Krista Kafer

It’s 5 degrees Fahrenheit in Littleton, CO, sunless and snowing. Colorado isn’t the only state in the grip of a deep freeze. NBC reports that residents of Duluth, MN got two feet of snow yesterday and are bracing for another foot today. The real treat will be the expected minus 22 degree temperature Friday. Parts of Nevada and Arizona are experiencing snow and freezing temperatures. Ice has covered Dallas, TX, and cold temperatures in California’s Central Valley have citrus growers looking nervously at the tender fruit still ripening on the branch.

The Farmer’s Almanac has predicted a “bitterly cold” winter so there may be no use in hoping for a little global warming. Unless you’re a global warming activist, that is; then there’s always hope even when the facts don’t go your way. For them, all weather phenomena can be blamed on man-made global warming from the super typhoon that devastated the Philippines to the cold snap that froze Europe a few years back. It doesn’t matter whether the polar ice cap grows or shrinks or there are fewer hurricanes and tornados in a season or more than usual; it’s global warming all the way.

When conflicting information leads one to arrive at the same conclusion over and over, it’s not deduction at work, but delusion. It’s like the mental patient who believed he was dead no matter what doctors did to prove otherwise. When a hopeful psychologist pricked the man’s finger to show how it bled, the man responded in wonder, “I’ll be darned, dead men do bleed!”

Global temperatures haven’t risen in 15 years but that didn’t stop Al Gore from likening climate change “deniers” to racists and drunks in a speech this summer. The new word for skeptics coined by Al Gore and other climate activists—global warming denier—has a nice inquisitional ring to it. What’s next, a reeducation camp?


Krista Kafer

Krista Kafer is the Director of Colorado's Future Project (CFP), an initiative of the Independent Women's Forum.