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Hurricane Harvey: CNN Fingers “Climate Change”

Hurricane Harvey: CNN Fingers “Climate Change”

“There is no doubt that climate change makes . . . storms like this more common.”

Just as the MSM demands more “gun control” after every mass shooting, so every severe weather event causes the MSM to start beating the “climate change” drum.

And so it began on CNN this morning. CNN’s Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein gave the standard disclaimer about not attributing any one storm to climate change, but then proceeded to come very close to doing just that. He quoted a former NOAA offical: “this is a preview of the future. There is no doubt that climate change makes . . . storms like this more common.”

RON BROWNSTEIN: At some point there has to be a discussion of whether these sorts of events are becoming more common because of climate change. Scientists are reluctant to attribute any individual storm to a change in climate.

But in my column today, I quote the former head of NOAA as saying, look, this is a preview of the future. There is no doubt that climate change — particularly because of warming in the ocean waters, the Gulf water — makes storms like this more common. Heavy rainfall in Texas events have become much more common there as well. And that is a discussion for around the bend and I think questions for this president to address at some point, once the immediate danger has passed.

CHRIS CUOMO: We see why so many states move towards enforcing the strictures of the accord, the Paris Accord, even without the federal acceptance of it. It does seem as though we have 100-year storms every year or two.

Funny that when citing NOAA, the CNN folks failed to mention NOAA’s observation that in June of this year, a record was set of 140 straight months without a major hurricane hitting the continental United States.

Now that’s what we’d call . . . an inconvenient truth.

Note: Cuomo’s observation that it seems we now have 100-year storms every year of so was singularly nonsensical. There are countless thousands of geographical locations in the United States. It is utterly normal and predictable that, each year, some of them will experience 100-year events.


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buckeyeminuteman | August 29, 2017 at 1:08 pm

So, just how often are hurricanes supposed to make landfall, current global warming uptick aside? Exactly. One simply cannot blame global warming for a hurricane. Unless of course you’re trying to make an Oscar-winning docudrama on the subject.

    Halcyon Daze in reply to buckeyeminuteman. | August 29, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I think any rational observer would conclude that George W. Bush caused this hurricane. Bush has a history with hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico.

“There is no doubt that climate change — particularly because of warming in the ocean waters, the Gulf water — makes storms like this more common.”

No. There’s no doubt that’s utter and objective bullshit.

And “…storms like…” what?

    Old0311 in reply to Ragspierre. | August 29, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Global warming exists and it caused by heat from the barrels of all of those dangerous black rifles. Whoa there! I be woke, my poor black rifle is part of a victim group and I’ve been abusing it because it is between two stainless rifles in my safe. I have sinned and will sell the evil stainless supremacy rifles and buy more black rifles. Please forgive me.

      Old0311 in reply to Old0311. | August 29, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      I just got a call from a friend on the coast whom has been watching my rifles and he said they have all been lost in the flooding. Damn!

“More common”… as in how many years since the last storm? One storm in the past 10 years is rather “uncommon” historically.

CNN ‘yellow’ journalism at it’s finest

Humphrey's Executor | August 29, 2017 at 1:34 pm

“Never let a crisis go to waste.”

Literally the *first* hurricane to make landfall in the US after an historically long hiatus, and it’s “global warming.” Also, when did weather become climate again?

This storm isn’t that particularly strong in comparison to others, the problem is it stagnated in one spot.

    murkyv in reply to The_Hawk. | August 29, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    From what I’ve read, the stalling is the result of a cool air current coming down from from the north of the US.

    So, let’s all “Blame Canada…Blame Canada”

    InEssence in reply to The_Hawk. | August 29, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    You hit the nail on the head. It wasn’t even a tropical storm for much of its trip through the Caribbean. But it stagnated in the warm coastal waters, and built from a tropical storm to a cat 4 hurricane within a few miles of landfall. Since it was moving at 2 mph at landfall, there was a tremendous amount of rain.

If every time I hear a local news weatherperson (most likely not even a meteorologist) use the “unprecedented” with regard to seasonal weather events, I downed a shot of Tequila, I would be passed out, comatose in an ER from alcohol poisoning.

I don’t think that word means what they think it means.

There is no doubt that climate change — particularly because of warming in the ocean waters, the Gulf water — makes storms like this more common.

Sorry, but every assertion in this statement is just dead wrong.

Every one.

