Letter To The Editor: Wrong To Say Weather Extremes Occur Due To Climate Change

By TOM HARRIS, Executive Director
International Climate Science Coalition
It is wrong to say that “weather extremes occur due to climate change.”

This is one of the few areas of agreement between the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).

In 2012, the IPCC asserted that a relationship between global warming and wildfires, rainfall, storms, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events has not been demonstrated.

In 2013 the NIPCC concluded the same saying, “in no case has a convincing relationship been established between warming over the past 100 years and increases in any of these extreme events.”

The National Climate Data Center reveals that extreme weather state records for New Mexico are spread throughout the past century, with no recent increase. Here the records for New Mexico [check here for each state: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/]:

  • Maximum Temperature: 122 deg F, 1994
  • Minimum Temperature: -50 deg F, 1951
  • Maximum 24-Hour Precipitation: 11.26 in., 1955
  • Maximum 24-hour Snowfall: 41 in., 1964
  • Maximum Snow Depth: 90 in., 1941
Yet on the false premise that there has been a supposed increase in extreme weather events caused by global warming, President Barack Obama wants to end America’s use of coal, your country’s least expensive and more plentiful power source.
It is worrisome for us here in Canada, and indeed across the free world, when our primary defender is bent on crippling itself in this way.