Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming (video link)

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
Democracy Now!

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As the peak of hurricane season approaches, we speak with leading science journalist Chris Mooney about how global warming relates to the frequency and ferocity of hurricanes. We also ask him about White House interference in climate science and Al Gore’s recent campaign to address global warming. [includes rush transcript]


The peak of the hurricane season is almost upon us. Just a few years ago the science behind predicting these storms used to be a specialized branch of meteorology. Today, in the post-Katrina world, it is at the center of fiercely politicized debates about global warming and disaster prevention.How exactly does global warming relate to the frequency and ferocity of hurricanes? Not only do leading scientists tend to disagree over the details, but the debate is sharpened by the Bush administration-imposed controls on what scientists are allowed to say.Chris Mooney is a leading science journalist and he is just out with a book tackling this very question. It’s called “Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle over Global Warming.”

  • Chris Mooney. Author of the new book, “Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics and the Battle over Global Warming.” Mooney is the Washington correspondent for Seed Magazine and author of the New York Times bestseller “The Republican War on Science.”

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