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October 29, 2007

Thomas Freidman is a tool

Noted climate change pundit Thomas Friedman muses:

So a question has started gnawing at us as we observe events like Katrina and the California wildfires. I asked my friend Nate Lewis, an energy chemist at the California Institute of Technology, what is that question? He thought for a moment and answered: "Did we do that?"
Of course "we did that"...in the sense that freaking arsonists are part of the human race and not a bunch of teenage polar bear escapees from the LA zoo with a pocket full of matches and a strong desire to see fire for the first time in their life - fire being hard to come by for polar bears up in the arctic ocean. Yea, Tom, "we" humans certainly did it.

Friedman then riffs onto the drought in the Atlanta area.

Getting society focused on meeting these new infrastructure needs is huge. Creaky power grids or leaky water pipes really matter in prolonged, record-shattering droughts like the one the U.S. state of Georgia is now experiencing. "Some scientists have suggested giving droughts names, like we do hurricanes," Cullen noted. "If we did, this Southeast drought would be called Katrina, and it would be about to hit Atlanta."
Georgia often gets a lot of the remains of hurricanes that hit Florida...one has to wonder if the LACK OF HURRICANES the past two years may have contributed to this "drought". Heat doesn't create droughts per se, lack of water creates droughts. Spent hurricanes and tropical storms still drop lots of water.

But wait - global warming is supposed to cause "killer Katrina hurricanes", but there are no hurricanes to speak of. The claimed "cause and effect" seems badly broken here, its too ummm random. IOW, it sounds a lot like...the frigging weather.

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