Is Man-Made Climate Change Leading to Extreme Weather Events?

Hurricanes, tornadoes and mild winter could be result of global warming, some believe.

Benicia is home to one of California’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gas, the Valero Benicia Oil Refinery.  In 2009 the refinery reported emitting 2,889,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions ranking it as one of the top ten stationary greenhouse gas producers in the state.  It is also the highest tax producer for Benicia which, like many California cities, has had to cut employee salaries and services in order to keep a balanced budget.

Earlier this week the Dallas, Texas area was hit with a series of tornadoes.  There are some climate scientists who believe that extreme weather like that spate of Texas tornadoes is a result of climate change brought on by the actions of humans including generation of greenhouse gas.  In the attached video, Stephen Vavrus of the Center for Climatic Research in Madison, WI, argues that the increasing number of floods, droughts, snowstorms, heat waves and other unusual weather events are the effects of climate change.

What do you think?  Do you agree that the current rate of climate change is due to the actions of humans and is the cause of recent unusual weather events?  Tell us in the comments section below.

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Mike April 09, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Nicely stated, Kathy. You have the facts ( and the world's scientists ) backing your comments.
Robert Livesay April 09, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Kathy what proof do you have that the recent weather events were man made. Only the recent events as you stated. Would like to hear your proof. Maybe you can even make a believer out of me.
JB Davis April 09, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Hey everyone, This was sort of a trick question.... Do you agree that the current rate of climate change is due to the actions of humans and is the cause of recent unusual weather events? The key phrase being ...current rate of climate change.... There is no doubt the climate has changed over time and there are many theories about what factors came about to cause the change. There is also some speculation that the rate of change is pretty fast right now. That is what I'm asking about.
Mike April 10, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Scientific opinion on climate change is that the Earth's climate system is unequivocally warming and is the result of human interaction. A quick study will show that scientific bodies of national and international standing agree. There is no case against human-caused global warming in the peer-reviewed literature.
Robert Livesay April 10, 2012 at 03:49 AM
JB no


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