18 August 2009

The sky! It must be falling!

MIAMI (Reuters) - Hurricane Bill, the first of the 2009 Atlantic season, strengthened into a Category 3 storm on Tuesday with top winds near 125 miles per hour (205 km per hour), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Oh my goodness! Run! Global warming! Catastrophe! End of the world!

Not so fast, compadre:
Bill was moving through the Atlantic on a curving path that would take it west of Bermuda by the weekend. It looked likely to miss the U.S. East Coast and posed no threat to oil-producing areas in the Gulf of Mexico.
The eco-freaks are so hungry for a major storm that they are now reporting on "major storms" which are no threat to the US. Remember what we were told after Katrina? Let me refresh your memories.

From the mouth of Al Gore himself:
Now, the scientific community is warning us that the average hurricane will continue to get stronger because of global warming. A scientist at MIT has published a study well before this tragedy showing that since the 1970s, hurricanes in both the Atlantic and the Pacific have increased in duration, and in intensity, by about 50 %. The newscasters told us after Hurricane Katrina went over the southern tip of Florida that there was a particular danger for the Gulf Coast of the hurricanes becoming much stronger because it was passing over unusually warm waters in the gulf. The waters in the gulf have been unusually warm. The oceans generally have been getting warmer. And the pattern is exactly consistent with what scientists have predicted for twenty years. Two thousand scientists, in a hundred countries, engaged in the most elaborate, well organized scientific collaboration in the history of humankind, have produced long-since a consensus that we will face a string of terrible catastrophes unless we act to prepare ourselves and deal with the underlying causes of global warming. [applause] It is important to learn the lessons of what happens when scientific evidence and clear authoritative warnings are ignored in order to induce our leaders not to do it again and not to ignore the scientists again and not to leave us unprotected in the face of those threats that are facing us right now.
That's right, dear readers. Al Gore was quite emphatic in this speech that would be the case. Several years later, we still haven't seen the doom and gloom promised by the grand druid of the eco nazis. As this year has been pretty mild so far as summer's go and with record low temps across the country, I really wouldn't expect a massive outbreak of major hurricanes either.

So, keep that in mind, friends, when the media stirs you up with "major" storms that most likely won't even hit the United States.

Radio free Texas, signing off.
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