It had barely stopped raining, the power was still out and millions are struggling for the basics like food, clean water and gasoline. What a great time to rudely, condescendingly and arrogantly declare the cause of the storm to be, you guessed it, global warming ! Not only that, but if you are not on board with this instant analysis, you’re stupid! Wonderful.
Hey if Business Weak says so, it must be true. After all, they’re journalists. For example, they were totally spot on in August 1976 when they wrote this,
Climatologists have advanced a number of theories to explain why the world’s climate is getting worse. The dominant school maintains that the world is becoming cooler, resulting in a loss of arable land at the higher latitudes and major shifts in rainfall patterns.
–Business Week, “The world’s climate is getting worse” August 2, 1976
Hey, don’t fret, Business Weak hedged their bet in the very next sentence,
“A second school believes the world is warming, with equally serious consequences.”
How convenient. Heads they win, tails you lose. Nothing says have your cake and eat it too like being a liberal environmentalist!
Colder, warmer, who cares, let’s not get bogged down in details…..the climate is getting worse and its our fault. We MUST do something about it! It is so transparently obvious that climate is simply a political tool for liberals looking for new ways to control and influence more aspects of society.
New York City has seen hurricanes before. In fact, they occurred more frequently in the 1800′s than today,
Before the 1938 New England hurricane, it had been several decades since a hurricane of any significance adversely affected the northeastern Atlantic coastline. Nevertheless, history has shown that several severe hurricanes have affected the Northeast, although with much less frequency in comparison to areas of the Gulf, Florida, and southeastern Atlantic coastlines.
- The Great September Gale of 1815 (the term hurricane was not yet common in the American vernacular), which hit New York City directly as a Category 3 hurricane, caused extensive damage and created an inlet that separated the Long Island resort towns of the Rockaways and Long Beach into two separate barrier islands.
- The 1821 Norfolk and Long Island Hurricane, a Category 4 storm which made four separate landfalls in Virginia, New Jersey, New York, and southern New England. The storm created the highest recorded storm surge in Manhattan of nearly 13 feet and severely impacted the farming regions of Long Island and southern New England.
- The 1869 Saxby Gale affected areas in Northern New England, decimating the Maine coastline and the Canadian Outer Banks. It was the last major hurricane to affect New England until the 1938 storm.
So what caused these storms Business Weak, cow farts? Pretty sure there were no SUV’s roaming the streets of Manhattan in the 1800′s.
The difference between then and now is population density. In 1890 New York City there were 1.5 million people. As of 2011, there are 8.2 million in NYC. Oh yea, then there’s this,
Battery Park City WAS the ocean when the above referenced storms happened. It is nothing but landfill taken from the digging at the World Trade Center project.
The reasons for environmental decline are complex, but population factors play a significant role. Today, approximately 3 billion people — about half of the world’s population — live within 200 kilometers of a coastline. By 2025, that figure is likely to double.
Is it logic or stupid to think that the sames storms we’ve had throughout history, like those in the 1800′s cited above, would have a far greater impact today?
And what about today, Sandy? Well, kudos to the New York Times Dot Earth blog for having an open mind and publishing a balanced view of what might have made Sandy such a devastating storm.
Martin Hoerling, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said Sandy wasn’t boosted by global warming — the storm merely revealed natural forces at work.
“Great events can have little causes,” he told the New York Times. “In this case, the immediate cause is most likely little more that the coincidental alignment of a tropical storm with an extratropical storm.”
Here’s a thought from Patrick J. Michaels, the climatologist best known for his work for the libertarian Cato Institute:
By any standard, this is an impressive cyclone for our latitude. You might want to check Ludlum’s “Early American Hurricanes” for the Snow Hurricane of 1804, which was earlier and a bit further north — but NYC showed a pretty similar barometric pressure. Are you familiar with his great series of books on pre-1900 weather?
Businness Weak on the other hand, chose the full on moonbat, reactionary route. We constantly hear from folks on the left, like Business Weak, that “The science is settled”. If they are done with science, maybe they’d go for a little history lesson?
Hey, Business Weak, look——>