The mainstream media love to talk and write about our extreme weather, but they rarely make the connection between these floods, droughts, heat waves, tornados, et. al. and global climate change. That’s why I was surprised and pleased to see this story by the Associated Press’s Seth Borenstein.
Horrendous wildfires. Oppressive heat waves. Devastating droughts. Flooding from giant deluges. And a powerful freak wind storm called a derecho.
These are the kinds of extremes climate scientists have predicted will come with climate change, although it’s far too early to say that is the cause. Nor will they say global warming is the reason 3,215 daily high temperature records were set in the month of June.
Now if we can only get Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams and whoever the hell it is over on CBS who reads the news to follow Mr. Borenstein’s lead.
Fourth of July Update: Watched the ABC evening news last night. They led off the broadcast with a story about the record heat and drought torturing the U.S. This was followed by a story about the fact that the 4th of July is typically one of the busiest travel days of the year, but consumers will be happy because gas prices have dropped, but maybe not for long as tensions between the U.S. and Iran are once again on the rise in the gulf. By the time they got to the story of Mitt Romney riding a jet ski, I was ready to puke. There was no apparent comprehension on the part of the news reader that all these stories are connected. Extreme weather… Americans driving as usual… gas prices… tensions in the mid East… and the Republican candidate for president riding a gas guzzling recreation vehicle for no purpose other than as a photo op to appeal to his base of numb-nut supporters.