As scientists – or, in Klein’s case, people with pretensions to having scientific evidence on their side – they really ought to know better than to pin man-made climate change on a natural meteorological event which has nothing whatsoever to do with man-made climate change.
In all of U.S. history, there’s never been a storm like Hurricane Harvey. That fact is increasingly clear, even though the rains are still falling and the water levels in Houston are still rising.
This apocalyptic bed-wetting would be a lot more effective if climate activists didn’t trot out the same tired old line pretty much every time the U.S. was hit by any weather event more troubling than a mild breeze…
Meanwhile, in the real world, yes it seems likely that Texas’s troubles are far from over. The 30in of rain that Houston has had already may double by the end of the week, causing more flooding mayhem.
Yes, Houston, you do have a problem, and – as insensitive as it seems to bring it up just now – some of it is your own making.
Let’s be clear upfront. I unreservedly wish that all of your millions of citizens get safely through Tropical Storm Harvey, and the biblical-scale deluge and floods that are forecast to swamp your city in coming days.
But, as the self-styled “world capital of the oil and gas industry”, there’s a connection between rising global greenhouse gas levels and the extreme weather now being inflicted that some of your residents have understood for decades and had a hand in.
Actually, no, there is no connection at all. Obviously you wouldn’t expect an Environment Editor to know this. But there is no evidence whatsoever of any positive link between “climate change” and hurricane intensity.
On the contrary, the incidence of hurricanes in the US has actually decreased markedly since the global warming scare began: