Hurricane Hype Turns into Damp Squib
Motor-Mouths Exposed as Scaremongers
As the 2006 hurricane season draws to a close, not a single hurricane has made landfall in the USA. Active seasons in 2004/2005 culminated in the devastation of New Orleans by the category 3 (out of 5) hurricane Katrina. Inevitably, the global warming bandwagon produced a lot of hot air, carrying the burden of John 'Three Jags' Prescott and Government chief scientist Sir David King 'Canute'. King, who doesn't have a single peer reviewed publication in climate science, claimed,
"The increased intensity of hurricanes is associated with global warming."
Prescott said he believed global warming was to blame for increased storm activity and criticised the US for failing to sign up to the Kyoto Protocol. The unsympathetic hysteria intensified with warnings of worse to come in 2006, and suggestions of a new category 6 hurricane classification.
ABD spokesman Paul Biggs, who experienced the 2004 category 4 hurricane 'Frances' first hand in Florida said:
"There is no credible evidence that global warming intensifies hurricane activity. I know because I have looked in the climate science journals. Furthermore, leading hurricane expert Chris Landsea resigned from the IPCC in 2005 because his hurricane research interest had become politicised and was being mis-represented to the media. The doom-mongers that predicted an even more active hurricane season for 2006 have been proved wrong."
ABD Environment spokesman Ben Adams commented:
"A sickening attempt to exploit natural events and human misery in order to scare us into believing that painful but pointless reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from our cars, our homes and industry will allow humans to macromanage the climate, has fallen flat on its face. When any politician says 'Pay me more car tax and I'll control the weather' it's time to roll about with laughter."
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Sir David King:
Chris Landsea leaves IPCC:
"After some prolonged deliberation, I have decided to withdraw from participating in the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). I am withdrawing because I have come to view the part of the IPCC to which my expertise is relevant as having become politicized … I had served both as an author for the Observations chapter and a Reviewer for the 2nd Assessment Report in 1995 and the 3rd Assessment Report in 2001, primarily on the topic of tropical cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons). My work on hurricanes, and tropical cyclones more generally, has been widely cited by the IPCC … Shortly after Dr. Trenberth requested that I draft the Atlantic hurricane section for the AR4's Observations chapter, Dr. Trenberth participated in a press conference organized by scientists at Harvard on the topic … The result of this media interaction was widespread coverage that directly connected the very busy 2004 Atlantic hurricane season as being caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gas warming occurring today … I found it a bit perplexing that the participants in the Harvard press conference had come to the conclusion that global warming was impacting hurricane activity today. To my knowledge, none of the participants in that press conference had performed any research on hurricane variability, nor were they reporting on any new work in the field. All previous and current research in the area of hurricane variability has shown no reliable, long-term trend up in the frequency or intensity of tropical cyclones, either in the Atlantic or any other basin. The IPCC assessments in 1995 and 2001 also concluded that there was no global warming signal found in the hurricane record.
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