The Other Part Of The Equation

Hurricane Katrina was devastating to the Gulf Coast. I just watched footage on Fox News and it looks like an atomic bomb detonated in Biloxi Mississippi. In recent posts I discussed how the bloggers from the left wasted no time in blaming President Bush for the disaster. They fault him with two things. The first is that the National Guard was deployed and not at home when the disaster struck. I have addressed this and will not discuss it in this post. The second thing Bush did was cause global warming. By now everyone is familiar with the theory of global warming. It has been a theory for quite a number of years but magically, President Bush is the culprit in the advance of global warming. As with just about anything that happens the left was quick to add global warming to the list of reasons this hurricane occurred. The left talks about global warming all the time, even citing it as a problem on the coldest winter day of the year. They are relentless in their agenda and advance this theory as the root of all evil (second only to Bush himself). This is the introduction of an article in a German newspaper (and on line publication):

Seems like everything is President Bush’s fault. One day after Katrina hammered the Gulf Coast, German commentators are laying into the US for its stubborn attitude to global warming and Kyoto.

For some, the powerful storm which slammed the Gulf Coast on Monday, is a symbol of the sort of environmental terrors awaiting the world thanks to global warming and proof positive that America needs to quickly reverse its policy of playing down climate change. For the more conservative, it is simply another regrettable natural catastrophe. Spiegel

I think it is interesting that people espouse a theory even though they lack scientific evidence to support the claim. There is no evidence that this hurricane was anything more than another natural disaster. How would one explain the hurricanes that have caused damage over the last 150 years? Certainly global warming was not the problem then but leave it to pseudoscience to make the claim without a cause/effect relationship. So what do scientists have to say? Well, opinions vary but for the most part they agree this was part of a normal weather cycle.

But that is not the case, scientists say. Instead, the severity of hurricane seasons changes with cycles of temperatures of several decades in the Atlantic Ocean. The recent onslaught “is very much natural,” said William M. Gray, a professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University who issues forecasts for the hurricane season. The New York Times

So, the second half of the Bush bashing equation has been refuted by science. While scientists have varying opinions, they are more in tune than the pseudo scientists who are pushing an ideology rather than factual information.

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