Why do people look at two weeks of cold weather and think global warming doesn’t exist? Should we point out every hot day and say see it is real?



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    Some people are going to believe certain things despite facts they’re given.  You can certainly try to persuade people to believe a certain thing, but in the end, it comes down to believing it themselves.  All you can really do to prove a point is to keep presenting known facts.

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    It’s probably because people assume that the words “global warming” mean that everywhere on the planet will be hotter, all the time, forever. Of course that’s not the case, and in fact global warming is probably responsible for many of the extreme weather events we’ve seen in the past few years–from Hurricane Katrina to the recent February 2010 blizzard on the U.S. East Coast. Taking any single point, or any small variation in temperature such as the two weeks you give as an example, and trying to extrapolate from it a model of global climate change is a ridiculous oversimplification, like touching the tail of an elephant and assuming the creature you’re dealing with is a snake. This simplistic view also ignores the difference between weather, which is what it’s doing outside your window right now, and climate, which is a much larger and more complex phenomenon. As cfraissi points out, skeptics of global warming will seize upon anything they feel they can use to argue their biases; that does not make them true or even logical, as much as they may insist that it is.

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