DMN Tornado Essay Full of Hot Air

Climate Experts Publish Rebuttal Pointing Out How Silly "Expert's" Argument Is

It's a twister, it's a twister!
It’s a twister, it’s a twister!

In this past weekend’s Points section, the DMN ran an essay suggesting that catastrophic climate change — which the piece called global warming — doesn’t cause more big, scary tornados. It made me crazy for several reasons. One, it didn’t tell you who Richard Muller is: a physicist (not a climate scientist) who is most famous for finally converting to the inevitable conclusion that manmade climate change is real after he’d spent years denying this (and taking Koch brother money while doing so). So, he’s famous for admitting what everyone knew two decades ago.

Also, the argument is a straw man: No one is saying that “global warming” (really, catastrophic climate change) is causing more big scary tornados, because the people who study this sort of thing closely know the data doesn’t support making any conclusion. For example, tornados form for reasons besides temperature, and there is no constancy in reporting through the decades (new technology is showing tornados winds could be 100 mph faster than previously measured, for example). Which is why six climate/tornado experts wrote an essay this week showing why the Muller piece is so off-base.

Finally: the column had already run in the New York Times and then been debunked by the very source Muller quotes: Michael Mann! I leave you with what should have been the final word on this subject, from Mann’s piece:

The New York Times does a disservice to its readers when it buys into the contrived narrative of the “honest broker”–Muller as the self-styled white knight who must ride in to rescue scientific truth from a corrupt and misguided community of scientists. Especially when that white knight is in fact sitting atop a Trojan Horse–a vehicle for the delivery of disinformation, denial, and systematic downplaying of what might very well be the greatest threat we have yet faced as a civilization, the threat of human-caused climate change.

Shame on you New York Times. You owe us better than this.



  • Avid Reader

    Cause Mann is the epitome of “honest broker”.

  • DavidNutzuki

    You believers tell our kids it WILL be a crisis while science hasn’t agreed beyond “could be” a crisis so at least know what the consensus is that you are agreeing on?
    Not one IPCC warning says; “will be” or “inevitable”.
    Until science says it WILL be it’s still a 30 year old consensus of nothing you scare our kids with.

  • Dubious Brother

    Al Gore quote from 2005 ” the science is extremely clear now, that warmer oceans make the average hurricane stronger, not only makes the winds stronger, but dramatically increases the moisture from the oceans evaporating into the storm – thus magnifying its destructive power – makes the duration, as well as the intensity of the hurricane, stronger.”
    Except when it doesn’t.
    I see the GW crowd has switched to tornados just like they switched from global cooling to global warming to climate change – what next? Global taxation?

  • David Rice

    “Cause Mann is the epitome of ‘honest broker.'”

    That is correct. If you ever read or hear anything Dr. Mann has said that is not honest and correct, please do tell someone, m’kay? Thanks in advance.

  • David Rice

    “You believers [sic] tell our kids it WILL be a crisis while science hasn’t agreed beyond ‘could be’ a crisis ….”

    These “believers” of yours are all skeptics who reject all beliefs on the subject: they are therefore called “scientists” by us sane people.

    And the world’s entire scientific body in the venue agree that it is a crisis and has been for decades.

  • Avid Reader

    Bless your heart Sweetie; if you have even the barest knowledge of Mann you know exactly how he has been dishonest. No need for me to “tell someone”, try using the google, people are aware. Welcome after-the-fact.

  • Avid Reader

    “Decades”. So which decade’s belief is every scientist in the world in total agreement on; Global Cooling or Global Warming?

  • Former Texan

    Just curious what part of “believers” caused you to tag it with [sic]?