Cold Snap Proves Global Warning Is a Hoax, According to State Representative Bill Zedler

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Bill Zedler
A polar vortex has a good chunk of the United States in its grasp, which, in layman's terms, means that it's cold -- absurdly, bone-chillingly cold. It's the kind of weather that socks you in the gut and takes your breath away, that overwhelms Texas' feeble electric grid.

Already, the chill has penetrated state Representative Bill Zedler's skull and prompted him to make a wildly misinformed pronouncement denying global warming.

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We don't have Al Gore's number, but we'll give it a shot. A polar vortex is a weather event in which the large pocket of cold air that typically sits atop the North Pole is shoved southward. Global warming refers to the increasing average temperature of the earth's climate, which has been well documented by researchers and is a matter of nearly universal scientific consensus.

What does it say, then, that Arlington's elected representative in the Texas House, not to mention Greg Abbott, the state's presumptive next governor, publicly dismisses the concept of man-made climate change? Nothing good, we're afraid.

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bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

Ironically, the reason for the polar votex going this far south is that the north pole melted.  Where we used to have an icecap, we now have a sea.

cajunscouse9
cajunscouse9

The temperature worldwide has risen only 1.6° since 1800. Proven fact by the U.N. Go ahead and scare monger and run around like your hair is on fire screaming "were all gonna die". Now excuse me while I don't give a good damn about it.

krismate
krismate

Hi, kduble - I stated nothing that indicates I am uninformed. I stand by my remarks.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

Yawn. Somebody please explain to Bill the difference between weather and climate.


Again.

ruddski
ruddski

It's time for denialists to admit that climate changes.

pauldodell
pauldodell

Bill Zedler ... that display of total fucking ignorance wins you the +DumbFuckOfTheDay award. Congrats!

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

So, this guy isn't just disputing the idea that humans have influenced climate change -- he's disputing whether climate change itself is happening?That is taking it to the next level of ignorance, isn't it? Keep your fingers in your ears, sonny boy.

WonkotheSane
WonkotheSane

Why not? Every time it's hot or cold or stormy or whatever, there's some moron claiming it's a sign of global warming.

krismate
krismate

Hey, Steve, thanks for the first laugh of my day, brother!

krismate
krismate

I'm not schooled in climatology, or whatever it's called, but, it seems fair to say that you can't pump exhaust into the atmosphere for a hundred years without some change taking place. Changes need to take place in our systems of disposal, simply to maintain some sort of good quality here on good ol' Earth. Every time I'm in Shanghai, I feel very aware of my need for 21% oxygen in the air.

ebailey75057
ebailey75057

Texas legislators never stop providing endless entertainment value.  From rape kits which magically prevent pregnancies to this.  They need to start charging admission.  Wonderfully entertaining.  Two Thumbs up!  97 percent of the world's scientist agree that humans are accelerating climate change and this tool spouts out that we are not.

pgrove1704
pgrove1704

And the world is flat (watch out for the edge).

Steve
Steve

I hate everyone so much.

Gangy
Gangy

Thank you, Eric Nicholson, for your responsible journalism!  I'm sure Al Gore would love to respond on the record. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Global Warming, cmon mother fuckers, did we forget its called "climate change" now!

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

The EPA's highest paid employee is emblematic of what passes for competent government, and the "non-partisan" enforcement agencies that are here to "help" us from hurting ourselves.  This is so egregious, you can't make this shit up:

http://tinyurl.com/kmmhc2l


holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

The globe is cooling and has been for some time now.

krismate
krismate

I'm continually amazed by those who, in this democratic (i.e. liberal) nation, become upset by any questioning of the status quo. We didn't become a great nation by trudging along in lockstep, as in an authoritarian (i.e. right-wing) nation.

stancorbett86
stancorbett86

There's also the fact that most major university faculties are unabashedly liberal, leading to the fact that the "major" scientific journals produced by these universities are unabashedly liberal, followed by the fact that the major media corporations which herald the studies in these journals are all unabashedly liberal, and then the fact that the Dallas Observer is run by one of those corporations (Goldman Sachs was the corporation's primary owner until 2013, for those who didn't know). 


But of course, that has nothing to do with this story. Nothing at all. 

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

I'm cold, throw those scientific journals on the fire.

dallasdrilling.wordpress.com
dallasdrilling.wordpress.com

For those who are capable of reading between the lines or knowing the sub story to this;

60 Minutes ran a GREAT story last night about CleanTech and it's problems.

krismate
krismate

@cajunscouse9 Hiya, cajun - A report by the U.N. would likely use the Celsius scale. 1.6°C is, roughly, 3° F, which is significant.

fracquestions
fracquestions

@Cliffhanger  

Explaining these scientific matters to an idiot like Bill Zedler would be a waste of time and an exercise in futility. He lacks the basic comprehension skills necessary to grasp what all of this means, as does "canjunscouse9" in its comment above.

