I was almost a bit surprised that Obama tried skimming that little “global warming causes hurricanes” stone, because the climate-change cult has grown a bit sensitive about (accurate) criticism that their movement is descending into outright shamanism. But I was probably underestimating Obama’s contempt for his own base. They really do eat that stuff up. The beating heart of the Church of Global Warming remains anti-capitalism (in the public-relations department) and the hunger for government power and its attendant riches (in the inner sanctum.) A chance to wave fingers of blame at evil corporations and selfish citizens – “your greed is killing the Earth!” – cannot be passed up.
For the record, environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg (who does still believe in climate change, but decries the more absurd excesses of alarmists) noted recently that “measured by total energy (Accumulated Cyclone Energy), hurricane activity is at a low not encountered since the 1970s… the U.S. is currently experiencing the longest absence of severe landfall hurricanes in over a century – the last Category 3 or stronger storm was Wilma, more than seven years ago.” The perception of a storm epidemic has a lot more to do with where they’re landing than any empirical scientific data. Relatively weak storms can do horrendous damage when they hit places that aren’t prepared for them, due to lax civic policies and/or unfortunate geography. And not to dismiss a bit of the real damage and suffering that have occurred, but when they hit a location that houses all major media headquarters, the coverage is a bit different, isn’t it?