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Video: What If We Named Hurricanes After Climate Change Deniers?


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JL
- 337 days ago - salon.com
A 350.org campaign has some fun at conservative politicians' expense



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JL A. (272)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 1:14 pm
What if we named hurricanes after climate change deniers?
A 350.org campaign has some fun at conservative politicians' expense VIDEO
By Lindsay Abrams

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Topics: Video, Climate Change, climate skeptics, 350.org, Hurricanes, Marco Rubio, Sarah Palin, Sustainability News, Politics News
What if we named hurricanes after climate change deniers? (Credit: Screenshot, ClimateNameChange.org)

The environmental group 350.org launched a new campaign focusing on the link between global warming and extreme weather. Ostensibly, they’re petitioning the World Meteorological Organization to name hurricanes after prominent climate change deniers. From their website:

As scientific evidence shows that climate change is creating increasingly frequent and devastating storms, and with climate scientists declaring these extreme weather events as the new normal, we propose a new naming system. A system that names extreme storms caused by climate change, after the policy makers who deny climate change and obstruct climate policy.

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It’s not, as The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang points out, the most well-thought out of ideas. There are laundry list of reasons why it wouldn’t work, not least of which being that the WMO only uses first names — so we’d only see Hurricane Sarah, never Hurricane Sarah Palin. But that’s not really the point. For the point, just wait for the part of the video where a newscaster announces that “Senator Marco Rubio is expected to pound the Eastern Seaboard sometime early tonight”:

Over the top? Arguably. But hilarious, nonetheless.

Lindsay Abrams is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on all things sustainability.
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 1:18 pm

Oops! Joanne submitted this one about a hour ago, so already signed. Still this is just too funny to not watch again, and again. The idea is brilliant! Of course there would be a few that might take some strange pride in having a hurricane named in their dubious honor.
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 1:20 pm

Okay this one doesn't have the petition attached, but the same content.
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 2:08 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day. If anyone wants to add the petition in their comment, please feel free!
 

Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 2:17 pm
I'm all for it, agreeed, a BRILLIANT idea!
 

Nancy M. (201)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 2:44 pm
Great Idea! Love it!
 

GGmaSheila D. (134)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 3:19 pm
Noted and thank you - agrre with Kit fun to watch again.
 

Barbara K. (87)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 3:29 pm
All for it. Great idea, after all they are the demons of destruction to this country.
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 3:33 pm
You are welcome GGma
You cannot currently send a star to GGma Sheila or Barbara because you have done so within the last day.
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 4:13 pm
You are welcome Terry!!
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Connie O. (40)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 4:48 pm
"If you value your life, please seek shelter from Michele Bachmann." LOL
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 5:48 pm
I can not get the video, but I love the idea.
and, now the U.N. scientific group has pronounced climate change as definitely human caused!
How about naming one of the storms "God would not let that happen."
So we'd have, like Marco Rubio, the "God would not let that happen, some schmuck said in Congress," hurricane, about to hit the coastline, maybe right at the latitude of D.C.
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 5:52 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Mitchell because you have done so within the last day.
 

Cynthia no frwd B. (261)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 8:37 pm
LOL Brilliant thx JLA
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 8:42 pm

Is it too late to rename the dust bowl for one of many twits of that time?
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 8:44 pm
You are welcome Cynthia.
We rename roads and buildings all the time, why not the dust bowl?
 

gillian brown b. (69)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 5:12 am
Thanks!
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 6:41 am
This is a brilliant idea and I tried to submit it as well lmao! Love it Judi :)
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 8:23 am
You are welcome Gillian and Tamara!
 

Judy C. (106)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 2:36 pm
Lol. This is a great idea! Thanks, J.L.
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 6:58 pm
You are welcome Judy. You cannot currently send a star to Judy because you have done so within the last day
 

Natasha Salgado (510)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 8:58 pm
I'm in! Thx JL
 
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