After a series of tornadoes ravaged much of the Midwest over the weekend, most Americans’ first thoughts were with those injured, killed, or left homeless as a result.
As entire neighborhoods were uprooted by the powerful storms, resulting in what one reporter called “complete destruction,” at least some ideologues used the tragedy to bolster their own misguided worldview.
Among the most obvious attempts to capitalize on this disaster came from Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs. As director of the school’s Earth Institute, Sachs is a popular voice among proponents of manmade global warming.
While details of the deadly twisters continued to pour in Sunday evening, Sachs took to his Twitter account
to be among the first to blame humans for causing the devastation. A social media page already brimming with far-left environmental diatribes became even more outrageous following his commentary regarding this latest meteorological event.
Claiming the debate is over and that “human-induced warming is likely to lead to more severe thunderstorms,” Sachs disregarded all evidence showing the past few years have been among the calmest on record.
As is common on Twitter, however, sharp-eyed users kept Sachs honest by responding to his absurd assumption.
One response explained the U.S. is “currently way below normal for tornadoes,” encouraging the professor to “go jump in a lake!”
Another user cited prior studies by think tanks that attempted to predict future global warming trends, noting “[w]e are all dead today, per their computer models.”
The critique continued, asking Sachs to reconcile his skewed logic with the fact that there has been no demonstrable climate change since last century.
Still, Sachs could not be swayed, calling the storms “very uncommon in number and severity,” though he conceded they were not “unprecedented.”
The only way leftists can perpetuate their failed doctrine is by sensationalizing any weather anomaly and blaming the results on anthropomorphic climate change. This is exactly what Sachs attempted, though a vocal group of skeptics used the opportunity to educate an Ivy League professor.
Such quick and decisive rejection of this leftist’s hypothesis indicates the environmental science so many claim is settled is anything but.
–B. Christopher Agee
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