From the “weather is not climate unless we say it is” department.
While weepy Bill McKibben…
and Joe Romm: Tornadoes, Extreme Weather And Climate Change, Revisited
…wail about the latest tornado outbreak being a result of the catch all “climate change” (translation: universal boogeyman) it is worth noting that Dr. Pielke Jr. has an interesting and germane post titled: An Embarassment of Riches
There is seemingly a bottomless well of nonsense on disasters and climate change. I have long ago accepted that such nonsense is, like the presence of arguments rejecting the basic science of climate change, a situation to be lived with rather than changed. Even so, I can still poke some fun.
Reality Check: The ability of the reinsurance industry to accurately reflect the state of the science of disasters and climate change has long been questionable. The industry is currently awash in money, a condition that Guy Carpenpter characterized just a few months ago as “the reinsurance sector remains adequately capitalized with a significant excess capital position” (PDF). In such a context, when reinsurers ask the government to take on some of their risks justified by “climate change,” you should hold tight to your wallet. Conflicted.For anyone who is interested in the actual science of disasters and climate change, I’ll be speaking on the subject later today here at CU (for others, just have a look at TCF, chapters 7 and 8).
Having a copy of the ClimateFix myself, I can also recommend it and chapters 7 and 8. – Anthony
The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won’t Tell You About Global Warming is available at Amazon.com