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Politicize the Weather


#1

Politicize the Weather

Ryan Cooper

Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas on Thursday, moving slowly inland. By Friday morning, it had brought a 10-foot storm surge and sever flooding to parts of North Carolina. Multiple people have needed to be rescued and power companies are reporting more than 150,000 outages due to strong winds topping 90 miles per hour.

Yet for all of its destruction, it's just one of many terrible weather events that have caused humanitarian disasters in the United States over the past two years — most notably Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.


#2

Trump is a Wizard at willful deception.

From the picture, it appears he forgot his Harry Potter wand.


#3

Yes, lets politicize the weather by saying one party is to blame, and the majority of the other is not a co-conspirator.


#4

So, since the unprecedented Class 4 Hurricane was Trump’s fault, does the fact that it hit land as a Class 1 mean that Trump did something about the weather?

This type of politicization suggests that Trump Derangement Syndrome fully rivals the level of Obama Derangement Syndrome that it replaced…

To quote Yeats

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.


#5

The reason that the hurricanes appear to becoming larger is that the ocean temperature is increasing. The Atlantic used to be in the 60s. I have read that during Hurricane Florence it is 85 degrees. (That’s an over simplification because it varies according to latitude). The reason that it is increasing is that since the industrial revolution human kind has been using increasing amounts of fossil fuels. Some people call it global warming; I call it “global fever”. Warming is too mild a term. None of this is political. What is political is whether we accept the data of the climate scientists–or any other scientists, for that matter, and whether we are willing to make the life style changes that are indicated. In 1979 James Hansen, N.A.S.A. scientist, on the basis of satellite data said that the polar ice caps were shrinking and postulated that it is due to human activity (anthropogenic). We have done little since then-- solar panels and wind farms. The way we are going, when enough of the ice melts and the ocean level increases until all of Florida i under water, conservatives might acknowledge it, but don’t bet on it.