What’s causing the tornado tsunami

May 24, 2011

“Tornadoes are currently on a frightening upswing.” That could have been written yesterday — but was written 12 years ago, by your columnist, in the November 8, 1999 issue of The New Republic.

The onslaught of tornadoes is not some sudden, unexpected bolt out of the blue. I wrote about tornadoes a dozen years ago because 1998 and 1999 were terrible years for tornadoes. Now three of the last 12 years have been terrible for tornadoes, and the 1950-2010 trend isn’t so great either.

This spring’s tornado activity has been awful. At least 116 people died in Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday during an unusually strong and large tornado. A portion of Tuscaloosa, Alabama was destroyed by a tornado last month. Many tornadoes hit the Ozarks region in April. There were 875 confirmed tornadoes in April, triple the previous April high of 267, in 1974. So far 481 Americans have been killed by tornadoes this spring.

In recent decades, the installation of a Doppler radar warning system in tornado-prone areas has tended to reduce fatalities — sirens get people’s attention. But even 24 minutes of warning, which Joplin received on Sunday, may not be sufficient for a tornado that was a hard-to-believe half a mile across. (The touch-down part of a tornado is rarely more than 100 yards wide.) More disturbing tornado facts are here.

Weather patterns include random variation: some recent years have been mild for tornadoes. Before this spring, the worst tornado sequence in U.S. annals came in 1953, when atmospheric greenhouse gas levels were lower than today. Nevertheless, there are reasons to think tornadoes are a harbinger of climate change.

For years, pundits and politicians have claimed that strong hurricanes prove global warming. In this 2005 speech, Al Gore asserted, “The scientific community is warning us that the average hurricane will continue to get stronger because of global warming.” Gore went on to compare hurricanes to al qaeda. But not only have four of the last five Atlantic hurricane seasons been quiet, the 20th century showed no trend of rising Atlantic hurricane frequency or intensity.

Pundits and politicians attach significance to hurricanes because they are visual events — hurricane courses can be predicted, and their arrivals on shore televised. Tornadoes come and go so quickly, they are almost impossible to catch on film. But their comings and goings may be warnings of climate malfunction.

What’s causing the tornado tsunami of 2011? This spring, the jet stream has shifted south and east of its typical position. That brings the cold, dry air on the north edge of the jet stream into more contact with the warm, moist air masses on its south edge, around the Gulf of Mexico. The result is rotating thunderstorms — sometimes, as happened in the Ozarks in April, forming day after day in succession.

Surely there have been times in the past when the jet stream shifted east and south: this may or may not be related to greenhouse gases. But greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere are rising, and weather variations are rising — not just tornadoes, but droughts and deluge rains. Chances are two plus two equals four.

It is important to bear in mind that climate change, not global warming, is the threat. They seem like the same thing but are not.

The mild warming of the past 100 years — about 1 degree Fahrenheit globally averaged — was good for crop yields, and moderated demand for energy. (Power use for warming on cold days exceeds power use for cooling on hot days). If all that happens is continued mildly rising temperatures, that might be beneficial.

Changing climate is another matter altogether. Climate change can bring more tornadoes, increase droughts in some places while increasing floods in other places — all three impacts are being observed. Long-term shifts in rainfall patterns might turn breadbasket regions into crop-failure regions. Our increasingly globalized economy is dependent on air travel and air cargo. What if storms and turbulence begin to make flying conditions unfavorable not once in a long while, but often?

Despite what the talk radio and Tea Party types say, there is strong scientific consensus that human activity has begun to alter Earth’s climate. Here is the latest statement on this matter, from the National Academy of Sciences last week.

The United States Congress — dedicated to its twin goals of doing nothing, while collecting campaign contributions — needs to act on greenhouse gases. These tornadoes are not originating from Oz.

Photo: Damaged homes and cars are seen after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin, when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer


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I tire of global warming activism in the media….it is a religious doomsday cult.

Posted by godfrey2001 | Report as abusive

[…] What’s causing the tornado tsunami – Reuters Blogs (The touch-down part of a tornado is rarely more than 100 yards wide.) More disturbing tornado facts are here . Weather patterns include random variation: some recent years have been mild for tornadoes. Before this spring, the worst tornado sequence in U.S … May 24, 2011 10:07pm […]

Posted by Tornado Facts | Report as abusive

The increased hurricane meme has so far been debunked by the facts because there has been no increase in either the frequency or intensity of hurricanes, so global climate change activists decide to switch to tornadoes.

