Fed Scientists: Man Not Responsible for California Drought


The climate change crowd is usually quick to flock around federally-sponsored studies, but the latest one – sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – isn’t experiencing nearly the same popularity. Could it be that liberals, so heavily invested in the religion of global warming, would deny evidence that doesn’t match the narrative? No, that surely couldn’t be. That would make them just like those evil Republicans!

Still, unless my eyes are deceiving me, that seems to be exactly what they’re doing. The report, led by Columbia University professor Richard Seager, says that California’s historic drought is not being caused by man-made global warming. Instead, says the study, the drought is due to natural weather patterns that have afflicted the state for many years. Seager went on to say that “multiyear droughts appear regularly in the state’s climate record, and it’s a safe bet that a similar event will happen again.”

Be that as it may, there’s no question that California’s current drought is one of the worst in modern history. Decrying the unusually high temperatures the state is currently experiencing, climate-change apologists like Michael Mann have dismissed the report out of hand. “The authors of the new report would really have us believe that it is merely a coincidence and has nothing to do with the impact of human-caused climate change?” asked the Penn State meteorologist in the Huffington Post. “Frankly, I don’t find that even remotely plausible.”

Marty Hoerling, a meteorologist for the NOAA, was quick to insist that the study was “by no means a final analysis, or final word, about the California drought.” Funny how when a nationally-sponsored study argues against the Earth-shattering doom of global warming – even on a specific basis – the leftists claim that the science isn’t settled. But when a report piles on more “evidence” of man-made global warming, there is nary a hint of controversy.

For his part, President Obama didn’t need any evidence at all to make the link between man-made global warming and the California drought. When he arrived in the state in February to deliver federal aid, he and his administration said the drought was an example of what we could expect across the country as climate change intensified. Even at the time, scientists backed away from the claim. Some studies have shown that California would actually grow wetter under rising temperatures, not drier.

While I agree with Hoerling that the science isn’t settled on the California drought, I would go a step further to claim that it isn’t settled on climate change as a whole. Studies like this one confirm that the left is more than willing to jump to conclusions on any weather disturbance they see. And as we’ve seen in their reaction to stories like Ferguson, liberals aren’t much for changing their minds even when all the evidence points to the contrary.

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