Climate scientist Suzana Camargo of Columbia University says “attribution studies” of Hurricane Harvey may tell whether manmade climate change had a role in its ferocity.
But Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, a Republican, had made up his mind, saying of Hurricane Irma: “If this isn’t climate change, I don’t know what is. This is a truly, truly poster child for what is to come.”
Also standing pat is John Coleman, founder of The Weather Channel and retired KUSI weatherman.
On Friday, he doubled down down on his beliefs about hurricanes like Harvey and Irma.
“The shouting and screaming we hear today [about climate change boosting the strength of hurricanes] and the scientific efforts to support it all fall short on proving there is a link between warming of the atmosphere and our burning of fossil fuels,” Coleman wrote on his blog.
The 82-year-old climate skeptic added: “Until they prove the basic foundation of their scientific position, the AlGorians are guilty of scientific fraud.”
Coleman cited work by Roy Spencer at the University of Alabama. The retired meteorologist says Spencer’s charts show no link between landfall of major hurricanes and sea surface water temperatures.
“For certain, the water must be warm to create a hurricane and if it [is] warmer the probability of a stronger storm seems more likely,” Coleman said. “Yet the data says there is a question about the last part of that thinking.”
Spencer, it turns out, has been found wanting on his science.
A white paper Spencer wrote last year for the Texas Public Policy Institute outlining the contrarian case on climate has been rebutted by many other scientists.
The Guardian newspaper noted: “TPPI is part of the web of denial, having received substantial funding from both the tobacco and fossil fuel industries, including $65,000 from ExxonMobil and at least $911,499 from Koch-related foundations since 1998, and over $3 million from ‘dark money’ anonymizers Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund.”
That didn’t faze Coleman, now living near Las Vegas after decades in San Diego.
“Dr. Spencer is not funded by any energy or fossil fuel interests,” Coleman said in reply to a query from Times of San Diego. “You are buying the fake charges of the Algorians. Call him and talk it over.”