by William Teach | May 24, 2011 9:00 am
Bill McKibben, founder of the global climate campaign 350.org, is given a platform over at The Washington Post for this drivel:
A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never!
If you can’t use the precise terminology, anthropogenic global warming, then you’re completely disingenuous to start with.
Caution: It is vitally important not to make connections. When you see pictures of rubble like this week’s shots from Joplin, Mo., you should not wonder: Is this somehow related to the tornado outbreak three weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, Ala., or the enormous outbreak a couple of weeks before that (which, together, comprised the most active April for tornadoes in U.S. history). No, that doesn’t mean a thing.
Because tornadoes never happened before Mankind learned to drive.
It is far better to think of these as isolated, unpredictable, discrete events. It is not advisable to try to connect them in your mind with, say, the fires burning across Texas – fires that have burned more of America at this point this year than any wildfires have in previous years. Texas, and adjoining parts of Oklahoma and New Mexico, are drier than they’ve ever been – the drought is worse than that of the Dust Bowl. But do not wonder if they’re somehow connected.
Droughts never happened, either. Nor wildfires.
If you did wonder, you see, you would also have to wonder about whether this year’s record snowfalls and rainfalls across the Midwest – resulting in record flooding along the Mississippi – could somehow be related. And then you might find your thoughts wandering to, oh, global warming, and to the fact that climatologists have been predicting for years that as we flood the atmosphere with carbon we will also start both drying and flooding the planet, since warm air holds more water vapor than cold air.
See? Greenhouse gases, cause snow. And floods. Drought. You name it. Because the climate is supposed to stay completely static. Weather is supposed to be as predictable as earthquakes…..oh, wait. Anyhow, the rest is simply the same tired old scareathon, thrown out by someone who doesn’t live the carbon neutral/globull warming friendly lifestyle he wants everyone else to live. So, let’s ask someone from, say, the National Weather Service’s National Severe Storm Laboratory
Are strong tornadoes a result of global warming?
Short Answer: Unknown. There is evidence that suggests both yes and no.
Carbin: “With respect to a connection to climate change … it’s an unanswered question, essentially. We know that there are ingredients that thunderstorms need that could increase in a warmer world, but we also know there are ingredients that may decrease, so the connections if any are very tenuous and the scientific discoveries on this have yet to be made.”
Greg Carbin is the lead forecaster for said NWSNSSL. He also says that while the death toll is above average, the average is that because there have been years when the death toll is very high, and that there aren’t more tornadoes, they are just hitting populated areas. But, we shouldn’t listen to him, because he’s a meteorologist, not a “climatologist”, or something.
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