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After Sandy, Bastardi and UNIPCC’s Khandekar get real about global warming

Galveston, Texas, after the hurricane and flood of Sept. 8-9, 1900. Approximately 8,000 people died. (Image: U.S. Library of Congress)

Screen snip: Climate Depot

As Sandy approached the Eastern coast, I posted a Tweet asking how long it would be before disciples of Al Gore emerged to chat up manmade global warming.

Before the storm wreaked havoc in the Northeast, Meghan McCain hit the GOP, Tweeting, “So are we still going to go with climate change not being real fellow republicans [sic]?”

Other alarmists followed Ms. McCain’s example—I watched one “expert” regale CNN’s Anderson Cooper on the matter of carbon emissions causing weather disasters.

Maybe there’s a difference in upbringing, or maybe it’s a generational thing, but I grew up in the South and heard many tales about weather catastrophes occurring long before Americans began to buy more than one car and ease great suffering with air conditioning.

Does climate change occur? Absolutely—how do you think we got the Grand Canyon and all those dinosaurs got zapped?

Do carbon emissions cause extreme weather events? I seriously doubt it.

After Hurricane Katrina, I felt we were missing the ocean for the boats. We’re spending hundreds of billions of dollars on global warming research that is rightfully suspect because the government expert infrastructure is dependent on dollars aimed at  making the consensus theory work.

Instead, it makes more sense to me to prepare for weather disasters. They’ve been happening since the Earth formed.

Parts of New York were hard hit by Hurricane turned Tropical Cyclone Sandy. Downtown New York is a concrete jungle—few trees, few surfaces to absorb ground water and an up front seat on the Atlantic Ocean.  Strikes me some preventive measures are warranted.

I have the same perspective on my home state of Florida. People build homes directly facing the ocean—you can bet your surf board that when a megastorm arrives, there will be mud.

Same goes for higher elevations when mountains are scalped to make room for McGore style mansions.

The U.S. Library of Congress has an abundance of images in digital format showing storms dating to the 1800s, long before we ramped up our thermostats or turned on the ignition in those SUVs.

Weather expert Joe Bastardi responded to green money man Gore’s claims about Sandy with this:

“Joe Bastardi, chief meteorologist at WeatherBell Analytics calls Gore’s claims “stunningly ignorant or stunningly deceptive.” According to Bastardi, such storms are nothing new, “In the 1950s […] 10 major hurricanes ran the eastern seaboard. Six hit the Carolinas northward in two years.”


Even the wonks at the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change have discouraged non-experts like Gore when they take to the stump to blame everything on emissions.  Dr. Madhav Khandekar said [boldface added]:

“[W]e should be discussing how best to prepare our growing societies for extreme weather like Tropical Storm Sandy, events that will continue to occur no matter what we do…

Professor Roger Pielke, Jr. said this [boldface added]:

While it's hardly mentioned in the media, the U.S. is currently in an extended and intense hurricane ‘drought.’ The last Category 3 or stronger storm to make landfall was Wilma in 2005. The more than seven years since then is the longest such span in over a century.

 As media continue to cover the aftermath of Sandy, don’t be taken in by financiers like Gore whose platform relies on questionable science. Gore is not a scientist, climate expert, weather expert or statistician.

Meanwhile, don’t be taken in by our president’s seizure of photo opportunities in storm damaged areas.

One of the first things our Big Government president did after Sandy—he told federal agencies to cut through the red tape and ease regulations. That is a Small Government move. Welcome to the Tea Party, President Obama.

As Obama toured blue states after Sandy, it’s useful to recall what he did in 2008 after Hurricane Ike—Obama attended a fundraiser.

After Sandy, Republican nominee Gov. Mitt Romney turned campaign events into disaster relief efforts; in 2008, Obama partied.

As Sandy receded, Northeastern residents discovered a new romance with carbon emissions by seeking generators and lining up to purchase gas. Something tells me ‘fair share’ goes out the window when all the windows are blown apart by a storm like Sandy.

Wonder what happens with solar panels when a CAT 4 hits?

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Nov. 1, 2012)

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On the Web

Nobel cause corruption? (Watts Up With That?)

Articles about climate change and global warming (Climate Depot)

Hurricanes in history dating to 1900 (Partial list at NOAA/U.S. Government)

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Reader Comments (4)

"Hurricane turned Tropical Cyclone "

This is redundant. a Hurricane is a Tropical Cyclone. The differentiation occurs only because these storms are called Tropical Cyclones in the Eastern Hemisphere and Hurricanes in the Western.

I also agree, the specification of damage reported and it's comparison to the past is polluted by the continuing expansion of stupid people into areas that will be impacted by storms as well as the fact the reports are not in constant dollars - i.e. inflation is not taken into account in the "cost" estimates.

November 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Kress

Jim, I wondered about how the NOAA applied the cyclone term, but I used it as they parsed it. There goes the government again!

What amazes me is the dismissal of catastrophes dating to ancient times. These global warmists appear to have no knowledge of that. best! Kay

November 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKay B. Day/Ed.

Kay, Just remember, to the Left, History began yesterday. That would explain your conundrum.

November 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Kress

Jim, I do believe you're right. I also think this article touched a nerve--it's the second from the top article on the site right now. best, KBD

November 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKay B. Day
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