A few warm days in December precipitated a deluge of absurd remarks from climate alarmists. Paraphrasing a couple of lost intellectual sailors on Facebook, “… back when we actually used to have cold weather and snow in the wintertime…”, and “… no one can deny that the Earth is warming now!” Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders beclowned himself with similar comments. The fact that the warm temperatures were due to an El Nino pattern didn’t seem to register with these souls. Their apparent memory of weather history extends about as far as the evaporation of skin moisture on their last trip to the mailbox. Of course, there have been many wintertime warm spells in the past.

I recall a very warm December when my mother expressed amazement at the temperature as we trimmed the tree on Christmas Eve. I checked weather records for St. Louis, MO and found that it was probably 1971. The temperature hit 70 degrees on December 27th of that year. In Boston, the temperature on Christmas Day in 1889 hit 65 degrees. The early- to mid-1950s saw several warm Decembers along the eastern seaboard (see this data from 1955). And there were several other years with comparable holiday warm spells.

The point is that the over-reaction to weather is silly. The hysterics are not driven by good science or actual weather facts. As this article notes, the warm weather in December is likely to transition to a La Nina pattern later in 2016, which could bring a colder-than-normal winter next year.

Here are a few facts about climate change that should be very non-controversial:

Climate hysteria is encouraged by models that are consistently unreliable in their predictive accuracy, and by an unsupported presumption that the consequences of warming would be unambiguously negative. The first bullet above, by itself, is sufficient to show that climate science is not “settled”. There are many climatological processes, including irradiative effects and feedback mechanisms, that are not well understood. The magnitude of the warming experienced over the past 100 years is far from alarming (less than one degree Centigrade).

On any reasonable cost-benefit basis, arguments for a massive, forced reallocation of resources toward alternative energy technologies and carbon remediation are ill-founded. Absent real proof of accelerated warming AND of negative consequences, the development of alternative energy and carbon absorption technologies should proceed as the economics of the situation dictate, not by government edict.