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Catastrophic Climate: Storms Kill 292 In States Represented By Climate Pollution Deniers

Catastrophic Climate: Storms Kill 292 In States Represented By Climate Pollution Deniers

The Associated Press and the Agence France Presse are tallying reports of deaths from the most devastating storm system in the United States in decades:

Tornadoes and thunderstorms carved a trail of destruction across the southern United States, killing over 220 people in one of the country’s worst weather disasters in years, officials said Thursday. The severe weather killed 131 people in the state of Alabama alone on Wednesday, authorities said, and President Barack Obama said Washington would be rushing assistance to the battered southeastern state. States of emergency were declared in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Oklahoma, and governors called out the National Guard to help with rescue and cleanup operations. In all, state officials reported at least 227 people dead, but as the residents and emergency workers began to mop up and assess the damage the toll was likely to rise.

Damage from the storms in Alabama “surpassed what was seen after hurricanes Dennis or Frederick and could exceed what the area saw after hurricanes Katrina or Ivan.”

The Congressional delegations of these states overwhelmingly voted (HR 910 and McConnell Amendment 183) to reject the science that polluting the climate is dangerous:

ALABAMA: All nine members of the Alabama congressional delegation voted in April to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s endangerment finding for greenhouse pollution.

MISSISSIPPI: Five out of six members of the Mississippi congressional delegation, including both senators, voted in April to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s endangerment finding for greenhouse pollution.

TENNESSEE: Nine out of 11 members of the Tennessee congressional delegation, including both senators, voted in April to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s endangerment finding for greenhouse pollution.

GEORGIA: 13 out of 15 members of the Georgia congressional delegation, including both senators, voted in April to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s endangerment finding for greenhouse pollution.

KENTUCKY: Six out of eight members of the Kentucky congressional delegation, including both senators, voted in April to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s endangerment finding for greenhouse pollution.

VIRGINIA: Eight out of 13 members of the Virginia congressional delegation voted in April to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s endangerment finding for greenhouse pollution. Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) voted to suspend greenhouse pollution rules for two years.

“Given that global warming is unequivocal,” climate scientist Kevin Trenberth cautioned the American Meteorological Society in January of this year, “the null hypothesis should be that all weather events are affected by global warming rather than the inane statements along the lines of ‘of course we cannot attribute any particular weather event to global warming.’”

The GOP-controlled Congress eliminated $1 billion in funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in its continuing resolution budget, “delaying the launch of the first satellite in the $12 billion Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) from 2016 to 2018.” Without the satellite data, NOAA’s forecasts for the southern United States lose as much as 50 percent of their accuracy.

To find out if loved ones are okay, use safeandwell.org.

This post was originally published by the Wonk Room, a blog from Think Progress.

 

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7:57AM PDT on May 8, 2013

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/05/04/tornadoes-drop-to-new-record-alltime-low/
But reporting of storms is more horrendous. Enclosed in this article is a note on how reporting criteria will change. http://rogerpielkejr.blogspot.ca/2013/02/the-nhc-sandy-report.html

12:56PM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

hypocrisy rules

10:58AM PDT on May 8, 2011

"I can remember when the scientists were predicting this decades ago and now it is all coming true with a veangence. Hard to imagine people so backward that they don't believe it is happening with the evidence right in front of them." Decades ago Glenn M.? Really? You mean like in 1954 when meteorologists recorded 407 tornadoes? Or in 1974 when an outbreak of 148 tornadoes occurred that killed 315 people (compared to 249 in 2011) injured nearly 5,500, and spanned a whopping 2,598 miles from Michigan to Alabama and Georgia and affected Virginia and West Virginia as well as North Carolina and Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. Full report here.

http://www.april31974.com/tornadodata.htm

Read em and weep people. Your paranoia about climate change is pathetic and Al Gore ought to come clean and admit it's a hoax designed to undermine big oil. Not that I have any problem with that but can we please do it honestly and ethically or are we just out to show everyone that we are no better than they are?

10:34AM PDT on May 8, 2011

M.H. you are entitled to believe as you choose but please don't force your beliefs on me. Also; a request. When the rapture happens, may I have your house, car, and bank account? After all; you won't be taking it with you cause you'll have everything you need in heaven correct?

10:26AM PDT on May 8, 2011

Monica r. Please do your research before you run your mouth? There was an outbreak in 1954 that recorded 407 tornadoes. 407!!! AND; the 2011 outbreak count was 164 which is no where near twice as many as the 148 recorded in 1974. Here is part of the article from The Washington Post.

"The devastating tornadoes that chewed up swaths of the South and Southeast Wednesday were rare, mile-wide plus beasts, causing hideous damage, including denuded trees, flattened buildings, and pancaked cars. Death totals have climbed to at least 249 people, the third deadliest outbreak since the 1930s. Thanks to the 164 tornadoes reported (this number will change as the National Weather Service conducts their damage assessments), April 2011 has now almost certainly seen more tornadoes than any other April on record since 1954 when an estimated 407 tornadoes descended from the heavens." (The Washington Post, April 28, 2011)

Furthermore, these storms originated in Texas and Oklahoma, known areas for violent storms. The reason they came so far and wide is we had a warm air mass in place down here for several days. The jet stream dipped down and brought a rush of cold air which created the conditions for the perfect storm. This is Meteorology 101. LISTEN TO THE WEATHER FORECASTERS!!! They explain this stuff from time to time.

10:00AM PDT on May 8, 2011

"How can you NOT believe in climate changes.....may be now we will stop using oil and coal like we are now...AND BIG cars!!!!!

IF not then more people will die every year...the solution is in our hands!"

People like you scare the crap out of me Bernadette P. far more than any climate change that is taking place which I personally believe is slim to none. Yes we are having a negative impact in some of the other ways that have been mentioned such as air and water pollution, military activities, acid rain, etc. However; there was a string of storms WORSE than those on April 27th 2011 in 1974!!! 1974 Bernadette!! Do you realize how long ago that was? I was 16. Oh do I WISH for 1974 back. More states were affected but not as many people were killed. Why? There weren't as many people then as there are now; DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh how I WISH folks would learn to think rationally on these things instead of always assuming the very worst.

8:27AM PDT on May 8, 2011

In the very first paragrah above it states -

"The Associated Press and the Agence France Presse are tallying reports of deaths from the most devastating storm system in the United States in decades:"

The key word here is DECADES, which means it has happened before! Long before the global warming/climate change debates.

Don't get me wrong, climate change is real but this article is based on sensationalism.

3:42PM PDT on May 5, 2011

The only people denying climate change are the ones who have a vested financial interest in doing so, which makes it even more diabolical and selfish.

Okay, if you don't believe we are impacting the climate after all the stories of floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and severe storms that are occurring all across the globe, you must concede that we are having an impact on the surface of the Earth and on our oceans by deforestation, water and air pollution, acid rain, overfishing, naval and army activities, etc, etc. You surely can't believe that we have been treading lightly and deny that we have caused a great deal of damage.

11:21AM PDT on May 5, 2011

How can you NOT believe in climate changes.....may be now we will stop using oil and coal like we are now...AND BIG cars!!!!!

IF not then more people will die every year...the solution is in our hands!

8:44PM PDT on May 4, 2011

thnx for the info

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