California Heat Wave 2014: Global Warming Blamed For Drought, But Is Climate Change A Hoax?

The California heat wave in 2014 is being blamed on global warming by some people, which probably has some Californians wishing climate change would switch to global cooling in the near future. But is the 2014 California heat wave just a natural cycle or, as some critics say, is global warming just a hoax intended to prop up the green energy industrial complex?

In a related report by The Inquisitr, some experts predict the United States will be out of oil by 2060. While this is more alarming than any scary predictions by climatologists, it’s claimed that so-called green energy is a fairy tale and the only real solution is to invest heavily into the development of fusion power.

Last summer, the American southwest suffered through heat waves where the temperatures reached the triple digits and set record highs. The U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says droughts, heat waves and heavy rains, as well as the freezing cold winters in North America and the increased sea ice coverage in Antarctica is all due to global warming. Now a recent Federal report on the effects of climate change on the United States is already blaming global warming for the 2014 California heat wave and drought. It’s claimed that a good chunk of the American west and south will be suffering these ill effects increasingly in the coming years. Some computer models have predicted that the average temperatures in the United States will rise between 5 and 9°F (3-5°C) over the next century (although others also predict a plateau or an eventual return to a cooling phase). In response to the California heat wave, state officials plan to develop heat warning systems, improve outreach systems, and identify and reduce vulnerabilities to extreme heat. Berkeley and Los Angeles will adopt measures to protect and increase urban trees to help cool their cities.

California Heave Wave Map

Global Warming Hoax?

According to polls, an increasing number of Americans are now believing that global warming is a hoax. Politicians like Marco Rubio have also made strong statements against climate change science. But this attitude is not limited to the average Joe. For example, the founder of the Weather Channel is claiming climate change is a scam. Even NASA scientist Dr. Leslie Woodcock laughs off global warming as being nonsense:

“The term ‘climate change’ is meaningless. The Earth’s climate has been changing since time immemorial, that is since the Earth was formed 1,000 million years ago. The theory of ‘man-made climate change’ is an unsubstantiated hypothesis [about] our climate [which says it] has been adversely affected by the burning of fossil fuels in the last 100 years, causing the average temperature on the earth’s surface to increase very slightly but with disastrous environmental consequences…. Even the term ‘global warming’ does not mean anything unless you give it a time scale. The temperature of the earth has been going up and down for millions of years, if there are extremes, it’s nothing to do with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it’s not permanent and it’s not caused by us. Global warming is nonsense.”

Regardless of man-made global warming, historically the warming caused by El Niño has been blamed for increased droughts, heat waves, hurricanes, and substantial rainfall. The 2014 El Niño is said to have a 70 percent chance of significantly impacting the weather of California and the rest of the United States. In fact, some hope that the 2014 California drought, which has also been blamed on global warming, could come to an end in the fall of 2014, but Joan Maher, deputy operating officer for the Santa Clara Valley Water District, says they’re also preparing for the worst:

“It would be a mistake to think that an El Niño preliminarily forecasted for the upcoming winter season will alleviate California’s multi-year drought. We must take a cautious view and reduce water use to get through this year and prepare for next year if the drought continue.”

Do you think the 2014 California heat wave and drought can be blamed on man-made global warming?

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