Amid the record-setting cold being seen across much of the United States, the White House dispatched one of its top science officials to try to convince Americans that global warming is occurring and may in fact be responsible for the cold.
In a video published to the White House’s website and YouTube today, Dr. John Holdren, President Barack Obama’s science advisor says, “If you’ve been hearing that extreme cold spells, like the one we’re having in the United States now, disproves global warming, don’t believe it.”
A ‘waviness’ in the polar vortex, caused by a lack of temperature differential between high and mid latitudes, will lead to increased extreme cold events according to Holdren.
The White House’s blog entry pinned the blame on CO2 and other gases.
“We also know that this week’s cold spell is of a type there’s reason to believe may become more frequent in a world that’s getting warmer, on average, because of greenhouse-gas pollution,” the site said.
The attempt to blame the cold seen this week on manmade climate change is contradictory to Holdren’s own words in the video.
“The fact is that no single weather episode can either prove or disprove global climate change,” he said.
Scientists have been struggling to explain the lack of ‘extreme weather’ or increasing temperatures.
Global temperatures have been relatively flat for more than a decade now. Additionally, last year saw the fewest number of tornadoes and forest fires since record keeping began for those phenomena. Hurricane activity in the north Atlantic has also been extraordinarily quiet.
Skeptics of the manmade climate change theory were quick to laugh off alarmists’ arguments this week. They point out that it was in 1974 that scientists were blaming global cooling for the actions of the polar vortex.
Time Magazine in its June 24, 1974 issue wrote, “Scientists have found other indications of global cooling. For one thing there has been a noticeable expansion of the great belt of dry, high-altitude polar winds —the so-called circumpolar vortex—that sweep from west to east around the top and bottom of the world.”
Holdren is not known to most Americans but certainly has the president’s ear when it comes to issues of climate change.
In the late 1960s Holdren warned that population controls needed to be implemented immediately and that “some form of ecocatastrophe” would befall the planet. He has further recommended the “de-development” of modern industrialized countries in order to assist underdeveloped nations. In 2006 he said he believed global sea levels could rise 13 feet by the end of the century, far above the amounts the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has predicted.