Thursday, September 01, 2005

The facts don't support the claims...

I've been reading about the theory being flown that global warming was what made Hurrican Katrina so devestating. Germany's environmental minister Jurgen Tritten was the first to say so, and couldn't even wait 24 hours to jump in there with the claim. Robert Kennedy, Jr. was the next high-profile absurdist to spout off about it. The facts of the matter, however, do not support this claim whatsoever and those facts are freely available to anyone who cared to look. James Glassman writes at Tech Central:

::::::::Katrina has nothing to do with global warming. Nothing. It has everything to do with the immense forces of nature that have been unleashed many, many times before and the inability of humans, even the most brilliant engineers, to tame these forces.

Giant hurricanes are rare, but they are not new. And they are not increasing. To the contrary. Just go to the website of the National Hurricane Center and check out a table that lists hurricanes by category and decade. The peak for major hurricanes (categories 3,4,5) came in the decades of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, when such storms averaged 9 per decade. In the 1960s, there were 6 such storms; in the 1970s, 4; in the 1980s, 5; in the 1990s, 5; and for 2001-04, there were 3. Category 4 and 5 storms were also more prevalent in the past than they are now. As for Category 5 storms, there have been only three since the 1850s: in the decades of the 1930s, 1960s and 1990s.

In point of fact - and I mean that literally - the top strength of the most powerful hurricanes has not changed one iota in all the time we've been watching them. And the average strength of all hurricanes has actually decreased. Exactly the opposite of the claims being made. Those are the facts folks, regardless of how much these people would like to claim otherwise.

Hat Tip: Power Line