Natural disasters always bring out the vilest people in society, like looters, who seek to capitalize on the misfortunes of others but sometimes they bring out the crazy elements of our society who wish to link a particular event to their conspiracy theories.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg came out this week to do just that – They think Hurricane Sandy and the floods caused by its tidal surge are linked to Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW).
“New York governor Andrew Cuomo and mayor Michael Bloomberg both pointed to climate change as the culprit for Sandy’s ravages as they addressed the scale of the destruction on Tuesday morning.”
“At a press conference in Manhattan on Tuesday, Cuomo said he had told President Obama that ‘we have a 100-year flood every two years now’. “
“He added: ‘There has been a series of extreme weather incidents. That is not a political statement. That is a factual statement. “
“Anyone who says there’s not a dramatic change in weather patterns, I think is denying reality.”
“Bloomberg echoed the sentiment, saying: ‘What is clear is that the storms we’ve experienced in the last year or so around this country and around the world are much more severe than before.”
“When the governor was asked if officials were contemplating building a levee in the city’s harbour, he replied: ‘It is something we’re going to have to start thinking about.”
“The construction of this city did not anticipate these kinds of situations. We are only a few feet above sea level.”
Here are two graphs that should hopefully bring the Sandy/AGW theories back to reality by using real data.
First, Hurricane strikes are not correlated with CO2 – From Steven Goddard’s Real Science blog:
Second, While the NY Governor states that Manhattan is only ‘a few feet above sea level’, the ocean level has risen by only a few centimeters over the past 20 years, not meters! 5 cm of ocean level increase is not enough to flood NYC’s subway system.
I guess the Governor forgot that NYC flooded from a hurricane surge in 1821 and I don’t think we were driving SUV’s then.
“Water levels in the city’s financial district reached a record 13.88 feet (4.2 meters), the highest the area has seen since the hurricane of 1821, which only brought 11.2 feet (3.4 meters) of water ashore.”
Our elected leaders should spend their valuable time addressing the problems in their areas of responsibility and not using a natural disaster to spread the false gospel of the AGW cult.