Dem Sen. Boxer blames tornadoes on global warming — Plugs her carbon tax bill to fix bad weather: ‘This is climate change. We were warned about extreme weather…We need to protect our people’ – ‘Carbon could cost us the planet’


By: - Climate DepotMay 21, 2013 12:26 PM

Via POLITICO’s Morning Energy – May 21, 2013:

BOXER RINGS THE BELL ON CLIMATE CHANGE: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif. – Chair of Senate Environment & Public Works Committee) took to the Senate floor and invoked the Oklahoma tornadoes in her speech on global warming. “This is climate change,” she said.

“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.”

[Boxer] also plugged her own bill, cosponsored with Sen. Bernie Sanders that would put a tax on carbon. “Carbon could cost us the planet,” she said. “The least we could do is put a little charge on it so people move to clean energy.”

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UK Guardian Cites Climate Depot’s Extreme Weather Report: ‘But the climate sceptics hit back’ Morano: Warmists ‘have essentially declared AGW will cause many bad weather events to happen’ — Morano: ‘And since bad weather events always happen, there is no shortage of ‘proof’ of their predictions. They can always claim every bad weather event as evidence of their correctness. There is no way anyone can falsify the global warming claims now because any weather event that happens ‘proves’ their case, despite the fact that the current weather is neither historically unprecedented, nor unusual’

New Report: ‘Extreme Weather Report 2012′: ‘Latest peer-reviewed studies, data & analyses undermine claims that current weather is ‘unprecedented’ or a ‘new normal’

Democratic Senator Whitehouse uses Oklahoma tornado for rant over global warming 

Flashback 1975: Tornado Outbreaks Blamed On Global COOLING 

Aussie’s Andrew Bolt: Oklahoma tornado strikes, climate vultures gather: ‘If there was really someone to blame for this hideous tragedy, the anger would be justified. But what we are seeing is the deliberate exploitation of grief and fear to perpetrate a lie’

UK Met Office: ‘It is currently not possible to make a link between climate change and tornado activity’

NYT’s Andrew Revkin: ‘Any influence of climate change on dangerous tornadoes (so far the data point to a moderating influence) is, at best, marginally relevant and, at worst, a distraction’ 

Warmist John R. Talbott at Huffington Post suggests that the Oklahoma tornado is a wake-up call from God — Declares it a ‘Man-Made Disaster’ 

Sen Whitehouse enters realm of buffoonery: Analysis: US Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse From Rhode Island Provides Erroneous Information To American Public in Global Warming Rant’ — Big tornadoes way down: US Strong to Violent Tornadoes (EF3-EF5) – 1950 to 2012 (Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)) – ’US Tornadoes Daily Count and Running Annual Total; are currently well below average.’ – ’Unfortunately, there is shameful precedence for this sort of opportunistic political rhetoric, WUWT readers may recall when the Center for American progress blamed southern conservatives voting record for tornadoes’: See: Never let a good crisis go to waste: tornado deaths blamed on lawmakers opposed to climate legislation

Update: Democratic Senator Whitehouse apologizes for citing Okla. tornadoes in climate change speech — ‘Senator Whitehouse regrets the timing of his speech’

SEN WHITEHOUSE BLAMED TRAGIC TORNADO ON REPUBLICANS

Meteorologist Anthony Watts: ‘Stunning ignorance on display from Senator Barbara Boxer over Oklahoma tornado outbreak’: ‘Tell us, what could any tax, law, edict, or protest have done to stop yesterday’s tornado outbreak? And what makes this one somehow different from the F5 Oklahoma city tornado of 1999 that also hit the city of Moore? What made this somehow AGW enhanced or different from the F5 tornado that destroyed the Oklahoma city of Snyder in 1905, or the 1955 Great Plains tornado outbreak which produced an F5 F5 striking Blackwell, Oklahoma, killing 20 with another F5 from the same storm strikes Udall, KS, killing 80?’ – ‘When is the hottest part of the year in the USA? July and August of course. When is the peak tornado season? In the spring when it is cooler. Seasonal heat is not aligned with tornadic activity’

