You see, he’s sorry for the “timing” of his statement blaming climate change on tornadoes in Oklahoma, but he stands by his assertion that climate change is causing tornadoes:
“Yesterday afternoon Senator Whitehouse took to the Senate floor to deliver his weekly speech about climate change. It was a speech that had been prepared in advance, and which included a general reference to tornadoes in Oklahoma. Tragically, and unbeknownst to the Senator at the time, a series of tornadoes were hitting Oklahoma at the same moment he gave his remarks. Senator Whitehouse regrets the timing of his speech and offers his thoughts and prayers to the victims of yesterday’s storms and their families, and he stands ready to work with the Senators from Oklahoma to assist them and their constituents in this time of need.”
So you may have a question for me: why do you care? Why do you, Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, care if we Republicans run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings, and disgrace ourselves?
I’ll tell you why. We’re stuck in this together. When cyclones tear up Oklahoma, and hurricanes swamp Alabama, and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, for billions of dollars to recover.
And the damage your polluters and deniers are doing doesn’t just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas; it hits Rhode Island with floods and storms, and Oregon with acidified seas, and Montana with dying forests. So like it or not, we’re in this together.
You drag America with you to your fate.
Let’s deal with his “facts” point by point. . .
There’s no evidence linking tornadoes to global warming, but the alarmists keep saying it anyway.
How about hurricanes? Larry Bell writes in Forbes:
But there’s a big disconnect from facts here. In reality, there has been no increase in the strength or frequency of landfall hurricanes in the world’s five main hurricane basins during the past 50-70 years; there has been no increase in the strength or frequency in tropical Atlantic hurricane development during the past 370 years; the U.S. is currently enjoying the longest period ever recorded without intense Category 3-5 hurricane landfall; there has been no trend since 1950 evidencing any increased frequency of strong (F3-F-5) U.S. tornadoes; there has been no increase in U.S. flood magnitudes over the past 85 years; and long-term sea level rise is not accelerating.
And Texas wildfires? That’s so 2011:
Texas made it through the spring wildfire season without any significant outbreaks and officials don’t expect a slew of massive fires during the summer season, either.
The grasslands and shrubs that fueled the historic wildfires in 2011 haven’t grown back yet, so the ferocity of any fires this year isn’t expected to approach those levels.
Two years ago wildfires killed 10 people, burned 4 million acres and destroyed 4,000 homes.
No wildfire season was declared last year because of ample rain.
This year intermittent rainfall has kept the fire threat low across most of Texas, but if rains don’t fall in the next couple months the state could see wildfires threats rise by mid-July.
So 2012 had no fire season and they’re hoping this year is quiet.
Global warming, you capricious sprite you. Make up your mind!