Rep. Steve King Absurdly Claims Snow Disproves Climate Change

February 19, 2010 11:59 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

Global warming deniers have been jumping for joy after recent snowstorms in Washington, DC and across the country.  While ignoring actual science, conservative lawmakers and talking heads are spouting the childish argument that, if it snows in February, climate change can't possibly be real. 

Speaking at CPAC earlier today, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) declared that "the Al Gores of the world were wrong on the science, and today we know it." Mistaking weather for climate, King went on to say, "It's tough to make an argument when the evidence is all around us."

KING: The liberals, the environmentalists, the Al Gores of the world were wrong on the science, and today we know it.  And I have an Al Gore shower at my place, and I took my drill bit out with an 8-inch bit in it, and I drilled all the holes out so I now I can take a shower in 3 minutes instead of 12.  Sorry Al.  But I've got a scoop shovel for you if you want to come anywhere in the 50 states in America, for the first time in the history of keeping records there's snowfall on the ground in all 50 states.  It's tough to make an argument when the evidence is all around us with a snowy white wonder in a crystal cathedral. 

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Climate experts have already explained why King's logic is spectacularly wrong.  Despite the heavy snowfalls, this remains one of the warmest winters in history (last month was the warmest January on record).  And, while it's silly to make any judgments from a handful of storms, the recent weather is consistent with scientific theory, which holds that global warming will cause increased precipitation (because of more moisture in the air) and more extreme storms. 

For what it's worth, King should consider the ongoing Olympics in Vancouver, where "the warmest January in at least 74 years and a historic lack of snow accumulation" forced organizers to airlift snow on to a mountain to hold several events.  Based on King's confused logic, shouldn't that alone prove climate change is real?

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