With the early harsh winter in Europe and North America, the floods in Australia, snowstorms in USA, bitter cold in China, alarmists never have problems finding creative, acrobatic ways of assigning blame on the most remote of factors (think Tucson and Palin).
According to the warmists, these recent weather events can all be traced back to the sins of man and conservatives.
Alfons Kaiser of Germany’s online Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) puts it all in perspective here, keeping a clear and cool head about it – unlike the rest of the catastrophist media in Germany – and attributes it mainly to the current strong La Nina which is now gripping the Pacific.
The FAZ writes about media reporting on the flood in Australia and other catastrophes:
To keep the interest of the distant audience awake, they are made bigger than what they are. Now it is being constantly claimed that in Australia an area as big as Germany and France combined is flooded – this is grossly exaggerated.
The FAZ then describes how this is attributed to the El Nino oscillations that occur every few years in the Pacific region, and how now a La Nina is running rampant and having an impact.
The temperature in the Pacific is sinking, warm moist air is moving over eastern Australia and the people – who up to now were basking in a semi-arid climate – have suddenly gotten 20 inches of rain within 4 weeks.
Naturally, some researchers are blaming climate change for enhancing this age-old weather-phenomena, a claim that the FAZ slaps down.
But even if this is the strongest La Nina phase since 1917, it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with climate change because there was a La Nina that was just as strong back in 1917. Not even complex meteorological models can determine how the CO2-induced temperature increase can enhance the anomaly in the Pacific Ocean. For this reason we should not just immediately doubt the connection, but we also cannot fabricate a causal effect where one doesn’t have to be.