Obama’s Executive Action on Climate

November 4, 2013

Governing as if science was real. What a concept.




10 Responses to “Obama’s Executive Action on Climate”

  1. daveburton Says:

    Obama’s action is political science, not geophysical science. The latter is a foreign concept to the Obama administration.

    • Are you proposing no disaster relief for sandy and no preparation for further disasters? The 100 year disasters are happening more frequently. How can ignoring them be cheaper? What does any of that have to do with politics as opposed to preparation and relief? Would you elect to reject relief when the flood hits?

  2. I wouldn’t expect the President to be doing science, geophysical or otherwise. I would expect him to prepare the government and all its agencies for the increased storms, regional droughts, regional flooding, rising sea levels, and loss of ecosystems/ habitats that climate instability entails. It’s a tall order. One that he is attempting to carry out, here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/01/executive-order-preparing-united-states-impacts-climate-change

  3. kingdube Says:

    Why then are severe storms of all types going down in strength and frequency of occurrence?

    • Obviously a hypothetical. Have you been outdoors in South-East Asia in the last two months?

    • First we need to decouple “frequency” from “strength”, since a decrease in frequency of tropical cyclones, for instance, is widely predicted among climate scientists – so your implication of the opposite is an example of the “Strawman” fallacy.

      “Strength” is another matter, and is of course more important because of its implications for destruction. Your claim is invalid by any reasonable measure. There has been an increase in Category 4 and Category 5 hurricanes, which are the most intense; but even that measure (that is, wind speeds) fails to account for important factors in the destructiveness of storms:

      1) Higher sea level means that storm surges, and the potential flooding that follows, will be much larger.

      2) More air in the atmosphere means more rain both in the storm and ahead of the storm front itself (PRE).

    • According to whom?
      Widespread increases in heavy precipitation have occurred,
      Droughts have been occurring more frequently because of global warming

    • MorinMoss Says:

      It’s been a below average year in the Atlantic but not so in the Pacific.
      Despite a slow start, the season has passed the 45yr average with 2 months left in the year and has had some big typhoons.

  4. kingdube Says:

    Let’s face it. The climate has never been more boring. Even the weather blogs trying to toe the party line and promote public panic — I mean “awareness” — of global warming are reduced to reporting one of GISS’s excessive spikes as being “the fourth warmest September on record” while quietly neglecting the fact that in HADCRUT4, RSS and UAH it was nothing of the sort and while even more quietly neglecting the fact that if one goes back a few months the report might have been that June was the fourth coldest in 20 years. Reduced to reporting a carefully cherry-picked fourth warmest event? Ho hum.
    Dr. Robert Brown

    • Dube, that “quietly neglecting the fact that if one goes back a few months the report might have been that June was the fourth coldest in 20 years” seems like you’ve plagiarised a rgbatduke comment on WUWT that Willard Anthony elevated to the status of an article: ‘Let’s face it the climate has never been more boring’, posted on Nov 4 this year. And that was well-wrong.
      The fourth coldest June in the last 20 years was not just a few months ago. In GISTemp, the fourth coldest June in the last 20 years was in 2004 and in HadCRUT was in 1999, Of course it’s meaningless in the great scheme of things as the coldest June on record was over 100 years ago in both GISTemp and in HadCRUT data sets.
      So there you go, rgbatduke doesn’t bother to check the facts (and by association neither do you, Dube).
      Applying either your or rgbatduke’s definition of ‘a few months’, the hottest June on record was just a few months ago in 1998. ‘Ho hum’.

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