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If Weather Is Climate…

Here’s a letter to the Washington Post: (HT to Warren Coats for alerting me to this report.)


Reporting on the forecast high heat this weekend in the DC area, Ian Livingston notes that “if it does reach 100, it will be the first time since 2016. The nearly eight years without a 100-degree day in Washington is the longest stretch since the 1970s and the fifth-longest on record” (“D.C. area faces hottest summer weekend in years,” June 20).

Serious scientists credibly remind us that weather isn’t climate. But many environmentalists and much of the news media disagree, as they never miss opportunities to blame hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, and other weather-related disasters on climate change. So if indeed weather is climate, the obvious conclusion from Mr. Livingston’s report is that the earth’s surface temperature is cooling.

I wonder how many environmentalists and media outlets will draw this conclusion.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

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