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  • Hurricane Sandy: Not the Global Warming Bombshell It's Cracked Up to Be

    Heavy rains wiping out crops, the Baltic Sea freezing over, unusually powerful earthquakes triggering tsunamis, and the largest flood recorded in central Europe. Top it off with famine, plague, and social unrest, and people began talking about the end of the world—in the early 14th century.

    These days, 14th-century Europe sounds a bit familiar in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Blogs, polls, newspapers, and politicians have all called the massive storm yet more proof that cataclysmic manmade global warming is at the doorstep, and they have stated that action must be taken now.

    Make no mistake: The storm’s damage has brought great hardship to the Northeast—and right before winter. In the wake of such devastation, it is reasonable to look for a cause and explanation for suffering.

    But regardless of what the truth is about manmade global warming or how fast the climate is changing, no one can rightly attribute Sandy to its effects. The world is much more complex than a grade-school diorama of the ecosystem and atmosphere, where cause and effect are contained within the four walls of a decorated shoe box. A bigger and longer perspective is necessary to understand Sandy in context.

    Sandy was not an unprecedented storm. New York has been hit by large hurricanes before—the difference being that millions of people and billions of dollars of infrastructure did not cover the area at the time. In Sandy’s case, the hurricane collided with a massive cold front from Canada and hit the Northeast during a full moon and high tide. The alignment of events could not have been more conducive to a massive storm.

    Broadening the perspective beyond New York is also important. Most news has looked back at the last 40 years to show that big storm frequency is up. But step back further to look at the last 200-plus years, and some scientists suggest that, at the least, “natural variability dominates tropical storm activity in the Atlantic to the point that any global warming influence, if it exists, is still undetectable.”

    The Telegraph reiterates the need for context: “There are enough unknown factors in the complex and chaotic climate system for it to surprise us entirely. But more importantly, because hurricanes are relatively few in number, it’s difficult to sort out signal from noise.”

    It is wrong of politicians to use Hurricane Sandy as a chance to squeeze more money out of the federal government or legitimize global warming policies that impact the health of the economy instead of the health of the environment. Sandy instead should cause leaders to take stock of poor decisions that were made long before the storm and have made its effects so devastating. As New York Times blogger Andrew Revkin writes:

    The impacts of this storm are 100 percent our fault. In other words, we make decisions every day as human beings about where to live, what kind of building codes, what kinds of subsidies for coastal insurance, and that’s where there’s no debate about the anthropogenic influence. The fact that the tunnels filled showed that we in New York City, New York State and this country didn’t make it a high priority to gird ourselves against a superstorm.

    The sad truth is that where the federal government did have a role in infrastructure, money has been spent irresponsibly to build bridges to nowhere, flowering streetscapes, and bike and nature trails.

    Perspective is key when it comes to policy decisions dealing with recovery and preparing for the next big storm, just as it is when it comes to making generalizations about the climate.

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    7 Responses to Hurricane Sandy: Not the Global Warming Bombshell It's Cracked Up to Be

    1. Bobbie says:

      that's just sad the costly, high paid government proves corrupt in handling emergencies and ignores any humanitarian effort or responsibility to protect those at home and those he puts in harms way!!!!!! Healthcare anyone? Is any of it really worth the trillions already spent and wasted freely within the controls of a dishonorable, unconstitutional government?

    2. klem says:

      Last year the greenies tried to make hurricane Irene the global warming bombshell, but it fizzled. I remember how shocked and disappointed the news outlets were, they were hoping that Irene would cause lots of destruction and death. They were so obviously sad when nothing happened. They had to wait a year for their storm hero to appear, and it got their President re-elected. Wow.

    3. Sanford O says:

      Amen Katie Tubb

    4. Airt1776 says:

      Anyone who understands that those who will profit from carbon tax on us the people should also no that global warming is a scam , we are in a huge univers and have a huge sun that warms the earth we could not change the climate if we wanted unless those with the tecnologies are geo enginering the planet for their ill boughten gains to make us poor slaves and them the kings of the planet.

    5. susan labelle says:

      this is all so true thanks

    6. Geckoandfly says:

      global warming is a scam, cann anyone please explain why the Ice melted during the last Ice Age? Mammoth on hummer? or what causes the ice to melt during the last dino ice age? Dinosaurs with their factories?

      Or more important of all, what causes earth to cool down prior to the ice age?

      It is a natural cycle.

    7. hydrologist says:

      As a scientist, I know the facts. Climate change is real. We are speeding up this natural cycle, that makes it not natural. Keep praying to something that you cant prove, scientists on the other hand will stick to the facts. Your theories are far more outlandish than ours. For being such a great country, we sure are selfish and worried about money. Im worried about my grandkids noet having clean water.

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