Friday, August 18, 2006

Devil's advocate: global warming

Birders typically consider themselves environmentalists, and the topic of global warming occasionally surfaces in conversation. Today, American Thinker offers some thoughts about global warming, hurricanes and Al Gore.

Now I seem to recall a movie Al Gore made – I forget what was it called – was it “An Incompetent Sooth!”? Anyway, it sure tried hard to say that Global Warming caused Katrina, and the other big storms last year, and that we were going to be having a lot more of them from now on.

Most responsible scientists would say that just as this year’s hurricane activity doesn’t prove Global Warming is a fiction, last year’s didn’t prove that it is a fact. But none of those scientists got parts in that Al Gore movie, or got pubished on the front page of any big newspapers, or interviewed on TV networks news, either. That’s no doubt why most of you think that Katrina “proved” Global Warming was real – because you were meant to.
After reading the article, want to share your thoughts?

7 Comments:

Blogger John said...

I think this writer is beating a strawman. I can't speak for Gore's movie because I have not seen it, but I have not seen anyone trying to make a serious argument that global warming directly caused Katrina or last year's heightened hurricane season. What I have seen are predictions that we can expect more like what we saw last year as the earth warms. His essay does not address that point.

August 19, 2006 12:51 PM  
Blogger tai haku said...

I don't know how to do fancy clicky word links but I reckon this AP article covers the important points on AG's accuracy:
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2006-06-27-gore-science-truth_x.htm
Meanwhile people in the american mainstream media are stooping to this:
http://mediamatters.org/items/200606080005
Speaking as a European we're all a little confused as to why so much of the american media is in denial about GW

August 20, 2006 4:49 AM  
Blogger Clare said...

I also haven't seen Gore's movie, but as noted by the other commenters, Global Warming doesn't need Katrina for proof. As far as hurricanes go there has been a pronounced trend towards more intense hurricane seasons, but that is a drop in the bucket when it comes to "proof" of global warming. That global warming exists is now beyond doubt, there are volumes of studies that show the earth is warming, and at an unprecendented rate. The question is no longer if we should be doing something about it, but about whether we can do enough to halt it before we turn into another Venus.

August 21, 2006 5:39 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Re: more hurricanes this year as a result of global warming -- more food for thought:

Yet, now at mid-August, we have had only three named tropical storms, compared to nine by this date last year. Normally, we would have had one hurricane by now, and we have not had any so far, so by that measure we are actually below normal.

Hurricanes require warm sea surface temperatures (SSTs), and last year the tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures were running well above normal. Global warming was the explanation given by most 'experts' the media interviewed. And since global warming will only get worse, those SSTs were expected to just keep on increasing.

But now those same regions that had anomalously warm SSTs last year are -- gasp! -- near normal. The accompanying graphic shows large areas in the tropical Atlantic even a little cooler than normal.

August 21, 2006 11:40 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Tai Haku: I have to keep the HTML code for the fancy clicky word links on a Post-It at the top of my monitor. I'll gladly share it in an e-mail if you want it. (I tried to post it here but can't without the software trying to enact it.)

August 21, 2006 11:49 AM  
Blogger John said...

You can get syntax for clickable HTML links here.

August 21, 2006 12:14 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Thanks, John!

August 21, 2006 12:18 PM  

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