And that brings us to global warming, which grows worse with each “new” report from scientist groups. Now we’re told that warming is “rapidly” wreaking all sorts of havoc on our country.
“Global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous,” the Associated Press wrote, citing the “new federal scientific study” by the National Climate Assessment released Tuesday. But it’s not too late to prevent the worst of the dire effects, the report says. The “new” report was released in draft form in January 2013 but, the AP says, the current version “has been reviewed by more scientists.” That included two times by the National Academy of Science, which termed it “reasonable.”
The report been put into simpler language so people can be aware “that there’s a new source of risk in their lives,” said the lead author, Gary Yohe of Wesleyan University in Connecticut. So the risk is “new” and the worsening warming is “rapidly” ruining America the beautiful. And, we’re told, “climate disruption” is just another way to say global warming.
It’s also another way to say more federal regulations. Obama ordered tough new fuel standards for heavy duty trucks in February “as part of what aides say will be an increasingly muscular and unilateral campaign to tackle climate change through the use of the president’s executive power,” the New York Times said.
Despite all the alarming words, there’s a telling paragraph in the AP story: “The report says the intensity, frequency and duration of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes have increased since the early 1980s, but it is still uncertain how much of that is from man-made warming.” What’s this? The more than 250 scientists and government officials who worked on this report are uncertain how much man-made warming has to do with hurricanes? But they’re certain about all the other effects, including such things as smoke from wildfires, smog from pollution, “more diseases from tainted food, water, mosquitoes and ticks,” per the AP, and a longer ragweed pollen season?
The report forecasts more intense heat waves nationwide and stronger droughts in the Southwest and a rise of between a foot and four feet in sea level by 2100, a scant 86 years in the future. The damaging effects of climate change, the scientists predict, “are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond.”
There are skeptics, including Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who made a prediction about the report. He said Obama likely will “use the platform to renew his call for a national energy tax.” McConnell also predicted that Obama will “get loud cheers from liberal elites — from the kind of people who leave a giant carbon footprint and then lecture everybody else about low-flow toilets.”
You think he has a point?