Lack of hurricanes helps climate change skeptics

Josiah Neeley writes at the Houston Chronicle:

“Rick Perry leaves a trail of death.” So reads the headline in a fake weather report, part of a new campaign to name hurricanes after noted climate change skeptics. The group, 350.org, hopes that associating politicians with destructive storms will make them more willing to enact restrictions on carbon emissions as a means of fighting global warming.

The campaign is tasteless, but it helps to highlight an otherwise largely overlooked fact: Hurricanes have been largely absent this year.

For the first time in 11 years, August came and went without a single hurricane forming in the Atlantic. The last intense hurricane (Category 3 or above) to hit the United States was Hurricane Wilma, in 2005. According to Phil Klotzbach, head of Colorado State University’s seasonal hurricane forecast, accumulated cyclone energy is 70 percent below normal this year.

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5 thoughts on “Lack of hurricanes helps climate change skeptics”

  1. I may be mistaken, but I thought that I had read somewhere that weather was much more predictable and mild during the Medieval Warming Period.
    Did that not mean hurricanes were fewer as well?

  2. Talk to a hardliner for any significant length of time and you’ll discover their ultimate goal is either a massive reduction or outright elimination of the human population. They’ve projected their own low self esteem so broadly that they feel the human race is irredeemably guilty and, like a masochist, they crave punishment. I wish I were exaggerating, but I’ve actually debated with people who claim eliminating small pox was a terrible mistake. Their primary motivation is to dull their gnawing suspicions of inferiority by seeking out increasingly extreme ways to feel smugly superior to others. They don’t really want to change the course of events. They want to see humanity punished for its excesses and, in our dying moments, they want to see the looks on our faces when they’re proven to have been right all along because wouldn’t that show daddy, er I mean, society.

  3. The article was better than the headline.

    “Lack of hurricanes helps climate change skeptics” does suggest that he hungers for a tragedy he can exploit.

  4. Typical alarmist thinking – the lack of hurricanes helps skeptics. They would prefer that there were record breaking numbers of vicious hurricanes that wreak massive distraction of property and life just to feel justified in their cause? Gads.

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