Saturday, September 17, 2005

Global Warming Strengthens Hurricanes

Remember though, Katrina was the Environmentalists' fault.

11 Thoughts:

Blogger Demotiki said...

You can find the whole article from Nature here . . .

Sunday, September 18, 2005 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...


I Googled Dr. Landsea. It appears that he has sold out to big oil. No doubt he was given his job in Miami after proving his anti-science credentials to the Bush Administration.

Go here for a copy of his resignation letter from the IPCC over a dispute with Dr. Kevin Trenberth (and other scientists who support the theory that Global Warming increases storm intensity).

I don't have time to follow up on this but I encourage others to do a little research on Dr. Landsea.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 11:25:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

One of the frontline organizations in the global warming denial campaign is the "libertarian,"
Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).

CEI supported fellow "head-in-sand" Dr. Landsea when he resigned from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC. Dr. Landsea said
the IPPC, “utilize[d] the media to push an unsupported agenda that recent hurricane activity has been due to global warming.”

More on the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

As a real old-school "libertarian," I get really pissed-off how these Republican think-tanks use the libertarian lable to appear "independant" of their Republican paymasters. After all, who pays the bills?

We have a think tank in Mass. called the Pioneer Institute." It pretends to be Libertarian, but I know the director and he works for Mitt Romney and is a died-in-the wool Republican bigot. What is it with these guys? Why does everything have to be fake, wouldn't plastic turkeys and stage-set ranches be enough?

Sunday, September 18, 2005 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...


You gotta read this bit from CEI. It's so fuckin' retarded you will read it in disbelief. The basic jist is that higher fuel economy is dangerous because it requires lighter cars and lighter cars are more dangerous. How stupid do they think we are?

Sunday, September 18, 2005 12:15:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Here's one more thing to keep in mind.

The argument might be made that there isn't enough data yet to determine conclusively that global warming is increasing either the intensity or the frequency of storms.

This is simply a question of data sufficiency in what is ultimately an inductive argument, and doesn't rule out deductive theories (although they may be testable only on supercomputers.)

However, the energy industry funded wingnuts are making obviously self-contradictory claims. On the one hand, they claim that the studies in question fail to prove the causal link because of data insufficiency. On the other hand, they claim that these studies also prove that global warming doesn't cause increased storm activity. Now, whether you think it does or not, you can't say that there is enough data to prove "no", and not enough data to prove "yes." You can't have your cake and eat it too. This is just another example of "double think."

Sunday, September 18, 2005 2:23:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

More good news that will most likely be met with denial.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 5:34:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Nice post Paul,

Whave a "faith based" administration that feels the Rapture is coming soon enough that we don't need to worry about "science." What can we as the remaining rational people in America do? If there ever was a justification for the reign of terror, this is it.


Monday, September 19, 2005 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Interesting how "preemptive" action was deemed absolutely necessary in Iraq -- for, as we know for sure now, and were pretty sure about then (if "we" had a cerebrum), pretty much no good or true reason -- but in the face of the incredible, varied, and overdetermined risks we run on fossil fuel consumption (e.g., wars in the Middle East, fueling terror, pollution, rapidly depleting supplies, global warming -- cross off any two and you still have great reasons to get off oil), this crisis, unlike the SocSec or Iraq "crises," has been deemed worthy of "more study" rather than massive action.

Interesting, that.

Monday, September 19, 2005 1:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is true brother.

Monday, September 19, 2005 2:42:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Ooops...I just realized you'd posted this article, Paul.

Monday, September 19, 2005 4:41:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

All this science makes my head hurt. Can't we just believe the platitudes of the CEI? I mean, they're full of ex-marketing execs and public policy people -- they're the ones who'd know about meterology and such.

[Hands over ears; eyes tightly shut] "Bringing in the sheaves...bringing in the sheaves..."

Meanwhile, I just got a pro-ID DVD from my pal. It should be a larf.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 9:19:00 AM  

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