Fox News has been ridiculing Al Gore for saying that global warming is real when it's been snowing so heavily in the Washington, DC area. Stephen Colbert made fun of Fox News in return.
After showing clips of Fox News correspondents explaining that the weather is burying Al Gore's "hysterical" theories, Colbert joined in on the ridiculous logic, deeming it "simple observational research: whatever just happened is the only thing that is happening."
Using the same rationale as Fox News, Colbert couldn't help but point out that, due to it being nighttime, the city was covered in darkness. "Based on this latest data, we can only assume that the sun has been destroyed." Who's to blame for this "forever-night"? Gore, of course.
As noted in my "Cold weather and global warming: perfectly compatible" post, when it's colder than normal in one area, it's almost always warmer than normal somewhere else.
But the inside the Beltway mentality of Fox News (I'm charitably assuming that Fox News has a functioning mind) forgets that the New York/D.C. portion of the United States is just a small fraction of the whole country -- not to mention the Earth.
Record snowfalls may be burying the Washington [D.C.] area this winter, but in Vancouver the warmest January in at least 74 years and a historic lack of snow accumulation have stressed out organizers, baffled meteorologists and forced emergency measures more commonly employed to fight forest fires in the days leading up to Friday's Opening Ceremonies.
Organizers are having to truck in snow, and bemoaning the balmy conditions.
A few local people have even begun to joke about Vancouver being the site of the 2010 summer games.
"I am looking across the street at tennis courts, and there are people playing tennis in shorts. There are cherry blossoms on the trees, which tells you something about the spring-like feel here," said Marsha Lederman, a correspondent for the Globe and Mail newspaper.
She said the slopes of the ski mountain adjacent to Cypress, visible from her window, were green. "I've got crocuses on my front lawn," she added.
All the more galling for the organisers is the fact that it is an entirely different experience on the east coast of America, which is experiencing its snowiest winter on record.
So wake up, Fox News, and turn your bleary eyes westward. The country doesn't stop a few hundred miles from the Eastern seaboard.