First of all, there is no such thing as global warming unless you’re talking about the sun warming the planet every day. Yes, there is climate change. Ever since we’ve had a climate, there has been climate change. The climate changes every day, and sometimes it changes in the same day.
This retooled adage by Ronald Reagan fits here: “Government’s view of the environment could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it changes, tax it. If it keeps changing, regulate it. And if it stops changing, keep saying it’s still changing.”
Second, when Al Gore decided to make money after politics, he latched on to the global warming narrative. When global temperatures were trending downward (by very small amounts in both directions mostly because measuring devices are more sensitive and a whole lot of fudging was going on), the new narrative is to call it climate change. For example:
“Words are everything, even in the global warming debate. TV personality Bill Nye the “Science Guy” told MSNBC’s Joy Reid to use the phrase climate change, not global warming, when it’s so cold out.”
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