As happens whenever there is any storm of any significance, the leftist greenies run into the streets screaming that the world is coming to an end, because storms have never hit large American cities built in coastal regions before. The greenies want us all to believe that, clearly, the world is coming to an end, and it’s all our fault. Then there’s reality.
Let’s first get one thing out of the way right at the beginning: the climate is changing. This is not under controversy. No one worth arguing with is denying climate change as a natural process. One trip to a dinosaur or woolly mammoth exhibit should clear up any doubt on this point. The people that don’t now accept that climates change are never going to accept it, so let’s put those people aside.
Now, for the truth (TRIGGER WARNING): the intensity or quantity of storms, the rise or fall of temperatures, and the ebb or flow of oceans on planet earth have precious little to do with human activity.
First, a history lesson.
In the fifty years between 1950 and 1999, after the ruin of World War II, the industrial capacity of the entire world was at a low unseen since since the beginning of 20th Century. All across Europe, Japan, and China, the productive capabilities of the world lie in ruins after decades of wars. From 1950 through 1970, the United States, the only major power after World War II that had industrial capabilities largely untouched by war, was also the only major source of human caused greenhouse gases.
At the same time, the major nations of Europe, Japan, Russia, and China were rebuilding their industrial infrastructure. If what the lunatic greenies claim is true (that human activity is the primary cause of climate change), then drastic changes in climate should have occured between 1950 and 1999, when industrial production not only return to pre-war levels but continued to increase, as the “Asian Tigers“, India, Mexico, and dozens of other nations industrialized far beyond their pre-War levels.
It is simply a fact that those terrible greenhouse gases the lunatic greenies simply will not shut up about have increased every single year since the end of World War II. So how has the climate changed in that time? Let’s take a look at the data helpfully provided by the greeniest greenies of them all: the ironically named skepticalscience.com, where skeptical science apparently goes to die.
While bad science is bad, green science isn’t even science.
This is labeled Figure 4, and it includes data from both land and ocean sources.
Notice from 1950 to 1980, the period of most rapid growth of industrial activity in the already industrialized nations, temperatures trended downward (notice, the opposite of upward) from the end of the war in 1945 till the late 1970’s, by which time the industrialization in the United States and Europe had peaked, and the Asian Tigers were in full stride, while primarily agrarian nations were starting to industrialize.
Despite this, by 1980, global temperatures still hadn’t peaked over where they were forty years earlier, during World War II! A direct correlation between temperatures and greenhouse gases and industrialization? (Trigger warning) Debunked!
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the greenies have doubled down on their dumb, and are now making all kinds of incredible claims. On Cracked, one of their comedians, someone who is tremendously funny and has produced remarkably good satirical (but fact based) critiques of Donald Trump, stated that “storms are getting worse“, not citing a single source. Yeah, that’s serious, except, it’s not true.
Don’t quit your day job, Greenies.
Let’s look at the same data his staff of interns probably looked at, good old Wikipedia. Have you heard the media say how Hurricane Harvey is somehow unusual in Texas? Get this, they’re lying. Since 1850, Texas has been hit by 64 notable hurricanes, second only to Florida, who has the special distinction of getting clobbered from storms coming from both the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico.
Since climate is affected directly by greenhouse gas emissions, and gas emissions have grown, surely the number of hurricanes has also grown, right? Nope. Between 1850 and 1899, Texas was hit by 19 recorded hurricanes. From 1900 to 1949, there were 26 hurricanes, which almost seems to support the greenies, except, of course, from 1950 to 1999, there were only 13 hurricanes.
Oh, but now, at least according to Cody Johnston (again, I really do enjoy his sense of humor), “there will be fewer storms globally, but the intensity will increase” citing the “Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” (you know, those guys whose emails revealed they were purposefully fudging with data to artificially inflate temperature increases? Yeah, those guys).
Other than being an obvious goal post move, Cody says, “that sounds bad, but, in fact, is very bad“. That’s funny, because it’s also totally false. Get this, the average categories of all of the hurricanes that hit Texas between 1850 and 1899 was 1.74. Between 1900 and 1949, the average categories were 2.19, which, again seems pretty scary, except, as we know, industrialization after World War II should have far exceeded that before 1950, but between 1950 and 1999, the average category of all 13 hurricanes was only 2.08. That’s not “more powerful“.
It is almost impossible for Greenies to be more wrong.
As far as hurricanes since 2000, which is what the IPCC and Cody seem to be implying? Well, 6 hurricanes have already hit Texas, including Harvey. So in just 18 years, already half of the total hurricanes to hit Texas in the 50 years prior. If there are going to be “fewer but more intense storms“, it’ll have to be an incredibly quiet 33 years in Texas as far as hurricanes, because there’s only room for 7 more hurricanes in that “fewer“.
As far as intensity? The average category for the 6 hurricanes to hit Texas was only 1.83. I don’t even need my fancy degrees to know that is smaller than 2.08, and it’s a long way from 2.19.
Hey, snowflakes. Climates change. Storms happen. Get over it. #TexasStrong
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