Sunday, December 19, 2010

What Next: Grope Searching Trees?

Just when I think the whole 'global warning' thing cannot get any sillier (see below), I'm proven wrong.

At an all-day White House conference on "environmental justice," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that her department is creating a new task force to battle the effects of climate change on domestic security operations.
Speaking at the first White House Forum on Environmental Justice on Thursday, Napolitano discussed the initial findings of the department's recently created "Climate Change and Adaptation Task Force."
Napolitano explained that the task force was charged with "identifying and assessing the impact that climate change could have on the missions and operations of the Department of Homeland Security." ...


"How will FEMA work with state and local partners to plan for increased flooding or wildfire or hurricane activity that is more serious than we've seen before?"

What increase in hurricanes? Just check Dr. Ryan Maue's hurricane index at Florida State University, the long term trend is decreasing hurricane activity (click to enlarge):

and, when Ms. Napolitano talks about "worse hurricanes than we have seen" she is making it up as she goes along. Remember all the forecasts right after Katrina (2005) of worsening hurricanes? This is Maue's index that combines both number and strength of tropical storms (ACE index), click to enlarge.

Yes, there was a peak in 2004-2005 but the ACE index has since dropped to record lows since then, defying all of the dire predictions made in 2005.

With regard to wildfires in the West, it has been one of the wettest Decembers in history, with more rain and snow on the way. Below is a map of current flood (green tones) and winter storm (pink and blue tones) warnings in California.
Yes, the above map represents "weather" rather than "climate." But there is no evidence (as opposed to speculation) that there is a "homeland security" threat from global warming.

The DHS, parent agency of the TSA, with this latest news (see two other postings below) strikes me as in desperate need of "adult supervision."

Hat tip: John Todd.

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