As Hurricane Irene approaches the East Coast, the media is already attempting to link it with the much-dreaded global warming.
From Climatewire this morning:
Irene poised to strike a nation seemingly content to worry less about climate change
Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter
Published: Friday, August 26, 2011
The last time a hurricane landed on the shores of the United States, Americans’ belief in climate change was at its peak and House Democrats would soon begin their march toward passage of climate legislation.
Five days before Hurricane Ike collided with Texas, presidential candidate Barack Obama said “the time to act is now” on a national catastrophe plan.
That was in 2008.
When Irene boils onto the East Coast this weekend, she will find a nation with degraded belief in global warming, a defeated climate bill, and the absence of a federal plan to address an ominously rising number of natural catastrophes…
… Irene symbolizes a passage of time in which climate skepticism has risen and is being used by some politicians to establish a conservative brand that discredits, even derides climate science.
While Lehmann doesn’t explicitly say that CO2 emissions caused Irene, he nevertheless implies that Irene is a symbolic cost of climate skepticism.
Earth to Evan Lehman: Irene is weather and weather is not climate. Moreover, hurricanes plagued the East Coast long before coal was mined, the internal combustion engine was invented or Bill McKibben’s ancestors considered forming 240.org.