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Friday, May 06, 2011
The High Cost of Climate Change Ignorance
The High Cost of Climate Change Denial
This is so unfortunate. Pope's diatribe is unscientific and ill informed.
Tornadoes, grass fires and floods are not climate, not even hyper-climate, whatever that is. These natural phenomena are the result of weather variation, not man-made climate change. Floods in Pakistan, and fires in Russia had nothing to do with climate change, as has been repeatedly pointed out in peer-reviewed scientific literature, apparently unread by Carl Pope.
Tornadoes result from the interaction of warm air fronts and cool air fronts. Tornadoes are most frequent during periods of cooling, such as our current La Niña ocean conditions, not during periods of warming. Tornado frequency has nothing to do with "Global Warming."
Weather doesn't care who the state's representatives are or how they vote. Weather occurs as it does and there's nothing humans can do about it. Even contributing money to the Sierra Club will do nothing to affect weather and climate variation.
There is no evidence in any peer-reviewed scientific literature to support the vague and undefined claim that "a warmer climate means more extreme weather." This is an absurd scare tactic used by Big Green organizations to increase donations, by "green" industry to increase profits and by the international "sustainable development" community to transfer moneys to small, less developed countries so they can be global consumers just like us.
The glib and absurd notion that we can somehow "stop" climate change refuses to die. There's nothing humans can do about climate change except adapt to it.
Get over it, get started now and avoid the rush.
Michael A. Lewis
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