Last year, Rush Limbaugh claimed that hurricanes were part of a liberal conspiracy to push their "climate change agenda." In his defense, huge storms that seem to grow more powerful and life-threatening each year do align perfectly with the predicted effects of climate change. There is just one teensy-weensy problem with Limbaugh's political detective work, however: hurricanes are very real and there are literally millions of people taking photos, videos, and documenting their experiences.
As Hurricane Irma approached the U.S., Limbaugh returned to the airwaves to elaborate on his earlier claims.
Here comes a hurricane, local media goes on the air, ‘Big hurricane coming, oh, my God! Make sure you got batteries. Make sure you got water. It could be the worst ever. Have you seen the size of this baby? It’s already a Cat 5. Oh, my God, oh, my God, it’s bigger than the island of Haiti. Oh, my God.’ People run to the stores, they stock up everything, and they hoard. And they end up with vacant stores, nothing there. And it’s a big success. TV stations got eyeballs, the advertising businesses have sold out of business, gotta restock and the cycle repeats.
Maybe we could ask Rush Limbaugh to broadcast his next few shows from a sailboat off the southern coast of Florida to test his theory.— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) September 6, 2017
You can accomplish a lot just by creating fear and panic. You don’t need a hurricane to hit anywhere. All you need is to create the fear and panic accompanied by talk that climate change is causing hurricanes to become more frequent and bigger and more dangerous, and you create the panic, and it’s mission accomplished, agenda advanced.
What he leaves out is that hurricanes are becoming bigger, more frequent, and more dangerous. While Texas continues to deal with record flooding from Hurricane Harvey, Florida now faces Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic storm ever recorded.
I wish that not everything that involved news had become corrupted and politicized, but it just has.
How is it legal for Rush Limbaugh to undercut cat 5 hurricane warnings? If ppl don't evacuate & die because of him can't he be charged?— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) September 6, 2017