All this happened while resident "flat earther" Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) made a fool of himself yesterday when he took to the floor of the Senate with a snowball and announced that it's mere existence disproves global warming. Think I'm kidding...?
As Inhofe wielded his lame prop he exclaimed...
"In case we have forgotten, because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, I ask the chair, 'You know what this is? It's a snowball, from outside here. So it's very, very cold out. Very unseasonable.
Inhofe then said "Catch this," and tossed his evidence to the presiding officer and then proceeded to list the recent cold temperatures across parts of the United States, which included 67 new record lows
This just in Jim... You're a dullard. Despite the record lows you listed the nation overall has been experiencing a warmer than average winter.
So, as if on cue, Nature released a study in which researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California used eleven years of measurements from specialized instruments at sites in Alaska and Oklahoma to analyze the source of energy fluctuations. When the data was compiled it confirmed that it was in fact carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels that is causing warming.
In addition the study shows that it is not water vapor, not changes in the sun or someone tampering with the data to make it look like global warming is worse than it is.
Study author Daniel Feldman of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said...
“We see, for the first time in the field, the amplification of the greenhouse effect because there’s more CO2 in the atmosphere to absorb what the Earth emits in response to incoming solar radiation... Numerous studies show rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations, but our study provides the critical link between those concentrations and the addition of energy to the system, or the greenhouse effect.” "The data say what the data say." Feldman then clearly stated that "They are very clear that the rising carbon dioxide is actually contributing to an increased greenhouse effect at those sites."
It’s important to be clear that by no means did the Berkeley researchers need to do this in order to prove that carbon dioxide is trapping heat in the atmosphere: as physicist and climate expert Ken Caldeira explained to the San Francisco Chronicle,...
“the underlying physics is robust and was never in question.”
Climate scientist Andrew Dessler told the Associated Press that the work is somewhat similar to using a falling rock to confirm gravity.
So to break it down into one sentence:
Scientists witnessed carbon dioxide trapping heat in the air.
There, is that simple enough for you Senator Inhofe?