President Barack Obama wants Americans to be ready for hurricanes and other storms he claims can become more powerful as the result of global warming.
But some critics think the president should look again at his information.
Many presidents have urged people to be ready for storms, and to evacuate when told. That was the case with President Obama after a meeting Tuesday with weather advisers.
“All of us have seen the damage and in some cases the loss of life that hurricanes can cause,” he told the gathering. “And as climate continues to change, hurricanes can only become more powerful and more devastating.”
The president’s remarks about climate change and hurricanes are not new. He has long warned that unless steps are made to curb emissions we can expect bigger, more powerful storms such as hurricanes.
But that’s where skeptics of catastrophic man-made global warming tell OneNewsNow the president has it wrong.
“This is yet again another example of ‘when the facts fail to alarm, come up with scary predictions,'” says Marc Morano of Climate Depot.
“Based on our hurricane track record,” he adds, “the idea that we’re getting more and more powerful hurricanes has not happened since in the last 10 years.”
In fact, Hurricane Wilma in October 2005 was the last major (Category 3 or greater) hurricane to make landfall in the United States.
In a related observation, author and professor Robert Pielke Jr. said this week that the Atlantic hurricane season begins with the longest streak without a Category 3 or higher storm lashing the east coast.