Like clockwork in its predictability, the Left once again capitalized on disaster and human tragedy to promote a political agenda.
As the full damage wrought by Hurricane Irma only begins to reveal itself, liberals in the media are hard at work promoting climate change alarmism.
“It is difficult to take liberals seriously when both politicians and journalists follow Rahm Emanuel’s maxim: ‘Never let a serious crisis go to waste,’” Dan Gainor, vice president of media and culture at the Media Research Center (MRC), told LifeZette.
In an interview with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, host Jake Tapper couldn’t wait to mention climate change.
“Hurricane Irma, as it hits Florida, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that many experts say that the storm is more intense because of climate change,” he said.
“The Republican Party, as you know, generally speaking, acts as if climate change is not real, there are exceptions … but generally speaking, the president, the governor of Florida etc. act as if it’s not real, even though the overwhelming scientific consensus is real and that it’s man-made — why?” said Tapper.
Tom Richard, the editor of Climate Change Dispatch, also pointed to the 12-year gap in destructive hurricanes hitting the U.S.
“I think it a bit ironic that for the last 12 years, during which time a Category 3 or higher storm never made landfall in the United States, none of these progressive outlets gave a whit,” Richard told LifeZette. “I can’t find a single credible climatologist that supports the ‘global warming means stronger/more frequent hurricanes’ narrative.”
“The U.N. [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] has stated in their last assessment report there is no evidence that global warming is making hurricanes more frequent or more intense,” he said. “Irma tied for number seven, and the last time we had three hurricanes at the same time was seven years ago. The actual record for time apart for concurrent hurricanes making landfall was 23 hours and set in 1933, according to climatologist and hurricane expert Dr. Philip Klotzbach.”
“Climatologist Judith Curry wrote on her blog Climate Etc. that anyone blaming global warming for Harvey doesn’t have a leg to stand on and said that ‘Hurricane hysteria has ratcheted up to levels I haven’t seen since 2006,'” Richard continued.
“And finally,” he said, “The [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] said, ‘It is premature to conclude that human activities — and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming — have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity.'”
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