If you haven’t heard by now, a terrible typhoon named Haiyan struck in the central Philippine island of Leyte killing upwards of 5,000 people. Leyte is some 350 miles to the southeast of the capital city of Manila which is on the largest island of the Philippines, Luzon. Some are claiming it was the most powerful typhoon ever with winds that reached 235 mph. Photographs showed massive destruction of towns and villages, some even showed small ships that could be 200 feet long resting upright on land. It was a terrible storm.
Occurring at the same time of this storm was another U.N.-sponsored climate change conference in Warsaw, Poland. Since global warming has decided to take a hiatus for the last 15 to 20 years, manmade global warming is now called climate change. Because of the typhoon, the Philippine representative called the climate crisis madness and vowed to fast during entire conference, claiming that the typhoon was caused by climate change as a result of wealthy countries pollution.
Another group calling itself the Alliance of Small Island Nations is claiming the rest of the world is going to destroy them as a result of sea level rise caused by manmade global warming. What is happening is that poorer, third world nations want money from richer nations for allegedly destroying the climate and causing worldwide damage especially to these poorer nations. You could call this another form of “social justice” which is a term used in place of socialism. In many respects you could also say environmentalism is a euphemism for socialism as well.
Every recent catastrophic weather event has been claimed by environmentalists to be caused by human-caused global warming. Remember Hurricane Sandy? Global warming. Even Hurricane Katrina which hit landfall as a category 3 storm was, according to environmentalists, caused by global warming or climate change. Forest fires? Global warming. Floods? Global warming.
Devastating typhoons and tropical storms have struck the Philippines and Southeast Asia for centuries. Hong Kong was hit twice with vicious typhoons killing more than 10,000 people both times. Once in 1906 and again in 1937. According to the 2013 World Almanac, the Philippines have been hit by massive typhoons since recorded history. Since 1952 there have been at least 20 typhoons severe enough to make their way to the list of notable hurricanes, typhoons, blizzards and other storms. Together these storms have killed tens of thousands of people with one storm 20 years ago along with flash floods taking 7,000 lives.
Dr. Ryan Maue said “over the past 1,000 years, the Philippines have been hit by 10,000-20,000 tropical cyclones. Don’t be so arrogant to believe man caused Haiyan.” Dr. Maue continued, “Haiyan is the 58th Super Typhoon since 1950 to reach a central pressure of 900 mb or lower from historical records. Fifty of the 58 super typhoons with pressures lower than 900 mb or lower occurred between 1950 and 1987, only eight in the past 25 years.
In 1970 alone (a period of alleged unexplained global cooling), three catastrophic typhoons hit the Philippines between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15. Guess what was blamed? That’s right — global cooling. Some scientists at the time were scaring us with the next ice age. And if you want to know about killer typhoons, Bangladesh in 1970 lost 300,000 souls from a cyclone. In 1965 Bangladesh lost about 50,000 people from two massive windstorms in a 20-day period in late spring.
Perhaps the biggest disaster of modern times was the flood of 1931 in China along the Huang He (Yellow River) where massive flooding killed 3.7 millikon people. The same river flooded in 1332-33 and it was said to have killed 7 million people and again in 1887 where 1 million to 2 million died as a result. If these events happened today, you could bet the global warming crowd would be screaming it was from global warming. What has helped the Huang He since 1946 is the advent of modern dams. Don’t environmentalists want to tear dams down?
With all modern natural disasters, including weather events, floods and forest fires (forest fires were far greater in acreage and intensity 100 years ago and the fires today are from poor forest management), alleged global warming or climate change have no cause and/or effect. And for these climate alarmists to claim such without any scientific evidence, not a shred, is intolerable. To play on people’s fears or to use them to advance a cause for the purpose of enhancing themselves through power and money (like asking for donations to their cause) is repugnant.
Science is rapidly advancing regarding the extreme complexity of climate and it will be shown (if the data aren’t there already) that the human imprint on climate from co2 is insignificant. What new cause will the climate alarmists take up next? How about the next ice age.
Larry Weitzman is a resident of Rescue.