ClimateGate continues: "Follow the money, not the temperature"
Poor Giles Coren. The London Times restaurant critic has his proverbial knickers in a twist over all those global warming jokes he has to endure. I don't blame him. There are a lot of insufferable jokes out there, including mine.
Of course, Coren is referring to witticisms created by dolts who can't tell the difference between climate and weather. You know the kind - "Hey, Goreacle, where's you warming when it's forty below and Minnesota's being invaded by randy polar bears?" And in case you don't know who's telling these execrable jokes - and, more importantly, being such a moron as to confuse such highly technical terms as climate and weather - Coren makes it explicit:
I appreciate how enjoyable it is for middle-aged rightwingers, who think that climate change (along with racial prejudice, gender inequality and Aids) is a lefty invention by softies on Camden Council, to make a mockery of it every time there is any sort of weather at all, but it is driving me absolutely insane.
Well, he's got me there, at least some of the way. I am middle-aged. As for the rest of the bigoted bilge he's spewing, it may interest Coren to know (assuming he's picking this up on Google Alerts) that I am an ex-civil rights worker, am pro-gay marriage, believe Aids is a serious matter to which we should donate tons of money and.... think anyone who still believes anthropogenic global warming is anything near settled science is a BLOOMIN' IDIOT (caps because Coren is addicted to them in his own column - a sign the author is a tad insecure about his message).
Even regarding Coren's tedious differentiation between climate and weather (yes, yes, we've heard this), it seems the restaurant critic missed one of the key emails in the ClimateGate scandal from Kevin Trenberth, head of the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research: "The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t."