Yes, there’s a difference between weather and climate, but you have to appreciate the irony when a group of individuals protesting global warming have a snow day.
It all began when a number of activists started protesting against oil and gas drilling outside of the Department of Interior office in Colorado. Presumably, they took their gas-fueled cars to make it to the protest. Only 10 ended up attending, apparently, with the goal of having lame-duck President Obama stop issuing leases to oil companies that drill on public lands.
Even if they were to get their wish, it wouldn’t last much longer than a month.
The irony in this all? As the Daily Caller’s Michael Bastasch noted, activists stood outside about 4 inches of snow with temperatures hovering in the 20s — in degrees Fahrenheit. The official low temperature was negative 10 degrees early Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Activists with 350.org and Food & Water Watch braved the cold to protest hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” after two measures to restrict the drilling technique failed to make November’s ballot. The pro-fracking Western Energy Alliance took photos of activists trying to stay warm. You can view the photos here.
This phenomenon is called the “Gore effect” — coined after a global warming rally held by former Vice President Al Gore in 2004 was met with frigid weather. A similar rally held by Gore in 2006 in Australia was also hit by cold weather.It’s not just Gore who’s held freezing global warming rallies. Yale anti-fossil fuel campaigners postponed a protest in early 2015 due to “unfavorable weather conditions and other logistical issues.” New Haven witnessed a negative 9 degrees when the event was canceled.
In 2013, environmental protesters in Washington state were hit with cold weather and snow flurries protesting global warming. Activists tried to encourage the crowd that “climate and weather are two different things,” but words didn’t warm anybody up that day.