I don’t want to pick on anybody, especially one of Illinois' better bloggers (who does clarify his statements in his comments), but the heat wave we are currently experiencing is not, in itself, indicative of global warming. I bring this up because I’ve seen global warming tied to the recent heat in more than one place now.
Is the globe warming? Certainly and without a doubt it is. However, individual events like a heat wave or cold snap do not prove anything either way. We have heat waves most summers. In fact, I can remember years ago when we used to occasionally hit 100 degrees, something that seems not to happen as frequently anymore. None of this is proof or disproof of global warming. Global warming is actually rather subtle until it reaches a tipping point when seas begin to rise along with a host of other environmental changes, some of which we are already beginning to see. But this particular heat wave? Nah, just some hot weather. It’s the long term averages that matter.
Update: I just noticed the president of the Springfield School Board is using global warming to justify the idea of putting air conditioning in all Springfield schools.
"Maybe some people poo-poo the whole global warming thing, but I think things are getting hotter, and I think it's staying warmer longer in the year, and I think that as a board and as a community we need to come up with some kind of solution," said school board president Cheryl Wise.Crap like this only trivializes the very serious issue of global warming.