"What's the weather like today?" Apparently to answer that question takes a meteorological degree! What I mean to say is that the right wing has been in denial for so long that the whole issue of global warming has become constrained by what can be proven in scientific journals.
In other words if you have experienced weather over the last twenty or so years without the benefit of a meteorological degree then ... it doesn't count!
Nope! Nada! No Way! Too bad. You can't prove what you've experienced is actually the weather, so too bad. You didn't experience it... well you can't prove that you did can you?
No unauthorized experiencing of weather allowed. Welcome to our world where up is up but you can't actually prove that it isn't down either.
Was it warm for you? Take a chance. Commit yourself to a direct answer. Is it warmer? Has it been warmer? Decade after decade ... is it warmer?
Chicken! You're afraid of answering definitively aren't you. Maybe you felt like saying >>> Well yes it is warmer but it isn't due to global warming and even if it is it is due to a cycle and Mars is experiencing global warming too and...
Whoa! I just wanted to ask if you thought I'd need to bring a sweater! Sheesh!
Look at us people? When did we stop being able to tell the weather? This author tells us plain. We've gotten lost in the denials, the scientific hair splitting, the complexity of details that MIGHT BE explanations and the models oh yes we have to check the models and then we can say but they are only models and modeling is very complex and very hard to do correctly but do the models agree anyway and a... sigh!
Do you get the feeling that for the first time in human history that human beings are unable to judge the weather themselves? Sure we may not know whether or not it will rain next week or stuff that we've never known but now the right has made it that we aren't qualified to know what we pretty much can see for ourselves.
When I was a kid, winters were spent with outstretched arms stuffed in snowsuits that didn't let you move and wearing mittens that made you unable to open simple doorknobs and you could spend all day burrowing through several feet of snow that stayed on the ground all winter and you made snowball people who somehow were always shorter than the ones you saw pictures of and so forth.
When my kids were um...kids I bought them sleds and other snow stuff beloved by the eternally runny noses crowd and ... it just never snowed. I mean it dusted a bit here and there but that decade was virtually snowless. That was a couple of decades ago or so. We do get snow at times. Weirdo snow that buries your car causes old coots to die in droves with shovels in hand and then two or three days later it all melts away in the mid fifties temperatures.
Huh? Why can't I say ... It has gotten warmer? Simple as that? What have you experienced yourself?
C'mon. Be a heretic. Say the unmentionable! It has gotten warmer.