Sierra Rayne — American Thinker — December 16, 2014
The fossil fuels industry is routinely – and wrongly – pilloried in the mainstream media over its purported obfuscations surrounding climate change. Actually, to many of us climate realists, the fossil fuels industry has ceded too much ground to the climate alarmists over the past decade. Far too many claims by the alarmists have gone unchallenged.
As noted in a previous article on Tennessee, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) has a range of “fact sheets” regarding climate change impacts for the southeastern states. It doesn’t appear that all the “facts” are quite what they are claimed to be.
Today we move along to the “fact sheet” by SACE dealing with “Climate Change Impacts on Alabama.”
Some claims to examine:
Heritage foods and agriculture are suffering because of global warming. Some seafood, such as oysters, are directly harmed by the carbon pollution absorbed into the ocean, while farmers are losing crops to drought and unreliable winter weather, expected to become more frequent in a warmer world. For example, in 2007, Alabama was the epicenter of the worst drought on record, prompting the entire state to be declared a natural disaster area, and in 2014, winter freezes destroyed a good portion of Mobile County’s citrus crop.
Sure, there was a severe drought in the state during 2007, but climate change is not leading to more drought in Alabama. It is the reverse. There is a statistically significant trend towards less drought since records began in 1895, whether we look at annual or 24-, 36-, 48-, or 60-month drought indices. The five-year drought index has a massively (p=0.0001) significant trend towards far less drought over the last 120 years.
As for that winter of 2014 in Alabama, it doesn’t live up to the climate alarmism, either. The SACE fact sheet cites a February 20, 2014 article from the Alabama Farmers Federation claiming that the “Winter of 2014 is one for the record books”:
The winter of 2014 will be recorded as one of the coldest in Alabama’s history, leaving lasting memories for those who experienced it.
Well, not really. The state’s average temperature during the winter of 2014 was ranked as only the 21st coldest in history, just 2.5º F below the 20th-century average. (Continue reading here….)