But, per Easterbrook, the cause of the current frequent and intense tornadoes is a southern drop in the jet stream, bringing colder “polar” air with warmer tropical air. However, I just don’t see how carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere can affect the jet stream.

Over the weekend, the media went out of its way to mock those that awaited the rapture that never occurred. When will the media mock the climate change prophets when their prophecies do not come to past?

Posted by Dubby | Report as abusive

So pointing out that April’s count of 3 times the previous high is “global warming activism”? Really?
I tire of Rush Limbaugh ditto-heads parroting denialism–if there’s a cult, it’s posts like this. To not seek an explanation for a rise from a previous to 867 is either Know-Nothingism or Ostrichism. Whether this can be linked to climate change is another question, but raising the question is not activism, it’s a sign of intellectual curiosity. Which you apparently do not have, sadly.
I hope none of your beloveds are affected by tornadoes–I saw the after-effects of the 1979 Wichita Falls tornado, and it was not a storm; it was a war zone.

Posted by RobJ | Report as abusive

Do many of those homes down there have basements? if not why, why not mandate them and have the government help pay for it for the public good.

Nah, we just need more tax cuts for the super rich. Keep building shacks that get blown to bits in the storms.

Posted by Skylor | Report as abusive

HAARP Boils the Upper Atmosphere. see http://www.haarp.net/

Posted by duooooo | Report as abusive

Yes, many have basements. We even have indoor plumbing in Missouri.

Posted by Rosey25 | Report as abusive

“It is important to bear in mind that climate change, not global warming, is the threat.”

The threat I face in my life has nothing to do with the agenda-driven hysteria of global warm … errrr, climate change. The threat I – and we – face is perfectly illustrated by Skylor’s comment – government mandates, government subsidies (forcibly extracted from the middle class), and virtually no individual freedom or accountability.

The global warm-mongers run in Skylor’s crowd. I am not worried about tornados or hurricanes ruining my life. The greater risk is Uncle Sam seizing control of my 401-k to fund the basements it is now mandating in tornado-prone areas.

Posted by MickSmiley | Report as abusive

The global warm-mongers think climate change is the threat. However, the real threat is the mindset of people like Skylor who believe the government should mandate basements, provide subsidies, and eliminate individual freedom, choice, and accountability.

I’m not as worried about a tornado threatening my livelihood so much as the federal government imposing legisltation to nationalize my 401-k to build the soon-to-be-mandated basements in Missouri.

Posted by MickSmiley | Report as abusive

Meteorology is the most difficult field of physics. Chaos Theory tries to give physicists some ability to deal with the nearly infinite reactions in our atmosphere, but it is impossible to know with any degree of certainty the causes and effects of any given storm, or even years of storms.

Even though it might seem like common sense, no scientist can claim that they have proof of why a certain storm came into being on a certain day, or even why clusters of storms do. Even the causes of the broadest of weather patterns can only be guessed at.

Global warming and climate change are facts which have indeed been proven, however. Data and measurements indicate we are in a micro warming trend and a macro cooling trend. The climate is changing, as it has done in the past and will do in the future. Predicting how and why and what will happen is nearly impossible.

However, it has certainly been proven that human activities are having an impact on the atmosphere. For example, depletion of the ozone layer has been directly tied to the release of chlorofluorocarbons. The reduction in these emissions has greatly slowed the destruction of the ozone. This we do know.

Some more things we know: The atmosphere contains 5% more moisture than it did in 1970, when readings first began.

Humankind’s effect on the planet can be measured far earlier than the Industrial Revolution even. Ice cores taken from glaciers are able to show the rise of agriculture in such detail that even such events as the plagues in Europe and changes in farming techniques in China some 5 thousand years ago can be accurately charted and compared with the historical record. They match perfectly. Therefore it is highly logical to suggest that the effects of the Industrial Revolution will have an impact. Just what that impact will be is a question which can’t be answered with 100% certainty.

It shouldn’t be controversial that we as a species must learn to be stewards of the Earth. We cannot survive otherwise.

Yet it is important to remember that many factors besides human intervention are at work as well. And that the whole system is too complicated to pin any one season’s weather on the effect of humankind.

