‘Hurricane Marco Rubio’ – A Winning Climate Campaign?
Climate campaigners seem to think they have a winner with this takedown of elected officials who reject global warming science, in which fake news reports talk of the turmoil and tragedy created by Hurricane Marco Rubio, Hurricane James Inhofe, Hurricane John Boehner and more.
The trouble is, the science on a connection between hurricanes and global warming is going in the opposite direction, if the near-final draft of next month’s climate science assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is any indication.
See a snapshot from that draft below.
The blue lettering in the statement of confidence levels is the current state of scientific knowledge (mostly drawn from the panel’s recent Extreme Events special report). The red lettering was language from the 2007 report. (Of course, as panel officials have stressed, drafts are “works in progress” until the report is approved by governments and formally released, but it’s rare to see substantive changes this late in the game.)
Sure, rising seas will make any storm surge worse. That’s about it in terms of making the case that tropical cyclone danger is rising in a human-heated world. The climate panel foresees fewer hurricanes, overall, but a rise in strength in those that do form. In the meantime, statistical analysis by federal climate scientists points to a decline in the number of hurricanes making landfall in the United States since the mid 1800s.
Not that this matters, I guess. As with the “No Pressure” video in Britain in 2010 — in which a school teacher explodes the brains of kids who don’t agree to cut their carbon dioxide emissions — this one is getting lots of views.
Is it accomplishing anything other than energizing partisans (right and left) and further alienating disengaged citizens who might otherwise be allies (and providing big checks to the public-relations hot shots who made it)?
I doubt it.
But that’s probably irrelevant.