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Canadian right blogs rejoice in snowy winter

Now is the winter of their discontent made glorious summer by one damn snowfall after another. For reasons unknown, Canada’s right-wing blogs rejoice in the current cold, snowy weather as a refutation of global warming.

Among the blogs happy to toss a snowball at Al Gore: Clear Conservative Thought (“where being right just comes naturally”), Dr Roy’s Thoughts (“a Christian Monarchist Canadian Tory Blog”), and The Strong Conservative.

No doubt the top right-blog warming skeptic is small dead animals, where sarcasm is not only the weapon of choice but an art form.

While reference to a good dictionary would help these folks distinguish between weather and climate, climate bloggers are going much further to explain the difference.

At Open Mind, for example, we find a refutation of the claim that sea ice levels are at 1979 levels.

DeSmogBlog attacks the same claim, citing a recent NASA report on the melting of 1.5 to 2 trillion tons of ice in Greenland, Antarctica, and Alaska. (Scroll down DeSmogBlog to see refutations of other warming-denialist assertions.)

And Grist, an environmental blog, offers step-by-step directions on How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic. Not included: How to put the skeptic’s pulverized arguments back together again.

Just to sweep up the mess, visit George Monbiot’s latest post, Skating on Thin Ice, about why this chilly winter is cold consolation for warming deniers.

Crawford Kilian, a contributing editor of The Tyee, also runs the blog Climate Wars.

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