Bloomberg and Cuomo are saying that Sandy was caused by global warming. So was NPR yesterday and the people they interviewed. The problem is that this isn’t true.
‘Anyone who says there’s not a dramatic change in weather patterns, I think is denying reality,” Cuomo said in a press conference. “What is clear is that the storms that we’ve experienced in the last year or so, around this country and around the world, are much more severe than before,” Bloomberg agreed.
But scientists say the evidence is far less concrete than the politicians appear to believe.
Martin Hoerling, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said Sandy wasn’t boosted by global warming — the storm merely revealed natural forces at work.
“Great events can have little causes,” he told the New York Times. “In this case, the immediate cause is most likely little more that the coincidental alignment of a tropical storm with an extratropical storm.”
Hoerling is not some wild-eyed denier, either. He believes in global warming. But he is flatly stating – in no uncertain terms – that Sandy has no ties to it. (NPR did interview him this afternoon and broadcast it.) Lying about it is a rotten idea.
Politicizing a natural event is a really rotten idea.