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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Republicans caused Katrina?

Robert F. Kennedy in a Huff Post
Well, the science is clear. This month, a study published in the journal Nature by a renowned MIT climatologist linked the increasing prevalence of destructive hurricanes to human-induced global warming.

Now we are all learning what it’s like to reap the whirlwind of fossil fuel dependence which Barbour and his cronies have encouraged. Our destructive addiction has given us a catastrophic war in the Middle East and--now--Katrina is giving our nation a glimpse of the climate chaos we are bequeathing our children.
Rush was right, the left will try to blame this disaster on Bush and the Republicans. The wackey left never passes up an opportunity to make political hay, while the flood waters are rising.

In the posts below I have identified the experts who say there is no connection between Kartina and global warming. Kennedy did not share the name of the scientist claiming human-induced global warming is causing more destructive hurricanes, so we could check the facts.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Frederic Christie said...

It is mighty irresponsible to blame a hurricane on one political party. The machinery of capitalism, to whom both the Dems and the Repubs are beholden in different ways and to different aspects, is to blame. For Dems to use this tragedy for political gain would be wholly cavalier. But evidence I've linked here before Katrina started predicted superstorms. Woops, one came up. If a successful prediction occurs, then a model is validated, not invalidated. And there are many experts making the explicit connection.

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1099102,00.html

http://blog.zmag.org/index.php/weblog/entry/natural_calamity_and_human_folly/

Wed Aug 31, 11:34:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Russ Steele said...

Frederic:

This was not a superstorm. There was more damage, because their was more build up and New Orleans was only prepared for a Cat 3, when they new that CAT 4 and Cat 5 were possible. If you will look at the number of storms and the intensity form the 1850s on, you will see that the Gulf and Atlantic have fewer storms now. But, we have many more building and people in the path of these normal storms. Read some of my other posts for the charts. The FACTS!

Wed Aug 31, 08:58:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Russ Steele said...

Frederic:
Here is the link the some charts on the frequency of hurricanes: http://ncwatch.blogspot.com/2005/08/more-hurricanes-caused-by-global.html

Wed Aug 31, 09:01:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Frederic Christie said...

Yes, it was not a Cat 5, but the sheer power of Katrina floored quite a few individuals. Though weaker at landfall than other hurricanes, it was incredibly powerful out at sea.

Russ, you and I are laymen. Yes, we can reasonably well analyze sets of charts. But since pretty much the whole of the NOAA as well as numerous experts my links have pointed you to say that hurricanes are more frequent and more dangerous, I wonder if it might be because your purview of the evidence is weak at best and doesn't include common rebuttals. Given that you had to do research on who Chomsky is despite voluminous writing that talks about this entity "the left", I think this is very likely.

Tue Sep 06, 08:19:00 PM PDT  

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