Some people are just beyond the reach of education and critical thinking.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@Catbird

in the article linked;

"The burning of oil, gas, and especially coal pumps carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere, where they allow the sun’s heat to penetrate to the Earth’s surface but impede its escape, thus causing the lower atmosphere and the Earth’s surface to warm. Essentially everybody, Lindzen included, agrees."

"Lindzen doesn’t deny that the climate has changed or that the planet has warmed. “We all agree that temperature has increased since 1800,” he tells me....We all agree that CO2 is a greenhouse gas. All other things kept equal, [there has been] some warming. As a result, there’s hardly anyone serious who says that man has no role."

great job in providing a link that validates the very sentence that YOU claim is erroneous. I'd normally ask if you read the article before posting it, but I'm sure you did read it but just couldn't understand it.

plainsman1
plainsman1

@WonkotheSane- That's funny, I usually find the morons with no knowledge of climatology whatsoever making vague, unsubstantiated generalizations to be the more puzzling of the two.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@ebailey75057 

It is precisely the instances that you cite as to why they are allowed to meet for only 140 days in odd numbered years and that the special sessions resemble a WWF cage match.

kduble
kduble

@holmantx "Still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest."

Simon and Garfunkel's "The Boxer"

kduble
kduble

@krismate It's one thing to question the status quo. It's another thing to make a fool of oneself spouting uninformed blather. To effectively question the status quo, it helps to know what you're talking about.

kduble
kduble

@stancorbett86 What about the link between cigarettes and cancer. Was that some liberal/conservative thing as well?

greg.busby214
greg.busby214

@stancorbett86 Ah yes........the reality/fact-based community certainly does seem to have an unmistakable liberal bias.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Ah yes, the vast liberal conspiracy. Once we got the scientific method on our payroll y'all were toast.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@dallasdrilling.wordpress.com

why do refer to it as "a GREAT story", from what I saw it was very wrong.

There has been a exponential increase in energy generation from alternative sources, solar has become affordable and easy, ev's have a toehold that appears to be getting close to a mainstream product.

the result is America's carbon emissions have actually declined.

Catbird
Catbird

@mavdog "Lindzen characterizes global warming as “small and nothing to be alarmed about.”...remember I said "not so much".


The evil genius of you people is your ability to unflinchingly amputate the context and focus on a select portion of any document to rationalize your hysteria and endorse the bad will of government officials who work day and night to eliminate the United States and dissolve it into a New World Order global government.


You ought to be ashamed of yourself mav...but then again, this would assume that your have something inside you that approximates a human soul.   



Catbird
Catbird

@Sotiredofitall@ruddski only when it helps the New World Order types who want to tax carbon emissions, put an end to the nation state and establish a global government. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@plainsman1 @ScottsMerkin psh, the globe has warmed and cooled in cycles over the course of its life. Ice caps have shrank and grown over time.  Sure humans may advance each of these cycles but who cares, god will save us all in eternity in heaven, right?!?!

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@Catbird

actually you said "no so much".....

you should be embarrased to have posted an article that supports the sentence which you attempted to say was not accurate. Instead you come out and rail about some fictional "bad will of government officials who work night and day to eliminate the United States and dissolve it into a New World Order global govenment".

good grief, it doesn't get much more looney tunes than that....

plainsman1
plainsman1

@ScottsMerkin@plainsman1- Ahhh,yes, faith - that amazing idea that it's a GOOD thing to hold incredible beliefs in the complete absence of evidence to support them. The more outrageous the belief and the weaker the logic behind it, the stronger your faith and the more virtuous your conduct. It puts ignorance on a pedestal.

plainsman1
plainsman1

@holmantx@plainsman1- Now that's a sorry bunch of misinformation.


There is no huge recovery of Arctic ice. In 2012 ice extent hit an all time low. While it rebounded a small amount from that low point during 2013, it is currently BELOW that record low: http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/ Arctic ice is also thinning from below http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2013/0911/Arctic-ice-continues-to-thin-and-thin-European-satellite-reveals


In Antarctica, there is indeed a high extent of seasonal sea ice, but the more critical figure - total ice mass - which includes continental ice, continues to decline. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012821X13005797


Global Cooling? Hardly. Try reading actual science: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/qj.2297/abstract

rather than right-wing cranks like to laughable and regularly debunked Daily Mail or even more bogus outfits like the "Space and Science Research Corporation" http://tomnelson.blogspot.com/2008/01/looks-like-hoax-to-me.html


Here's your "global cooling" in a nutshell: http://www.wmo.int/pages/mediacentre/press_releases/pr_981_EN.html

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