Global Warming Hearings & Hurricanes

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard argument in the global warming case. Today is the last day of the 2006 hurricane season, the quietest in the a decade. Personally, I hope the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case ends up being as disappointing to global warming alarmists as this year’s hurricane season has been.

Of course, one quiet hurricane season doesn’t disprove the alarmist forecasts. On the other hand, Katrina didn’t support those apocalyptic forecasts either, but you didn’t see much in the way of forecasting restraint on the part of alarmists last year.

I’d like to correct a few points that were garbled when I first phoned them in soon after yesterday’s court hearing. The post below states that EPA was hammered by some justices “talking about issues that weren’t relevant.” What I meant to say was that the hammering involved justices questing the agency about its reliance on issues that were arguably outside the statutory scheme of the Clean Air Act and therefore irrelevant.

Secondly, my “prediction” wasn’t anything as lofty as a that; it was a guess, and it wasn’t a very well-founded guess at that. I wasn’t able to get in to see the hearing, and instead only heard it over the speakers in the lawyers’ lounge. That meant that I usually couldn’t tell how many justices were involved in a line of questioning, and I couldn’t observe any body language whatsoever. So I missed a lot!