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Worst Forest Disaster in U.S. History (Katrina/Global Warming)
ABC News ^ | 11-16-07 | unattributed

Posted on 11/16/2007 6:38:26 PM PST by Tall_Texan

When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast two years ago, the storm devastated 320 million trees.

Now the United States is suffering the worst forest catastrophe in its history, according to a new analysis by the journal Science.

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Deforestation already accounts for nearly one in every five tons of carbon dioxide that humanity worldwide puts into the atmosphere. And Katrina's wake has now added to this deforestation. Such hurricanes become more likely, say many scientists, as global warming accelerates due to greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists call this phenomenon a feedback loop; the warmer it gets, the more likely that storms could kill more forests, which would release even more greenhouse gas. "A major source of greenhouse gases that are contributing to climate change is actually the loss of forests," Prickett said.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Alabama; US: Louisiana; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: abcnews; forests; globalwarming; katrina
This was brought to my attention because we have a new co-worker who likes watching Oprah when I go to lunch so ABC News was on afterwards and Charles Gibson led into this story. The video can also be found at the website if you are flash enabled.

Typical of MSM fearmongering and agenda-driven spinning. Yes, Katrina was an environmental catastrophe. There's no debating that. And there's also no question that the loss of trees will reduce shade and probably lead to some hotter conditions while the forests rebound.

However, is Katrina the only Category 4 hurricane to ever hit a densely forested area? How did the planet survive all those other major hurricanes that came before her? Only someone with the intelligence of a gnat would think that this is the first time a range of forest land was laid out by a hurricane and left with thousands of rotting trees. So, no, I don't see how this will increase the chances of global warming or add to the hysteria of predicting more devastating hurricanes (it's been two years now, folks. Where *are* those devastating hurricanes?).

But ABC feels the need to peddle this alarmism and baseless agenda-mongering without so much as even a fact check. Not that anyone should be surprised.

1 posted on 11/16/2007 6:38:28 PM PST by Tall_Texan
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To: Tall_Texan

Bush’s fault.


2 posted on 11/16/2007 6:40:26 PM PST by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Tall_Texan

This is complete BS! There were actually far fewer trees in the 19th century U.S. than there are today because of all the farm clearing/slash and burning and industrialization that went on at that time.


3 posted on 11/16/2007 6:41:36 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (“We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!” --Duncan Hunter)
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To: Tall_Texan
Dontcha love disasters that you don’t even know are happening? These maroons remind me of that commercial about the people from the Bank of South Africa trying to get somebody to sign a check. They aren’t even mildly believable anymore.
4 posted on 11/16/2007 6:42:54 PM PST by samm1148 (Pennsylvania-They haven't taxed air--yet)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

“This is complete BS! There were actually far fewer trees in the 19th century U.S...”

True. Most of the eastern U.S. was clear cut and open farmland in the mid to late 1800’s and early 1900’s.


5 posted on 11/16/2007 6:44:27 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Cobra64
I hate trees! They pollute my yard every fall!
6 posted on 11/16/2007 6:49:24 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Tall_Texan

http://www.llnl.gov/pao/news/news_releases/2005/NR-05-12-04.html

Lawrence Livermore Lab says Models Show Growing More Forests In Temperate Regions Could Contribute To Global Warming


7 posted on 11/16/2007 6:51:36 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: Brad from Tennessee

We’re doomed! < /sarc>


8 posted on 11/16/2007 6:55:20 PM PST by Tall_Texan (No Third Term For Bill Clinton!)
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To: Tall_Texan

I expect these guys will probably send someone around to arrest me when I touch off my brush pile next week.


9 posted on 11/16/2007 6:58:16 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Tall_Texan; dr_lew
He's lying: Forest growth (and food crops in particular) are THRIVING with the increases in CO2!

Food crops and feed crops are 12% - 26% MORE now than just a few years ago due to the increased CO2, and there is NO indication from ANY weather prediction (except the AGW extremists) that warmer temps will increase hurricanes and tropical storms.

(It is slightly more likely that high latitude (north Atlantic) storms in winter may be 5-10% stronger. So far, that has NOT happened over the 25 years.

Then again, there has been NO increase in temps for the past 9 years - and the ONY time in the preceding 150 years that both temperatures and CO2 have at the same time is the period from a low point in 1972 through 1998.

