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Friday, October 12, 2018

Did 2016 Cause Hurricane Michael

For John, BLUFOf course "climate change" is real.  The question is, are those who write about it for real?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

Elections have consequences.  Denying science has consequences.  And we are reaping what we sow.

From The [Manchester] Guardian! By Commentator John Abraham, 11 Octover 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

Floridians are staring down a very powerful Category 4 typhoon that is causing extensive damage.  The high winds, heavy rains, and storm surge will cost billions of dollars.

We know that climate change is making these storms stronger.  The storms feed off of warm ocean waters, and those waters are much warmer now because of climate change.  I have written about the science in more detail here and here.  But basically, Michael strengthened because it passed over really warm waters.  Waters that were hotter because of human-caused warming.

I do wonder what was causing all those hurricanes I experienced in the Philly area, up through eighth grade (up to 1956).  I remember a bunch of folks moving into built but not yet sold houses, in our sub-division, Vermillion Hills.  Nice of the builder to make that housing available on a temporary basis.

Then there is the question, softpedeled here, of why the Party of Science eschews Vaccinations.  Back in 2014 Ms Kara Brown wrote, "Rich People in Hollywood Aren't Vaccinating Their Children".  "Rich People in Hollywood" is not a euphemism for Republicans.  And this next article shows that the problem isn't going away—"Growing number of U.S. children not vaccinated against any disease".

All that said, the US Greenhouse Gases trendline, per the EPA is downward.

Yes, The climate does change.  Otherwise we would all be speaking Norwegian.  The question is, to what extent is it caused by industrialization, or big agri or some other anthropomorphic cause?

The other issue is from Aesop's Fables, numbered 210, The Boy Who Cried Wolf.  Being older, I first heard this, back in the 1970s, in terms of global cool, and then, later, global warming.  But, the promised disaster kept missing its promised scheduled date.  It doesn't inspire confidence in the those who are properly scientifically skeptical.

. Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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