Crank of the Week - July 7, 2008 - Ed Markey

US Representative & House Energy Chairman Ed Markey is our very first Crank of the Week for his breathtakingly tortuous attempt to link global warming to the infamous “black hawk down” incident in Somalia in 1993. According to the Cybercast News Service, Markey made the assertion while addressing high school students gathered at the U.S. Capitol.

“In Somalia back in 1993, climate change, according to 11 three- and four-star generals, resulted in a drought which led to famine,” said Markey. “That famine translated to international aid we sent in to Somalia, which then led to the U.S. having to send in forces to separate all the groups that were fighting over the aid, which led to Black Hawk Down. There was this scene where we have all of our American troops under fire because they have been put into the middle of this terrible situation,” he added.

Markey was speaking to 25 students from the World Wildlife Fund's Allianz Southeast Climate Witness Program. The students, all from Gulf coast states, had come to the Capitol to brief members of Congress on the risks of global warming. For good measure the excitable Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts also blamed hurricane Katrina on human caused climate change as well.

Climate scientists say it is impossible to make a direct link between global warming and any measurable increas in hurricane frequency or intensity (see Chapter 16 of TRE) let alone a specific weather event like hurricane Katrina. According to the U.N., the desperate famine in Somalia was the result of years of war and bad governance, and population growth.