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Roger Pielke: Hurricanes and Human Choice
Wall Street Journal ^ | October 31, 2012 | Roger Pielke

Posted on 11/01/2012 3:57:47 PM PDT by neverdem

Sandy was terrible, but we're currently in a relative hurricane 'drought.' Connecting energy policy and disasters makes little scientific sense.

Hurricane Sandy left in its path some impressive statistics. Its central pressure was the lowest ever recorded for a storm north of North Carolina, breaking a record set by the devastating "Long Island Express" hurricane of 1938. Along the East Coast, Sandy led to more than 50 deaths, left millions without power and caused an estimated $20 billion or more in damage.

But to call Sandy a harbinger of a "new normal," in which unprecedented weather events cause unprecedented destruction, would be wrong. This historic storm should remind us that planet Earth is a dangerous place, where extreme events are commonplace and disasters are to be expected. In the proper context, Sandy is less an example of how bad things can get than a reminder that they could be much worse.

In studying hurricanes, we can make rough comparisons over time by adjusting past losses to account for inflation and the growth of coastal communities. If Sandy causes $20 billion in damage (in 2012 dollars), it would rank as the 17th most damaging hurricane or tropical storm (out of 242) to hit the U.S. since 1900—a significant event, but not close to the top 10. The Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 tops the list...

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Another danger: Public discussion of disasters risks being taken over by the climate lobby and its allies, who exploit every extreme event to argue for action on energy policy. In New York this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared: "I think at this point it is undeniable but that we have a higher frequency of these extreme weather situations and we're going to have to deal with it." New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke similarly...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: agw; climatechange; globalwarming; sandy
Idiot Bloomberg just endorsed Obama today because of AGW.

The storm surge was made worse because of the high tide at a full moon and that record low central pressure.

1 posted on 11/01/2012 3:57:50 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem
Use resources to prepare for the inevitable climate change. Throughout Earth's history the only constant in climate is CHANGE. Where ever you are living right now has at one time been part of the ocean floor AND covered in hundreds of feet of ice at some other time in history. Long before man as we know him walked the Earth, the climate changed on this Planet hundreds of times.
2 posted on 11/01/2012 8:56:39 PM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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