AOC – self-proclaimed agent of “progress” who loves to boast about her plans to combat “climate change” is wrong about just that.
At least, so says longtime Danish environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg, who has been researching the facts behind so-called climate change and fighting AOC-style environmentalists for decades.
Up until now, Lomborg seems to have let AOC’s fallacious statements on the environment slide.
But, it appears that her most recent tweet about Hurricane Dorian being “what climate change looks like” got Mr. Lomborg’s attention and criticism.
Here’s AOC’s tweet for reference:
And, here's the truth bomb that Lomborg had to tell AOC and posse, in a piece he wrote in response to their ignorance published in The New York Post:
With Hurricane Dorian striking the Bahamas and the East Coast, the climate blame game is now in full swing again: Global-warming activists, newspaper columnists, TV commentators and politicians are drawing links between climate change and hurricanes.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for example, warns, “This is what climate change looks like.” Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders one-ups that, tweeting: “Hurricane Dorian has everything to do with climate change, which is the existential crisis of our time.”
Julian Castro is also tying Dorian to global warming.
They’re wrong, but their warnings fit a pattern. When hurricanes Harvey and Irma both hit mainland US in quick succession in 2017, critics claimed this was the “new normal.”
In fact, those two storms, along with Michael in 2018, were the only three major hurricanes greater than a Category 3 to hit the continental US in the last 13 years. That’s a record low since 1900. For comparison, the average over the same timeframe has been nearly eight major hurricanes.
It’s vital to consider the science. In its most recent assessment, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that “no robust trends in annual numbers of tropical storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes … have been identified over the past 100 years in the North Atlantic basin.”
Globally, the international scientific body finds “no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency.”
What’s more, “confidence in large-scale changes in the intensity of extreme extratropical cyclones [big events like Superstorm Sandy] since 1900 is low.”
The person who did more than most to link global warming to hurricanes was Al Gore. A poster for his movie “An Inconvenient Truth” showed a hurricane growing out of a smokestack, and the former vice president blamed Hurricane Katrina on global warming.
Gore was following 2005 talking points from the Sierra Club that were intended for environmentalists looking to sell expensive limits on carbon emissions: “Ride the wave of public concern created over extreme weather,” the group advised.
Activists continue to ride that wave by taking advantage of fear, and by misusing the fact that hurricane costs do keep escalating. Yet this cost spike isn’t caused by climate change but by having more people with more wealth live in harm’s way.
Since 1900, the US population has risen four-fold, but Florida’s coastal population increased 67 times. Homes are bigger and have more expensive possessions.
Moreover, adjusted for population and wealth, US hurricane damage actually has not even gone up since 1900. As a percentage of global GDP, global weather damage dipped from 1990-2017.
Sorry AOC and crew...looks like the facts just aren't adding up.
Thank you, Mr. Lomborg.