‘Crazy-hot’ US heatwave matches climate scientist warnings"

On July 4th, Climate Change/Social Change published an article by Simon Butler examining the latest extremes in weather that have been plaguing the United States. Gathering quotes from climate scientists, meteorologists, and even the U.S. Forest Service, the article paints a rather stark picture of the rising effects of climate change on U.S. weather patterns. "This is what global warming looks like at the regional or personal level," climate scientist Jonathan Overpeck told AP on July 3.

Meteorologist Christopher C. Burt was quoted as saying so many temperature records were being broken that, "there is no point in listing or even attempting to summarize all of the June monthly records set in the region from Missouri to Maryland and south to Georgia during the June 28-30 period." 

But Butler did more than site records and predictions. He pointed out the effect on people saying,"Perhaps worst affected by the heatwave are the 1.8 million Americans that were still without power on July 3."

As of July 10, the death toll from the present round of heatwaves was at 74. The estimated loss of homes from the Colorado wildfires was 700 and the US Forest Service's Tom Harbour told the LA Times the drought conditions meant: "This year, fires are going big ... We've had some really extraordinary runs ... fires that are running 10 miles in lighter fuels. Fires that are running miles in forested areas."

All put in contrast to what climate change skeptics would like us all to believe "history is full of such extremes," said John Christy at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. "The guilty party in my view is Mother Nature." Senator Inhofe of Oklahoma feels so strongly he has released a book "The Greatest Hoax", and he was one of the main architects in helping to dismantle environmental protections in the latest federal surface reauthorization.

As the debate goes on and lawmakers continue to work to dismantle the Clean Air act and other environmental protections, the temperatures continue to rise and storms, droughts and wildfires, continue to happen.