Not unlike Chicken Little declaring the sky is falling, a federal agency insists that global warming increased the odds for torrential rains, which caused last month’s flooding in Louisiana.

But by rushing in to capitalize on the presupposed global warming connection, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration should be “embarrassed” for not conducting a peer review, says University of Colorado senior climate scientist Roger Pielke Sr..

NOAA says global warming increased by 40 percent the chances for the teeming rains. Mr. Pielke called the agency’s research a “dismaying example of manipulation of science for political reasons.”

Mr. Pielke wasn’t alone in questioning the report. Louisiana State University climatologist Barry Keim had a less-blunt but equally skeptical reaction to NOAA’s conclusions: “I’m just not real quick to point the finger and say that this event would not have happened if it were not for climate change.”

Simply put, an agenda doesn’t benefit from advocacy masquerading as science.

Believers secure in the Church of Global Warming don’t need to be convinced that the sky is falling. What these quickie assessments do is add more skepticism about the strained connection between extreme weather and supposed man-made global warming.

And questionable science fuels only the fires of doubt.


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