Consider this excerpt a preamble to a question.
There’s no question that Irma was and continues to be destructive. But there’s also no question that it was not nearly the storm it was predicted by all the experts to be.
Last week, there was talk of massive destruction across [Florida], with damage estimates ranging up to $200 billion. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levin called it “a nuclear hurricane.” Storm tracks last week showed Irma remaining a Category 4 hurricane for a significant portion of its trek across Florida. When Irma shifted to the west as it approached, it was described as the “worst-case scenario” for the state.
However, when Irma made landfall in the U.S., it’s strength quickly diminished and the actual damages
to Florida in dollar terms will likely be 75% lower than predicted.
While those dire forecasts were being made, environmentalists and politicians were busy pinning the blame on global warming.
It was the same after Hurricane Harvey caused massive flooding in Houston. It’s the case whenever there is an adverse weather event. If there’s a drought, it’s because of “climate change.” If there’s flooding, climate change. Wild fires, climate change. Blizzards? Climate change.
So will environmentalists credit climate change for Irma’s unexpected turn for the better?
During the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey and as Irma was making its way through the Caribbean, this bit of Facebook logic was making the rounds.
So, here’s my question: if Donald Trump or some unseen actor can produce hurricanes and other types of weather phenomena at will, what’s all the climate change fuss about?
Yes, I’m joking. (Can’t be too careful these days.)
On a serious note, much of the Caribbean was devastated by Irma. Pray for them and take action, if you’re inclined to do so.
FURTHER SERIOUSNESS: The task set before Houstonians.
Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.
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