Hurricane Michele Bachmann? Groups Hope to Name Storms After Climate-Change Deniers

A satellite image of Hurricane Isaac as of about 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday.
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Alex Brown
Aug. 29, 2013, 3:30 p.m.

If a pair of en­vir­on­ment­al groups get their way, Hur­ricane Michele Bach­mann or Trop­ic­al Storm John Boehner could be the next storms threat­en­ing to wreak hav­oc on the U.S.

A new pe­ti­tion, pro­posed by Pro­ject Name Change and 350+ Ac­tion Fund, seeks to name storms after politi­cians who the groups say deny cli­mate change. The groups’ web­site provides a list of the tar­geted politi­cians.

Of course, it is un­likely that the World Met­eor­o­lo­gic­al Or­gan­iz­a­tion will change its nam­ing prac­tices, but the pe­ti­tion has garnered al­most 49,000 sig­na­tures.

A video tout­ing the plan shows mocked-up weath­er re­ports warn­ing that “Marco Ru­bio is ex­pec­ted to pound the East­ern Sea­board” and “Dav­id Vit­ter is lit­er­ally lift­ing boats out of the wa­ter and toss­ing them onto land.” The levees “built to stop Hur­ricane Col­lin Peterson have been ob­lit­er­ated,” says an­oth­er re­port.

Sen. James In­hofe, R-Okla., one of Con­gress’s most out­spoken den­iers of glob­al warm­ing, was a ma­jor tar­get. “An en­tire na­tion is won­der­ing how they’ll ever re­cov­er from the dis­aster that is James In­hofe,” the video’s somber news an­chor in­tones. 

In real­ity, weath­er of­fi­cials have been nam­ing storms for dec­ades, and the World Met­eor­o­lo­gic­al Or­gan­iz­a­tion now uses a six-year ro­tat­ing list of names for trop­ic­al cyc­lones.


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