It happens every day. That’s right. The climate changes every day and throughout the day, day in and day out. Have you noticed that Global Warming is out and Climate Change is in? Why is this? Because a new study shows that Global Warming, if there ever was such a thing caused by humans, has been in decline for more than a decade and a half:
“The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago. . . . The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures. This means that the ‘plateau’ or ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures had been stable or declining for about 40 years.”
Will this matter to the Al Gorians and other Global Warming fanatics, I mean, Climate Change theorists? Not in the least. There’s too much politics, money, and control in the claim that governments have to step in and govern our lives to save humankind from itself.
The world is less affected by human activity than it was when people were burning wood for fires and industries were belching smoke into the atmosphere so that there were no clear days in some cities. We didn’t have global warming then and we’re not having it today.
Hurricane Sandy is not what it appears to be given the history of violent storms in the Northeast over the centuries. In August of 1635 the eye of a hurricane passed between Boston and Plymouth, Massachusetts, and caused a twenty-foot tide in Boston. Gov. William Bradford (1590–1657), author of the journal Of Plymouth Plantation, recorded the following:
“This year the 14th or 15th of August being Saturday was such a mighty storm of wind & rain as none living in these parts either English or Indians ever saw. . . . It blew down sundry houses & uncovered others, diverse vessels were lost at sea and many more in extreme danger. It caused the sea to swell to the southward of this place above 20 foot right up & down and made many of the Indians to climb into trees for their safety. . . . It blew down many hundred thousands of trees turning up the stronger by the roots and breaking the higher pine trees in the middle and the tall young oaks & walnut trees of good bigness were wound like a withe [twig], very strange & fearful to behold. . . . The signs and marks of it will remain this 100 years in these parts where it was sorest.”
We have only limited knowledge of what storms were like 500 years, a 1000 years, or 10,000 years ago. Today’s storms seem to be more severe and devastating because so many people live in their path and we are bombarded with hour-by-hour news stories.
We don’t have to go back to 1635 to find a history of northeastern mega-storms, as weather forecaster Joe Bastardi points out:
In 1954, Hurricanes Carol, Edna and Hazel — all major hurricanes — hit the US East Coast. Carol drove ten feet of water into Providence, Rhode Island. Eleven days later, Edna bisected Cape Cod as a major hurricane. Hazel hit the Carolinas with 140 mph winds on Oct 15th 1954 in a pattern that captured the hurricane and sent her NNW all the way to Toronto, where hurricane force winds were still being recorded. In 1960, Hurricane Donna made landfall in New England after devastating Florida and Carolinas. Donna delivered hurricane force winds to every state along the East Coast.
I feel the best way to counter distortions about the present and future is to bring up the facts of the past. Knowledge of what hurricanes have done in the last climate cycle similar to this one can debunk an argument that is based on an agenda that is being pushed by Al Gore, among others.
Robert Redford claims that our attitudes about “climate change” are from the 1950s. “And their points of view are so narrow and so ideologically driven that it’s not likely you’re going to see much change there. As a matter of fact, it might provoke them to be even more contentious.” Unfortunately, Redford has very little knowledge of the 1950s as the decade relates to storms.
The thing of it is, in 1954, there were 11 tropical storms, 8 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes. In 1953, “[t]he season was active with fourteen total storms, six of which developed into hurricanes; four of the hurricanes attained major hurricane status. . . .”
In 1955 there were more than 1500 fatalities from major hurricanes, of which there were six.
Facts are such an inconvenient truth when there is a call for government control over our lives.