Climate Depot Serving as the Media’s Ombudsman
Note to Tulsa World journalist Randy Krehbiel
From: Marc Morano [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2012 10:58 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: You should be embarrassed by your article on Sen. Inhofe and Droughts
Your article on Sen. Inhofe is absurd. ‘Despite drought, Inhofe’s stance on climate change remains firm‘
Why should the current drought challenge Inhofe’s climate views? Have you even taken a second to look at the history of droughts? For the sake of your professional journalism pride, you should do a follow up article and basically admit you published a rubbish article.
The current drought is not even in same league as the “low CO2” droughts of the 1950s and 1930s. Why did you fail to do even the most rudimentary research for your article?
See: [ E&E News on 2012 U.S. drought: ‘For the scientists who take the long view of history, it’s merely a climatological blip’ — 1930s ‘Dust Bowl & 1988 both eclipse 2012 drought, scientists say’ — ‘Scientists say  drought is practically embryonic compared with severity & extent of others in America’s past…The Dust Bowl held on for as many as 8 years in some parts of Great Plains, with successive dry spells hitting in 1934, 1936 & 1939-1940. The multiyear drought of 1950s began in SW but eventually spread to cover 10 states before it ebbed in 1957. The current drought, in contrast, is just about 2 months old’ ]
Your only “research” on droughts was this sentence: “Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, in closing, noted that more than half the nation’s counties have been declared disaster areas because of drought-related conditions.”
You must be able to do better than this.
As for claims of ‘record’ heatwave, please do some basic research on the heat from 1930s before you make such claims. See: http://climatedepot.com/s.asp?tag=heatwave
Background on DROUGHTS
NOAA lead author of U.S. Climate Science Assessment Report on Texas drought: ‘This is not a climate change drought’ — NOAA’s Robert Hoerling: ‘This is not the new normal in terms of drought. Texas knows drought. Texas has been toughened on the anvil of droughts that have come and gone. This is not a climate change drought’
E&E News on the 2012 US drought: ‘For the scientists who take the long view of history, it’s merely a climatological blip’ — Science: Dust Bowl, 1988 both eclipse 2012 drought, scientists say — 07/30/2012
U.S. Government Scientist Disagrees with Obama on Cause of Texas drought: ‘This is not a climate change drought’ — Dr. Robert Hoerling, a NOAA research meteorologist, who served as the lead author of the U.S. Climate Change Science Plan Synthesis and Assessment Report: ‘The good news, Hoerling says, is that this isn’t global warming. ‘This is not the new normal in terms of drought. Texas knows drought. Texas has been toughened on the anvil of droughts that have come and gone. This is not a climate change drought’
Professor Will Steffen: Recent droughts and cyclones are NOT due to climate change — ‘There’s no statistically significant evidence that we’ve seen a change in the behavior of tropical cyclones around the world most experts agree however, that we will see an increase in intensity in these cyclones as the warming continues’ — ‘We’ve had very severe droughts before so again we cannot attribute this drought statistically to climate change….’
‘Back when CO2 levels were safe, a southwestern U.S. drought only lasted nearly 50 years’ — ‘The 2nd century A.D. saw an extended dry period of more than 100 years characterized by a multi-decade drought lasting nearly 50 years’