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Just last spring Whitehouse told a Brown University audience that global warming is making winters shorter. Not only is Mother Nature proving Whitehouse wrong, she is also inducing Rhode Islanders into wishing Whitehouse had been right. Whitehouse telling Rhode Islanders that the Ocean State needs longer, colder winters can’t be playing too well with Rhode Islanders right now.
Also last spring, Whitehouse theatrically posed in a New Hampshire ski and snowboard shop and claimed global warming is negatively impacting snowfall and New England skiing. “Clearly, when people go to New Hampshire they think of skiing. They think of going camping and hiking. They think of maple syrup and they think of moose. They think of the shoreline and they think of lakes. Every single one of them is being affected by what’s happening,” said Whitehouse. Granite Staters will beg to differ.
The ongoing snow and cold in Rhode Island and across the nation are part of a long-term pattern documented by climate scientists. The Rutgers University Global Snow Lab, for example, documents a 45-year trend of increasing winter snow cover throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Whitehouse failed to mention this while posing at the ski and snowboard shop.
U.S. winter temperatures are also in a long-term cooling trend. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data show winter temperatures have cooled by more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit since 1995. Similarly, annual U.S. temperatures have been falling for at least the past decade.
Will Whitehouse now issue a public retraction and apology for his foolish global warming claims? Knowing the junior senator from Rhode Island’s propensity for self-serving politicking, don’t bet on it.