Rain or shine, drought, flood or dust-storm, the warmist faith decrees that all ‘freak weather events’ are man-made, says Christopher Booker.
Inevitably, when a huge dust storm from the surrounding desert engulfed the city of Phoenix, Arizona, last week, it did not take long for environmentalists to cite it as the kind of “freak weather event” that will become commonplace with “climate change”.
A dust storm rolls in over Phoenix, Arizona, July 5, 2011
Sceptical blogs, such as Watts Up With That, gleefully responded with pictures going back to the 1950s of similar storms (or “haboobs” as they are known) engulfing Phoenix, on several occasions, and other parts of the West. The EU Referendum blog reproduced, from the Congressional Archive, terrifying images of the storms in the Dust Bowl of the southwestern United States in the 1930s.
One of the more touching features of our global warming zealots is their remarkable ignorance of history. As their religion crumbles, they clutch ever more desperately at any “extreme weather event” to support their sad creed. Hot or cold, dry or wet, droughts, heatwaves, floods or record falls of snow are all inevitably cited as evidence of mankind’s “disruption of the climate” – even if cussed old Mother Nature has produced such things hundreds of times before.