You know, the mainstream media couldn’t wait to pile on to President Trump when he mistakenly mentioned that Alabama residents should be prepared for the possible effects of Hurricane Dorian. Oh look, the National Weather Service had to issue a special retraction just to correct this buffoon of a president! How hilarious! One might wonder if the Democrats/Media (to the extent there’s any difference) have room to get on their high horse about gaffes, considering their leading contender to challenge Trump next year, but we weren’t surprised. That’s what they do.
But imagine having the audacity to rip Trump apart for a simple mistake (one which, black Sharpie or not, could have easily been true early in the Dorian forecasts) and then make the kind of outlandish claims that Democrats and CNN hosts made on Wednesday. Preparing the audience for a grueling seven hours’ worth of listening to Democrats talk about climate change, host Wolf Blitzer said that we could chalk Hurricane Dorian’s entire existence up to man-made global warming. We’re sure it wasn’t the last idiotic remark of the evening, but Blitzer made sure it was a tough one to top.
“This unprecedented town hall is dedicated to the climate crisis, an issue many voters say it needs to happen now and scientists say that action needs to happen now,” Blitzer said at the start of the marathon. “We’re seeing firsthand the effects of climate change as a powerful Atlantic hurricane is sitting right now off the coast of Florida. It could make landfall tomorrow in South Carolina. Tonight, Democratic and independent voters will be asking the questions live here in our audience and also by video and CNN’s chief climate correspondent, Bill Weir, will join in the questioning as well. My colleagues and I will help guide the conversation.”
Because, as we all know, hurricanes did not exist in the Atlantic Ocean before climate change. That it was sitting off the coast of Florida was proof positive that climate change is real, that it’s been created and exacerbated by human activity, and that, damn it, it will destroy us all if we don’t get some good Democrats into office and pass Green New Deal legislation!
Trump would have had to suggest that Dorian might pose a threat to the moon before reaching such heights of cluelessness.
Reasonable people can have evidence-based debates on the effects (and causes) of climate change, but those debates have to begin in good faith. You won’t find any mainstream scientist to stand by the idea that Hurricane Dorian, as a weather phenomenon, can be pinned to human-caused ocean warming.
If we’re going to be this silly about it, just name the next one Hurricane Exxon and be done with it.