The climate fanatics at The Washington Post treated an old oxymoronic article claiming that man-made global warming causing more Alaska blizzards as front-page news.
The Post took its Dec. 16, 2023, eco-propaganda headlined, “As Alaska’s climate gets wetter, snowstorms put the homeless in peril,” and plastered it onto the front page of the Jan. 8 print edition of the newspaper. Yes, you read that right. The newspaper effectively just broke old news. Apparently, regurgitating weeks-old agitprop was more important to the newspaper than the recent disturbing news that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin hid his hospitalization for days without DOD officials or President Joe Biden knowing about it. Instead, The Post pushed the controversy to page A3 of The Post’s print edition. Talk about NOT getting one’s priorities straight.
The Alaska piece doom-mongered over the “recent onslaught of extreme precipitation,” which so-called climate scientists reportedly “predict will worsen as the atmosphere warms.” Strikingly, the leftist media writ large can’t get their stories straight and are trying to have their cake and eat it too. Reuters, for example, published another story around the same time as The Post’s article claiming “global warming” led to no snow in Canada. Huh? So either global warming either causes too much snow or no snow at all. Which one is it? Even The New York Times recently published an op-ed by contributing Opinion writer Elizabeth Spiers predicting “The End of Snow” because of climate change.
As JunkScience.com founder Steve Milloy told MRC Business, any problem, natural phenomenon or societal ill can somehow be blamed on climate change if climate activists butcher common sense hard enough. “The global warming narrative has been set up so that all problems – whether environmental, social and/or geopolitical – can be blamed on fossil fuel use. This is not science. Just politics,” Milloy rebuked. “So global warming is now about fretting cold weather and snow in Alaska?”
This appears to be the case for The Post, which infused an anti-human screed into its oxymoronic reporting: “Over the past 70 years, Anchorage has warmed 4.2 degrees Fahrenheit, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration temperature data taken from the airport, driven by humans burning fossil fuels.”
Climate Depot Marc Morano also ripped The Post for publishing what he described as “parody.” “Too little snow? Global warming. Too much snow? Global warming. There’s no way to falsify the global warming hypothesis,” Morano told MRC Business. In his view, “It’s very hard to keep track of these contradictory claims. Global warming was supposed to mean ‘the end of snow,’ but now all of a sudden global warming somehow means the homeless suffer from record snow.” Morano pointed the MRC to a ridiculous 2000 Independent article claiming that “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past” due to global warming as an example of climate change-obsessed media constantly moving goalposts.
Of course, nowhere did The Post mention the existence of the current El Niño phenomenon as an explanation for Alaska’s current weather conditions. As the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported on Aug. 16, 2023, “El Niño may result in less of the 40- to 50- below zero cold spells known all too well for people living in the [Alaska] Interior.” In essence, “That means snow could become heavier, putting strain on the roofs of houses.”
The term “El Niño” doesn’t appear once in The Post’s 1,903-word piece, even as it bemoaned the “[t]he heavy, wet snow” that “fell like a thick blanket on the homeless encampment near Davis Park in a patch of woods off Mountain View Drive.” But the “heavy, wet snow” was already predicted earlier as a probable side effect of El Niño. The newspaper, in effect, exploited the plight of the affected homeless population to bang out climate change propaganda about humans burning fossil fuels.
The Post managed to describe the effects of El Niño without mentioning it directly. “The storm had originated in a part of the Pacific Ocean south of the Aleutian Islands where surface temperatures have been anomalously warm for this time of year. With warmer temperatures, more moisture is available for storms.” The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration itself predicted this would happen in October 2023 as a result of El Niño: “From December through February, NOAA predicts wetter-than-average conditions for northern Alaska.” But the phenomenon wasn’t even worth a footnote in The Post’s long-form climate babble.
The Post seems to be operating by the principle “Never let a good crisis go to waste” to push its ridiculous eco-agitprop.