For years now, the Gore and Clinton administration has resorted to bathos in its desperation to sell global warming gloom and doom — first in an Earth Day snow job in 1995 and most recently in Florida.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t used very much science as it chases the global warming ambulance. Here’s what I mean:
March 1995. In his annual Earth Day address at George Washington University, Vice President Gore said, “Torrential rains have increased in the summer in agricultural regions.” Gore was referring to a yet‐to‐be published paper by federal climatologist Tom Karl, which demonstrated that the portion of total rainfall from two‐ to three‐inch storms in the United States has increased from 9 percent in 1900 to 11 percent in 1950. That works out to 0.6 inches more rain per year, mainly before the greenhouse effect had changed much. We’ll bet most farmers could use plenty more rain in the summer.
February 1996. On February 5, many locations in the northern United States set their all‐time records for lowest recorded temperatures on any date. On February 7, President Clinton blamed the cold on global warming. Any scientist in the world will tell you that the first thing that warms up are the very same air masses that set those record cold temperatures. The president is free to say that warming causes cooling, but he can’t veto the first law of thermodynamics.
On February 16, speaking into a raging snowstorm in Pennsylvania, President Clinton blamed global warming. But Atlantic Seaboard snowstorms always come close to being rainstorms because cold air is in such short supply. Warm up the atmosphere a bit and the snow changes to rain. Global warming will cause a blizzard in Washington DC only when hell freezes over.
September 1996. At an administration‐sponsored “town meeting” on global warming, State Department officials said that the damage from recently landed Hurricane Fran was what you would expect from global warming. The fact is that maximum winds in Atlantic hurricanes have been declining significantly for the last 50 years.