Soros Crony: Current Energy Policies ‘Partly Caused’ Typhoon
More typhoons will happen unless liberal energy policies are adopted, and those who disagree have “blood on their hands” – at least according to climate alarmist Jeffrey Sachs.
Sachs, a friend of liberal billionaire George Soros and head of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and a favorite of the news media, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Nov. 12 to discuss the recent tragedy caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
“What’s happening here, and this is the part that people have a hard time, you know, coming to grips with, is that we’re partly causing this,” Sachs said. “We’re causing this because there are more and more of these storms, because of the way that humanity is changing the world’s environment.”
Sach’s referenced an unnamed study that said that inclement weather was getting worse over time. “I brought along from 2008 a scientific study showing that the number of extreme storms or – not the frequency, but the power of them has been rising decade by decade, as the ocean water is warming And so this kind of event, we’re seeing more of it.”
Sachs’ claim was right out of the global warming activist playbook for any sort of natural disaster. However, he ignored the Atlantic hurricane season forecasts’ “bust” in 2013. In fact, so far 2013 has been only two storms away from going the entire season without a single hurricane.
Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons all fall in the category of tropical cyclones according to Time. Time’s Bryan Walsh in a piece advocating for reductions in greenhouse gase emissions admitted that the IPCC’s latest report had “low confidence” there would be more intense tropical cyclones in coming decades. He also wrote, “if existing climate change played a role in supercharging Haiyan, it’s likely tiny, as NASA climatologist Bill Patzert told the Pasadena Star-News: The fingerprint is very small, if at all. If the winds are 200 mph, global warming might have contributed 5 mph to that 200 mph.”
Despite what Sachs and the media have claimed about climate change not all scientists are of the same viewpoint. More than 1,000 scientists are on record dissenting in some way from the so-called "consensus." U.S. government atmospheric scientist Stanley B. Goldenberg of the Hurricane Research Division of National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has said, "It is a blatant lie put forth in the media that makes it seem there is only a fringe of scientists who don't buy into anthropogenic [manmade] global warming." Other scientists disagree about the extent of man’s influence on climate or over how threatening that is to the planet.
According to Sachs, those who oppose changing the way our nation uses energy are to blame for these kinds of disasters. “This kind of event will happen more frequently unless we change the way we run our energy system. This is what humanity is doing. This is very, very hard to come to grips with,” Sachs said.
Sachs wasn’t just saying that energy policy has to be changed either. He thinks that people responsible for opposing “green” energy plans are guilty whenever someone dies from a natural disaster. Sachs tweeted on Nov. 10 that “Climate liars like Rupert Murdoch & Koch Brothers have more & more blood on their hands as climate disasters claim lives across the world.”
He directly connected Superstorm Sandy, which battered the east coast in October 2012, to manmade climate change in spite of scientists who disagree. The network news media have also linked the two over and over since the storm.
“We had it a year ago, of course, with Sandy, because when that superstorm hit the sea level was already one foot higher than it was a century ago because the same warming effect is raising the sea level. And so we had a storm surge that was completely unprecedented for us,” Sachs said. “And what’s interesting, as soon as this storm hit all the climate deniers were out in force all over twitter, all over social media ‘don’t blame it, don’t do this, don’t exploit it,’ but the fact of the matter is, these crises are coming one after another and this should force us to take note of what we’re doing. Humans cause climate change.”
Sachs heads up “The Earth Institute,” a liberal, climate change group at Columbia University. According to The Earth Institute’s website, “Human activity is straining the planet’s resources, threatening the health of our environment and ability to thrive.” Soros has given $9,708,486 to Columbia University through his Open Society Foundations, since 2000.
One of Sachs’s most notable works is his “Millennium Village Project,” which has received $50 million from George Soros’s Open Society Institute as of October 2011, with another $27 million promised over the next few years. The goal of the fundraising Millennium Promise Campaign is to get “the world’s 22 richest nations” to increase their foreign aid budgets.
Sachs was a media favorite to be nominated as a candidate for Presidency of the World Bank, before he pulled his name from consideration in March 2012. Sachs has been an outspoken supporter of the Obama Administration.
— Mike Ciandella is MRC Business Senior Analyst at the Media Research Center. Follow Mike Ciandella on Twitter.