Q And also can you explain the scientist -- who said he had studied the relationship between hurricane patterns, and he was looking to see if there was a link to global warming. Was he suggesting that there was no consensus that there's a link?Well, isn't that convenient...Of course, you can't appease a conscience if one doesn't exist in the first place...but, don't you enjoy some good innuendo in briefings from the presidential podium staffed with a wonderfully armed propaganda catapult?
DIRECTOR PAULISON: Right, he was -- that's what he was saying. That's what I heard anyway, is that there was not a consensus that global warming has anything to do with the size of the hurricanes because we didn't know back years ago -- we may not have been able to predict the number of -- or even seen them. If a hurricane came up and went up through the Atlantic, we may not even have known there was a hurricane --
Q -- he was saying that that's doubling over the past decade is maybe due to just better reporting?
DIRECTOR PAULISON: It could -- that's what he was suggesting, yes. That was my understanding of it.
Anything else, folks? Good question, by the way. Anything else? All right, thank you very much. I appreciate it, and try to stay cool.
BTW, don't you just love the borrowed witticism (last line of the briefing) from the presidential comedic playbook?