Is global warming – or climate change – responsible for the massive tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri killing at least 116 people?
That’s the question MSNBC host Tamron Hall asked Dr. Howard Bluestein, a professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma on Monday.
But Dr. Bluestein dismissed the idea, recalling other historic tornado seasons, and said this years storms could simply be “due to natural variability.”
Newsbusters’ Alex Fitzsimmons noted that it took less than 24 hours for the left wing network to put a political spin on the tragedy in Missouri:
Hall began the interview with an open-ended question about the potential causes of these severe weather events, but after Bluestein suggested “random chance” could be the culprit, the daytime anchor pressed the climate change issue.
The exchange, according to Newsbusters, went as follows:
TAMRON HALL: What about climate change? You have many people who see these severe storms, and not just the tornados, but the strength of hurricanes and even severe storms, we’re getting hail and high winds right now from Texas, I believe, all the way through the Midwest. Is this a result of climate change or an effect of climate change?
Dr. HOWARD BLUESTEIN, University of Oklahoma: Well I can’t speak for hurricanes, but for tornadoes and supercells, I don’t think we can prove whether or not the occurrence of all these bad events this year are due to global warming whatsoever. They could be simply due to natural variability. After all, when you think back to some of the other historic events, like April 30 1974, the tornadoes in Missouri in 1953, the tri-state tornadoes back in 1925. If you through the records, you’ll see that every 20, 30, 40 years there are these tremendous widespread outbreaks and some of them occurred long before we were talking about global warming.
HALL: Alright, Dr. Howard Bluestein, of the University of Oklahoma, where they certainly see their share of tornadoes in that state. Thank you so much, sir.
Blaming so-called “man-made global warming” for storms is nothing new for the left.
In late April, acolytes of the global-warming religion blamed Republicans as well as global warming for storms that killed nearly 300 people:
While folks in Spokane are witnessing unusually cold and snowy weather, southerners have been subjected to violent storms and tornadoes that have killed nearly 300 people, leaving entire neighborhoods in ruins.
Predictably, acolytes of man-made global warming blame human activity for the outbreak.
Sarene Marshall, Managing Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Global Climate Change Team, made the connection between a “warming” planet and increased carbon emissions.“ According to Marshall, “…both are connected to the increased intensity and severity of storms that we both are witnessing today, and are going to see more of in the coming decades.”
The F-5 tornado that struck Joplin damaged nearly 30 percent of the city, cutting a six-mile long swath of destruction through the city.
A Yahoo report notes:
April, May and early June are tornado season. According to the old scale, there are 51 confirmed F-5 tornadoes. Notable among the F-5s are several which took place in 1953. On May 11 of that year, 114 people were killed in Waco, Texas.
Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma are known as “Tornado Alley.” The most devastating F-5 did not occur in any of those states. It occurred way up north in my home state of Michigan. On June 8, 1953, 116 people were killed in an F-5 tornado in the Beecher tornado near Flint.
Is is highly unlikely global warming is to blame. But those who want radical laws to “save the planet” will no doubt use this tragedy to push their agenda.
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