By Paul Homewood
Occasional-Cortex makes a fool of herself again!
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for more urgency to address climate change on Friday, comparing its impact on Americans to the tragedy of 9/11.
The Bronx rep was discussing her Green New Deal on MSNBC when she said the devastation from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was similar to the 2001 terrorist attack.
“On the events on September 11, 2001, thousands of Americans died in the largest terror attack on US soil,” Ocasio-Cortez told host Chris Hayes.
“Our national response was war in one then eventually two countries: 3,000 Americans died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria. Where is our response?”
Ocasio-Cortez addressed the criticism of the cost of her plan by saying that the country needs to take action in order to avoid future catastrophe.
“So this issue is not just about our climate. First and foremost we need to save ourselves. Period,” she said.
“There will be no future for the Bronx. There will be no liveable future for generations coming, for any part of this country in a way that is better than the lot that we have today if we don’t address this issue urgently and on the scale of the problem.”
The Green New Deal was defeated in a procedural vote in the Senate by a vote of 57-0. Democrats, including Ocasio-Cortez, dismissed the vote as a “stunt.”
And how, pray, will her plan stop hurricanes from hitting Puerto Rico?
Major Atlantic hurricanes were just as common in the 1950s. Prior to that, we have no idea because many were not spotted.
But we do know about the hurricane of San Ciriaco, AKA The Great Bahamas Hurricane, which killed more than 3000 in Puerto Rico in 1899.
Here is an extract from Stuart Schwartz’s account, published by Duke University Press:
Given that Puerto Rico’s population has tripled since 1899, the death toll then was quite extraordinary.
As for her claim that there will be no future for the Bronx, it is not clear that New Yorkers’ climate has changed much at all in the last 100 years.
Below is some of the long term climatological data for Cornell University’s rural site upstate at Ithaca:
Daily temperatures regularly reached highs before the war which have not been approached since:
Days of 90F and over were much more common in the past:
Severe droughts are a thing of the past:
And extreme daily precipitation is not getting worse:
Perhaps she think they are all going to be swamped by the sea?
If so, I doubt whether her policies will make the slightest difference, as sea levels have been rising at the same rate since Abraham Lincoln was President:
It is baffling how AOC has attracted so much attention in such a short space of time, given that she evidently does not have a clue what she is talking about!
via NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT
April 1, 2019 at 01:23PM