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:
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:
The difference between people who believe in the 2nd coming of Jesus and those who believe in global warming is that Jesus will return.
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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