Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Free Market Won't Be Fooled

Deniers keep telling us there is no such thing as global warming. Yes, I know, I have heard several of them insist that that isn't true. Their problem is I've been doing this blog for a long time and I can point to comments and challenge submissions where people are claiming exactly that. Plenty of them. And, if that isn't enough, just check out John Coleman, the TV weather forecaster that claims there is no global warming, there never has been and there never will be. By the way, Coleman is with the Heartland Institute, one of the Three Stooges of climate change denialism. So, yes, the denier industry is claiming there is no global warming.

Part of their methodology is to go out on a cold winter day, when it is supposed to be cold, and make some mindless comment such as, "what happened to global warming?" But, tell me where are these people on winter days, when it is supposed to be cold, and the temperature is setting record highs? This tactic actually works pretty well for them (amazing!) but the market place can't be fooled that easily.

It turns out, the eastern half of the United States is having a very mild winter. Take a look:

Source: CCI Reanalyzer

It is easy to see the eastern half of the U.S. is colored red, indicating the temperatures have been higher than normal (Be sure to take a look at the temperature departures shown on the bottom of the graphic). The result of this above average heat is a decreased demand in natural gas used for heating and that has led to lower gas prices.
natural gas prices chart
Source: CNNMoney

Apparently, the free market didn't get the memo that global warming isn't real.

So tell us, Mr. Coleman, if there is no global warming, why is it so warm? Not just here (less than 2% of the globe), but everywhere.


  1. Hi Dr. Keating,

    If it's not too inconvenient, would you mind looking at this Jo Nova article and providing your comments/rebuttals against it? The article seems directed at some portion of Skeptical Science but I haven't had time to look at it in-depth.

    But one quick scan of the works cited reveals:
    -Roy Spencer
    -John Christy
    -Fred Singer

    So I don't really have too high of an expectation for this article.

  2. Yes, I'll take a look and make a posting. Someone submitted JoNova for the Challenge and it was pretty funny. Her claims are so comical you could almost convince me she is actually doing satirical essays of the deniers.

  3. JoNova's posting is pretty bad, but that is what I expected, having read some of her stuff before. Here are my comments: