Be Careful How You Calibrate That Time Machine

If you go seeking climate Nirvana in the past, you're quite likely to arrive at a warmer period than the one you're living in now. Careful!

The climate deception machine is running overtime this Christmas season. The following is courtesy of the good people at

This winter has been unusually warm, crippling ski resorts, ruining holiday traditions, and dashing hopes of a white Christmas across the northern hemisphere. While the billions of tons of greenhouse pollution in our atmosphere sometimes encourage freak snowstorms, the primary effect of global warming on winter is, well, warmer temperatures — making white Christmases less likely. Temperature increases in some regions were off the charts in November, withnorthern Norway about 10°F warmer than average. In Finland, snow has been replaced by rain, killing World Cup and European Cup ski races, hurting retail sales, and adding to the gloom people feel from the long winter dark. This “black Christmas” shows the “footprint of global warming“:

This just in: It was substantially warmer during the last interglacial (the Eemian), with sea levels 15 feet higher than today. This was 110,000 years ago, before the internal combustion engine by just a bit. It has also also warmer during our own interglacial, during the Holocene Optimum, about 8,000 years ago. We’ve been cooling since then.

The desire to travel back in time among some folks is odd. But if you’re someone so inclined, you’ll want to choose the timeframe that the time machine puts you in carefully or you’ll wind up on a warmer planet than the Earth you were born into. Warm can be natural. Why is this so hard to understand?

Unless and until we exceed the temperatures seen during the Eemian (and the interglacials before it), there is no proof whatsoever that human emissions have swamped the climate system. None.

As for less snowy Decembers, you might want to get your facts straight.

About Harold Ambler

I am a lifelong environmentalist. I started my journalism career at The New Yorker, where I worked as a copy editor. Since then, my own work has appeared in The New York Daily News, The National Review Online, The Atlantic Wire, The Huffington Post, The Berkeley Daily Planet, The Providence Journal, Brown Alumni Monthly, The Narragansett Times, Rhode Island Monthly, and Providence Business News.
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