Greatest hurricane movie ever? Key Largo

Key Largo has to be the greatest hurricane movie ever, and one of starriest pictures of all time. The cast will knock you out: Beginning with Bogart and Bacall, and including Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor and Edgar G. Robinson, for crying out loud, who dominates the picture as a gangster threatened by the power ofContinue reading “Greatest hurricane movie ever? Key Largo”

Hurricanes to be stronger AND more frequent: Emanuel

Kerry Emanuel, a leading analyst of hurricane behavior at MIT, has for years taken the position that hurricanes in the 21st century will be stronger, thanks to the global warming, but not necessarily more frequent. In fact, back in 2006, he published a paper arguing that no decadal shift could be detected in frequency ofContinue reading “Hurricanes to be stronger AND more frequent: Emanuel”

Denier at Watts Up with That: Sandy not really a hurricane

At climate change denier central, Watts Up with That, Willis Eschenbach wrote on Monday:  I had said a couple of days ago, when Sandy was a hurricane, that it would not be a hurricane when it hit the coast. How did that go? Well, as of the time that this location and projection of the pathContinue reading “Denier at Watts Up with That: Sandy not really a hurricane”

Romney calls FEMA disaster aid “immoral” (6/11)

A year and a half ago, during a GOP debate, when asked by a journalist if he would oppose Federal aid to disaster victims, or replace it with something else, Mitt Romney said yes. He would want to cut agencies such as FEMA, he indicated,  but would provide aid to the states, or allow privatizationContinue reading “Romney calls FEMA disaster aid “immoral” (6/11)”

Hurricane Irene disappoints jaded New Yorkers

In the aftermath of the hurricane, came complaints about hype: Was Hurricane Irene a disappointment?  Media analyst Howard Kurtz says yes. After all, Irene wasn't even a hurricane when it made landfall in NYC. Other New Yorkers are equally dismissive: A NYC gossip site called Irene The Sudden Sex Celebrity without Much Bang. Scallywag wrote: Continue reading “Hurricane Irene disappoints jaded New Yorkers”

Oh boy (I read the news today — the oil news)

If a hurricane comes, it will only the oily mess in the Gulf of Mexico worse: "If you get a storm which is coming toward the coast you can get a significant storm surge," {William] Drennan told [Brian Beutler] in an interview Thursday afternoon. "If you get a storm surge, then the top meter ofContinue reading “Oh boy (I read the news today — the oil news)”

How You Feel When You Think of the Climate

As the ever-quotable Tom Friedman of the New York Times points out, Bush has left Obama with two ginormous deficits; one economic, the other related to climate. In an interview, Friedman said: We basically did nothing for eight years, and in fairness to Bush we didn't do much in the eight years previous, either, toContinue reading “How You Feel When You Think of the Climate”