What a Difference a Page Makes for Global Warming, Hurricanes
The global warming debate can be awash with contradicting information â€“ even in separate sections of the same newspaper.
In the August 20 Washington Post, reporter Juliet Eilperin showed that scientists donâ€™t agree whether climate change is causing more powerful hurricanes. Meanwhile, in the Postâ€™s Outlook section, author and global warming promoter Mike Tidwell predicted that a Katrina-like catastrophe is â€ścoming hereâ€ť to Washington.
Eilperin made it clear that the science is far from settled on the topic. â€śAcademics have published a flurry of papers either supporting or debunking the idea that warmer temperatures linked to human activity are fueling more intense storms,â€ť she wrote.
The Post news piece pointed out this seasonâ€™s weather reality, that â€śthe calm hurricane season in the Atlantic so far this year has only intensified the argument.â€ť
Tidwell, author of â€śThe Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of Americaâ€™s Coastal Cities,â€ť didnâ€™t even discuss the possibility of another viable view. Instead, he painted a picture that made Al Goreâ€™s â€śAn Inconvenient Truthâ€ť look upbeat.
â€śBarring a rapid change in our nationâ€™s relationship to fossil fuels, every American within shouting distance of an ocean â€“ including all of us in the nationâ€™s capital â€“ will become de facto New Orleanians,â€ť he wrote.
Tidwell went on and on, warning about the â€śtsunami-like surge tide of the next great storm.â€ť And he left no room for doubt about the cause: â€śBecause of global warming, this is our future,â€ť he claimed.
But Eilperin made it clear in the news article that scientists havenâ€™t come to that conclusion. â€śBoth sides are using identical data but coming up with conflicting conclusions,â€ť she said, citing different research time periods and diverse academic backgrounds as key reasons for the differences of opinion.