The last time Georgia was struck by a hurricane of force Category 3 or higher happened in 1898. The last Category 5 storm to hit Florida was Andrew in 1992. Its winds topped 165 mph (265 kph), killing 65 people and inflicting $26 billion in damage. It was at the time the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history.
Climte catastrophists have a problem here. They are hoisted on the horns of a dilemma by a petard of their own making. “It’s the worst since (a recent date)” provokes the response: “So this happens all the time then?” while “It’s the worst since (a date in the distant past)” provokes the response: “So this was already happening long before man-made global warming?”
Except that there’s no dilemma for the journalists. They won’t pose the questions which would reveal the flagrant contradiction, because they’re too stupid or frightened or indoctrinated, and they want a story. And a generation of scientists raised on a Guinness Book of Records view of science is not going to enlighten them.
So Irma will be “the worst..” for President Macron, who has already attributed Hurricane Irma to Man-Made Global Warming, and convoked a COP21 bis for the 12th December to challenge Trump’s withdrawal from COP21.
Except that Irma’s death toll on the French Islands of St Martin and St Bart has been reduced from 10 to 4 without explanation. Could it be that buildings built to French specifications, housing French citizens, resist better than those in – say – Haiti?
French President Macron has promised to visit the devastated French Overseas Territories soon. It would be embarrassing for a French President, defending the principles of the COP21, to arrive in the next few days on French territory in the Caribbean to find that there have been hardly any casualties, while in nearby Haiti or Puerto Rico casualties were much worse.
It would demonstrate that it is not climate change that is the problem, but level of development. That a person killed when his house collapses during a hurricane is a victim, not of climate change, but of lousy building standards linkled to poverty.
There”s a silence around Hurricane Irma at the moment on the sceptic blogosphere. We sceptics insist often enough that our defence of fossil fuels against the fantasy of renewables is a defence of the right for the poor to have access to the cheap fossil fuels enjoyed by the rich like Richard Branson, with his private yacht and private plane, presently cowering in his concrete wine cellar/bunker on his private island.
Branson will be emerging from his bunker soon, full of arguments for combatting global warming which will enrich Virgin, just as Macron will be returning from the French Carribean terrtiories armed wih arguments for France defending the principles of COP21, While continuing to be the sole member of the European Union not subject to the Union’s rules on budget deficits.
The Western Media will be there to support them, the millionaire victims of climate change, and the millionaire elected president sworn to combat climate change.
Where will we be?