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  •  But extreme weather events are way down.. (2+ / 1-)
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    in America.

    It is hard to convince the public of climate change when the facts do not bear out the predictions.

    2013 had fewer tornadoes (nearly half of 2011), wildfires and extreme heat days in recent history.

    The Atlantic hurricane season was a bust, despite predictions by  NOAA and other weather centers of a robust hurricane season.

    Is it any wonder the American public doesn't know what to believe?  And that sports casters are making fun of the scientists who can't seem to predict when we will see these promised dire consequences of climate change?

    And please don't label me a denier.  Only a fool would deny man's impact on climate.  The problem is with the models that have nearly totally failed at prediction.  People are losing confidence.

    Scientists keep predicting devastating hurricane seasons that don't pan out.  Is it any wonder the public (and sports casters) becomes a bit skeptical?

    And let's be clear.. we're talking about attitudes of Americans here.  Extreme weather events across the globe are happening, but Americans just don't get the impact if they don't feel it.

    •  There's a lot of sensationalism (2+ / 0-)
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      in meteorology. The pattern of scaremongering seems clear--If they predict eight inches of snow, I plan on four.
      People buy it, and I do mean just that.
      Daily weather and climate change are two different things, but I agree that too much boy crying wolf creates a problem with public perception (using the term almost facetiously).

      and I wait for them to interrupt my drinking from this broken cup

      by le sequoit on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 04:11:35 AM PST

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    •  Cold weather events are way down (1+ / 0-)
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      It used to be that these cold weather events happened every 2 to 3 years. Now they are only happening every decade or two. People have poor memories.

      We used to get months of hard frost and freezing weather where I am, Canada's Pacific Northwest. Not any more. Sometimes a few weeks, and an occasional hard frost at night.

      Meanwhile,  bats fell from the sky and died from heat exhaustion in Australia.

      And glaciers and Antarctic ice cap continues to melt at record pace.

      •  Indeed. There is so much dishonesty in that post. (1+ / 0-)
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        Deniers lies about what the science says, what scientists have predicted, and then crow when they argue against their own strawmen. They cherry pick like crazy, comparing current against peak years rather than looking at trends and singling out one kind of event like tornadoes. They completely fabricate causes, such as saying that people are skeptical because of too few extremes ... as if we hadn't just gone through a week of bogus arguments that very cold local weather contradicts global warming, as if last year's conflagrations never happened. They lie about climate models, about which they actually know nothing. And they steadfastly fail to mention the actual physics of global warming, the overwhelming scientific consensus and the overwhelming evidence on which that consensus is based. Americans would not be skeptical if the deniers weren't so busy sowing doubt and defending it.

    •  HR for right wing denier talking points (0+ / 0-)

      Your claims are false and you have misdirected the reason for skepticism away from the cause -- a massive propaganda campaign by the fossil fuel industry.

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