Posted by BajaArizona | Report as abusive

@ Skylor

Regarding your comment about “shacks”. After Hurricane Andrew in the early ’90s, building codes vastly improved to deal with wind shear. The new International Residential Code (IRC) which has been adopted by most states and municipalities calls for a resistance to lateral loads (wind shear or earthquakes) equivalent to 100 mph (approx. 170 kph). That’s quite high. The Joplin tornado had winds of 200 mph. Even the concrete hospital was massively damaged. Many were killed even though they were no where near any windows.

Basements are a good idea unless you live in a flood prone area.

It is almost impossible to build something economically that will resist 200 mph winds. I worked in construction design for 10 years and it the idea of a hurricane/tornado/flood/fire proof home has always intrigued me. Yet the cost would be huge, and it would still be tough to guarantee that it would perform.

I do predict that ideas like mandatory basements will be considered. Yet that does nothing for the majorities who live in houses built sometime over the past 150 years.

Posted by BajaArizona | Report as abusive

The Fujita-Pearson scale (F scale) for rating tornado intensity has only been around since 1971. Before that there was no way of comparing these storms, and 40 years is but a blink of the eye in geologic history. How can you come to any conclusions at all about climate trends from such a short record? Tornado tsunami? What a load of henny-clucking!

Posted by user8192 | Report as abusive

@godfrey2001 The people who promote these notions should be publicly called “warmists” as a term of derision.

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@ MickSmiley

“the real threat is the mindset of people like Skylor who believe the government should mandate basements, provide subsidies, and eliminate individual freedom, choice, and accountability.”

Here we go again. I have no problem with you being killed in your poorly built castle of freedom. I do have a problem with your children being killed in your poorly built castle of freedom, or your guests, or the poor shmucks who move in after you die not realizing that instead of using engineering principles to design your house you used the voices in your head. You might say that I have a right to let my children die due to my own stupidity. Or any guests are exercising their freedom of choice. Or the shmucks who move in after you die are choosing to live in your poorly built deathtrap. What about your neighbors though? Why should they suffer when a 50 mph gust picks up your house and drops it on their heads?

Building codes exist because this isn’t 1800 AD and you don’t live on a frontier. Want the freedom to die based on your ignorance of engineering? There’s still room in the Alaskan wilderness. You can build anything you want. I urge you to start packing. You’ll be much happier there, I promise.

Posted by BajaArizona | Report as abusive

@ Foxdrake

“Too complicated? That’s the BS mantra of those that refuse to accept the need to change. Regrettably, the side of corruption may win this debate by confusing the issue but I take solace in knowing that your children will go as extinct as mine.”

Take a deep breath and reread my post please. I wrote:

“…it is highly logical to suggest that the effects of the Industrial Revolution will have an impact. Just what that impact will be is a question which can’t be answered with 100% certainty.

It shouldn’t be controversial that we as a species must learn to be stewards of the Earth. We cannot survive otherwise. ”

I don’t have children but why would you take solace in their deaths? I’m not arguing against taking action to reduce our impact on the planet, quite the opposite. I’m only warning against making unsubstantiated claims tying this or that storm to specific causes. It is scientifically false and it gives political ammunition to climate change deniers who point to hyperventilating rhetoric and use it to justify doing nothing.

I suppose I should thank you for illustrating my point.

I hope your children (and my nieces/nephews) are able to survive what we’re doing to the planet.

Posted by BajaArizona | Report as abusive

Most houses in the north have basements by default and most in the south do not. Why? Foundations have to be dug deep enough to be below the frost line. In the north, depending on where you are, that’s several feet they’re having to dig anyway and so the additional cost of putting in a basement is an additional day or so of digging, a few more rows of blocks, and poring a slab. Essentially a third or more of the work is already done just to put in the footings and drainage without a basement. In the deep south they only have to go down 2-3 feet, so a trench and a few rows of blocks and a lot less drainage is all that is required, so a basement is a lot more expensive and a definite add-on. Basements are un-conditioned space, and the cost of housing is a factor of the local price per square foot of both liveable and un-conditoned space, so it’s really a profitability call. In the north, they can usually make a profit on the cost versus the uplifted price. In the south they may break even or not. If the ground is partcularly rocky or has a high water table, the cost of a basement in the south could cost more than the uplift in the house price, plus it means less houses that can be built in the same time frame with the same resources.
I would definitely pay the difference to have one, but when pinching pennnies sometimes something has to give, and how much is that basement worth to you? I’m guessing that value-add is definitely going up now with the storms becoming fiercer.

