Kendra Pierre-Louis will rue the day when she took it on herself to teach President Donald Trump the difference between climate and weather. So will the New York Times, the newspaper in which she did it.
Because she was right.
And that meant she and the Times were wrong.
Larry Bell took her to the woodshed in the first few paragraphs of his latest column:
President Trump’s December 28 tweet connecting an upcoming “Coldest New Year’s Eve on record” with not paying “trillions of dollars” to prevent “that good old global warming,” actually accomplished a media miracle. It provoked many “mainstream” pundits to finally recognize some fundamental climate realities that others of us have been arguing all along.
As Kendra Pierre-Louis condescendingly responded in a New York Times.com piece, “indeed, parts of the East Coast are bracing for record-breaking New Year’s Eve temperatures. New York City is forecast to experience its coldest New Year’s temperatures since the 1960s. But Mr. Trump’s tweet made the common mistake of looking at local weather and making broader assumptions about the climate at large.”
Yes, Kendra, just as The New York Times has done in banner headline alarm bombshells every time any particular year, month, or day virtually anywhere becomes “the warmest on record since. . . . ”
And as Kendra also thoughtfully informs us, “Climate refers to how the atmosphere acts over a long period of time, while weather describes what’s happening on a much shorter time scale. The climate can be thought of, in a way, as the sum of long periods of weather.”
Again bingo! Like, for example, the past two decades of statistically flat global temperatures recorded by satellites. While not yet a full climate cycle, one more decade of this will qualify for that rather arbitrary distinction.
That wasn’t the burden of Larry’s piece (which explains why declining sunspot numbers presage what could be really calamitous global cooling reminiscent of the Little Ice Age), but it was a well-deserved rebuke to climate alarmists everywhere (like Al Gore) who trumpet every record high as proof of dangerous manmade global warming.