They’re not even trying for a veneer of plausibility any more.

    alaskabob in reply to tom swift. | August 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Up until now they were “talking heads” … now just “talking butts”.
    What they say now .. stinks…

    Granny in reply to tom swift. | August 29, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Well, as anyone who has swum in the ocean at various times of the year knows, ocean waters are indeed warmer in summer than they are in the winter and, yes, hurricanes do happen when ocean water is warmer rather than in the dead of winter. . . . but that is NORMAL. The only “global warming” occurring is related to proximity to the sun and the season of the year.

CNN has long veered left, but when it hired Jeff Zucker, CNN officially ceased being a news network and became a 24/7 propaganda outlet.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | August 29, 2017 at 2:13 pm

If you don’t like the weather (climate) around here, just wait 5 minutes.

Yeah, but what about gun control??

Houston was underwater the day it was settled and has flooded regularly ever since. Hurricanes stalling along coast lines are, unfortunately, a normal occurrence. Worse, it is also a normal occurrence for people to rebuild in the same places flood after flood after flood.

They have forgotten about the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. A road that runs alongside the Connecticut River in Massachusetts has a high water marker some 35 feet about the surface of the road to this day. And a dam near the Queechee Gorge shows a high water mark of over 50 feet.

Hurricanes are “normal” events. Sometimes tragic, always a pain in the neck for those who experience them but “normal.”

There is NO SUCH THING as man-made “global warming.”

And that is a discussion for around the bend…

Too late, you clowns have already gone there!

this is a preview of the future. There is no doubt that climate change makes . . . storms like this more common.”

So since such storms aren’t more common now, that would mean there’s no doubt that there isn’t any climate change?

bob aka either orr | August 29, 2017 at 5:42 pm

This reminds me of a (worse) version of Agnes in 1972 in the northeast. The system got stalled out and dumped copious amounts of rain on upstate New York and eastern Pennsylvania. Big-time flooding (not quite like Houston, though) in Wilkes-Barre, Harrisburg and a bunch of smaller PA towns along the Susquehanna River. The big difference is that the flood-hit area was significantly inland and the storm couldn’t soak up extra moisture from the ocean, whereas Harvey’s grabbing tons of moisture from the Gulf.

FFS, the reason Houston exists is because Galveston kept getting wiped out by hurricanes, and so the deep-sea port was placed as far inland as they could make it: less than a hour’s drive from Galveston. Those 50 or so miles are Houston’s shelter, because a hurricane’s winds drop dramatically once it makes landfall. Houston is low and flat, and has lots of housing where rice paddies used to be.

Thunderstorms in Houston are common, and regularly deliver rain at the rate of two inches per hour. A hurricane or tropical storm can deliver the same rate of rain for an extended period o time. Claudette did it for about 24 hours, dumping 43 inches of rain on Alvin, a small town near Houston.

Harvey performed exactly as expected: The high winds dropped on landfall. The storm stopped, wobbled, and dumped, and continues to drop, water onto a soggy area of land that will take days to drain.

My prayers for the good people of the flooded areas, and those who are helping them.

There is this narcissism that demand that I can control all things in my life. It demands that nothing occurs without a reason, so if I can identify the reason I can change it.

This kind of thinking goes hand in hand with the rise of aggressive atheism. There is no God on me and I can control every facet of my life.

Once you believe that … it’s easy to understand why something like Hillary Clinton losing to Donald Trump can make you feel your life is on ’tilt’.

Harvey’s impact is the result of a world that has decided, over and over, to plan short term and ignore the worst case forces of nature, and a world which now thinks it can avoid changes that have happened repeatedly and routinely since the dawn of time on one piece of land or another. Shorelines change.

River routes change. Animal species, even entire classes have come and gone before homo sapiens ever walked the planet, let alone after we arrived. Humans have had to migrate over again to stay out of the wrath of nature; or because of the wrath of nature.

Now, however, we foolishly believe we can control the climate and with a little air conditioning or generated heat, keep anywhere habitable forever.

2017 humans are like children who think they can control the heat in the middle of a fire and then are surprised when we get burned.

Climate change? It’s been happening since the first dust settled from the Big Bang. Plan for the worst, hope for the best, and then do what we can to mitigate disaster when it strikes. Like maybe telling our townspeople, even in big cities, to get out of the way when it’s about to happen.

Aren’t these the same people of science who thing an Olympic Decathlon winner is a female?