In a February 10 column printed in the Boston Herald, Jonah Goldberg repeats the anti-global-warming canard that severe snowstorms are evidence against global warming. In response, I sent the following letter to the editor:
To the editor:
Jonah Goldberg’s recent suggestion that severe winter weather disproves global warning shows an alarming ignorance of basic science. In particular:
- When the air is warmer, more water evaporates into it.
- When there is more water in the air, it snows more.
- Once you get below freezing, colder temperatures actually decrease snowfall.
In short, the simple truth is that global warming causes more snow, not less.
Of course, ideologues like Goldberg rarely let something as inconvenient as the truth stand in the way of their agenda.
Not only did the Herald not print my letter or any other letter or opinion piece making a similar point, they have run at least two idiotic editorial cartoons mocking the idea that more snow supports global warming theories. Here’s one of them (I couldn’t find on-line the other one I know about; maybe Holbert decided it wasn’t his best work and took it down):
It’s so nice to see the Herald pandering to the segment of the American public that is too stupid to think through the basic science enough to realize that this argument is bunk.
Perhaps the reason why the Herald‘s editorial staff continues to promulgate this theory is because they fall into that segment of the American public themselves.
Interestingly, the very same day Jonah Goldberg’s column was printed in the Herald, Time magazine ran an article explaining in detail, with quotes and citations from experts in the field, exactly what I explained in my letter to the editor.