Delingpole: No, Trump’s Red State Base Is Not ‘Suffering Most’ from Climate Change
By James Delingpole
A piece by the Daily Telegraph‘s U.S. correspondent David Millward is headlined: ‘Donald Trump should take global warming more seriously – it’s his voters in red states who suffer most’.
This clickbait drivel needs debunking and, as usual, Paul Homewood has done a fine job.
The Telegraph’s claims are in bold. Homewood’s comments follow. Useful rebuttals to have at your fingertips next time some climate loon tries it on…
1. Maine’s fishermen hit as lobsters and cod flee north
Warming sea waters have seen lobsters migrate north. The same has been happening with cod – which are now in scant supply in Cape Cod. Melting ice caps and changing current patterns are threatening to have a devastating impact on the fishing industry.
GHGs cannot have any measurable effect on the temperature of deep oceans, it is simply not physically possible. Oceanographer, Dr Robert E Stevenson, explained this succinctly here.
Warmer seas there are purely the result of oceanic currents, which change all the time.
HH Lamb wrote about many of these changes in “Climate, History and the Modern World”. For instance, cod were plentiful even off west Greenland during the Middle Ages, but were forced to migrate to warmer waters during the Little Ice Age.
More recently, during the 1960s, Greenland cod again migrated to warmer waters.
2. Florida and Texas ravaged by some of the worst hurricanes evah
Take Texas and Florida which, only a few months ago were hit by devastating hurricanes. Both states backed Donald Trump in 2016. Hurricanes are not new, but the latest scientific evidence suggests that they have increased in intensity.
A study in Nature Geoscience, which was published in 2010, proved both prescient and alarming. Stripping the study to its basics, it warned that the number of category four and five hurricanes has roughly doubled since the 1970s.
He conveniently ignores the fact that the US had just recorded the longest period on record without a major hurricane, dating back to 2005. The study he quotes references the period since 1970, but this is a dreadfully misleading starting point, as it was in the middle of the cold phase of the AMO.
According to NOAA, during warm phases of the AMO, the numbers of tropical storms that mature into severe hurricanes is much greater than during cool phases. Hence we see major Atlantic hurricanes at similar levels to today during the 1940s and 50s:
3. Republican Arizona boils alive
In Arizona, another solidly Republican state, records are being shattered as temperatures soar. Last month it was so hot that airlines cancelled dozens of flights to and from Phoenix. Motorists started carrying ice packs in their cars along with oven mitts so they can grasp the steering wheel
Ohio, a swing state which backed Trump in 2016, is suffering from a plague of algae blooms, which are killing fish and making water so toxic that signs are being posted at lakes warning people of high bacteria levels.