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
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.
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.
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.
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.