350 Action is out with a video that is as jarring as it is hilarious. It notes the injustice of naming devastating hurricanes after people who, most likely, had nothing to do with their destructive power.
It suggests a new nomenclature: “As climate change continues to create more frequent and devastating storms, we propose a new naming system. One that names extreme storms after policymakers who deny climate change.”
Before the “Hurricane Marco Rubio” graphic popped up, it seemed as though they would suggest naming hurricanes after the corporate world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters. There’s a poetic justice here, though, to calling out some of the more prominent politicians that deny climate change:
- Sen. Marco Rubio: “I don’t think there’s the scientific evidence to justify it … The climate is always changing. The climate is never static.”
- Rep. Michele Bachmann: “Carbon dioxide, Mister Speaker, is a natural byproduct of nature. Carbon dioxide is natural. It occurs in Earth. It is a part of the regular lifecycle of Earth.”
- Sen. David Vitter: “I do not think the science clearly supports global warming theory.”
- Rep. Collin Peterson: “They’re saying to us [that climate change is] going to be a big problem because it’s going to be warmer than it usually is; my farmers are going to say that’s a good thing since they’ll be able to grow more corn.”
- Speaker John Boehner: “Every time we exhale, we exhale carbon dioxide. Every cow in the world, you know, when they do what they do, you’ve got more carbon dioxide.”
- Gov. Rick Perry: “I don’t believe man-made global warming is settled in science enough. … I think we’re seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists that are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change.”
- Rep. Paul Ryan: Accused climatologists of a “perversion of the scientific method, where data were manipulated to support a predetermined conclusion,” in order to “intentionally mislead the public on the issue of climate change.”
- Sen. James Inhofe: “I have offered compelling evidence that catastrophic global warming is a hoax.”
These statements run the gamut from the myth that carbon dioxide is a good thing, to the theory that greenhouse gases do not trap heat, to suggesting that human carbon emissions are special and can’t affect the climate in the way that other natural emissions can. (Browse through many more climate deniers in Congress here.)
There have been no hurricanes in August, which would be the first time in 11 years if none arise this week. The Atlantic has seen a string of named Tropical Storms that did not reach hurricane strength — possibly because of increased dry and dusty air coming off the Sahara.
Yet Jeff Masters of Weather Underground suggests that these conditions will soon end: “The big guns of the African Monsoon are firing off a salvo of African tropical waves over the next two weeks that will find the most favorable conditions for development that we’ve seen this year.”
This suggests a more active period of hurricane weather in September. While the 2013 planned tropical cyclone names don’t contain any first names of the politicians named in the ad, the Atlantic could see Hurricanes Marco in 2014, and Richard in 2016.