DEATH WISH: Flashback 2009: Nobel-Winning Warmist Economist Thomas Schelling ‘Wished’ for ‘tornadoes’ and ‘a lot of horrid things’ to convince Americans of climate threat! — Schelling; ‘You have to find ways to exaggerate the threat’ 

Deadly Oklahoma Tornadoes – When CO2 Was Below 320 PPM 

1925/1890 Tornadoes Were The Worst In US History 

Roundup: Alarmists are trying to associate global warming and tornadoes, but there isn’t one shred of evidence to support that idea

Bill Nye ‘the Science Fool’ on CNN: Claims: Higher average global temperature provides heat for tornadoes — Junk Science: ‘Though no one knows where and when mean global temperature occurs or what it might mean (if anything), Bill Nye the Science Guy says it fueled the Oklahoma tornado’ 

Real Science: Oklahoma Having Their Coldest Spring On Record:  ’Last year was the warmest spring on record in Oklahoma and the US, and had the lowest tornado count on record. This spring is the coldest on record in Oklahoma and much of the US, and tornadoes are much worse. Alarmists are trying to associate global warming and tornadoes, but there isn’t one shred of evidence to support that idea’ 

Real Science: Oklahoma Has The Highest Tornado Frequency: ‘Tulsa, Oklahoma is the most dangerous city in the US for strong to violent tornadoes’ 

USA Today: Tornado activity hits 60-year low — ‘The USA in the past 12 months has seen the fewest number of tornadoes since at least 1954, and the death tolls from the dangerous storms have dropped dramatically since 2011′ 

Warmists Fret: Don’t Mention Low Tornado Numbers–It’s Not Fair!!! — ‘Skeptics are not claiming: 1) Global warming will necessarily result in less tornadoes. 2) Lower tornado numbers are evidence of global cooling. What we are pointing out is that there is absolutely no evidence at all to support alarmist claims that tornadoes will get worse. NOAA themselves say that there has been little trend in the last 55 years and the figures suggest a decline since the 1970’s in tornado numbers. So, how on earth can this be interpreted as ‘abuse of the tornado issue’? Since when is putting the record straight, and correcting false statements, abuse?’ 

Prof. Pielke Jr. Rips new warmist claim: ‘At AP Seth Borenstein silliness: global warming/tornado season? Ignores recent peer reviewed paper’ 

Prof. Roger Pielke Jr.: ‘Have global weather disasters become worse? As a proportion of global GDP since 1990, the answer is No.’‘Using extreme weather damage to buttress arguments about climate change should be verboten, claims don’t stand up’ – ’There is no evidence so far that climate change has increased the normalized economic loss from natural disasters’ 

UK Guardian Cites Climate Depot’s Extreme Weather Report: ‘But the climate sceptics hit back’ Morano: Warmists ‘have essentially declared AGW will cause many bad weather events to happen’ — Morano: ‘And since bad weather events always happen, there is no shortage of ‘proof’ of their predictions. They can always claim every bad weather event as evidence of their correctness. There is no way anyone can falsify the global warming claims now because any weather event that happens ‘proves’ their case, despite the fact that the current weather is neither historically unprecedented, nor unusual’

Climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer in 2011 in an essay titled: ‘MORE Tornadoes from Global Warming? That’s a Joke, Right?’: ‘If there is one weather phenomenon global warming theory does NOT predict more of, it would be severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Tornadic thunderstorms do not require tropical-type warmth. In fact, tornadoes are almost unheard of in the tropics, despite frequent thunderstorm activity. Instead, tornadoes require strong wind shear (wind speed and direction changing rapidly with height in the lower atmosphere), the kind which develops when cold and warm air masses “collide”. Of course, other elements must be present, such as an unstable airmass and sufficient low-level humidity, but wind shear is the key. Strong warm advection (warm air riding up and over the cooler air mass, which is also what causes the strong wind shear) in advance of a low pressure area riding along the boundary between the two air masses is where these storms form.’

