EPA head Gina McCarthy has seen it fit to weigh in on climate change alarmism by purporting the hype that extreme weather events will result from global warming. The Daily Caller points out McCarthy tweeted this claim and included a link to the last year’s third National Climate Assessment. According to the NCA:
[t]here has been a substantial increase in most measures of Atlantic hurricane activity since the early 1980s, the period during which high-quality satellite data are available.
These include measures of intensity, frequency, and duration as well as the number of strongest (Category 4 and 5) storms, according to the document.
However, The Daily Caller reveals the document actually contradicts what the IPCC science on this very topic.
“Current datasets indicate no significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the past century,” according to the IPCC’s 2013 report. “No robust trends in annual numbers of tropical storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes counts have been identified over the past 100 years in the North Atlantic basin”
“[A previous IPCC report] concluded that it was likely that an increasing trend had occurred in intense tropical cyclone activity since 1970 in some regions but that there was no clear trend in the annual numbers of tropical cyclones”, the IPCC noted.
The IPCC, however, does note that “[r]egional trends in tropical cyclone frequency and the frequency of very intense tropical cyclones have been identified in the North Atlantic and these appear robust since the 1970s,” but adds that “argument reigns over the cause of the increase and on longer time scales the fidelity of these trends is debated with different methods for estimating undercounts in the earlier part of the record providing mixed conclusions.”
Bureaucrats and environmentalists use alarmism and fear in order to keep their issue in the public spotlight. It is purposely an attempt to manipulate others into turning to people like her in order to justify her agency’s policies related to combat global warming. Environmentalists also use fear in order to scare people into banning certain activities such as fracking or products such as GMO’s or vaccines. It is a fear industry and the more often it is done the less likely people are to believe it as evidenced by polls showing how low of a priority it is among the general public.