Climate sceptics vs 40,000 US heat records: Watt’s calls it an “ordinary summer”, yet public accepts the reality of climate change

For some, reality is optional

Above, the “official message” of the denial machine with Anthony Watt’s begging his readers to spread misinformation far and wide. However, the tide is turning, and the efforts of Watt’s and his ilk are falling on increasingly deaf ears.

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

THE tide of opinion is turning against climate change sceptics in North America, according to the head of the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Escalating bouts of extreme weather appear to be behind the shift, said Jane Lubchenco, the chief of the NOAA – the US equivalent of the CSIRO.

And that:

Altogether, record high temperatures have been recorded at more than 40,000 sites in the US. If global warming wasn’t taking place, the ratio of high and low temperature records would be roughly equal, but in the US this year, heat records have dominated by a ratio of seven to one.

”The heatwaves that we have been seeing in the eastern United States are completely consistent with what we expected to be seeing, and we expect to see more,” she said.

There will of course be a “hard-core” contingent of the denial community that will continue to ignore reality, hiding behind their cherry picked data and firm belief if they wish really, really hard it will all simply go away. 

Their beliefs and values have become so deeply enmeshed with their *cough* scepticism *cough* they’ll continue denying climate change right until the moment the flood waters or wildfires are at their doors – literally. 

Case in point, climate-sceptic blogger Anthony Watts at “Watts up with that”:

This is a combination of two posts elsewhere that illustrate just how much hype and how little substance the MSM and blogs like Grist, Climate Progress. and Capital Weather Gang have been pushing trying to make a run of the mill summer heat wave seem like an event of unprecedented global warming proportions. It isn’t, and not even close compared to weather records history of the past.

Yes, you read correctly – Mr Watt’s describes the wildfires, floods, heat wave and severe drought as “run of the mill”.

It takes a special kind of willed ignorance to call the extreme weather sweeping the globe “run-of-the-mill”.  And maybe a few thousand bucks in funding from conservative think tanks.

6 thoughts on “Climate sceptics vs 40,000 US heat records: Watt’s calls it an “ordinary summer”, yet public accepts the reality of climate change

  1. uknowispeaksense says:

    Anthony Watts is officially now even more in denial than the CEO of Exxon-Mobil.

  2. 2012 and all that says:

    Mr Watts should come to the UK. We had the hottest, driest March on record (again) followed by the wettest, coldest April, May and June on record. We were officially in drought between January 2008 and April 2012 after persistent dry winters. In these three months (let me point out again in case Watts doesn’t get it – wettest April, May and June on record) that drought was ended with numerous days where a month’s worth of rainfall fell in a single night. Since April, not a part of the country has been spared flooding.

    Sounds like no “normal” weather I’ve ever heard of.

  3. Sammy Jankis says:

    I suppose the new angle will be that extreme weather events come in “natural cycles” :

    “But there were extreme weather events in the past and at times where CO2 was lower than it is today!”

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