Sunday, November 04, 2012

Hayhoe: "So did climate change cause Sandy? No: there is absolutely no evidence that it did"

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/jso8ub
So did climate change cause Sandy? No: there is absolutely no evidence that it did. In fact, several future modeling studies suggest climate change may actually *decrease* hurricane frequency (although increasing the number of Cat 4 and 5 storms).

Second, while climate change more than likely exacerbated the impacts of the storm, the influence of climate change on sea level and ocean temperature is clearly *less than* natural variability at this time.

2 comments:

Maggie McGreen said...

There is absolutely no evidence that it didn't either. If we wait until we're absolutely sure that climate change is occurring, it will be too late to do anything about it. What if it isn't a hoax? What if, by pouring CO2 into the atmosphere, we are creating a vast desert across the middle of the US. Is it really such a bad idea to make some changes now, just in case climate change is real, because even though we'll be dead, do we want our children and grand-children to have to live through these horrors? And say it is a hoax, and we have developed our alternative energy resources sooner than necessary (because eventually, we will run out of fossil fuels), does that really hurt us?

papertiger said...

"Is it really such a bad idea to make some changes now, just in case climate change is real,"

Yes. Spending billions on windmills that don't produce electricity in a storm leaves millions of homes vulnerable.
Having a large proportion of the base load relying on 17th century tech with it's built in mechanical flaws, (bearing failure, blades flying off, even when it works right the mechanism shuts down during high wind) you end up with no power in the aftermath of storms like Hurricane Bloomberg, and empty government coffers to deal with the disaster.


That's no hypothetical. Those are the facts on the ground right now, this minute, in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia, ect.

As for evidence, for some reason greenhouse gases, like methane for instance, don't actually warm up other planets, like Titan, which has the same surface temperature as airless neighborhood rocks, despite having a thick greenhouse gas atmosphere.