The Absurdity of Linking Ferguson and Climate Change
James Delingpole at Breitbart has exposed the nonsensical linkages some are making between recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and climate change. The sheer nonsense spouted by many climate activists remains remarkable.
For Ferguson – part of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area – any link with climate change reaches new levels of gibberish because of the lack of climate change in this region. But these are the details the activists fail to leave out – the inconvenient truths that don't support the hysterical narrative.
The St. Louis area has gone 140 years, since records began, with absolutely no significant trend in its annual temperature. Nor over the past century, or the last 30 years. Same applies to average summer temperatures, as well as annual precipitation.
Grist gets in on the action, claiming that "summer heat only makes these problems worse (as does tear gas), and St. Louis summers are bound to only get hotter." Apparently hotter summers due to climate change are also supposed to greatly exacerbate crime waves.
But since there are no significant trends in either the average or the average maximum summer temperatures for the St. Louis region over the past century – or the last three decades – there doesn't seem to be much climate change going on. Summer temperatures during 2014 have been about normal for St. Louis. June was a little warmer than the historical average, and July was a little colder. Together they balance out to normal. Maybe it is a normal climate that most disturbs the abnormal climate activists?
Actually, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted the following a couple days ago: "High temperatures, lower tension in Ferguson: Summer heat beat down upon the protest strip Thursday, but the tension seemed to be cooling." Maybe higher summer temperatures reduce civil unrest? Perhaps global cooling is the real threat to peace and order?