Noted climatologist Bill Maher on Alabama tornadoes: ‘This is global warming’

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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Despite being someone who opposes blind faith and living a life in accordance to religious texts, HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher has put his faith into a scientific theory that has had its share of doubt cast on it over the past two years.

On his Friday evening show, in a discussion with Harry Shearer, the voice behind many of the characters on “The Simpsons,” Maher commented on the disastrous tornado that hit Alabama last month, claiming a death toll of 238 to date.

“What do you think about this tornado situation that ran through, I guess it was mostly Alabama,” Maher said.  “But I mean it was, we used to hear about tornados that were a few hundred yards wide. This ran 300 miles. They used to just touch down.”

According to Maher, the cause of the killer tornado is obvious: Global warming.

“This is global warming,” Maher declared. “This is global warming – there’s more moisture – it’s what scientist always said. There’s more moisture in the atmosphere. It’s going to cause these giant disasters.”

University of Alabama-Huntsville climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer recently debunked that theory in a blog post, alluding to other tornado activity that plagued the country long before the theory of anthropogenic global warming existed.

Shearer, who was on the show promoting his documentary “The Big Uneasy,” which takes a critical look at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ role in the disaster in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, pointed out there is also other occurrences taking place.

“There’s more reality shows,” Shearer said. “We know that.”