War and Weather: Unlikely Cause and Effect
Peter Orne tried to establish a correlation between the Middle East wars waged by Presidents Bush I and II and weather disturbances in the US. Randy Black counters: I would ask Mr. Orne if any “massive severe-weather related events” affected the other nations who sent troops to Iraq in either Gulf War I or II. But Mr. Orne surely is aware that between 1980 and 2003, there were 58 weather-related disasters affecting the USA and which caused more than $1 billion each and we haven’t been involved in wars all that often. Hurricane Floyd (1999) caused $6 billion in damages and affected 13 states, yet there was no US war the previous year. Hurricane Fran, $5.8 billion in 1996 does not seem related to a war. Opal and Marilyn in 1995 also seem unrelated to wars. Hugo in 1989 caused $13 billion, yet no war evident in 1988.
The issue about increased carbon dioxide levels appears to be a hoax, or at the very least, a highly slanted story perpetuated by the Guardian newspaper in England and one British scientist who is at odds with Tony Blair. There has been no spike in CO2 levels that can be related to wars. In fact, the chart on the following URL shows that the CO2 levels have followed a predictable curve dating from the 1950s. For an objective assessment, go to: http://www.greeningearthsociety.org/wca/2004/wca_25bpf.html
Another scientific study from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory analyzes data from 1850 to 2000 and outlines the percent of CO2 in the atmosphere and the probable relationship to world industrialization, fossil fuel combustion and all the rest.
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Ronald Hilton 2004
December 5, 2004