It wasn’t too long ago that environmentalists were insisting that Hurricane Sandy had proven, definitively, that global warming was real, that the ice caps were melting and that the next time the sea would rise up to eat the American East.
Sandy, you see, was a prelude to the fast-approaching environmental apocalypse. If only we would stop exhaling all of that carbon dioxide, all would be well.
In the hubbub and the furor over Sandy, we have missed the Russian winter, which, inconveniently, is the worst it’s ever been. The bad winter weather has enveloped large regions of Central Europe and Asia.
Walter Russell Mead reports:
Cold weather in the past few days has sadly gone from severe to deadly. While unusually high snowfall has disrupted the travel plans of millions of Americans, freezing temperatures have taken the lives of hundreds of people from Central Europe to South Asia. The BBC reports that in Poland, 49 people have died; in Ukraine, 83; in Russia, 88; and in India, at least 93. The majority of those dead are the elderly and the homeless.
Besides being an obvious tragedy for many across the world, this is a reminder that “weather” is not “climate,” unless it suits the needs of environmental hotheads to claim that it is. When there’s a hot spell or a dry spell or a wet spell that can somehow be connected with the climate change narrative, the media resounds with panicky warnings. But when people die of frostbite in Punjab and temperatures hit -58F in Russia, the silence of the alarmists is deafening.
Does this prove that a new Ice Age is fast approaching? Can we now go back to exhaling? Should we try to save the planet by burning more fossil fuels?
‘Tis a puzzlement….