Sunday, September 25, 2005

Global Warming Stops Hurricanes

Or at the very least, the two are unrelated. Either way, greenstremists are not going to like these scientific observational findings, but since when did environmentalism have anything to do with hard science?

[National Hurricane Center] statistics yield one inescapable conclusion: If global warming has had any impact at all on hurricane activity, it's lessened - not increased - the frequency of major hurricanes.

From 1901 till 1950 - when the U.S. economy was a fraction of its current size and fossil fuel consumption was next to nil - there were 34 hurricanes rated at Catagory 3, 4 or 5 in size on the Saffir Simpson scale.

In the latter half of the twentieth century - when U.S. manufacturing exploded, automobile use skyrocketed and rampant consumerism was the order of the day, hurricane activity actually decreased by nearly 20%, declining to 28 Catagory 3-5 hurricanes from 1951 to 2000.

That's almost as low as the last five decades of the 19th century - when the overwhelming majority of Americans lived on farms, manual power was generated by watermills and cars had yet to be invented. From 1851 to 1900 there were 27 major hurricanes in the U.S.

The enviroleft's retort was voiced by ABC This Week host and long-time Clintonoid George Stephanopoulos:

"We're only half way through this decade, barely, and we've already got six very intense hurricanes."

IOW, they're all Bush's fault. I guess that's a sexier conclusion for the Extreme press than to wait the additional forty-five years to obtain a more complete sample, or figure in the influence of solar weather on hurricane meteorology. It's of a bit more subtle a piece with the signs that were displayed at this weekend's latest embarrassing "anti-war" protest installment, which included....

"9/11 Was an Inside Job"

"Impeach the Fourth Reich"

"One Fuhrer was Enough"

"Stop Facism"

"Fuck the War"
"Let the troops die"

and last, but certainly not least,

"Convict and Castrate Cheney"

I'm telling you, give Stephanopolous enough time, and he'll be hatching secret Halliburton weather control device conspiracy theories, mark my words....