@7 years out of 150 is supposed to be a trensdjustifying trillions in taxes from American Taxpayers to EU bureaucrats, Russian mafia sponsors, and African dictators?

10 posted on 11/16/2007 7:04:32 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Tall_Texan

More important than the loss of the trees is what happens to them now that they are down. A few years ago we lost millions of trees in the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota after a huge storm blew through. The environmentalists would not allow the trees to be logged even after they were down and the result was a first-class, A-number-one fire hazard.

It’s being better and better established that man-made global warming is fiction. But you’d never guess it from “news” reporting like this.


11 posted on 11/16/2007 7:09:12 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("No one asked you your opinion, Christopher." - Fred Thompson)
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To: Tall_Texan

The states affected by Katrina are all substantial tree lots. Most of the trees that were damaged were being grown as pulp wood or lumber. Many of the damaged trees were likely harvested at some point after the storm.

Link below is a report from the Mississippi Forestry Commission (PDF) that paints a different picture from the hysteria of ABC News:

http://www.mfc.state.ms.us/pdf/MIFI/Katrin_Impacts_Gulf_Coast.pdf


12 posted on 11/16/2007 7:28:56 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Tree shortage solution
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1926419/posts
13 posted on 11/16/2007 7:45:07 PM PST by Defendingliberty (www.gulagthebear.com)
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To: Defendingliberty
Thanks. I read it. My earth-saving idea is to get Al Gore to quit eating meat. Gore is known as a barbecue connoisseur in Nashville. When he is in town, I’ve been told, he rents out his favorite barbecue restaurant and cooks for a bunch of people. PETA and other Greens have called on him to stop eating meat. The UN says cows, pigs, chickens and such are worse than the world fleet of cars:

[”The livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent than transport,” said the report by the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).]

[By this yardstick, livestock now accounts for 18 percent of man-made carbon emissions, driven by the surge in demand for meat and dairy products, FAO said.]

That’s how you can tell Gore is not for real. If he was a Green he would weigh 160 pounds instead of 300. Gore is in it for the money.

14 posted on 11/16/2007 8:03:01 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: Brad from Tennessee

15 posted on 11/16/2007 8:11:45 PM PST by Defendingliberty (www.gulagthebear.com)
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To: Tall_Texan

Conversely, the media has been fear mongering about the drought in Georgia, and there’s no doubt it has been dry, becasue there have been few Atlantic cyclonic storm systems this year which is where most of the moisture comes from...

Which way do they want it??


16 posted on 11/16/2007 8:14:01 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts...)
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To: Tall_Texan
So far, I’ve heard too many trees cause global warming and now, too few.

These idiots are too ridiculous for words.

17 posted on 11/16/2007 8:19:23 PM PST by Nachoman (My guns and my ammo, they comfort me.)
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To: Beowulf

~~ AGW™ ping~~


18 posted on 11/17/2007 4:09:41 AM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: Tall_Texan

I seem to remember a certain tv talking head standing at Mt. St Helen back in the 80s, intoning about how the entire area had been devastated “forever”. What a hack!


19 posted on 11/17/2007 4:34:07 AM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Tall_Texan
Another obvious example of human caused global warming.

I have read that one great volcanic explosion like Pinatubo puts more crap in the air than all the cars ever. Now this.

What does Mr. Bore prescribe to prevent the next hurricane or volcano from causing global warming.

20 posted on 11/17/2007 4:38:05 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: Tall_Texan

I live in the Lake Charles area and while there was a ton of downed trees most were on commercial timberland. The timber companies salvaged what they could, cleared the areas and promptly reforested the land. There were incentives put in place in order to salvage as much timber as possible by reducing certain taxes for the logging companies.

The trees that weren’t salvageable were run through huge chippers and burnt. There are few rotting trees around here.


21 posted on 11/17/2007 5:41:24 AM PST by CajunConservative (They can either go quietly or they can go loudly but either way they will go. Bobby Jindal)
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To: Defendingliberty

OMG! It’s now clear to me what direction they’re going to take with the Atlas Shrugged movie.


22 posted on 11/17/2007 5:48:04 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Tall_Texan
I don’t know where those hurricanes are but here in the SouthEast we definitely need the rain they bring (not the other destruction mind you, just the rain).
23 posted on 11/17/2007 5:50:45 AM PST by MissEdie (On the Sixth Day God created Spurrier)
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