.. and states in an article in the Guardian
that Tropical Storm Harvey was “exacerbated” by manmade global warming “…in a way that greatly increased the risk of damage and loss of life.” Since loss of life is currently put at three, and Mann asserts that warming in the past few decades has increased airborn moisture by 3 to 5%, presumably 3-5% of those deaths are attributable to global warming. Of course, the death toll may rise, but Mann doesn’t know that yet.
He attributes sea level rise in the gulf of Mexico partly to global warming, and partly to land subsidence due to oil exploration, so one way or another, fossil fuels are to blame. But fossil fuels are also to blame for Texas being an immensely rich state, while lack of fossil fuels are to blame for the fact that a much smaller tropical storm in Sierra Leone recently killed about a thousand people.
A careful comparative study of the role of fossil fuels in the economies of Texas and Sierra Leone might yield some interesting results in the struggle to stop people from dying in large numbers in natural disasters. No doubt there’s a distinguished professor in some University in West Africa working on the question now, with generous financing from large American Foundations and the European Union.
Or possibly not.
[Apologies for having incorrectly identified the West African country which recently experienced a catastrophic storm-induced mud slide as Gambia]