Hurricane hysteria hysterical

Oh the heresy! Michael Fumento, director of the nonprofit Independent Journalism Project, where he specializes in science and health issues, writes in Forbes that no kiddies, hurricanes do not, in fact, cause hurricanes.

The cover of Al Gore’s new book, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, features a satellite image of the globe showing four major hurricanes–results, we’re meant to believe, of man-made global warming. All four were photoshopped. Which is nice symbolism, because in a sense the whole hurricane aspect of warming has been photoshopped.

True, both greenhouse gas emissions and levels in the atmosphere are at their highest, but this year had the fewest hurricanes since 1997, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For the first time since 2006 no hurricanes even made landfall in the U.S.; indeed hurricane activity is at a 30-year low.

None of which is really all that remarkable. What’s remarkable is that the hurricane hysteria essentially reflects a “trend line” comprising a grand total of two data points in one year, 2005. Those data points were named Katrina and Rita.

Full story: Forbes

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