Politics, Science Collide Over Recent Snow Storms

The weather this week dealt a blow too to government efforts to stem climate change, forcing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to cancel a press conference Monday intended to announce a new Climate Service office, which will keep the public up to date on global warming.

"More and more, Americans are witnessing the impacts of climate change in their own backyards, including sea-level rise, longer growing seasons, changes in river flows, increases in heavy downpours, earlier snowmelt and extended ice-free seasons in our waters. People are searching for relevant and timely information about these changes to inform decision-making about virtually all aspects of their lives," NOAA said in a statement.

In December, weather interfered with another government attempt to tackle climate change when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., left the global climate summit in Copenhagen early in order to land in Washington before a storm hit.

That same week, former speaker Republican Newt Gingrich took time to deliver a short but skeptical message about weather and climate change via Twitter.

"As callista and i watched what dc weather says will be 12 to 22 inches of snow i wondered if God was sending a message about Copenhagen," Gingrich tweeted.

Over and over scientists repeat the same thing; some snow in Washington does not mean the rest of the earth is similarly cool.

"It doesn't matter what some politicians say," said National Snow and Ice Data Center's Serreze. "According to a NASA analysis, the global average temperature for 2009 is the second highest on record. The real metric is global temperature. The past decade was the warmest in the past 2,000 years."

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