Obama’s smear misfires at GOP ‘deniers’: ‘The inconvenient truth is Obama & the Democrats have made many utterly ignorant & often times comical climate science claims’ — A Climate Depot Rebuttal – Climate Depot Responds to Obama campaign’s climate smear of skeptics – Morano: ‘Bluntly stated, a man — President Obama — who declared his presidency would result in ‘the rise of the oceans beginning to slow’, has no business whatsoever claiming he understands, let  alone  champions science in any way’ — ‘A president who claims Americans can ‘do something’ at the ballot box about floods, hurricanes, droughts, & tornadoes is not pro-science’

Obama fails climate science in his 2013 State of the Union address — Climate Depot’s point-by-point rebuttal to the President’s global warming claims — ‘Mr. President, acts of Congress, the UN or the EPA cannot alter storms or weather patterns’  

Congressional Weather-Makers: ‘Climate Astrologer’ Boxer warns of ‘droughts, floods, fires, loss of species’ — if Senate fails to pass climate bill – July 11, 2009  

Dem Sen. Boxer: 2010 failure of cap-and-trade caused ‘hotter days’ and ‘more and more severe storms’  

Sen Boxer: Global warming threatens ‘the very lives of our grandchildren’

Climate Touchy-Feely: Dem Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2009: ‘Global warming creates volatility. I feel it when I’m flying. The storms are more volatile’ — ‘We are paying the price in more hurricanes and tornadoes’ 

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New Report: ‘Extreme Weather Report 2012′: ‘Latest peer-reviewed studies, data & analyses undermine claims that current weather is ‘unprecedented’ or a ‘new normal’

Tornado  excerpts from Climate Depot 2012 report:  ’Big tornadoes at dramatic decline since 1950s’: 

Climatologist: ‘There has been a downward trend in strong (F3) to violent (F5) tornadoes in U.S. since 1950s’ — ‘Warming causes fewer strong tornadoes, not more’ 

New Paper: Normalized Tornado Damage in the United States: 1950-2011: ‘There is no indication of increasing incidence of tornadoes’ — Prof. Roger Pielke Jr. co-author of new paper accepted for publication in journal Environmental Hazards: ‘On climate time scales there is no indication of increasing incidence of tornadoes, and the increases documented over the short (sub-climate) period 2000-2011 are strongly influenced by the large number of events documented in 2011.’ 

NOAA Scientist Rejects Global Warming Link to Tornadoes: ‘No scientific consensus or connection between global warming and tornadic activity’ – ‘NOAA statistics show that the last 60 years have seen a dramatic increase in the reporting of weak tornadoes, but no change in the number of severe to violent ones’ 

‘No link between tornadoes and climate change’: ‘Reasons for spiking death tolls are more likely due to rise in number of mobile homes and chance paths that have happened to target populated areas’ – Scientists: ‘We see no correlation between global or US national temperature and tornado occurrence’ 

NOAA CSI on the Record Tornado Outbreak: There is ‘no indication that the environmental factors conducive to tornado development…’‘…have changed over the last 30 years, meaning that no change has been detected. Absent detection, there is no attribution’ 

1975: Climatologists Blamed Record Tornadoes On Global Cooling 

Restoring The Climate Of 1974: ‘CO2 was at very safe levels in 1974. The worst tornado outbreak in US history. A hurricane which killed 8,000 people’ — ‘Hurricane Fifi was a catastrophic tropical cyclone that killed between 3,000 & 10,000 people in Honduras…Thirty four inches of rain in January at Brisbane…Not to mention record drought, floods, famine, cold and a global cooling scare’ 

 U.S. tornado activity near low point in modern record: ‘Tornado numbers in 2012 have come crashing down to historic lows’ — ‘In 2011, there were 1692 twisters – second most on record. This year, only 882 tornadoes have touched down. (Tornado records date back to 1950*). “[W]e are approaching a theoretical minimum in the annual tornado count for the modern era’

Meteorologist: ‘Hogwash! Climate change NOT causing increase in tornadoes’: ‘There is no evidence that tornadoes and severe storms are increasing in frequency or becoming stronger’: ‘It may look like tornadoes are bigger and meaner and more frequent. But, experts admit that’s because of technology. Better radars now detect even the smallest twisters, which would likely have gone unreported decades ago’

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