CST – Senator Sanders: You Skeptics Are Like Nazi Deniers, Plus Hurricanes

Collapsing Science Today: Hey, don’t say climate alarmists are over the top or something

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is comparing climate change skeptics to those who disregarded the Nazi threat to America in the 1930s, adding a strident rhetorical shot to the already volatile debate over climate change.

“It reminds me in some ways of the debate taking place in this country and around the world in the late 1930s,” said Sanders, perhaps the most liberal member of the Senate, during a Senate hearing Tuesday. “During that period of Nazism and fascism’s growth-a real danger to the United States and democratic countries around the world- there were people in this country and in the British parliament who said ‘don’t worry! Hitler’s not real! It’ll disappear!

Completely irresponsible rhetoric from an elected national official. If Sanders was a Republican, everyone, including those on the Right, would call for him to resign. But, since he is a “D”, the media and left is silently cheerleading. But, wait, there’s more!

Sanders’ reference to the Nazi threat is sure to enrage Republicans who are already skeptical of the science behind climate change. But Sanders wasn’t the only one throwing bombs at a hearing that was ostensibly about the EPA’s fiscal 2011 budget. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who has called global warming a “hoax,” is asking for an investigation into the science used in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the governing body on climate science.

Got that? The Politico just compared Sanders’ Nazi comment to Inhofe calling AGW a hoax. As if the two were even remotely similar.

As a side-thought, weren’t all the unhinged on the Left telling us that the small number of signs from some TEA Partyers that made Hitler references bad (after almost 8 years of Bushitler comparisons)?

Meanwhile, that whole hurricanes kerfuffle as of late? Yeah, about that. There’s a new study by the World Meteorological Organization (via Roger Pielke Jr.’s Blog)

Hurricane counts (with no adjustments for possible missing cases) show a significant increase from the late 1800s to present, but do not have a significant trend from the 1850s or 1860s to present3. Other studies23 infer a substantial low-bias in early Atlantic tropical cyclone intensities (1851—1920), which, if corrected, would further reduce or possibly eliminate long-term increasing trends in basin-wide hurricane counts. Landfalling tropical storm and hurricane activity in the US shows no long-term increase (Fig. 2, orange series)20. Basin-wide major hurricane counts show a significant rising trend, but we judge these basin-wide data as unreliable for climate-trend estimation before aircraft reconnaissance in 1944.

There is quite a bit more, including a part about no increase from 1970-2004, and I highly suggest, if this is an area of interest to you, to read all the excerpts at Piekle’s blog, but, here is the conclusion

. . . we cannot at this time conclusively identify anthropogenic signals in past tropical cyclone data.

Ouch! Let the True Deniers spin away!

Finally, just for giggles, some year old humor that I heard on Raleigh’s new Rush Radio (106.1) while showering for work, some part of a BBC program about the Earth First idiots

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