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Another Warning Of ‘Imminent’ Climate Catastrophe

The Washington Post, apparently written and edited by the descendants of Henny Penny, is advising us to “start planning for the fact that climate change is” going to cause natural disasters to become more destructive.

“The Environmental Protection Agency published a 150-page document this past week with a straightforward message for coping with the fallout from natural disasters across the country,” the Post reported over the weekend. “The language, included in guidance on how to address the debris left in the wake of floods, hurricanes and wildfires.”

Apparently we are to be not only supposed to be frightened by the report, we should also exasperated because it “is at odds with the rhetoric of the EPA’s own leader, Andrew Wheeler.”

But then being “at odds” with previous predictions of human-caused weather catastrophes means being in accord with reality.

Think of the headlines we’ve read through the years: Why Global Warming Can Mean Harsher Winter Weather (2009), Extreme Events Increase With Global Warming (2011), Extreme Weather Expected To Worsen With Climate Change (2011), Extreme Weather Tied To Climate Change (2012), Hurricanes Likely To Get Stronger & More Frequent (2013), Cllmate Change To Spawn More Hurricanes (2013), and Climate Change Causing Extreme Weather (2015).

We’ve been hearing and reading these warnings for decades. Yet our disasters are no more frequent nor more harsh than past weather calamities.

Global major hurricane frequency has been trending downward since 1980, while cyclone energy is roughly the same as it was in 1972. North Atlantic hurricane intensity is lower than it was in the mid-1920s, early 1930s, early and mid-1950s, and early 1960s. It has also been higher at several different points in every decade beginning in the 1980s.

Neither are tornadoes threatening us more than they have in the past. The number of storms goes up some years, then down in others, which makes a bar chart look like the uneven points of a big-city skyline. But, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association data, there were fewer in 2014 than in 1954. We have been at a low point for even the most violent tornadoes, F3+, in recent years. The period 2012-2014 has been calmer than all but nine years since 1954.

But what else should be expected except another round of alarmism? According to guest essayist Eric Worrall at Watts Up With That, “since defective climate science projections produced by federal agencies still stand uncorrected, the EPA continues to use those defective climate science projections to create a cascade of defective recommendations.”

It’s reasonable to ask why, in the absence of any evidence to support decades of fearmongering, does the alarmist community continue to predict, and apparently hope for, doom? Does it think that it one day its forecasts will pan out?

If that sounds a lot like the end-of-the-world cults that always have to go back and rework their equations after missing their doomsday prophecies, there’s good reason for it. Both groups have a lot in common with each other.

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J. Frank Bullitt

J. Frank Bullitt has been writing professionally since 1986. After covering local news for years, and putting in some time in Washington, D.C., he began writing opinions in 1998, covering a wide variety of domestic and international topics from a limited-government point of view.


  • As Global Warming morphed into the safely vague Climate Change it has been declared as ‘Settled Science’.
    Here is the ‘Settled Science’ of 1970 springing from the same mindset as Global Warming c. 2019:

    “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”
    • Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

    “Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….”
    • Life Magazine, January 1970

    “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
    • George Wald, Harvard Biologist

    “We have about five more years at the outside to do something.”
    • Kenneth Watt, ecologist

  • The reason why natural disasters are becoming more damaging, is because we continue to build in areas where the dark side of nature is strongest.
    More building in low lying coastal areas will produce more damage by flooding.
    More building in at the base of hills and mountains will produce more damage from land slides and mud slides.
    More building on fault lines will produce more damage by earthquakes.
    More building near heavily forested areas, that are not cleared of undergrowth, will produce more damage by fire.
    Get the picture?

  • Last night a rerun of a Barney Miller(1975 -1982 TV show)featured a New York City snow fall and the climate change headlines of the day the coming Ice Age.

  • The storms are causing more damage because people are putting more $$$value stuff in their way—DUHHH!!!

  • the stupidity never changes. over the years its still the same ol’ bs being pushed. we’re all gonna die…yeah yeah whatever. according to their ‘science’, we should have all died decades ago. and they wonder why we don’t buy into it.

  • The great climate change scam. What a joke. Things that are happening with the climate or things that have always happen to the climate. Nothing more nothing less.

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