I read today, June 16th, on ICECAP the article, Obama targets US public with call for climate action. The article states "Americans have already been living with evidence of changing climate, the report said. Over the last 30 years winters have grown shorter and milder, with a 2.1C (7F) rise in winter temperatures in the Midwest and northern Great Plains. Hurricanes have become deadlier." So I did a quick check of the historical temperatures of Midwestern cities found here at the US Historical Climatology Network. You can check the temps of your own US city. I selected Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska and randomly selected a city from each state. Here is the result. The Missouri city had a definite decrease in the mean annual temperatures from the 1960's through the 1980's. But temperatures have just returned to the same levels of the first half of the last century. There is no real trend in Nebraska and Kansas actually appears to have had lower temperatures since mid 1950's. Like I said, these were the first locations I picked from each state, I didn't cherry-pick. If winter temperatures had increased 7F the past 30 years, then the summer temps must have drastically decreased because the mean temperatures have not really changed. What is so said is most "good people" are just going to read this report and trust the scientists and President Obama. But I have found out in so many instances that when claims of these alarmists are checked against the actual data they turn out to be exaggerations or outright lies.
What about the claim that hurricanes are more dead? Well, that isn't really a lie, because Katrina killed so many people in the US and there has been a huge increase in the population of the hurricane zones, causing more destruction and death. But have hurricanes become more deadly? The answer is no. Look at the Atlantic Major Hurricane Index chart, the link is found on my blog. 2005 was a big hurricane year, but less than 1950 and the same as 1963(about). Look at the Atlantic Accumulated Cyclone Energy chart, again we saw a bit of a spike a few years ago, but certainly nothing outside of the normal standard deviation when compared to the early 1900's. The Global Cyclone Energy Index chart only has data from 1979, but you can see there has been no overall global increase in cyclone energy since 1979. Yet they claim more deadly hurricanes in the past 30 years. Here are comments from a NOAA hurricane scientist stating he strongly disagrees with the conclusions of this report.
LIES, LIES AND MORE DAMNED LIES! This is terrible. First we had the Tech Bubble Collapse, then Iraq, then the Financial Mortgage Crisis and now we are told to be scared to death about Global Warming. So much so, that we are to just open up our wallets and pay tax for every bit of energy that we use. And where is that money going? It is hard to take.