W.H. Science Director Knocks Climate Change Skeptics

Posted by Laura Sheehan at 2:15 pm, January 14, 2014

Tens of millions of Americans experienced last week’s “polar vortex,” bringing sub-zero temperatures to communities across the country.

Much to the content of environmental activists, who have exploited the extreme weather occurrence in Al Gore-like fashion, the White House took on its opponents firsthand in a “response” video. John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology, used YouTube to address those who have expressed skepticism about climate change given the historically frigid week.

“If you’ve been hearing that extreme cold spells like the one we’re having in the United States now disprove global warming, don’t believe it,” Holdren says in the video. “The fact is that no single weather episode can either prove or disprove global climate change.”

However, later in the video, Holden contradicts his contention that an individual weather event proves or disproves global warming:

“But I believe the odds are that we can expect as a result of global warming to see more of this pattern of extreme cold in the mid-latitudes and some extreme warm in the far north.”

And in an effort to pander to those who support the President’s misguided, ill-conceived climate change plan, Holdren goes a step further—alluding to questionable research that the “shrinking distance between Arctic temperatures and the mid-latitudes is making it more likely that incursions of that frigid air from the ‘polar vortex’ will happen more frequently in the future.”

Although EPA has made coal “enemy number one” in its climate change plan, the reality is that coal plant closures will do little to address global warming. Instead it will simply increase the cost of electricity to families and businesses and make our nation’s electric grid less reliable.

Carbon emissions continue to decline in the United States, due in part to the coal industry’s $110 billion investment to reduce emissions by nearly 90 percent. The industry is committed to investing another $100 billion over 10 years and supports a slate of more than 15 next-generation technologies.

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