by John Eidson
Absent historical context, extreme weather can be overhyped in ways that lead uninformed voters to conclude that acts of God such as severe droughts and floods never happened before humans began using fossil fuels.
In fact, extreme weather has occurred with monotonous regularity for millions of years. Below is an infinitesimal sampling of the endless multitude of catastrophic weather events in Earth’s past, many of which occurred long before the Industrial Revolution.
● The Great Hurricane of 1780 killed 30,000 people in the Caribbean.
● Epic dust storms in the 1930s caused catastrophic ecological damage to the Central Plains of the U.S. and Canada.
● Massive flooding that hit Tokyo, Japan, in 1910 destroyed more than 400,000 homes.