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Lieberman: Extreme weather could spur climate efforts
By Darren Samuelsohn
6/7/11 5:42 PM EDT
Extreme weather events like this spring’s record tornado activity could be a turning point in the uphill climb to pass climate legislation, Sen. Joe Lieberman said Tuesday.
The Connecticut independent behind nearly every major cap-and-trade bill over the last decade also told reporters that other key preconditions for climate action include an improved U.S. economy and less partisanship.
“The other event that might bring about some climate change action would really be increasingly extreme weather, which just shakes people up so much that they say, ‘We’ve got to do something about this,'” Lieberman said. “I hope we don’t wait until then. I’ve always said this problem is one that challenges our capacity to deal with the problem, which we see coming, before it overwhelms us, and so far we haven’t passed the test.”
“I just think the run of extreme weather is a real warning to us,” Lieberman said. “I can’t specifically say that about the tornadoes, although it is true that they have been more severe than they ever have been before.
“More objectively, you can see sea levels rising, you can see water temperature rising around the globe,” he added. “You can see wildlife species starting to move in response to the climate. The extreme weather is only the most extreme visible example of that.”
Flashback 2009: Climate Touchy-Feely: Dem Sen. Stabenow: ‘Global warming creates volatility. I feel it when I’m flying. The storms are more volatile’ — ‘We are paying the price in more hurricanes and tornadoes’
Flashback 2009: DEATH WISH: Nobel-Winner Thomas Schelling ‘Wished’ for ‘tornadoes’ and ‘a lot of horrid things’ to convince Americans of climate threat! ‘You have to find ways to exaggerate the threat’
Faith-Based Climate Astrology: Women hit by global warming head to Capitol Hill: ‘We have freezing temps when we shouldn’t have freezing temps’ — ‘We didn’t know what was happening…We blamed God’ — But then they ‘learned that human activities are one cause of climate change’
‘And like all good conspiracy theorists, nothing can shake the climate alarmists’ beliefs’
Scientists: ‘We see no correlation between global or US national temperature and tornado occurrence’
‘…have changed over the last 30 years, meaning that no change has been detected. Absent detection, there is no attribution’
Spencer: ‘If there is one weather phenomenon global warming theory does NOT predict more of, it would be severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Tornadic thunderstorms do not require tropical-type warmth. In fact, tornadoes are almost unheard of in the tropics, despite frequent thunderstorm activity’
Morano: ‘The idea that our SUVs are causing severe tornadoes is no better than in 1450 when Aztec priests encouraged people to sacrifice to the gods to end severe drought. We are going back to a primitive culture where we actually think we can affect the weather…Nobel prize winning economist Thomas Schelling wished for ‘horrid things’ like a lot of tornadoes in order to convince people of man-made warming. This is just purely a propaganda tool. It is shameful’
Reality Check on Trenberth & Mann: Scientist Rips Tornado/Global Warming claims as ‘irresponsible’: Grady Dixon: ‘It is irresponsible to suggest such a thing because tornado outbreaks, even multiday events, are not new and they do not happen regularly enough to imply a trend or pattern’