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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