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A Hurricane Worse Than Harvey Hit Texas, Before Americans Drove Cars

Washington Free Beacon [1]
August 31, 2017

While media outlets are suggesting climate change is to blame for exacerbating Hurricane Harvey’s conditions, a much worse hurricane hit Texas more than a century ago—before Americans drove to work.

The media have been quick to blame climate change for the devastation, which as of this writing has resulted in 30 flood-related deaths.

Politico magazine declared “Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like [2].” The Washington Postattempted to blame President Donald Trump’s “climate skepticism [3]” for more storms in the future. The Guardian said, “It’s a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly [4].” NPR reported the storm’s size and impact “points to climate change [5].”

Environmentalists have often told Americans to become vegans [6] to stop climate change, to “fly less, drive less, and eat less meat [7]” and have fewer children [8] to save the planet.

There was a time when Americans were not flying, and hardly any were driving. And the storms were worse.

The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 was the most deadly natural disaster in American history, which led to an estimated 8,000 deaths. Kevin Murnane writing for Forbes [9] notes the many similarities between Galveston and Harvey, including that both were category 4 hurricanes when they hit landfall off the Texas coast. Winds from Galveston were faster, at 145 mph compared with Harvey’s 130 mph, and its height of the storm surge was 15.7 feet [10], also higher than Harvey.

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