Roger Pielke Jr.: “The Hurricane Lull Couldn’t Last”

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Guest post by David Middleton

Common sense from Roger Pielke Jr…

COMMENTARY

The Hurricane Lull Couldn’t Last

The U.S. hadn’t been hit by a Category 3 or stronger storm since Katrina in 2005. We were overdue.

By Roger Pielke Jr.
Aug. 31, 2017 7:09 p.m. ET

Activists, journalists and scientists have pounced on the still-unfolding disaster in Houston and along the Gulf Coast in an attempt to focus the policy discussion narrowly on climate change. Such single-issue myopia takes precious attention away from policies that could improve our ability to prepare for and respond to disasters. More thoughtful and effective disaster policies are needed because the future will bring many more weather disasters like Hurricane Harvey, with larger impacts than those of the recent past.

For many years, those seeking to justify carbon restrictions argued that hurricanes had become more common and intense. That hasn’t happened. Scientific assessments, including those…

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