Of course leftists would never let tragedies go to waste. With that in mind, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma provided all the fodder climate change alarmists need to go full-Chicken Little.
Bill Nye led the charge, telling Dan Rather last week that the hurricanes' strength "is almost certainly associated with global warming."
That's quite an assertion there, Nye. Any proof of that?
"As the world gets warmer and there’s more heat energy in the atmosphere, you expect storms to get stronger," Nye added.
"You also expect ocean currents to not flow the way they always have. That will make some places cooler and some warmer... We’re all gonna pay for Harvey, we’re all gonna pay for Irma one way or another. So…anyway, the more heat energy in the atmosphere strengthens the storms — as you would expect."
We're all going to "pay?" That sounds a bit hysterical to us. Well, and to PhD meteorologist Ryan Maue too it seems:
For the record, we think Maue is just slightly more qualified to analyse hurricanes than Nye. Maue is the Cato Institute's research meteorologist and an adjunct scholar. According to his bio, he has "developed and maintained a popular weather maps and climate data service based on the world’s best numerical weather prediction systems" and "researched extratropical and tropical cyclones, utilizing mesoscale models and large reanalysis datasets, and published multiple peer-reviewed articles."
"After his PhD in 2010, Maue was awarded a National Research Council postdoctoral associateship at the Naval Research Lab in Monterey, California where he focused on global weather prediction and verification."
Nye's qualifications, you will remember, are that he hosted a children's TV show and has "Science Guy" in his nickname.