[Ed. – Well, that’s the big lie, isn’t it? That climate change is something unusual and caused by man. But climate change is something that happens regularly over long chunks of time – much longer than can be accounted for by the short history of modern energy use. A number of climatologists and physicists think we’re seeing the effects of the exceptional solar minimum we’ve been in. Regardless, the Earth isn’t warming – unless we’re talking about warming since the last great ice age thousands of years ago.]
A string of natural disasters has hit the Central U.S. in recent weeks. Tornadoes have devastated communities, tearing up trees and homes. Record rainfall has prevented countless farmers from planting crops. Rising rivers continue to flood fields, inundate homes and threaten aging levees from Iowa to Mississippi.
And while none of these events can be directly attributed to climate change, extreme rains are happening more frequently in many parts of the U.S. and that trend is expected to continue as the Earth continues to warm.
For many of the people living in the affected areas, the connection feels clear. …
“Somebody at my office told me, ‘We all owe Al Gore an apology,’ ” says Breigh Hardman, standing on a bridge over the Arkansas River in nearby Fort Smith.