In less than one month after the much hyped U.N. Climate Change Conference much of Europe and parts of the U.S. were hit by a series of snowstorms and cold weather that has frayed nerves and cost businesses thousands of dollars in lost business and productivity and in the case of  farmers in Ireland over $20 million at last count in ruined potatoes and produce.

How bad has this winter been so far?  According to the New York Times Grenoble France received almost a foot of snow, something they haven’t seen in 20 years,  Spain was forced to bring in the Army to clear roads, 100,000 people in Poland lost power and the Eurostar train that runs from Paris to London was forced to run only one train in each direction  due to harsh weather conditions.

Germany which hailed Obama during his presidential campaign and has been quick to endorse the cutting of carbon emissions now finds itself facing up to $3 billion of losses due to snow and cold temperatures.

But does all this cold weather mean that global warming or climate change is a hoax as conservatives charge?  Yes and no.  For me a cold winter is no more an example that global warming is a hoax as a very hot summer means that the earth’s temperature is warming and that we are headed for disaster.

What it does prove is that temperatures and climate are cyclical.  Remember we get El Nino bringing in especially hot weather in some years and La Nina is accompanied by cooler weather in others.

That is what the left though fails to recognize as they constantly preach their message that we have to take drastic and costly action now otherwise we will face as Al Gore said a twenty foot wall of water coming down on us.

And what about David Viner a senior research scientist at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in Britain who predicted this in 2000.

Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.

Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer winters – which scientists are attributing to global climate change – produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.

He also added that “Children won’t know what snow is.”  Well they certainly do now.

But we shouldn’t be too surprised at Viner’s  prediction since it came from the same outfit that is behind the Climategate e-mail scandal which has rocked the scientific world and thrown into doubt that global warming exists or that there is a consensus on the issue.

Al Gore and his ilk have been strangely silent during this latest cold snap but you can bet we will hear from them as soon as the thermometer begins to rise.