When the administration started pushing a $1 billion dollar slush fund the Administration’s Science Adviser John Holdren told reporters, without any doubt, the severe drought plaguing California and a number of other states across the country is tied to climate change. He added, “Weather practically everywhere is being caused by climate change.”
Of course John Holdren also once said, “Giving “natural objects” — like trees — standing to sue in a court of law would have a “most salubrious” effect on the environment.”
Holdren’s advocacy for the legal rights of trees may make more sense than his claim that the west coast drought and “weather practically everywhere” is caused by global warming
One of Germany’s leading meteorologists, Dominik Jung slammed this kind of reaction when it was made about Typhoon Haiyan:
For many ‘climate expert’ this recent event is a feeding frenzy that allows them to pound the drums of ‘evil climate change’. And here not a single one of these ladies and gentlemen are able to show that such storms never existed over the past hundreds of years, let alone that this storm is connected to a man-made climate change.
A study published in the July 2012 Journal of the American Meteorological Society concluded unequivocally there is no trend of stronger or more frequent storms:
“We have identified considerable inter-annual variability in the frequency of global hurricane landfalls,” the authors state, “but within the resolution of the available data, our evidence does not support the presence of significant long-period global or individual basin linear trends for minor, major, or total hurricanes within the period(s) covered by the available quality data.”
Even the UN’s IPCC the holy authority of the Church of Global Warming, doesn’t agree with Holdren’s climate change causes everything theory.
…In its [IPCC]newly released Fifth Assessment Report, the panel backed away from connections between current droughts and climate change. As it noted: “Based on updated studies, AR4 conclusions regarding global increasing trends in drought since the 1970s were probably overstated,” and “there is not enough evidence at present to suggest more than low confidence in a global-scale observed trend in drought or dryness (lack of rainfall) since the middle of the 20th century.” The report states that “it is likely that the frequency and intensity of drought has … decreased in central North America and north-west Australia since 1950.”
The new report delivers a similar verdict for other sorts of extreme weather: “There is low confidence in any long term increases in tropical cyclone activity … and low confidence in attributing global changes to any particular cause.” Any increased hurricane damages “have not been conclusively attributed to anthropogenic climate change; most such claims are not based on scientific attribution methods.” There is “low confidence” for trends on tornadoes, and “the evidence for climate driven changes in river floods is not compelling.”
So next time a rainstorm ruins your summer picnic, remember despite what John Holdren, the rain wasn’t caused by your SUV or Bovine flatulence. On the other hand make sure to keep your pets from using a tree as a potty, you don’t want to get sued.