Giving a press conference on the tornado tragedy in Kentucky, President Biden gave an update on the situation. A reporter asked Biden if he “could conclude that these storms and the intensity have to do with climate change.”
Biden responded, “I’m going to be asking the EPA and others to take a look at that,” Biden continued. “But the fact is that we all know everything is more intense when the climate is warming. Everything. And obviously, it has some impact here, but I can’t give you a quantitative read on that.”
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell reiterated in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Criswell said the extreme weather “is going to be our new normal…The effects we are seeing of climate change are the crisis of our generation.”
Meteorologist Joe Bastardi responded:
“Clueless Joe Biden In action again with his weaponization of Tornados. 1) Violent tornadoes not increasing. 2) this year tornados, hail and wind all together near-record low,” Bastardi said. “Mindless media should do their dang job and call him on it, I called Trump out on Dorian jibberish.”
The data Bastardi included, coming from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, directly contradicts claims from Biden and Criswell that severe weather is more intense because of climate change.
- The first graph shows that, as carbon emissions increased between 1954 and 2014, the number of annual tornados did not increase; in fact, it went down.
- The second graphs shows that the number of recorded tornados through Dec. 11, 2021, is, in fact, close to a record low.
- The third graph shows that the number of local storm reports of hail — 3,714 through Dec. 11 — is significantly under the average of 7,979 through the same time period.
- The fourth graph shows that the number of local storm reports of damaging winds — 12,780 through Dec. 11 — is also under the average of 13,996 through the same time period.