As you know, weather happened in New York City this week, leaving dozens dead, millions without power, and pundits arguing about whether “Global Warming” is an actual thing.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg appears to be on the side of Al Gore and the Inconvenient Truth-ers — yesterday, the mayor endorsed President Barack Obama in this year’s presidential election, citing “climate change” contributing to Hurricane Sandy’s wrath as his primary reason.
Governor Andrew Cuomo fell short of blaming the hurricane on Global Warming during a press conference Wednesday, but he noted that New York needs to come up with a better way to prepare for “a 100-year flood every two years.”
Global Warming is a touchy subject — many look at it as a serious problem that could potentially lead to the destruction of the planet. Others see it as a left-wing conspiracy dreamed up by Gore — et al — to scare the shit out of people.
Earlier this week, Gore issued his “Statement on Hurricane Sandy,” in which he claims that “scientists tell us that by continually dumping 90 million tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere every single day, we are altering the environment in which all storms develop.”
That said, a growing number of scientists disagree with Gore’s position on climate change — many cite the lack of “warming” over the last 10 years.
From a January op-ed in the Wall Street Journal signed by 16 notable scientists:
Perhaps the most inconvenient fact is the lack of global warming for well over 10 years now. This is known to the warming establishment, as one can see from the 2009 “Climategate” email of climate scientist Kevin Trenberth: “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.” But the warming is only missing if one believes computer models where so-called feedbacks involving water vapor and clouds greatly amplify the small effect of CO2.
Regardless of where you stand on Global Warming, Bloomberg made a good point during a press conference Wednesday: it doesn’t hurt to err on the side of caution.
That said, we want to know what you think: is Global Warming to blame for Hurricane Sandy?
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 2, 2012