What if we named hurricanes after climate change deniers?

A 350.org campaign has some fun at conservative politicians' expense VIDEO

Topics: Video, Climate Change, climate skeptics, 350.org, Hurricanes, Marco Rubio, Sarah Palin, ,

The environmental group 350.org launched a new campaign focusing on the link between global warming and extreme weather. Ostensibly, they’re petitioning the World Meteorological Organization to name hurricanes after prominent climate change deniers. From their website:

As scientific evidence shows that climate change is creating increasingly frequent and devastating storms, and with climate scientists declaring these extreme weather events as the new normal, we propose a new naming system. A system that names extreme storms caused by climate change, after the policy makers who deny climate change and obstruct climate policy.

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It’s not, as The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang points out, the most well-thought out of ideas. There are laundry list of reasons why it wouldn’t work, not least of which being that the WMO only uses first names — so we’d only see Hurricane Sarah, never Hurricane Sarah Palin. But that’s not really the point. For the point, just wait for the part of the video where a newscaster announces that “Senator Marco Rubio is expected to pound the Eastern Seaboard sometime early tonight”:

Over the top? Arguably. But hilarious, nonetheless.

Lindsay Abrams

Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email labrams@salon.com.

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