'The Nation' Compares Climate Change Deniers to Murderers

17 September, 2017, 18:56 | Author: Benny Bass
  • COLUMN: Tropical storm Harvey ignites the climate change debate

Many references to climate change have been scrubbed from the EPA's website, and Pruitt once asserted carbon dioxide emissions are not the primary contributor to climate change. However, in many cases it was not necessarily major storms that caught our attention, for in 2012 it was Sandy that struck New Jersey and NY causing such damage and alerting people to the likelihood of landfall of a major hurricane striking a large coastal city, such as Miami.

Days after Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida, marking the first time in US history that two Atlantic Category 4 hurricanes hit the country in a single year, President Trump's favorite morning show featured a climate denier who went as far as to argue that climate change "is on average good for life on Earth".

Millions struggled to survive the hurricanes, or watched them in horror. The last hurricane of Category 5 strength to hit the United States was Andrew (1992).

It doesn't matter whether you believe in "climate change"; the simple truth is this: in less than two weeks, we've experienced Hurricane Harvey's record rainfall and Hurricane Irma's quick progression to the most risky storm designation, Category 5.

The common consensus among these studies is a conclusion that future hurricanes will tend to be stronger than those in the present-day climate, assuming that sea surface temperature will continue its current warming trend into the future. As a "climate denier" he makes the claim that, yes, our climate is changing, but only as a result of natural and normal climate cycles, not because of human activity.

He said that providing access to clean water, containing toxic spills and providing fuel "are things so important to citizens of Florida right now, and to discuss the cause and effect of these storms, there's the place to do that, [but] it's not now".

Due to the wide areas impacted by Harvey and Irma, nearly everyone knows someone living in one of the affected zones and/or has personal recollections of visiting those regions at some point in time.

From this perspective, it is thus very tempting to assert that hurricane intensity variations must be connected to the global climate due to the vital role of ocean temperatures in hurricane development.

Pruitt is trying to bury the views of the scientific community on climate change generally. Our leaders need to lead on climate change, not try to ignore it. However, this does demonstrate the accuracy of our long-term seasonal hurricane predictions as this year was predicted to be an above-average hurricane year. Climate change was pegged as a close second at 61 percent.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have decimated Florida and the Houston area with destructive winds and torrential rains.

In principle, a change in global air circulation patterns could influence the steering flows that guide hurricane movement, much like a leaf carried away by a river.

This is absolutely the time to be talking about climate change because it's a moment when people can see how a warmer world just might impact lives in very challenging and real ways. These factors directly affect the interaction of hurricanes with the surrounding environment.

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