Sunday, April 5, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown Ignores Climate Scientists in Claiming His State's Drought is Due to "Climate Change"

California Governor Jerry Brown on ABC "This Week" declared that the drought hitting his state is proof positive of "climate change:"
“I can tell you, from California, climate change is not a hoax,” he said on ABC’s “This
California Governor Jerry Brown
Week.” “We’re dealing with it, and it’s damn serious.”
A study of the drought by climate scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says otherwise.  Mother Jones reports:
Climate scientists have warned for years that rising greenhouse gas concentrations will lead to more frequent and severe droughts in many parts of the world. Although it's generally very difficult to attribute any one weather event to the broader global warming trend, over the last couple of years a body of research has emerged to assess the link between man-made climate change and the current California drought. There are signs that rising temperatures (so far, 2014 is the hottest year on record both for California and globally) and long-term declines in soil moisture, both linked to greenhouse gas emissions, may have made the impact of the drought worse. 
But according to new research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California's drought was primarily produced by a lack of precipitation driven by natural atmospheric cycles that are unrelated to man-made climate change. In other words, climate change may have worsened the impacts of the drought, but it isn't the underlying cause. 
"The preponderance of evidence is that the events of the last three winters [when California gets the majority of its precipitation] were the product of natural variability," said lead author Richard Seager, a Columbia University oceanographer.
Over the last three years, Seager said, unpredictable atmospheric circulation patterns, combined with La Niña, formed high-pressure systems in winter over the West Coast, blocking storms from the Pacific that would have brought rain to California. The result has been the second-lowest three-year winter precipitation total since record-keeping began in 1895. But that pattern doesn't match what models predict as an outcome of climate change, said Seager. In fact, the study's models indicate that as global warming proceeds, winter precipitation in California is actually predicted to increase, thanks to an increased likelihood of low-pressure systems that allow winter storms to pass from the ocean to the mainland.


Anonymous said...

It has to be "climate change." They can't admit that they're mismanaging nitwits who live in a desert but are trying to win an aesthetic competition with Florida.

I read that the California almond crop consumes more water than all the businesses and residents of Los Angeles and San Francisco, combined.

The Central Valley is only an agricultural powerhouse because of relentless irrigation. It doesn't rain in Stockton, Sacramento, Modesto, Fresno, etc., but they farm the heck out of those lands.

No other state should be forced to divert its water resources to irresponsible California.

Anonymous said...

The truth about California's politically-created water shortage may have best been stated by Carly Fiorina: “California is a classic case of liberals being willing to sacrifice other people’s lives and livelihoods at the altar of their ideology. It’s a tragedy.”