01 Aug '11, 3pm

The new abnormal: look who’s talking about climate and weird weather

The new abnormal: look who’s talking about climate and weird weather

Sidestepping (stomping on?) the standard-issue disclaimer that "no single weather event can ever be directly tied to climate change," in a Washington Post op-ed called "A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never!," McKibben pours on the sarcasm and tops it with a big helping of irony. He insists that we should absolutely not , under any circumstances, make connections between climate science and the devastating storms, fires, drought, bug infestations, crop failures, or floods we're witnessing at home and across the globe. Nope! "Best not to ask yourself if there's a connection," he writes, "because then you'd inevitably have to wonder about all kinds of other things that you probably don't want to wonder about, for example, whether President Obama really should have opened a huge swath of Wyoming to new coal mining," or if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton...

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