Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Quackery: Warming to bring stronger, less frequent hurricanes

You can see here that they're counting on the fact that most people don't pay any attention at all. In fact, they likely assume that you don't even read this story here, much less any of their previous claims, which of course turned out to be completely off. They told us that warming would cause more frequent and violent hurricanes. But the data hasn't borne this out: there have been fewer hurricanes of lesser intensity.

When these quacks attempted to alter their terminology, and call global warming 'climate change', this is the type of instance they had in mind. Now they can attribute anything to 'climate change', when anyone with half a brain knows that climate change is the seasons. Whereas they claimed warming would bring more hurricanes, as previous hurricane seasons have fizzled despite their apocalyptic predictions, this lack of activity is attributed to climate change. There will be less hurricanes because of warming they say, but they'll be more intense. This despite (they claim) the warmest decade ever producing fewer hurricanes of a not entirely remarkable kind - Katrina was more a failure of engineering and of circumstance than a freak weather event: a major hurricane hitting a city almost entirely under sea level cannot be anything other than catastrophic. And had the levees not failed the damage would've been far less profound. Despite what Gordon Brown would have you believe, there were hurricanes and floods and droughts and tornadoes before eugenicists conceived of global warming.

    Associated Press -

    Top researchers now agree that the world is likely to get stronger but fewer hurricanes in the future because of global warming, seeming to settle a scientific debate on the subject. But they say there's not enough evidence yet to tell whether that effect has already begun.

    Since just before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005, dueling scientific papers have clashed about whether global warming is worsening hurricanes and will do so in the future. The new study seems to split the difference. A special World Meteorological Organization panel of 10 experts in both hurricanes and climate change — including leading scientists from both sides — came up with a consensus, which is published online Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience.