to call Sandy a harbinger of a "new normal," in which unprecedented weather events cause unprecedented destruction, would be wrong.In the proper context, Sandy is less an example of how bad things can get than a reminder that they could be much worse. If Sandy causes $20 billion in damage (in 2012 dollars), it would rank as the 17th most damaging hurricane or tropical storm (out of 242) to hit the U.S. since 1900—a significant event, but not close to the top 10. The Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 tops the list as it would cause $180 billion in damage if it were to strike today. Hurricane Katrina ranks fourth at $85 billion.While it's hardly mentioned in the media, the U.S. is currently in an extended and intense hurricane "drought." The last Category 3 or stronger storm to make landfall was Wilma in 2005. The more than seven years since then is the longest such span in over a century.There are no signs that human-caused climate change has increased the toll of recent disasters, as even the most recent extreme-event report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finds. And even under the assumptions of the IPCC, changes to energy policies wouldn't have a discernible impact on future disasters for the better part of a century or more."http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405297020484050457808...---I've got an idea. Let's use "SuperStorm Sandy" as a crisis and rahm through economy killing carbon taxes, skyrocket energy prices, raise the price of gasoline to European levels.....to 'save the planet' while there is time! Let's throw another 800 billion at 'green jobs' programs to make Al Gore even richer! Four more years! t
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