Monday, October 29, 2012

Climate Change and "Frankenstorm"


Climate Progress has posted an informative article titled "Did Climate Change Help Create Frankenstorm'"? (10-26-12).

Climate Progress reports:

Kevin Trenberth, former head of the Climate Analysis Section at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research, has writtenall superstorms “are affected by climate change”:
The air is on average warmer and moister than it was prior to about 1970 and in turn has likely led to a 5–10 % effect on precipitation and storms that is greatly amplified in extremes. The warm moist air is readily advected onto land and caught up in weather systems as part of the hydrological cycle, where it contributes to more intense precipitation events that are widely observed to be occurring.
Read the whole article.

"Frankenstorm" is a really good name for Hurricane Sandy." As the environmentalist Bill McKibben (Daily Beast 10-26-12) observes:

"Frankenstorms" like Sandy are stitched together by some spooky combination of the natural and the unnatural.

Man has created the monster of climate change, and now we are reaping the whirlwind. Unfortunately, because corrupt political "leaders" like the Tea Party's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, of Nokesville, Virginia, are in the pockets of the fossil fuel industry, they persecute America's real leaders: the climate scientists who have been warning us about the threats to our national security posed by climate change.

Cuccinelli even took 55,500 dollars from John Cody AKA "Bobby Thompson, who has been arrested for financial frauds and is wanted for questioning by the FBI in connection with an ongoing espionage investigation. John Cody graduated from the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School. He was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army until he disappeared with the savings of his elderly clients in 1987.

Cuccinelli hounded and persecuted the climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann for his alleged frauds, but Cuccinelli made his case against Dr. Mann based on emails that were stolen by cybercriminals and mischaracterized by political operatives for the fossil fuel industry. Cuccinelli made his case against Dr. Mann based on plagiarized "scholarship" fabricated by Dr. Edward Wegman, Congressman Barton, and others. In a brief he sent to the EPA, Cuccinelli cited the Russian government's press agency as a credible source when they trashed western climate scientists. The Russian "expert," an economist named Andrei Illarionov, used to work for the Russian gas industry and was an advisor to Putin. Now he is an "expert" on climate change at the Libertarian Cato Institute. The Libertarians say they are against big government, but I think they are just against our big government.

Scientific organizations tried to tell the arrogant Cuccinelli exactly why he was wrong, but Cuccinelli didn't care about the truth. He didn't care about our national security, and now he has accepted a lot of money from an accused fraud who is wanted for questioning in an ongoing espionage investigation. That's a bit of a "perfect storm," too.

Virginians have a right to know why Cuccinelli got 50,000 dollars on August 31, 2009, after a telephone call with John Cody AKA Bobby Thompson. I hope the FBI and Virginia's Eastern District Court will find out how this fishy deal went down. Cuccinelli is supposed to enforce the law and protect our citizens; instead, he has turned his office into a political police, the sword and shield of the fossil fuel industry. Cuccinelli is misusing our tax dollars and mounting "legal" attacks on behalf of his fossil fuel sponsors instead of protecting our people and our country.

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