Posted by mikemm | Report as abusive

everything is a lie.weather is being manipulated as one means of controlling people.currently in parts of the u.s. there is a lot of ground saturation to better detroy things when the “quake” comes.

Posted by deerecub1977 | Report as abusive

Why all the outcry about Tea-Baggers in these posts. Doubting Al Gore or the other global warming people is not a political question. If you are intelectually curious you know that the global warming scientists have frequently shown bias, and there are documents to show that some of the “data” was fudged, sewing doubt about the concept. When I was a small child in New Orleans my mother could grow Poinsettias in the front yard. They were about 5 feet tall and every year around Christmas she put a sheet over them to make them all turn bright red. By the time I was 10 it was impossible to grow them outdoors due to the winters getting colder. Also 20 years ago, there were predictions of another ice age coming! Also, Nasa reports shrinking ice caps on Mars. Finally, a few volcanic eruptions probably release more greenhouse gasses than all the cars ever made. so I remain a skeptic.

Posted by zotdoc | Report as abusive

When the insurance industry and their actuaries weigh in, we’ll have all the information we need, right? Take politics out of it and we’ll have the free market decide things based on math. Never mind moral or emotional factors. Rising insurance rates will force people into flimsier and flimsier homes which are cheaper to rebuild. Soon people will just live in tents. Problem solved!

Posted by LEEDAP | Report as abusive

What’s sad & ironic, is that most of these Tornadoes, floods, even oil spills, etc, tend to occur in areas prone to Right-Wing anti-science, anti-reality, ideology.
So, while my heart feels for many of these people, on a human level, there’s a part of me that’s become totally apathetic to their plight. They keep believing & voting in the lunatics, that are destroying the Country/Environment. Maybe one of these violent storms, will jar their dormant brains into activity, and they’ll wake up & start respecting reality.

Posted by burf | Report as abusive

“The goal of the America’s Climate Choices studies is to ensure that climate decisions are informed by the best possible scientific knowledge, analysis, and advice, both now and in the future,” said committee chair Albert Carnesale, chancellor emeritus and professor, University of California, Los Angeles.


That’s not exactly “doing nothing”. Getting stuff like that together and living a normal life simultaneously is not easy.

In fact, if one were to try to do something, or, even a large group of qualified people who represent government interests did, they would be stymied by the pace of real progress in today’s industrial enviroments, and the public need for “instant” everything, including new fuels and fuel processing. When one accepts the fact that Earth has a finite “self-replenishing” amount of atmosphere, and 100+ years of greenhouse gas emitting large-scale fuel-burning human history behind it, the question of whether or not anything CAN be done about lessening the effects of our human lifestyles upon our home planet comes into discussion. Maybe that’s what’s being done at that level of study.

What can be done today might not be enough, unfortunately.

So, we have possibilities ahead of us. Is there enough information for government to accomodate any real-time measure of progress when it comes to cleaning the Earth’s atmosphere actively? What are some acceptable choices for generations existing and those ones to come? Do we collaborate the planned end of older fossil fuel burning and move towards energy storage using synthetic chemical electrolytes and alternative energy sources like geothermal vent heat storage and solar energy? (FYI, those systems currently available don’t generate enough energy to power my television set, much less a strong automobile).

The question then evolves from “what are we to do” into, “where exactly are we going to re-invent our whole energy-consuming natural social network of structure, infrastucture and growing public energy and fuel needs, if it took 150 years to build it the way we live it, the first time”? We don’t live in “Metropolis”, by the way, and maybe that’s a good thing. Their vision of the distant future leaves a lot of predicatble chaos lingering within its boundaries.

Maybe the next step is to globalize and monitor large-scale huamn endeavor changes in adaptable and new energy use and fuel alternatives, or accurately report numeric growth in the nations who adapt fuel transformations use from gasoline to electric, and conversely address the measure of energy and strength that that new technology can produce and how much more it will need as society purchases new electric and hybrid vehicles like the Checy Volt(C) and Honda Prius(C) en masse. Admittedly, that won’t change the polluted atmosphere anytime soon, but, making the engine and energy availability changes real, could have a solid positive effect for generations who come around long after we are destroyed environmentally by what I can see now is a sort of multi-layered and probably fearful set of societal concerns and available knowledge of how little changes in lifestyle can affect an entire planet’s well-being.

