Forget Sandy and Katrina. The environmentalists of 350 Action want to start naming hurricanes after Republicans they say deny the existence of manmade global warming.
“Since 1954, the World Meteorological Organization has been naming extreme storms after people,” reads the group’s website. “As scientific evidence shows that climate change is creating increasingly frequent and devastating storms, and with climate scientists declaring these extreme weather events as the new normal, we propose a new naming system.”
“A system that names extreme storms caused by climate change, after the policy makers who deny climate change and obstruct climate policy,” the website adds.
A video made by the group shows the news headline “Hurricane Marco Rubio” and shows scenes of people boarding up their homes on the Florida coast and preparing for the storm to hit. One of the boarded up homes says “Marco Rubio sucks” playing on phrases that were written on boarded up homes during hurricane Katrina and other storms.
The video also pokes fun at Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, also naming a hurricane hitting the Florida coast after her.
“Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is incredibly dangerous,” says one fake official in the video. “If you value your life, please seek shelter from Michele Bachmann.”
The video also names storms after Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, House Speaker John Boehner, Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
For Hurricane Rick Perry, the video shows the fake news headline “Rick Perry leaves trail of death” and showed animal shelter officials talking about how many displaced animals would have to put down because of Hurricane Rick Perry.
Below the video is a petition to the World Meteorological Organization to start naming storms after global warming deniers. Only 221 people have signed the petition, which needs to get 25,000 signatures by November 30.
Tropical storm names are chosen by the WMO from a pre-determined list of names that’s recycled every six years.
From the WMO: “It is important to note that tropical cyclones/hurricanes are named neither after any particular person, nor with any preference in alphabetical sequence. The tropical cyclone/hurricane names selected are those that are familiar to the people in each region. Obviously, the main purpose of naming a tropical cyclone/hurricane is basically for people easily to understand and remember the tropical cyclone/hurricane in a region, thus to facilitate tropical cyclone/hurricane disaster risk awareness, preparedness, management and reduction.”
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