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Biden uses tornado tragedy to push climate agenda

December 12, 2021
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By Paul Homewood

 

They have not even finished counting the bodies, and Joe Biden is already playing the climate card:

 

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President Biden on Saturday addressed the fatal weather that ravaged parts of the South and Midwest and used the tragedy to further his own beliefs on climate change.

While speaking to reporters and virtually assessing the tornado damage from Wilmington, Delaware, Biden was asked whether he "could conclude that these storms and the intensity have to do with climate change."

"All I know is that the intensity of the weather across the board has some impacts as a consequence of the warming of the planet and climate change," Biden said. "The specific impact on these specific storms, I can’t say at this point."

"I’m going to be asking the EPA and others to take a look at that," Biden added. "The fact is that we all know everything is more intense when the climate is warming. Everything. And obviously it has some impact here, but I can’t give you a quantitative read on that."

Biden’s remarks follow a series of deadly storms and tornadoes which swept across Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri overnight and resulted in multiple injuries and the deaths of nearly 100 Americans.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-uses-tornado-tragedy-push-climate-agenda-suggests-storms-consequence-warming

 

No Joe, it is not “fact” that everything is more intense, nor that it has some impact here.

Provisional data from the NWS indicates that the tornadoes which hit Mayfield, Kentucky and Edwardsville, Illinois were both EF-3s.

Although most tornadoes occur in spring and early summer, strong tornadoes are not unheard of in winter. Indeed, on average since 1950 there have been five tornadoes every winter of EF3 and greater strength. And the official data shows that these winter storms are not becoming more frequent:

 

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https://www.spc.noaa.gov/wcm/

Despite the latest outbreak, the number of tornadoes this year has been well below average:

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https://www.spc.noaa.gov/wcm/

 

I find it utterly contemptible that Biden should use this tragedy to further his climate agenda, without even bothering to wait for the facts to emerge.

35 Comments
  1. mjr permalink
    December 12, 2021 12:19 pm

    woke up early this morning at around 5 and caught a bit of BBC news talking about the Kentucky tornado and the report also made a comment about increasing tornado frequency / severity being linked to global warming

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      December 12, 2021 1:05 pm

      Early on BBCR5Live were using a Biden comment with him referring to it as HURRICANE damage where he went ad lib off the end of an obviously prepared statement he was reading out.

      There was one honest ‘expert’ comment; said that regardless of AGW, as cities keep expanding it is inevitable that more will be struck.

      • Sean permalink
        December 13, 2021 12:15 am

        It’s the same faulty comparison that is used to claim that hurricanes are becoming more destructive as a consequence of global warming, when they carefully don’t mention the fact that a hurricane fifty or a hundred years ago that comes ashore and blows through stands of trees is going to do millions of dollars less in damage than a hurricane of the same or even weaker strength that hits the same shoreline today and ravages miles of condos built right up to the beach.

    • mjr permalink
      December 12, 2021 5:38 pm

      channel 4 news 17.00 going over the top … even having some american meteorologist explaining how the temperature is unusually warm and the tornado season is being extended (he’s never seen these conditions before!) and the areas affected are also being changed and all due to global warming
      a quick look at wikipedia shows that December/ January tornados are unusual but not that rare

  2. Harry Passfield permalink
    December 12, 2021 12:19 pm

    Yes, it’s ‘utterly contemptible’ – but par for the man and his fake administration.

  3. December 12, 2021 12:31 pm

    According to his wife, Joe works 24 hrs a day. which can lead to adverse effects on the brain and cognitive function. That explains a lot!!

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      December 12, 2021 1:08 pm

      Yes, and being an elite athlete has always been the single biggest risk factor for suddenly dropping dead, so all perfectly normal says the BBC.

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        December 13, 2021 8:12 am

        Yes just weird it’s only been obvious in the last 8 months or so.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      December 12, 2021 1:29 pm

      Must be hard on the person who operates his strings – or perhaps there is a team of puppeteers.

  4. December 12, 2021 12:50 pm

    I quote Obama’s White House Chief of Staff and later mayor of Chicago, Rham Emanuel:

    “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Rahm Emanuel

    • Gamecock permalink
      December 12, 2021 3:15 pm

      Gamecock’s corollary: tragedy brings joy to the Left.

