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Delingpole: From Harvey to Irma, Climate Alarmists Feast Greedily on Hurricane Disaster

September 8, 2017

By Paul Homewood



Dellers fires both barrels at the climate porn merchants.

From Breitbart:




The vultures of climate alarmism are just loving this run of hurricane disasters.

Whatever the spin the goal is always the same: to exploit the personal tragedies of the disaster victims for political gain by dishonestly pretending that natural extreme weather events are somehow connected with “man-made climate change.”

Some are more blatant about it than others.

This scientist from German’s hard-left, climate-alarmism-promoting Potsdam Institute, for example, knows that there is no credible link between hurricane activity and climate change. So instead, plays the “climate change made it worse” game. Which, of course, is more than good enough for Bloomberg

Climate change can “badly exacerbate” the impact of the hurricanes, even if it’s not the initial cause, he said.

This journalist from The Nation, on the other hand, isn’t in the mood even to pretend to heed any tedious, irrelevant crap like meteorological expertise or scientific evidence. Why would you bother with that when your feelings – and The Narrative – are more than enough to enable you to pin the blame on “Trump and all climate deniers” for committing a “crime against humanity.”



The hysteria isn’t being helped by our failing mainstream media’s penchant for disaster inflation. For example, The Daily Telegraph – which used to be a respected conservative newspaper with foreign correspondents across the globe and a sticklerish regard for accuracy – has been billing Hurricane Irma as “the most deadly storm in history.”

Most deadly in history? Not even close, points out a mildly disgusted Paul Homewood.

Here, courtesy of Wikipedia, are the deadliest hurricanes:

Yes, Irma is undoubtedly a very powerful hurricane is causing enormous damage.

But as Fox News has reported, it’s not even the worst of the last forty years, let alone the worst ever.

Four other storms have had winds as strong in the overall Atlantic region but they were in the Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico, which are usually home to warmer waters that fuel cyclones.

Hurricane Allen hit 190 mph in 1980, while 2005’s Wilma, 1988’s Gilbert and a 1935 great Florida Key storm all had 185 mph winds.

Plus, as Homewood notes, we have no way of gauging precisely where Irma stands in meteorological history because the methods used to measure hurricanes have changed so much over the years.

This chart – produced by hurricane expert Chris Landsea in 2012 – illustrates the point.

None of this is to play down the misery of those who have lost lives and property as a result of these weather disasters. But it can’t be stated often enough how ugly, cynical, dishonest, manipulative and irresponsible it is of climate alarmists – aided and abetted by the failing mainstream media – to be continually promoting the abject lie that a) these hurricanes are somehow man-made and b) that man has it in his power to stop them by burning less fossil fuel.

This is junk science. It’s fake news. It’s nonsense on stilts.

And it’s never going to stop because this isn’t about science and it isn’t about the truth, it’s about control, as Steve Goddard reminds us in this excellent essay.

It ends with a typically apposite quote by HL Mencken:

The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.

  1. September 8, 2017 10:58 am

    No evidence that warming of SST is driven by fossil fuel emissions

    • September 8, 2017 11:58 am

      But ‘the “climate change made it worse” game’ is easy to play. Even if it’s just an assertion it will get into some people’s heads.

      • Joe Public permalink
        September 8, 2017 5:59 pm

        The riposte is: “You exhale, so you too are ‘contributing’ to climate changing.

  2. September 8, 2017 11:00 am

    The “Witches, Jews and Deniers” meme is an interesting one. I keep looking for historic analogues to what is happening today and the only one I ever come up with is the Nazis who skilfully bent reality and duped a whole population into following a path to their own destruction (well just about).

    • September 8, 2017 4:38 pm

      It’s interesting Euan.

      I’m a bit of a Middle Ages history buff, and Jews were certainly blamed for all sorts of social problems then, though maybe not for the climate! They were usually the first port of call when the monarch needed to raise some cash!

