Saturday, March 14, 2009

Global Cooling: Hurricanes Getting Weaker

One of the primary dire predictions of the AGW crowd (anthropogenic global warming, now known as Climate Change) is that hurricanes and tropical cyclones will grow in number and especially in intensity as the man-made CO2 increases in the atmosphere.  The increased CO2 is supposed to reflect or re-radiate thermal energy onto the earth's surface, and warm the oceans.  

Warm ocean water tends to increase formation of hurricanes and tropical cyclones.  So, what does the measured data show?  The AGW warmists claim that the globe's temperature has increased dramatically since 1975, along with CO2 in the atmosphere.  They claim the increased CO2 is primarily due to man's consumption of fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and natural gas.  

As the graph above shows, average hurricane and tropical cyclone energy did increase from 1974 to about 1992, but has been declining ever since.  By March of 2009, the most recent point on the graph, the metric is lower than at any time since 1974.  

How can this be, when CO2 has been constantly rising over the period?  The data for CO2 in the atmosphere, measured at Hawaii's Mauna Loa observatory, shows continued increase in CO2. 

Once again, the underpinnings of the global warming alarmists are shown to be false.  

Every legislator, whether in California, other states, or at the federal level, should take this into consideration.  The claims of Al Gore, James Hansen, and the other AGW alarmists are just not true. 

A responsible legislator would immediately draft legislation to repeal any global warming laws already on the books, such as AB 32 in California.  For global warming laws in the works, a responsible legislator would vote NO, and argue persuasively for his/her colleagues to do the same.  

We need responsible laws based on demonstrable science, not economy-wrecking laws based on unsupportable supposition.  

Roger E. Sowell, Esq. 
Contact Mr. Sowell at this site.

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