Weather v. Climate Change

Diane O’Neil has a good post on the Electric Utility Consultants, Inc. (EUCI) blog that’s an open letter to the media to stop using the major east coast snow storms and the lack of snow for the Winter Olympics as evidence that proves or disproves global climate change. She says:

Taking a single moment in time and trying to extrapolate it out to have any significance whatsoever on such a complex issue is irresponsible and disingenuous. As anyone who has ever taken a statistics class can explain, using a sample size of one to make conclusions about an overall situation is patently incorrect. The snow in the east, or the lack of it in the west, is merely an anecdote.

I would add politicians to Diane’s open letter since all too often the media simply parrots what some elected official (or uninformed celebrity like Donald Trump) says without question or challenge. This is a complex and serious issue that merits more than soundbites.