Franken­storm fol­lies

The Washington Times Weekly - - Editorials -

There is some­thing about se­vere weather that brings out the crazy in peo­ple — par­tic­u­larly the global-warm­ing alarmists. As soon as Hur­ri­cane Sandy made land­fall, the vi­o­lent weather was blamed on mankind’s ad­dic­tion to au­to­mo­biles and the other con­ve­niences of mod­ern life. No­bel lau­re­ate Al Gore was among those mak­ing this con­nec­tion on his blog Tues­day. “Hur­ri­cane Sandy is a dis­turb­ing sign of things to come,” wrote the for­mer vice pres­i­dent. “We must heed this warn­ing and act quickly to solve the cli­mate cri­sis. Dirty en­ergy makes dirty weather.” He’s talk­ing about pe­tro­leum prod­ucts and coal, which are “dirty” be­cause they spew car­bon diox­ide — as hu­man be­ings and an­i­mals do.

Other so-called ex­perts don’t agree re­gard­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween global warm­ing and ex­treme weather. The United Na­tion’s In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change (IPCC), not ex­actly a hot­bed of cli­mate change de­nial, con­cluded as much ear­lier this year. The IPCC’s March 2012 spe­cial re­port on manag­ing ex­treme events and dis­as­ters con­cluded there is “low con­fi­dence in any ob­served long-term (i.e., 40 years or more) in­creases in trop­i­cal cy­clone ac­tiv­ity (i.e., in­ten­sity, fre­quency, du­ra­tion), af­ter ac­count­ing for past changes in ob­serv­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties.” The panel at­trib­uted this to “uncer­tain­ties in the his­tor­i­cal trop­i­cal cy­clone records, the in­com­plete un­der­stand­ing of the phys­i­cal mech­a­nisms link­ing trop­i­cal cy­clone met­rics to cli­mate change, and the de­gree of trop­i­cal cy­clone vari­abil­ity.” The panel added that “at­tri­bu­tion of sin­gle ex­treme events to an­thro­pogenic cli­mate change is chal­leng­ing.” That is an un­der­state­ment.

A 2010 study by the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter pre­dicted global warm­ing would, over time, de­crease the num­ber of trop­i­cal storms by as much as a third. The 2012 IPCC study agreed that it was “likely that the global fre­quency of trop­i­cal cy­clones will ei­ther de­crease or re­main es­sen­tially un­changed” through the year 2100. If so, that would de­lay hav­ing to re­spond to the al­leged chal­lenge of warm­ing-in­spired hur­ri­canes un­til at least the 157th Congress.

Pur­vey­ors of the global warm­ing the­ory have had to ex­ploit ex­treme weather be­cause their dooms­day pre­dic­tions have failed to come true. The Arc­tic ice cap is still with us, and Antarc­tic ice is at record lev­els. Not one Pa­cific is­land has been sub­merged by ris­ing ocean wa­ters. Famines, floods and epi­demics still oc­cur, but not to the ex­tent warmists proph­e­sized. Global tem­per­a­ture data from the UK Met Of­fice show that, on av­er­age, the Earth has not warmed for the last 15 years.

Hur­ri­cane Sandy has claimed dozens of lives, left mil­lions with­out power and could cost bil­lions. Cli­mate-change hys­te­ria may end up tak­ing an even greater toll. Global-warm­ing in­spired au­to­mo­bile reg­u­la­tions will claim hun­dreds of lives by mak­ing ve­hi­cles less safe. The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s war on coal will shut down 200 plants that pro­duce af­ford­able en­ergy, in­creas­ing the like­li­hood of black­outs. The cost of var­i­ous reg­u­la­tions and car­bon-diox­ide taxes eas­ily reaches into the hun­dreds of bil­lions. None of those sac­ri­fices will pre­vent the killer storms that mankind has faced throughout his­tory.

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