Hooray! Warmists Finally Proclaim All Power Outages Caused By “Climate Change”

I was wondering when they would get around to this blamestorming talking point, and I blame you, dear reader, for all the power issues for refusing to give up your fossil fueled vehicle, using hair spray, and having a fridge with an ice maker. Oh, and per Warmist doctrine, no, I’m not giving up mine. This is only for you

(Grist) Eerie images of flooded, pitch-black lower Manhattan following Superstorm Sandy made it clear just how stark an effect climate change and extreme weather can have on our everyday access to electricity.

A report from the U.S. Department of Energy released last week shows that New York City and other coastal regions aren’t the only ones at risk. And it’s not just a question of the future. No American region, it turns out, has been exempt from the possibility of mass power outages. The report focuses on three major causes: rising temperatures; wider-spread, more severe droughts; and more devastating flooding, storms, and sea-level rises.

DOE also created a map of energy and power-related disruptions over the past decade that experts have attributed to large-scale, long-term disruptions in climate and weather patterns (for the full, interactive map, click here).

The whole article is based on that map and a highly partisan post at the Department of Energy website. They’re blaming all the power outages on

  1. Increasing air and water temperatures;
  2. Decreasing water availability across regions and seasons; and
  3. Increasing intensity and frequency of storm events, flooding and sea level rise.

Except, the global temperatures have not increased in a statistically significant manner in 15 plus years, and, really, is a 0.14F increase since 1997 and 0.28F increase since 1990 cause for concern? Some data sets show decreasing temperature, but, the biggest thing is that temperature is not following CO2 increases. The US right now has 71% below normal temperatures for the year.

Water availability? Doesn’t mean there are anthropogenic causes, just the natural part of How Things Work On Planet Earth.

There is no increase in extreme weather. The weather is not out of whack. Flooding is not increasing (which is funny, because #2 whined about a decrease in water availability). Sea rise is well within the historical norm of 6-8 inches, when, if this was a normal warm period, it should be much, much more, due to the law of averages.

And, yes, they do actually blame “climate change” for the power outages during February, 2013 in Massachusetts from…wait for it…snow.

And you know what will be awesome? When brownouts and blackouts occur more frequently as government mandates force citizens to rely more and more on “alternatives” that provide inefficient and unreliable power.

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Comment by john
2013-07-21 10:12:03

solar power gets cheaper every year. And isn’t it nice that solar provides power JUST when we need it most. New Mexico just signed for a 5.8 cents per kilo watt rate. How much do YOU pay for your power Teach?http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/02/12/2013-is-the-year-of-solar.aspx

 
Comment by john
2013-07-21 10:13:35

“the weather is not out of whack……..” Teach you seem to often point out weather anomalies like IT SNOWED IN NEW YORK IN MAY !!!!
Teach last year in the continental USA it was the hottest summer EVAH
And this summer has been really hot at least where I am. How is it down in NC?
And out west in Las Vegas they broke all time heat records.

 
Comment by William Teach
2013-07-21 13:37:42

So snow in May is caused by too much heat? You Warmists are idiots.

 
Comment by gitarcarver
2013-07-21 14:24:05

John’s citation on the New Mexico deal is misleading as well.

The costs of the power is underwritten by energy credits which raise the actual price much higher.

But there is something else as well.

The land on which the project is being built is public trust land offered to the company at no cost.

Normally such land canot be built upon. Even then, it would require a massive environmental impact study.

All of the normal regulations were waived by New Mexico with public comment or input, saving the firm boatloads of money.

Once afain, solar cannot compete on the free market. It requires massive subsidies paud by taxpayers.

 
Comment by William Teach
2013-07-21 16:45:26

Well, it’s no wonder he used a website called “Fool”.

 

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