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Position:climate change caused Hurricane Katrina

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This is a Hurricane Katrina issue and a climate change issue. It is in issue/position/argument form. Please expand on this page, not the more general pages.

Pro and Con

The position:climate change caused Hurricane Katrina is popular among critics of the Bush Administration that have ignored climate change and denied it is human-caused, on alternate days, and who famously refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol to help prevent it.

Some arguments for this position include:

While arguments against include:

What is undisputed remains:


The American public is not well enough informed on what science actually is. Giving a facile, misleading, or actually incorrect pronouncement "in the name of science" does a disservice to the public because when what was proclaimed to be "the scientific answer" turns out to be false, it causes people to assume that the next "scientific fact" will not be any more reliable than the first.

To better educate the public we need to speak of science as gradually closing in on truth by eliminating hypotheses that do not pan out. To get them to think in productive ways about Katrina, we need to educate them to see things in wider perspective and as phenomena that take form under various canopies. Global warming is a phenomenon that is subject to increasingly accurate measurement, and improvements in technology tend more and more to support that the planet is, by geological standards, warming very rapidly. Global warming may have a different impact on the frequency and intensity of various kinds of storms. The exact nature of these changes is less fully researched, and the picture of how hurricanes and other tropical storms will be affected is still patchy.

To educate the public regarding public policy decisions and the impact of politics on the lives of individuals, we need to emphasize that the major factors that made Katrina the disaster it turned out to be were public policy issues: (1) Ignoring the impact of environmental degradation such as the loss of the natural moderation provided by vegetation growing in vast shallow areas adjacent to the ocean, (2) Ignoring the design and maintenance to safe standards of dikes and levees, (3) Ignoring the need to prepare for evacuation of large populations of people who do not have their own automobiles or other means of flight, and the need to prepare for speedy supply of water, food, and other emergency supplies.

The lesson of Katrina that applies to public policy about global warming, regardless of whether climate change was a causal factor in the number and intensity of hurricanes that year, is that systems redundancy and ample safety factors are our best pro-active responses to a wide variety of disasters, fire, flood, earthquake, or even a nuclear strike. Saying, "Surely we will be able to do something when the time comes," is not an adequate policy.

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This page was last modified 22:16, 22 May 2008 by dKosopedia user Patrick0Moran. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) Stroker and Anonymous troll. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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