What if instead of naming hurricanes with random, known first names like Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Irene, we named them after powerful climate change deniers?
“Hurricane Eric Cantor is expected to make landfall on Tuesday”
“Miami is experiencing a full-scale evacuation in response to Hurricane Tom Coburn!”
“The expected damage from Hurricane Kelly Ayotte is in the billions.”
It’s a fun idea, and one that we need not feel any shame in, because if there’s one group of people who ought to be mocked, it is climate change deniers. The idea that humans are causing the globe to get hotter faster is not controversial in the scientific community. There is disagreement on certain things in certain corners, but the same is true for any big topic: cancer research, dark matter, animal behavior. No, scientists are not immune to controversy, but anthropogenic climate change just isn’t an area where there’s much of a fight.
In politics, however, climate change denierism is only getting stronger. It is now a solid plank of the Republican Party that you can’t believe that humans have any real role in making the Earth hotter. Don’t worry about all those contributions from Big Oil, it doesn’t have anything to do with that. If anything causes the GOP to make itself not viable in national elections, it will be their absurd insistence that evolution and climate change are hoaxes, perpetuated by scientists across hundreds of countries and several decades.
If only the wind they created ended when they stopped talking, and didn’t blunt our ability to handle larger and larger shifts in our climate.