Not a surprise, really. He’s laying the blame of this horrible tragedy at the feet of industry, carbon dioxide, and the evil Internal Combustion Devil.
It’s an inconvenient truth– Al Gore doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.
The death toll of the Myanmar Cyclone Nargis is expected to climb to a staggering 100,000 from direct and indirect causes. It’s an area that was similarly devastated by the New Years Tsunami that killed over 200,000 people. This cyclone hit with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, putting it at a category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale of Hurricane intensity. Coincidentally, that’s the same wind speed that Katrina had when it hit New Orleans.
The reason both of these Hurricanes are such horrible tragedies has less to do with nature and more to do with incompetent governance. New Orleans was evacuated during Katrina. The people left behind were not evacuated due to various reasons, and their rescue was not affected due to poor management of emergency resources. As I mentioned before, Florida was hit with 4 hurricanes in a row the year before Katrina, and they managed to come out OK. One hurricane hits Louisiana and nobody can land supply helicopters at the Superdome.
Myanmar is far worse. A secretive military junta (backed by China) that slaughters innocents in secret isn’t going to be willing to chum up to Western governments wanting to supply aid. So as they drag their feet, thousands more will die of illnesses that could have been prevented with modern medicines blocked by a reactionary government.
The tragedy of both Katrina and the Myanmar Cyclone is that faith in government is wholly misplaced. Instead of consolidating military power, perhaps the military junta in Myanmar could have evacuated the coastline as the cyclone approached. But they didn’t, and as a result, hundreds of thousands are dead, dying, injured or homeless.
Don’t blame Global Warming for these deaths, Al. The blame is on a government your feckless United Nations does nothing to stop.