A hurricane forms when the temperature in the ocean water rises above fifty degrees Fahrenheit. The average ocean water temperature has been rising 0.13 degrees per decade since 1880. The size and intensity of North Atlantic hurricanes have increased since 1980. Between 1966 and 2009 the average annual number of hurricanes in the North Atlantic was six. In the present decade that number has risen to eight. Between 1979 and 1989 there were a total of sixteen Category 4 and 5 hurricanes. Between 1990 and 2004 there were a total of twenty-five Category 4 and 5 hurricanes.
Global Warming. Climate Change. Whatever. For every (1) degree Celsius rise in the temperature of the earth, corn crop yields diminish by 10%. And yet it sometimes snows in Florida!
When Donald Trump became President, the United States was a signatory and an active participant in the Paris Accord to combat Climate Change. On June 1, 2017 President Trump pulled out of the Paris Accord because it was “an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries.” Immediately after his inauguration he ordered the EPA to scrub all mention of Climate Change from its website. He also nominated Scott Pruitt, a vigorous Climate Change denier, to be head of the EPA. Scott got booted out, not because he happened to believe Global Warming is a myth, but because of his profligate spending habits, housing arrangements, security team and raises for political appointees.
A virtually unanimous consensus of scientists everywhere on the planet assures us that Climate Change is a reality. One notable exception is a bible thumper from Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a Ph. D. in Homiletics who insists hurricanes are a curse sent by God as punishment to be visited upon all mankind for Californians allowing gays to marry. A poker buddy of mine who’s a rabid conservative says I do believe Global Warming is real, but I don’t think there’s any way we can beat it. At least no way that’d be fiscally viable.
You could make a case for cow farts being primarily responsible for Climate Change. You could also make a case for dinosaur farts causing the Ice Age. Nonetheless I suspect there’s a dinosaur ghost wandering the earth today who wishes he’d exercised more control over his gastro-intestinal impulses.
The simple truth is this. We don’t have to save the planet. The planet’s doing just fine. It’s our time on the planet as a species that’s in jeopardy. Should we as a species perish from the earth there’ll be another species who comes along and gladly takes our place. The question is whether we should spend the money now to clean up the planet so it’s a place where our children can survive and flourish. I personally believe that’s the best possible way to invest our hard-earned dollars. You may disagree. But whether we agree or not, we can be sure of one thing. We’re all gonna crash and burn together. And that’s not a scientific theory, it’s a fact.
Have a nice day.