Proof of global warming!

posted at 12:00 pm on May 23, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Oh, you skeptics are going to rue the day you doubted global warming! Hot off of NASA’s website, we have undeniable proof of “large-scale global warming,” photographic evidence taken from space that shows the increased temperature generating new, violent storms. Deniers will have to eat some crow over this.

Of course, they’ll first have to talk about the right planet:

For about 300 years Jupiter’s banded atmosphere has shown a remarkable feature to telescopic viewers, a large swirling storm system known as The Great Red Spot. In 2006, another red storm system appeared, actually seen to form as smaller whitish oval-shaped storms merged and then developed the curious reddish hue. Now, Jupiter has a third red spot, again produced from a smaller whitish storm. All three are seen in this image made from data recorded on May 9 and 10 with the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. The spots extend above the surrounding clouds and their red color may be due to deeper material dredged up by the storms and exposed to ultraviolet light, but the exact chemical process is still unknown. For scale, the Great Red Spot has almost twice the diameter of planet Earth, making both new spots less than one Earth-diameter across. The newest red spot is on the far left (west), along the same band of clouds as the Great Red Spot and is drifting toward it. If the motion continues, the new spot will encounter the much larger storm system in August. Jupiter’s recent outbreak of red spots is likely related to large scale climate change as the gas giant planet is getting warmer near the equator.

Well, gee …. what could be causing that global warming? Has Exxon-Mobil used its 8.3% profit margin to start refining oil on the solar system’s largest planet? Perhaps Jupiterians have bought too many SUVs over the last few years. Jupiter may also have an epidemic of bovine flatulence causing these storms.

Or, just maybe, the sun has affected Jupiter in a similar fashion as it has Mars and Pluto, and that the negligible warming Earth has experienced comes from the same source.

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BULLETIN: The results of an extensive study are in! After a very lengthy and thorough study, it has been determined that Jupiter Polar Bears absolutely despise liberals. And they think Al Gore is a big pussy.

Travis1 on May 23, 2008 at 4:17 PM

As I am about to set off and bag the soon to be extinct Alaska King Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) which happens to be a decent and relatively normal food source for the hungry Alaskan Grizzly (Ursus arctos horribilis)… I will take into concideration of the Global Capacity for which the Jovial Polar Bears should be nurture and given a hug!

upinak on May 23, 2008 at 4:41 PM

Being from Arizona’s Valley of the Sun, first glance at that photo looks like the ol’ egg cooked on the sidewalk trick…nothin’ new about that. But the photo is nice.

maverick muse on May 23, 2008 at 4:44 PM

I agree 100%. This is the largest fraud ever perpetrated in the United States. It is a scheme to weaken the United States, and the Communist Democratic Socialists are behind it. Look at the title of the bill being called the “Farm bill”…”Biofuels” is part of the title…people are literally starving because of what these deceivers are doing.

Red Pill on May 23, 2008 at 4:00 PM

What I am curious about is simply this. Where are the trees that are supposed to be being planted by the folks who are selling the carbon credits?

When I was in the conservation corp back in 91 we planted a crap load of trees. We would take seedlings that had been grown by the evil lumber corporate capitalist pigs to reforest the ares they had stripped, so in 50 years they could come back and harvest that crop and then reforest it all again.

But where are the planting grounds that are needed to plant all the tress that are being purchased by the folks atoning for their sins of exhaling C02?

RobertInAustin on May 23, 2008 at 5:11 PM

I agree 100%. This is the largest fraud ever perpetrated in the United States. It is a scheme to weaken the United States, and the Communist Democratic Socialists are behind it.

Actually, that all depends. If you add global warming controls to trade agreements and force India and China to play along, then it will actually push manufacturing costs up more in those countries than at home. The US is more expensive because of our higher standards, not just because of higher labor costs.

bayam on May 23, 2008 at 5:13 PM

Glenn Beck scoffs at global warming. (video)

Maxx on May 23, 2008 at 6:10 PM

bayam on May 23, 2008 at 5:13 PM

Problem is that they won’t follow the rules anyway…

Just like those who already signed Kyoto..

