Thursday, January 3, 2013

All-purpose scapegoat, "climate change"

Paul Driessen:
... Sandy was “unprecedented,” the result of “weather on steroids,” various “experts” insist. “It’s global warming, stupid,” intoned Bloomberg BusinessWeek. ...

Superstorm” Sandy killed more than 100 people, destroyed thousands of homes ...
Sandy was "unprecedented" only if you completely ignore the past:
... A 1775 hurricane killed 4,000 people in Newfoundland; an 1873 monster left 600 dead in Nova Scotia; others pummeled Canada’s Maritime Provinces in 1866, 1886, 1893, 1939, 1959, 1963 and 2003.

Manhattan got pounded in 1667 and by the Great Storm of 1693. They were followed by more behemoths in 1788, 1821, 1893, 1944, 1954 and 1992. Other “confluences of severe weather events” brought killer storms like the four-day Great Blizzard of 1888. The 1893 storm largely eradicated Hog Island, and the 1938 “Long Island Express” hit Long Island as a Category 3 hurricane with wind gusts up to 180 mph.

... Hurricane Sandy, November 2012 marked the quietest long-term hurricane period since the Civil War, with only one major hurricane strike on the U.S. mainland in seven years. This is global warming and unprecedented weather on steroids?
Meanwhile, Michael Bloomberg flogs his PlaNYC 2030 [in which "climate change" and  UN Agenda 21 (via ICLEI) figure large]:
... [city officials] thought nothing of placing generators in the basements of hospitals and skyscrapers built in areas that are barely above sea level.  ... Sandy’s nine-foot surges (plus five feet of high tide) flooded those basements, rendering generators useless, and leaving buildings cold and dark.

... The mayor has also obsessed about urban sprawl. However, when new developments mean high rents, high taxes and photo-op groundbreakings, he has a different philosophy.
... No wonder Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Cuomo and other politicos prefer to talk about global warming, rising seas and worsening weather — to deflect attention and blame from decisions that have put more people in the path of greater danger.
... How nice it must be to have convenient scapegoats like “dangerous man-made global warming” and insurance companies. [Actually insurance companies have been all too willing to use "climate change" as an excuse for raising rates.]


Pissedoff said...

Raising rates while using it as an excuse not to pay out.

Martin said...

The 1900 Galveston hurricane, a category 4 storm, is listed by Wiki as the deadliest natural disaster to strike the USA. Casualties were estimated at 8000 soles. However these things are ranked it was a huge calamity.

Polardiscoball said...

You can be sure that Trudeaumania Hair will withstand the coming Quebecor winds.