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Malloy: Climate Change is Cause of Storms That Have Hit the State

Touring part of the state Tuesday Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said climate change is to blame for the severe storms this state has seen in the last two years.

 

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, whose tenure has been marked by a series of storms that have battered Connecticut, said this week that climate change is at the root of the dramatic weather we've seen.

On a stop in New Haven yesterday Malloy, surveying piles of snow being removed from city streets, told the New Haven Independent "This is climate change."

Since he took office two years ago Malloy has dealt with several devastating storms that have hit the state, including a series of snowstorms early in 2011. Later that year Tropical Storm Irene battered the state in August, cutting power to nearly 800,000 businesses and homes. Then, in October, a freak snowstorm struck the state, a storm that again paralyzed Connecticut with power outages that lasted more than a week for some.

In October of 2012 we had Hurricane Sandy, another major storm that brought devastating flooding and cut power across the state,  then this past weekend's historic blizzard dumped as much as 40 inches of snow in some parts of Connecticut. The storm crippled travel in towns and cities and has closed schools for days.

“I think climate change is giving (us) more severe weather more frequently as the environment continues to warm,” Malloy told the Independent.

David Cassenti February 14, 2013 at 03:44 PM
OK, so it's climate change. My question is what do we do about changing to fit the times? Climate has changed throughout Earth's history. During the Cretaceous, the Earth was so warm that there was a sea in the middle of the US! CO2 levels were much higher than today, as well. Dinosaurs survived it! Why do politicians (and a ton of scientists) want to try and stop this natural process? The environment is a dynamic system...evolution is dynamic, too, and it brought US about! Why are people so afraid of this change? We should be concentrating on trying to roll with the changes and make them easier to deal with! Not slowing or even REVERSING them! Sorry about the rant, but this climate change debate has gone on long enough. Both sides need to look at the data, realize that things change and what worked well 50 years ago won't work as well today with a changed environment, and change things like building standards to be more in line with the times!
alison nichols February 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM
It is complete hubris to think that humans caused climate change. It is outrageous hubris to think that we can regulate our way out of climate changes. Please stop the insanity! We have had climate changes since antiquity.

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