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."
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).
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.