Wednesday's HOT MIC
Because of the lack of any real evidence but a desperate need for it to be true, the global warming/hurricane increase issue has become a field of double-talk. Consider this quote from Allison Wing, a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University and supposed hurricane expert:
“Unfortunately for society, it does seem like a fairly confident projection that hurricanes will get stronger in the future. There is less evidence that they have gotten stronger thus far because of complicated factors, some which oppose that increase and some which favor it in the current climate, as well as limitations from our observational record. We simply don’t have that many years of reliable data. But all of that is consistent with our expectations, and as the climate becomes even warmer we expect that … the increase in intensity will get larger, and it will be unfortunately even easier to see that the hurricanes are going to get more intense.”
If you think that makes any sense, you too can be a climate scientist these days.
“It is a fundamental fact, although increasingly conveniently ignored, that no single climate event or location can be attributed to global warming. There is simply no valid way to prove a connection and correlation is not causation. If it were, the following would be true: As global warming has supposedly been occurring, the average human lifespan has significantly increased. Therefore, global warming causes increased human lifespans and is a good thing.”
Even climate change supporters in the rest of the scientific community are a lot more circumspect about hurricanes and the effect of global warming on their severity:
- It is premature to conclude that human activities–and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming–have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity. That said, human activities may have already caused changes that are not yet detectable due to the small magnitude of the changes or observational limitations, or are not yet confidently modeled (e.g., aerosol effects on regional climate).
Somehow, I don't think 50 inches of rain falls in the category "small magnitude of the changes."
There is no such thing as a "science press" anymore. Instead we have Bill Nye and his marvelous magical gender machine and other charlatans who make money by scaring the people of earth by claiming we're all going to die a horrible death unless we listen to them.
Science journalism used to be the toughest gig because it is extraordinarily difficult to take mind-bending concepts and explain them so that the average American can understand at least some of it. They don't even try anymore. What we get now are lectures about how ignorant we are for not accepting them at their word and constant hectoring about our "carbon footprint."
The drivel that's published today might as well be placed in the comics section.