Carol Platt Liebau: Laying New Myths to Rest

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Laying New Myths to Rest

It seems that natural disasters bring out the worst in Democratic politicians, who seize on tragey to try to score political points.

As this piece in the LA Times makes clear, no, global warming is not to blame for the California fires.

And no, John Garamendi, the fact that 3000 National Guards are serving in Iraq has had no impact on our ability to fight the fires.

2 Comments:

Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...

But take a look at the article, get past the headline. The article goes on to say:

"But eventually global warming could make Southern California's occasional droughts more persistent, exacerbating the fire danger.

Conditions as dry as the Dust Bowl of the 1930s could prevail in the Southwest by the middle of this century, according to a study published this year in Science.

The researchers based their conclusion on climate models showing how warmer temperatures would expand the reach of a powerful atmospheric circulation pattern known as the Hadley cell. Changes to the cell would dry air through the subtropics, including a swath from Colorado to California.

The study suggested that the transformation may already be underway. The Southwestern United States has been in drought since 2000, although tree-ring records show there have been far drier periods during the last millennium.

Scientists said more persistent drought would inevitably lead to more fires, as long as intermittent periods of moisture allowed vegetation to grow as fodder for flames."

Besides buying more firetrucks, southern California and the rest of the world need to work on global warming.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

'"But eventually global warming could make Southern California's occasional droughts more persistent, exacerbating the fire danger. ...'

But then again, after a few years the Demcorats COULD be warning us of an impending Ice Age!

2:02 PM  

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