Local, national, and even international news outlets on Tuesday were fascinated by the cancellation of regional flights in Phoenix, Ariz., due to high temperatures.
It’s a bit of a “chicken or the egg” scenario: is it the desert heat that’s made it too hot to fly, or have all those flights altered the earth’s climate and raised the temperature in Phoenix to unprecedented highs? Either way, Mayor Greg Stanton has already taken action, pledging this month to honor the Paris Agreement despite President Trump’s withdrawal of the United States.
— Greg Stanton (@MayorStanton) June 1, 2017
Obviously that’s not fair; it will take time and the combined efforts of all nations to bring down the planet’s temperature. Still, celebrity climatologists never hesitate to blame an uncomfortably hot day in Manhattan on man-made global warming, so why not?
Some headlines made it sound like every flight was canceled, when it was smaller planes like the Bombardier CRJ that were deemed too close to their top operating temperature.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) June 20, 2017
— NOVA | PBS (@novapbs) June 20, 2017
— Union-Tribune Ideas (@sdutIdeas) June 20, 2017
It must be … climate change.
Flights cancelled out of Phoenix today because it's so hot some planes can't get any lift – something else global warming would impact.
— AltHomelandSecurity (@AltHomelandSec) June 20, 2017
— So-called Dave (@DavidWetherell) June 20, 2017
— Ben Gruitt (@gruittbm) June 20, 2017
— jon gabriel (@exjon) June 20, 2017
According to ABC News, Phoenix hit 118 degrees Monday, “tying the record for the date set last year.”
Next thing you know, they'll quit flying planes in North Africa, too.
— pigwithwings (@pigwithwings) June 20, 2017
Hand to God, it was so cold here last winter I had trouble starting my car.
— Amelia (@AmeliaHammy) June 20, 2017
It’s the extremes of hot and cold that prove this isn’t natural.
That's been going on for decades. Had family out there. It's not new.
— Rich Weinstein (@phillyrich1) June 20, 2017
I was visiting Phoenix about 20 years ago. It was too hot for landing planes then also
— JIIMPAX (@JIMPAX43) June 20, 2017
Hmm… it's the desert…
— Charles Bellows (@CTBellows) June 20, 2017
— Nathan Duffy (@TheIllegit) June 20, 2017
— Hello, Friend (@ItsActuallyHim) June 20, 2017
Hello … all the flights in were canceled because of the heat.
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Good news! Gloria Steinem figured out what caused climate change (and it’s awful as she is) https://t.co/Lh6AhRN37r
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 15, 2017