New York Times 2000: “sledding and snowball fights are as out-of-date as hoop-rolling”

. . . and the list of warmists who linked global warming to warmer winters, when it suited them to do so, continues . . .

Dr Michael Oppenheimer of the Environmental Defense Fund was interviewed by the New York times in January 2000 as part of an article on the recent run of mild winters. As the article, which was about the ‘absence of snow’ in New York, reported:

Dr. Oppenheimer, among other ecologists, points to global warming as perhaps the most significant long-term factor.

Oppenheimer even had a tear-jerking personal angle on the ‘absence of snow’ in modern winters. The New York Times writer mournfully announced that snow-balls fights are now as outdated as hoop-rolling, and quoted Oppenheimer on the pathetic spectacle of the unused sled in his stairwell, symbol of a warming world:

But it does not take a scientist to size up the effects of snowless winters on the children too young to remember the record-setting blizzards of 1996. For them, the pleasures of sledding and snowball fights are as out-of-date as hoop-rolling, and the delight of a snow day off from school is unknown.

‘I bought a sled in ’96 for my daughter,” said Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, a scientist at the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund. ”It’s been sitting in the stairwell, and hasn’t been used. I used to go sledding all the time. It’s one of my most vivid and pleasant memories as a kid, hauling the sled out to Cunningham Park in Queens.”

If you see Dr Oppenheimer out sledding this winter, lend a hand, and give him a push.


9 responses to “New York Times 2000: “sledding and snowball fights are as out-of-date as hoop-rolling”

  1. Hi happy new year to you, look forward to reading your posts this coming year. As to your astroturfing post below I intend to make a few statements like the one following whenever I see a post about the cause of weather.

    No one denies climate change, climate has and always will change. No one denies global warming the world has got steadily warmer since the last ice age. What is contested is catastrophic global warming caused by carbon dioxide emissions. The only question to ask about weather is what weather denotes no global warming? If you cannot state the weather that denotes no global warming you cannot know the weather that does.

  2. Dr. Shooshmon, phd.

    @Peter Whale

    Climate change is a dubious term and you know it. Climate change used to be the changing of the seasons, from summer to fall to winter to spring.

    “No one denies global warming, the world has gotten warmer since the little ice age. That would be a cycle, not global warming. Also you should know that the temperature has been higher and there has been a lot more co2 in the atmosphere. Furthermore, co2 has dropped by 1000 parts per million in the past and been accompanied by a strong warming. Additionally, it is your side who started using weather events to claim global warming. The burden of proof falls squarely on the side of global warming advocates. Skeptics have always claimed that weather events are natural.

  3. It had to be said. If I saw Dr. Oppenheimer out sledding, I’d be happy to give him a push – under a running bus!

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  9. Cunningham Park is flat as a pancake. I don’t know how he ever would have gone sledding there.

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