Posted by BeMoreCritical | Report as abusive

@ zotdoc

Your post shows exactly why the political barriers to fighting climate change are so high. Based on your personal experiences you have extrapolated a conclusion about the most complex physics question in science. You have all the “evidence” you need, based on shrinking ice caps on Mars and the fact that your mother couldn’t grow poinsettias?

We know for a fact that the jet stream surrounding the Arctic was far weaker this winter. The jet stream is referred to as an “arctic fence”, keeping the cold air of the Arctic penned up. The fence broke down last winter, allowing frigid air to flow south all across the Northern continents. At the same time, warmer air from the south was able to flow north.

In the Canadian province of Nunavut, the town of Coral Harbor which is close to the Arctic Circle at 64 degrees North Latitude and is located at the northwest corner of Hudson Bay, temperatures on 6 January 2011 were a remarkable 54 F degrees warmer than average!

Iqaluit, the capital of the remote Canadian territory of Nunavut, had to cancel its New Year’s snowmobile parade. For the first time ever. David Ell, the deputy mayor, said that people in the region had been looking with envy at snowbound American and European cities. “People are saying, ‘That’s where all our snow is going!’ ” he said.

Most scientists agree the combination of 5% more moisture in the atmosphere since 1970 (when records first started being kept) and Arctic air escaping the “fence” has resulted in the last two colder and snowier winters in North America. The data is compelling, but science demands more rigorous analysis to bolster the preliminary conclusion. Those who need to make up their minds within a few seconds are frustrated with the pace of science wrongly use this as “proof” that they don’t know what their talking about. Far simpler to just look out the window, take note of the weather of the day, and apply sweeping unsupported generalizations. That way you don’t actually have to understand anything too complex, which might make your head hurt.

In fact, it’s almost June and not only hasn’t the snowpack in the West begun to melt yet, it’s actually still snowing there, raising serious concerns of catastrophic flooding come late June/July. Meanwhile, the Arctic north is warmer and drier than it has been in quite a long time.

It is a temptation of simple minds to look out the window at the weather and based on nothing more come to conclusions about climate change. The topic is far to complex for that. It requires an open, educated, and analytical mind free of bias to even begin to connect the dot. There is plenty of seemingly conflicting data which on closer examination do not rule out the consensus that humans are directly altering the climate. According to history, we should be starting a slide into another Ice Age within a few thousand years, and perhaps Global Warming is putting that off. The macro patterns show that the Earth is naturally becoming cooler across the millenia. This doesn’t mean that we don’t have to worry about human caused warming. We may postpone the Ice age a few thousand years from now, but in the meantime the disruptions caused by climate change may cause catastrophe events for humanity over the next few hundred years.

Posted by BajaArizona | Report as abusive

Basements are not a norm in the plains states as we all tend to have shifting clay soil which just destroys the rest of your home if you have a basement. There are storm shelter availability but very pricey.

Posted by SVargas | Report as abusive

Not going to get in the debate of why or who is to blame. Most tornadoes can be survived with early warning, by going to a small indoor space, but the tornadoes that are popping up these days are not those we are used to seeing on a regular basis. With these F4 and F5 tornadoes, the weathermen are telling us, “you’re not going to be safe unless you get underground”. Problem is, many of us just don’t have access to underground shelters. Even in a city with a major University, there are not many shelters available to residents. There are so many apartment complexes, etc. here, with nowhere to hide. We ended up in a school hallway yesterday, with the threat of an F4 tornado heading directly towards us. All I could do is have my son get down, so I could cover him with my body if it hit… and pray. We were missed by about half a mile, but I’ll tell you, as one who used to always ignore the watches and warnings, since we see them every day in Oklahoma, I now pay attention. My son and I had to outrun one in my vehicle last May, and then seeing my old home in Joplin being wiped off the map this past weekend… I pay attention now. Like I said, I’m not going to get in the argument of who or what is causing the stronger tornadoes and more of them, the simple fact is, it is happening, and we just need to do whatever we can to make ourselves as safe as possible. It’s not possible for most of us to pack up and move elsewhere, so our only option is to pay attention. Yesterday, I heeded the warnings… as I watched the news and saw it coming our way, I left for the school BEFORE our county had a warning, and thankfully arrived safely and on time.

