Be careful what you wish for.

I’ve been quiet lately because I’m in Miami Beach for the King Tide flooding, and spending a lot of time in the field shooting.

Torrential Tropical rain hit Miami tonight during high tide, on the eve of the year’s highest tide predicted for tomorrow morning.  All over Miami beach, streets were overflowing their curbs with storm water, as saturday night revelers sought shelter in buildings and under overhangs.

I’ll be out on the streets with camera in the am.

The video above from 2010 is relevant to the current debate because in it, I featured clips from Trump crush “Obama is a demon” Alex Jones, who was already an internet star focusing on right wing conspiracies and climate denial.

It’s clear with the benefit of hindsight that today’s “alt-right” crypto fascist faction of the Republican party was birthed, at least in part, in the fossil fuel funded fever swamps of climate change denial.

A relevant example in current news is the way the right wing is making use of emails hacked from the Democratic party and Clinton campaign staffers.

MediaMatters:

Conservative media outlets are fabricating the claim that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton “hates everyday Americans” based on a blatant misinterpretation of a leaked email.

Citing a hacked email from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta that was released by WikiLeaks, conservative outlets like Infowars, the Drudge Report, WND, and Gateway Pundit claimed to have proof that Clinton “hates everyday Americans,” when the email in question is clearly about the phrase “everyday Americans,” not actual people. Infowars has since seemingly deleted its article, and Drudge, who was originally linking to the grossly inaccurate Infowars story, is now instead linking to a Daily Caller story that makes clear the discussion was about the cliche “everyday Americans.”

Rush Limbaugh ran with the story on his radio show claiming that in the email Podesta was “admitting that Hillary Clinton has begun to hate everyday Americans.

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I pointed out months ago that climate impacts in Florida could have an impact in swinging Republican climate deniers around – because any pathway to the Presidency becomes difficult, if not impossible, for GOP without Florida.

Al Gore is of course, always well briefed. In his appearance yesterday with Hillary Clinton at a post-Mathew Florida rally, Gore warned as usual of climate change, and Hillary joined in – here, AP fact checks the statements.

AP quotes MIT’s Kerry Emanuel, you can see my interview with Dr. Emanuel and others, above. Below, recent discussions on weather v climate, which if you have not seen, do so now.

AP Fact Check:

MIAMI (AP) — During a campaign rally in Miami Tuesday, Hillary Clinton said Hurricane Matthew was “likely more destructive because of climate change.”

Clinton was campaigning alongside former Vice President Al Gore, who has become a leading climate change activist since leaving politics. She said near record high ocean temperatures “contributed to the torrential rainfall and the flash flooding” from the storm, particularly in the Carolinas.

Clinton also said that rising sea levels mean Matthew’s “storm surge was higher and the flooding was more severe.”

THE FACTS: Clinton is generally right in a big picture way, but scientists who study hurricanes and climate change were not quite as comfortable when it comes to attributing significantly worse harm from a single storm like Matthew.

MIT meteorology professor Kerry Emanuel, an expert on hurricanes and climate, called Clinton’s assessment “a simplification of the truth.”

Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami, said the signs of climate change are only seen in “the long-term average.” Clinton’s statement, he said, was “a little bit strongly worded for a single event.”

But as for the storm surge being worse, Emanuel called that a “no brainer” because sea level is higher.

https://twitter.com/rahmstorf/status/786227824927531008

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See Trump science advisor Alex Jone’s video rant below on this page.

No doubt I’ll be hearing from deniers that Obama didn’t specifically deny that he was, in fact, a demon.

 

Alex Jones in full cry. One of Trump’s big inspirations.

Ok, he’s not technically the science advisor, yet, but I’m guessing head of DOE, perhaps, or maybe HHS.

Republicans, check mirror. You’ve. done. this. to. yourselves.

I got a question the other night about the Ozone hole. Important to note, the Ozone problem is not one and the same as the global warming issue (there’s a lot of confusion out there), a not-frequently-enough-remembered story about how that problem was solved has lessons for today.

Conservative heroes Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were savvy enough to see that the problem was real and demanded global action. That action is now bearing fruit, and the ozone layer is healing, saving much of life on earth.

Mrs. Thatcher of course, a chemist by training, also recognized early on the threat from climate change, and said so. My video from a few years ago documents. By all means, share with your ditto head uncle.

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For those that have bought the “dodged a bullet” theory of Hurricane Mathew.

In a sea level, water vapor, heat content transformed world, storms have multiple pathways to destructive power.

Mashable:

With North Carolina reeling from more than 17 inches of rain from Hurricane Matthew, it’s time to face the fact that the way we measure hurricanes and communicate their likely impacts is seriously flawed.

We need a new hurricane intensity metric that more accurately reflects a storm’s potential to cause death and destruction well inland, rather than the Saffir-Simpson Wind Intensity Scale, which focuses on the potential for coastal damage from high winds and storm surge flooding.

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Right now, the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Intensity Scale is what we use to communicate how strong a storm is. Developed by engineer Herb Saffir and meteorologist Bob Simpson in the early 1970s, it is based on the maximum sustained winds in a hurricane.

But this ignores the multitude of other threats that hurricanes pose to coastal and inland areas. In the U.S., Hurricane Matthew, which was the longest-lasting Category 4 and 5 storm on record during the month of October, will be remembered more for its water damage — both storm surge and inland flooding — than its winds, which is what the Saffir Simpson Scale communicates.

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