Mona Charen

Great swaths of Britain are buried under more than a foot of snow as the country shivers through the coldest winter since 1981. Airports have been shut down, trains have been canceled, and the army had to be called out to rescue more than 1,000 motorists stranded in Hampshire.

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In Germany, most of which is also blanketed in white, temperatures have dipped to record lows of -7.6 F degrees. In Norway, reports the AP, the thermometer read -42 F degrees Jan. 5, the coldest reading since 1987. <

p> The eastern two-thirds of the United States are coping with unusually severe cold. Atlantic, Iowa posted a temperature of 29 below zero, breaking a record set in 1958. Florida's $9.3-billion citrus crop hangs in the balance as the coldest weather in years is draping palm fronds with icicles and causing iguanas to drop frozen from the trees.

Could it be global cooling? A Tory MP was jeered for suggesting as much in parliament. If the members had been hooting the unscientific use of particular weather to draw vast conclusions about climate, the derision would have been justified. But the avatars of climate change have been over-interpreting changeable weather for years. So the members were probably just towing the climate change party line with their catcalls.

The cold snap has spurred the "warmists" to spin control. Here's a typical AP headline: "Cold Weather Doesn't Disprove Global Warming: Experts." And this from the Voice of America: "Meteorologists: Global Warming and Cold Weather Go Hand-In-Hand." The World Meteorological Organization is at pains to distinguish between weather and climate. "I think we have to be careful not to interpret any single event as a proof of either warming or the fact that warming has stopped," cautioned Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.

Ah. Where has he been? As recently as 11 months ago, when brushfires raged across Australia, the "experts" were ready with interpretations. "Why Global Warming May Be Fueling Australia's Fires," reported Time magazine. The Huffington Post quoted Neville Nicholls, "an expert on climate change and wildfires" at Australia's Monash University: "The terrible events of the past couple of weeks are, without doubt, partly the result of global warming and the greenhouse effect." Can't have doubt, can we?

Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
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