Climatewire: Irene caused by CO2 emissions?

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.

7 thoughts on “Climatewire: Irene caused by CO2 emissions?”

  1. These idiots’ memories go back only to span their own life times. Also, they are geographically centered on DC and NYC. They don’t recall a storm ever hitting the area, therefore it is something new.

    Of course, let’s not think back to the War of 1812 when a hurricane doused the flames the Brits started to burn down DC.

  2. @jameshrust Ummm no it means nothing of the kind. It simply means that adding carbon dioxide did not prevent a decrease in hurricane activity which could have occurred for any number of reasons. Coincidence does not equal causation.

  3. He said it is “symbolic” of climate change. No, it is symbolic of typical summer weather, just like a warm sunny day is.

    What he is really whining about, is that fewer people are interested in the AGW scam. Now ain’t that a shame.

  4. It is amazing how many fools are employed within Universities ,News Media
    and the Entertainment Industry…Seems that they also gravitate toward employment by labor unions..

  5. For what it is worth, hurricane activity has decreased in the past twenty years compared to the past. This means adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere reduces hurricanes.

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