The other evening I was watching the local forecast on one of our local stations. The meteorologist and anchor were chatting about how unseasonably mild the month of November was in our area. I believe they said there were more than 20 days with highs over 50 degrees this month. The anchor laughed and said he thought this was a good thing as it is saving us all money on our heating bills. The meteorologist chuckled along with him and agreed.
All I could think was:
What the heck is wrong with these people?!?
Look, I realize that the climate change debunkers [as well as the handful of scientists who claim that global warming isn't happening] have gotten a lot of press in the US. I understand that when you repeat an untruth enough times people start to believe it. [Just check out how many people in the US continued to believe that Saddam Hussein had something to do with the 9/11 attacks for years after it was proven false.] However, shouldn't a meteorologist realize that this is not a laughing matter?!?
The US has been seeing an increasing and unnerving amount of unusual climate changes in recent years. Flooding in some areas, severe and persistent drought in other areas and increased severe weather are just a few of the changes. Studies seem to indicate that things will continue to get worse. This is not a laughing matter and could be used as an educational situation by the meteorologists! Why aren't these scientists explaining that many of their peers believe that some of this extreme weather has to do with situations that we humans have created on our planet? Perhaps this could result in further studies which could help us to know what we can do to improve the situation! Who knows what could happen?
Just when are we here in the United States going to take this threat seriously? It appears that the rest of the world - for the most part - is on the same page and realizes we need to try to do what we can to reverse the trend. Why are we so stubborn in our country? What am I missing?
Images of the shrinking polar ice caps courtesy of NASA