“Victims of Hurricane Michael voted for climate deniers,” reads the headline an article by Abraham, published in The Guardian Thursday. “Elections have consequences. Denying science has consequences. And we are reaping what we sow,” the subhead reads.
"I don't know that it's manmade. I will say this: I don't want to give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don't want to lose millions and millions of jobs." ... "I'm not denying climate change," he said in the interview. "But it could very well go back. You know, we're talking about over a ... millions of years."
"They say that we had hurricanes that were far worse than what we just had with Michael," said Trump, who identified "they" as "people" after being pressed by "60 Minutes" correspondent Leslie Stahl. She asked, "What about the scientists who say it's worse than ever?" the president replied, "You'd have to show me the scientists because they have a very big political agenda."
Analysis by Paul Homewood: "While Michael was certainly a disastrous hurricane, three specific claims have been made about it, which don’t stand up to scrutiny:
1) Claim: It was the biggest storm on record for the Florida Panhandle: Response: This first claim is plainly meaningless, given that the Panhandle is only a tiny part of the whole US coastline.
2) Claim: It was the third most powerful to hit the US, based on barometric pressure: Response: We know that Hurricane Hunter aircraft kept well away from the center of the strongest storms in the early days, so we have no way of knowing whether other storms prior to Camille were as intense unless surface observations were available...Michael may have had the lowest pressure of any storm since Camille, but such claims cannot be made for earlier periods.
3) Claim: It was the fourth strongest in terms of wind speeds: Response: The claim of 155 mph was based solely on SFMR measurements, which the NHC already admit are questionable...Maximum surge seems to have been around 7 feet. I have heard this described on a news bulletin as “epic”, which is utter nonsense – this is not unusual for any hurricane.
A surge of just 7 feet would suggest that Michael’s wind speeds were much less than claimed...By contrast, the storm surge during Camille was 24.6 feet.