Paging Al Gore, paging Al Gore

Posted by: ST on August 22, 2006 at 3:22 pm

I think he’d like this guy (if he hasn’t met him already):

Hurricane chief: Megadisaster ‘is coming’
Tragedy worse than Katrina is not a question of if, but when, he says

MIAMI – If you thought the sight of the great American jazz city New Orleans flooded to the eaves — its people trapped in attics or cowering on rooftops — was the nightmare hurricane scenario, think again.

Max Mayfield, director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center, says there’s plenty of potential for a storm worse than Hurricane Katrina, which killed 1,339 people along the U.S. Gulf coast and caused some $80 billion in damage last August.

“People think we have seen the worst. We haven’t” Mayfield told Reuters in an interview at the fortress-like hurricane center in Florida.

“I think the day is coming. I think eventually we’re going to have a very powerful hurricane in a major metropolitan area worse than what we saw in Katrina and it’s going to be a megadisaster. With lots of lost lives” Mayfield said.

“I don’t know whether that’s going to be this year or five years from now or a hundred years from now. But as long as we continue to develop the coastline like we are, we’re setting up for disaster.”

Isn’t this something that even a layman could predict? It seems like every few years we see disasters that are worse than those that happen in previous years, so why all the hype over the ‘hurricane chief’ saying essentially “we don’t now when it’s going to happen, but it’s going to happen”? Such predictions aren’t exactly rocket science, are they?

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  1. Phil says:

    Max Mayfield sure is as goofy as Al Gore, I laugh at them both for being so ridiculous, Is there a consensus amongst scientists on global warming? Only the real nutcases, I have read articles that the real scientist call Al Gores Idea of global warming science fiction. =))=))

  2. Yax K'uk Mo' says:

    RightNation.us has an article which links to a Competitive Enterprise Institute report which criticizes “An Inconvenient Truth”. It’s a 110-page PDF.

  3. hdw says:

    Headline: The Sun is going to Explode!

    Small print: Maybe, possible, in about 11 billion years

  4. benning says:

    It’s the same prediction as the ‘Big One’ in California. “Don’t know when, but it’s coming.”

    Okay. Makes sense. Build up the coastlines, something that didn’t occur 100 years ago. Throw in millions of automobiles and millions of people. Add a category 4 or 5 hurricane, and you will have the makings of a disaster.

    However, just as in New Orleans, if a sufficient number of people ignore the warnings, wait for somebody else to move them out, then they will die in huge numbers. It won’t be the fault of government, other than those nimrods that promise cardle-to-grave nany-care. It will be the fault of those who refuse to take responsibility for thier own lives.

    *Yawn!*8-|

  5. Dana says:

    Well, of course he’s right — because his “forecast” isn’t based on weather or global warming, but on population build-up right on the coast.

    I’ve spent some time on the Outer Banks, especially Ocracoke Island, and I’ve seen what simple nor’easters can do to the idiots people who put homes on stilts on the ocean side of the dune line. I’ve seen the houses in Sandbridge (in Virginia Beach), where wealthy people put up homes on the shore, and then expect the city and the state to pay for their foolishness when disaster strikes.

    I have absolutely no problem with people building on the coast, if they can afford it; I do have a problem with such people (invariably people of much better than average means these days) sponging off the government for flood insurance and jetties and sea walls and sand replentishment.

  6. Drewsmom says:

    What, you mean if I built an expensive beach house right on the coast I’d be in danger of losing it and then I could sit there on my roof waiting for the military to lift me up and the red cross to give me a $2000 debit card and fema would be here the next day with ice, food, trailers and more money, God, I can’t believe that.!!!!!:-ss

  7. US Vet says:

    Yes, it is true, that is an easy one to predict but Max Mayfield does NOT believe Global Warming is real and the cause of the hurricane season last year. He blieves hurricane seasons are naturally cyclical.

    Speaking of hurricane seasons and Global Warming, what do the Global Warming alarmists think about this season which is under active?? Didn’t they predict a season worse than last year? Wonder what their excuse is?

  8. Severian says:

    What do the global warming pants wetters think about the fact that sea surface temperatures have been declining since 2003? Global warming causes cooling! The disaster de jour pundits have no clothes, but unfortunately they have plenty of idiot fellow travelers in the press and the Democratic party.