the end:

Some liberals are, however, incapable of responding to rightwing stupidity on the subject anymore:

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Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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