Tony Heller, who operates the website RealClimateScience.com, has posted a powerful four-minute video absolutely destroying claims that the western United States is currently experiencing a nearly unprecedented megadrought.

During the past week, the media have been scaremongering the general public by trumpeting a shoddy, newly published paper making the megadrought claim. Earlier this week, H. Sterling Burnett published an article here on Climate Realism pointing out serious flaws in the paper. Tony Heller’s video drives the final nail in the coffin.

In short, only a small portion of the U.S. West is experiencing drought or unusually dry conditions. Much more of the West is experiencing wetter-than-usual conditions than dryer-than-usual conditions. Moreover, long-term National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data show increasing precipitation throughout the U.S. West rather than decreasing precipitation.

Heller’s video, available here, is a must-watch for people interested in climate change. Please share it with everybody you know who is interested or curious about the climate change debate.

James Taylor is Director of the Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy at The Heartland Institute. Taylor is the former managing editor (2001-2014) of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly publication devoted to sound science and free-market environmentalism.

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