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Climate Depot’s point-by-point rebuttal to warmist claims on extreme weather events

Via UK Independent:

Jeffrey Kargel, from the Department of Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona, urged governments to question their denial of climate change and get to work making their countries resilient enough to be able to deal with such extreme weather events…

“Put most simply, Planet Earth’s climate is in upheaval and we know exactly what is causing it: right now, the rapid pace of climate change is set by government policies in the U.S. and many other countries. We cannot turn it around in a few years or even in a decade. But we can worsen it in a few years or a decade.”

Warmist claims from UK Independent Article – Via UK Independent: 

Claim: “Hurricane Irma likely to be followed by more extreme weather events.”

Climate Depot Response: “A meaningless statement. Extreme weather events have always happened and will always happen.” See: UK Prof. Philip Stott: ‘From the Babylon of Gilgamesh to the post-Eden of Noah, every age has viewed climate change cataclysmically, as retribution for human greed and sinfulness.” “Extreme weather events are ever present, and there is no evidence of systematic increases.”

Claim: “The world is going to be hit by more horrifying weather events like the hurricanes Irma and Harvey.”

Climate Depot Response: “Yes. That is true. The world has always been hit by horrific storms and extreme natural events. Climate activists are basically saying ‘many bad things will happen because of global warming’ and then when a bad thing happens, they tout ‘we predicted it!.’ But if you look at the history of major landfalling hurricanes, you can see a declining trend as CO2 has risen. See: Chart: As CO2 has risen, major landfalling US hurricanes declining over past 140 years – ‘Maybe we need MORE CO2’

Claim: “Global warming is likely to trigger a run of extreme weather events, they say, and like the recent hurricanes they may unfairly hit the poor.”

Climate Depot Response: “Concern about ‘global warming’ has coincided with unusually low extreme weather so far, despite these two recent hurricanes. See: Extreme Weather Expert: ‘World is presently in an era of unusually low weather disasters’

All extreme weather and other disasters “unfairly hit the poor” including war, famines, etc. The “poor” will always have it worse than the wealthier when it comes to resources to battle disruptions.

Claim: “The rapid pace of climate change is set by government policies in the U.S. and many other countries.”

Climate Depot Response: “Wow. Governments set the “pace of climate change.” About as likely as witches controlling the weather.

Claim: “Planet Earth’s climate is in upheaval and we know exactly what is causing it: right now.”

Climate Depot Response: “Earth’s climate is not in any more ‘upheaval’ than past geologic history. It’s medieval witchcraft to claim that  ‘we know exactly what is causing’ bad weather.” See: Climate Depot’s New ‘Talking Points’ Report – A-Z Debunking of Climate Claims


Related Links: 

‘Three Category 5 hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S. since 1924’

Is Irma really strongest hurricane ever? ‘Not really’ – Ranked 10th for ‘intensity’ – Tied for 2nd in Wind Speed

Bjorn Lomborg: ‘Harvey & Irma are terrible, but…Major landfalling US hurricanes trending downwards over past 140 years’

Claim: ‘Hurricane Irma Should Shut Up All the Global Warming Deniers for Good’

The Nation: ‘To refuse to act against global warming…is murder’ – ‘Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us’

Claim: ‘Hurricane Irma’s epic size is being fuelled by global warming’

‘Bloomberg News: Hurricane Irma Made Worse by Climate Change, Scientists Say’

Flashback: 1963 Global Cooling Hurricane Produced 100 Inches Of Rain

The so-called “consensus” is very unclear about hurricanes.

See:What Hurricane ‘consensus’?! ‘Global warming’ causes MORE hurricanes — Except when it causes FEWER hurricanes – Stop the confusion! Global warming will cause less hurricanes or more hurricanes or more powerful but less frequent hurricanes or have no known impact on hurricanes and will cause less rain or more rain. In other words, predict every possible outcome and you too can claim you predicted it! No matter what happens with hurricanes, the climate establishment can confidently claim, they were right. 

Michael Mann joins a long list of doomsayers who have predicted similar end times predictions about “global warming.” In 2004, the UK’s Sir David King suggested Antarctica would be the only place left on Earth cool enough for humans to live.

UK Independent article excerpt from 2004: “Antarctica is likely to be the world’s only habitable continent by the end of this century if global warming remains unchecked, the Government’s chief scientist, Professor Sir David King, said last week.”

Flashback 2007:UK Green Guru James Lovelock Predicts Global Warming Doom: ‘Billions of us will die; few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in Arctic’  (But Lovelock would later recant and become more skeptical of climate change. See: Alert: ‘Gaia’ scientist James Lovelock reverses himself: I was ‘alarmist’ about climate change & so was Gore!

Former NASA scientist James Hansen on NBC’s Nightly News: “Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Miami. They would all be under water.UN IPCC’s Michael Oppenheimer on ABC News, 20/20: “If the sea level rise occurred fast enough, some major cities might have to be abandoned, like, for instance, London.”  (Both of above clips  of Hansen & Oppenheimer appeared in Climate Hustle film. )

Here we go again: Every hurricane is ‘what climate change looks like’ according to climate activists

Climate activists waste no time blaming, exploiting and claiming every hurricane that makes landfall in the U.S. is “what climate change looks like.” Hurricane Harvey is the latest hurricane to get this treatment. Below are a few examples. (Also see: What Hurricane ‘consensus’?! ‘Global warming’ causes MORE hurricanes — Except when it causes LESS hurricanes)


2017: “Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like” – Politico Magazine – By ERIC HOLTHAUS – August 28, 2017: Harvey is what climate change looks like. More specifically, Harvey is what climate change looks like in a world that has decided, over and over, that it doesn’t want to take climate change seriously.

Flashback 2005: Boston Globe: Katrina’s real name: ‘Its real name is global warming.’ – By Ross Gelbspan – August 30, 2005: “THE HURRICANE that struck Louisiana yesterday was nicknamed Katrina by the National Weather Service. Its real name is global warming.”
Flashback 2012: Superstorm Sandy Is ‘What Global Warming Looks Like’ – Environmental News Service – October 30, 2012: Dan Lashof, who heads the Natural Resources Defense Fund, blogged, “This mega-storm is just one more sign of the new normal that will continue as long as we keep avoiding addressing climate change. Just like the unprecedented droughts, flooding and heat we all experienced this year, storms like Hurricane Sandy is what global warming looks like. This is the new normal.”
Flashback 2015: “Hurricane Matthew looks a lot like the future of climate change” – CNN – By John D. Sutter – October 7, 2016: But as the impact of the storm becomes clear, there’s an uncomfortable truth the rest of us should wrestle with: Hurricane Matthew looks a lot like future climate change. And if we want to stop storms like this from getting even more intense, we need to do everything we can to rid the economy of fossil fuels.