Brad Johnson, formerly of Think Progress and currently with Climate Hawks, declared today: "Climate disaster response rules 1) save lives 2) global warming is here 3) put officials who reject science in jail." Johnson linked to an article demanding "climate change denial should be a crime."
Warmist Mark Hertsgaard in The Nation: "The victims of Hurricane Harvey have a murderer—and it’s not the storm...What makes this so infuriating is that it shouldn’t be happening. Experts have warned for decades that global warming would increase these sorts of weather extremes and that people would suffer and die if protective measures were not implemented."
"The first step toward justice is to call things by their true names. Murder is murder, whether the murderers admit it or not. Punish it as such, or we encourage more of the same."
"It is past time to call out Trump and all climate deniers for this crime against humanity. No more treating climate denial like an honest difference of opinion."
"When the president announced in June that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord, I wrote in The Nation: 'To refuse to act against global warming is to condemn thousands of people to death and suffering today and millions more tomorrow. This is murder, even if Trump’s willful ignorance of climate science prevents him from seeing it.'"
"That judgment grows more apt with each passing day we don’t reverse course. Knowing what we know in 2017, expanding fossil-fuel production is like Big Tobacco continuing to addict people to its cancer sticks: technically legal but, in effect, premeditated murder."
Study published in the Journal Injury Prevention: "Climate change may be linked to the spike in US road deaths in 2015, which abruptly reversed the trend of the previous 35 years, concludes a study published online in the journal Injury Prevention."
Key Findings: 'Death rates increase steadily as temperatures rise'
'Death rate was higher in warmer areas'
"The average annual temperature increased 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit from 2014 to 2015 in the areas studied...The death rate was higher in warmer areas and in those with higher rainfall...the correlation of mileage and temperature suggests a classic vicious circle whereby higher temperatures equal more miles driven, leading to more CO2 emissions, which in turn lead to higher temperatures," he explains. "As temperatures continue to increase from heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, road deaths will likely increase more than expected unless there are major mitigating countermeasures," he concludes.
Seth Borenstein: "There's a scientifically accepted method for determining if some wild weather event has the fingerprints of man-made climate change, and it involves intricate calculations. Those could take weeks or months to complete, and then even longer to be checked by other scientists. In general, though, climate scientists agree that future storms will dump much more rain than the same size storms did in the past."
Climate Depot Response: AP's Seth Borenstein claims there is some kind of arcane black box that finds fingerprint of man-made global warming! This coveted climate black box is only available to select few: Michael Mann, Michael Oppenheimer, Kerry Emanuel, Katharine Hayhoe, Kevin Trenberth, etc.