We now have a new concept in the blogosphere:
The Gore Effect.
The Gore Effect is named after Saint Albert, The Goracle of Music City, Tennessee. Whenever Al Gore, Global Warmists, or other large groups of rent-seekers gather to speak about the need to give them lots of money to save the world, God gets angry, and proves that She Is Not Mocked.
It immediately gets colder than a well-diggers rear. Colder than the aluminum toilet seats at Ice Station Zebra. Cold enough to freeze....
Well, you get the idea.
Hence the term. The Gore Effect. Whenever they meet in an exotic locale to discuss warming, it gets cold. When Cap'n'Trade bills come before Congress, the city is shut down by snow. I will be tracking examples until this entire, ridiculous, Chicken Little episode is laid to rest.
Here's the latest example, from the U.N.'s Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico.
The irony: As negotiators from nearly 200 countries met in Cancun to strategize ways to keep the planet from getting hotter, the temperature in the seaside Mexican city plunged to a 100-year record low of 54° F. Climate-change skeptics are gleefully calling Cancun's weather the latest example of the "Gore Effect" — a plunge in temperature they say occurs wherever former Vice President Al Gore, now a Nobel Prize-winning environmental activist, makes a speech about the climate.
(That's a picture of a climate conference attendee dressed as a Polar Bear on the beach in Cancun. He's probably the only one in the city who was warm. Sorry for the digression.)
Although Gore is not scheduled to speak in Cancun, "it could be that the Gore Effect has announced his secret arrival," jokes former NASA scientist Roy W. Spencer.
The reaction: ClimateGate was "bad enough," says Duncan Davidson in Wall Street Pit, but Cancun's weather is particularly "inconvenient" for global-warming alarmists. It's a reminder that global temperatures have "flatlined" despite rising carbon dioxide levels, "which is decidedly chilling against the concept of hampering economic growth to limit Co2 emissions." Grow up, says Tony Juniper in The Independent. "Sure, it's cold outside," but "the trend data show that the world is warming, that the climate is changing, and that the release of greenhouse gases is the cause." The longer we use every cold snap as an excuse to put off reducing emissions, "the bigger the risk we run. Tick tock, tick tock."
Yeah. The bigger risk you run is.... not getting any money. Grow up. Read your thermometer. Everyone else can. Get a real job, and the longer you delay the sillier you're going to look. Tick tock, tick tock.
The picture of the idjit in a Polar Bear suit came from here.
The blue-balled monkey picture was sent to me by a Star-Telegram photographer after the cold spell in Florida this past winter.