ABC, WaPo Pushed Hurricane/Climate Change Link, Now Find Americans Believe It

The number of Americans who see a connection between man-made climate change and hurricanes grew dramatically in the past 12 years.

Given Al Gore, climate alarmists and the liberal media’s persistent climate alarmism throughout that time, it’s no wonder.

“More than half of Americans now see climate change as responsible for the severity of recent hurricanes – an about-face from 12 years ago,” a Sept. 28, ABC News/Washington Post poll found. Of course, ABC News and The Post didn’t point out how they helped move the needle.

With the broadcast networks, other liberal media and people including Apocalypse Al Gore aggressively pushed claims of a link between climate change and “extreme” weather during those years.

The poll showed that 55 percent of Americans attribute the severity of recent hurricanes to “climate change,” compared to just 25 percent on Sept. 7, 2005, nine days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall.

Additionally, 83 percent of respondents who identified as “liberal” attributed hurricane intensity to climate change. In contrast, only 30 percent of conservatives currently credit climate change.

Those opinions changed over a time span which included two fearmongering films from former Vice President Gore. An Inconvenient Truth in 2006 and An Inconvenient Sequel in 2017. Both films contained multiple inaccuracies, including the suggestion that global warming caused Hurricane Katrina.

“Brand new evidence is causing some scientists to assert that global warming is even leading to an increased frequency of hurricanes,” Gore also claimed in his 2006 book, also titled An Inconvenient Truth.

Those claims are contrary to a statement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that “[i]t 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.” NOAA issues hurricane forecasts and monitors the storms.

Also, in spite of Gore’s warnings the United States experienced a nearly 12-year hurricane drought from October 2005 to August 2017, in which no hurricanes larger than a Category 2 made landfall.

Broadcast network coverage of “extreme weather” in morning and evening news stories also increased by nearly 1,000 percent in the years following Gore’s film: An Inconvenient Truth — showing his influence upon the liberal media.

ABC News, one of the outlets behind the recent poll, played a significant role in pushing an “extreme weather” narrative on climate change. It even had its own “Extreme Weather Team” (which the George Soros-funded Columbia Journalism Review dubbed “Extreme weather porn”) and compiled at least one alarming report on “Extreme Weather in America.”

Following 2017 Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, both ABC’s Good Morning America and the Post linked the hurricanes to climate change.

“A lot look at these two back-to-back hurricanes, two powerful hurricanes back-to-back and think there must be some connection to climate change,” ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos said on Good Morning America Sept. 11.

Also on Sept. 11, the Post published a story highlighting “… four underappreciated ways that climate change could make hurricanes even worse.” Four days later, the Post claimed recovery in the Everglades after Hurricane Irma “could be a different matter” than in the past, “[t]hanks to climate change.”


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    Joe Bastardi


    What total krap. Of course the question did not address if the lack of activity while the atlantic went wild in the Pacific basin was natures natural counter balance. Nor did it address how a known skeptic, me, said before the season that a high impact year was on the way and the major hurricane hit drought would end because of patterns similar to the 1940s and 1950s This kind of shoddy touch the surface question, is part and parcel to the arrogance and ignorance that passes for knowledge today. Simply ignore the past, and ask someone who is simply looking at one thing to take a step that not only he cant take, but is obviously wrong simply looking at what is GOING ON GLOBALLY now and before. But such is journalism today. So were any of these people informed that the rest of the planet has been shut down essentially and that total global activity is near normal? Of course not

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    Joe Bastardi


    do these people have any idea to have practically the entire northern hemisphere tropical activity shut down like it is on Oct 2? The Western Pacific is having one of the quietest years on record ( there is a perfectly natural reason, having to do with mean sea level pressures over eastern Asia. just as the Mean Sea level pressures over North American and the Northwest atlantic were similar to big hit years!) Has nothing to do with climate change, everything to do with naturally occurring patterns which by the way are hinting a strong la nina counterweight to the strong el nino a couple of years back is looming,

    Bet you wont hear any poll questions about that when global temps continue to fall off. But any uptick in a naturally occuring stronger event will be painted as climate change. As I said total nonense

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    Spurwing Plover


    The Awful Broadcasting Company(ABC)their just as bad as the Communists News Network(CNN)noting but leftists propeganda no truth

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