  3. September 8, 2017 11:16 am

    The huge loss of life from Galveston in 1900 is basically due to two things: the lack of prediction and, as Rush Limbaugh stated recently, the lack of the internal combustion engine. We are now able to predict and communicate the hurricane before it arrives. If you saw the rescues from Houston, and I imagine you watched videos, you saw every sort of boat imaginable. You also saw high water vehicles and even helicopters. All were powered by fossil fuels and those engines were not available in 1900.

    As for the monsoons, blame the “continent” of India for moving north over millions of years to smack into Asia and thus form the Himalayas. It is that which began the monsoons.

    Finally, when a graduate student in botany at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1966, I did a paper for my major professor’s field taxonomy class on the Outer Banks. I had maps of the Outer Banks over the past 300 years which would be unrecognizable today. There were also maps superimposing hurricane tracks over the past several hundred years which looked like a plate of spaghetti. What is new to the equation is not the number or severity of the hurricanes, but the advances in predictions, preparations and rescue operations. What is setting us back is the burgeoning junk science and the number of “helpful” media personnel whipping the public into a fearful frenzy.

    • Rowland H permalink
      September 8, 2017 1:28 pm

      If I may dare to repeat! “The fundamental art of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary”. H L Mencken (1880 – 1956)

  4. September 8, 2017 11:50 am

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Ambulance chasing climate vultures

  5. September 8, 2017 11:57 am

    The BBC has very nearly crossed the line between pseudo-science and religious faith, they now routinely refer to extreme weather events as Climate Change, usually not themselves but via their select list of approved guests, and with a total absence of journalistic scepticism.

    Ditch the word “change” and everything is fine. The UK is blessed by a moderate climate and absence of volcanoes and earthquakes, but most inhabited parts of the world are not so lucky. People should be demanding that overseas aid gets spent on disaster relief and improving resilience to natural events, not wasted on attempts to change the composition of the atmosphere.

    • September 8, 2017 1:11 pm

      Only WARM extreme weather events. While England has little snow, the US has frequent blizzards that kill more than hurricanes, but are never mentioned as made worse by climate change unless someone rudely points out this is not what global warming predicts. Then there’s some song and dance about “hot makes it colder” or similar nonsense.

      • Ben Vorlich permalink
        September 8, 2017 2:33 pm

        a good place to look for cold weather events is IceAgeNow,

        Currently reporting a “Cold Snap” (Warmist speak for record cold) in Australia

        Record cold and record Spring snowfall … Up to 250 cm (more than 8 ft!) in some areas, which is massive for Spring.

        “Victoria has been blanketed in thick snowfall, including coastal areas like Lorne,” says The Daily Mail.

        “Falls Creek, Hunters Hill and Thredbo Village had coldest September days ever.

        “Towns at sea level turned white with alpine areas receiving up to 30 cm (12 inches) and the temperature dropping to as low as -7.5 degrees.

        “The cold snap caught out two men who found themselves stuck in their vehicle high in the alps for three days before being rescued by the Victorian SES.”

  6. Gerry, England permalink
    September 8, 2017 12:24 pm

    You can never have too few people die for the cause of socialism even if they don’t want to. I doubt many of the 20 million Stalin murdered were to up for it. Or those in Cambodia or China.

    • September 8, 2017 1:13 pm

      I swear ABC news in the US is absolutely giddy every time a disaster occurs. You can hear their excitement and they can barely hide their smiles. They LOVE the destruction. They thrive on it. I swear they break out champagne for every new block destroyed by weather. It’s positively evil.

      • Mike Jackson permalink
        September 8, 2017 4:00 pm

        Sorry, Sheri, but you are describing the normal reaction of a journalist not directly involved in the situation.

        That is a story! And what’s more it’s one I don’t have to go out and hunt for! It may appear callous and print journalists have the edge because you can’t see the look on their faces(!) but while none of us — in my experience — prayed for death and destruction there wasn’t one who didn’t get a buzz from his/her work on the day. Ten times better than another day watching councillors debate minutiae or politicians spouting platitudes!

