by Josiah Neeley
Texas Public Policy Foundation
June 17, 2014
Policy Brief
Politicians and media figures have pointed to human-caused climate change as the cause of more devastating weather events such as floods, hurricanes, and droughts. Yet in the scientific community, even among scientists who believe in climate change, support for these claims is lacking. Some cite the increased damage done by hurricanes in recent years as proof that storms are becoming more severe, but in fact this increase in storm damage owes to factors such as increased wealth and population. The frequency and intensity of droughts, another extreme weather event often blamed on climate change, has decreased in central North America since 1950. Evidence for increased flooding and tornadoes is also lacking. Policy responses regarding climate change must be guided by facts, not by extreme and unfounded rhetoric.

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