It goes without saying that anyone who takes Rush Limbaugh seriously should have their head examined. While he might have been relevant long ago in some draconian time in American politics, Limbaugh is now nothing more than a caricature for liberal writers such as myself to mock publicly.
So when he made his asinine comments about a real meteorological term (and phenomenon) being some kind of leftist liberal conspiracy to perpetuate the overwhelmingly scientifically-backed climate change — you knew it would be a field day.
First it was a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather who dismantled Limbaugh’s pathetic attempt to discredit the science behind climate change, and now it’s someone a little more famous.
Rush Limbaugh claims the Polar Vortex is a creation of a left-wing, liberal media conspiracy. It’s Meteorology 101. No political agenda
But he didn’t stop there. He then posted pictures from the American Meteorological Society, dated 1959, highlighting the part of the book which defines the term “polar vortex”:
Polar Vortex: The large-scale cyclone circulation in the middle and upper troposphere centered generally in the polar regions. Specifically, the vortex has two centers in the mean, one near Baffin Island and another over northwest Siberia. The associated cyclonic wind system comprises the westerlies of middle latitudes.
You know the saddest part of all of this? (Well, besides the fact that I still can’t believe it’s 2014 and we’re really having a debate over whether or not climate science supported by over 95% of the world’s scientists is real.) I’m sure there are people who saw what Al Roker posted (a man who’s been a weatherman for most of his life) and still believed Rush Limbaugh over factual information provided by an expert in his scientific field. Which just so happens to be meteorology.
That’s how far many conservatives have shifted radically right. They sit there and believe the “expert advice” of people whose “scientific proof” against climate change is essentially sticking their head out of a window when it’s cold outside, over the countless hours put in by actual meteorologists and scientists who overwhelmingly believe in man-made climate change.
Then these people wonder why I can’t take them seriously.
Like I’ve said before about people who deny climate change, I put them into the same category as “birthers” and people who think the moon landing was a hoax. They’re just so devoid of reality and facts that I simply don’t even bother trying to explain facts to them, because they’re clearly not living in the same reality as most of us.