Rush Limbaugh Believes Hurricane Irma Is A Liberal Conspiracy—Seriously

Rush Limbaugh Believes Hurricane Irma Is A Liberal Conspiracy—Seriously
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Updated 10 months ago

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.

But Limbaugh is once again questioning the reality of massive natural disasters.

As Hurricane Irma approached the U.S., Limbaugh returned to the airwaves to elaborate on his earlier claims. 

Limbaugh says hurricanes are part of a liberal plot to sell bottled water and batteries:

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.

He believes hurricane coverage is "fake news" to prove climate change:

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.

After politicizing the apolitical threat of natural disasters, Limbaugh said:

I wish that not everything that involved news had become corrupted and politicized, but it just has.

Many notable meteorologists are speaking out against Limbaugh's claims:

Others were quick to denounce Limbaugh's conspiracy theories:

Most seem to agree that if Limbaugh is sure Hurricane Irma is a hoax, he should prove it: