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The left continues to cling to the idea not only of manmade global warming, but also that it has resulted in increased storm activity. The evidence says otherwise, and this was illustrated last week when a government weather scientist corrected a member of the liberal media on the subject.

Photo credit geology.com
Photo credit geology.com

After the massive tornado that ravaged Oklahoma last week, Los Angeles Times reporter Stacey Lessca interviewed Robin Tanamachi, a research scientist working for the National Severe Storms Laboratory, maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Norman, Okla.

Tanamachi described Moore, Okla.’s devastating storm, the Enhanced Fujita Scale used to measure a tornado’s strength as well as her job at the National Severe Storms Laboratory.

Lessca eventually wound her way to what she undoubtedly wanted to hear — the role that climate change plays in the increased storm activity plaguing the United States.

“It seems like there’s been more severe weather, it seems, it just feels like hurricanes are getting worse,” she began. “Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast. This tornado now has killed 24 people in the town of Moore. Do you think that more severe storms are becoming the norm, and do you think that they are directly related to climate change?”

If Lessca expected to hear her pre-conceived notions confirmed, she was sorely disappointed. Not only did Tanamachi say there was no increased storm activity, but she went on to say that the media plays a hand in the public’s perception of this myth.

“Well the statistics don’t bear that assertion out,” Tanamachi corrected. “What we’re finding is that people’s perception is that severe weather has increased. That perception is largely based on media presentation and that an event like the Moore tornado is now broadcast worldwide within moments of its occurrence. And so it can seem more local to people than it is.”

She went on to state that we’ve seen increased activity in neither tornadoes nor hurricanes.

“But as far as the number of tornadoes, we haven’t been able to discern an increasing trend,” she asserted. “As far as the number of hurricanes, we haven’t been able to discern a really solid increasing trend with that.”

At his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama emphasized, “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” according to the White House website

New Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz doesn’t want to spend his tenure battling over climate science.

The president’s new energy secretary, Ernest Moniz, agrees. “Let me make it very clear that there is no ambiguity in terms of the scientific basis calling for a prudent response on climate change,” Moniz told Energy Department employees, according to The Hill.

Before making such broad pronouncements, they should perhaps listen to their own scientists. They should also examine the empirical data confirming the lack of global warming — manmade or natural — for well over a decade.

Watch the entire video interview. The “climate change” exchange begins at about the 11:20 mark.

H/T NewsBusters

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