Surprise: Cyclone Pam Blamed On “Climate Change”

Obviously, no one saw this coming, right?

Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu’s president blames climate change for extreme weather

The president of Vanuatu says climate change is contributing to more extreme weather conditions and cyclone seasons, after cyclone Pam ripped through the island nation.

The damage from the category five storm to the island nation has been extensive, and is still being assessed as aid workers scrambled to get to affected areas on Monday morning.

The official death toll remains at six, with many more injured, and is expected to rise as communication begins to be restored.

Vanuatu’s president, Baldwin Lonsdale, spoke at a United Nations world conference in Sendai, Japan, on Monday, and said the storm was a major setback for the people, virtually wiping out Vanuatu’s development.

“This is a very devastating cyclone … I term it a monster that has hit Vanuatu,” he said. “It is a setback for the government and for the people of Vanuatu … All the development that has taken place has been wiped out.”

Hmm, that’s interesting. Fossil fuels and development are Blamed for “climate change”, yet, Vanuatu’s president took a fossil fueled flight and the island is spending lots of money for development, including on an airport. So, they should blame themselves.

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7 Responses to “Surprise: Cyclone Pam Blamed On “Climate Change””

  1. John says:

    Much better for all to reduce some rather for any individual to reduce all
    Again with. The attack the messenger not the message meme?

  2. Nighthawk says:

    Lead by Example. The simple rule of teaching any lesson.

    If the leaders are unwilling to follow their own advice, why should, or would, anyone take them seriously?

  3. Jeffery says:

    If the leaders are unwilling to follow their own advice, why should, or would, anyone take them seriously?

    Because they are right. Most Deniers would Deny regardless of what the “leaders” did. With Deniers it’s not about science or sound policy, it’s ideology.

    If you think the science behind global warming is unsound, even a hoax driven by communist ideology, why on Earth would you change your position based on how Al Gore heats his house? By your own admission, that proves you’re not swayed by evidence.

    You can think for yourself; you do not have to rely on “leaders”.

  4. JGlanton says:

    If global warming is causing more cyclones, why aren’t there more cyclones?

    Global Tropical Cyclone Frequency- 1971 to Present
    http://policlimate.com/tropical/frequency_12months.png

  5. jl says:

    “Cyclone Pam blamed on climate change.” By that “logic”, if climate changed helped to cause the devastation of cyclone Pam, then climate change also “caused” the Atlantic to have fewer and less destructive hurricanes. That would be a net wash for those keeping score.

  6. TrishMac says:

    Oh look, a tropical archipelago. In the middle of the South Pacific. They never have cyclones there, until man-made global warming that is.
    Honestly, I would be far more worried about the volcanoes it lives on and around!
    From wikipedia:
    There are several active volcanoes in Vanuatu, including Lopevi, Mount Yasur, and several underwater volcanoes. Volcanic activity is common, with an ever-present danger of a major eruption; a nearby undersea eruption of 6.4 magnitude occurred in November 2008 with no casualties, and an eruption occurred in 1945. Vanuatu is recognised as a distinct terrestrial ecoregion, known as the Vanuatu rain forests. It is part of the Australasia ecozone, which includes New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, Australia, New Guinea, and New Zealand.

    Climate
    The climate is tropical, with about nine months of warm to hot rainy weather and the possibility of cyclones and three to four months of cooler, drier weather characterized by winds from the southeast. The water temperature ranges from 72 °F (22 °C) in winter to 82 °F (28 °C) in the summer. Cool between April and September, the days become hotter and more humid starting in October. The daily temperature ranges from 68 to 90 °F (20 to 32 °C). South easterly trade winds occur from May to October.
    Vanuatu has a long rainy season, with significant rainfall almost every month.
    The wettest and hottest months are December through April, which also constitute the cyclone season. The driest months are June through November. Rainfall averages about 2,360 millimetres (93 in) per year but can be as high as 4,000 millimetres (160 in) in the northern islands.
    In March 2015, Cyclone Pam devastated much of Vanuatu and caused extensive damage to all the islands and numerous deaths, although as of 16 March 2015 the extent of the damage is still being assessed.

  7. Dana says:

    Our host’s favorite left-wing commenter wrote:

    If the leaders are unwilling to follow their own advice, why should, or would, anyone take them seriously?

    Because they are right. Most Deniers would Deny regardless of what the “leaders” did. With Deniers it’s not about science or sound policy, it’s ideology.

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