Droughts and Floods: Worse and
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
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.
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).