Al Roker rips Rush Limbaugh for Hurricane Irma conspiracy theories

Emmett Rice
September 9, 2017

"The level of adversity brought by Hurricane Harvey, and the expected wrath of Hurricane Irma, have broken all records of devastation for Atlantic hurricanes", said Roy Schoenberg, CEO of American Well, "More importantly, they have exceeded any level of preparation or disaster control by state and federal agencies and left millions of people stranded". Hurricane Harvey is one of the worst hurricanes we've seen thus far in the United States, but it won't be the last hurricane of massive magnitudes.

"My point to you is, folks, that even though we are all here, we at the EIB Network are all in the crosshairs, we have that bull's-eye painted, we're going to be devoted the usual 125% of this program to you", he said near the segment's conclusion. "Natural variability and warmer sea temperature". Harvey initially came ashore in South Texas on August 25 as a Category 4 hurricane, then went back out to sea and lingered off the coast as a tropical storm for days.

Some of its reasoning is based on climate change. "You don't need a hurricane to hit anywhere", he said on "The Rush Limbaugh Show".

Harvey was spawned from a tropical wave that developed to the east of the Lesser Antilles. And heat is the fuel that takes garden-variety storms and supercharges them.

President Donald Trump, a climate-change skeptic, called Hurricane Harvey "epic", "historic".

Well, ask residents along the Gulf of Mexico or in the Caribbean how much time they now spend thinking about the weather. But meteorologists say that other factors were at play as Irma quickly built into a Category 5 storm.

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Q: With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma striking back-to-back, does the accumulation of weather events factor into your parameters?

While most scientists agree that climate change induces severe weather events such as hurricanes, many concede that it is virtually impossible to connect a single weather event to something as far-reaching as global warming.

Hurricane Harvey's unique intensity for the area serves as proof that climate change is involved, according to Melinda Taylor, UT law senior lecturer and expert on environmental defense. "That said, human activities may have already caused changes that are not yet detectable due to the small magnitude of the changes or observational limitations". Most recently, Pruitt repeatedly refused to answer reporters when asked if Trump believes the truth about climate change.

He and other scientists say a strong El Nino warming in the Pacific Ocean is the best explanation for the lull.

Jose, now a tropical storm, trails behind in the mid-Atlantic. But Limbaugh rants, "I wish that not everything that involved news had become corrupted and politicized, but it just has", he said.

Story by Stuart Leavenworth.

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