Hours after the hammering of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, insane author Ross Gelbspan wrote this for the Boston Globe:
The hurricane that struck Louisiana yesterday was nicknamed Katrina by the National Weather Service. Its real name is global warming.
Read on; Gelbspan believes everything is caused by global warming, from two-foot snowfalls in LA to nuclear shutdowns in Scandinavia. Steal his Prius and within seconds Gelbspan would conjure a climate-related cause. But how to explain recent hurricane data?
With cataclysmic predictions that hurricanes would swarm from the tropics like termites, no one thought 2006 would be the most tranquil season in a decade.
Barring a last-second surprise from the tropics, the season will end Thursday with nine named storms, and only five of those hurricanes. This year is the first season since 1997 that only one storm nudged its way into the Gulf of Mexico.
Somewhere—possibly in front of a mirror—James Wolcott is crying. More from Gelbspan:
As a Bostonian, I am afraid that the coming winter will—like last winter—be unusually short and devastatingly severe.
In fact, Boston’s 2005-6 winter was exceptionally gentle, recording only a fifth of the previous winter’s snow. I blame global milding.