Washington DC (Photo credit: ktylerconk)
I was planning on writing a piece on global warming and warm weather, and how one tends to get linked to the other, even though scientists keep saying it’s not the same thing. But the Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto did it first, and I can’t do it any better, so I’m not going to try.
The point is this: No matter how many times scientists declare that climate change isn’t directly responsible for every slight variation in the temperature, and no matter how often journalists insist they get it, the media just can’t help itself. How else to start a story about the fact that this is summer it’s hot out? As an example, the WSJ quotes a Washington Post column:
“Still don’t believe in climate change? Then you’re either deep in denial or delirious from the heat. As I write this, the nation’s capital and its suburbs are in post-apocalypse mode. About one-fourth of all households have no electricity, the legacy of an unprecedented assault by violent thunderstorms Friday night. Things are improving: At the height of the power outage, nearly half the region was dark.”
So the power is out in Washington. Big Deal. I lived in Washington for a time, and I’ve never resided anywhere that experienced so many power outages. …