On the website of The Nature Conservancy is the kind of matter-of-fact conclusion based on “scientific research” that you can find repeated, echoed, and amplified by numerous groups promoting a government-driven climate change agenda.
Scientific research indicates that climate change will cause hurricanes and tropical storms to become more intense — lasting longer, unleashing stronger winds, and causing more damage to coastal ecosystems and communities.
A major “scientific” study issued in the summer of 2013 by a climate researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) warned of increased activity of killer hurricanes because of global warming/climate change.
As reported by USA Today in July of last year:
One of the biggest debates in the climate change research community in recent years has been the projected impact of global warming on hurricanes. Will it make them stronger? More frequent? Longer lasting?
[The MIT] study used six newly upgraded global climate computer models to simulate future hurricane activity around the world. [The] study found that these killer storms will not only increase in intensity during the 21st century, as many previous studies had predicted, but will also increase in frequency in most locations.
The researchers behind the ominous study basically discounted their own efforts by suggesting that any evidence or experience that didn’t support their projections could be dismissed because they would be based on dumb “luck.”
“We should not be lulled into a false sense of security by our recent good luck (yes, good luck) with respect to hurricanes,” [the researcher] says.
“We do not need studies of the distant future to tell us that we are going be be hit hard and often in the coming years, just as a matter of historical precedent.
And that is truly a curious statement by this climate “scientist,” claiming that fact-based research and scientific studies are not necessary to support the dire predictions — apparently inspired by intuition or psychic projection — that deadly hurricane disasters would be wrought upon America by climate change.
Well, here are a few just-released facts that would appear to provide a basis of inconvenient truth that, at the very least, throws a wrench into the narrative workings of the climate change alarmists.
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Livescience.com tells us that the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season that ended on November 30 marks yet another year without a major hurricane hitting the Eastern United States.
And that’s not all, as a string of “recent good luck” has helped the U.S. to set a very good record, as far as hurricanes are concerned.
It has been a record-breaking nine years since a Category 3 hurricane (or stronger) made landfall along U.S. coastlines.
The last was Hurricane Wilma in 2005 (Sandy was not a hurricane when it hit the northeast in 2012).
The United States has never recorded a nine-year period without a hurricane touching its shores. The prior record for the longest stretch, from 1861 to 1868, was set during the Civil War, according to Colorado State University climatologists.
The post at livescience.com goes on to observe that nasty weather in the Eastern Pacific did see an upturn in 2014:
…tropical storm activity was busier than it has been over the past 20 years. Fourteen hurricanes and six tropical storms formed since May 15, including Hurricane Amanda, a Category 4 storm and the strongest May hurricane ever recorded in the East Pacific.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is expected to announce its first seasonal forecast for 2015 by next May.
In the meantime, one might ask if those intensely pushing a government-mandated climate change agenda will modify their blanket warnings or stay with the now familiar, “science-based” doomsday scenarios…like the one below from earthjustice.org, that overlooks the scientific fact that, as noted above, “Sandy was not a hurricane when it hit the northeast in 2012.”
To deny that Sandy was intensified because of climate change would be to deny science.
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