President Obama Explains The Science Behind Climate Change

February 19, 2010 3:28 pm ET — Walid Zafar

Earlier in the day, we highlighted Rep. Steve King's absurd conclusion that snow disproves climate change.  Addressing a crowd at the annual CPAC conference, King said "It's tough to make an argument when the evidence is all around us with a snowy white wonder in a crystal cathedral."  This sort of inane logic is what scores political points among conservative activists.  Challenging science seems to be the conservative movement's equivalent to speaking truth to power.  But the conclusion is tragically flawed. 

At a town hall in Nevada this morning, President Obama directly addressed the issue:

Obama:  First of all, we just got five feet of snow in Washington and so everybody's like-a lot of the people who are opponents of climate change, they say "see, look at that.  There's all this snow on the ground, you know, this doesn't mean anything."  I want to just be clear that the science of climate change doesn't mean that every place is getting warmer.  It means the the planet as a whole is getting warmer.  But what it may mean is, for example, Vancouver which is supposed to be getting snow during the Olympics, suddenly is at 55 degrees and Dallas suddenly is getting seven inches of snow.  The idea is that the planet as a whole get warmer, you start seeing changing weather patterns and that creates more violent storm systems, more unpredictable weather, so any single place might end up being warmer.  Another place might end up being a little bit cooler.  There might end up being more precipitation in the air. More monsoons, more hurricanes, more tornadoes, more drought in some places, floods in other places.