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Science is winning

When record-low temperatures swept across the country last week as part of the polar vortex, we heard from so many of the usual suspects eager to deny climate change. Folks like Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump, and leading climate change denier in Congress James Inhofe all quickly jumped in to declare that cold weather disproves a changing climate.

It's frustrating that these climate change deniers can muddy the waters, and too often, their claims can go unchallenged. But this year, something different happened: People who actually understand the science pushed back—strongly. Here are just a few examples:

—On the "Today Show," Al Roker took a minute to pull up the entry for the polar vortex from a meteorology glossary dating back to 1959, mocking the notion that the term was some climate conspiracy—and it was pretty awesome to watch.

—Politifact gave Rush Limbaugh a "pants-on-fire" rating for his allegation that the polar vortex was something fabricated by the media to try to blame climate change for the cold weather.

—Matt Sampson and Carl Parker at the Weather Channel filmed a great short clip destroying the notion that a polar vortex could disprove climate change.

That's how you know that, together, we're successfully changing the conversation on climate. Across the country, more people understand that extreme weather—of all types—is happening more and more every year, and it's because our climate is changing. No single event proves or disproves the settled climate science, but it's clear that the American people are starting to see the pattern.

It gives me hope that we're getting closer to the day when Congress is ready to stand up to the deniers and act on climate.. We have a lot to do to hold climate change deniers in Congress accountable. Join the fight—make sure that climate change denial doesn't go unchallenged for a second in 2014.
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