Oh, the spin on a hurricane. When it comes to global warming deniers, they spin faster than a Cat 5 cyclone. Joe Walsh, deposed Illinois Republican congressman turned radio propagandist told his audience, as did Limbaugh this week, that a hurricane has not hit the continental US in “over 4000 days.” That will come as a shock to victims of Hurricane Sandy slightly more than 1460 days ago-back in 2012. That flawed, okay, lying statistic is used to prove that rather than an increase in storms as predicted by climate change, that there is no warming. In fact, the intensity of storms has increased as evidenced by a series of super-cyclones in the pacific in just the last 3 years. Limbaugh, Walsh and others conveniently isolate the “Continental United States,” ignoring that the contiguous US accounts for just 7% of the total LAND area of the planet. Since the planet is roughly 70% water, the US land mass presents a rather insignificant target. Dozens of powerful storms have lashed the Caribbean, Mexico, central and South America, and many more cyclones have pounded the Pacific rim. but then the US. They also fail to point out that El Nino and abnormally high ocean temperatures affected the formation of storms over the past year to 18 months. Further, a greater amount of moisture in the atmosphere due to warming may have affected the incidence of African atmospheric dust in the Atlantic, which plays a part in storm and hurricane formation. Recall, in an earlier post we pointed out that the environment is not cyclical, but that evolves in patterns, sort of like stairs are similar in shape, but each is higher or lower than the next, and therefore not identical. Finally, oil and anti-warming industry crowd, like Michael Savage and the others this week pointed to the “miniscule” 3 millimeter, or 0.13 inch annual rise in the ocean surface-something, by the way, they were denying completely 2 years ago(See the deniers are evolving too!) over the past 20 years. The number is fairly accurate, but they are counting that you will not comprehend the size and scale of the planet’s oceans, and the amount of glacial melting it would take to cause such a rise globally. They also rely that you won’t add 0.13 times 20, for a total sea level rise of 2.6 inches, exactly what scientists predicted. The scary part is, they are right. Too many of us won’t do the math…That’s okay, maybe Donald Trump will build a wall.
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WC Turck WC Turck is the author of more than 5 books, an artist, critically acclaimed playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His latest book "A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17." His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He hosted "Helter Skelter" a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics on Que4 radio in Chicago. He was also an organizing board member of Chicago's only community radio station dedicated to supporting diversity in media. Turck also hosted Revolution and Beer, with co-host Brian Murray, a weekly TV and radio show. He has been featured on radio, television and newpapers across the country, including The Thom Hartmann Show, WLS, WCPT, The Grant Cordone program, NPR, the Chicago Tribune and more. Turck also has nearly two decades experience in the airline industry, working for both Lufthansa and United Airlines. He is also an expert in Balkan and European History, Nationalism, PTSD and Issues of Genocide and Racism. For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.wcturckhelterskelter.wordpress.com