Boxer: Okla. tornado proof of climate change, need for carbon tax

Boxer: Okla. tornado proof of climate change, need for carbon tax

Barbara BoxerWith apologies to Winston Churchill, it might be said of Sen. Barbara Boxer that “those that fail to learn from history are doomed to rewrite it.” During a Senate floor speech Tuesday, The Daily Caller writes, the Democratic senator from California blamed the tornado that ravaged Oklahoma on global warming.

Never one to allow a crisis to go to waste, Boxer used the disaster, which was responsible for at least 91 deaths, as an opportunity to push her own plan to tax carbon dioxide emissions:

This is climate change. 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. The least we could do is put a little charge on it so people move to clean energy.

But as TDC notes elsewhere, the theory that manmade global warming is prime mover behind severe weather hasn’t always been the prevailing wisdom:

An often cited 1975 magazine article by long-time Newsweek science editor Peter Gwynne warned of tornadoes as a consequence of ‘global cooling,’ along with other residual effects, including food shortages. [Emphasis added]

‘There are ominous signs that the Earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production — with serious political implications for just about every nation on Earth,’ Gwynne wrote. ‘The drop in food output could begin quite soon, perhaps only ten years from now.’

There was even a specific passage blaming the ‘global cooling’ phenomenon for a 1974 tornado outbreak.

Newsweek 1975

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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