America, welcome to a teachable moment, well according to environmentalists it is a teachable moment.

On Monday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported  that the “average temperature in December was 30.2 degrees Fahrenheit, which was 3.2 degrees cooler than the 20th century average and the 14th coolest December in 115 years.” That would put it in the 12th percentile. went to global warming gurus from the National Wildlife Fund (NWF) and the National Resources Defense Fund (NRDF) and asked: “How do you . . .and Congress square that kind of data with the public as you move forward in advocating for pollution caps?”

NRDF Director of Government Affairs David Goldston told described it as a teachable moment, he said that the “cold winter” weather could teach people a “lesson” about global warming — that “weather and climate aren’t the same thing.”

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Well lets see, says climate is:

the composite or generally prevailing weather conditions of a region, as temperature, air pressure, humidity, precipitation, sunshine, cloudiness, and winds, throughout the year, averaged over a series of years. 

Well OK, it says that climate is the average weather.  So before we go on, does everybody have that down? Climate is totally different than weather—sort of.

During the call, asked about the cold snap that has stricken the nation in the past month — and how it might affect the political debate over whether to cap carbon emissions:

So when the NOAA says the average temperature in December was 3.2 degrees cooler than the 20th century average and the 14th coolest December in 115 years,”it has nothing to do with climate change because climate has nothing to do with weather.

Goldston responded: “I don’t think the biggest problem in the Senate at this point is people who don’t think that climate change is real, so … I think… if the cold winter gives us another chance to explain that weather and climate aren’t the same thing, that’s good from an educational point of view.”

He clarified, though, that he thought that global warming was not just a theory, but was settled science.

Its all settled you hear that? Very little of science is 100% settled, theories change daily. For example how many years did you hear that it was an asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs, that was settled right? Wrong ! Now they say its was asteroids and a mega-volcano, oh and all the dinosaurs didn’t die, some of them evolved into birds. But these folks cut off debate by saying its all settled.

“But I don’t think this is the real problem we’ve got anymore,” Goldston said. “I think, happily, we’ve moved somewhat beyond that.”

The Moonbats have moved beyond that, the open-minded people who question things the way scientists are supposed to aren’t moving on.  

Jeremy Symons, senior vice president at NWF, also said the cold December did nothing to change what he said were the facts of global warming.

“I would just say — you know — the science has always been clear that . . . global warming isn’t going to all of a sudden create a constant climate. There will always be regional and day-to-day variability,” Symons said.

Yes and because of cycles in sunspot activity, and ocean currents, there will be times when the earth gets warm and times it cools off, and nothing that man does can change that. One of their own global warming scientists says its going to cool off for the next 20-30 years.

Symons used a recent editorial he had read to liken the difference between weather and climate to the difference between winning one football game and having a winning season.

“There was actually (an) op-ed written in North Carolina just a couple days ago that likened the . . . issue of . . . trying to compare– trying to say that global warming isn’t a concern because of briefly cold weather to a football team winning a surprise upset (in) a football game. You never know what’s going to happen game-to-game. Anybody can beat anybody, but to have a winning season, and to go all the way to the Super Bowl, that’s a different beast.

“And I think the same thing is true in weather. Month to month you can have variations, and place to place you can have variation, but the long-term trend is clear and what NOAA says, long-term, is that this is the warmest decade that we’ve ever had on record.”

Wait but temperatures haven’t gone up in 12 years?

He added: “The oceans this summer were warmer than they’ve ever been, and . . the ice in the Arctic cap — ice caps — are melting at an alarming rate, and there is just widespread evidence that it’s a real issue.”

That’s not true either. The US National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado, says that Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 per cent, since 2007, and even the most committed global warming moonbats do not dispute this.

 The minimum ice extent in September 2009 was greater than the past two Septembers, but again fell below the long-term average. The melt season began with a young, thin Arctic sea ice cover, suggesting that significant amounts of ice would be lost during the melt season. However, a cooler summer with favorable winds helped preserve the ice.

Ah, it must be a trick, the ice is going to disappear by growing. Just like the cooling is the result of global warming.

When the center released its numbers in October, NSIDC Director and Senior Scientist Mark Serreze said in a statement, “It’s nice to see a little recovery over the past couple years, but there’s no reason to think that we’re headed back to conditions seen back in the 1970s. We still expect to see ice-free summers sometime in the next few decades.”

There is a Canadian Scientist who says things are getting cooler because we have eliminated fluorocarbons,and the hole in the Ozone layer over the poles have closed up. This peer-reviewed paper was published in the prestigious online journal Physics Reports, Lu, who holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Newcastle, reports that CFCs [fluorocarbons] , the compounds once widely used as refrigerants, and cosmic rays, which are energy particles originating in outer space, are mostly to blame for climate change, rather than carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Lu says the world  has been cooling since  2002

the observed data show that CFCs conspiring with cosmic rays most likely caused both the Antarctic ozone hole and global warming. These findings are totally unexpected and striking, as I was focused on studying the mechanism for the formation of the ozone hole, rather than global warming.”

..Most remarkably, the total amount of CFCs, ozone-depleting molecules that are well-known greenhouse gases … decreased around 2000.Correspondingly, the global surface temperature has also dropped. In striking contrast, the CO2 level has kept rising since 1850 and now is at its largest growth rate.”

Other scientists meanwhile, say that there have been several significant swings in temperature since the last Ice Age, more than 20,000 years ago — due primarily to sun-spots or sun –related activity and its effects on Earth’s atmosphere.

A hot period that occurred around 8,000 years ago was followed by a long cooling period, followed by a period known as the “Roman Warming,” which occurred during the Roman Empire. Following a cooling period during the Dark Ages, the “Mediaeval Warming” period began, with evidence that temperatures were hotter than they are today.

Around 1300, the period known as the “Little Ice Age” began — an epoch that lasted more than 200 years, before a new warming period — the “Modern Warming” — began.

Between 1940 and 1975, climatologists say another colder period, known as the “Little Cooling,” took place, and in the late 1970s, things began to warm again.

When you observe the fact that the earth’s temperature hasn’t increased in the past 8-12 years, PLEASE understand, it may be the weather, but according to the moonbats, that may be a short time cooling trend, but it has nothing to do with Climate Change.