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Climate Hysteria Over Hurricanes Doesn't Help Storm Victims

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On Aug. 12, 2004, Dr. Stephen Baig, left, storm surge scientist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, made a point to then-NHC Director Max Mayfield, center, and NHC Assistant Director Ed Rappaport. They were reviewing a Florida map, for the purpose of projecting storm surge heights for the state's west coast during Hurricane Charley. (Andy Newman/AP)

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Dealing with a hurricane is bad enough, but add on top of it the promotion of the myth that it’s all because of man-made climate change — that makes it worse.

Ryan Maue, a research meteorologist with ties to the Cato Institute, wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal (wsj.com) dated Sept. 9, 2017, "Climate Change Hype Doesn’t Help." Amen. He talks about how climate alarmists "gleefully reported that President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago might be inundated by Irma."

Maue states, "My own research, cited in a recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, found that during the past half-century tropical storms and hurricanes have not shown an upward trend in frequency or accumulated energy."

However, last week, when Hollywood stars put together a big show to raise funds for hurricane relief, within minutes, Stevie Wonder declared, "Anyone who believes that there’s no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent."

After Harvey, before Irma, Brad Johnson of Climate Hawks Vote tweeted, on Sept. 7, 2017, "Climate change denial should be a crime.” Nicolas Loris of dailysignal.com of the Heritage Foundation, Sept. 8, 201 7 responded, "Rather than focus on the victims and offer solutions for speedy recovery, pundits and politicians in the wake of Harvey focused on saying, 'I told you so.'"

Richard Branson survived Hurricane Irma in his concrete wine cellar on the Caribbean Island that he owns. He blames climate change. Man-made climate change.

I once had the opportunity to briefly meet the former head of the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Dr. Max Mayfield, a leading expert on hurricanes. It was in 2008 when I met him at a church-related event. I asked him if there was a chance that the global warming alarmists were right in trying to correlate man-made global warming with the rise of hurricanes. Back around 2004 and 2005, we had had more than our fair share of them.

He laughed and said no. It was not the product of man-made global warming, but was related to El Niño in the ocean.

Besides, hurricanes have been around for centuries. They caused Spanish galleons around the coast of Florida, including the Keys, to sink two to three centuries ago. Alexander Hamilton, a key founding father of the U.S., grew up in the British West Indies. He was discovered because, as a 17-year old, he wrote such a compelling description of the devastation wrought by a hurricane.

Dr. E. Calvin Beisner of The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation told me for this column, "Climate physics really doesn’t support the idea that either Harvey or Irma was caused, or strengthened significantly, by manmade global warming."

Dr. Beisner explains, "All the carbon dioxide we’ve added to Earth’s atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution has reduced the climate system’s ability to cool itself (emit excess energy to space) by no more than 1 percent, probably only about ¼ percent." Is man-made global warming a lot of hot air?

More importantly, why does God allow hurricanes? We live in a fallen world because of sin. St. Paul writes to the Roman Christians, "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration . . . "

In the meantime, we need to do what we can to help alleviate the suffering of those who endure the storms of life. And many are doing just that.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, worked proactively to prepare the state ahead of Irma. Among many things, he encouraged people to volunteer in some capacity if they were available. I considered it and logged on to the listing of volunteer agencies. It was like a who’s who of mostly Christian denominations.

It is not surprising that Christian nonprofit organizations have donated nearly 80 percent of the aid so far to hurricane victims — far outdoing FEMA, according to USA Today.

As D. James Kennedy and I pointed out in our book, "What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?" in the chapter on how Jesus unleashed the forces of charity in the world, "Even the most virulent atheists still live and operate within that Christian worldview, whether they know it or not, and are indebted to it."

Interviews of the survivors from Irma touch the heart. The attitudes differ. Some seem resigned, others seem resilient.

I remember a Christian song on the radio that touched me in the wake of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The refrain stated, "Pick up a shovel and dig another well."

A healthy perspective on saving human life versus saving property is key. I remember after Andrew, I saw a house with its roof blown off, on it which they had spray-painted, "House for sale — half off."

But my favorite sign in the wake of Hurricane Andrew was seen on another damaged home, upon it was written, "No Jesus. No peace. Know Jesus. Know peace."

Jerry Newcombe is co-host/senior TV producer of Kennedy Classics. He has written/co-written 25 books, including "The Book That Made America, Doubting Thomas" (with Mark Beliles), "What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?" (With D. James Kennedy), and "George Washington's Sacred Fire" (with Peter Lillback). For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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