Last night, Sen. Jim Inhofe’s (R-OK) office responded to forecasts of a dangerous storm with mockery. A winter storm sweeping up the East Coast with rain, snow, and ice has caused 350 car crashes in New Jersey, a 15-mile-long traffic jam in North Carolina, and four deaths from car accidents in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Long Island. Hundreds of thousands of households lost power from Georgia to Maine. Marc Morano, Sen. Inhofe’s environmental communications director, mocked the threat of the storm by pointing out it would take place at the same time as a protest of fossil-fueled global warming in Washington D.C.:
BREAKING: Not again! Big DC Snowstorm to Greet ‘Largest public protest of global warming ever in U.S.!’ – Unseasonably Cold March Temps! [Note: All I (Marc Morano) can say is: HA! HA! HA! - The ‘Gore Effect’ Strikes again – this time it impacts NASA’s James Hansen! See also: GORE HEARING ON WARMING MAY BE PUT ON ICE – Jan. 26, 2009 ]
Spurred by his email blast and pumped by Drudge, the conservative blogosphere went into a tizzy that the East Coast has a snowstorm in the beginning of March:
Drudge Report: “‘Largest public protest of global warming’ ever in USA faces DC March snowstorm!”
Stop the ACLU: “As usual, great timing by the Climahysterics.”
Gateway Pundit: “The global warming religionists have been planning this protest in Washington DC for months. They’ve billed it as the largest public protest of global warming in the United States ever. Today, Mother Nature greeted the junk science enthusiasts with a record storm and a foot of snow.”
In addition, The Politico‘s Glenn Thrush blogged:
John Bresnahan correctly points out that it seems that a disproportionate number of GW events coincide with winter storms (and no, we’re not going to provide other examples).
The Politico has run with this line of argument before — in print. The Wonk Room checked with Bresnahan, a veteran reporter, and he explained in an e-mail that it was “a joke” that “was never meant to be posted.” He continues:
As someone who wrote his first story on global warming and climate change while a reporter for the newsletter “Clean Air Report” back in 1993, I have no doubt that global climate change is occurring, it is anthropogenic in source, and the US gov’t, as well as other industrialized nations and India/China, need to take action to reduce/combat it asap.
Bresnahan followed up in a phone call with another joke (we hope!): “Glenn Thrush’s days are numbered.”
(HT: Hall of Record)
Marc Morano’s full email:
From: Marc Morano of Sen. Inhofe's staff:
To: "Morano, Marc (EPW)"
Date: Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 9:51 PM
Subject: BREAKING: Not again! Big DC Snowstorm to Greet 'Largest public protest of global warming ever in U.S.!' - Unseasonably Cold March Temps!
BREAKING: Not again! Big DC Snowstorm to Greet ‘Largest public protest of global warming ever in U.S.!’ – Unseasonably Cold March Temps!
[Note: All I (Marc Morano) can say is: HA! HA! HA! - The 'Gore Effect' Strikes again – this time it impacts NASA's James Hansen! See also: GORE HEARING ON WARMING MAY BE PUT ON ICE – Jan. 26, 2009 ]
BREAKING: Not again! Big DC March Snowstorm to Greet ‘Largest public protest of global warming ever in U.S.!’ – Unseasonably Cold March Temps!
DC under ‘Winter Storm Watch’…Snow and unseasonably cold temps!
‘Largest public protest of global warming ever in U.S.’ set for Monday March 2, 2009 at U.S. Capitol w/ NASA’s James Hansen – Fox News – Feb. 27, 2009
Excerpt: NASA’s chief climate scientist is in hot water with colleagues and at least one lawmaker after calling on citizens to engage in civil disobedience at what is being billed as the largest public protest of global warming ever in the United States. In a video on capitolclimateaction.org, Dr. James Hansen is seen urging Americans to “take a stand on global warming” during the March 2 protest at the Capitol Power Plant in Southeast Washington, D.C. “We need to send a message to Congress and the president that we want them to take the actions that are needed to preserve climate for young people and future generations and all life on the planet,” says Hansen, who has likened coal-fired power plants to “factories of death” and claims he was muzzled by the Bush administration when he warned of drastic climate changes. […] But critics say Hansen’s latest call to action blurs the line between astronomer and activist and may violate the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from participating in partisan political activity. “Oh my goodness,” one of Hansen’s former supervisors, Dr. John Theon, told FOXNews.com when informed of the video. “I’m not surprised … The fact that Jim Hansen has gone off the deep end here is sad because he’s a good fellow.” “Why he has not been fired I do not understand,” Theon said.
Tracking ‘The Gore Effect’ – Politico November , 2008
[Note: The “Gore Effect” has a long and storied history. What follows is a sampling of how Mother Nature enjoys mocking global warming fear promoters.