More and more, when bad things happen critics claim climate change the culprit responsible for the bad thing. A lightning strike near the White House that killed three and injured one led one international news agency to suggest climate change caused the strike.
No reports have yet suggested the strike was a message from God to President Joe Biden to straighten up and fly right. “Or else!”
The topic was reported in further detail by Blaze Media.
Four people were seriously injured last Thursday when lightning struck them in Lafayette Square, just north of the White House.
Unfortunately, three of the four people died. Those who died included a Wisconsin couple who were celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary, according to the Washington Post, and a 29-year-old from Los Angeles.
The fatal lightning strike is a “climate warning,” according to Reuters.
The news outlet, however, did not cite any actual scientists.
The only data cited was a 2014 study published in a science journal that claimed the frequency of lightning increases as the global temperature increases.
Scientists, however, believe that lightning has existed for billions of years — at least. One thus wonders how lightning is connected to climate change if it has always existed on Earth, or how frequency of lightning can be evidence of climate change when lightning has not been tracked for most of Earth’s history.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, being struck by lightning is incredibly rare. The odds of being struck, the CDC says, are less than 1 in 1 million in any given year.
Dying from a lightning strike is even more rare: Only about 10 percent of those struck between 2006 and 2021 died.
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