Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media

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6
Droughts and Floods: Worse and
Worse?

The floods are more frequent. The droughts are more severe, with far more costly results and more often.

—Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), June 8, 2001

Droughts will be pervasive.

—Sen. James Jeffords (I-Vt.), February 14, 2002

Warmer temperatures will lead to … prospects for more severe droughts and/or floods in some places and less severe droughts and/or floods in other places.

—Summary for Policymakers, Climate Change, 1995,
United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC)

The UN's remarkable 1995 statement allows anyone to blame any moisture anomaly on global warming. Further, because it was contained in a report from the IPCC, it can be cited as the “consensus of scientists, ” as the IPCC likes to bill itself. More darkly, anyone who might disagree with such a statement is immediately out of the “consensus.”

Here we examine just a few of the resultant blunders relating to floods and droughts.


6.1 Is the United States Wetter Because of Global Warming?

Because of the UN's vacuous statement about warming, droughts, and floods, it's easy for any climate demagogue to stand in front of a flood or drought and blame global warming (or, it might be added, to blame subzero temperatures on global warming, as Al Gore did on January 15, 2004, vetoing the First Law of Thermodynamics).

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Epigraph vii
  • 1 - Foreword 1
  • 2 - An Introduction to Global Warming 9
  • 3 - Meltdown? the Truth About Icecaps 33
  • 4 - All Creatures Cute and Furry 73
  • 5 - Spin Cycle: Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Other Cyclones 111
  • 6 - Droughts and Floods: Worse and Worse? 127
  • 7 - A Greener World of Changing Seasons? 163
  • 8 - Global Warming, Disease, and Death 179
  • 9 - No Fact Checks, Please! 195
  • 10 - The “national Assessment” Disaster 207
  • 11 - The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming 221
  • 12 - Breaking the Cycle 237
  • Afterword - Composite Campaign Speech on Global Warming 243
  • References 249
  • Index 255
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