Tropical storm Hanna has soaked the ground in Florida, and Hurricane Ike is coming to Florida to follow it up with more powerful winds and rains. It’s apt timing, given that James Elsner at Florida State University has found a correlation between the warmer ocean waters created by climate warming. His study, published in the journal Nature, finds that average wind speeds in the most powerful hurricanes have increased by 17 miles per hour over the last quarter century.
That’s a fact that swing state Florida ought to keep in mind as we head toward Election Day. John McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin doesn’t yet acknowledge that people have any responsibility for global warming. If an elderly President McCain dies, and leaves Sarah Palin President, climate change policy will be set back 10 years, with yet another Republican President who needs to be convinced that reality is worth paying attention to.