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Old 09-13-2017, 01:12 AM
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Hurricane Irma may have passed but the blowback on two conservative pundits' skepticism about the hurricanes' danger continues to swirl.

As Irma barreled into Florida over the weekend, columnist Ann Coulter and talk radio host Rush Limbaugh were making an unusual ó some said dangerous ó counterpoint to the blunt warnings booming out of the state's official offices to "get out now."

Their take: the liberal media had cooked up the storm for ratings, retail sales and politics. Nothing to see here.

Coulter, an author whose latest book is In Trump We Trust, took to Twitter suggesting Miami was suffering a "light rain," while Limbaugh said on his radio show liberals ó and the media ó were exaggerating hurricane severity as a way to increase fears about climate change. "They are the ones using it to advance a political agenda, not me. And all I'm doing is pointing it out," he said.

Critics assailed them as delivering their own waves of disinformation or, at best, poor attempts at humor, ill-conceived when the storm looked likely to take lives and leave millions without power.

Not all of forecasters' warnings came true: the possible Category 5 hurricane hit Florida as a Category 4, then weakened, and Irma tracked differently than expected, navigating up the center of the state, rather than up either the east or west coast.

Regardless, Irma was devastating to communities affected, with a dozen deaths in Florida attributed to Irma so far, and more than two-thirds of the state's 21 million residents without power.

So why the skepticism? The doubts are part of a broader repudiation by conservative pundits ó and some lawmakers ó that extreme weather is happening, and if it's happening, that it's linked to fossil fuel consumption.

Limbaugh's position is reflective of a "right-wing orthodoxy, which favors doing nothing in response to climate change on the theory itís all an expensive boondoggle designed to victimize innocent oil and gas companies," said Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr., a Pulitzer Prize winner, in a Sept. 9 column.

Also part of the Republican strategy on climate change, he noted, is President Trump's exit from the Paris climate accord and Florida Gov. Rick Scott "forbidding his team to even use the term 'climate change'," Pitts said.

After charging liberals with exaggerating hurricane severity as a way to increase fears about climate change, Limbaugh, who lives in Palm Beach County, said last Thursday his comments were taken out of context. Then he said he would evacuate and not be on the air until Monday from "parts unknown," because it would be "legally impossible" to broadcast from Florida.

Before Limbaugh left town Al Roker, co-anchor of NBC's Today, criticized Limbaugh on Twitter as "putting lives at risk" by saying Hurricane Irma forecasts were "hype."

"To have @rushlimbaugh suggest the warnings about #Irma are #fake or about profit and to ignore them borders on criminal. #ShameOnRush," he tweeted.

Limbaugh talked about climate change and Irma on his show Monday, saying, "My whole point about this was never that it was fake, that the warnings were never fake, that the strength of the hurricane was fake. I never said anything of the sort. I questioned how the media deals with all of this stuff."

Coulter continued Tuesday to tweet about media's coverage of Irma saying, "CNN: Right now, there are people in Florida whose GROCERIES ARE SPOILING."

Not funny, said one responder on Twitter. "When you struggle for every dollar, yes spoiled food and destroyed homes are a big deal!" one said.

This all comes more than two weeks after Harvey had hit Texas and Coulter tweeted that "I don't believe Hurricane Harvey is God's punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than 'climate change'."

Annise Parker, who served as Houston's mayor from 2010 to 2016 and the first openly GLBT mayor of a major American city, responded three days later on Twitter: "Darn it, I thought no one knew I had a super power over weather."

Parker said it took her some time to respond to Coulter because she was helping run a shelter for hurricane victims for non-profit BakerRipley, where she's chief strategy officer.

Last week, Parker also fired back at Coulter that ďYou donít try to deal rationally with stupid," during an interview on SiriusXM Progress' The Michelangelo Signorile Show, the host wrote on HuffPost.

With two hurricanes having recently hit the U.S., and another, Jose, perhaps on the way, the argument over climate change and its effect on the disastrous storms is unlikely to dissipate. Just check Twitter ó and the airwaves.

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Default Re: Limbaugh, Coulter face Hurricane Irma blowback

Of course, the "experts" WERE WRONG on the scope of the hurricane...

The Monster Surge That Wasn’t: Why Irma Caused Less Flooding Than Expected

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Still, the damage could have been far worse. Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler for Enki Research in Savannah, Ga., had initially predicted total damages as high as $150 billion to $200 billion, which would have made Irma the costliest storm in United States history.

