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Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:22 PM

Global Warming and Sandy: Heating of the Oceans Fuels Record Storm, Leaving Millions Without Power

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/10/31/global_warming_and_sandy_heating_of


Eight million people remain without power across 15 states following Hurricane Sandy, one of most devastating storms ever to hit the eastern United States. The storm’s death toll has reached 55 in the United States and is expected to rise. The storm also killed at least 69 people in the Caribbean, 51 in Haiti alone. In New York state, 90 percent of Long Island remains in the dark, as does Lower Manhattan and other parts of the city. As we continue to explore the links between Sandy and climate change, we’re joined by Brenda Ekwurzel, assistant director of climate research and analysis at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Due to technical difficulties, we regret that this interview was cut short. ~includes rush transcript~




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Brenda Ekwurzel, assistant director of climate research and analysis at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:24 PM

1. "Oh oh, we're busted. Again. We need to double-down and lie about this even harder." - Republicans

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Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:52 PM

2. it was charting through waters heading north in above-normal sea surface temperature,conditions

... and that allowed it to thrive as a hurricane. So by the time it made landfall on New Jersey, it was still a Category 1 hurricane, which means warm waters are fueling this hurricane so that it has much higher wind potential, which is far more damaging to people who have structures that are in the path of the hurricane.
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I suspected that warmer temperatures in the Arctic allowed an unusual positioning of the Jet Stream. Sandy would have been drawn northward into an existing low pressure area. I don't know, though.

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Thu Nov 1, 2012, 11:26 AM

3. The media must connect the dots on extreme weather and climate change.

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/sandy_media/?rc=fb_share2&r_by=49821-4528840-%3DGa3vxx


The media must connect the dots on extreme weather and climate change.

Hurricane Sandy caused terrible devastation and loss. But it is also a teachable moment in educating the public about the connection between extreme weather and oceans that are warming up due to fossil-fueled climate change.

But too many major news outlets and reports are still relying on hackneyed weather reporting -- windblown "reporters" with microphones on beaches, rather than asking why storms are getting bigger and more dangerous.1 Hurricane Sandy was no act of God -- it was a record-setting killer storm that is becoming the new normal -- and is a harbinger of much worse to come if we do not change course.

If we are ever to have sufficient will to attack global warming, the public needs to be let in on what many climate scientists are already saying.

Fortunately, there are at least a few media outlets starting to make the connection -- NBC's Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Brian Williams and even Jimmy Fallon are at least raising the question and bringing on thoughtful guests.2

But most of Big Media is relying on lowest-common-denominator weather reporting to cover record-breaking extreme weather.

We deserve better. Much better.

Tell CBS, ABC, the NY Times, Washington Post, Fox, and even NPR to report the connection between climate change and extreme storms.

When it comes to confronting climate change, we have a major structural and political problem. Our broken system of campaign finance and lobbying has allowed major polluters to buy off one party and essentially scare the other. The result is gridlock, science denial, and a continuance of policies which subsidize, promote and even invest in fossil fuels for the long-term, when we should be phasing them out as fast as we can -- maybe faster.

We must, very soon, work to overcome the power of the fossil fuel polluters and their hold on our elected leaders to get the policies we need.

Part of that will be the media fulfilling their obligation to inform the people of this country. We need to know the whole truth. They must start to report it.

Tell CBS, ABC, the NY Times, Washington Post, Fox, and even NPR to start reporting the truth about climate change.

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