Irene Is Obama's Punishment; Too Much Regulation Isn't Enough for Radical Greens
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Before Hurricane Irene made landfall, environmental extremists were spouting off three certainties about the storm: It is catastrophic; it was caused by global warming; and it is all President Obama's fault.
On Thursday, climate alarmist Bill McKibben wrote, Irene's got a middle name, and it's Global Warming. His thesis is that warmer ocean temperatures mean hurricanes will hold more moisture and travel farther north than they have in the past, resulting in more devastation. Combine this with melting Arctic ice, record floods and record droughts, and the global weirding model is complete.
If anything is getting weirder, it's the arguments of the climate-change crowd. They are increasingly unnerved by the collapse of their belief system, as was illustrated by Al Gore's emotional meltdown at an Aspen Institute speech earlier this month. Warmists no longer can hold the public's attention with cute pictures of polar bears and earnest stories of looming long-term catastrophes. They need deadly impact now. Thus, every natural disaster, be it a flood, a drought, an earthquake, a tsunami, a tornado, a hurricane, a blizzard, a heatwave or even a cold snap, is somehow tied to their pet theory.
Hurricane Katrina was the model for climate disruption alarmism. Amidst the devastation wrought in 2005 in New Orleans and along the Gulf coast, warmists promised this was just the beginning. Future storms would be bigger, badder and more deadly. The next three years, however, were among the mildest hurricane seasons on record, and long-term data show relative stability in hurricane size and frequency. …