    • M E permalink
      December 13, 2021 4:26 am

      Very true. He seems to be a typical Irish American local politician from the 1950s-1960s , not well educated but tenacious of his political office for years and determined to hang on to his base by his utterances. But I only lived in North America in the 1960s just after the Kennedys
      so my viewpoint is influenced by that period…….

      • December 13, 2021 11:48 am

        He has degrees but is lacking in the brains department…..even prior to his current state.

  5. europeanonion permalink
    December 12, 2021 1:01 pm

    Boris’s government putting another paragraph into its suicide note.

  6. Broadlands permalink
    December 12, 2021 3:08 pm

    So Why did Uncle Joe and Aunt Kamala add to the CO2 in the atmosphere by releasing 30 million barrels of oil from our strategic reserves and have the oil industry quickly make some more renewable biofuels? Not to save the planet but to lower the price of the climate emergency?

    You can fix ignorance, but you cannot fix stupid.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      December 12, 2021 6:42 pm

      It wasn’t the SPR release that led to lower prices, but the threat of mandated reductions in economic activity following the discovery of omicron. The SPR release was just like randomly firing a shot from your revolver into the air before you even look to see where your foe is. The only ways of getting poil prices down are depressing demand, or increasing supply. Drill, baby drill!

  7. Richard Greene permalink
    December 12, 2021 3:35 pm

    US EF3+ (strong) tornadoes have been in a downtrend since 1954

    Jumpin’ Joe Biden’s writers never let facts get in the way of a good climate scare.

    • Penda100 permalink
      December 12, 2021 3:49 pm

      You can’t let the facts get in the way when you have a planet to save.

  8. Curious George permalink
    December 12, 2021 5:12 pm

    Tornadoes were a real tragedy. But weren’t they caused by windmills, rather than the “climate change”? The climate started changing at the time of proliferation of windmills 🙂

  9. John Hultquist permalink
    December 12, 2021 6:51 pm

    We are approaching 97% surety that Joe is -3σ from mean intelligence.
    Still, we must hope that he remains because the next two people in line for the position are more useless than he is.
    We live in sad times!

    • Ray Sanders permalink
      December 12, 2021 11:47 pm

      The first thing that struck me about the article was the line ““Mum had been involved in protests against a proposed nuclear station in Cornwall,” At the time quoted they were SNUPPS units as per Sizewell B (incidentally built on time and under budget).
      So thanks to people like her 1.2GW of low emissions electricity did not get built but she got the opportunity to shaft the public with expensive intermittent electricity. No doubt any objectors to her wind turbines were just meddlesome nimbies. Furthermore the subsequently built Indian Queens OCGT is now making loadsamoney running in either synchronous condenser mode or actually generating (burning diesel) to keep the system functioning down there.
      http://www.engineering-timelines.com/scripts/engineeringItem.asp?id=981
      How this sort of things gets branded “positive news” is beyond me.
      Sorry for the rant but these sort of self righteous parasites piss me off.

      • Jack Broughton permalink
        December 13, 2021 12:03 pm

        Thanks for the link. For OCGT mode primary operation they ought to use aero-derivative engines. Better efficiencies and still made in the UK (although mainly owned by Siemens now). These can still work in CCGT mode of course when the load lasts long enough.

  10. tomo permalink
    December 12, 2021 7:37 pm

    Yeah but – Joe say they wuz hurricanes!

  11. tom0mason permalink
    December 13, 2021 5:33 am

    Well done Paul,
    But how to spread this message further and wider?
    Main Slime Media will only keep intone opinions that approve of President Joe’s assertion, and the sheeple will go with it. Getting the message out via independent blogs can only go so far.

    I used to print-up short factual articles (about 10 copies or so, as 2 page A5 documents) with what the latest research had found and I translated it to plain English — with references and where to find them online. I would leave these 2 page info sheets on the trains and public transport I used when traveling to work. Now I’m retired so no more.