But once the storm shifted inland, Mr. Watson downgraded those initial estimates to around $50 billion, which would still make Irma one of the five costliest hurricanes on record in the country. While high winds and heavy rainfall were still expected to cause major damage to buildings, the reduced storm surge made a big difference.
Insurance ETFs rally after Hurricane Irma inflicts less damage than had been feared

Orange juice and cotton futures sink as Irma's damage appears less than feared

'Still standing': Florida Keys flyover shows damage but no disaster following Hurricane Irma

Insurance Firms, Airlines Rise As Irma Damage Less Than Expected

Tampa police relieved to see Hurricane Irma less than billed

Columbus area weathers Irma with less damage than expected

Were Coulter and Rush wrong?...Yup...

But they're viewpoint is that of people that are sick and tired of every report saying the next storm is THE WORST STORM EVERRRRR...Until the next storm, which is billed as THE WORST STORM EVERRRRR AGAIN!!!...Until the next storm, which is billed as THE WORST STORM EVERRRRR, AND THIS TIME WE MEAN IT!!!!!!!...

At some point, we get a serious "boy who cried wolf" scenario...Supposed "experts" overhype and overshoot their predictions, and they RARELY get lambasted as talk show pundits do...Even though, UNLIKE talk show pundits, that's their friggin' job...

I bet if it was found that a "weather expert" voted for Trump, that would change immediately...
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Rush's opinions were based in BS. Can't you admit it?
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Of course, the "experts" WERE WRONG on the scope of the hurricane...

The Monster Surge That Wasnít: Why Irma Caused Less Flooding Than Expected



Insurance ETFs rally after Hurricane Irma inflicts less damage than had been feared

Orange juice and cotton futures sink as Irma's damage appears less than feared

'Still standing': Florida Keys flyover shows damage but no disaster following Hurricane Irma

Insurance Firms, Airlines Rise As Irma Damage Less Than Expected

Tampa police relieved to see Hurricane Irma less than billed

Columbus area weathers Irma with less damage than expected

Were Coulter and Rush wrong?...Yup...

But they're viewpoint is that of people that are sick and tired of every report saying the next storm is THE WORST STORM EVERRRRR...Until the next storm, which is billed as THE WORST STORM EVERRRRR AGAIN!!!...Until the next storm, which is billed as THE WORST STORM EVERRRRR, AND THIS TIME WE MEAN IT!!!!!!!...

At some point, we get a serious "boy who cried wolf" scenario...Supposed "experts" overhype and overshoot their predictions, and they RARELY get lambasted as talk show pundits do...Even though, UNLIKE talk show pundits, that's their friggin' job...

I bet if it was found that a "weather expert" voted for Trump, that would change immediately...
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Rush's opinions were based in BS. Can't you admit it?
Don't you EVER f*ckin' read anyone's posts?!?!?!...

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Were Coulter and Rush wrong?...Yup...
Now will you admit the "experts" were also overhyping it and were EQUALLY based in BS?...
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Limbaugh said on his radio show liberals — and the media — were exaggerating hurricane severity as a way to increase fears about climate change.
What's inaccurate 'bout that? If you turned on MSNBC you'd think it was the apocalyptic end of the world.

Hell, even Salty claimed it was the most powerful storm in American history when in fact it was tied for seventh.

Irma is the 7th strongest storm to make landfall in U.S. history - Story | WOFL

Yes, libs exaggerated Irma in order to push their man-made climate change pipe dream.
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I don't know, but I think they HAD to hype it initially because of the unpredictability of weather in general. After Saturday when it was breaking up in Cuba, they could have toned it down, but instead it seemed as though they ratcheted up the apocalypse to squeeze everything they could out of it.

They should have sent some of the reporters back to a forgotten Texas.
But it seemed like the reporters were having too much fun in Florida.
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Rush's opinions were based in BS. Can't you admit it?
More Fake News from the Trump Hating Media and the lemmings that believe them.

https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2...urricane-irma/

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Why the Drive-Bys Are Lying About What I Said About Hurricane Irma
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Listen to the Tape, but of course you won't because you WANT to believe the fake news.
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What's inaccurate 'bout that? If you turned on MSNBC you'd think it was the apocalyptic end of the world.

Hell, even Salty claimed it was the most powerful storm in American history when in fact it was tied for seventh.

Irma is the 7th strongest storm to make landfall in U.S. history - Story | WOFL

Yes, libs exaggerated Irma in order to push their man-made climate change pipe dream.
To be fair, Fox wasn't any better. reporters walking about empty Hotel parking lots with 1/2" of water hyping the coming floods that never happened.

The AGW climate change proponents had some things going for them

1) Three Atlantic hurricanes going at the same time.
2) One of them a Category 5 for a time
3) Hyperbolic "News" networks and the Weather channel; reporting
4) Al Gore reminding us that he was right after all.
5)A very gullible public still in shock over "Harvey"

That said however, what we have now is the ability to armchair quarterback from the comfort of our warm, dry, undamaged armchairs. So, perhaps we should take the criticisms with some salt.
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