Recently actress Jennifer Lawrence stated that the emergence of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose were due to man-made global warming, even going so far as to say that the election of Donald Trump was the reason for the hurricanes, i.e. “nature’s wrath”. Some time ago, Professor Kenneth Storey, at the University of Tampa, suggested that Hurricane Harvey was karma for the state of Texas due to its going to Trump in last year’s presidential election, a remark for which he was fired.
But contrary to what environmentalists and other liberals say, global warming (a.k.a. climate change) is not man-made. The Earth has gone through various periods of warming and cooling, and humans have had little (if any) to do with it, as mentioned in Tom Bethell’s book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science. In fact, such periods are due to the Earth’s orbit and variations from the Sun’s output. In addition, the Earth has only warmed by one-third of a degree Celsius (according to NASA).
Hurricanes (including how intense they can be or their frequency, for that matter) are not the result of the Earth’s climate. In fact, they are the result of natural variations in ocean currents. Sometimes classified as a tropical cyclone which occurs in the Atlantic Ocean or the Northeastern Pacific Ocean, hurricanes form over relatively warm bodies of water (e.g. where the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea meet). They get their energy from the evaporation of water from the surface of the ocean, which then results in the formation of clouds and rain which in turn rise and cool due to undergoing saturation. So it should be no surprise that the East Coast, the Gulf Coast, and the Caribbean are likely to experience hurricanes.
The same can be said for other storms, such as tropical cyclones, tropical depressions, typhoons, and tropical storms. The South Pacific gets its share of storms, as does the Indian Ocean.
Tornadoes are also a natural occurrence. In fact, they are the result of a rapidly rotating column of air which comes into contact with the Earth’s surface and clouds. Nor are they limited to the United States. Various forms of tornadoes (including waterspouts and dust devils) have been documented on every continent except Antarctica.
In The Hunger Games saga, Jennifer Lawrence’s character Katniss Everdeen leads a rebellion against a repressive government headed by President Coriolanus Snow. Perhaps Jennifer Lawrence does not realize that the Donald is nothing like President Snow.
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