Winter officially began Monday, and the chilly season kicked off with more great science from our current administration.

New data from NASA reveals that fossil fuel burning, the bane of climate change activists across the globe, is now responsible for plummeting temperatures.

Major theories about what causes temperatures to rise have been thrown into doubt after NASA found the Earth has cooled in areas of heavy industrialisation where more trees have been lost and more fossil fuel burning takes place.

Environmentalists have long argued the burning of fossil fuels in power stations and for other uses is responsible for global warming and predicted temperature increases because of the high levels of carbon dioxide produced – which causes the global greenhouse effect.

While the findings did not dispute the effects of carbon dioxide on global warming, they found aerosols – also given off by burning fossil fuels – actually cool the local environment, at least temporarily.

The research was carried out to see if current climate change models for calculating future temperatures were taking into account all factors and were accurate.

A NASA spokesman said: “To quantify climate change, researchers need to know the Transient Climate Response (TCR) and Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity (ECS) of Earth.

Of course, there was no mention of the earth’s tilt or solar activity in relationship to dropping temperatures. But studying something obvious doesn’t get the funding or have the glamour!

I will also counter that after burning tons of fossil fuels so that world leaders and climate change believers could fly into Paris and sign a climate accord, Europe is having the warmest December in 9 years. If they now complain about “global warming”, they have only themselves to blame.

Regulators in California have long used global warming to tax, fine, and otherwise control commerce in the Golden State. Our “mega-drought” gave the bureaucrats an excuse to spend money on all sorts of projects, including a #droughtshaming website.

Great! Now we get to spy on each other under the banner of eco-activism.

Perhaps because of fossil fuel burning, significant winter storms are hitting Northern California and creating a much needed snow pack.

Winter storm warnings were posted Monday in the Sierra Nevada after the National Weather Service predicted heavy mountain snow during the holiday week.

….Forecasters said the system could dump as much as 3 feet of snow on the highest peaks through Tuesday night, with accumulation totals expected to be around a foot at Lake Tahoe.

“This major winter storm will continue to affect the region through Tuesday morning with heavy Sierra snow, moderate to heavy rain and strong winds,” the National Weather Service said.

Thanks, carbon dioxide!

Now, regulators are also looking to ease drought restrictions in the state. Complaints are that the climate bureaucrats forgot to account for climate realities when the established the mandated water reduction levels:

Hot, inland regions such as Sacramento wouldn’t have to conserve quite as much water in 2016 under proposed regulations released Monday by California drought regulators.

The proposal by the State Water Resources Control Board would also mean less onerous conservation mandates for California’s fastest-growing communities, as well as those that have created new “drought-resilient” water supplies for themselves through recycling, desalination or other means.

…Regulators listened to the complaints. Under the new system, which would run through October, agencies in the hottest climates would see their current mandates fall by as much as 4 percentage points.

“That’s a start,” said Rob Roscoe, general manager at Sacramento Suburban Water District. Water targets “in inland regions should be adjusted for climate,” he said. Sacramento Suburban has been facing a 32 percent mandate.

Less regulation in California! That is, truly, a Christmas miracle.