"Climate change is very real," she confessed as she embraced cap and trade's massive tax increase on Michigan industry - at the same time claiming, against all the evidence, that it would not lead to an increase in manufacturing costs or energy prices. "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."And they mock Sarah Palin. Even Sarah probably knows that both tornadoes and hurricanes are off their climatological averages so far this year. As the story said, Michigan had its coolest July ever. Rule one--if you're gonna use weather to prove climate change it works both ways!
As to bumpier airplane rides, there are two possibilities. One, airline pilots are steering a bit closer to storms than in the past due to the economic crisis and cost of fuel. Flights don't normally encounter turbulence from thunderstorms unless they fly near thunderstorms, which the FAA and airlines spend a lot of time and money trying to avoid. Or two, Ms. Stabenow just made it up in her head because she wants to believe.
And that's the problem. Politicians are trying to sell the public on massive policy changes by using props, doublespeak, threats, innuendo, half-truths, lies, and anecdotal feelings. It's part of the reason constituents come to town meetings and scream. And get called nuts.