As almost everyone in contemporary society already knows, it is commonplace for policy makers, media pundits, and others to make claims that storms like the Oklahoma tornado on May 20, 2013, should be attributed to climate change. Theoretically, climate change may, in fact, result in increases in the frequency and intensity of hurricanes and other types of storms. But the verdict is yet out on the subject. And further, when it comes to tornadoes, not only is it too early to tell, but much of the data and models suggest that climate change and global warming are likely to reduce the frequency and intensity of tornadoes, not worsen them. Thus, in light of the recent Oklahoma tornado and all the visceral hype about climate change, it is best to maintain a more objective integrity in the discussion. In fact, the real lesson in it all "is that we ought to ignore the noise from zealots and listen to the scientists" (Guzman, 2013).
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