- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 10, 2005

Global-warming proponents have taken to suggesting, or declaring outright without evidence, that global warming caused Katrina. It’s impossible, of course, even if a man-made global-warming problem were real: Both the severity and frequency of hurricanes in the United States decreased from the 1940s to the mid-1990s.

William M. Gray, a leading atmospheric scientist, told the New York Times that the uptick we’ve seen since 1994 is “very much natural.” “What we see in the Atlantic is mostly the natural swing,” he said. The evidence was sufficiently compelling for the news pages of the New York Times to declare that it is “not the case” that global warming caused the hurricane.

But those facts didn’t deter some people bent on warping reality to support their agenda. Some even hinted that U.S. abstention from the Kyoto Protocol is to blame. The latter honor goes to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: “Katrina is giving our nation a glimpse of the climate chaos we are bequeathing our children,” wrote Mr. Kennedy. He blamed Republicans: “Now we are all learning what it’s like to reap the whirlwind of fossil-fuel dependence which [Mississippi Gov. Haley] Barbour and his cronies have encouraged.”

Activist and journalist Ross Gelbspan wrote in the Boston Globe that global warming explains Katrina and about everything else, too. “The hurricane that struck Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday was nicknamed Katrina by the National Weather Service. Its real name is global warming,” he declared.

German Environmental Minister Juergen Trittin was among the early exploiters: “The increasing frequency of these natural events can only be explained through global warming which is caused by people,” he said confidently. The influential Der Spiegel then ran the headline: “Katrina Should Be a Lesson to the U.S. on Global Warming.”

Global-warming opportunists and their media allies could not even wait for authorities to clear the bloated corpses from the water. They are no better than the loudmouths who seized upon the Asian tsunami in December.

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