        Or knocking on doors (literally or figuratively) to get something — anything(!) — that the editor would print, even on page 17. Human nature combined with a bit of self-interest and a desire to do a good job. Big stories (not always disasters, by any means) were the icing in the cake.

        (PS I’m talking reportage here. Comment, such as that by Hertsgaard, comes into a different category altogether!)

  7. Count Rollo permalink
    September 8, 2017 12:33 pm

    A similar but possibly even ‘worse’ hurricane occurred back in the thirties on Labour Day. Several hurricanes both before and after have been in the same bracket as Irma. IT’S NORMAL!! – Every few years produces one or more stinkers. NOTHING whatever to do with global warming!

  8. Richard permalink
    September 8, 2017 12:39 pm

    The urge to save humanity ia also a cover for the urge to become important and make money.

  9. September 8, 2017 1:16 pm

    The media’s constant use of superlatives is becoming rediculous. We’ve have a dozen “apocalyptic” storms in the last year. Every new storm is “the worst ever”. Either people now are drugged beyond belief for severe anxiety brought on by too much attention to the lies of the media or they simply ignore the whole mess. Right now, in Florida, there are many not leaving because they’ve heard this over and over how apocalyptic everything will be. Worse, the media will then rejoice over any additional deaths, which they share in the blame for. It is one of the cruelest behaviours out there—lies that kill, proudly presented.

  10. Tim Hammond permalink
    September 8, 2017 1:53 pm

    So over a decade without a terrible hurricane, during which climate change kept on happening, and now its climate change?

    Do these people simply live on delusion and blind faith?

    • nigel permalink
      September 8, 2017 1:59 pm

      “Do these people simply live on delusion and blind faith?”


      Hilariously, however, the hurricanes are giving Trump a BIG boost in the polls.’Cos he was able to come over as ”big man in charge”!

      • mikewaite permalink
        September 8, 2017 2:13 pm

        Not just that . The public can see that by withdrawing from Paris , he is not committed to squandering billions of USD abroad and potentially has that available to help and to save the US citizens affected (who are of course the ultimate source of all those dollars).

  11. RAH permalink
    September 8, 2017 2:15 pm

    Joe Bastardi in this mornings daily update is saying that Irma will gain strength before it hits the Keys and Florida coast and said “it could rival what happened in 1935”. He now has the track west of Miami. The Labor day hurricane of 1935 was the most intense hurricane on record to have struck the US.

    How quickly things change. This morning after watching Levi Cowan’s latest and checking out the National Hurricane Center site I emailed people telling them is was a safe bet that Irma would not be the most intense hurricane to strike US shores and Miami was in the cross hairs. Now, five hours later, Joe makes it clear that he believes there is a chance it will rival the 1935 hurricane and Miami is no longer set to take a direct hit! I guess I still lack the wisdom and knowledge to keep my mouth shut an await further development sometimes.

    • September 8, 2017 2:56 pm

      It’s very difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. Wait until after it has happened and do like the BBC. In their evening weather forecasts they always manage to predict what the weather has been during the day.

  12. Tom O permalink
    September 8, 2017 3:54 pm

    What is most disgusting to me is the fact that they climb aboard the climate change express where they have no hope in hell of accomplishing any significant change, but won’t lift a finger to stop a true ecological disaster and manmade crisis such as the war in Syria, and start screaming “enough is enough with regime change.” This, the UN and the world can do something about but chooses to look the other way because stopping the war and letting the nation heal can be accomplished, but wouldn’t lead to world government. I am tired of the “anal rejects” that pretend to care about humanity and the future, when they can’t be bothered to care about humans and the present.

  13. September 8, 2017 4:43 pm

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    I’m not a big believer in man-made global warming.

    • HotScot permalink
      September 8, 2017 5:26 pm


      You come in peace.

    • HotScot permalink
      September 8, 2017 5:39 pm

      And just having scanned the Climate Change section of your blog, you are to be congratulated for a clear, layman’s guide to the subject.

      Brilliant, thank you. We need more of this.

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