With Hurricane Harvey taking 40 lives and causing more than $100 billion in damage, one might think that people of all political persuasions would be inclined to take reports of another hurricane headed toward the United States seriously.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is clearly not one of those people, and he shared on his program his theory that Hurricane Irma, which is on a path to strike Florida, is little more than a hoax perpetrated by left-wingers.
In a very long ramble on his radio show, Limbaugh laid out his take that Irma is a ploy by the media to advance the climade change agenda and send Florida residents into a panic so that they will buy more bottled water. Began Rush in a rare moment of modesty and honesty, “The hurricane is what I want to lead off with, folks. And I’ve gotta be very careful here because I am not a meteorologist, and nothing I say today should be considered to be a forecast or a prediction. I am not the National Hurricane Center. I am not a climatologist or meteorologist. All I do is analyze the data that they publish.” He then lit into “Big Water,” saying, “You know, if I were the Big Oil guys I’d be so jealous of the Big Water guys. The Big Water guys don’t have to drill for it. The Big Water guys do not have to spend any research and development money. They don’t have to go through the environmentalist wackos.” He later went on, “So there is a desire to advance this climate change agenda, and hurricanes are one of the fastest and best ways to do it. You can accomplish a lot just by creating fear and panic. You don’t need a hurricane to hit anywhere. All you need is to create the fear and panic accompanied by talk that climate change is causing hurricanes to become more frequent and bigger and more dangerous, and you create the panic, and it’s mission accomplished, agenda advanced.”
Rush went on, “Now, how do you do this? Well, any number of ways. Let’s take south Florida television, for example. There is symbiotic relationship between retailers and local media, and it’s related to money. It revolves around money. You have major, major industries and businesses which prosper during times of crisis and panic, such as a hurricane, which could destroy or greatly damage people’s homes, and it could interrupt the flow of water and electricity. So what happens?” He continued, “Well, the TV stations begin reporting this and the panic begins to increase. And then people end up going to various stores to stock up on water and whatever they might need for home repairs and batteries and all this that they’re advised to get, and a vicious circle is created. You have these various retail outlets who spend a lot of advertising dollars with the local media.” Do you think Rush’s ridiculous theory about Irma is dangerous?