Rush Limbaugh’s Polar Vortex “Hoax” Conspiracy Shredded by Senior Meteorologist at AccuWeather

raynoI’ll be honest, I never really thought I’d live in a day and age where science (overwhelmingly supported science at that) would suddenly become some partisan issue.  I mean, it’s science — not politics — right?

Well, I guess I really should have seen it coming.  When you threaten the profits of millionaires and billionaires by exposing the damage being done to our planet (and the need for greener economic policies) they were bound to do everything they could to discredit proven science.

Hell, why wouldn’t they?  Remember when once upon a time we had “doctor recommended cigarettes?”  When big tobacco spent billions claiming that smoking wasn’t unhealthy?  Big tobacco actually produced “scientific studies” that showed smoking wasn’t dangerous to our health.

Now it’s the right-wing denial of climate change based on — well, mostly their own opinion.  An overwhelming number of the world’s scientists believe in man-made climate change, but that doesn’t have any impact on their “belief” that it’s fake.

Talk about a conspiracy, huh?  Countless scientists from all over the world; from different religions; different ethnicities; political ideological beliefs have somehow managed to coordinate together to fabricate the same “fake” climate data.  And they’ve done such a masterful job at coordinating this “hoax.”  Heck, somewhere between 95-97% of the scientists all around the world have agreed to participate in this “hoax.”

After all, how can the planet be warming when it’s cold outside, right?  Well, that’s what people like Rush Limbaugh seem to think.  In fact, he went on to call the “polar vortex” (a real scientifically proven meteorological event) some kind of liberal conspiracy.

Limbaugh said of the polar vortex:

“Right on schedule, the media have to come up with a way to make it [the cold] sound like it’s completely unprecedented, because they’ve got to find a way to attach this to the global warming agenda.”

Again, I never hear Rush (like you won’t hear with most climate change deniers) mention climate change when we see record heat waves or droughts.

After Limbaugh made his asinine comment about the polar vortex being a “hoax” and a term that was just made up for this specific event, someone who actually knows what they’re talking about decided to chime in, crushing Limbaugh’s pathetic theory.

Bernie Rayno, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, said:

“We’ve been using the name in this field for, I’ve been in this field for 25 years, this isn’t anything new.  Usually meteorologists would never even use that term because people wouldn’t understand it.”

So much for the polar vortex being a hoax.

Mr. Rayno also went on to say that any time you politicize something, you “contaminate it.”

It just baffles me how overwhelmingly supported science is denied by a large amount of people within a major American political party.  And it’s people like Rush Limbaugh, pushing their blatant misinformation, who are leading this trend of millions of Americans believing absolute nonsense.

Limbaugh’s comments just add to the growing list of absolute idiocy many conservatives seem to eagerly be embracing as it relates to proven climate science.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • thesquire1

    As usual the right seem to ignore all the other factors like drought, increasing deserts and shrinking ice fields, in favour of a ‘storm’ as evidence.
    I’ve lived in Southern Spain for the last 10 years and in al that time our local river is dry during the summer months and fills during October until spring. This is the first time I have seen the river bone dry still in January and no sign of our usual rains while my home country (UK) has been subjected to more rainfall and floods than I can remember in a far longer period.
    I’ll accept what 97% of scientist say because I SEE IT as do so many others in their own small areas.

    • John H

      You are the FOOL!!!!!! We see you are one of the “stupid” people in life. Here, like life, you are a LOSER too! Reality SUCKS for you huh STUPID!

    • Gary Smith

      Way to be a dick, dick

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      sounds like U have a problem with your lack of money; lack of intellect; lack of personal aesthetics ( SEE: no women) and U suck it nightly to your GOD called FOX “news”

    • Nick

      thesquire1=uneducated asshole. You can pretty much take your shitty, good for nothing attitude and stuff it up your ass! You have no business telling anyone to shut their mouths YOU FOOL..

      • thesquire1

        I would have loved to know what it was that was deleted which got all these comments ? LOL

  • worrierking

    Why are many of the “scientists”, who work for the fossil fuel industry, campaigning against climate change, the very same scientists who once worked for the tobacco lobby claiming that cigarettes don’t cause cancer?

    • David Mumford

      new guys giving them money

    • Pipercat

      Profiteering knows no professional bounds…

  • jWd

    Another Lush Limpdick theory debunked. I thought this loser was moving to Costa Rica?? Snap!

    • surfjac

      Costa Rica is too beautiful and mr. limpbaugh too f-ing ugly to be let in. Of course if he does go, I know a mangrove swamp with loads of Cayman. We used to feed the Cayman (dead) chicken parts every other day. Such fun. I wonder if rush like raw dead chicken parts? I wonder if the Cayman would like rush?

  • JamieHaman

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs. No one is entitled to their own “Facts.”

  • 2old2bother

    How can we as a country profess to have one of the best education systems in the world when we turn out so many idiots?

  • Jonas

    I was curious why they suddenly started using the official term Polar Vortex this winter. It used to just be called a Canadian Clipper in layman a terms. It happens every season to some extent. This was just a particularly nasty one. Hardly a conspiracy!

  • Bonita

    Recommended reading, “Merchants of Doubt

    How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from
    Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming”

    By Maomi Oreskes & Erik Conway

    Talks about this very thing.

  • Joe A

    It’s cold, that’s it. “Polar vortex” “superstorm” etc are words made up to cause a national stir. Anytime you can instill fear in citizens, you control them. Why do you think we’re always at war with everything? “The war on education” “The war on petting baby bunnies”. The government knows what they’re doing, not just in the US but all over the world. Say something for someone to fear and it’s a GOLD MINE for “journalists”.

    • BoiseBoy

      Did you actually read the article?

      “We’ve been using the name in this field for, I’ve been in this field
      for 25 years, this isn’t anything new. Usually meteorologists would
      never even use that term because people wouldn’t understand it.”

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        to combine the words “read” and the moniker “JOE” together is akin to combining liquid mercury and mustard. They simply willnot/cannot mix

    • N Willmott

      Polar Vortex is a technical term for the weather conditions recently experienced. It’s a set of atmospheric conditions that caused the extreme weather in locations far south of where they might normally be. It’s not words that were just made up to be sensational or stir up fear. Goggle “polar vortex” to learn more about what caused this recent extreme weather.

  • moe/larry & curly keys

    hows the tea party atrophying working for ya? any new policies brewing to destroy America? maybe tax cuts for those “job creators”? maybe weapons of mass destruction/ wartime in a country with no threat to us/ ( SEE: dead thousands of US military soldiers)

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      post makes complete sense— that’s why U make up a name; post against me and vanish!! archetypal crybaby regressive white trash tea party strategy!!! congrads!!! ,,,,U may now go listen to glenn beck and rush limbaugh

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        awwww,,,,,,,,,,,, crybaby making new profiles? awwww,,,,,,,,,,,,,, im flattered! shouldn’t U be jerking your small weenie to anne coulters photos?

  • Not stupid

    All the Ass wing Republicans care about is profit and putting someone elses money in there pockets. They screwed up our health care so now we have to deal with the govt trying to help. They are screwing up our food supply . they are screwing up everything no brains . All about money. . They will say what ever to get who ever they can to spread there words.
    I guess since congress doesn’t represent us anymore and still gets paid by us the tax payers we no longer need to pay taxes. Have you ever paid for a service you didn’t receive? They expect us to.

  • big dolla

    Conservative tea party loudmouths having issues with science again? Shocking! No matter how much they believe in something, basic science consistently proves them wrong.

  • rossbro

    And just HOW can people listen to this loudmouthed dipshit ? My dog is smarter than Limbaugh appears.