Romeo13 on May 23, 2008 at 7:19 PM

I an a scientist and “man caused” global warming is a total piece of BS. The computer models are totally inadequate and the science is totally lacking. How did we ever reach a point where faith takes over from fact. This is the new faith not a scientific fact.

duff65 on May 23, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Jupiter’s recent outbreak of red spots is likely related to large scale climate change as the gas giant planet is getting warmer near the equator.

Absolutely not! Jupiter has the measles.

burt on May 23, 2008 at 9:14 PM

This picture is from a Van Gogh painting called “eggs at sunset”.

Nice try Capt!

patrick neid on May 23, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Getting here late as usual, but I was thinking this looks like a Van Gogh painting, better actually!

4shoes on May 23, 2008 at 9:37 PM

Looks like a Jovian nipple to me. Of course, I might be odd…

NNtrancer on May 23, 2008 at 9:54 PM

That’s a zit crying out to be popped.

infidel4life on May 24, 2008 at 2:21 AM

…This has led some people, not necessarily scientists, to wonder if Mars and Jupiter, non signatories to the Kyoto Treaty, are actually inhabited by alien SUV-driving industrialists who run their air-conditioning at 60 degrees and refuse to recycle.

Sen. Fred Thompson – March 22, 2007

electric-rascal on May 24, 2008 at 2:45 AM

Gee, we sent satellites to examine the planet. Don’t you know that the Heisenberg uncertainty principle notes that you cannot observe something without changing it? It’s all our fault!


herself on May 24, 2008 at 3:07 AM

And lest you think my tongue was not firmly in my cheek please allow me to make note of that fact here.


herself on May 24, 2008 at 3:08 AM

The epicenter of bovine flatulence is in Washington D.C, nonetheless the fact that this has a sympathetic resonance on Jupiter is truly impressive.

Annar on May 24, 2008 at 7:15 AM

And the headline in today’s Colorado Springs Gazette is about how the citizens have conserved so much water that the water Co. has to jack up rates significantly! Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Kind of like voting for McCain.

I thought that would be a good story, but when I went looking for it, all I came up with was an expected >100% increase to pay for a new pipeline, the Southern Delivery System (SDS). Apparently CS has water rights in the Pueblo Reservoir, but no access at this time.
If they had really conserved so much, would the pipeline even be necessary right now?

rhodeymark on May 24, 2008 at 8:14 AM

rhodeymark on May 24, 2008 at 8:14 AM

If there were zero growth sure. However, as long as east coast liberals continue to move to Colorado there will be a need to tap “new” water resources. Ironically the influx of “liberal” elites has created the problems they all to frequently protest about. It is quite pathetic to see the majority of the obama signs and bumper stickers parked in the yards and driveways of the newly built mcmansions in my hometown. We had a fantastic free-market recycling program until the east-coast libs demanded a government solution.

As my Mother often says, “Boulder was a nice place to live until IBM arrived and brought New Yorkers along.”

jdkchem on May 24, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Obviously Natural Gas is a bigger problem than first thought. Jupiter is FULL of gas. The only conclusion we can draw from Jupiter’s plight is that if we fail to embrace the Al Gore/UN plan to save our planet we can expect to have Earth size storms forming any time now! Not only that, but Polar Bears can’t be found on Jupiter. Chilling.

Or. Arizona just had mountain snows in late May! Latest on record for Mt. Lemmon (near Tucson). Maybe we are going to be OK after all. Never mind.

Ordinary1 on May 24, 2008 at 12:58 PM

But…but…what about the empirical data?!

I just came back from a three-day washout in Saugatuck, Michigan, artsy community on Lake Michigan in the Riviera of the Midwest. “Wash-Out” because from Wednesday to this morning, it never got above 55 degrees, and this morning, my car had frost on it.

Tried to watch the sunset Thursday night at Oval Beach, and had to bail out. A jacket, a blanket, my bride of 25 years, and a decent Pinot Noir couldn’t keep me warm enough to stay on that frigid beach.

Anecdotal, I know. Tell my flourishing lilacs…

Jaibones on May 24, 2008 at 6:35 PM

Last word.

Jaibones on May 24, 2008 at 11:17 PM

Boooooosh and the Rovian Weather Machine!

ronsfi on May 25, 2008 at 5:24 AM