Mark Twain Weighs in on the Global Warming Debate

mark-twain-and-climate-changeClimate is what we expect, weather is what we get.

Mark Twain knew nothing of climate change or “global warming” is it is generally thought of today.

He did, as seen from the quote above, understand that weather and climate are not the same thing.

What happens when we no longer know what to expect? Skeptic or alarmist, in all cases it seems prudent to proceed with caution, awareness, and concern. Instead of vilifying people we don’t agree with, shouldn’t we at least consider what we do to our sustaining planet?

Are we so sure of what to expect in ten years? Twenty? Fifty? Perhaps not. Is that a reason to blighly dismiss consideration of ideas you may not like?

Don’t blame it on the Godless Left or the Reactionary Right.

Think for yourself. Is that possible if you’ve got your head buried in the sand?


Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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