Not, in actual fact, caused by ‘climate change’ or Republicans
“This is climate change. We were warned about extreme weather. Not just hot weather. But extreme weather. When I had my hearings, when I had the gavel years ago – It’s been a while – the scientists all agreed that what we’d start to see was extreme weather. And people looked at one another and said ‘what do you mean? It’s gonna get hot?’ Yeah, it’s gonna get hot. But you’re also going to see snow in the summer in some places. You’re gonna have terrible storms. You’re going to have tornados and all the rest. We need to protect our people. That’s our number one obligation and we have to deal with this threat that is upon us and that is gonna get worse and worse though the years.”~ Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif. – Chair of Senate Environment & Public Works Committee)
Senator Boxer, as you’re probably aware, is currently sponsoring a bill to put a tax on carbon dioxide – the natural by-product of almost every industrial process. You can see why this might be a contentious move given that a) the last thing the US or indeed the global economy needs right now is yet another crippling layer of taxation and regulation and b) carbon taxation can never work without a pan-global agreement which is never going to happen. That’s why CCX – Al Gore’s and Goldman Sach’s Chicago-based carbon trading exchange – is no longer with us. And it’s why the European carbon price has fallen through the floor. (Mega H/T Marc Morano at Climate Depot)
So her desperation is understandable. But not I’d suggest, excusable. At least 24 people have died and another 237 have been injured in the horrific Oklahoma tornado. For Senator Boxer to try to exploit this misery and tragedy in order to foist on the American people yet another tax they don’t want and don’t need is politics of the lowest and most dishonest kind.
Let’s be clear. There is no scientific evidence whatsoever that the Oklahoma tornado was anything other than a natural event of the kind that has plagued Tornado Alley since time immemorial. Tornadoes were ripping up and down that part of the Great Plains long before it was settled by humans and will continue to do so long after those humans have vanished.
As Roy Spencer noted last year, the severity of tornadoes in recent years has been decreasing NOT increasing.
But of course that was never going to stop one or two alarmist opportunists – among them New York’s Mayor Bloomberg and a Democrat senator called Barbara Boxer (now where have we heard her name before?) trying to pin last year’s devastating Hurricane Sandy on their old friend “extreme weather” – aka “climate change.”
The truth, as Roger Pielke Jr noted at the time, is that there was nothing abnormal or extreme about Sandy.
To put things into even starker perspective, consider that from August 1954 through August 1955, the East Coast saw three different storms make landfall-Carol, Hazel and Diane-that in 2012 each would have caused about twice as much damage as Sandy.
Senator Boxer isn’t the only one who has been playing this disgusting game recently. Here’s another Democrat senator –Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island – going a step further by blaming the Oklahoma tornado on “deniers” in the Republican party.
So, you may have a question for me: Why do you care? Why do you, Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, care if we Republicans run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings and disgrace ourselves? I’ll tell you why. We’re stuck in this together. We are stuck in this together. When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn’t just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas. It hits Rhode Island with floods and storms. It hits Oregon with acidified seas, it hits Montana with dying forests. So, like it or not, we’re in this together.
Do the Senator Boxers and Whitehouses of this world have no shame? That’ll be a rhetorical question, by the way, and it doesn’t just apply to Democrat senators. It applies pretty much across the board to all those desperate climate alarmists (politicians, scientists, green campaigners, rent-seeking corporatists trying to squeeze the last bit of liquid from the withered dugs of the renewable energy milch cow…) who, in the absence of any credible evidence to support their ludicrous claims, now rely largely on emotional grandstanding (like the “future generations” standby) and cheap ad homs.