    • George Lawson permalink
      December 14, 2021 3:00 pm

      I asked myself the same question when I read one of Paul’s pieces recently, and suddenly realised that the best way to distribute it was by email. I decided to send the article to 10 of my friends, but as I found it so easy to send blind copies of the article without the recipients knowing who else I’d sent it to I decided to send it to 22 friends, and now have the list (Which I may increase) to send out every NOT A LOT article by simply pressing the button. If 100 of us did the same, then that would mean that 2,200 new readers would receive every article. This would have massive distribution potential that could give huge support to Paul’s work. If we all did it we could then add up the combined email distribution to ascertain exactly what our the distribution is.
      We must do all in our power to bring this increasingly mad world back to reality.

      • tom0mason permalink
        December 14, 2021 3:37 pm

        Good idea, however over the years I’ve had to abandon quite a few email addresses due to a billion and one unsolicited/scam messages turning up in the inbox.

  12. cookers52 permalink
    December 13, 2021 7:15 am

    Boris was broadcasting to the Nation last night, we have an emergency and all of us must be “boosted” before New year to prevent disaster. No questions are being allowed this time regarding alternative non pharmacological intervention strategies.

    Apart from an uncomfortable feeling that the true picture was being hidden (where were Chris Whitty’s slides) I was struck by lack of a ” Merry Christmas to you all.”

    So the pandemic goes on despite vaccination, this was obviously the case some time ago, but we all went into denial, accepting the view that we have to learn to live with the virus. Unfortunately the virus had other ideas and the only certainty remains as uncertainty.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      December 13, 2021 8:17 am

      I have grown to despise Johnson but it is obvious that he comes under a vast amount of pressure from much of the Establishment whenever they get a chance to demand restrictions and lockdowns. They have no compunction about usimg vastly overinflated projections to get what they want. Those people are genuinely out of control.

  13. John Peter permalink
    December 13, 2021 8:11 am

    “A tornado forms from a large thunderstorm. Inside thunderclouds, warm, humid air rises, while cool air falls–along with rain or hail. These conditions can cause spinning air currents inside the cloud. Although the spinning currents start out horizontal, they can turn vertical and drop down from the cloud–becoming a tornado.”
    “Basics of Tornado Formation. Tornadoes are produced when two differing air masses meet. When cooler polar air masses meet warm and moist tropical air masses, the potential for severe weather is created. In tornado alley, air masses to the west are typically continental air masses meaning there is little moisture in the air.”
    Quotes from Internet. Seems to be clear that we have warm weather from the south colliding with cold from the north with no mountains in between to cause a separation. So it would appear that the recent cooling up north has a part to play. So is it actually global cooling that is involved and not CO2? Just asking.

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      December 13, 2021 10:05 am

      It is the exceptional cold in the northern plains causing the tornadoes. See WUWT.
      DKUATBT!

  14. John Peter permalink
    December 13, 2021 8:17 am

    Just read this article https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/12/12/recent-tornadoes-are-due-to-unusually-cold-weather/ to underpin my quotes above.

    “I had an op-ed published at Foxnews.com yesterday describing the reason why we have had so many tornadoes this year. The answer is the continuing cold weather stretching from Michigan through Colorado to California. A persistent cold air mass situated north and west of the usual placement of warm and humid Gulf air in the East is what is required for rotating thunderstorms to be embedded in a strong wind shear environment.”

    Biden and Co. are clearly not exactly steeped in the real world.

  15. ThinkingScientist permalink
    December 13, 2021 10:06 am

    “The fact is that we all know everything is more intense when the climate is warming. Everything.”

    As Richard Lindzen has repeatedly pointed out, in a warming world we expect the temperature gradient between equator and poles to reduce not increase. So the back of the envelope calculation would lead to the expectation that weather would get less, not more, extreme.

    Why would everything be worse in a warming world? Why would somethings not get better?

    It really doesn’t pass the smell test. Like Biden.

    • David V permalink
      December 13, 2021 10:40 am

      “Everything is more intense” – that would be the hyped alarm then.

  16. December 13, 2021 11:23 pm

    is Midwest USA not called Tornado Alley (for many years) for a reason ?

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