Ebola czar thinks global warming causes increased tornadoes and hurricanes
Nobody credits newly-minted Ebola czar (for the sake of rhyme, shouldn’t it be “Ebola Ayatollah”) Ron Klain with any scientific credibility, but his embrace of warmist doctrine is nonetheless interesting. Back in 2011, when he was coming off his gig as Joe Biden’s chief of staff, Klain went on MSNBC to spout his scientific wisdom. Politico took notice:
Ron Klain, Vice President Biden's former chief of staff, went to bat for the Obama administration Thursday afternoon as he swatted away suggestions from Rick Perry and Mitt Romney that global warming isn't caused by people.
"They're playing to their base," Klain said on MSNBC. "It’s primary politics."
In defense of global warming being a man-made problem, Klain cited "hurricanes" and "a record year for tornadoes," also claiming that Republicans are citing information from "scientists and researchers sponsored by the oil industry.".
As Florida resident Rush Limbaugh noted recently:
RUSH: This is just classic here, folks. You know, there has not been, in Florida, a major hurricane in 3,270 days. Divide that by 365 and you'll get the number of years that there has not been a major hurricane in Florida. Remember after Hurricane Katrina, Algore and the global warming/climate change crowd said, "This is it! That's the end of it.
"Now we're gonna have Katrinas 15 times a year. It's gonna destroy the Florida coastline and any coastline that comes in contact with!" And there hasn't been a single hurricane. We've gone 3,270 days without a hurricane. That's nearly nine years, folks, and by far the longest stretch on record. The next longest streak is five seasons, 1980 to 1984 without a hurricane in Florida.
Oh well. Maybe Klain can start agitating to apply the same “Precautionary Principle” to Ebola that warmists insist be applied to global warming. If the threat is severe, even if the likelihood is low, steps should be taken. Applied to Ebola, that would mean a travel ban for the hot zone in Africa.
Hat tip: Ed Timperlake