The threat of global warming, as it is now, has developed into a worldwide panic. However, global warming has fallen under a heap of scrutiny from dozens of critics questioning its existence. The reason behind the skepticism is the recent freezing weather and frequent snowstorms in places like Washington D.C.
According to Seth Bornstein, a science writer for the Associated Press, on Feb. 12, snow fell on the United States in 49 of the 50 states. The Eastern seaboard had so much snow that John Stewart from the Daily Show cleverly called the phenomenon an â€œUnusually Large Snowstormâ€ to poke fun of the ridiculous names â€“ such as â€œsnowpocalypseâ€ â€“ that the news is using.
One of the consequences of global warming is an increase in temperature and the polar ice caps melting, both of which will cause future global devastation. Another repercussion is intense precipitation as well as frequent, strong tropical storms. One of the key components of this phenomenon is the out of control fluctuation of temperatures.
But despite the overwhelming amount of evidence supporting global warming, many have joined the skeptics in denying it.
â€œCould it be that man-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people?â€ asked Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe on CSPAN. â€œI believe it is,â€ he continued.
The idea to question the existence of global warming is absurd and only delays the effort being made to become environmentally friendly.
While snow was pounding the U.S. and heavy rainstorms continue to fall on Southern California, many fail to recognize the shortage of snow in places where it is usually abundant.
Vancouver was plagued by a lackluster amount of snowfall, halting some of the events that were scheduled for the Olympic games.
â€œPortland, Maine, where snow is usually a given, had to cancel its winter festival for lack of the stuff,â€ Bornstein said.
The fact that there is record snowfall in a certain part of the world does not automatically discredit global warming. In fact, snowfall in places like Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and the lack of it in Canada bestows global warming with even stronger data supporting it.
â€œIt is the most severe winter storms in years, which would seem to contradict Al Goreâ€™s hysterical global warming theories,â€ said Sean Hannity, contributor to FOX News. Hannity also said that he does not believe in global warming because â€œit snowed in Houstonâ€ a few months ago.
The Weather Channel has Houstonâ€™s average temperature in January as 54 degrees; 22 degrees above the freezing point. Snow should be a rarity this time of the year and the fact that is present in Houston should not be praised as the defining end of global warming.
It is rudimentary to know that snow is a form of precipitation, and a great deal of snow seems to be a great deal of precipitation.
Hannity falls short of making the simple connection and realizing the effects of global warming are at work.
Conspiracies against global warming are becoming very popular and more prominent people are jumping on the bandwagon.
â€œ(Global warming) is a money-making deal for Al Gore and some of his environmentalist friends,â€ asserted former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
But even as the conspiracies continue to pile on, none sound more ludicrous than the one made by Laura Ingraham on Fox News Channel.
â€œ(Global warming) is about a concerted global effort to reduce the standard of living of all Americans,â€ Ingraham said. â€œBring us down so the rest of these countries can float up. And thatâ€™s what this is about.â€
â€œNice try world. Pretty clever. Let me tell you something world, these colors donâ€™t run. And if they do need to go somewhere, we take the (Chevrolet) Tahoe,â€ mockingly added John Stewart, host of the Daily Show.
So global warming is an international ploy to lower the standard of living in America so the rest of the world can pull alongside us?
Drawing these conclusions from global warming has to be infuriating, especially since it is coming from seemingly viable news sources that are broadcasted to millions nationwide.
The indication of global warming is a real danger to the world, and it is disheartening to see that several inches of snow can the change the perception of many, and satisfy those already in denial about such an overwhelming danger that impacts so many.