Stabenow Blames Airplane Turbulence on Global Warming

Published October 1, 2009

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has added another woe to the already-long list of alleged negative consequences of global warming: airplane turbulence.

During an August 10 private meeting with the Detroit News editorial board, Stabenow explained her support for carbon dioxide restrictions designed to fight global warming. “Climate change is very real,” argued Stabenow. “Global warming creates volatility. I feel it when I’m flying. The storms are more volatile. We are paying the price in more hurricanes and tornadoes.”

Contradicting Stabenow’s claims, however, the U.S. National Weather Service reports the number of F2 or stronger tornadoes has been declining since the early 1970s. Florida State University scientists report global hurricane activity is at its lowest level in at least 30 years.

No official data are collected on airplane turbulence.