America, I Apologize

On behalf of all conservatives living in California (a form of dhimmitude), I’d like to apologize to the rest of the nation — but particularly to Oklahoma — for the conduct of Senator Barbara “Don’t Call Me Ma’am” Boxer, who has a nasty habit of twirling a baton at the front of the idiot parade. From the Daily Caller:

California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer blamed the tornado that devastated Oklahoma on global warming during a Senate floor speech Tuesday, using the opportunity to push her own plan to tax carbon dioxide emissions.

“This is climate change,” Boxer said. “This is climate change. We were warned about extreme weather: Not just hot weather, but extreme weather. When I had my hearings, when I had the gavel years ago — it’s been a while — the scientists all agreed that what we’d start to see was extreme weather.”

“Carbon could cost us the planet,” Boxer added, plugging her own carbon tax bill, co-sponsored by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. “The least we could do is put a little charge on it so people move to clean energy.”

Yet, as noted by Anthony Watts, at Watts Up With That?:

Here’s a germane question for these geniuses. 

Tell us, what could any tax, law, edict, or protest have done to stop yesterday’s tornado outbreak? And what makes this one somehow different from the F5 Oklahoma city tornado of 1999 that also hit the city of Moore?

What made this somehow AGW enhanced or different from the F5 tornado that destroyed the Oklahoma city of Snyder in 1905, or the 1955 Great Plains tornado outbreak which produced an F5 striking Blackwell, Oklahoma, killing 20 with another F5 from the same storm strik[ing] Udall, KS, killing 80?

Tell us you Canutian meteorological geniuses, how could you have changed the outcome yesterday?

Watts then produces NOAA charts showing the U.S. annual count of strong to violent tornadoes (F3 or higher) from 1954 through 2012; the U.S. inflation-adjusted annual tornado trend and percentile ranks; and the daily count and running annual trend of U.S. tornadoes. All three show us currently running well below average (you should really check out the original post to see the data visualized).

Watts concludes:

And when is the hottest part of the year in the USA? July and August of course. When is the peak tornado season? In the spring when it is cooler. Seasonal heat is not aligned with tornadic activity.

But tornadic activity does seem to be aligned with political grandstanding. Apologies, America. Californians keep reelecting this woman — perhaps just because they know that it’s the best way to minimize the amount of time she actually spends in the state.

  1. tabula rasa

    I thought the Democrats were the party of science?  

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse did his own version of this rant on the Senate floor yesterday.

    Is there anyone here who can apologize on behalf of Rhode Island?

  2. KC Mulville

    People wonder why some conservatives don’t entirely embrace every pronouncement of the global warming community – why, it’s settled science!

  3. DrewInWisconsin

    For your penance, we require three (3) “Young Guns” podcasts.

  4. 3rd angle projection

    I’d accept your apology but, alas, I live in California as well.

    I suppose I should pile onto your countrywide apology as she continues to keep using her “I’m not so smart” card. You can’t help but be stunned and amazed.

    In the end, it boggles the mind that she keeps getting re-elected.

  5. Colin B Lane
    tabula rasa: I thought the Democrats were the party of science?  

    Ma’am Boxer’s global warming rant differs from Congressman Hank Johnson’s island tipping theory only in its shrillness and vitriol.  The underlying IQ is roughly equivalent.

  6. Casey

    This is very simple economics so listen up:  If you tax something, you get less of it.  So…

    PAY TORNADO IN MY FRONT YARD TAX  $15

    Monopoly-man-broke.jpg

  7. DrewInWisconsin

    You can tell the Great Global Warming Hoax is in its death throes, because the cries of doomsday are getting more shrill and stupid by the day. 

  8. Valiuth

    It’s Okay Troy I forgive you. 

  9. Retail Lawyer

    I’m a Californian and I’m always thinking I need to apologize to the rest of country for some piece of stupidity or another my state has managed to inflict on the rest of the country.  Carly Fiorina lost to this woman, Senator Ma’am!

  10. James Gawron

    Troy,

    Your arguments are rock solid.  Now we can ask the question that should have been asked for the last 40 years.

    How many trillions of dollars of GNP destroyed, how many high paying jobs lost and how many children of the underemployed not born because these psychotic banal obsessives won’t shut up.

    Could there be a special place in hell for those who  incessantly cry fire in the crowded theatre of life.  Oh please!

    Regards,

    Jim

  11. Colin B Lane
    James Gawron: Troy,

    Could there be a special place in hell for those who  incessantly cry fire in the crowded theatre of life.  Oh please!

    Regards,

    Jim 

    So sorry I can hit the like button only once. What a wonderful way to describe the hyperventilating, hyperbolic hysterics on the “scientific left.”

  12. should_be_studying

    Being from OKC I must say that I appreciate Senator Boxer. The tornado victims could definitely use the humor.

  13. jonsouth

    Remember the rules, people:

    Record snowstorms in your area = “Local weather conditions have nothing to do with the global climate!”

    Longer-than-usual heatwave or storm in your area = “It’s global warming, stupid!”

  14. should_be_studying

    Being from OKC I must say I appreciate Senator Boxer. Her humor is much needed during this time of grief.

  15. Max Knots

    You win the contest for the “best descriptive phrase used today” with your comment re: the Senator most likely to make even Harry Reid feel intellectually superior (Sen. Boxer)   You wrote:  “…who has a nasty habit of twirling a baton at the front of the idiot parade…. “  Priceless!  Thank you!

  16. Larry3435

    Obviously, if we were all Democrats who believed in catastrophic, man-made global warming, we would live in NY or California like civilized people, and nobody would have been hurt yesterday.  You guys just don’t understand how science works…

  17. Larry3435
    tabula rasa: I thought the Democrats were the party of science?  

    I beg your pardon?  You thought WHAT???

  18. Songwriter

    Senator Boxer would make a great poster child for Congressional term limits. As a simple matter of good manners, no one state should inflict upon the other 49 the same nincompoop for more than 10 years.

  19. Derek Simmons

    Troy doesn’t cover the half of it: when Boxer left the Marin County Board of Supervisors for Washington, the IQ of both rose!

  20. OkieSailor

    On behalf of Oklahoma, I accept your apologies on behalf of the nutty senator. As a constituent of Senators Coburn and Inhofe, I also extend my sympathies to you for your representation. :-)