Proponents of man-made climate change dilute their argument, and mangle science in the process, when they insist without question that today’s weather events are worsened by anthropogenic global warming.
At a recent campaign rally in Miami, Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, joined by climate crusader Al Gore, suggested as much. “Hurricane Matthew was likely more destructive because of climate change,” Mrs. Clinton said.
Science says otherwise.
In fact, the scientific consensus is clear that the link between global warming and extreme weather is more often assumed than assured. Even the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has acknowledged as much. In 2012, the panel noted the “relationship between global warming and hurricanes has not been demonstrated,” said Madhav Khandekar, a former Environment Canada research scientist.
Moreover, more than 100 experts in 2010, “having assessed the relevant scientific evidence,” found no “convincing support for the hypothesis that human emissions of carbon dioxide are causing, or will in the foreseeable future, cause dangerous global warming.”
The strongest recorded hurricane was Typhoon Tip 37 years ago, before reports of global warming, according to Tom Harris, executive director of the Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition.
Pointing to one phenomenon and ascribing to it another is not “science.” It’s snake oil, poorly packaged and sold to those unwilling to challenge it.
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