Posted by baybay11 | Report as abusive

No problem at all foxdrake.

I spent my youth learning wilderness survival skills and backpacking solo across the American West. Eventually I had to return to the cities and get a job. It broke my heart.

I know a little bit about what we are losing. I was once as fired up as you are now. It doesn’t help. It doesn’t help your well being and it doesn’t change anyone’s mind. All they do is react to your emotions with their own emotion of rejectionism. And the world turns, sicker and sicker.

It has been said that we humans live here on Earth with geologic consent, subject to withdrawal at any moment.

There are other consenting parties as well, too many to count. Astronomical consent can also be withdrawn in the form of large meteors or solar storms or a blast of cosmic rays from a too-near super nova…and others–some of which we are undoubtedly unaware of.

And then there is biological consent. There is an old book called The Hot Zone which puts forth a theory that the AIDs virus, as well as Ebola, and who knows what else, were lurking in a remote high plateau of jungle which up until the 1960s had been at the center of an enormous impenetrable forest. By then, humans had cut that forest down. The so-called Aids Highway was the first modern road in the area and it passed near this plateau. The first hot spots of Aids occurred along this road. A British man in the 70s visited a cave on this plateau and became ill. Within days he began vomiting blood on a plane to a hospital in a major city. He died of Ebola, previously known as Marburg virus. A Dutch boy went to the same cave and he died the same way. Meanwhile, Aids is spreading outward along this new road. We now know that AIDs jumped from primates to humans for the first time only a couple decades earlier through consumption of bush meat (eating monkeys). Some have postulated that these viruses are Earth’s antibodies, activated only when humans were able to destroy enough jungle to get at them. I should mention scientist descended on the cave and found nothing.

Life is fragile. Civilization is more fragile still. The Amazon, called the lungs of the world, will be completely gone to loggers within 30 years. Then what will we breathe? Perhaps we also survive by Human Consent. And in the name of money we are doing everything we can to revoke it on ourselves.

So yeah, I get why you might be feeling a bit emotional about it all. It’s ok.

Posted by BajaArizona | Report as abusive

Hmm, global warming/climate change, who to believe?….. the leading scientists in the field of climatology who can clearly present their information, and back it up with scientific data. Or should we believe the corporate spokesperson who stands to profit from LESS EPA regulation? Science vs profit? I know who I think is lying, and I’ll give you a hint….those that stand most to profit from being allowed to pollute at will.

Posted by Marla | Report as abusive

Mr. Easterbrook I just saw your appearance on The Colbert Report. For once I wished Stephen would shut up and let you talk. You have a serious point and he barely let you get it out. Now I understand what it is like to actually care about the person being interviewed. When you want to listen to their ideas, it isn’t possible through the frenetic banter. You should move some books, however. I still think Colbert is my hero for life for the White House Correspondent’s Dinner with Bush. I know you think that event is a sign of the apocalypse but when my middle eastern wife (we’re atheists, that islamic turtle joke was a bit flat btw but you were on the spot) watched colbert mock bush she was floored. She couldn’t believe no one arrested him or no crazy person shot him as soon as he left the building. The correspondent’s dinner can be the best thing about our political culture. I qualify “can be” because Rich Little’s stale, safe Reagan impersonations the year after demonstrated W’s fear of ever facing such roasting again.

Posted by BajaArizona | Report as abusive

You make a curious assertion in that, “The mild warming of the past 100 years — about 1 degree Fahrenheit globally averaged — was good for crop yields, and moderated demand for energy.” A man of your intellect should be able to process that if all the generations human beings before us operated under the same assumption you posit, the planet would’ve been made inhabitable for our species long ago. The use of the misleading statistic “1 degree” in global warming over the last hundred years is commonly used as a stick against so-called Environmental Alarmists. It seems like such a insignificant change; 1 degree, who cares? Mr. Easterbrook, you are smarter than that, and you know it. Maybe like the leaders you chastised today in your blog for lying about their mistakes, you too find it difficult to emerge from the hole you have dug for yourself in the past by making light of Global Warming. It’s OK to admit you were wrong; just come out and say, “Hey, we human beings did mess the planet up pretty bad the last century.” We will forgive you…Come clean, you will feel better for it. Or if not, maybe you and Palin can go gang up and get that Revere guy for being a traitor!

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